Fun Kids Science Weekly

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Exploring the coolest and most incredible stuff in science, from way back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth to a future where humans live in space! Fun Kids Science Weekly is hosted by Dan and is the perfect science podcast for kids and families everywhere. Each week, you'll find episodes from series like Deep Space High, Age of the Dinosaurs and Professor Hallux. There's also a special guest, top experts answering all your science questions and Dangerous Dan - something scientific that’s also a little bit deadly! If you like this, you can listen to Dan on Fun Kids (weekdays from 1pm) on DAB Digital Radio across the UK, on the free Fun Kids app and online at funkidslive.com.

Episode Date
Loads of Sharks and a Deadly Fruit
00:26:03

A few weeks ago we heard all about how different sharks species from all around the world were making the waters around the UK their homes, this week we're talking to Ken Collins, a marine scientist to find out what's going on ... Plus, how games are made and what software engineers do, satellites and cables and how do we measure space? Dan has all the answers in this week's Science Weekly!

Aug 11, 2018
Creatures Of The Dark & The Deadly Stingray
00:23:57

You've probably heard of a stingray but probably not about how deadly they can be ... Plus, how do masts and towers transmit signals? Why do we explore space? Why do some creatures spend their whole lives in the dark? Dan has all the answers in this week's Science Weekly!

Aug 04, 2018
Banana Spiders, Fairy Penguins & Name A Robot
00:26:36

Come and visit somewhere chilly but deadly, learn about the spiders hiding in your bananas, the smallest penguins in the world, plus open your eyes to the world of structural engineers.

Jul 28, 2018
The UK's First Spaceport, Red Lion Fish & Create Scientific Experiments From Your Kitchen
00:26:58

Join Dan for your weekly science download! Explore the world of chemical engineering, the beautiful yet dangerous red lion fish, and learn about cosmic ray in "Deep Space High".

Jul 21, 2018
A New Dinosaur Discovery, Insect With Deadly Sting & Bugs Bigger Than You!
00:28:14

Join Dan for another dangerous dose of Science Weekly! The dinosaur discovery that could change everything  we know about the species, the insect with the deadliest of deadly stings, plus you are statistically more likely to recognise Pokémon than what's in your own back garden!

Dan's interviewee, Chris Packham, is launching a national exhibition of 12 giant bugs aiming to bring more than 30 million Brits back to nature. Find out more at https://intu.co.uk/bigbugs

Jul 14, 2018
Crocdolphins, Gravity & Fish With Dagger-Sharp Jaws
00:26:36

Dan introduces you to the "crocdolphin", a fish with a jaw as sharp as a knife, and the secret to gravity ...

Jul 07, 2018
The Most Dangerous Airport & Are Asteroids The Answer To Life In Space?
00:25:11

In this week's Science Weekly Show, Dan speaks to Terik Daly, a planetary geologist, about asteroids being the key to water on Earth (also on his theories of other life forms...) Dan discusses an airport that only 8 pilots dare to land on, plus explores which of the Earth's creatures can dive the deepest.

Jun 30, 2018
Rats Can Replay Past Events In Their Heads & How Plastic Bottles Are Made
00:35:31

Dan discovers how plastic bottles are made and how rats, just like humans, can replay past events in their heads. Plus, who can travel further? Humans or animals?

Jun 23, 2018
Dwarf Mongooses and Astronaut Training
00:24:36

Dan discovers how footballs are made, that Dwarf Mongooses have learnt new tricks when it comes to rewarding their friends and takes part in astronaut training. Plus, who has the edge when it comes to eyesight: a hawk or an Olympic archer?

Jun 16, 2018
Slime, Alien Octopuses and a very deadly Centipede
00:25:23

On this week's episode of The Fun Kids Science Weekly, Peter Godfrey Smith chats about the creature he says is the closest we'll ever come to meeting an intelligent alien...an octopus!

We also find out about a creature with 100 different ways of poisoning you, 546 million-year-old animal footprints, how slime is made, and we're pitching man vs animal again...who will come out tops?

Jun 09, 2018
A deadly rattlesnake and Smart Homes
00:20:18

On this week's episode of The Fun Kids Science Weekly we chat to Rosamond Evans from Smart Home Week all about the benefits of living with smart technology.

We also find out about a deadly rattle snake, how pyrex cookware is made, and who is faster man or animal?

Jun 02, 2018
The wonders of WiFi and how things are made
00:21:30

On this week's episode of The Fun Kids Science Weekly we finish our chat all about Britain's bees from last week's show - we couldn't end on a sad note!

We also find out how alluminium cans are made, how humans and animals make the most of teamwork and Techno Mum fills us in about WiFi wonders

May 26, 2018
Bees, Gases and Possibilities!
00:24:34

Rory Diamond is the scientific advisor to the Great British Bee Count and self-proclaimed Bee Geek is in the Fun Kids studio this week chatting about why bees are so important, why bees are dying and what makes bees differ from wasps!

Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at a dangerous possibility, we're finding out how gas gets into our homes, scientists have found the most distant sign of oxygen ever and we're pitching Man vs Animal in the long jump!

May 19, 2018
A deadly buffalo, a big greenhouse and does our gut manipulate our mind?
00:25:45

Katerina Johnson is from the University of Oxford and she's looking into how our gut can affect our minds! How is that possible? We find out. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is discovering a deadly African buffalo, we're finding out where we can find the world's largest greenhouse, and why bees are so important to the environment! 

May 12, 2018
Thwaites Glacier, Marsquakes and Toxic Caterpillars
00:25:36

Anna Hogg is a glaciologist and joins Dan on the Fun Kids Science Weekly this week to chat all about the Thwaites Glacier, and why scientists from all over the world are studying it. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at deadly chemicals that are used to clean toilets and launch rockets, scientists are tracking earthquakes on Mars... that's right...Marsquakes! Plus there's a toxic caterpillar outbreak, and we're learning about cretaceous sealife! 

May 05, 2018
Ancient bugs, a deadly cuttlefish and Mars rocks!
00:25:27

Christopher Lloyd is the creator of the Explorer: BUGS book that features a 6 foot long timeline of bug life! Dan finds out what it is about bugs that gives them their staying power and what the first ever bugs looked like. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is discovering a colouful cuttlefish, we're finding out why we're bringing rocks back from Mars, how we get electricity in our homes and we're pitching man vs animal!

Apr 28, 2018
Brilliant Bones, Evolution and Death Valley
00:30:32

The UK had a mini-heatwave this week so what better time to find out about climate? We hear all about the Cretaceous Climate in Age of the Dinosaurs, we start our journey learning about enegry with Enn and Gee and house scientist Professor Hallux is back to tell us all about bones!

Apr 21, 2018
The Bright Ideas Challenge, a brain eating amoeba and a shaky Spanish city!
00:30:23

The Bright Ideas Challenge was created to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Bobby Seagull & Emma Wyatt are on the line with Dan to chat all about how we could power the cities of the future and the brand new findings that show that kids think they are the key to changing the world for the better through Science. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is discovering a tiny single-celled organism that will eat your brain, we find out why Barcelona shakes from time to time and we're pitching carnivores and herbivores against each other in the Age of the Dinosaurs!

Apr 14, 2018
Edinburgh international science festival, the trinity test and a volcano sliding into the sea!
00:24:07

Europe's largest Science Festival is happening in Edinburgh at the moment and Augusta Macdonald is the Programme Manager there. She gives us the lowdown on what is going on all over Edinburgh to get everyone involved in science!

Plus Dangerous Dan is delving into history as we find out about the trinity test, we're finding out about how we're tackling space junk and Professor Hallux is exploring our dreams!

Apr 07, 2018
The Fun Kids Gaming Show: Terrible voice actors and Detective Pikachu!
00:16:10

On the Fun Kids Gaming Show this week, N60 Sean is checking out the new Detective Pikachu game for 3DS, and Pikachu has an interesting voice...

Inspired by Pikachu's voice, we're counting down the 5 worst gaming voice actors and hearing about your hardest gaming challenges.

Listen to the Fun Kids Gaming Show live every Sunday at 2pm, and subscribe to the podcast here: http://funkidslive.com/game 

Sponsored by: GLITCH! The ultimate magazine for anyone who wants to know cool facts about your fave games, TV, and online videos!

Apr 05, 2018
Snakes, spiders and a laughing sickness
00:28:02

Ross Hickles is a Herpetologist and Aquarist at SEA LIFE London, plus he owns over 200 pet animals including spiders, snakes and slugs. This week, he's chatting to Dan about snakes, difficult creatures to keep and how he got into herpetology!

Plus Dangerous Dan is discovering a laughing sickness, we're finding out about a transparent galaxy that contains no dark matter and we're looking at sea life in the Jurassic period! 

Mar 31, 2018
The plastic tide and spewing in space!
00:27:56

Peter Kohler is the founder and director of The Plastic Tide, a charity made up of ocean, science and tech enthusiasts obsessed with working out ways to keep our beaches and seas clear of marine litter and plastics. This week, he's chatting to Dan about how plastic is affecting our oceans, what we can do to help and using drones. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is heading back 74,000 years to one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions ever, we're finding out how feeding birds in your garden may not be such a good idea and what happens if we spew in space!

Mar 24, 2018
Stephen Hawking
00:24:46

Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientists of our time, sadly died this week at the age of 76. He was famous for his work on black holes and relativity and so this week Dan chats to Josh Barker, from the National Space Centre all about how his work has influenced us!

Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at very common, tiny deadly creatures, we're finding out about Britain's digital railways with Bex and Dad and one British designer is recycling gum to make shoes!

Mar 17, 2018
An illness that turns humans into trees and donating our organs
00:26:10

2018 is the year of engineering! So Dan has sent our resident inventor Sir Sidney McSprocket all over the country to chat with real life engineers to find out which famous inventors inspired them! 

Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at an illness that turns you tree-like, we're finding out about Britain's digital railways with Bex and Dad and are termites really just cockroaches? 

Mar 10, 2018
Kids invent stuff and the coldest city in the world
00:24:04

Ruth Amos is from the YouTube channel Kids Invent Stuff, and is chatting to Dan all about the cool things they've been inventing, and bringing the inventions to life! 

Plus if you think you're cold in the snow this week, Dangerous Dan is looking at Yatutsk, the coldest city on earth, scientists observe a mark in the sky from the first ever stars and techno mum explains how fingerprint scanners work. 

Mar 03, 2018
Working at mission control, a scary cloud and how to make a hadron collider
00:28:12

Libby Jackson is the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager for the UK Space Agency, and she chats to Dan all about what she does, how she got into her job and all about what scientists want to achieve in space in the future. 

Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at the Himiko cloud - the largest object in the known universe, France are upping their wolf population and Professor Hallux is looking at skin. 

Feb 24, 2018
The loudest animal in the world and the darkest building on earth!
00:25:48

George chats to Will.I.Am and Brian Johnson all about the science of the future and their new book Wizards and Robots on this week's Science Weekly. 

Plus, Sir Sidney McSprocket is discovering what nanotechnology is and how it came about, Dangerous Dan tells us all about the loudest animal in the world, we're learning about the brain with Professor Hallux and there's a really dark building near the Winter Olympics! 

Feb 17, 2018
BONUS: Episode 1 of Story Quest
00:04:59

Story Quest is the new story podcast from Fun Kids. With a new episode each week, it’s perfect for listening on long car journeys or just before bed.

As a fan of the Fun Kids Science Weekly, we thought you might like to hear the first Story Quest episode - Bryony Brownwell's Mystery Project.

If you like this, subscribe to 'Story Quest - Stories for Kids' on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from, and you’ll get it free to your phone or tablet each week!

Search ‘Story Quest’ or download from the free Fun Kids app and at funkidslive.com/podcasts.

Feb 12, 2018
Butterflies, moths and the deadly boomslang snake
00:30:43

Dr Hayley Jones, entomologist at the RHS Garden Wisley joins Dan in the studio to chat all about butterflies and moths and why they're so important, and all about Wisley's Butterflies in the Glasshouse event. 

Plus, Kareena and her superhero alter-ego K-Mistry are heading back in time to learn all about the chemistry in Ancient Greek art, Professor Hallux is chatting all about digestion, Dangerous Dan tells all about a particularly nasty snake and dust storms are stealing Mars' water!

Feb 10, 2018
Bees and whales that can talk!
00:26:18

Josie Dale-Jones, the producer and performer of Me & My Bee - a new comedy show inviting you to save the world, one bee at a time - joins Dan this week to chat all about our fuzzy little friends and why they need our help./

Plus, Sean and Robot from the Breakfast show are aboard the SS Seany McSeanface with their trusty Boatedex to find out how hovercrafts work, Professor Hallux is telling us all about the heart, we go underground with Dangerous Dan and we find out about orcas that can talk! 

Feb 03, 2018
Superbugs and a desert that swallowed a whole town!
00:29:44

Sheldon Paquin curated the Superbugs exhibition that's going on at the Science Museum in London at the moment, and Dan chats to him to find out what a superbug is and how they effect us. 

Plus, Professor Hallux chats about bones, we find out about the history of the earth with Finley and can you have fizzy drinks in space? Professor Pulsar and Captain T-Tauri find out! 

Jan 27, 2018
Become one of the best young gardeners in the country and why can you hear the sea in shells?
00:24:08

Rachel Godfrey from the Royal Horticultural Society joins Dan in the studio to chat all things gardening - what's easy to grow, what we can grow to eat in a couple of months and how you can become school gardener of the year. 

Plus, Professor Hallux explains why we can hear the sea in seashells, we find out how touch screens work with Techno Mum and was the Black Death really spread by rats? Some scientists are questioning it. 

Jan 20, 2018
The first Canadian to walk in space and how many stars are in the galaxy?
00:26:29

Commander Chris Hadfield joined Dan to talk all about his trips into space and his brand new kids book The Darkest Dark! Dan put some of your questions about space to him and just had to ask him about that super famous music video he filmed while on the International Space Station!

Plus, Marina Ventura is finding out all about weather,  we find out about awesome scanners that can read ancient Egyptian codes, and we discover the answer to why we sometimes get the feeling of butterflies in our tummies!how many stars are in the galaxy?

 

Jan 13, 2018
YouTuber Charlie McDonnell and why do we get tummy butterflies?
00:26:27

YouTube star Charlie McDonnell a.k.a charlieissocoollike joins us to talk about his love for all things science! Charlie was the first YouTuber in the world to reach 1 million subscribers and his latest videos answer science questions, like why do we find stuff cute? He's written a book called Fun Science too, which explores "the best and most interesting things that science has to offer" (a bit like us!)

Plus, Sean and Robot explore how boats are designed so they don't capsize, we find out about a super cool, bionic hand being developed in Italy, and we discover the answer to why we sometimes get the feeling of butterflies in our tummies!

 

Jan 06, 2018
Exploring an active volcano and how fast does Santa's sleigh travel?
00:26:47

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to some of the most active volcanoes on Earth. Professor Chris Jackson and a team of scientists have been on a dangerous expedition to the country to investigate these rarely visited volcanoes and try to predict when they'll next erupt. Chris tells us more about his adventure, which was filmed for a programme on BBC Two called Expedition Volcano.

Plus, as it's close to Christmas, we check in with Santamory - the elf in charge of science and technology at the North Pole - who explains how fast Santa's sleigh has to travel to visit all the children around the world on Christmas Eve and we learn about polar bears in this week's Dangerous Dan.

Dec 16, 2017
World's first virtual reality surgery and how does your phone find the person you're calling?
00:28:08

Dr Shafi Ahmed is the world's first surgeon to perform and broadcast surgery in virtual reality (VR). Dr Shafi tells us more about his achievement and how VR is providing doctors with new ways to treat their patients. We also learn about some of the cool technological developments that could transform our hospitals in the next few years!

And happy birthday... texting! We learn about the very first text that was sent and how your mobile phone finds the person you're calling. Plus, we discover how chemistry influenced the way the Ancient Eygptians created art.

Dec 09, 2017
Making milkshake with heavy metal music and how does the heart work?
00:27:46

Meet The Blowfish - the world's only heavy metal marine biologist! He's on the phone from New Zealand to tell us about The Rock Music Milkshake Mixer - a prototype for a unique, new milkshake blender... that's powered by an electric guitar! The Blowfish explains how the mixer uses sound energy from crunching guitar riffs to whip milk up into a delicious drink! 

Plus, we travel back in time with Sir Sidney McSprocket to discover how sticky tape was invented, explore evidence that Julius Caesar actually invaded Britain, and learn about blood, valves, pulses... and everything else that helps your heart work!

Dec 02, 2017
Where does your poo go and the vomiting fleas that pass on a disease!
00:26:41

It's a pretty disgusting episode of the Fun Kids Science Weekly! Science presenter and comedian Steve Mould is on the phone sharing some of his favourite science stories and facts. Steve explains why our eyes sometimes twitch and tells us about how fleas pass diseases on to humans... by vomiting on them! 

If that wasn't gross enough, we also discover where poo goes after it's flushed down the loo with Bene and Mal. Plus, meet Santamory - the elf in charge of science and technology at the North Pole - who explains how the elves have made some clever improvements to Santa's sleigh to make sure it's aerodynamic.

Nov 25, 2017
Killer venom and can sheep really recognise humans?
00:26:21

When you think of venom, exotic snakes and giant spiders probably come to mind. But venom is everywhere - in parks, gardens... even in the corners of your house! Ronald Jenner, a venom evolution expert at the Natural History Museum, tells us more about what venom is and why some smaller creatures are actually the most deadly!

Plus, we find out about one of the very first labs in space, discover why it's not such a good idea to put metal in the microwave, and explore whether sheep can actually recognise humans!

Nov 18, 2017
How to code and the mould that makes food taste delicious!
00:26:40

Coding has helped humans create robots, build cars that drive themselves and sent rockets into space... but what is coding and how does it all work? Sean McManus, author of Coder Academy, joins Dan in the studio to explain what a coder does and the basics of making your own code!

Plus, we dare to learn about the Golden Poison Dart Frog, discover the supernova that's been going for two years now, and Bene and Mal explore how some fungi and mould can actually help certain foods taste delicious!

Nov 11, 2017
Iceberg as big as London and why do we get wrinkly fingers in water?
00:28:15

A huge iceberg the size of London recently broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica – and it’s exposed a massive seabed that’s been hidden beneath the ice for up to 120,000 years! Dr Katrin Linse is leading a mission next year to explore this undiscovered part of our planet and she joins Dan on the phone to explain what her and her team will be looking for whilst they're out there.

Plus, we discover why chemistry was crucial to prehistoric cave art, hear about why our fingers and toes go wrinkly in water and find out about the deadly 'Substance N'.

Nov 04, 2017
A secret Soviet Union experiment and when Britain was buried under ice!
00:27:45

Did you know that 25,000 years ago Britain was buried under miles of ice? We know this by looking at the landscape that the ice carved out and the soils left behind - like mud that formed at the bottom of lakes, that were created when the glaciers melted. Dan chats to researcher Matt Carney to find out more about the last Ice Age.

Plus, we learn about what happened to a secret Soviet Union project to drill as deep as possible into the Earth's crust, our science expert Tom explains how salt got into the oceans and we shrink down to microbe level to meet Bene and Mal!

Oct 28, 2017
Guest: Tim Peake - How to become an astronaut & life in space
00:34:37

Major Tim Peake is our guest this week! Tim is a British astronaut who spent six months on board the International Space Station last year - and is only the seventh person from the UK to ever go to space! Tim chats to Dan about the incredible things he got up to, the worst space food he had to eat and the surprising things he saw whilst brushing his teeth! Plus, he explains how you can become an astronaut.

It's a space special - we also take a look at the Moon, discover why we're hoping to go to Mars next and why there's so much junk floating around in space!

 

Oct 21, 2017
Tunnelling under London and what came first - the chicken or the egg?
00:30:36

Crossrail is one of Europe's biggest engineering projects ever, involving 26 miles of tunnels under London. Chris Binns is a chief engineer from the project and tells Dan about immense job of digging right underneath the capital and the challenges they faced along the way!

Plus, Sir Sidney McSprocket's jumping back in time to find out about a clever invention to keep your tea warm, we discover a dangerous job - hurricane hunting - and our science expert Tom settles an age-old discussion: what came first, the chicken or the egg?

Oct 14, 2017
Everything you've ever wondered about stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
00:38:47

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist and the author of 'Star Finder for Beginners'. Maggie joins Dan in the studio to chat about stars - from what stars actually are to how you can spot incredible constellations by looking at the night sky.

We also travel back to the Big Bang to discover how the Earth was created, explore some killer lakes in Africa and find out what amazing discovery was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry this week (which is basically like the Oscars for scientists)!

Oct 07, 2017
Singing bats and meet the really, lonely iceberg!
00:29:44

Bats might seem scary but they're incredible animals - and they play an important role in our environment. Hannah Van Hesteren is an expert from the Bat Conservation Trust and she's answering all our questions about bats, like are they really blind and can bats sing

Plus, we shoot off to the Sun with the Space Cadets, learn about a very venomous snail and meet the lonely iceberg travelling the world’s oceans by itself!

Sep 30, 2017
Hurricane chaos and the wild dogs that sneeze to vote!
00:25:58

This week, we answer all your questions about the hurricane chaos that's happening! Jo Camp is a senior scientist at the Met Office and she chats to Dan all about hurricanes, tornadoes and why there are so many going on at the moment.

Plus, learn that the wild dogs that sneeze to vote about important dog issues, venture off to Mars with the Space Cadets, and in Dangerous Dan we're buzzing about a giant hornet the size of your Dad's thumb! 

 

Sep 23, 2017
The world's smelliest flower and why do our ears pop?
00:27:28

Nathan Mansbridge, storyteller at The Eden Project, chats to Dan all about the Corpse Flower, a giant stinky plant that gives off a smell likened to rotting fish, or ripe camembert! 

Plus, we explore gravity with the Space Cadets, Harry and Terry, find out why our ears pop on aeroplanes and head back down under to learn more about one of the most deadly spiders in the world - the funnel web spider. 

 

Sep 16, 2017
Tyrannosaurus Rex and how BBC's Planet Earth was filmed
00:27:06

James Aldred is a pro tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has spent his life travelling the world filming wildlife for the BBC. Dan chats to James about filming one of the most iconic shots for David Attenborough's Planet Earth series and discovers the amazing animals that live high in the trees.

Plus, we explore the world of delta wings and Stealth Bombers, and learn more about two terrifying beasts... the Tarantula hawk wasp and the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex!

 

Sep 09, 2017
BONUS: Episode 1 of Fun Kids Book Club
00:28:19

We have a brand new podcast called The Fun Kids Book Club so we thought you'd like a taster!

In this edition we hear from two of the biggest female authors right now, Robin Stevens and the legend Dame Jaqueline Wilson.

We also explore some of the best books to go back to school with and hear a special reading from Max Brooks' new book "Minecraft: The Island".

Find out more about everything featured on the podcast on our website at http://www.funkidslive.com

 

Sep 07, 2017
The man moving to Mars and could humans turn invisible?
00:30:00

Ryan MacDonald is one of 100 candidates for the Mars One project, that hopes to set up a human community on Mars. If it all goes to plan, Ryan will be leaving Earth in 2031 - and never coming back! We call up Ryan to find out more about his ambitions.

We also learn about some of the sea life that was alive in the age of the dinosaurs, meet a tiny creature with a big sting and wonder if humans could turn ever invisible - and whether that's a good idea or not!

 

Sep 02, 2017
Deadliest predators ever and could Usain Bolt outrun a cheetah?
00:25:29

Apex predators are the animals at the very top of their food chain - with no enemies whatsover! Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins tells us about some of the most incredible predators the world has ever seen and what's made them so impressive.

We also explore what the brain's made of with our science expert Tom, venture underwater to check out a golf-ball sized octopus that packs a venomous punch and answer once-and-for-all whether Usain Bolt could beat a cheetah in a race!

 

Aug 26, 2017
Why we need bees and the flesh-eating shark that lives for 500 years!
00:25:04

You might not realise it but bees are super important to life on Earth and without them we wouldn't have enough plants and crops to go around. Phil Stevenson, Professor of Plants at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, is here to tell us more about this small but mighty creature!

We delve to the bottom of the ocean with Sean & Robot from the Fun Kids Breakfast Show to find out how submarines work, discover how the Earth was made and discover the terrifying flesh-eating shark that can live for up to 500 years!

 

Aug 19, 2017
Explosive eruptions and the deadliest snake in the world!
00:26:45

It's an explosive edition of the Fun Kids Science Weekly - as we're finding out the answer to everything you've ever wondered about volcanoes with Peter Rowley, a volcanologist at the University of Portsmouth.

We also jump back in time and meet some of the flying beasts alive in the age of the dinosaurs, our science expert Tom works out how much sand there is in the whole world, and we discover the deadliest snake in the world!

 

Aug 12, 2017
World's biggest whale heart and a high-jumping kangaroo rat
00:22:53

At the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, they've just completed their mission to preserve a blue whale heart - the largest heart of any animal in the world, weighing a whopping 200kg! It's something that had never been done before so Mark Engstrom, the Museum's Senior Curator, tells us exactly how they managed it.

We also discover the difference between carnivores and herbivores, our science expert Tom helps us out with an important question about Saturn, and we see how high a kangaroo rat can jump!

 

Aug 05, 2017
Making black holes at CERN and could chip fat power cars?
00:25:13

Underneath Geneva in Switzerland, is the Large Hadron Collider - the biggest science experiment in the world, based at CERN. It basically smashes protons together at super fast speeds to see what happens - and it could help us answer some important questions about how life began! Physicist Victoria Martin explains more about the Collider and what it's got to do with dark matter, making black holes and parallel universes.

We also discover the everyday inventions that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for space travel, learn about how chip fat could be used to power your car in the future and find out about deadly Australian jellyfish!

 

Jul 29, 2017
Searching for aliens and the world's most venomous spider
00:23:33

Ever wondered whether we’re alone in the universe? Could there be life out there that we don’t know about yet – and if so how can we say hello? Sarah Scoles is a science writer and the author of Making Contact and tells us more about the search for extra terrestrial life!

We also learn about why we dream, what the US Navy are doing training dolphins, and discover the world's most venomous spider - uh oh!

 

Jul 22, 2017
Bloodhound SSC the 1000mph car and bionic brain implants
00:24:36

Later this year, one special car is attempting to travel at 1000mph! We chat to Rob Bennett, Chief Inspirer at the Bloodhound Project, who explains how a car can possibly go so fast and where you can go to see it in action! 

We also discover how your tablet knows when you are touching the screen, explore the world's largest active volcano and ask whether future generations could have bionic brain implants to make them even smarter! 

Jul 15, 2017
Giant dinosaur discovered and why poo smells!
00:19:30

A massive dinosaur fossil has been dug up in England that's over 132 million years old! We chat to Jamie and Sarah from Fossils Galore who found it and they've got some tips for how you can go fossil hunting too!

We also discover how certain animals can survive in hot and dry deserts, meet the terrifying deathstalker scorpion and finally find out the answer to why our poo smells!

 

Jul 08, 2017
Boaty McBoatface and the deadliest time in history
00:20:50

Boaty McBoatface - the unmanned yellow submarine, has just come back from his first mission! We chat to Professor Wynn, the chief scientist of robotics at the national oceanography centre, to find out all about it, plus where he's off to next.

We also find out about the bottom of the sea with Marina Ventura and Techno Mum explains about those clever cards banks give us with money on them!

Jul 01, 2017
4000mph shuttle to London and what's belly button fluff?
00:27:34

Plans for a new 4000mph super shuttle have been unveiled. The Hyper Chariot will whisk passengers between London and Edinburgh in just 8 minutes! We chat to Joanna and Nick - the brains behind it - to find out more.

We also find out how how it's possible to get rockets into space and discover some of the sea life that existed millions of years ago back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

 

Jun 26, 2017
New Mars Rover concept car and riding the 'Vomit Comet'
00:21:59

Nasa have unveiled a new Mars rover concept car, that comes with a full laboratory and life support systems! It seats four people and kind of looks like the Batmobile! We speak to the brothers who built it - Shannon and Marc from Parker Brothers Concepts in Florida, USA.

We also find out how how astronauts prepare themselves for going into outer space, including taking a ride on the ‘Vomit Comet’, and Techno Mum is here to explain how Xbox and PlayStation controllers work.

 

Jun 17, 2017
Super hot planets and what's snot?
00:23:11

We've found a new planet... and it's pretty hot there! KELT-9b is the hottest planet ever found in our universe reaching temperatures of over 4300°C! Josh Barker from the National Space Centre in Leicester tells us more.

We also find out how telescopes can spot planets far, far away, what life was like millions of years ago in the Jurassic Period and our resident scientist Professor Hallux is here to answer your questions!

 

Jun 10, 2017