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    ‘Lesbian’ seagulls and ‘gay’ rams: the endless sexual diversity of nature

    ‘Lesbian’ seagulls and ‘gay’ rams: the endless sexual diversity of nature
    Same-sex sexual behaviours have been reported in a wide variety of species, and a new study suggests that, although animal scientists widely observe it, they seldom publish about same-sex sexual behaviour in primates and other mammals. To find out why and to hear about some of the examples of sexual diversity from the animal kingdom, Ian Sample hears from Josh Davis, a science writer at the Natural History Museum in London and author of the book A Little Gay Natural History. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
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    enJuly 11, 2024

    ZOE and personalised nutrition: does the evidence on glucose tracking add up?

    ZOE and personalised nutrition: does the evidence on glucose tracking add up?
    You might have noticed that everyone has recently become a bit obsessed with blood sugar, or glucose. Wellness firms such as ZOE here in the UK – as well as Nutrisense, Levels and Signos – claim to offer insights into how our bodies process food based on monitoring our blood glucose, among other things. But many researchers have begun to question the science behind this. To find out what we know about blood glucose levels and our health, and whether the science is nailed down on personalised nutrition, Ian Sample hears from philosopher Julian Baggini, academic dietician Dr Nicola Guess of Oxford University and ZOE’s chief scientist, and associate professor at Kings College London, Dr Sarah Berry. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
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    enJuly 09, 2024

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer’s first week

    Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer’s first week
    The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey look ahead to the first week of the new Labour government. Plus, Pippa is going to be in Washington with Keir Starmer on his first foreign trip as prime minister. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
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    enJuly 08, 2024

    Labour wins a landslide: Is this a new dawn? Politics Weekly UK

    Labour wins a landslide: Is this a new dawn? Politics Weekly UK
    Labour has won a landslide victory, with Keir Starmer saying ‘change begins now’. Is this a new era for the country? The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by political editor Pippa Crerar and political correspondent Kiran Stacey. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
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    enJuly 05, 2024

    ‘Spermageddon’: is male fertility really in crisis?

    ‘Spermageddon’: is male fertility really in crisis?
    Recent research has suggested a global reproductive crisis could be in the offing, with researchers in Israel saying average sperm counts may have more than halved in the past 40 years. But a study published last month appears to call this narrative into question. Ian Sample is joined by the Guardian’s science correspondent Nicola Davis to unpick why these studies have come to different conclusions – and what could be causing the crisis, if declines are as dramatic as they appear. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
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    enJuly 04, 2024

    On the road in Redcar: can Labour offer fresh hope?

    On the road in Redcar: can Labour offer fresh hope?
    This week Politics Weekly UK is in Redcar in north-east England, where the seat turned blue in 2019. Steelworks closures hit the region hard, but under a Conservative MP and a Conservative mayor some jobs have been returning. Will the Tories keep the seat or can Labour’s Anna Turley offer fresh hope?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
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    enJuly 03, 2024

    Caroline Lucas on politics, science and 14 years as the only Green MP

    Caroline Lucas on politics, science and 14 years as the only Green MP
    As she steps down as the Green party’s first, and so far only, MP, Caroline Lucas tells Madeleine Finlay what it’s been like as the sole Green voice in parliament for the past 14 years, her hopes for her party in Thursday’s UK general election, and what she plans to do in her life beyond politics. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
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    enJuly 02, 2024

    On the road in Boston: Does Reform UK have the answer?

    On the road in Boston: Does Reform UK have the answer?
    This week Politics Weekly UK is in Boston, Lincolnshire, to where large numbers of eastern Europeans moved to work as vegetable pickers on farms. In 2016 more than 75% of the town voted for Brexit. The Guardian’s John Harris returns to Boston to find out how far Reform UK’s Richard Tice can capitalise on tensions in the region. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
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    enJune 28, 2024

    The surprising psychology behind extremism, and how politics is driving it

    The surprising psychology behind extremism, and how politics is driving it
    Psychologists usually expect ambivalence to be a driver of political apathy. But a new study appears to show a link between ambivalence in our views and the likelihood that we’ll support extremist actions. Madeleine Finlay speaks to the study’s co-author Richard Petty, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, to find out what pushes people to take extreme actions, how politics could be driving this behaviour and how it could be combated. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
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    enJune 27, 2024