Fun Kids Science Weekly

Fun Kids Science Weekly

By Fun Kids

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.

Episodes

A Robotic Research Assistant & The Humboldt Squid

Dan is joined by Benjamin Burger, who has recently introduced a robotic research assistant into his laboratory; we hear how it's going so far. Plus, is it possible the myth of the kraken is actually rooted in truth?
11/07/2020m 52s

Indian Cobra & Can A Star Just Disappear?

We are joined by Andrew Allan who recently noticed a gigantic star has disappeared; were could it have gone and why? Plus, his Dangerous Dan list has been sorely missing this Indian Cobra ...
04/07/2023m 58s

Lethal Noise & Dan Speaks To A NASA Rover Driver

Dan is joined by a NASA Rover Driver; Sophia Mitchell is responsible for manoeuvring the rovers on Mars! Plus, could you imagine a noise loud enough to injure you?
27/06/2027m 45s

The Language Of Bees & The Goliath Birdeater

Dan is joined by Dr. Martin Bencsik whose research on bee language means he's been able to pick out specific sounds and translate them! Plus, Dan inducts the largest spider on earth onto the Dangerous Dan list.
20/06/2025m 8s

Challenger Deep & The Science Of Oysters

Imagine the height of Mount Everest, but as a crater under the sea? Dan meets Challenger Deep and you will too! Plus, we're joined by Dr. Ken Collins to learn more about the science of oysters and their pearls.
13/06/2026m 38s

A Star Brighter Than The Sun & 'Shark Super Powers'

In a double guest special, Dan is joined by the authors of 'Shark Super Powers', Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake - we bet you didn't know what made these creatures so special! Plus, author of 'Martian Blood' John Pahl to hear how feasible it really is to live on Mars ...
06/06/2031m 47s

A Dinosaur Special!

To celebrate Dinosaur Day on Monday 1st June, Dan presents a special, dino-themed show. He welcomes palaeontologist Dr. Dean Lomax to hear all about how dinosaurs are discovered and named. Plus, you won't be able to guess his special Dangerous Dan!
30/05/2029m 52s

Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish & Kids Against Plastic

Dan is joined by the founders of 'Kids Against Plastic' to learn more about being "plastic clever". Plus, it's a double guest special, as the episode rounds off with Dan hearing from the British Science Association's CEO about young people keeping faith in scientists at this time. And also, who thought the humble starfish could be so dangerous?
23/05/2035m 30s

Bright Blue Lava & A Chemistry Expert

Imagine boiling hot lava which is bright blue! Dan flies us to this location on this episode. Plus, he is joined by Dr. Dude of Mad Science to pick his brain about all things chemistry.
16/05/2027m 45s

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snakes & Steve Mould Answers Your Questions!

Dan is joined by super science expert, Steve Mould so answer all our wildlife questions! Plus, don't be fooled by this beautiful snake - it's deadly!
09/05/2027m 15s

A Dinosaur Discovery & The Hottest Place On Earth

We thought we had dinosaurs all figured out, but Dr. David Unwin joins us to show they're still constantly surprising us. Plus, Dan visits the scorching surroundings of the hottest place on Earth.
02/05/2026m 34s

Venomous Caterpillars & The Science Behind Rolls Royce Cars

Caterpillars may seem innocent to you, but Dan meets the incredible venomous lonomia. Plus. what's the science that sets Rolls Royce cars apart from others?
25/04/2024m 50s

A Poisonous Bird & The Changing Poles

Dan explores a poisonous bird (did you even know they existed?) Plus, he welcomes Dr. Juliana Adelman onto the podcast to learn about the history, and future, of our electromagnetic poles. Finally, he also meets Rushil Patel, the winner of a national STEM competition.
18/04/2030m 46s

Dan Visits The Watercress Line In Hampshire!

The Watercress Line is a heritage railway line that restores, fixes and runs a fleet of steam locomotives. They’re currently working on the Canada Pacific, restoring a huge express engine built in 1941 to it’s original glory. He looks around the yard, into the boiler room, learning inside the signal box before heading onto the footplate helping to drive the train. You can find out more about the project at watercressline.co.uk'
11/04/2023m 51s

A Boiling Hot River & The Science Of Laughter

Dan is joined by Stephanie Davies of Laughology; what is the science behind our giggle fits? Plus, can you imagine a boiling hot river that's completely nature-made? We thought not!
04/04/2023m 29s

Coronavirus Questions Answered & The Goblin Shark

Dan is joined by friend-of-the-show Professor Lucy Rogers to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Covid-19. Plus, lying deep in the ocean is a 'living fossil' that looks like it came from outer space ... Find Professor Lucy Rogers: TikTok (@DrLucyRogers) / Twitter (@DrLucyRogers) / Website (www.lucyrogers.com)
28/03/2023m 35s

The Future Of Energy & The Madidi National Park

Dan is joined by Dr. Stephen Peake to hear all about the future of energy over the coming years and decades; why is our current model not fit for purpose? Plus, take a walk in the dangerous Madidi National Park (if you dare!)
21/03/2027m 36s

Underwater Dinosaurs & A Real Life Indiana Jones

Dan is joined by Alison Teal; she's made a name for herself exploring untouched corners of the world (most of the time on her sustainably-built, pink surfboard!) Plus, he meets a ginormous underwater dinosaur you've probably never heard of ...
14/03/2028m 29s

Fish Odour Syndrome & The Changing Face Of Britain

Would you believe us if we said woodland has increased in Britain? Or how about how our geography changes every single day? Rob Andrews of Ordnance Survey joins Dan to look at how the face of Britain has changed. Plus (don't get too close) - what's fish odour syndrome?
07/03/2024m 15s

BONUS: The Space Programme

Subscribe to The Space Programme by searching for it wherever you're listening to this or by tapping here: https://podfollow.com/tsp The Space Programme is a brand new radio drama from the UK's children's radio station, Fun Kids. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts and hear it first, 4:30pm every Friday on Fun Kids.
04/03/209m 31s

A Robot Expert & The Gigantoraptor

Dan is joined by Dr. Law, the UK's leading robot expert - where does he think the robot industry is going? Plus, he comes face-to-face with a gigantoraptor - will it live up to its name?
29/02/2025m 20s

Cooling The Climate & The Blue Angel Sea Slug

Dan is joined by Isabel Thomas, author of 'This Book Will (Help) Cool The Climate'; learn how to make sustainable change in your own life and even influence others around you to do the same. Plus, a blue angel sea slug slimes its way into the studio. Artwork picture by Sylke Rohrlach
22/02/2026m 46s

Camilla Nichol on Antartica & Strange Matter

Dan is joined by Camilla Nichol to learn about the first sighting of Antarctica. Plus, how deadly is dark matter?
15/02/2026m 53s

Adventurer Ben Fogle & The Oleander Plant

Dan is joined by world adventurer Ben Fogle who's celebrating children who create zero emissions on their way to school. Plus, here's why you need to watch out for the oleander plant ...
08/02/2031m 1s

UK Space Agency's Libby Jackson & Could Your Dog Poison You?

Dan is joined by Science Weekly alumni, Libby Jackson! She is answering one of YOUR questions! Plus, is it really that harmless to let your dog lick your face?
01/02/2027m 6s

Lucy Hawking Answers Your Questions & The Kola Superdeep Borehole

Dan is joined in the studio by scientific royalty, Lucy Hawking! He hears all about her brand new book and she answers your questions. Plus, imagine drilling deep enough into the core you can peer in?
25/01/2033m 17s

The Science of Trees and a Parasitic Worm

This week on the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Dan is joined by tree specialist Dr. Kieron Doick to hear all about how trees help the planet. Plus, Dan answers your questions, we learn about a worm that wiggles its way from your insides out, and we're joined by Techno Mum and head to Deep Space High.
18/01/2026m 45s

Australian Bushfires and The Terror of Silence

Dan is back for 2020 on the Fun Kids Science Weekly; he's joined by Dr. Colin Beale to learn more about how animals react to wildfires. Plus, he explores Orfield Laboratory with the most silent room in the world (it's so silent even your ears make noise!)
11/01/2026m 14s

The Best of 2019!

Dan looks back on his favourite Science Weekly moments of 2019, from the most dangerous to the most disgusting to the most fascinating. We'll see you in 2020!
25/12/1953m 27s

The Midnight Zone & Predictions For 2020

During this final episode of the Fun Kids Science Weekly before Christmas, Dan dives deep into the Midnight Zone to meet some of its inhabitants. Plus, he is joined by Tris Dyson who makes predictions for a living - what does he think is coming up for 2020?
21/12/1926m 53s

New Zealand Volcanic Eruption & Young Imagineers 2019 Winner

Dan is joined by Balsam, the winner of the 2019 Young Imagineers Competition. Plus, Dan speaks to Dr. Matthew Blackett to unpick the tragic volcanic eruption in New Zealand.
14/12/1927m 32s

The Poison Garden & Tutankhamun with Dr. Chris Naunton

Dan is joined by Egyptologist Dr. Chris Naunton to hear all about Tutankhamun. Plus, Dan answers your questions on itches and electricity and explores the Poison Garden.
07/12/1928m 11s

Deadly Crustaceans & Snot and Slime from the Tumble podcast

Thought you knew everything there was to know about snot and slime? Think again! Dan is joined by the Tumble Podcast, another podcast about science, to learn all about it! Plus, it’s a busy studio, he’s also joined by Marina Ventura Climate Explorer, and learns how footballs are made.”
30/11/1925m 11s

A Fun Kids Science Weekly Chemistry Special - Part 2

In the second part of the Science Weekly Chemistry Special, Dan hones in on precisely what makes an element, its history and its future - with the help of Chemistry experts of course!
23/11/1942m 34s

A Fun Kids Science Weekly Chemistry Special - Part 1

In the first part of the Fun Kids Science Weekly Chemistry Specials, Dan speaks to Hannah McDonald of The Biochemical Society, explores chemistry in the news this week plus is joined by Kareena, our Fun Kids Chemistry Expert!
16/11/1929m 42s

Saw-Scaled Vipers & Science + Nature with Dan Green

Dan is joined by Dan Green of Science + Nature Magazine to unpick the upcoming issue, which includes full moons affecting our behavior and mummification. Plus, he meets the snake responsible for most human deaths - the saw-scaled viper.
09/11/1924m 3s

A Fun Kids Science Weekly Social Science Special!

Being a human being is complicated! The way we act and think, and the things we do in our lives, can be affected in many different ways.  We’re finding out more with Dan in a sizzling new Science Weekly Special, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. He is joined by Social Science experts and even explores how it can be both beneficial and dangerous ...
02/11/1941m 6s

Deadly Stinging Nettles & Vultures Being Sick

In this week's episode, Dan’s chatting to Barry Fitzgerald, judge of the Young Imagineers competition, ahead of it closing, we're learning about an evil stinging nettle that drives you mad, answering questions about eyes and vultures being sick, and we're learning about the most powerful computer. You can also get the Fun Kids Science Weekly podcast in the free Fun Kids app, online at ​FunKidsLive.com
27/10/1922m 52s

Humanimals & Encephalitis Lethargica

Dan speaks to Christopher Lloyd, author of 'Humanimal', about some surprising similarities between "us and them". Plus, Dan finds out how slime is made plus answers your questions on light bulbs and rockets.
19/10/1924m 3s

A Fun Kids Science Weekly Pathology Special!

In this Pathology Special, Dan chats to experts Jo Morris and Guy Hammer, plus has features from Professor Hallux.
12/10/1934m 31s

Decompression Sickness & Why We Need Wasps

Dan is joined by Dr. Gavin Broad of The Natural History Museum to get a close look at wasps and why they deserve more respect than we usually give them. Plus, Dan is going on a scuba-diving holiday - what danger should he look out for?
05/10/1924m 15s

The Helium Shortage & Stone Man Syndrome

Dan speaks to Professor David Cole-Hamilton about the Earth's helium shortage, and explores the almost unimaginable Stone Man Syndrome. Plus, he also chats to Hanna, another child inventor, who won the Dream Big, Princess competition.
28/09/1932m 14s

'Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System' & Peregrine Falcon

Dan takes a tour of the solar system, including trying to unravel the mystery of the black hole. Plus, who would have thought a falcon could be that dangerous?
21/09/1927m 38s

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.
14/09/1922m 40s

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.
07/09/1925m 40s

'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.
31/08/1929m 59s

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 ...
24/08/1920m 11s

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.
17/08/1933m 46s

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!
10/08/1919m 28s

'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.
03/08/1927m 9s

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.  It's made by RNZ and Nanogirl Labs. Tap here to subscribe to Nanogirl's Great Science Adventures wherever you're listening to this podcast: https://podfollow.com/1462120464
31/07/1924m 55s

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!
27/07/1922m 28s

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!
20/07/1941m 25s

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!
13/07/1927m 53s

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.
06/07/1921m 15s

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?
29/06/1921m 35s

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!
22/06/1919m 49s

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! Buy tickets for 'The Longest Night of Charlie Noon', hosted by The Royal Institution. Use discount code 'RIFunKids' to receive a 15% reduction.
15/06/1923m 0s

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.
08/06/1921m 7s

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?
01/06/1933m 55s

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.
25/05/1923m 28s

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!
18/05/1924m 23s

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.
11/05/1925m 12s

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!
04/05/1923m 38s

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.
26/04/1923m 19s

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!
20/04/1926m 21s

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!
13/04/1922m 47s

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!
06/04/1919m 40s

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?
30/03/1923m 38s

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!
23/03/1922m 59s

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.
16/03/1924m 23s

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.
09/03/1919m 42s

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?
02/03/1921m 9s

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.
23/02/1923m 48s

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!
16/02/1926m 37s

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!
09/02/1925m 31s

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 ...
02/02/1925m 28s

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?!'
26/01/1931m 38s

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!
19/01/1922m 54s

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.
12/01/1926m 53s

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.
05/01/1926m 34s

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.
29/12/1830m 47s

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!
22/12/1816m 51s

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.
15/12/1830m 40s

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. Get the Santa Daily podcast by searching for Santa Daily in your podcast app or visiting http://www.funkidslive.com/santa/
08/12/1825m 32s

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?
01/12/1830m 5s

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!
24/11/1824m 40s

"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!
17/11/1828m 9s

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!
10/11/1823m 29s

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!
03/11/1822m 17s

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!
27/10/1821m 47s

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
20/10/1823m 10s

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!
13/10/1820m 46s

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!
06/10/1835m 19s

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!
29/09/1823m 17s

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 ...
22/09/1818m 49s

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.
15/09/1822m 6s

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!
08/09/1828m 11s

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!
01/09/1827m 3s

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!
25/08/1821m 59s

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!
18/08/1826m 59s

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!
11/08/1826m 3s

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!
04/08/1823m 58s

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.
28/07/1826m 37s

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".
21/07/1826m 58s

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 https://intu.co.uk/bigbugs
14/07/1828m 14s

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 ...
07/07/1826m 36s

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.
30/06/1825m 12s

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?
23/06/1835m 31s

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?
16/06/1824m 37s

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 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?
09/06/1825m 24s

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?
02/06/1820m 19s

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
26/05/1821m 31s

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!
19/05/1824m 35s

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!
12/05/1825m 46s

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! 
05/05/1825m 37s

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!
28/04/1825m 28s

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!
21/04/1830m 33s

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!
14/04/1830m 23s

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!
07/04/1824m 8s

The Fun Kids Gaming Show: Terrible voice actors and Detective Pikachu!

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!
05/04/1816m 10s

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! 
31/03/1828m 3s

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!
24/03/1827m 57s

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!
17/03/1824m 47s

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? 
10/03/1826m 10s

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. 
03/03/1824m 4s

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. 
24/02/1828m 13s

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! 
17/02/1825m 49s

BONUS: Episode 1 of Story Quest

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.
12/02/184m 59s

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!
10/02/1830m 44s

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! 
03/02/1826m 19s

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! 
27/01/1829m 45s

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. 
20/01/1824m 9s

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?  
13/01/1826m 30s

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!  
06/01/1826m 28s

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.
16/12/1726m 48s

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.
09/12/1728m 9s

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!
02/12/1727m 47s

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.
25/11/1726m 41s

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!
18/11/1726m 22s

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!
11/11/1726m 41s

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'.
04/11/1728m 15s

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!
28/10/1727m 46s

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!  
21/10/1734m 38s

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?
14/10/1730m 36s

Everything you've ever wondered about stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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)!
07/10/1738m 48s

Singing bats and meet the really, lonely iceberg!

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!
30/09/1729m 45s

Hurricane chaos and the wild dogs that sneeze to vote!

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!   
23/09/1725m 59s

The world's smelliest flower and why do our ears pop?

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.   
16/09/1727m 29s

Tyrannosaurus Rex and how BBC's Planet Earth was filmed

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!  
09/09/1727m 6s

BONUS: Episode 1 of Fun Kids Book Club

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  
07/09/1728m 19s

The man moving to Mars and could humans turn invisible?

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!  
02/09/1730m 0s

Deadliest predators ever and could Usain Bolt outrun a cheetah?

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!  
26/08/1725m 30s

Why we need bees and the flesh-eating shark that lives for 500 years!

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!  
19/08/1725m 5s

Explosive eruptions and the deadliest snake in the world!

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!  
12/08/1726m 45s

World's biggest whale heart and a high-jumping kangaroo rat

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!  
05/08/1722m 54s

Making black holes at CERN and could chip fat power cars?

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!  
29/07/1725m 13s

Searching for aliens and the world's most venomous spider

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!  
22/07/1723m 34s

Bloodhound SSC the 1000mph car and bionic brain implants

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! 
15/07/1724m 37s

Giant dinosaur discovered and why poo smells!

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!  
08/07/1719m 30s

Boaty McBoatface and the deadliest time in history

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!
01/07/1720m 51s

4000mph shuttle to London and what's belly button fluff?

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.  
26/06/1727m 34s

New Mars Rover concept car and riding the 'Vomit Comet'

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.  
17/06/1722m 0s

Super hot planets and what's snot?

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!  
10/06/1723m 12s
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