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 Jan 15, 2019


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

Episode Date
Wolfsbane & Your Guide To Endangered Species

Dan speaks to Millie Marotta; her brand new book 'A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals' features the species at risk from extinction (the ones we should really know about!) Plus, he encounters the poisonous plant of many names (but you may know it as wolfsbane) and answers your questions on the sun and the heart.

Sep 14, 2019
The Most Dangerous Dinosaur & The Young Imagineers Competition

Dan chats to last year's winner of the Young Imagineers Competition - she invented a pollution-sucking pigeon! Plus, he meets one of the most dangerous dinosaurs and takes a fresh look at climate change with the help of Marina Ventura.

Sep 07, 2019
'The Wonders Of Nature' & The Black Mamba

Dan is joined by author Ben Hoare for the release of his brand new book 'The Wonders Of Nature' - how will Dan do at Ben's science quiz? Plus, Dan meets the Black Mamba and welcomes to returning features to the podcast.

Aug 31, 2019
The Mystery Of Chameleons & Cholera's Third Outbreak

Dan is joined by Professor Michel Milinkovitch – he is a Professor at the University of Geneva and answers your question on chameleons! Plus, he explores the Third Outbreak of Cholera and why it was so deadly ...

Aug 24, 2019
The Science Behind Ear Tickling & Giant Bees

In this double guest special, Dan speaks to Dr Sue Deuchars about the benefits of ear tickling (you read it right!) and discovers the science behind the VFX you see in the movies. Plus, he meets the mysterious Wallace's Giant Bee.

Aug 17, 2019
Slug Slime & Black-Footed Cat

Is there more to slug slime than meets the eye? Sam Caseley explores with Dan. Plus, have you ever thought a cat could be deadly? Dan meets the deadliest cat in the world!

Aug 10, 2019
'Why Haven't We Seen Aliens?' & Nile Crocodiles

Dan welcomes to the studio Stephen Rickard to explore his brand new book, 'Why Haven't We Seen Aliens?' Plus he meets the ferocious Nile Crocodile and explores why giant slugs are ravaging Russia.

Aug 03, 2019
BONUS: Nanogirl's Great Science Adventures

Nanogirl is another science podcast for kids! It answers your burning questions and shows you the wonders of discovery, made with school students who live in New Zealand. 

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Jul 31, 2019
Dinosaur Zoos & The Home Of The Komodo Dragon

We chat to the director of the Edinburgh Fringe's Dinosaur Zoo, Scott Wright, about the power of imagination AND about how dinosaurs could see in the dark! Plus, Dan takes a quick trip to Komodo Island, where the spectacular Komodo Dragons roam. We also hear from Techno Mum about driverless cars!

Jul 27, 2019
Science Weekly Space Bumper Special!

This week, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, it's a space special on the Science Weekly! Sarah Cruddas, author of 'The Space Race' joins Dan to chat all about the mission to get people on the moon, Dan and the question 'what makes something invisible?', we find out how deadly space really is, we speak to scientist Chris Riley all about the moon landing and his book 'Where we once stood', and it's a special space science in the news! 

Jul 20, 2019
Food Science & Snake Cannibalism

Dan speaks to the author of 'Science You Can Eat' which includes some pretty interesting studio experiments! Plus, he comes head-to-head with a black-headed python - who knew some snakes ate their friends? As usual, he'll look back on the science in the news this week!

Jul 13, 2019
The Science of Anger & Venomous Water Snakes

Why is it we sometimes feel angry, and is it useful? Dan speaks to Dr Luca Passamonti to get to the bottom of it. Plus, let's meet one of the most venomous water snakes in the world.

Jul 06, 2019
A Brainiac Live Special Featuring Head Brainiac & Radioactive Explosives

In this Brainiac Live Special Science Weekly, Dan speaks to Head Brainiac Andy about what exciting, mind-blowing and even slightly dangerous things they have planned in their live show. Plus, what radioactive element can explode with the touch of a hand?

Jun 29, 2019
The Smartest Home & The Pacific Ring Of Fire

Dan learns about the smartest homes in the world (and they're getting smarter), plus he explores the pacific ring of fire! We also welcome back our favourite genius with a brand new series - Techno Mum!

Jun 22, 2019
Giant Centipedes & The Lifecycle Of Stars

Dan is joined by astrophysicist Dr. Amelie Saintonge to hear about the birth and death of stars. Plus, he comes face-to-face with a giant, deadly centipede.As always, Professor Hallux and Deep Space High are thrown into the mix too!

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Jun 15, 2019
Witch's Poison, Killer Shrimps & Saving Species

What famous poison was used by witches in folklore and is still deadly today? Plus, see why killer shrimps are taking over the news and hear from Laura Bower from The People's Trust For Endangered Species about saving stag beetles.

Jun 08, 2019
A Thunderbirds Are Go Science Weekly Special!

In this Thunderbirds Are Go special, Dan will be re-visiting interviews with space experts as well as diving into another episode of Deep Space High. Plus, Dangerous Dan is getting a little ... Leaky, and what's the science in the news this week?

Jun 01, 2019
A Robot Exploring Mars & The Science Behind Delicious Chocolate

Dan welcomes Professor Wilson Poon to the show to explore why chocolate is so delicous and why we just can't get enough! Plus, he examines a phenomnenon that ravages the human body, and we hear from Professor Hallux and Deep Space High.

May 25, 2019
Giant Japanese Hornets & A Myserious Frog Disease

Dan explores the terrifying, brutal truth of this vicious breed of hornet. Plus, what is this mysterious disease wiping out frogs in the UK? Dan speaks to Dr Stephen Price to find out more. Catch up with the Science Weekly for a look-back on the news from this week in the science world, plus experts like Professor Hallux!

May 18, 2019
A T-Rex's Cousin, Grizzly Bears & Space School

Dan sees a gap in his Dangerous Dan list - how did he not see it before? Plus, he is joined by Professor Roger Benson about a dinosaur mystery unravelling. As always, he features Fun Kids experts including Professor Hallux and all those at Deep Space High.

May 11, 2019
Do Killer Whales Eat Sharks & Sea Life Welcomes New Species!

Dan picks the brain of the Lead Aquarist at Sea Life Brighton - how do you create a new 'home' for these species? How do you settle them in? Where do you even find them?

Plus, we hear from the Fun Kids Science experts, Professor Hallux and all those at Deep Space High!

May 04, 2019
Mummies, a Death Snake, and a Teenage Climate Warrior!

Dan speaks to mummification and Egyptian expert Dr Stephen Buckley and we find out why Sunflowers always turn to face the sun! Plus, Enn & Gee and Techno Mum are back, and we have even more Science in the News. 

Apr 26, 2019
Looking Up At The Night Sky & The World's Smelliest Fruit!

Dan speaks to astronomy and star-gazing expert Mark Thompson and who knew that the durian (just a piece of fruit) could smell like smelly pants! Plus, the Fun Kids experts (Enn & Gee and Techno Mum) return!

Apr 20, 2019
Actual Dragons and The Secrets of the Deep

Dan speaks to author of 'Ocean: Secrets of the Deep' Sabrina Weiss to find out all about the parts of the ocean a lot of us don't know a lot about, plus lets us know why our blood is red. We explore the Komodo dragon with Dangerous Dan and find out all about the rescue seal who's been named after Sir David Attenborough!

Apr 13, 2019
Black Rhinos & Tectonic Plates

Dan speaks to Twycross Zoo about the new addition to their family, plus examines one of the most dangerous plate boundaries in the world. And as always, he welcome science experts from Techno Mum to Enn & Gee!

Apr 06, 2019
Why Spiders Don't Stick to their Webs and the Largest Snake in the World

On this week's Science Weekly, natural history and conservation photographer Clay Bolt joins Dan to chat all about the science and beauty behind the smaller creatures in the world.

Plus, we're learning why spiders don't stick to their own webs, all about the maglev train, Dangerous Dan talks all about the largest snake in the world and are astronauts soon to be back on the moon?

Mar 30, 2019
Dinosaur Myth-busting and the Science Behind Brain Freeze

This week, Dan is on the line with Dr Ben Garrod, evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster, who is currently on tour with his 'So you think you know about dinosaurs?' show. Ben dispells some myths about dinosaurs and tells us all about a current day dino!

Plus, we're learning what brain freeze actually is and all about a fireball in the sky! Also, in the news this week, a brand new technology being developed what might enable us to get from London to Australia in just 4 hours!

Mar 23, 2019
The Creature that Sweats Slime & What is Gene Editing?

On this week's Science Weekly, why blood is red and do we really know if a meteor killed the dinosaurs? Dan answers your questions, plus we learn about a creature from the depths of the ocean that can go three months between meals and sweats slime with Dangerous Dan and Dan chats to biologist Nessa Carey all about gene editing. 

And, of course we check in with Enn & Gee and Techno Mum.

Mar 16, 2019
The Executioner Wasp & The Science of Wildfires

Recently, there's been an increased number of wildfires in the UK - why is this? Dan speaks to wilfire expert Dr. Thomas Smith to get to the bottom of it. Plus, Dan encounters the insect with the worst sting ever recorded, and welcomes to the show the usual experts Techno Mum and Enn & Gee.

Mar 09, 2019
Explosive Bread & Behind-The-Scenes Of A Lab

This week, Dan is joined by Emily Scott-Dearing to hear all about the latest exhbition at the Francis Crick Institute, from the tiniest fruit flies to the largest computers! Plus, he learns how bread is far more dangerous than you could ever imagine. Also, in the news this week, what does all this hot weather mean?

Mar 02, 2019
The Science of Rollercoasters & Dark Side of Mistletoe

Dan is joined by Patrick Marx, designer of rollercoasters for Europa Park! He tells us all about their physics and how rollercoasters work. Plus, did you think mistletoe was romantic? Think again! Finally, Dan is with some Fun Kids experts - Techno Mum and Enn & Gee.

Feb 23, 2019
Explosive Cesium & How To Win A Nobel Prize

Dan has a Nobel Prize Winner on this week's show! Dr Barry Marshall won the award in 2005 for discovering the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers! Dan chats to him about this discovery and his new book 'How To Win A Nobel Prize'. Plus, Dan continues to explore the most dangerous parts of the world, and the science from the past week!

Feb 16, 2019
An AI Football Coach & Killer Bees

Imagine if artifical intelligence was your football coach - Dan finds out about a football club that did just that ... Plus, if you think the bees you know are scary, Dan proves you wrong! 

Feb 09, 2019
A Deadly Virus & Will Apes Become Human?

In this episode of the Fun Kids Science Weekly, we go to Charlie in Austrailia who has asked "will apes and chimpanzees become humans like us?" Dr Alison Cronin, of Monkey World, joined Dan to answer Charlie's question. Plus, Dan explores an incredibly deadly virus ... 

Feb 02, 2019
The Biochemistry Bonanza!

In this Science Weekly special, Dan explores all things biochemical, from the dangerous and deadly to the lifesaving medicines. Plus, he was joined by Dr Pedro Ferreira of the Biochemical Society, to answer questions such as 'can we alter our cells to become superheroes?!'

Jan 26, 2019
The Most Lonely Frog In The World, The Tsetse Fly, & What Does Chocolate Do To Your Body?

Dan explores the dangerous land of the tsetse fly, and invites a science expert onto the podcast to discuss whether we should re-think our approach to chocolate. Plus, meet Romeo! The loneliest frog in the world, or used to be!

Jan 19, 2019
Flower Urchins & What Causes Growing Pains?

Do not be fooled by the sweet name of the Flower Urchin and what is really behind the common growing pain? Dr. Benjamin Jacobs (of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) joins Dan, and Dan dives into the week of Science in the News.

Jan 12, 2019
The Secret To Maps & The Golden Poison Dart Frog

Dan uncovers the mystery of maps and why they will never be accurate, with the help of Dr Alexander Kent (a cartography expert). Plus, he comes face-to-face with a golden poison dart frog, and explores the science stories shaking the world this week.

Jan 05, 2019
2018: A Year In The Fun Kids Science Weekly

To celebrate another year in the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Dan chooses his highlights; the most dangerous of the Dangerous Dans, and the fantastic experts that have been in the studio.

Dec 29, 2018
Christmas Special! The Science of Christmas & The T. Rex of the Ocean

In this Science Weekly Christmas Special, Dan is in touch with the engineering specialist at the North Pole, invites in Aoife McLysaght who is a Guest Lecturer on the BBC Christmas Lectures, and explores the T.Rex of the Ocean!

Dec 22, 2018
Melting Glaciers, A Hypernova & The Secret Life of Hedgehogs

What happens when you cross a supernova and a black hole? Why is the hedgehog species declining so quickly and what can we do to help? What has the world recently learnt about tsunamis? Dan answers all in the Fun Kids Science Weekly.

Dec 15, 2018
A Planet Discovery & The Kissing Bug

In this Science Weekly, beware of the Kissing Bug and its misleading name, Dan invites in an expert to talk us through a planet discovery, and some of the most unusual sharks are on the brink of extinction.

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Dec 08, 2018
Real Unicorns, Botflies & Dr Chris and Dr Xand!

Dan welcomes Dr. Chris and Dr. Xand into the studio, ahead of their Operation Ouch! live performance to answer all your medical questions! Dangerous Dan's choice this week lays it's eggs in other animals, and how different are rhinos and unicorns?

Dec 01, 2018
The Genius of Moths & Wombat Dung

From how moths are far more complicated and clever than what you think, to the deadly Driver Ant, to how wombat dung is incredibly sophisticated; this episode will surprise you!

Nov 24, 2018
"Painted Wolves" & the Hurricane Capital of the World

Dan explores the 'Hurricane Capital of the World', brings you the latest science in the news, plus speaks to Wildlife Photographer Nick Dyer who has been following the "painted wolves" of Zimbabwe. Plus, the adventures of Professor Hallux and Marina Ventura continue!

Nov 17, 2018
The Megalodon & Fire Mountain!

It's a particularly dangerous episode of the Fun Kids Science Weekly ... Not only is there a 'Fire Mountain', there's a shark as big a bus!

Nov 10, 2018
Deadly Machineel Tree & Secret Life Of Antelopes

Dan is back with perhaps the deadliest Dangerous Dan yet - a tree that is specifically designed to do harm. Alongside that, he's learning about the secret life of antelopes, teeth, railways and more!

Nov 03, 2018
Tawny Owls, Assassin Spiders & More Evidence of Climate Change!

Dan gets up close to an assassin spider, learns the secrets of the tawny owls and discovers more about teeth and railways!

Oct 27, 2018
Making superpowers real and evil shrews

Would you like to make superpowers happen in real life using science? Barry Fitzgerald is chatting to Dan all about how we can do that using science!

Dangerous Dan is chatting about one of the most cruel killers in the wild and is being flexitarian the way forward?

We'll also delve into the mouth with Professor Hallux, and learn about the Railways - all in this week's Science Weekly

Oct 20, 2018
Assassin Bugs, Bugs In Your Mouth & Why Does Red Make Bulls Angry?

Dan will be delving into two sorts of bugs in this Science Weekly; those in your mouth and those that are known as 'Assassin Bugs'. Also, Ishan has been in touch asking: "why do bulls get angry when they see red?" Martin Stevens, a Professor in Sensory & Evolutionary Ecology, provides the answer!

Oct 13, 2018
International Space Week Special!

This week is International Space Week, so Dan is bringing you all the best in space on this week's Science Weekly. He chats to space expert Keir Boxshall, asking all the questions you want to know about, Tim Peak reveals what it's like to be an astronaut, and of course we're off to Deep Space High too!

Oct 06, 2018
Kidpreneurs, Robots Landing on Asteroids & The Nile Crocodile

From entrepreneurs who are still at school to the dangerous Nile Crocodile to Professor Hallux on your teeth ... Dan is back with your weekly dose of Science!

Rose & Jenk, as featured in Science Weekly, will be at KidZania London for this year’s KidPreneur Festival. Taking place on Saturday 13th October, they will be running a series of talks and workshops to share their success stories and to give you the tools you need to make your business goals a reality! Find out more here!

Sep 29, 2018
Galactic Cannibalism & Can You Reach The Bottom Of A Rainbow?

Did you know that galaxies can eat one another? How about whether you can reach the bottom of the rainbow? Or when the first civilian trip to space will be? No? You should probably listen to the Fun Kids Science Weekly then ... 

Sep 22, 2018
The Most Venomous Snake & Scientists Get Closer To Aliens

Dan is back with your weekly visit to the big, wide universe of discovery! Dan encounters the most venomous snake, researches how scientists are able to take one step closer to meeting aliens, plus! You sent Dan a question about hermit crabs, didn't you? Dan invited a renowned expert onto the Science Weekly to answer your question!

Do you have a question for Dan? Leave a rating for the Fun Kids Science Weekly, with your question in the comment! Dan will find a leading professor to answer it personally.

Sep 15, 2018
Polonium, Laser Satellites & The Future of Robots

Dan is back with your weekly dose of Science; from dangerous Polonium to robot specialist, Dr. Lucy Rogers, to hearing loss. If you want a science expert to answer your questions, comment on the podcast with your question!

Sep 08, 2018
An Arachnid Expert, A Leak At The Space Station & The Hottest Place In The World

Another episode of Techno Mum, Digital Railways, and Dan speaks to an arachnid specialist from the Natural History Museum!

Sep 01, 2018
Why We Have Two Ears, Turtles & What It's Like To Be A Vet!

Dan welcomes Techno Mum, Professor Hallux and Conor from the Pop 7 at 7 in this show! Plus, why do we need two ears instead of one? Also, if you want to be a vet when you're older, this is not one to miss!

Aug 25, 2018
Lots of sciencey fun to have at home and an Egyptian recipe!

This week on the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Frankie interrupts the show with Michelle Dickinson, finding out about all the fun stuff you can do with science!

Plus, a deadly tiny creature under the sea and an ancient Egyptian embalming recipe is revealed. Who is it that makes all the machines and robots in our house? and Who's in charge of the radio waves? Dan has all the answers in this week's Science Weekly!

Aug 18, 2018
Loads of Sharks and a Deadly Fruit

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

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

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

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!

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

Jul 14, 2018
Crocdolphins, Gravity & Fish With Dagger-Sharp Jaws

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?

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

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

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

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 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

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

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!

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?

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

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!

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

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!

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!

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
Snakes, spiders and a laughing sickness

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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
Butterflies, moths and the deadly boomslang snake

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!

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!

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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!

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?

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!

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?

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!

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

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?

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