In the latest episode of Scibernia we find out about the genetics of potatoes, get up close and personal with the Periodic Table of Elements and ask the question: what exactly is a psychopath? To listen just click ‘Play’ or ‘Download’ below, or catch us on iTunes.

In this episode:

  • Gerard Cunningham talks to geneticist Dan Milbourne of Teagasc, head of an Irish team that played a key role in mapping the potato genome.
  • We take a tour of the Periodic Table at Dublin’s Science Gallery, where the latest exhibition is titled Elements: The Beauty of Chemistry.
  • And in our Culture Corner we review Jon Ronson’s new book The Psychopath Test, which takes a fascinating look at how psychopathy — and hundreds of other psychiatric disorders — are diagnosed today.

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