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Anthill 26: Twins
Double trouble? shutterstock.comDouble trouble, two peas in a pod, always together and possibly even reading each other’s minds – twins come with tonnes of stereotypes. This episode of The Anthill digs into some of the research around twins – from what it’s like to be one, how it differs to other sibling relationships (if at all) and how twins play a crucial role in scientific research. As well as speaking to some twins to find out some of their pet peeves about how the world views their...
Anthill 25: Intuition
Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash. , CC BYEver had a funny feeling, a thought or conviction that you feel compelled to act on, but you can’t quite explain it? Intuition is a concept we’re all – intuitively – familiar with. In this episode of The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation, we get to grips with what intuition exactly is and how it works in our brains and bodies. Psychologist Valerie Van Mulukom from Coventry University explains some of the basics for us. Then we investigate...
The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland at 20 – The Anthill podcast
LunaseeStudios/Shutterstock.comIt’s been 20 years since the Belfast Agreement paved the way for a relatively peaceful end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The deal was made on Good Friday that year, April 10, 1998, and has become known since as the Good Friday Agreement. To mark the 20th anniversary, this episode of The Anthill is all about the Good Friday Agreement. While this anniversary is an opportunity to remember the achievements of 1998, it is also throwing up some difficult...
Anthill 23: Bursting the Bitcoin bubble
via shutterstock.comIn this episode of The Anthill podcast from The Conversation, we’re delving into the world of Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has come a long way since its launch by the mysterious person (or persons) Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. The price of one Bitcoin hit a peak of more than US$19,000 in December 2017. It has since fallen below US$9,000. Bitcoin has made a lot of headlines over the last year, but will it be the currency of the future? To find out, we spoke to professor of...
Anthill 22: Sex
shutterstock.com. In this episode of The Anthill podcast, we’re talking about sex. It dominates the media we consume and our thoughts. But is technology changing sex? And how is the social role of sex evolving? We talked to a futurologist, a sex robot expert, sex researchers, historians and some criminologists. New technologies are often quickly deployed to serve our human need for love, sex and intimacy. But will robots become a normal part of people’s sex lives? Michael Parker takes a...
Anthill 21: Growing up
www.shutterstock.comWelcome to the 21st episode of The Anthill. It seems appropriate, as we come of age, to talk about growing up. In this episode of the podcast, we bring you stories on parenting, puberty and what it’s like to grow up as a minority in Britain. Parenting is arguably the single most important factor when it comes to children’s development – and human approaches to it have changed markedly throughout history. Helicopter parenting.via www.shutterstock.com The past few...
Anthill 20: Myths
via shutterstock.comHow do we know that ideas we hold true aren’t just myths that will be proved untrue in the future? Or maybe you have a favourite fact or story that’s already been debunked but no one has told you yet. In this episode of The Anthill podcast, all about myths, we’ve got three stories of researchers pouring cold water over ideas that some people still believe. First, we hear from Cat Jarman, a bio-archaeologist at the University of Bristol who studies old bones on Easter...
Anthill 19: Pain
shutterstock.comPain is something that everyone is familiar with. If you touch a burning stove, a signal travels up your nervous system to your brain which tells you to snatch your hand away. But understanding pain isn’t so simple. We all experience pain in different ways and the manner in which our brain processes these signals can vary significantly. This episode of The Anthill is dedicated to exploring this world of pain. We look into how and why humans experience pain and the efforts...
Anthill 18: Revisiting the Russian Revolution
Boris Kustodiev, via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s been 100 years since revolution swept through Russia and we have dedicated The Anthill 18 to this seminal moment in world history. We delve into its sensory history, find out about the people who tried to spread it across Europe and we also speak to the grandson of one of 1917’s key protagonists. By 1917, Russia had been brought to its knees, labouring under the economic and social costs of World War I. People were getting desperate. They were...
Anthill 17: Science by the seaside
shutterstockThere aren’t many places you can find musical robots, an Arctic smellscape and an art gallery for babies. But for one week in September, all of these and more were in Brighton for the annual British Science Festival. Naturally curious, The Conversation went along. Our team of editors spoke to many of the academics appearing at the festival – and in this episode of The Anthill, we’ll bring you the highlights. First up, the mind-bending project of Winfried Hensinger, a quantum...
Anthill 16: Humour me
via shutterstock.comAugust is known as silly season in the news trade – it’s the time of year that you get stories about animals doing stupid things on the evening news (as opposed to just in internet memes). So we thought we’d embrace this and try to tickle you pink in this August episode of The Anthill podcast. As well as a few bad jokes, we investigate how our humour develops as we grow up. And we also look at the more serious side of being funny. First up, we delve into a bit of the...
Anthill 15: Unexplored places
Into the unknown.pixabay.comIn this episode of The Anthill podcast, we are off exploring. Our theme is unexplored places and we speak to academics who research remote corners of land, sea and space. First, we go for a plunge into the ocean. The deep sea is often called the final frontier, a wild region we know less about than the surface of the moon. But is that really true? And what’s it actually like diving among the weird and wonderful creatures that exist thousands of metres below the...