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A potential solution to poverty16 October 2019 | 10 Minute Listen
Here are four related stories that may offer an insight to better address poverty. How better research can lead to better programmes to combat poverty How you can earn money for doing nothing How being poor causes you to make bad decisions How to pay for lifting the poor out of poverty Image credit: The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019
The one time searching the internet for your medical diagnosis is a good idea09 October 2019 | 9 Minute Listen
There are over seven billion people on the planet which means at any time there are a lot of us not feeling very well. A 2015 review determined that 95% of us have health problems, a big part of that is that there are a lot more of us that are older and so are affected by age-related conditions. We are also able to diagnose many more conditions than ever before. It does not mean we know everything nor that any doctor could be expected to diagnose all the known conditions, there are just too many and part of the challenge is that often symptoms are common across many conditions. For doctors, it is a process of elimination, while most patients expect to get an instant answer and simple cure. Photo by EVG photos from Pexels
The Greta Thunberg effect02 October 2019 | 12 Minute Listen
If a 16-year-old can understand climate change, why do so many still fight it? Greta Thunberg, the environmental activist would not think she is doing anything that anyone else could have done. Yet in less than 12 months from her first climate strike in front of the Swedish Parliament, she has inspired millions of others to join her and been invited to speak at the UN and World Economic Forum. Guest: Colin Cullis/Business Unusual Correspondent at the Money Show. Picture: Anders Hellberg (Wikimedia)
The Silicon Age - How one element has powered most of human innovation28 August 2019 | 11 Minute Listen
Look around you, wherever you look you will see silicon at work. This is a tribute to the 14th element on the periodic table and its many uses. Silicon is an element that takes its name from the Greek word for flint, it does so because humanity has used flint since the Stone Age to make tools. Flint is a form of quartz which is silicon dioxide. Its the combination of the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust - Oxygen and the second most abundant Silicon.
Doomsday weapons15 August 2019 | 11 Minute Listen
The risks to human survival were once out of our hands. Disease and famine our greatest threat. Industrial revolutions have neutralised many of those threats while creating new potentially more potent and entirely man-made ones. Climate Change and nuclear weapons While global warming has had more coverage in the last few years, you may be forgiven for thinking that nuclear threats are remote or isolated to attempts to create them in nations like North Korea and Iran. That is mostly true, but recent developments between the US and Russia may see the nuclear threat becoming more real.