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The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.


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Coronapod: The heavy toll on people of colour
00:25:16

In this episode:


00:45 Black Lives Matter

The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by police in Minnesota has sent a shockwave of anger around the globe. As unrest continues, we discuss the protests in Washington DC and ask how scientists are reacting.


04:01 The outsized toll of covid-19 on people of colour

Reports from around the globe are showing that ethnic minorities are at much higher risk of infection and death from the coronavirus. But why might that be? And what can be done about it?

News: How to address the coronavirus’s outsized toll on people of colour

World View: How environmental racism is fuelling the coronavirus pandemic


16:27 Food for thought

Richard Van Noorden suggests some inspirational listening to learn and reflect in difficult times.

Podcast: George the poet


18:27 Lessons from past pandemics

The coronavirus pandemic is just the latest of hundreds throughout history. Nick Howe interviews author Frank M Snowden about how disease has shaped society.

Books and Arts: How pandemics shape social evolution

 

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Jun 05, 2020
Lab-made skin grows its own hair
00:23:41

This week, a new method to grow hairy skin in a dish, and new research takes aim at the RNA world hypothesis.


In this episode:


00:45 Hairy Skin

Researchers may have developed a way to make skin that can grow hair in the lab, paving the way for treatment of a variety of skin disorders, and perhaps even baldness. Research Article: Lee et al.News and Views: Regenerative medicine could pave the way to treating baldness


08:56 Research Highlights

How mercury moved during the ‘Great Dying’, and the slink between mobile phones and gender equality. Research Highlight: Giant eruptions belched toxic metal during the ‘Great Dying’Research Article: Rotondi et al.


11:21 Does DNA predate life?

The RNA world hypothesis posits that RNA formed spontaneously leading eventually to life. Now new research suggests that RNA and DNA formed together, before life. Research Article: Xu et al.News and Views: How DNA and RNA subunits might have formed to make the first genetic alphabet


19:25 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the recent SpaceX launch, and the earliest fossil of a land animal. CBC: Scientists find oldest fossil of a land animalNature News: SpaceX to launch astronauts — and a new era of private human spaceflight


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Video: We test a home antibody kit for tracking Covid-19 transmission

 

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Jun 03, 2020
Coronapod: The divisive hydroxychloroquine study that's triggering mass confusion
00:26:37

00:59 Chloroquine on rocky ground

President Trump's preferred coronavirus treatment is the focus of a new study suggesting it could cause more harm than good, but not everybody agrees. We discuss the fallout as trials around the world are paused and countries diverge over policy advice.

News: India expands use of controversial coronavirus drug amid safety concerns

News: Safety fears over hyped drug hydroxychloroquine spark global confusion



12:12 Are we rushing science?

Coronavirus papers are being published extremely quickly, while normally healthy scientific debate is being blown up in the world’s press. Is there a balancing act between timely research and accurate messaging?


18:49 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including hedgerow brews and a trip into the past using AI.

Recipe: Elderflower 'Champagne'

Video: Denis Shiryaev restores historic footage with AI


22:30 The latest coronavirus research papers

Noah Baker takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks.

News: Coronavirus research updates

medRxiv: Full genome viral sequences inform patterns of SARS-CoV-2 spread into and within Israel

Harvard Library: Reductions in commuting mobility predict geographic differences in SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in New York City

Science: DNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques

 

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May 29, 2020
Super-efficient catalyst boosts hopes for hydrogen fuel
00:19:37

This week, perfecting catalysts that split water using light, and the mystery of missing matter in the Universe.


In this episode:


00:44 Water splitting

After decades of research scientists have managed to achieve near perfect efficiency using a light-activated catalyst to separate hydrogen from water for fuel. Research Article: Takata et al.News and Views: An almost perfectly efficient light-activated catalyst for producing hydrogen from water


05:37 Research Highlights

The hidden water inside the earth’s core, and how working memory ‘works’ in children. Research Highlight: Our planet’s heart is wateryResearch Highlight: A child’s memory prowess is revealed by brain patterns


07:53 Measuring matter

Estimations of baryonic matter in the Universe have conflicted with observations, but now researchers have reconciled these differences. Research Article: Macquart et al.


13:42 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the possibility of a black hole in our solar system, and the biting bees that force plants to bloom. Physics World: If ‘Planet Nine’ is a primordial black hole, could we detect it with a fleet of tiny spacecraft?; Scientific American: Bumblebees Bite Plants to Force Them to Flower (Seriously)

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May 27, 2020
Coronapod: Hope and caution greet vaccine trial result, and Trump vs the WHO
00:34:15

01:38 Trump vs the WHO

President Trump has given the WHO an ultimatum in a tweet, threatening to pull out of the organisation within 30 days unless unclear demands are met. We discuss what this means for the pandemic, the USA and the future of international health cooperation.


12:06 Where are we with vaccines?

The first results from vaccine trials are in and they are encouraging, but scientists are still urging caution. We hear the lowdown on the types of vaccines being developed and what hope there is of rolling them out any time soon. 

News: Coronavirus vaccine trials have delivered their first results — but their promise is still unclear

News: The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide

News: If a coronavirus vaccine arrives, can the world make enough?


25:20 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including hopeful antibody research, at-home sketch comedy and printable board games.

News: Potent human antibodies could inspire a vaccine

Video: Whiskers R we - SNL

Video:The wild affordable world of 1 Player Print’n’Play Games

Video:MORE of the Very Best Solitaire Print'n'Play Games

Video: Marble run league

Video: BBC goals at home (Only available in the UK)


30:04 The latest coronavirus research papers

Noah Baker takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks.

News: Coronavirus research updates

medRxivSaliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharangel swabs

Nature: Effect of non-pharmaceutical interventions to contain COVID-19 in China

Science: Changes in contact patterns shape the dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak in China

New England Journal of Medicine: 


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May 22, 2020
A synthetic eye that 'sees' like a human
00:22:16

This week, crafting an artificial eye with the benefits of a human's, and understanding how disk-galaxies formed by peering back in time.


In this episode:


00:45 Biomimetic eye

Researchers fabricate an artificial eye complete with a human-like retina. Research Article: Gu et al.News and Views: Artificial eye boosted by hemispherical retina


09:27 Research Highlights

Dazzling elephant seals to avoid predation, and helping blind people ‘see’ through brain stimulation. Research Highlight: Mighty seals humbled by prey that flickers and flashesResearch Highlight: Blind people ‘read’ letters traced on their brains with electricity


11:36 Early disk-galaxy

There’s an open question about how disk-galaxies form, but now new observations are pointing to an answer, from the very early Universe. Research Article: Neeleman et al.News and Views: Galaxy disk observed to have formed shortly after the Big Bang


17:47 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including a HIV ‘vaccine’, and incredibly hardy bacteria. Science: Long-acting injectable drug prevents HIV infectionsQuanta Magazine: Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun

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May 20, 2020
Coronapod: The misinformation pandemic, and science funding fears
00:31:35

With questionable coronavirus content flooding airwaves and online channels, what’s being done to limit its impact? 


In this episode:

 

00:57 The epidemiology of misinformation

As the pandemic spreads, so does a tidal wave of misinformation and conspiracy theories. We discuss how researchers' are tracking the spread of questionable content, and ways to limit its impact.


News: Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemic, researchers warn


Nature Video: Infodemic: Coronavirus and the fake news pandemic


 

17:55 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including walks in new places, an update on the Isolation Choir, and a very long music playlist.


Video: The Isolation Choir sing What a Wonderful World


Spotify: Beastie Boys Book Complete Songs


22:30 Funding fears for researchers

Scientists around the world are concerned about the impacts that the pandemic will have on their funding and research projects. We hear from two who face uncertainty, and get an update on the plans put in place by funding organisations to support their researchers.



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May 15, 2020
The super-sleuth who spots trouble in science papers, and the puzzle of urban smog
00:20:10

This week, Elisabeth Bik tells us about her work uncovering potential image manipulation, and a new route for particulate pollution formation.


In this episode:


00:45 Seeing double

Elisabeth Bik spends her days identifying duplicated images in science papers. She tells us about her efforts, and why they’re important. Feature: Meet this super-spotter of duplicated images in science papersNews: Publishers launch joint effort to tackle altered images in research papers


08:11 Research Highlights

New insights on the mysterious Tully Monster, and how football fans can stoke air pollution. Research Highlight: Unmasking the Tully Monster: fossils help to tackle a decades-old mysteryResearch Highlight: The meaty link between a city’s football matches and its foul air


10:29 Understanding air pollution

Particulate pollution is a serious threat to human health, but the way that new particles form is poorly understood. This week, new research suggests a new mechanism for it to happen. Research article: Wang et al.News and Views: Airborne particles might grow fast in cities


15:09 Pick of the Briefing

We pick some highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the closest discovered black hole to Earth, and how wriggly worms are helping physicists model microscopic processes. National Geographic: Closest black hole to Earth found 'hiding in plain sight'Physics: Worm Viscosity

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May 13, 2020
Coronapod: The dangers of ignoring outbreaks in homeless shelters, plus coronavirus and drug abuse
00:28:02

Outbreaks among those unable to isolate are spreading under the radar. We hear about the researchers scrambling to get a handle on the situation.


In this episode:


01:02 How is coronavirus spreading in group settings?

In order to successfully stop the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have to understand how the virus is spreading among groups unable to isolate. We hear about efforts to uncover levels of infection among homeless populations in the US, and the challenges associated with doing so.


News: Ignoring outbreaks in homeless shelters is proving perilous


16:49 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including a virtual tour of the world, dark humour, and experimental cocktails.


Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close


20:04 Fears rise at US drug-abuse research institute


Nora Volkow is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She tells us about her concerns for people living with substance-use disorders during the pandemic, and the damaging effect of lockdowns on NIDA’s research.

News: The psychiatrist at the centre of the opioid crisis



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May 08, 2020
07 May 2020: Galileo and the science deniers, and physicists probe the mysterious pion
00:22:16

This week, a new way to study elusive subatomic particles - pions, and the story of Galileo remains relevant in a time of modern science denialism.


In this episode:


00:46 Probing pions

Pions are incredibly unstable and difficult-to-study subatomic particles. Now researchers have come up with a clever way to examine them - by sticking them into helium atoms. Research Article: Hori et al.


08:28 Research Highlights

A colourful way to cool buildings, and the rapid expansion of cities. Research Highlight: A rainbow of layered paints could help buildings to keep their coolResearch Highlight: Urban sprawl overspreads Earth at an unprecedented speed


10:46 The life of Galileo

A new biography of Galileo Galilei examines some of the myths about his life and draws parallels with problems facing scientists today. Books and Arts: Galileo’s story is always relevant


16:42 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including botanical graffiti, and rock-eating bacteria. The Guardian: 'Not just weeds': how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten floraScientific American: Scientists Waited Two and a Half Years to See whether Bacteria Can Eat Rock

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May 06, 2020
Coronapod: What use are contact tracing apps? And new hopes for coronavirus drug remdesivir
00:31:57

The Coronapod team pick through the latest news, plus we hear from the researchers making lemonade out of lockdown lemons.


In this episode:


01:10 Can contact-tracing apps help?

Governments around the world are banking on smartphone apps to help end the spread of the coronavirus. But how effective might these apps might be? What are the risks? And how should they fit into wider public health strategies?


Editorial: Show evidence that apps for COVID-19 contact-tracing are secure and effective


13:30 Antiviral remdesivir shows promise

Early results from a US trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir suggest it shortens recovery time for patients with COVID-19. We unpick the findings.


News: Hopes rise for coronavirus drug remdesivir


16:52 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including blooming trust in scientists, cooking experiments, and a neighbourhood coming together to clap for healthcare workers.


21:34 Unexpected opportunities

We hear from three researchers making the most of lockdown, studying tiny earthquakes, building balcony-based citizen science projects, or enlisting gamers to fight the coronavirus.


Fold-it, the protein-folding computer game


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May 01, 2020
30 April 2020: A sniff test for consciousness, and how to cut antibiotics use — with vaccines
00:23:03

This week, how the ‘sniff-response’ can help clinicians determine a patient's state of consciousness, and how vaccines could help drive down antibiotic use.


In this episode:


00:45 Sniffing out consciousness

Researchers have found that the sniff reflex can indicate whether a patient is in a vegetative state, and even the likelihood that they will recover consciousness. Research Article: Arzi et al.


08:37 Research Highlights

The stupefying effect of carbon dioxide, and a chameleon gemstone that tricks your eyes. Research Highlight: Rising carbon dioxide levels will make us stupiderResearch Highlight: How a chameleon gemstone changes from red to green


11:12 Vaccination and antibiotic usage

Looking at data from low- and middle-income countries, researchers have determined that vaccination could prevent millions of infections currently treated by antibiotics. Research Article: Lewnard et al.


16:49 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the forgotten mother of climate change science, and a new global study on insect declines. Chemistry World: Eunice Foote: the mother of climate changeScience: Meta-analysis reveals declines in terrestrial but increases in freshwater insect abundances

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Apr 29, 2020
Coronapod: The race to expand antibody testing
00:32:56

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the role of antibody tests in controlling the pandemic, and how public-health spending could curtail an economic crisis. Also on the show, the open hardware community's efforts to produce medical equipment.


In this episode:


02:08 Betting on antibodies

Antibody tests could play a key role in understanding how the virus has spread through populations, and in ending lockdowns. We discuss concerns over their reliability, how they could be used, and the tantalising possibility of immunity.


News: The researchers taking a gamble with antibody tests for coronavirus


10:25 Economy vs public health, a false dichotomy

Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank, argues that strong investment in public health is crucial to halt the ongoing pandemic and to prevent a global financial crisis. We discuss his work with US governors to massively increase contact tracing, and his thoughts on how researchers can help steer political thinking.


News Q&A: Why the World Bank ex-chief is on a mission to end coronavirus transmission


19:00 One good thing this week

Our hosts talk about staying positive, and pick a few things that have made them smile in the last 7 days, including a tiny addition to the team, a newspaper produced by children in lockdown, and a gardening update.


Six Feet of Separation, the newspaper staffed by kids


22:51 Open hardware

Researchers are stepping up efforts to design and produce ventilators and personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff. We hear how the open hardware movement is aiding these efforts, and the regulations that teams need to consider if their designs are to make it into use.


Technology Feature: Open science takes on the coronavirus pandemic


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Apr 24, 2020
23 April 2020: Denisovan DNA in modern Europeans, and the birth of an unusual celestial object
00:23:01

This week, evidence of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes, and the origin of a snowman-shaped object at the edge of the solar system.


In this episode:


00:45 Intermixing of ancient hominins

By combing through the DNA of over 27,000 modern day Icelanders, researchers have uncovered new insights about the ancient hominin species who interbred with Homo sapiensResearch Article: Skov et al.


08:05 Research Highlights

The scent of lemur love, a hidden Viking trade route, and ‘gargantuan’ hail. Research Highlight: Lemurs’ love language is fragranceResearch Highlight: Vikings’ lost possessions mark a long-hidden early trade routeResearch Highlight: Enormous hailstones inspire a new scientific size category: ‘gargantuan’


11:44 The origin of Arrokoth

In 2019, the New Horizon Spacecraft took images of Arrokoth - an unusual, bi-lobal object found in the Kuiper belt. Now, researchers believe they’ve figured out how it formed. Research Article: Grishin et al.


17:29 Pick of the Briefing

We pick some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This week we discuss why the Universe may be lopsided, and why water could actually be two different liquid states. Scientific American: Do We Live in a Lopsided Universe?Chemistry World: The weirdness of water

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Apr 22, 2020
Coronapod: Troubling news
00:29:32

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss Trump withholding funds from the WHO, and how COVID-19 kills. We also hear about controlling misinformation while communicating risk.


In this episode:


01:15 Understanding bottlenecks

After listening to last week's episode of Coronapod, researchers in the USA were inspired to start collecting data about the challenges facing labs carrying out testing. After more than 4,000 responses to their online survey, we discuss their goals.


03:08 A hole in the WHO’s funding

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to withhold funding for the WHO, pending a review of the organization’s handling of the pandemic. We discuss the decision and ask what it means for the global response to COVID-19.


News: Nature's rolling coronavirus news blog


05:55 Responding to the immune system

We investigate the role of the immune system in the death of COVID-19 patients and what this could mean for treatments. Could some therapeutics actually be undermining the body’s ability to fight the virus?


News: How does COVID-19 kill? Uncertainty is hampering doctors’ ability to choose treatments


13:54 One good thing this week

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last 7 days, including seasonal memories from Sierra Leone, a trip to the supermarket, and the 99-year old war veteran who has raised millions for charity.


BBC News: Coronavirus: Capt Tom Moore's NHS fundraiser hits £17m


18:33 Communicating complex data

Clearly communicating risks and evidence is key for governments and other organisations if they are to best inform the public during the pandemic. But what is the best way to do it? We hear the methods that communications experts and behavioural scientists recommend to keep the public informed, and keep misinformation at bay.


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Apr 17, 2020
Coronapod: An untapped resource
00:30:46

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the labs struggling to get involved in diagnostic testing, and should you be wearing a mask?


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02:07 A drive to diagnose

Many research labs are pivoting from their normal work to offer diagnostic testing for COVID-19. We discuss how to go about retooling a lab, the hurdles researchers are facing and why, in some cases, tests are not being taken up.

News: Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs


14:18 Masking the issue?

There has been conflicting advice on whether people should wear masks to protect themselves during the pandemic. We look at some of the take home messages from the debate.

Research article: Leung et al.

News: Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree


18:36 One good thing this week

Our hosts pick out things they’ve seen that have made them smile in the last 7 days, including a local superhero, and a caring choir who have release their first song.

Reuters: Spider-Man to the rescue! Superhero jogger cheers kids in England

Video: The Isolation Choir sing Wild Mountain Thyme


22:08 Accelerating vaccine development

Around the world, research groups are rushing to create a vaccine against the coronavirus. We hear about one group’s effort, and how vaccine development is being sped up, without sacrificing safety steps.

News: If a coronavirus vaccine arrives, can the world make enough?


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Apr 10, 2020
09 April 2020: A plastic-recycling enzyme, and supercooled molecules
00:16:38

This week, a new enzyme speeds up the breakdown of plastic bottles, and a method to cool molecules to a fraction above absolute zero.


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01:18 A PET recycling enzyme

Researchers have engineered an enzyme that effectively breaks down the plastic PET into its constituent monomers. This could allow for more complete recycling of bottles and clothes. Research Article: Tournier et al.


06:41 Research Highlights

The shocking lengths humans will go to to satisfy their curiosity, and the reasons for elevated methane emissions at Oktoberfest. Research Highlight: Humans opt to brave electric shock to satisfy their curiosity; Research Highlight: Munich’s Oktoberfest is a real gas


09:15 Supercool molecules

Researchers have used a technique called ‘collision cooling’ to chill molecules to a few millionths of a degree above absolute zero, which could allow observations of difficult-to-study quantum mechanics. Research Article: Son et al.


14:46 Research Highlights

Neither supermassive, nor super small, the mystery of the elusive intermediate sized black-hole has been solved. Research Highlight: Elusive middle-weight black hole is caught shredding a star


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Apr 08, 2020
Coronapod: Ramping up responses
00:36:09

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest on the British response, and what low- and middle-income countries have done to prepare for the pandemic.


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01:33 Testing in the UK

This week, the UK health secretary announced plans to further ramp up testing for COVID-19, with the aim of preforming 100,000 tests a day in England by the end of April. We discuss these plans and why testing remains a key weapon in the fight against the virus.


11:37 Pandemic preparation in poorer countries

COVID-19 cases have started to be reported in many low- and middle-income countries. We hear how a few of these nations are preparing and what might happen if these efforts fail.

News article: How poorer countries are scrambling to prevent a coronavirus disaster


26:43 One good thing this week

As our hosts end another week of working from home, they pick out things they’ve seen that have made them smile in the last 7 days.

Video: Samuel L. Jackson reads Stay the F*** at home

Evening Standard: Medical fetish site says it's giving scrubs to NHS hospital amid coronavirus crisis

NPR: U.K. Family's Lockdown-Themed Rendition Of 'Les Mis' Is A Delight

Twitter: Patrick Stewart reads one of Shakespeare’s sonnets each day


28:54 The effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on research animals

With stay-at-home orders in effect in many parts of the world, scientists are making difficult decisions to safeguard the welfare of their lab animals. We hear from one researcher who plans to care for his fruit flies at home, and another who has had to euthanize many of the mouse colonies used in his institution’s research.


News: Cull, release or bring them home: Coronavirus crisis forces hard decisions for labs with animals



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Apr 03, 2020
02 April 2020: Dating an ancient hominid skull, and an ancient Antarctic rainforest
00:17:37

This week, reassessing the age of the ‘Broken Hill skull’, and unearthing evidence of an ancient forest near the South Pole.


In this episode:


01:25 A skull’s place in history

After nearly a century scientists believe they’ve finally pinned down an age for the ‘Broken Hill skull’ hominid specimen. Research Article: Grun et al.


07:44 Research Highlights

A simple way to detect early signs of cancer, and 3D printed soft brain implants. Research Highlight: A blood test finds deadly cancers before symptoms startResearch Article: Yuk et al.


09:51 Ancient Antarctic rainforest

Digging deep below the sea-floor, researchers have uncovered evidence of a verdant forest that existed on Antarctica around 90 million years ago. Research Article: Klages et al.


15:47 Research Highlights

Walking more, regardless of the intensity, may improve health. Research Highlight: More steps a day might keep the doctor away

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Apr 01, 2020
Coronapod: Old treatments and new hopes
00:26:12

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19.


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02:00 A push for plasma

In New York, hospitals are preparing to infuse patients with the antibody-rich blood plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19. This approach has been used during disease outbreaks for over a century and we discuss how it works, and how effective is might be.


We also talk about how drug trials for potential treatments are progressing, how scientists are pulling together, and what COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships are telling epidemiologists.

News article: How blood from coronavirus survivors might save lives; News article: What the cruise-ship outbreaks reveal about COVID-19


18:44 Switching focus

In the wake of the outbreak, academics are coming together to meet the challenge of the pandemic. We speak to an immunologist and a bioengineer who have changed their research focus and are putting their expertise into action.


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Mar 27, 2020
25 March 2020: Ultra-fast electrical switches, and computing heart health
00:16:02

This week, a speedy, yet simple switch, and a video-based AI helps assess heart health.


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01:57 Speedy switches

Researchers have developed an ultra-fast electrical switch that they hope can be used in communication and imaging applications. Research Article: Nikoo et al.


08:14 Research Highlights

Using sound to estimate glacial retreat, and building a dodgier drone. Research Highlight: Underwater microphones listen as as glacier retreatsResearch article: Falanga et al.


10:32 Algorithmic heart diagnosis

Scientists have developed a new algorithm which calculates the amount of blood pumped by the heart beat by beat. Research Article: Ouyang et al.News and Views: AI tracks a beating heart’s function over time

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Mar 25, 2020
Podcast Extra: Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie
00:13:02

Radioactive is a new biopic on Marie Skłodowska Curie with Rosamund Pike taking on the role of Curie. This Podcast Extra is an extended version of reporter Lizzie Gibney's interview with Rosamund, in which they talk about stepping into the shoes of the scientific giant.

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Mar 21, 2020
Coronapod: “Test, test, test!”
00:21:17

In the first of our new podcast series, Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the epidemiology needed to control the Covid-19 outbreak.


In this episode:


03:57 Testing times

Case numbers of Covid-19 have leapt around the world in recent days, but how many undetected cases are out there? We talk about the urgent need to deploy two of the cornerstones of effective epidemiology – testing and contact tracing – and discuss why these measures aren’t being rolled out worldwide.


News article: Scientists exposed to coronavirus wonder: why weren’t we notified?; News article: South Korea is reporting intimate details of COVID-19 cases: has it helped?; News explainer: What China’s coronavirus response can teach the rest of the world


14:23 Global governance in the wake of Covid-19


The International Health Regulations (IHR) were set up to help countries prepare for, and respond to, public-health emergencies. Rebecca Katz, a health security researcher specialising in emerging infectious diseases, tells us how the IHR are holding up during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Worldview: Pandemic policy can learn from arms control


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Mar 20, 2020
19 March 2020: Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, and the resurgence of Russian science
00:19:33

This week, we speak to Rosamund Pike about her experience portraying Marie Skłodowska Curie, and we find out how science in Russia is changing after years of decline.


In this episode:


01:43 Radioactive

British actor Rosamund Pike tells us about her new film, and her experience of portraying double Nobel-Laureate Marie Curie. Arts Review: Marie Curie biopic should have trusted pioneer’s passion


10:17 Research Highlights

The neural circuitry involved in stopping, and a jelly-like substance that cleans paintings. Research Highlight: A neural highway to human motor controlResearch article: Mastrangelo et al.


12:27 Russian science

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian science may be having a revival. News Feature: Russia aims to revive science after era of stagnationEditorial: The price of Russia–China research collaborations

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Mar 18, 2020
Podcast Extra: Coronavirus - science in the pandemic
00:18:12

In this Podcast Extra, we hear from epidemiologists, genomicists and social scientists about how they're working to tackle the coronavirus and what they've learned so far.

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Mar 17, 2020
Long Read Podcast: Are feelings more than skin deep?
00:14:55

Research in the 1960s and 1970s suggested that emotional expressions – smiling when happy, scowling when angry, and so on – were universal. This idea stood unchallenged for a generation.


But a new cohort of psychologists and cognitive scientists are revisiting the data. Many researchers now think that the picture is a lot more complicated, and that facial expressions vary widely between contexts and cultures.


This is an audio version of our feature: Why faces don’t always tell the truth about feelings, written by Douglas Heaven and read by Kerri Smith.

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Mar 13, 2020
12 March 2020: An ancient bird trapped in amber, and life beneath the ocean floor
00:27:24

This week, a newly discovered bird species from the time of the dinosaurs, and microbes hundreds of metres below the ocean floor.


In this episode:


00:44 A tiny, toothy, ancient bird

Researchers have found a perfectly preserved bird fossil trapped in amber, with some rather unusual features. Research Article: Xing et al.News and Views: Tiny bird fossil might be the world’s smallest dinosaur


08:09 Research Highlights

Dental hygiene in the time of the Vikings, and wildebeest bones feed an African ecosystem. Research Article: Bertilsson et alResearch Article: Subalusky et al.


10:21 Deep sea life

Scientists have uncovered traces of life 750m below the ocean’s surface. Research article: Li et al.


17:31 News Chat

Updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, and peer review in predatory journals. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infectionNews: Labs rush to study coronavirus in transgenic animals — some are in short supply

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Mar 11, 2020
05 March 2020: Ultrafast machine vision, and quicker crystal creation
00:24:23

This week, improving computers’ image identification, and a new method for growing crystals.


00:44 Upgrading computer sight

Researchers have designed a sensor that allows machines to assess images in nanoseconds. Research Article: Mennel et al.News and Views: In-sensor computing for machine vision


06:51 Research Highlights

Calorie restriction’s effects on rat cells, and the dwindling of sandy seashores. Research Highlight: Old age’s hallmarks are delayed in dieting ratsResearch Highlight: Sandy beaches are endangered worldwide as the climate changes


08:53 Crafting crystals

To understand the structure of materials, researchers often have to grow them in crystal form. A new method aims to speed up this process. Research article: Sun et al.


14:48 News Chat

Coronavirus outbreak updates, and climate change’s role in the Australian bush fires. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infectionNews: Climate change made Australia's 'unprecedented' bushfires 30% more likely

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Mar 04, 2020
Backchat: Covering coronavirus
00:15:01

In this edition of Backchat we take a deep dive into Nature's coverage of coronavirus. As cases climb, what are some of the challenges involved in reporting on the virus?

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Feb 28, 2020
27 February 2020: Mapping fruit flies’ neural circuitry, and perfecting the properties of metallic glass
00:21:21

This week, the brain pathways of egg laying in fruit flies, and preventing fractures in metallic glass.


In this episode:


00:46 Working out the wiring behind fruit fly behaviour

Researchers have identified a neural circuit linking mating and egg laying in female fruit flies. Research Article: Wang et al.


06:01 Research Highlights

Ancient, cave-dwelling cockroaches, and hairy moths dampen sound. Research Highlight: Cockroaches preserved in amber are the world’s oldest cave dwellers; Research Highlight: Stealth flyers: moths’ fuzz is superior acoustic camouflage


07:57 Making better metallic glass

Metallic glasses have many desirable properties, but these materials are prone to fracturing. Now, a new manufacturing process may have overcome this issue. Research article: Pan et al.News and Views: Metallic glasses rejuvenated to harden under strain


13:47 News Chat

Coronavirus outbreak updates, a survey shows Indian bird numbers are in decline, and the genomes of New York rats. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infectionNews: Hundreds of bird species in India are decliningNews: Genomes reveal how New York City’s rats thrive in the urban jungle

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Feb 26, 2020
Podcast Extra: ‘There is lots of anxiety’: a scientist’s view from South Korea
00:05:10

In recent days, the number of coronavirus cases have surged in South Korea.


In this Podcast Extra Nick Howe speaks to Bartosz Gryzbowski, a researcher based in the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, which is just 60km away from epicentre of the South Korean outbreak. He explains how the outbreak has affected his research and what the atmosphere is like there at the moment.

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Feb 26, 2020
20 February 2020: Improving battery charging, and harnessing energy from the air
00:27:52

This week, machine learning helps batteries charge faster, and using bacterial nanowires to generate electricity from thin air.


In this episode:


00:46 Better battery charging

A machine learning algorithm reveals how to quickly charge batteries without damaging them. Research Article: Attia et al.


07:12 Research Highlights

Deciphering mouse chit-chat, and strengthening soy glue. Research Highlight: The ‘silent’ language of mice is decoded at last; Research Article: Gu et al.


09:21 Harnessing humidity

A new device produces electricity using water in the air. Research Article: Liu et al.


16:30 News Chat

Coronavirus outbreak updates, the global push to conserve biodiversity, and radar reveals secrets in an ancient Egyptian tomb. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infection; News: China takes centre stage in global biodiversity push

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Feb 19, 2020
13 February 2020: The puzzling structures of muddled materials, and paving the way for the quantum internet
00:26:49

This week, uncovering the structure of materials with useful properties, and quantum entanglement over long distances.


In this episode:


00:45 Analysing Prussian blues

Analogues of the paint pigment Prussian blue are used in a variety of chemical processes. Now, researchers have uncovered their atomic structure. Research Article: Simonov et al.News and Views: Ordered absences observed in porous framework materials


08:17 Research Highlights

Teenagers’ natural sleep cycles impact on academic performance, and an extinct, giant rodent with a surprisingly tiny brain. Research Highlight: A teenager’s body clock can ring in school successResearch Highlight: Giant extinct rodent was all brawn and little brain


10:49 Distant entanglement

Researchers have demonstrated quantum entanglement between two points separated by 50 km of fibre optic cables. Research Article: Yu et al.


17:17 News Chat

The latest on the coronavirus outbreak, and gene editing gets an upgrade. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infectionNews: Super-precise CRISPR tool enhanced by enzyme engineering

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Feb 12, 2020
06 February 2020: Out-of-office emails and work-life-balance, and an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak
00:25:39

This week, how setting an out-of-office email could help promote a kinder academic culture.


In this episode:


00:47 Being truly out of office

Last year, a viral tweet about emails sparked a deeper conversation about academics’ work-life-balance. Could email etiquette help tip the balance? Careers Article: Out of office replies and what they can say about you


09:35 Research Highlights

Finding the ‘greenest’ oranges, and the benefits of ‘baby talk’. Research Article: Bell and HorvathResearch Highlight: Babies benefit when Mum and Dad are fluent in ‘baby talk’


12:06 News Chat

Updates on the novel coronavirus, assessing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and the potential impacts of Brexit on UK research. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infection; News: How quickly can Iran make a nuclear bomb?News: Brexit is happening: what does it mean for science?




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Feb 05, 2020
30 January 2020: Linking Australian bushfires to climate change, and Asimov's robot ethics
00:28:22

This week, establishing the role of climate change in Australian bushfires, and revisiting Isaac Asimov’s ethical rules for robots.



In this episode:


00:46 Behind the bushfires

Researchers are working to establish the role that climate change is playing in the bushfires that are raging across Australia. News Feature: The race to decipher how climate change influenced Australia’s record firesEditorial: Australia: show the world what climate action looks like


10:02 Research Highlights

The debate around how Vesuvius claimed its victims, and an ancient mummy speaks. Research Highlight: Vitrified brains and baked bones tell the story of Vesuvius deathsResearch Article: Howard et al.


12:21 Asimov’s legacy

This year marks the centenary of Isaac Asimov’s birth. We reflect on the impact of his writing on the field of robotics. Essay: Isaac Asimov: centenary of the great explainer


21:00 News Chat

The latest on a new virus from Wuhan in China, and social scientists' battle with bots. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infection; News: Social scientists battle bots to glean insights from online chatter

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Jan 29, 2020
23 January: How stress can cause grey hair, and the attitude needed to tackle climate change
00:26:13

This week, why stress makes mice turn grey, and how to think about climate change.


In this episode:


00:45 Going grey

Anecdotal evidence has long suggested stressas a cause of grey hair. Now, a team of researchers have showed experimental evidence to suggest this is the case. Research Article: Zhang et al.News & Views: How the stress of fight or flight turns hair white


08:39 Research Highlights

Ancient bones suggest that giant ground sloths moved in herds,plus an atomic way to check for whiskey fakes. Research Highlight: A bone bed reveals mass death of herd of giant ground slothsResearch Highlight: Nuclear-bomb carbon unmasks fraudulent luxury whisky


10:40 Climate optimism

To tackle climate change, the former UN secretary for climate change argues that the biggest change needs to be mindset. Comment: Paris taught me how to do what is necessary to combat climate change


18:09 News Chat

The latest on a new virus from Wuhan in China, and insights from ancient African genomes. News: China virus latest: first US case confirmedResearch Article: Lipson et al.

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Jan 22, 2020
16 January 2020: Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity
00:25:32

In this episode:

 

00:45 Observing the centre of the galaxy

Researchers have uncovered a population of dust-enshrouded objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy.

Research Article: Ciurlo et al.

 

06:34 Research Highlights

A London landmark’s height lends itself to a physics experiment, and generous behaviour in parrots. Research Highlight: An iconic structure in London moonlights as a scientific tool; Research Highlight: Parrots give each other gifts without promise of reward

 

09:00 The human ‘screenome’ project

To understand the effects of online media consumption, researchers argue that the way it’s measured needs to change. Comment: Time for the Human Screenome Project

 

17:26 News Chat

A decline in human body temperature, and a new report on research culture. News: Not so hot: US data suggests human bodies are cooling down; News: Stressful, aggressive, damaging: huge survey reveals toils of scientists’ working lives

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Jan 15, 2020
09 January 2020: A look ahead at science in 2020
00:10:33

In this episode of the podcast, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2020.

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Jan 08, 2020
01 January 2020: Our reporters’ top picks of 2019
00:38:50

In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, our reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2019.


In this episode:


00:33 A sole sensation

A study of people who do and don't wear shoes looks into whether calluses make feet less sensitive. Nature Podcast: 26 June 2019; Research article: Holowka et al.; News and Views: Your sensitive sole


08:56 The make up of the far side of the Moon

Initial observations from the first lander to touch down on the far side of the Moon. Nature Podcast: 15 May 2019; Research article: Li et al.


15:43 Growth Mindset

How a one hour course could improve academic achievement. Nature Podcast: 07 August 2019; Research article: Yeager et al.


27:44 ‘Manferences’

Nature investigates the prevalence of conferences where most of the speakers are male. Nature Podcast: 11 September 2019; News Feature: How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings


34:02 Q&A with Nobel Prize winner John Goodenough

We talk to John Goodenough, who was jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in the development of the lithium-ion battery. Podcast Extra: 09 October 2019

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Jan 01, 2020
Nature PastCast, December 1920: The Quantum Theory
00:12:28

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


In this episode, we’re heading back to the early twentieth century, when physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. At its smallest scales was the world continuous? Or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subject of a Nature news article in 1920.


This episode was first broadcast in December 2013.


From the archive

Nature 16 December 1920

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Dec 27, 2019
Podcast Extra: From climate lawyer to climate activist
00:18:12

2019 will likely go down as a pivotal year for public discourse on climate change. It was the year of Greta Thunberg, the climate school strikes, and Extinction Rebellion. The global activist movement has gained support from a range of influential people, including renowned environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin.


In this Podcast Extra, Nature's Chief Opinion Editor Sara Abdulla meets with Farhana to discuss why she ditched resolutions in favour of activism. This is an extended version of an interview originally broadcast in September.


Comment: Why I broke the law for climate change

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Dec 23, 2019
Podcast Extra: Epigenetics
00:11:02

As part of Nature's 150th anniversary celebrations, Nick Howe dives into the topic of epigenetics.


Since its origin in 1942, the term 'epigenetics' has been repeatedly defined and redefined. There's always been hype around the field, but what actually is epigenetics and how much does it influence our genes?


In this Podcast Extra, Nick Howe speaks to Edith Heard, Director General of the EMBL, and Giacomo Cavalli, from the Institute of Human Genetics, to guide us through these questions and find out about the history and future of epigenetics.

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Dec 20, 2019
19 December 2019: The three-body problem, and festive fun
00:32:28

We’ve launched our 2019 listener survey. We want to know what you think of the show to help us make a great podcast. You can find the survey here. Thanks!


This week, a solution to a centuries-old physics problem, and holiday shenanigans.


In this episode:


00:51 Disentangling three bodies

A problem that has stumped scientists since the 1600s has a probabilistic solution. Research Article: Stone and Leigh


08:50 Frosty the Snowman

The first of our festive science songs, about how a certain snowman is faring under climate change. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics.


11:00 Festive quiz show

Our reporters battle it out to be crowned as this year’s quiz champion. Can they describe some of the top news headlines without saying certain important words? We find out.


19:21 Carol of M87

Our second song is about the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration’s imaging of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics.


20:33 News Chat

We hear about some of the people on Nature’s 10 this year. Feature: Nature’s 10: Ten people who mattered this year


30:00 Rockin’ Around Supremacy

For our final song, we hark back to October, when Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics.


TRANSCRIPT


Frosty the Snowman lyrics:

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul

But the smile wore off as the globe got hot

‘Cause the world used too much coal.


Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say

He was made of snow

But the kids won’t know ‘cause it’s them who have to pay.


Gonna’ need some magic to

Convince the world to stop

‘Cause now we’re running out of time

And he’s feeling mighty hot.


Oh, Frosty the Snowman, is endangered as could be

And the children say they wish he’d stay,

But they don’t trust you and me.


He led them down the streets of town

Right to the climate COP.

They gathered there, and Greta stared

And together hollered “STOP”.


Frosty the Snowman, had to hurry on his way

But he said we should do all that we could

For to change our dirty ways.


Frosty the Snowman, knew the time to act was now

So the girls and boys said make some noise

And we’ll get a change somehow


Carol of M87 lyrics:

Hark at the sound

Photons abound

Radio waves

All seem to say

Out in the dark

This glowing spark

We find our goal

See a black hole.


(M) M Eight-se’en

(Eight) As it was then

(tee) eons ago

(se’en) See it aglow


Data from these

Observatries

Processed to give

The first image


One seems to see

With EHT

Fire in a ring

Light circling


Einstein was right,

Warped is the light,

See the lensing

Bending the ring.


Now-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M – eigh-ty- se’en)

How-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M – eigh-ty-se’en)


(M) Space time is bent

(Eight) See this event

(tee) Horizon burn

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Dec 18, 2019
Long Read Podcast: How to save coral reefs as the world warms
00:15:38

Research groups around the world are exploring new ways of protecting coral reefs from climate change.


This is an audio version of our feature: These corals could survive climate change — and help save the world’s reefs, written by Amber Dance and read by Kerri Smith.

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Dec 16, 2019
12 December 2019: Social priming, and acoustic science
00:27:17

We recently launched our 2019 listener survey. We want to hear your views on the show to help us make it even better, so please help us by filling in the survey, thanks!


In this episode:


00:45 What’s next for social priming?

How might a branch of psychological research move forward in the face of replication failures? News Feature: What’s next for psychology’s embattled field of social priming


08:55 Research Highlights

Killer-whale grandmothers help their grandchildren survive, and the failed voyage of a reproduced ancient raft. Research Highlight: Why female orcas make killer grandmasResearch Highlight: On a model ancient raft, seafarers are up the current without a paddle


11:12 The sounds of science

We hear the latest updates from the Acoustical Society of America's recent conference.


18:44 News Chat

Reassessing when civilisations moved to modernity, and understanding exoplanets. News: When did societies become modern? ‘Big history’ dashes popular idea of Axial AgeNews: European space telescope to launch new era of exoplanet science

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Dec 11, 2019
05 December 2019: Genomic sequencing and the source of solar winds
00:28:00

We recently launched our 2019 listener survey. We want to hear your views on the show to help us make it even better. You can find the survey here. Thanks!


In this episode:

 

00:45 The GenomeAsia 100k project

Researchers have released the first data from an ambitious project to sequence the genomes of 100,000 people from populations across Asia. Research Article: GenomeAsia100K Consortium

 

08:56 Research Highlights

Bare riverbanks make meanders move, and human activity affects picky penguins. Research Highlight: The meandering rivers that speed across barren landscapes; Research Highlight: Climate change splits two penguin species into winners and losers

 

11:18 Curbing the rise in genetic surveillance

Concerns are growing around the use of commercial DNA databases for state-level surveillance. Comment: Crack down on genomic surveillance


 

20:02 News Chat

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sent back the most detailed information yet about the birthplace of solar wind. News: Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind

 

 


 

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Dec 04, 2019
Nature Pastcast, November 1869: The first issue of Nature
00:13:39

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


In this episode, we’re heading back to 4 November 1869, when Nature’s story began. The first issue of the journal looked very different from the way it does now and, to the dismay of the editor, it was not immediately popular. In this podcast, we hear how Nature began, and how it became the journal it is today.


From the archive

Nature 4 November 1869

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Nov 29, 2019
28 November 2019: Nature’s 2019 PhD survey, and older women in sci-fi novels
00:24:38

This week, delving into the results of the latest graduate student survey, and assessing ageism in science fiction literature.

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Nov 27, 2019
21 November 2019: A new antibiotic from nematode guts, grant funding ‘lotteries’, and butterfly genomes
00:18:49

This week, an antibiotic that targets hard-to-treat bacteria, and a roundup of the latest science news.


In this episode:


00:49 Discovering darobactin

Researchers looked inside nematode guts and have identified a new antibiotic with some useful properties. Research Article: Imai et al.


05:45 Research Highlights

Using urine as a health metric, and sniffing out book decay with an electronic nose. Research Article: Miller et al.Research Article: Veríssimo et al.


07:54 News Chat

Adding an element of chance to grant funding, a continental butterfly-sequencing project, and tracking endangered animals via traces of their DNA. News: Science funders gamble on grant lotteriesNews: Every butterfly in the United States and Canada now has a genome sequenceNews: Rare bird’s detection highlights promise of ‘environmental DNA’

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Nov 20, 2019
14 November 2019: A rapid, multi-material 3D printer, and a bacterium’s role in alcoholic hepatitis
00:23:11

This week, a new 3D printer allows quick shifting between many materials, and understanding the link between gut microbes and liver disease.


00:46 A new dimension for 3D printers

A new nozzle lets a 3D printer switch between materials at a rapid rate, opening the door to a range of applications. Research Article: Skylar-Scott et al.News and Views: How to print multi-material devices in one go


08:07 Research Highlights

The slippery secrets of ice, and cells wrapping up their nuclei. Research Highlight: Viscous water holds the secret to an ice skater’s smooth glideResearch Highlight: Super-thin layer of ‘bubble wrap’ cushions a cell’s nucleus


10:17 Linking bacteria to liver disease

Researchers have isolated a bacterial strain that appears to play an important role in alcoholic liver disease. Research paper: Duan et al.News and Views: Microbial clues to a liver disease


17:10 News Chat

‘Megaconstellations’ of satellites concern astronomers, and a report on the gender gap in chemistry. News: SpaceX launch highlights threat to astronomy from ‘megaconstellations’News: Huge study documents gender gap in chemistry publishing

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Nov 13, 2019
Backchat: Nature's 150th anniversary
00:17:52

This week marks 150 years since the first issue of Nature was published, on 4 November 1869. In this anniversary edition of Backchat, the panel take a look back at how the journal has evolved in this time, and discuss the role that Nature can play in today's society. The panel also pick a few of their favourite research papers that Nature has published, and think about where science might be headed in the next 150 years.


Collection: 150 years of Nature

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Nov 07, 2019
07 November 2019: The fossil of an upright ape, science in 150 years, and immunization progress around the world
00:31:21

This week, insights into the evolution of walking upright, how science needs to change in the next 150 years, and the unfinished agenda for vaccines.


In this episode:


00:50 Early ape locomotion

The discovery of a fossil of a new species of ape gives new insights on how bipedalism may have evolved. Research Article: Böhme et al.News and Views: Fossil ape hints at how walking on two feet evolvedNews: Fossil ape offers clues to evolution of walking on two feet


07:24 Research Highlights

Women lacking olfactory bulbs can somehow still smell, and telling whiskies apart through evaporation patterns. Research Highlight: The women who lack an odour-related brain area — and can still smell a roseResearch Highlight: Bourbon or Scotch? A droplet’s dynamics reveal the truth


09:44 How should science evolve?

This year is Nature’s 150th anniversary. Science has made huge strides during this time, but what needs to change to continue this progress for the next 150 years? Comment: Science must move with the times


17:52 The state of vaccination in 2019

Researchers assess the differences in immunization levels worldwide and identify the bottlenecks in developing new vaccines. Research article: Piot et al.


23:54 News Chat

An AI figures out the sun’s place in the Solar System, and reassessing the size of the proton. News article: AI Copernicus: Neural network ‘discovers’ that Earth orbits the Sun; News: Puzzle over size of proton leaps closer to resolution

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Nov 06, 2019
Nature Pastcast, October 1993: Carl Sagan uses Galileo to search for signs of life
00:13:20

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists led by Carl Sagan looked at data from the Galileo spacecraft and saw the signatures of life on a planet in our galaxy. Historian of science David Kaiser and astrobiologists Charles Cockell and Frank Drake discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth – and how optimism, as well as science, is necessary for such a venture.


This episode was first broadcast in October 2013.

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Oct 31, 2019
31 October 2019: An AI masters the video game StarCraft II, and measuring arthropod abundance
00:24:44

This week, a computer beats the best human players in StarCraft II, and a huge study of insects and other arthropods.


In this episode:


00:45 Learning to play

By studying and experimenting, an AI has reached Grandmaster level at the video game Starcraft II.

Research Article: Vinyals et al.News Article: Google AI beats experienced human players at real-time strategy game StarCraft II


10:08 Research Highlights

A record-breaking lightning bolt, and identifying our grey matter’s favourite tunes

Research Highlight: Here come the lightning ‘megaflashes’Research Highlight: Why some songs delight the human brain


12:24 Arthropods in decline

Researchers have surveyed how land-use change has affected arthropod diversity. 

Research article: Seibold et al.


18:30 News Chat

Young Canadians file a lawsuit against their government, an Alzheimer’s drug gets a second chance, and South Korean efforts to curb a viral epidemic in pigs. 

News: Canadian kids sue government over climate changeNews: Fresh push for ‘failed’ Alzheimer’s drugNews: South Korea deploys snipers and drones to fend off deadly pig virus

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Oct 30, 2019
Podcast Extra: Detecting gravitational waves
00:10:09

As part of Nature's 150th anniversary celebrations, we look back at an important moment in the history of science.



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Oct 28, 2019
24 October 2019: Quantum supremacy and ancient mammals
00:26:29

This week, a milestone in quantum computing, and rethinking early mammals.


In this episode:


00:43 A quantum computing milestone

A quantum computer is reported to have achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ – performing an operation that’s essentially impossible for classical computers. 

Research Article: Arute et al.News and Views: Quantum computing takes flightEditorial: A precarious milestone for quantum computingNews: Hello quantum world! Google publishes landmark quantum supremacy claim


08:24 Research Highlights

The world’s speediest ants, and the world’s loudest birdsong. 

Research Highlight: A land-speed record for ants set in Saharan dunesResearch Highlight: A bird’s ear-splitting shriek smashes the record for loudest song


10:19 The mammals that lived with the dinosaurs

Paleontologists are shifting their view of the Mesozoic era mammals. 

News Feature: How the earliest mammals thrived alongside dinosaurs


18:00 News Chat

A Russian researcher’s plans to edit human embryos, and ‘prime editing’ - a more accurate gene editing system. 

News: Russian ‘CRISPR-baby’ scientist has started editing genes in human eggs with goal of altering deaf geneNews: Super-precise new CRISPR tool could tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

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Oct 23, 2019
17 October 2019: Mapping childhood mortality, and evolving ‘de novo’ genes
00:24:12

This week, investigating child mortality rates at a local level, and building genes from non-coding DNA.


In this episode:


00:43 A regional view of childhood mortality

Researchers map countries' progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Developmental Goals. 

Research Article: Burstein et al.World View: Data on child deaths are a call for justiceEditorial: Protect the census


07:22 Research Highlights

Astronomers identify a second visitor from beyond the solar system, and extreme snowfall stifles animal breeding in Greenland. 

Research Highlight: The comet that came in from interstellar spaceResearch Highlight: Extreme winter leads to an Arctic reproductive collapse


09:22 Evolving genes from the ground up

Natural selection's creative way to evolve new genes. 

News Feature: How evolution builds genes from scratch


15:43 News Chat

A spate of vaping-related deaths in the US, and Japan’s import of the Ebola virus. 

News: Scientists chase cause of mysterious vaping illness as death toll risesNews: Why Japan imported Ebola ahead of the 2020 Olympics

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Oct 16, 2019
10 October 2019: Estimating earthquake risk, and difficulties for deep-learning
00:23:33

This week, a method for predicting follow-up earthquakes, and the issues with deep learning systems in AI.


In this episode:


00:47 Which is the big quake?

A new technique could allow seismologists to better predict if a larger earthquake will follow an initial tremor. 

Research Article: Real-time discrimination of earthquake foreshocks and aftershocksNews and Views: Predicting if the worst earthquake has passed


07:46 Research Highlights

Vampire bats transmitting rabies in Costa Rica, and why are some octopuses warty? 

Research Article: Streicker et al.Research Article: Voight et al.


10:03 Problems for pattern-recognition

Deep-learning allows AIs to better understand the world, but the technique is not without its issues. 

News Feature: Why deep-learning AIs are so easy to fool


16:31 News Chat

We roundup the 2019 Nobel Prizes for science. 

News: Biologists who decoded how cells sense oxygen win medicine NobelNews: Physics Nobel goes to exoplanet and cosmology pioneersNews: Chemistry Nobel honours world-changing batteries

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Oct 09, 2019
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner John B Goodenough
00:04:23

In this Podcast Extra, we speak to John B Goodenough, from the University of Texas at Austin, in the US. Today, John was announced as one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Reporter Benjamin Thompson went along to the Royal Society in London to chat with him.

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Oct 09, 2019
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner Didier Queloz
00:08:02

In this Podcast Extra, we speak to physicist Didier Queloz, who was announced today as one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shortly after the winners were announced, Didier took part in a press conference to talk about his award. Reporter Benjamin Thompson went along to chat with him.

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Oct 08, 2019
03 October 2019: Leapfrogging speciation, and migrating mosquitoes
00:25:55

This week, how new species may form by sexual imprinting, and a previously unknown way for mosquitoes to migrate.


In this episode:


00:43 New species by sexual imprinting?

A Central American frog chooses mates resembling its parents, a possible route for new species to form. 

Research Article: Yang et al.News and Views: Leapfrog to speciation boosted by mother’s influence


09:58 Research Highlights

A light-based pacemaker, and the mathematics of the best place to park. 

Research Article: Mei et al.Research Highlight: Maths tackles an eternal question: where to park?


11:43 Gone with the wind

Researchers show that malaria mosquitoes may travel hundreds of kilometres using wind currents. 

Research Article: Huestis et al.News and Views: Malaria mosquitoes go with the flow


19:28 News Chat

Eradication of Guinea Worm pushed back, and researchers report ‘pressure to cite’. 

News: Exclusive: Battle to wipe out debilitating Guinea worm parasite hits 10 year delayNews: Two-thirds of researchers report ‘pressure to cite’ in Nature poll

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Oct 02, 2019
Nature PastCast, September 1963: Plate tectonics – the unifying theory of Earth sciences
00:15:51

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


Earthquakes, volcanoes, the formation of mountains; we understand all these phenomena in terms of plate tectonics (large-scale movements of the Earth’s crust). But when a German geologist first suggested that continents move, in the 1910s, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a ‘wild idea’ became the unifying theory of Earth sciences. In the 1960s, data showed that the sea floor was spreading, pushing continents apart. Fred Vine recalls the reaction when he published these findings in Nature.


This episode was first broadcast in September 2013.


From the archive


Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges, by Vine & Matthews

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Sep 27, 2019
26 September 2019: Mysteries of the ancient mantle, and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
00:23:28

This week, diamond-containing rocks may help uncover secrets of the Earth’s mantle, and a reflection on science since the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published.


In this episode:


00:46 Earth’s Evolution

Explosive eruptions have allowed researchers to study Earth’s mysterious mantle. 

Research Article: Woodhead et al.News and Views: Enigmatic origin of diamond-bearing rocks revealed


06:08 Research Highlights

Supersonic cork popping, and the timing of vaccines. 

Research Highlight: An uncorked champagne bottle imitates a fighter jetResearch Highlight: Why midday might be a golden hour for vaccinations


07:53 Don’t Panic

40 years since the publication of the ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ we reflect on how far science has come.


15:22 News Chat

A huge telescope with exquisite sensitivity is opening in China, and gene-editing to save bananas. News: Gigantic Chinese telescope opens to astronomers worldwideNews: CRISPR might be the banana’s only hope against a deadly fungus

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Sep 25, 2019
Podcast Extra: Absurd scientific advice
00:15:57

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is the new book from XKCD cartoonist Randall Munroe. In this Podcast Extra, Randall talks about the book, its inspiration and the bizarre thought experiments it contains.

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Sep 21, 2019
Backchat: Covering Climate Now
00:18:43

In this episode:


00:44 A global media collaboration

This week, Nature is taking part in the Covering Climate Now project. What is it, and why has Nature joined? Editorial: Act now and avert a climate crisis


05:49 ‘Climate change’ vs ‘climate emergency’

In early 2019, The Guardian changed the wording they use when covering climate stories. Our panel discusses the importance of phrasing, and how it evolves. The Guardian: Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment


13:40 Choosing climate images

What makes a good image for a climate change story? What do they add to a written news story?


This episode of the Backchat is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 media outlets to highlight the issue of climate change.

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Sep 19, 2019
19 September 2019: XKCD, and Extinction Rebellion
00:26:06

This week, absurd advice from XKCD’s Randall Munroe, and a conversation with climate lawyer turned activist Farhana Yamin.


In this episode:

 

00:46 How to, with XKCD

Cartoonist Randall Munroe tell us about his new book: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.


08:21 Research Highlights

How insemination makes honeybee queens lose their way, and ‘toe maps’ in the brain. Research Highlight: Sex clouds queen bees’ vision; Research Highlight: ‘Toe maps’ in the brain guide painters born without hands


10:31 From climate lawyer to climate activist

After three decades of climate advocacy, renowned IPCC lawyer Farhana Yamin decided to join Extinction Rebellion – she tells us why. Comment: Why I broke the law for climate change


17:48 News Chat

How nations are progressing towards limiting greenhouse-gas emissions, and climate cash flow. News Feature: The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers; News Feature: Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough


This episode of the Nature Podcast is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 media outlets to highlight the issue of climate change.

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Sep 18, 2019
12 September 2019: Modelling early embryos, and male-dominated conferences
00:23:59

This week, modelling embryonic development, and an analysis of male dominated conferences.


In this episode:


00:44 Imitating implantation

Researchers have created a system that uses stem cells to model the early stages of pregnancy. 

Research article: Zheng et al.News and Views: Human embryo implantation modelled in microfluidic channels


08:03 Research Highlights

Traces of baby turtle tracks, and Titan’s explosive past. 

Research Highlight: A baby sea turtle’s ancient trek is captured in a fossilResearch Highlight: Giant explosions sculpted a moon’s peculiar scenery


09:36 ‘Manferences’

Nature investigates the prevalence of conferences where most of the speakers are male. 

News Feature: How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings


15:41 News Chat

An update on India’s latest moon mission, drugs that may reverse biological age, and this year’s Breakthrough Prize winners. 

News: India loses contact with its Moon lander minutes before touchdownNews: First hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversedNews: First-ever picture of a black hole scoops US$3-million prize

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Sep 11, 2019
05 September 2019: Persistent antibiotic resistance, and modelling hot cities
00:25:29

This week, Salmonella spreading antibiotic resistance, and the drivers of urban heat islands.


In this episode:

 

00:46 Antibiotic resistance reservoirs

Researchers have identified how Salmonella ‘persister’ cells can spread antibiotic resistance genes in mice intestines.

Research article: Bakkeren et al.


08:12 Research Highlights

Bright barn owls stun prey, and the evolution of dog brains. 

Research Highlight: Zip-lining owls reveal what really scares their preyResearch Highlight: A dog’s breed is a window onto its brain


10:13 Urban heating

Cities are generally hotter than their surroundings, but what are the causes of these ‘heat islands’? 

Research Article: Manoli et al.


16:54 News Chat

A cryptic Russian radiation spike, and India’s moon mission gets closer to touchdown. 

News: How nuclear scientists are decoding Russia’s mystery explosionNews: ‘The most terrifying moments’: India counts down to risky Moon landing

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Sep 04, 2019
Nature PastCast, August 1975: Antibodies’ ascendency to blockbuster drug status
00:18:35

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


They’re found in home-testing kits for pregnancy, hospital tests for MRSA, and in six out of ten of the best-selling drugs today. But monoclonal antibodies have kept a surprisingly low profile since their debut in a Nature paper in 1975. This podcast follows them from that time through patent wars, promising drug trials and finally to blockbuster status today.


This episode was first broadcast in August 2013.


From the archive:


Continuous cultures of fused cells secreting antibody of predefined specificity, by Köhler & Milstein


Margaret Thatcher speech clips courtesy of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

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Aug 30, 2019
29 August 2019: Carbon-based computing, and depleting ancient-human genomes
00:26:08

This week, a computer chip based on carbon nanotubes, and the potential pitfalls of sequencing ancient-human remains.


In this episode:

 

00:45 A nanotube microprocessor

Scientists are looking beyond silicon, by constructing a computer chip using carbon nanotubes.

Research article: Shulaker et al. News and Views: Nanotube computer scaled up

 

08:38 Research Highlights

Weighing neutrinos, and discovering a hidden Zika epidemic.

Research Highlight: Lightest neutrino is at least 6 million times lighter than an electron; Research Highlight: Cuba’s untold Zika outbreak uncovered

 

10:29 Using ancient-human remains conscientiously

While genetic sequencing of ancient-human remains is providing more information than ever, these remains must be safeguarded, warn researchers. Comment Article: Use ancient remains more wisely

 

17:21 News Chat

The discovery of a 3.8-million-year-old hominin skull, and using CRISPR to make ‘smart’ materials.

News: Rare 3.8-million-year-old skull recasts origins of iconic ‘Lucy’ fossil News: CRISPR cuts turn gels into biological watchdogs

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Aug 28, 2019
22 August 2019: Combating online hate speech, and identifying early fossils
00:24:20

This week, the resilience of internet hate groups, and searching for early life.


In this episode:


00:46 Tackling internet hate

Researchers have been modelling how hate groups interact online, and have come up with suggestions to combat this activity. 

Research article: Johnson et al.News and Views: Strategies for combating online hate


08:55 Research Highlights

Gallstone growth, and the reproductive strategies of hitchhiking stick insects. 

Research Highlight: The ‘net’ that leads to excruciating stones in the bellyResearch Highlight: The insect that lost its homeland — and its sex life


11:23 Hunting for early life

Finding fossil evidence of Earth’s earliest life is fraught with difficulty. 

Research Article: Javaux


18:43 News Chat

Chemists create a ring made only of carbon atoms, and inoculating newborns with their mothers’ microbes. 

News: Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbonNews: Do C-section babies need mum’s microbes? Trials tackle controversial idea

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Aug 21, 2019
15 August 2019: Atomic espionage in the Second World War, and exploring the early Universe
00:24:36

This week, spilling nuclear secrets, and a mysterious period in the Universe’s history.


In this episode:


00:46 "The most dangerous spy in history"

We hear the story of Klaus Fuchs, who gave away the details of building an atomic bomb. 

Books and Arts: The scientist-spy who spilt secrets of the bomb


08:00 Research Highlights

Environmental impacts of electric scooters, and the Goliath frog engineers. 

Research Highlight: Trendy e-scooters might not be as green as they seemResearch Highlight: Enormous frogs heave rocks to build tadpole ‘nests’


10:33 Signals from the ancient Universe

Researchers hope that radio signals from ancient hydrogen will further their understanding of galaxy formation 

News Feature: The quest to unlock the secrets of the baby Universe


18:17 News Chat

Changes to the US Endangered Species Act, and what a microbe might tell us about the evolution of complex life. 

News: Trump administration weakens Endangered Species ActNews: Scientists glimpse oddball microbe that could help explain rise of complex life

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Aug 14, 2019
08 August 2019: A mindset for success, and mercury in fish
00:26:05

This week, a mindset to improve school performance, and the complex story of how mercury accumulates in fish.


In this episode:


00:46 Growth Mindset

How a one hour course could improve academic achievement. 

Research article: Yeager et al.


11:47 Research Highlights

An extinct giant parrot, and hacking Manhattan’s traffic. 

Research Highlight: Polly wants many crackers: fossils reveal first known giant parrotResearch Article: Vivek et al.


13:42 Toxic Tuna

Methylmercury levels in fish may increase due to climate change and overfishing, despite declines in emissions. 

Research Article: Schartup et al.


19:15 News Chat

India’s proposed protections for fossils, and trust of scientists in the United States. 

News: India’s geologists champion law to protect fossil treasuresNews: US trust in scientists is now on par with the military

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Aug 07, 2019
01 August 2019: The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence
00:20:22

This week, whether the placenta is lacking microbes, and new hardware for artificial intelligence.


In this episode:


00:43 Microbe-free placentas?

New research suggests that the placenta is sterile. 

Research article: de Goffau et al.; News and Views: No bacteria found in healthy placentas


07:12 Research Highlights

Antacids and allergies, and the source of unexplained radioactivity. 

Research Article: Jordakieva et al.; Research Article: Masson et al.


09:13 AI hardware

Making technology for AI can be challenging, so scientists try a new solution. 

Research Article: Pei et al.


15:54 News Chat

A worrying spike in HIV drug resistance, and approval of research into human-animal hybrids. 

News: Alarming surge in drug-resistant HIV uncovered; News: Japan approves first human-animal embryo experiments

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Jul 31, 2019
Nature PastCast, July 1942: Secret science in World War 2
00:15:23

This episode was first broadcast in July 2013.


This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


During the Second World War, scientists worked on secret projects such as the development of radar. Their efforts were hinted at in the pages of Nature but the details, of course, couldn't be published. In this episode, historian Jon Agar explains how war work gave physicists a new outlook and led to new branches of science. We also hear from the late John Westcott, whose wartime job was to design radar systems.


From the archive

Nature Volume 150 Issue 3794, 18 July 1942


Sound effects courtesy of daveincamas, piet.candeel@pandora.be, guitarguy1985 and acclivity at freesound.org

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Jul 26, 2019
25 July 2019: The history of climate change, and making vaccines mandatory
00:19:02

This week, how the climate has changed throughout history, and why enforcing vaccination should be done with care.


In this episode:


00:39 Climate through time

Researchers have modelled how climate has changed throughout the past 2000 years. 

Research article: Neukom et al.; Research article:Neukom et al.; News and Views: The aberrant global synchrony of present-day warming


06:45 Research Highlights

Making a self-propelling liquid, and the benefit of laugh tracks. 

Research Highlight: How to make water flow uphill; Research Highlight: To make lame jokes funnier, cue the laugh track


08:35 Make vaccines mandatory?

Scientists have warned that enforcing vaccinations could backfire, so should be done carefully. 

Comment: Mandate vaccination with care


14:15 News Chat

The UK’s new prime-minister, and the launch of an Indian moon mission. 

News: What Boris Johnson’s leadership could mean for scienceNews:India launches ambitious second Moon mission

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Jul 24, 2019
Backchat July 2019: Breaking news, audience-led journalism and human gene editing
00:26:07

In this episode:


01:01 Breaking News

The first image of a black hole took the world by storm, but what was it like reporting such a quickly developing story? 

News: Black hole pictured for first time — in spectacular detailVideo: The first image of a black hole: A three minute guideVideo: How scientists reacted to the first-ever image of a black hole


09:01 Digital Journalism

When a new research paper came to light about pig brains being revived, we asked our audience what they wanted to know, and got a big response. Could this be the future of journalism? 

News: Pig brains kept alive outside body for hours after deathNews Explainer: Disembodied pig brains revived: Your questions answered


15:09 The Future of gene editing

With yet more stories emerging of the editing of human embryos, we discuss the ethical implications and what should happen next? 

News Feature: CRISPR babies: when will the world be ready?News: Russian biologist plans more CRISPR-edited babies

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Jul 19, 2019
18 July 2019: Quantum logic gates in silicon, and moving on from lab disasters
00:26:36

This week, a new advance in silicon based quantum computing and experiences of how to recover when disaster strikes.


In this episode:


00:45 Quantum logic

A fast and accurate two-qubit logic gate has been designed in silicon. 

Research article: Simmons et al.


07:52 Research Highlights

Teaching a computer to solve a Rubik’s cube and immigration in Chichén Itzá. 

Research Highlight: AI solves the Rubik’s cubeResearch Highlight: Death as a human sacrifice awaited some travellers to a Mayan city


10:43 Coping with calamity

Researchers share how they are recovering from catastrophe. 

Career Feature: Explosions, floods and hurricanes: dealing with a lab disasterNews Feature: The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno


19:04 News Chat

A campaign to open up the world’s research, and dinosaur egg-laying clubs. 

News: The plan to mine the world’s research papersNews: Ancient Mongolian nests show that dinosaurs protected their eggs

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Jul 17, 2019
11 July 2019: The moon, past, present, and future
00:13:20

This week, an extended chat about all things lunar with Alex Witze.


Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of humans walking on the Moon. Nick Howe catches up with planetary science reporter, Alex Witze. They discuss the latest US plans to land people on the moon by 2024, the history of the Apollo missions, and what’s next for the lunar exploration.


News: Can NASA really return people to the Moon by 2024?


Books and Arts: Propulsive reading: books on the Moon


News Feature: These young scientists will shape the next 50 years of Moon research


Video: Three generations of space experts react to the Moon landings

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Jul 10, 2019
04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand’s sustainability
00:23:06

This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining.


In this episode:


00:47 Predicting properties

A word-association algorithm is reading millions of abstracts to discover new properties of materials. 

Research article: Tshitoyan et al.News and Views: Text mining facilitates materials discovery


08:28 Research Highlights

Tiny robot-jellyfish, and genome mutation hot-spots. 

Research Article:Multi-functional soft-bodied jellyfish-like swimmingResearch Highlight:How DNA ‘hotspots’ snarl the search for cancer genes


10:48 Sand under strain

Researchers warn that the mining of sand is unsustainable. 

Comment:Time is running out for sand


15:44 News Chat

The results of a bullying survey, and the spread of microbial disease through opioid use. 

News: Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society conducts huge bullying surveyNews: The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases

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Jul 03, 2019
Nature PastCast, June 1876: Gorillas, man-eating monsters?
00:16:25

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


According to the fables of early explorers, the gorilla was a terrible, man-eating monster. It was also thought to be man’s closest relative in the animal kingdom. Naturally, scientists and the public alike wanted to see these fierce beasts for themselves. But in the mid-nineteenth century, as the evolution debate heated up, getting a live gorilla to Europe from Africa was extremely difficult. In 1876, the pages of Nature report the arrival in England of a young specimen.


This episode was first broadcast in June 2013.

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Jun 28, 2019
27 June 2019: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology
00:27:16

This week, how going barefoot affects what your feet can feel, and uncovering history with ancient proteins.


In this episode:


00:44 A sole sensation

A study of people who do and don't wear shoes looks into whether calluses make feet less sensitive. Research article: Holowka et al.; News and Views: Your sensitive sole


08:50 Research Highlights

Magma moving quickly, and twice-transforming 4D materials. Research Highlight: Volcano’s magma hit top speed; Research Article: Wang et al.



11:09 Dating fossils with proteins

Archaeologists turn to proteins to answer questions DNA cannot. News Feature: Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history


19:38 News Chat

A special report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the ongoing Ebola crisis. News: The doctor who beat Ebola — and inspires other survivors to care for the sick; News: Meet the Ebola workers battling a virus in a war zone; News: World Health Organization resists declaring Ebola emergency — for third time

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Jun 26, 2019
20 June 2019: Non-native species, and a blood-inspired robot battery
00:23:33

This week, what makes birds invasive and a robotic fish powered by a blood-like battery.

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Jun 19, 2019
13 June 2019: Mighty magnets, and aerosols in the atmosphere
00:24:18

This week, a record-breaking magnetic field, and aerosols’ potential effects on the atmosphere.


In this episode:


00:45 Making massive magnets

Researchers have created the world’s strongest direct current magnetic field. 

Research article: S. Hahn et al.


08:38 Research Highlights

Macaques’ musicality and human consumption of microplastics. 

Research Article: Divergence in the functional organization of human and macaque auditory cortex revealed by fMRI responses to harmonic tones

Research Highlight: What a bottled-water habit means for intake of ‘microplastics’


10:55 Aerosols’ impacts on the climate

There’s a still a lot to learn about how aerosols affect the climate. 

Comment: Soot, sulfate, dust and the climate — three ways through the fog


17:03 News Chat

The launch of an X-ray space telescope, and a Russian researcher’s plans to CRISPR-edit human embryos. News:Space telescope to chart first map of the Universe in high-energy X-raysNews: Russian biologist plans more CRISPR-edited babies


Jun 12, 2019
06 June 2019: Microbes modifying medicine and kickstarting plate tectonics
00:21:24

This week, how gut microbes might be affecting drugs, and a new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics.


In this episode:


00:45 Microbes metabolising drugs

Researchers are investigating whether the gut microbiota can alter the activity of medicinal drugs.

Research article: Zimmermann et al.

 

06:40 Research Highlights

Elephants counting with smell, and audio activity monitoring.

Research Highlight: Elephants have a nose for portion size

Research Highlight: Deep learning monitors human activity based on sound alone


08:57 The origin of plate tectonics?

A new theory suggests that sediment may have lubricated the Earth’s tectonic plates, allowing them to move.

Research article: Sobolev and Brown

News and Views: Earth’s evolution explored

 

14:14 News Chat

Scientists protest in Hungary, and a trial of a new post-review process to test reproducibility.

News: Hungarians protest against proposed government takeover of science

News: Reproducibility trial publishes two conclusions for one paper

Jun 05, 2019
Nature PastCast May 1983: Discovering the ozone layer hole
00:15:48

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


The discovery of the ozone hole in the mid-1980s was a shock. Scientists suspected that man-made gases called CFCs were damaging the ozone layer, but they didn’t expect to see such a dramatic decline. Nor did they expect the discovery to be made by a small group of British scientists in Antarctica. In this podcast, we hear from the ‘little voice’ in the background whose persistence led to the reporting of the reduced ozone in Nature in May 1985. But how did it become known as the ‘ozone hole’? And what lessons are there for climate change scientists today?

May 31, 2019
30 May 2019: Cold fusion, gender parity in universities, and studying wildfires
00:16:05

This week, looking back at cold fusion, a ranking of gender balance in universities, and measuring the impact of wildfires.

May 30, 2019
23 May 2019: Pre-industrial plankton populations, European science, and ancient fungi.
00:27:43

This week, how climate change has affected plankton, the future of European science, and evidence of an ancient fungus.

May 22, 2019
16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon's far side
00:23:40

This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.

May 15, 2019
09 May 2019: Urban vs Rural BMI, and the health of rivers
00:21:23

This week, body mass increases around the world, and river connections in decline.

May 08, 2019
02 May 2019: China's growing science network, and talking brain signals
00:26:44

This week, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.

May 01, 2019
Nature PastCast April 1953: The other DNA papers
00:14:12

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.


Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous paper proposing a structure for DNA. Everyone knows that story – but fewer people know that there were actually three papers about DNA in that issue of Nature. In this podcast, first broadcast in April 2013, we uncover the evidence that brought Watson and Crick to their conclusion, discuss how the papers were received at the time, and hear from one scientist who was actually there: co-author of one of the DNA papers, the late Raymond Gosling.

Apr 26, 2019
25 April 2019: Tiny earthquakes, the genetics of height, and how US-China politics is affecting research
00:10:36

This week we’ve got an extended News Chat between presenter Benjamin Thompson and Nature's European Bureau Chief Nisha Gaind. They discuss a new way to identify tiny earthquakes, new insights into the heritability of height, and how political tensions between the US and China are affecting scientists and research.

Apr 25, 2019
18 April 2019: Reviving brains, lightning, and spring books
00:27:44

This week, restoring function in dead pig brains, spring science books, and the structure of lightning.


If you have any questions about the partly-revived brains study, then the reporters at Nature are keen to answer them. You can submit them at the bottom of the article, here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01216-4

 

Apr 17, 2019
Podcast Extra: The first image of a black hole
00:06:31

This week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. In this special News Chat, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi, who was at a press conference in Brussels where the image was announced, tells Benjamin Thompson about the image and what scientists are saying about it.

Apr 11, 2019
11 April 2019: Heart failure and vacuum field fluctuations.
00:23:44

This week, a new mouse model for heart failure and characterising energy fluctuations in empty space.

Apr 10, 2019
04 April 2019: MDMA and the malleable mind, and keeping skin young
00:25:35

This week, why MDMA could make social interactions more rewarding, and how your skin keeps itself youthful.

Apr 03, 2019
Backchat March 2019: Calls for a research moratorium, and the evolution of science reporting
00:21:16

In this month’s roundtable, our reporters discuss calls to pause heritable genome-editing research, and how science journalism has changed in the past 20 years.

Mar 29, 2019
28 March 2019: Human impacts on Mount Kilimanjaro, sex differences in pain, and a crystal-based cooling method
00:29:32

This week, how humans are affecting Kilimanjaro's ecosystems, differences in pain based on biological sex, and refrigerating with crystals.

Mar 27, 2019
21 March 2019: Antibiotics in orchards, and rethinking statistical significance
00:25:23

This week, a plan to spray antibiotics onto orange trees, and is it time to retire statistical significance?

Mar 20, 2019
Nature Pastcast March 1918: The eclipse expedition to put Einstein to the test
00:16:03

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments in the history of science.


As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be done.


This episode was first broadcast in March 2014.

Mar 15, 2019
14 March 2019: Ebola in DRC, a new HIV treatment, and the proposed US budget. 
00:11:43

Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’ve got an extended News Chat between Benjamin Thompson and Amy Maxmen. They discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, an injectable treatment for HIV, and how the proposed US 2020 budget could affect science.

Mar 14, 2019
07 March 2019: Coastal carbon-sinks, mobile health, and Mileva Marić
00:27:02

This week, wetlands' ability to store carbon, mobile health, and the story of Mileva Marić.

Mar 06, 2019
28 February 2019: Cuckoo parasitism, topological materials, and cannabinoids in yeast.
00:31:03

This week, the parenting strategies of a tropical cuckoo, increasing the number of topological materials, and growing cannabinoids in yeast.

Feb 27, 2019
21 February 2019: Mouse cell atlases and cataloguing viruses
00:25:09

This week, mapping every cell in a mouse embryo and the benefits of cataloguing all the viruses on Earth.

Feb 20, 2019
14 February 2019: Atherosclerosis and disruptive science
00:23:34

This week, the links between atherosclerosis and sleep-deprivation, and how team size affects research outputs.

Feb 13, 2019
07 February 2019: Massive chemical libraries, and CRISPR-CasX
00:24:51

This week, virtual drug discovery, and a new addition to the CRISPR toolkit.

Feb 06, 2019
31 January 2019: Women of the periodic table, and harvesting energy from Wi-Fi
00:21:46

This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals.

Jan 30, 2019
24 January 2019: Economic downturns and black holes
00:23:11

This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes.

Jan 23, 2019
17 January 2019: RNA splicing in yeast, and a walking fossil
00:23:16

This week, investigating introns’ roles, and reanimating a fossil.

Jan 16, 2019
Podcast Extra: The search for a rare disease treatment
00:10:52

Nick Sireau’s sons have a rare genetic disease called alkaptonuria, which can lead to body tissues becoming brittle, causing life long health issues.


In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh speaks to Nick and to the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath about their search for a treatment for alkaptonuria.

Jan 11, 2019
10 January 2019: Fast Radio Bursts and new year future gazing
00:20:50

This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what’s in store for science in 2019.

Jan 09, 2019
26 December 2018: Our reporters' top picks of 2018
00:23:17

In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018, and explain why they enjoyed making it. 

Dec 26, 2018
20 December 2018: Quantum physics adds a twist, and festive fun
00:33:33

The Nature Podcast’s 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more!

Dec 19, 2018
Podcast Extra: Evidence of a ‘transmissible’ Alzheimer’s protein
00:09:45

New research suggests that a key protein involved in the neurodegenerative disease can be transferred between brains.

Dec 13, 2018
13 December 2018: The art of performing science, and chiral chemistry
00:24:13

This week, ‘performing’ experiments, and making mirrored molecules.

Dec 12, 2018
06 December 2018: Heart xenotransplants and phage fighting
00:24:20

This week, improving heart xenotransplants, and soil bacteria versus phages.

Dec 05, 2018
29 November 2018: Atomic clock accuracy and wind farm worries
00:24:24

This week, measuring gravity’s strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms’ wakes.

Nov 28, 2018
22 November 2018: An ion-drive aeroplane, and DNA rearrangement.
00:24:17

This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and ‘mosaicism’ in brain cells.

Nov 21, 2018
15 November 2018: Barnard’s Star, and clinical trials
00:21:45

This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world.

Nov 14, 2018
08 November 2018: Designer cells, and a Breakthrough researcher
00:25:17

This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winner

Nov 07, 2018
01 November 2018: Mood forecasting technology, and where are the WIMPs?
00:22:29

This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a 'crisis' in dark matter research.

Oct 31, 2018
18 October 2018: Cannabis horticulture and the Sun's place in history
00:23:48

This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun.

Oct 17, 2018
11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants
00:22:56

This week, what life is like when you've just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.

Oct 10, 2018
04 October 2018: Latent HIV, bird personalities and the Hyabusa2 mission
00:30:33

This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission.

Oct 03, 2018
27 September 2018: A wearable biosensor and a mechanical metamaterial.
00:22:01

This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial.

Sep 26, 2018
20 September 2018: Negative emissions and swarms under strain
00:25:28

This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain.

Sep 19, 2018
13 September 2018: The oldest drawing and the energy of data
00:24:37

This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data.

Sep 12, 2018
6 September 2018: Space junk, and a physicist’s perspective on life
00:23:06

This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life.

Sep 05, 2018
30 August 2018: Gravity’s big G and the evolution of babies
00:23:01

This week, an early mammal relative’s babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity.

Aug 29, 2018
Backchat August 2018: Audio reporting, audience feedback, and Brexit
00:24:12

In this month’s roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience.

Aug 24, 2018
23 August 2018: Quantum computers and labour division in ants
00:24:55

This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer.

Aug 22, 2018
16 August 2018: Bumblebees, opioids, and ocean weather
00:29:58

This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas.

Aug 15, 2018
8 August 2018: Fox aggression, microbiota and geoengineering
00:27:02

This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.

Aug 08, 2018
02 August 2018: Zebra finch colour perception, terraforming Mars, and attributing extreme weather
00:32:05

This week, how a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate.

Aug 01, 2018
26 July 2018: Conservation, automata, and pet DNA tests
00:28:51

This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum.

Jul 25, 2018
19 July 2018: DNA scaffolds, climate-altering microbes, and a robot chemist
00:26:40

This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions.

Jul 18, 2018
12 July 2018: Rats, reefs, and career streaks
00:31:10

This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town’s water crisis.

Jul 11, 2018
05 July 2018: A DNA computer, the koala genome, and the invisibility of LGBTQ+ researchers
00:30:33

This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.

Jul 04, 2018
Backchat June 2018: Lab health, email briefings, and CRISPR
00:19:12

In this month’s roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, and how science stories can affect the stock market.

Jun 29, 2018
27 June 2018: Air pollution, sick plants, and stress
00:29:12

This week, the relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa, stressed brains, and diagnosing sick plants from afar.

Jun 27, 2018
21 June 2018: Pancreatic cancer, silica cages, and AI bias
00:27:10

This week, pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

Jun 20, 2018
14 June 2018: Baobab tree death, zebrafish stem cells, and ice in Antarctica
00:33:12

This week, the mysterious death of African baobab trees, Antarctica’s past, present, and future, and how zebrafish protect their stem cells.

Jun 13, 2018
07 June 2018: Magnetic animal migration, cold enzymes, and mouse memory
00:31:07

This week, making enzymes work better in the cold, short-term memory production in mice, and magnetic detection in animals.

Jun 06, 2018
31 May 2018: Boosting diversity in physics, and life after an asteroid impact
00:24:24

This week, boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life’s recovery after a massive asteroid impact.

May 30, 2018
24 May 2018: Climate costs, cleverer cab journeys, and peering through matter with muons
00:31:59

This week, estimating the economic cost of climate change, a new solution to the Minimum Fleet Problem, and the flourishing field of muography.

May 23, 2018
17 May 2018: Probing the proton, research misconduct, and making sense of mystery genes
00:28:19

This week, peering inside the proton, identifying the pitfalls of research misconduct, and identifying what bacterial genes of unknown function actually do.

May 16, 2018
10 May 2018: AI neuroscience, liquid crystals, and depression in academia
00:29:20

This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia.

May 09, 2018
03 May 2018: Building early embryos, the fear response in mice, and ancient rhino remains
00:28:57

This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration.

May 02, 2018
26 April 2018: Mini brains, and an updated enzyme image
00:20:40

This week, the ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected.

Apr 25, 2018
Backchat April 2018: Sexual harassment, social media, and celebrity scientists
00:27:31

In this month’s roundtable, we discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal.

Apr 20, 2018
19 April 2018: Synchronised shrimp, supernova science, and spring books.
00:31:23

This week, tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books.

Apr 18, 2018
12 April 2018: The power of remote sensing, and watching a neutron star glitch
00:22:37

This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research.

Apr 11, 2018
05 April 2018: Human's influence on the Mississippi and 'dirty' mice
00:24:18

This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi's floods, and getting 'dirty' mice into the lab.

Apr 04, 2018
29 March 2018: AI in chemistry, and liquid droplets in living cells.
00:22:58

This week, testing a neural network's chemistry skills, and what the physics of droplets is teaching us about the biology of cells.

Mar 28, 2018
22 March 2018: Mexican cavefish, the gut microbiome, and a wearable brain scanner.
00:30:08

This week, glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish, the effect of non-antibiotic drugs on gut microbes, and a wearable brain scanner.

Mar 21, 2018
15 March 2018: Geoengineering Antarctica and increasing NMR’s resolution.
00:23:28

This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution.

Mar 14, 2018
8 March 2018: Surprising graphene superconductors, and 50 years dreaming of electric sheep.
00:21:38

This week, graphene’s latest superpower, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic.

Mar 07, 2018
1 March 2018: Brain waves and a fingerprint from the early Universe
00:31:19

This week, the landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, and brain waves cause a splash.

Feb 28, 2018
Backchat February 2018: Luck, debate, and the quantum internet
00:23:30

Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become.

Feb 23, 2018
22 February 2018: A focus on adolescence
00:27:32

This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking.

Feb 21, 2018
15 February 2018: Optical clocks, healthy ageing, and fieldwork during pregnancy
00:27:05

This week, refocusing ageing research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy.

Feb 14, 2018
08 February 2018: Tough timber, magpie intelligence, and invasive crayfish
00:30:01

This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood.

Feb 07, 2018
01 February 2018: Stone Age tools in India, and coral reefs in crisis
00:21:08

This week, reframing humans' arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs.

Jan 31, 2018
25 January 2018: Tiny robots, 3D images, and a honeycomb maze
00:28:44

This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats.

Jan 24, 2018
18 January 2018: Climate sensitivity, and the fetal microbiome
00:24:13

This week, pinning down the climate's carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies' first bacteria.

Jan 17, 2018
10 January 2018: Conflict conservation, and the shape of a memory
00:32:10

This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict's toll on wildlife.

Jan 10, 2018
Backchat December 2017: Trump, physics, and uncited papers
00:24:58

Backchat’s back, with discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics.

Dec 22, 2017
21 December 2017: Earth AI, a news quiz, and sci-fi
00:37:34

This week, our end of year special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era.

Dec 20, 2017
14 December 2017: Volcanoes, viruses & electric eels
00:30:18

This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.

Dec 13, 2017
7 December 2017: Exoplanet geology & duck-like dinosaurs
00:23:16

This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur.

Dec 06, 2017
30 November 2017: Unnatural DNA & worm mothers
00:23:47

This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle.

Nov 29, 2017
23 November 2017: Sleep deprivation & radioactive lightning
00:25:54

This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn’t, and the science of sleep deprivation.

Nov 22, 2017
16 November 2017: Ancient inequality & bacterial communication
00:23:49

This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality.

Nov 15, 2017
9 November 2017: Axolotls & treating a genetic skin condition
00:22:36

This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl. 

Nov 08, 2017
2 November 2017: Evolving verbs & Earth's microbiome
00:25:02

This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.

Nov 01, 2017
26 October 2017: Undead cells & Antarctic instability
00:29:14

This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.

Oct 25, 2017
19 October 2017: Neutron star gravitational waves & the future of work
00:22:01

This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work.

Oct 19, 2017
12 October 2017: A dwarf planet & DNA sequencing
00:29:32
This week, a dwarf planet with a ring, 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing, and the grieving families contributing to a huge genetics projects.
Oct 11, 2017
Nature Extra: 500th show compilation
01:00:17
To celebrate our 500th episode, the Nature Podcast asked 8 presenters – past and present – to recommend their favourite contributions to the show.
Oct 06, 2017
Nature Podcast: 5 October 2017
00:39:55
This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.
Oct 04, 2017
Nature Podcast: 21 September 2017
00:23:26
This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells.
Sep 20, 2017
Nature Podcast: 14 September 2017
00:22:53
This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.
Sep 13, 2017
Nature Podcast: 7 September 2017
00:27:34
Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.
Sep 06, 2017
Nature Podcast: 24 August 2017
00:24:14
The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility.
Aug 23, 2017
Nature Podcast: 17 August 2017
00:27:48
This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star's mystery, and the algal boom.
Aug 16, 2017
Nature Podcast: 10 August 2017
00:28:55
This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.
Aug 11, 2017
Nature Podcast: 3 August 2017
00:31:27

This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest.

Aug 02, 2017
Nature Podcast: 27 July 2017
00:31:17
This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain's control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator.
Jul 26, 2017
Nature Podcast: 20 July 2017
00:29:00
This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized.
Jul 19, 2017
Nature Podcast: 13 July 2017
00:29:31

This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise.

Jul 12, 2017
Nature Podcast: 6 July 2017
00:27:52
This week, a new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise.
Jul 05, 2017
Grand Challenges: Energy
00:25:48
To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges of transitioning to low carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode in the Grand Challenges podcast series.
Jul 03, 2017
Extra: The grey zone
00:17:34
Sometimes people can become trapped in the grey zone between conscious and unconscious states. Kerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states.
Jun 30, 2017
Backchat: June 2017
00:23:01

Our reporters and editors respond to the UK election. Plus, the tangled taxonomy of our species, and why physicists love to hate the standard model.

Jun 16, 2017
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
00:29:07

This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.

Jun 14, 2017
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
00:29:07

This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.   

Jun 14, 2017
Nature Podcast: 8 June 2017
00:30:52

This week, early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model.

Jun 07, 2017
Grand Challenges: Food security
00:24:44

Millions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food, in a world of evolving technology, global markets and a changing climate. This is episode 3 of 4 in the Grand Challenges podcast series.

Jun 05, 2017
Nature Podcast: 1 June 2017
00:30:31

This week, ‘sticky’ RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and 'intelligent crowd' peer review.

May 31, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures May 2017
00:07:28
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, 'Life, hacked' by Krystal Claxton.
May 31, 2017
Backchat: May 2017
00:23:43
This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.
May 26, 2017
Nature Podcast: 25 May 2017
00:27:57

This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots.

May 24, 2017
Nature Podcast: 18 May 2017
00:29:20

This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome.

May 18, 2017
Nature Podcast: 11 May 2017
00:29:40

This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI

May 10, 2017
Nature Podcast: 4 May 2017
00:28:43

This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI

May 03, 2017
Grand Challenges: Ageing
00:29:53

Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it - as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can live healthily and well.

May 01, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures April 2017
00:07:27
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Cold comforts' by Graham Robert Scott.
Apr 28, 2017
Nature Podcast: 27 April 2017
00:30:57

This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe’s first ‘baby picture’.

Apr 26, 2017
Backchat: April 2017
00:23:40
Science fans everywhere will take to the streets this weekend in the March for Science. Plus, biases in artificial intelligence and how scientific papers are getting harder to read.
Apr 21, 2017
Nature Podcast: 13 April 2017
00:28:52

This week, politician scientists, human genetic ‘knockouts’ and East Antarctica’s instability.

Apr 12, 2017
Nature Podcast: 6 April 2017
00:29:26

This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far.

Apr 05, 2017
Grand Challenges: Mental Health
00:27:58

Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most. 

Apr 03, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures March 2017
00:06:41
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Green boughs will cover thee' by Sarah L Byrne.
Mar 31, 2017
Nature Podcast: 30 March 2017
00:29:29

This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties.

Mar 29, 2017
Backchat: March 2017
00:23:16
A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain 'time crystals'.
Mar 23, 2017
Nature Podcast: 23 March 2017
00:28:25
This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer.
Mar 22, 2017
Nature Podcast: 16 March 2017
00:27:44
This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.
Mar 15, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - March 1918
00:16:06
As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be done.
Mar 10, 2017
Nature Podcast: 9 March 2017
00:30:37
This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.
Mar 09, 2017
Nature Podcast: 2 March 2017
00:27:19
This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.
Mar 01, 2017
Backchat: February 2017
00:21:48
AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game.
Mar 01, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures February 2017
00:04:02
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, 'Fermi's zookeepers' by David Gullen.
Feb 27, 2017
Nature Podcast: 23 February 2017
00:28:26
This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research
Feb 22, 2017
Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017
00:27:55
This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.
Feb 15, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925
00:12:04
Paleontologist Raymond Dart had newly arrived in South Africa when he came across a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of an extinct primate – not quite ape and not quite human. The paleontology community shunned the find, and proving that the creature was a human relative took decades. [Originally aired 26/02/2014]
Feb 10, 2017
Nature Podcast: 9 February 2017
00:31:14
This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?
Feb 08, 2017
Nature Podcast: 2 February 2017
00:29:29
Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen?  
Feb 01, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures January 2017
00:05:38
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.
Jan 31, 2017
Backchat: January 2017
00:22:43
Moonshots, frameworks, catapults – how best to name your science project? Plus, the implications for science of Trump’s first days in office, and the perils of trying to reproduce others’ work.
Jan 27, 2017
Nature Podcast: 26 January 2017
00:30:54
This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.
Jan 25, 2017
Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017
00:30:53
This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.
Jan 18, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896
00:15:34
Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn't be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.
Jan 13, 2017
Nature Podcast: 12 January 2017
00:23:09
This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.
Jan 11, 2017
Nature Podcast: 22 December 2016
00:38:59
It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.  
Dec 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 15 December 2016
00:29:57
This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome. 
Dec 14, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - December 1920
00:12:31
In the early twentieth century physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Was the world at its smallest scales continuous, or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subject of a Nature news article in 1920. Originally aired 19/12/2013.
Dec 09, 2016
Nature Podcast: 8 December 2016
00:30:10
This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.
Dec 07, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures November 2016
00:05:42
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.
Dec 01, 2016
Nature Podcast: 1 December 2016
00:25:58
This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?
Nov 30, 2016
Nature Podcast: 24 November 2016
00:28:30
Tracking whale shark DNA in seawater, the human computers behind early astronomy, building materials with a microscope, and a new synchrotron starts up in the Middle East.
Nov 23, 2016
Nature Backchat: November 2016
00:20:07
Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.
Nov 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016
00:19:44
This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.
Nov 16, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - November 1869
00:13:43
The first issue of Nature looked very different from today's magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience. We hear how Nature began, and how it became the iconic science journal it is today.
Nov 11, 2016
Nature Podcast: 10 November 2016
00:31:00
This week, CERN for the brain, modelling the effects of a climate tax on food, a brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys walk, and what Trump's win might mean for science.
Nov 09, 2016
Nature Podcast: 3 November 2016
00:28:47
This week, the earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new film about volcanoes, and are astronomers turning a blind eye to competing theories?
Nov 02, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures October 2016
00:08:01
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ’The sixth circle' by J. W. Armstrong.
Oct 31, 2016
Nature Podcast: 27 October 2016
00:31:22
This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US.
Oct 26, 2016
Nature Backchat: October 2016
00:22:37
Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords.
Oct 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 20 October 2016
00:28:05
This week, making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, trying to predict the election, and the scientists voting for Trump.
Oct 19, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - October 1993
00:13:22
In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story, and discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth. Originally aired 16/10/2013.
Oct 14, 2016
Nature Podcast: 13 October 2016
00:29:11
This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.
Oct 12, 2016
Nature Extra: Nobel News
00:08:36
Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.
Oct 06, 2016
Nature Podcast: 6 October 2016
00:23:05
This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.
Oct 05, 2016
Nature Backchat: September 2016
00:24:52
The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you’re in, and getting funding through philanthropy.
Oct 03, 2016
Nature Podcast: 29 September 2016
00:26:17
This week, the chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements.
Sep 28, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures September 2016
00:07:38
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray.
Sep 22, 2016
Nature Podcast: 22 September 2016
00:29:36
This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck.
Sep 21, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - September 1963
00:15:55
When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a 'wild idea' became plate tectonics, the unifying theory of earth sciences.
Sep 15, 2016
Nature Podcast: 15 September 2016
00:27:59
This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.
Sep 14, 2016
Nature Podcast: 8 September 2016
00:35:59
This week, solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations.
Sep 07, 2016
Nature Podcast: 1 September 2016
00:14:30
This week, famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s
Aug 31, 2016
Futures: August 2016
00:06:17
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, 'Interdimensional trade benefits' by Brian Trent.
Aug 30, 2016
Nature Backchat: August 2016
00:23:20
A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind.
Aug 24, 2016
Nature Podcast: 25 August 2016
00:25:53
This week, an Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases.
Aug 24, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - August 1975
00:18:39
Six out of ten of the world's best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13.
Aug 23, 2016
Nature Podcast: 18 August 2016
00:27:59
This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids.
Aug 17, 2016
Nature Podcast: 11 August 2016
00:25:38
This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR.
Aug 10, 2016
Nature Podcast: 4 August 2016
00:28:09
This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.
Aug 03, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - July 1942
00:15:28
Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott's secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013.
Aug 01, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures July 2016
00:06:43
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, 'Revision theory' by Blaize M. Kaye.
Jul 29, 2016
Nature Podcast: 28 July 2016
00:26:58
This week, how we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, and using yeast genetics to build better beer.
Jul 27, 2016
Nature Backchat: July 2016
00:26:22
What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And why are rhinos being airlifted to Australia?
Jul 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 21 July 2016
00:28:16
This week, the perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good.
Jul 20, 2016
Nature Podcast: 14 July 2016
00:32:19
This week, a special issue on conflict. The psychological toll of war, how to count the dead, and predicting conflict in the 21st century.
Jul 13, 2016
Nature Podcast: 7 July 2016
00:27:17
This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.
Jul 06, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures June 2016
00:05:59
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, ‘The Memory Ward’ by Wendy Nikel.
Jul 01, 2016
Nature Podcast: 30 June 2016
00:27:20
This week, Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an ‘IPCC’ for social science.
Jun 29, 2016
Nature Podcast: 23 June 2016
00:27:48
This week, transmissible cancer, organising the hadron menagerie, and the latest gravitational wave result and what physicists want to know next.
Jun 22, 2016
Nature Backchat: June 2016
00:22:51
What could Brexit mean for EU research and researchers? How should reporters cover the US elections when nobody says anything about science? Plus a dramatic and dangerous Antarctic rescue.
Jun 22, 2016
Nature Podcast: 16 June 2016
00:29:09
This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs.
Jun 15, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - June 1876
00:16:27
In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by 'gorilla fever'. Were these beasts man's closest relative in the animal kingdom? Getting a gorilla to Europe was a rare event, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of a young specimen.
Jun 10, 2016
Nature Podcast: 9 June 2016
00:28:04
This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans.
Jun 08, 2016
Nature Podcast: 2 June 2016
00:30:43
This week, the genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface.
Jun 01, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures May 2016
00:06:15
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ‘Project Earth is leaving beta’ by J. W. Alden.
May 27, 2016
Nature Podcast: 26 May 2016
00:29:46
This week, how clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats.
May 25, 2016
Nature Podcast: 19 May 2016
00:30:42
This week, treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history.
May 18, 2016
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2016
00:25:18
The endless quest to make fusion energy, virtual reality in the lab, and the biggest story of the month: a boat gets given a name.
May 16, 2016
Nature Podcast: 12 May 2016
00:28:24
This week, the Zika virus and birth defects, colliding quasi-particles, and combatting sprawling networks of spam.
May 11, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - May 1985
00:15:51
Jonathan Shanklin was sifting through a backlog of data when he made the startling discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. In this podcast, he and others recall events in the mid-1980s and discuss how the 'ozone hole' became the poster child for environmentalism. Originally aired 17/05/2013.
May 09, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures April 2016
00:07:32
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy and Shamini Bundell read you their favourite from April, ‘Choices, in sequential order’ by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez.
May 06, 2016
Nature Podcast: 5 May 2016
00:27:41
This week, the value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains’ energy demands.
May 04, 2016
Nature Podcast: 28 April 2016
00:28:16
This week, a language map of the brain, listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake, and the Soviet internet that never was.
Apr 27, 2016
Nature Extra: Backchat April 2016
00:26:30
The fuss over editing human embryos dies down, the quantum expertise of Canada’s Prime Minister, and what it’s like to report for 24 hours straight.
Apr 26, 2016
Nature Podcast: 21 April 2016
00:27:26
This week, the psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research.
Apr 20, 2016
Nature Podcast: 14 April 2016
00:30:02
This week, a computer game helps build a quantum computer, the brain’s built-in backup, and the history and science of hearing voices.
Apr 13, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - April 1953
00:14:30
Everyone knows that Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. But fewer know that two other papers on DNA were published in the same issue of Nature. Learn more in the first of a new podcast series: the Nature PastCast. Originally aired 18/04/2013.
Apr 08, 2016
Nature Podcast: 7 April 2016
00:28:05
This week, apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth.
Apr 06, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures March 2016
00:05:52
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou.
Mar 31, 2016
Nature Podcast: 31 March 2016
00:31:07
This week, Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter.
Mar 30, 2016
Nature Podcast: 24 March 2016
00:31:16
This week, toggling brain activity with radio waves, how to build stuff that lasts, and making thrillseekers into care-takers.
Mar 23, 2016
Nature Extra: Backchat March 2016
00:24:58
Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.
Mar 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 17 March 2016
00:31:39
This week, retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible?
Mar 16, 2016
Nature Podcast: 10 March 2016
00:27:36
This week, the frontiers of CRISPR, chewing raw goat for science, and using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it.
Mar 09, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures February 2016
00:05:16
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck' by Samantha Murray.
Mar 08, 2016
Nature Podcast: 3 March 2016
00:29:36
This week, more fast radio bursts spotted, how do you know where you are when you’re not moving, and listening in on a whale banquet.
Mar 02, 2016
Nature Extra: Backchat February 2016
00:22:13
A month of manipulation, as we look at a re-run of a famously manipulative psychology study, learn how to manipulate our own brains and minds, and nudge our societies towards better collective action.
Feb 25, 2016
Nature Podcast: 25 February 2016
00:25:10
This week, a special episode about the future. How can we future-proof our world, or fight our natural bias against planning for the future? And what does the science of today mean for the health of tomorrow?
Feb 24, 2016
Nature Podcast: 18 February 2016
00:27:22
This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal.
Feb 17, 2016
Nature Extra: Gravitational waves
00:07:27
Einstein's prediction was right: gravitational waves do exist. Scientists at the LIGO collaboration reported their discovery yesterday in Washington, DC. Reporters Adam Levy and Alexandra Witze take stock.
Feb 12, 2016
Nature Podcast: 11 February 2016
00:29:10
This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks.
Feb 10, 2016
Nature Podcast: 4 February 2016
00:30:12
This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks.
Feb 03, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures January 2016
00:06:25
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads ‘Beyond 550 astronomical units' by Mike Brotherton.
Feb 01, 2016
Nature Extra: Backchat January 2016
00:30:00
The putative Planet X, gravitational wave rumours and how to report them, and The Selfish Gene 40 years on.
Jan 29, 2016
Nature Podcast: 28 January 2016
00:22:38
This week, the computer that can play Go, a general ‘ageing’ factor, and the stolen library of John Dee.
Jan 27, 2016
Nature Podcast: 21 January 2016
00:25:44
This week, a brain sensor that melts away after use, a 10,000 year old murder mystery, and what happens when chickens go wild.
Jan 20, 2016
Nature Podcast: 14 January 2016
00:27:26
This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom.
Jan 13, 2016
Nature Podcast: 7 January 2016
00:21:41
This week, science predictions for 2016, the effect of extreme weather on crops, and a new phase of hydrogen for the new year.
Jan 06, 2016
Podcast Extra – The Psychology of Star Wars
00:10:50
What can the world of Star Wars tell us about psychology? Travis Langley explains all in this Podcast Extra, using examples from his new book ‘Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind’.
Dec 21, 2015
Nature Podcast: 17 December 2015
00:48:07
This week, in our final show of 2015 – we’re wrapping up the highlights of the year, catching up on the climate meeting in Paris, looking forward to psyching out the characters in Star Wars, busting some scientific myths, and playing an evolution-themed board game.
Dec 17, 2015
Nature Podcast: 10 December 2015
00:25:32
This week, the dwarf planet Ceres gets a close-up, using fetal tissue in science, and the wasting condition that worsens outcomes for cancer patients.
Dec 09, 2015
Nature Podcast: 3 December 2015
00:26:54
This week, the origins of mysterious radio bursts, fixing the PhD system, and tracking down the universe’s missing matter.
Dec 02, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures November 2015
00:05:30
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from November, 'One slow step for man' by S R Algernon.
Nov 29, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat November 2015
00:21:22
Einstein’s theory of general relativity turns 100 years old. Will there ever be another theory like it, or another scientist like Einstein? Plus, we discuss International Years as news pegs.
Nov 26, 2015
Nature Podcast: 26 November 2015
00:25:09
This week, super-high-res ultrasound, the amazing world of soils, and five classic books about sustainability.
Nov 25, 2015
Nature Podcast: 19 November 2015
00:31:57
This week, a nursery for big baby planets, meddling with taste perception, China’s mega water transfer plan, and the 100th anniversary of general relativity.
Nov 18, 2015
Nature Podcast: 12 November 2015
00:26:03
This week, storms on Twitter over sexism in science, porous liquids, and the long relationship between humans and bees.
Nov 11, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures October 2015
00:00:30
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, 'Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter' by Alex Shvartsman.
Nov 05, 2015
Nature Podcast: 5 November 2015
00:27:34
This week, spontaneously jumping droplets, growing an economy without trashing the environment, and dealing with an onslaught of data as all our gadgets become internet-enabled.
Nov 04, 2015
Nature Podcast: 29 October 2015
00:26:07
This week, how cancers spread, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder in the brain, and making carbon dioxide useful.
Oct 28, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat October 2015
00:28:11
Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation, reporting on the abstract world of mathematics, and science in fashion.
Oct 23, 2015
Nature Podcast: 22 October 2015
00:28:12
This week, a dying solar system just like ours, the effect of temperature on the economy, and electricity-eating bacteria.
Oct 22, 2015
Nature Podcast: 15 October 2015
00:27:35
This week, ancient human teeth found in China, cooperating in climate negotiations, and a humble worm surprises scientists.
Oct 14, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures September 2015
00:04:25
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner.
Oct 08, 2015
Nature Podcast: 8 October 2015
00:28:36
This week, an impenetrable mathematical proof, toggling REM sleep on and off, and the latest results from the Rosetta mission.
Oct 07, 2015
Nature Podcast: 1 October 2015
00:28:14
This week, the future of digital currency; a new lead for antibiotics; and 25 years of cataloguing the human genome.
Sep 30, 2015
Nature Podcast: 24 September 2015
00:24:02
This week, looking back at malaria interventions, using private data for research, and how to twist a travelling neutron.
Sep 23, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat September 2015
00:25:15
Promising results from the LHC, reproducing psychology studies, and unpicking interdisciplinarity.
Sep 22, 2015
Nature Podcast: 17 September 2015
00:27:44
This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs, science meets theatre, and getting a global picture of air pollution.
Sep 16, 2015
Nature Podcast: 10 September 2015
00:22:50
This week, thinking differently about autism, plankton poop in the clouds, and hack-proofing our data.
Sep 09, 2015
Nature Extra - Neurotribes
00:14:45
Steve Silberman's new book, Neurotribes, gives a detailed history of autism spectrum disorder. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh hears from Steve about how we, as a society, should embrace those who think differently.
Sep 09, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures August 2015
00:06:53
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, The Shoulder of Orion, by Eric Garside
Sep 03, 2015
Nature Podcast: 3 September 2015
00:27:43
This week, weather forecasting, rethinking the water cycle, and a special segment to celebrate the podcast’s 400th episode.
Sep 02, 2015
Podcast Extra: The Invention of Science
00:12:25
In his new book, historian David Wootton takes us back to the scientific revolution around the turn of the 17th Century, and asks: was this really when modern science was born?
Aug 26, 2015
Nature Podcast: 27 August 2015
00:28:01
This week, a new look at the scientific revolution, accelerating positrons on a plasma wave, and squashing the unsquashable.
Aug 26, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat August 2015
00:19:57
Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and our special guest Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR.
Aug 21, 2015
Nature Podcast: 20 August 2015
00:25:56
This week, China’s emissions are lower than we thought, lessons from Hurricane Katrina 10 years on, and inheriting genes… sideways.
Aug 18, 2015
Nature Podcast: 13 August 2015
00:16:21
This week, making chemists’ lives easier, updating a centuries-old sunspot record, and anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists’ inboxes.
Aug 12, 2015
Nature Podcast: 6 August 2015
00:25:35
This week, lessons to learn from the Ebola epidemic, the reproductive habits of ancient organisms, and how the nuclear bomb changed the stories we tell about scientists.
Aug 05, 2015
Nature Podcast: 30 July 2015
00:28:20
This week, the ancient art of kirigami – paper cutting – applied to graphene. Plus, mini organs in dishes, and how mitochondria power our muscles.
Jul 29, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures July 2015
00:05:11
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from July, Outpatient, by Dan Stout
Jul 27, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat July 2015
00:23:20
Pluto in pictures, ways to revamp science teaching, NASA’s underwater space-training mission, and listening for aliens.
Jul 24, 2015
Nature Podcast: 23 July 2015
00:27:00
This week, eyedrops could replace surgery for cataracts, the twists and turns of RNA, and a strain of rice that could feed more people and ease climate change.
Jul 22, 2015
Nature Podcast: 16 July 2015
00:27:28
This week, organic molecules in space, treating traumatic brain injury, and training schoolchildren to think like scientists.
Jul 15, 2015
Podcast Extra - A Beautiful Question
00:15:52
Is our universe beautiful? Do the fundamental laws that describe nature appeal to our aesthetic tastes? In this Podcast Extra, Frank Wilczek – theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate - discusses his latest book, which tackles this beautiful question.
Jul 14, 2015
Nature Podcast: 9 July 2015
00:28:32
This week, the geologists on quake alert, stopping HIV in its tracks, and a volcano that wreaked havoc on the climate 1500 years ago.
Jul 08, 2015
Nature Podcast: 2 July 2015
00:26:50
This week, lizards change sex in the heat, a complex eye in a single celled creature, and teaching robots to be ethical
Jul 02, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures June 2015
00:06:17
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from June, Heart worm, by J. J. Roth
Jul 01, 2015
Nature Podcast: 24 June 2015
00:25:34
This week, Antarctica’s surprising biodiversity, trends in heatwaves and coldsnaps, and a new way to diagnose cancer early
Jun 24, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat June 2015
00:26:47
Three of Nature’s biggest paleontology fans sink their teeth into Jurassic World, which premiered this month. The team also discuss the importance of ‘dinomenclature’: why species names matter and how they are devised. Plus, DNA from an ancient human found in Washington State in the 1990s throws up questions of heritage.
Jun 23, 2015
Nature Podcast: 18 June 2015
00:26:40
This week, positive memories help fight depression, plant intelligence and measuring the mass of exoplanets
Jun 17, 2015
Nature Podcast: 11 June 2015
00:27:17
This week, the US military’s biology arm, a clutch of Bronze Age genomes, and protection from a deadly disease in a community in Papua New Guinea
Jun 10, 2015
Nature Podcast: 4 June 2015
00:26:07
This week, how the immune system deals with the brain, the latest in gene editing, and the mystery of Greenland’s disappearing lakes.
Jun 03, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2015
00:24:31
Robots that can recover from injury by themselves, naughty scientists faking or baking their data, and the weirdest places to look for much-needed new antibiotics.
May 28, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures May 2015
00:05:42
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite story from May, Tempus omnia revelat, by Tian Li.
May 28, 2015
Nature Podcast: 28 May 2015
00:25:17
This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature.
May 27, 2015
Audiofile: In search of lost sound
00:23:30
Are the sounds of the past lost forever? In the 1960s, an American engineer proposed that sound could be recorded into clay pots and paintings as they were created. This episode explores the science behind resurrecting the sounds of the past.
May 26, 2015
Nature Podcast: 21 May 2015
00:27:22
The oldest stone tools yet found, making opiates from yeast and sugar, and the perks of sex… for beetles.
May 20, 2015
Nature Podcast: 14 May 2015
00:28:45
This week, the latest result from the Large Hadron Collider, a memoir from neurologist and adventurer Oliver Sacks, and India’s scientific landscape.
May 13, 2015
Nature Podcast: 7 May 2015
00:25:50
This week, brain-inspired computers, scientists soldiering on past retirement age, and the origins of complex cells deduced from deep-sea samples.
May 06, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:05:33
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from April, Bread of life, by Beth Cato.
Apr 30, 2015
Nature Podcast: 30 April 2015
00:28:01
This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this spring.
Apr 29, 2015
Audiofile: Real life Dr Dolittles
00:29:29
Will we ever be able to talk to animals? In this episode, Geoff Marsh meets a variety of researchers and animals who persevere at the communication barrier in the name of science.
Apr 24, 2015
Nature Podcast: 23 April 2015
00:24:45
This week, a new treatment for Ebola, the making of the Tibetan plateau, and could bees be addicted to pesticides?
Apr 22, 2015
Nature: Backchat April 2015
00:22:43
The periodic table’s fuzzy edges, the nuances of reporting on animal research, and Richard gets charged up about some overhyped coverage of a new battery.
Apr 21, 2015
Nature Podcast: 16 April 2015
00:30:28
This week, how oxytocin affects the brain, self- experimentation in science, and the wedding rings that went to Hubble.
Apr 15, 2015
Nature Podcast: 9 April 2015
00:29:27
This week, the Moon and her sister, the Sun and its personality, and the latest wonder material to hit the big-time.
Apr 08, 2015
Nature Podcast: 2 April 2015
00:28:31
This week, improving walking, pushing the boundary between quantum and classical, and the need for more social science on climate change.
Apr 01, 2015
Nature Podcast: 26 March 2015
00:27:59
This week, the role of black holes in growing galaxies, Dragon’s Den for scientists, and ice inside our bodies.
Mar 25, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat
00:21:10
Where will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes.
Mar 25, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:00:30
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from March, Perfection, by John Frizell.
Mar 24, 2015
Nature Podcast: 19 March 2015
00:28:38
This week, bright light’s protective effect on the developing eyeball, early photography’s impact on science and the British genome unveiled.
Mar 18, 2015
Audiofile: Music and the making of science
00:24:06
Is music simply a pleasant accompaniment to thought, or a driving force behind it? This show examines music’s influence on the development of modern science and the foundations of acoustics. Lute music courtesy of Naxos Licensing.
Mar 12, 2015
Nature Podcast: 12 March 2015
00:29:15
This week, how English became the dominant language of science, carbon capture gets a boost and how to define the Anthropocene.
Mar 11, 2015
Nature Podcast: 5 March 2015
00:27:31
This week, the human family tree gets even more tangled, should universities stop investing in fossil fuels, and Ebola’s impact on mothers-to-be.
Mar 04, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:00:30
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from February, Good for something by Deborah Walker.
Feb 27, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat
00:29:27
An 'intelligent' computer that can learn to play arcade games, the power of text mining, and what ancient DNA can tell us about ancient languages.
Feb 27, 2015
Nature Podcast: 26 February 2015
00:29:32
This week, preparing to meet Pluto, food additives with health risks, and measuring pain in the brain - is it ready for the courtroom?
Feb 25, 2015
Nature Podcast: 19 February 2015
00:29:50
This week, the value of museum collections, how increasing winds could cause coastal dead-zones, and redefining sex.
Feb 18, 2015
Nature Podcast: 12 February 2015
00:29:10
This week, sequencing the genomes of Darwin's finches, financial trading nears light speed, and an ancient book of optics.
Feb 11, 2015
Audiofile: Health under the flight path
00:24:24
The sound of an aeroplane means many things. But increasingly, researchers think it may also have more sinister effects. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature's sound science series: find out what plane noise could mean for the health of those who have to hear it.
Feb 10, 2015
Nature Podcast: 05 February 2015
00:25:54
This week, a drought-resistance spray for plants, how tectonic plates slide around, and making lightweight steel stronger.
Feb 04, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:05:53
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.
Jan 30, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:00:30
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.
Jan 30, 2015
Nature Podcast: 29 January 2015
00:27:26
This week, Israeli skull piece could be from a human hybrid, revamping a classic physics experiment, and revolutionary archaeology.
Jan 28, 2015
Nature Extra: Backchat
00:23:32
Things lost and found in space, could cancer be 'bad luck', and our favourite "Why didn’t I think of that?" experiments.
Jan 26, 2015
Nature Podcast: 22 January 2015
00:29:34
This week, the restorative power of young blood, cosmic hard drives and improving the safety of genetically modified organisms.
Jan 21, 2015
Nature Podcast: 15 January 2015
00:27:08
This week, what hibernation could tell us about brain degeneration, a new journal all about plants, and where to go if climate change is claiming your home.
Jan 14, 2015
Audiofile: What is it like to be a bat?
00:21:12
Bat ecologists are trying to find out, philosophers argue we may never understand, and one blind woman knows better than anyone. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: what bats can teach us about the limits of human perception.
Jan 12, 2015
Nature Podcast: 08 January 2015
00:26:10
This week, what to expect in 2015, including dwarf planet hunts, the reopening of the LHC, a new antibiotic and an estimate of scientists’ coffee consumption.
Jan 07, 2015
Nature Extra: Futures
00:05:09
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from December, Missed Message, by Rachel Reddick.
Dec 19, 2014
Nature Podcast: 18 December 2014
00:27:31
This week, what was hot in 2014, what cosmologists would like for Christmas, and charades - reworked for audio.
Dec 17, 2014
Nature Podcast: 11 December 2014
00:29:33
This week, spider-inspired motion detectors, scrutinizing the endangered species list, and the recipe for cell reprogramming.
Dec 10, 2014
Nature Podcast: 04 December 2014
00:28:44
This week, highly cultured birds, shell art made by our ancestors, and will we ever make a quantum computer?
Dec 03, 2014
Nature Extra: The Institute of Sexology
00:12:13
The Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition which brings together the pioneers of the study of sex. Geoff Marsh visits The Institute of Sexology for an interview with co-curator Honor Beddard.
Dec 01, 2014
Nature Extra: Futures
00:05:55
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from November, Ice and white roses, by Rebecca Birch
Nov 27, 2014
Nature Podcast: 27 November 2014
00:27:00
This week, energy-free air conditioning, the science of sex laid bare, and scientists who peer-review themselves.
Nov 26, 2014
Nature Extra: Backchat
00:25:16
This month's Backchat comes to you from outer space, where our reporters have been sucked into a wormhole to review new movie Interstellar, trying to wake up the comet-lander Philae, and considering a crowdfunded mission to the moon.
Nov 24, 2014
Nature Podcast: 20 November 2014
00:28:38
This week, the dishonest culture of banking, an exhibition explores the Northwest Passage, and a virus which benefits the body.
Nov 19, 2014
Nature Podcast: 13 November 2014
00:26:50
This week, vegetarian diets promise a greener, healthier future, plumbing the depths of depression, and black holes on the silver screen.
Nov 12, 2014
Nature Podcast: 06 November 2014
00:26:46
This week, an ancient Madagascan mammal, the perception of taste and lab-friendly particle accelerators.
Nov 05, 2014
Nature Podcast: Futures
00:06:08
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from October, Dumpster Diving, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
Oct 30, 2014
Nature Podcast: 30 October 2014
00:27:29
This week, the most highly cited papers of all time, NASA’s plans to fetch an asteroid need a rethink, and we profile the first lady of science writing.
Oct 29, 2014
Nature Podcast Extra: A metre-tall mystery
00:25:27
Ten years ago this month, researchers announced the discovery of a miniature, human-like fossil, with a tiny brain to match. The ‘hobbit’ transformed the story of human evolution. Four experts discuss what it means for their field.
Oct 22, 2014
Nature Podcast: 23 October 2014
00:28:11
This week, a dinosaur called "terrible hands" finally gets a body, exocomets in a nearby solar system and a ninth oxidation state breaks a chemistry record.
Oct 22, 2014
Nature Podcast: 16 October 2014
00:29:34
This week, natural gas may not ease carbon dioxide levels, research subject mash-ups, and watching Alzheimer’s unfold in a mini 3D brain.
Oct 15, 2014
Nature Extra: Backchat
00:23:55
What do Nature's reporters really think about the science they cover? Find out in Backchat. In this episode, Nobel Prize excitement (and frustrations), and the world’s oldest cave art.
Oct 14, 2014
Nature Podcast Extra: Maths in The Simpsons
00:12:04
Geoff Marsh interviews David X Cohen, writer of The Simpsons, about the secret maths that has sneaked its way into the show over the years.
Oct 10, 2014
Nature Podcast: 09 October 2014
00:27:47
This week, ancient Indonesian cave art, some of the brightest objects in the Universe, and hidden mathematics in The Simpsons.
Oct 08, 2014
Nature Podcast: 02 October 2014
00:26:13
This week, the bugs that call our skin their home, excessive water use in Asia, and what’s made crazy shapes on the surface of the Moon?
Oct 01, 2014
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
00:07:37
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from September, The tiger waiting on the shore, by Paul Currion.
Sep 29, 2014
Nature Podcast: 25 September 2014
00:25:56
This week, how age determines how well birds migrate, using lizards to test theories of biodiversity, and explaining cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in English. Plus, the best science from outside Nature.
Sep 24, 2014
Nature Podcast: 18 September 2014
00:25:19
This week, artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance, striving for diversity in science, and a taster of new podcast, Backchat.
Sep 17, 2014
Nature Extra: Backchat