Explaining Science to my Dad

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  • What is dark matter, and how on earth do you look for it?

    With the reopening of the LHC and the launch of its newest experiment FASER, Lloyd’s been reading about dark matter… and he’s got questions. What is dark matter? And how on earth do you look for something you can’t see? With help from Dr Michaela Queitsch-Maitland (University of Manchester) and Savannah Shively (University of California […]

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  • Why can we sing?

    Lloyd wants to know why Lily is a better than singing than him, so this episode’s question is: “Why can we sing?” With help from Nathan Welham from the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, Lily explains how human beings are able to use their bodies as instruments, and why some of us are just […]

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  • Why does water have to be so weird?

    In this episode, a question from listener Freddie – “What’s heavier, cold water or hot water?” – leads Lily and Lloyd into a discussion about why water is so important for life on Earth. With help from Elle Bethune from the UK Centre for Astrobiology, Lily explains how water’s weirdness helped life to form on […]

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