Nature Podcast

By Springer Nature Limited

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.

Category: News & Politics

Open in Apple Podcasts

Open RSS feed

Open Website

Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 2327
Reviews: 7

 Jul 13, 2020

 Apr 25, 2020
Concise, well designed and engaging.

 Aug 6, 2019

 Jan 4, 2019
Written well, edited well, and good content. The journalists can explain the science to a general audience.

 Aug 2, 2018


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.

Episode Date
The science behind an 'uncrushable' beetle’s exoskeleton

The structure of a beetle’s super-strong exoskeleton could open up new engineering applications, and efforts to address diversity and equality imbalances in academia.

In this episode:

01:17 Insights into an armoured insect

The diabolical ironclad beetle has an exoskeleton so strong, it can survive being run over by a car. Researchers have identified how the structure of the exoskeleton provides this strength, and show that mimicking it may lead to improved aerospace components.

Research Article: Rivera et al.News and Views: Diabolical ironclad beetles inspire tougher joints for engineering applications

10:42 Coronapod

This week, the UK government announced plans to run a ‘human challenge trial’, where healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We talk about the process, the ethical and procedural hurdles, and whether such an approach will provide any useful data.

News: Dozens to be deliberately infected with coronavirus in UK ‘human challenge’ trials

22:46 Research Highlights

A method to assess the age of RNA, and how southern elephant seals helped to identify supercooled seawater.

Research article: Rodriques et al.; Research article: Haumann et al.

25:20 Efforts to address equity in science

Julie Posselt has been investigating the efforts of academic institutions to assess ingrained imbalances in diversity and equality. We talk to her about these efforts and her new book on the subject.

Book review: How to get more women and people of colour into graduate school — and keep them there

31:43 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, back pay for female professors at Princeton, and a newly uncovered superpower for the tiny tardigrade.

CNN: Princeton will pay nearly $1M in back pay to female professors in sweeping discrimination settlementScience: New species of water bear uses fluorescent ‘shield’ to survive lethal UV radiation


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 21, 2020
Superconductivity gets heated

A high pressure experiment reveals the world’s first room-temperature superconductor, and a method to target ecosystem restoration.

In this episode:

00:44 Room-temperature superconductivity

For decades, scientists have been searching for a material that superconducts at room temperature. This week, researchers show a material that appears to do so, but only under pressures close to those at the centre of the planet. Research Article: Snider et al.; News: First room-temperature superconductor puzzles physicists

08:26 Coronapod

The Coronapod team revisit mask-use. Does public use really control the virus? And how much evidence is enough to turn the tide on this ongoing debate? News Feature: Face masks: what the data say

19:37 Research Highlights

A new method provides 3D printed materials with some flexibility, and why an honest post to Facebook may do you some good. Research Highlight: A promising 3D-printing method gets flexible; Research Highlight: Why Facebook users might want to show their true colours

22:11 The best way to restore ecosystems

Restoring degraded or human-utilised landscapes could help fight climate change and protect biodiversity. However, there are multiple costs and benefits that need to be balanced. Researchers hope a newly developed algorithm will help harmonise these factors and show the best locations to target restoration. Research Article: Strassburg et al.; News and Views: Prioritizing where to restore Earth’s ecosystems

28:40 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, a 44 year speed record for solving a maths problem is beaten… just, and an ancient set of tracks show a mysterious journey. Quanta: Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record; The Conversation: Fossil footprints: the fascinating story behind the longest known prehistoric journey

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 14, 2020
Audio long-read: What animals really think

Researchers are aligning data on animal neuronal activity with behavioural information recorded on millisecond timescales, to uncover the signatures of internal brain states associated with things like moods and motivation.

This is an audio version of our feature: Inside the mind of an animal


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 09, 2020
Trump vs. Biden: what's at stake for science?

A conversation about the US election and the possible fallout for science, and are maternal behaviours learned or innate?

In this episode:

00:46 US election

In the United States the presidential race is underway, and Nature is closely watching to see what might happen for science. We speak to two of our US based reporters to get their insight on the election and what to look out for. News Feature: A four-year timeline of Trump’s impact on science; News Feature: How Trump damaged science — and why it could take decades to recover; News: What a Joe Biden presidency would mean for five key science issues

12:36 Coronapod

With news of the US President Donald Trump contracting coronavirus, the Coronapod team discuss the treatments he has received and what this might mean for the US government. News: Contact tracing Trump's travels would require 'massive' effort

25:33 Research Highlights

How binary stars could become black hole mergers, and a prehistoric massacre. Research Highlight: The odd couple: how a pair of mismatched black holes formed; Research Highlight: A bustling town’s annihilation is frozen in time

27:36 Are parental behaviours innate?

Nature versus nurture is a debate as old as science itself,and in a new paper maternal behaviours are innate or learned, by looking at the neurological responses of adult mice to distress calls from mice pups. Research Article: Schiavo et al.

33:03 Briefing Chat

This week sees the announcement of the Nobel Prizes, so we chat about the winners and their accomplishments. Nature News: Physicists who unravelled mysteries of black holes win Nobel prize; Nature News: Virologists who discovered hepatitis C win medicine Nobel

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 07, 2020
Greenland's ice will melt faster than any time in the past 12,000 years

How current and future ice loss in Greenland compares to the past, and using graphene to make ultra-sensitive radiation detectors.

In this episode:

00:45 Greenland’s historic ice loss

Climate change is accelerating the loss of ice and glaciers around the world leading to unprecedented levels of disappearance. Researchers have drilled samples from deep in the Greenland ice sheet, to model how current, and future, losses compare to those seen in the last 12,000 years. Research Article: Briner et al.; News and Views: The worst is yet to come for the Greenland ice sheet; Editorial: Arctic science cannot afford a new cold war

09:23 Coronapod

Despite recovering from an initial COVID-19 infection, many patients are experiencing severe symptoms months later. We find out about the impact of ‘Long Covid’ and the research that’s being done to try and understand it. News Feature: The lasting misery of coronavirus long-haulers

18:55 Research Highlights

A robot defeats humans at yet another sport, and extreme diving in Cuvier’s beaked whales. Research Highlight: A robot triumphs in a curling match against elite humans; Research Highlight: A smiling whale makes a record deep dive

21:20 A radiation detector made of graphene

Radiation-detectors known as bolometers are vital instruments in many fields of science. This week, two groups of researchers have harnessed graphene to make super sensitive bolometers that could be used to improve quantum computers, or detect subtle traces of molecules on other planets. Research Article: Lee et al.; Research Article: Kokkoniemi et al.

27:49 Briefing Chat

We discuss some of the latest stories highlighted in the Nature Briefing. This week we chat about the lack of diversity in academia, and an animal ally that can protect wildlife during forest fires. Nature Careers: Diversity in science: next steps for research group leaders; National Geographic:

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 30, 2020
After decades of trying, scientists coax plastic particles into a diamond-like structure

Coaxing tiny colloid particles into a diamond structure, and manipulating cell death and homeostasis in neurodegenerative disease.

In this episode:

00:45 Creating colloidal crystals

For decades, researchers have attempted to create crystals with a diamond-like structure using tiny colloid particles. Now, a team thinks they’ve cracked it, which could open the door for new optical technologies. Research Article: He et al.

07:50 Coronapod

Rapid antigen tests for coronavirus have been described in some circles as ‘game changers’ in the fight against COVID-19. We discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and how they could fit into an overall testing strategy. News Feature: Fast coronavirus tests: what they can and can’t do; If you are involved in a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine or treatment, please fill in our survey.

23:52 Research Highlights

Climate change causes greening in the Arctic, and the peptide that gives the Giant Stinging Tree its sting. Research Highlight: A frozen land goes green as Earth warms; Research Highlight: How the giant stinging tree of Australia can inflict months of agony

26:04 Controlling cellular death

In neurodegenerative disease, cell death can be prevented, however this can lead to the accumulation of incorrectly folded proteins. Now researchers have found targets that can be used to both stop cell death and protein aggregation. Research Article: Xu et al.

32:20 Briefing Chat

We discuss some of the latest stories highlighted in the Nature Briefing. This week we talk about the increasing complexity of scientific writing, and uncovering the real origins of charcoal. Nature Index: Science is getting harder to read; Nature News: Microscopy illuminates charcoal’s sketchy origins

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 23, 2020
Genes chart Vikings' spread across Europe

Mapping the migration of the Vikings, and the world’s smallest ultrasound device.

In this episode:

00:45 Following the Viking footprint across Europe

To better understand who the Vikings were, and where they went, researchers have mapped genomes from hundreds of archaeological artifacts. Research Article: Margaryan et al.

08:00 Coronapod

Phase III trials of a leading coronavirus vaccine were abruptly paused last week – we discuss how news of the event leaked out, and the arguments for transparency in clinical trials. News: A leading coronavirus vaccine trial is on hold: scientists react; News: Scientists relieved as coronavirus vaccine trial restarts — but question lack of transparency; If you are involved in a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine or treatment, please fill in our survey.

21:05 Research Highlights

A burnt grain silo gives insight into ancient tax collection, and how hummingbirds survive the cold Andean nights. Research Highlight: Ancient tax collectors amassed a fortune — until it went up in smoke; Research Highlight: Why some of the world’s zippiest birds go stiff and cold every night

23:40 Ultra-tiny ultrasound

Scientists have developed an ultrasound detector which is smaller than the wavelength of sound it detects, providing highly detailed imaging at a cellular level; Research Article: ; Research Article: Shnaiderman et al.

29:53 Briefing Chat

We discuss some of the latest stories highlighted in the Nature Briefing. This week we talk about why California has an orange hue, and the strangeness at the edge of the Solar System. Forbes: The Science Behind Mysterious Orange Skies In California; BBC Future: The weird space that lies outside our Solar System

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 16, 2020
A new way to cool computer chips — from within

Keeping electronics from overheating, and how to include minority populations in genetic analyses.

In this episode:

00:46 Cool computers

Keeping components cool is a major hurdle when it comes to increasing electronic power. This week, we find out about a new way to integrate tiny microfluidic channels directly into circuits, to help keep them cool. Research Article: van Erp et al.

06:57 Coronapod

By comparing coronavirus genomes taken from people around the world, researchers are getting an idea of how SARS-CoV-2 is changing as it spreads. We discuss a particular genetic mutation that rapidly became dominant early in the pandemic, and the effect it may have had on the outbreak. News: The coronavirus is mutating — does it matter?

21:41 Research Highlights

How rock avalanches can cause destructive air blasts, and melting glaciers cause lakes to grow. Research Highlight: The violent blasts that can add to an avalanche’s devastation; Research Article: Shugar et al.

23:59 The people left out of genetic studies

Minority populations are often underrepresented in genetic study recruitment. However, even when data about them is collected it may go unused. We find out why, and what can be done about it. Comment: Don’t ignore genetic data from minority populations

30:51 Briefing Chat

We discuss some of the latest stories highlighted in the Nature Briefing. This week we discuss how bacterially-infected mosquitoes could curb dengue fever, and some surprisingly large black holes. Nature News: The mosquito strategy that could eliminate dengue; Nature News: ‘It’s mindboggling!’: astronomers detect most powerful black-hole collision yet

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 09, 2020
Revealed: A clearer view of how general anaesthetics actually work

Engineering yeast to produce medicines, and the mechanism of anaesthetic action.

In this episode:

00:44 Making medicine with yeast

The tropane alkaloids are an important class of medicine, but they are produced agriculturally leaving them vulnerable to extreme weather and world events. Now, researchers have engineered yeast to produce these important molecules. Research Article: Srinivasan and Smolke

06:36 Coronapod

We discuss the complex story of immunity to COVID-19, and how this may affect vaccine development. News Feature: What the immune response to the coronavirus says about the prospects for a vaccine

16:33 Research Highlights

The neurological reason for overindulgence, and the bacteria that harness copper electrodes. Research Highlight: The brain circuit that encourages eating for pleasure; Research Highlight: Microbes with mettle build their own electrical ‘wires’

19:07 The molecular mechanisms of general anaesthetics

Despite over a century of use, there’s a lot we don’t know about how anaesthetics function. This week, researchers have identified how some of them they bind to a specific neuronal receptor. Research Article: Kim et al.

26:34 Briefing Chat

Whilst the Nature Briefing is on its summer holidays, we take a look at some other science from around the web. This time we discuss Elon Musk’s latest showcase of a brain-chip, and the physics behind how boats can float upside down on levitating liquid. New Scientist: Elon Musk demonstrated a Neuraslink brain implant in a live pig; Business Insider: Elon Musk's AI brain chip company Neuraslink is doing its first live tech demo on Friday. Here's what we know so far about the wild science behind it.; Research Article: Apffel et al.; Video: The weird physics of upside down buoyancy

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 02, 2020
The challenge of reproducing results from ten-year-old code

Protecting delicate quantum bits, and a competition to replicate findings from ancient computer code.

In this episode:

01:04 Quantum computers vs ionizing radiation

The quantum bits, or ‘qubits’, central to the operation of quantum computers are notoriously sensitive. Now, researchers have assessed the damaging effects that ionizing radiation can have on these qubits and what can be done about it. Research Article: Vepsäläinen et al.

08:15 Coronapod

We discuss the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision to authorize convalescent plasma for emergency use in COVID-19 patients. As accusations of political interference fly, what might this mean for the future of the US coronavirus response?

20:39 Research Highlights

Finding new populations of a long-lost elephant shrew, and the hunting method of ancient ichthyosaurs. Research Highlight: An elephant-nosed creature ‘lost to science’ was living just next door; Research Highlight: An extinct reptile’s last meal shows it was a grip-and-tear killer

22:34 The reproducibility of computer code

Many scientists have published papers based on code. Recently though, a gauntlet was thrown down for researchers to try to replicate their code, 10 years or more after they wrote it. Tech Feature: Challenge to scientists: does your ten-year-old code still run?

28:06 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss a cancer diagnosis in a dinosaur, and how to brew yourself a career outside of academia. Science: Doctors diagnose advanced cancer—in a dinosaur; Nature Careers Feature: The brews and bakes that forged career paths outside academia

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 26, 2020
3D-printing some of the world's lightest materials

A new way to produce aerogels opens up their use, and understanding how sulfur can change state between two liquids.

In this episode:

01:05 Printing aerogels

Aerogels are materials with impressive insulating properties, but they’re difficult to handle, due to their innate fragility. Now, researchers have shown a new way to 3D print the most common form of aerogel, opening up a range of potential new applications. Research Article: Zhao et al.

07:00 Coronapod

To provide targeted public health interventions during the pandemic, it’s vital that data are collected and shared effectively. We discuss the countries doing this well, and find out how fragmented systems are preventing epidemiologists from giving up-to-date information on outbreaks.

21:11 Research Highlights

Fats in the blood as a possible marker of autism, and the selfish component to solar panel adoption. Research Highlight: Fats in the blood slinked to autism; Research Highlight: Self-interest powers decision to go solar

23:24 Liquid-liquid transitions

It’s been thought that some liquids may be able to exist in two distinct states, but evidence has been scarce. Now, researchers show that sulfur can exist in two liquid states, and have discovered some insights into how this might occur. Research Article: Henry et al.; Video: 24 hours in a synchrotron

30:09 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss the English language’s dominance in science, and how to make squid transparent. Symmetry: Physics in a second language; OneZero: The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 19, 2020
The chemical that turns locusts from Jekyll into Hyde

Triggering swarming behaviour in locusts, and new insights into how humans synchronize.

In this episode:

01:56 Understanding swarming behaviour

Swarms of migratory locusts regularly devastate crops across the world, but why these swarms form has been a mystery. Now, a team of researchers have identified a compound that causes solitary locusts to come together in their billions - a finding that could have practical applications for preventing this behaviour. Research article: Guo et al.; News & Views: Catching plague locusts with their own scent

08:48 Coronapod

We discuss the role that monoclonal antibodies may have as therapeutics to treat COVID-19. Although promising, there are numerous hurdles to overcome before these drugs can be used. News: Antibody therapies could be a bridge to a coronavirus vaccine — but will the world benefit?

15:30 Research Highlights

A satellite’s fecal find reveals that Antarctica’s emperor penguin population is much larger than previously thought, and changing how genes are named to avoid Excel’s autocorrect. Research Highlight: Satellites find penguins by following the poo; Research article: Bruford et al.

17:49 An out-of-sync arts project

A collaborative art-science project featuring a network of connected violinists has given new insights into how humans synchronize. Research article: Shahal et al.

23:51 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we find out about the odd immune system of the anglerfish, and the beetle that can pass through a frog’s digestive system without coming to harm. Wired: The Anglerfish Deleted Its Immune System to Fuse With Its Mate; Research paper: Sugiura

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 12, 2020
Audio long-read: Pluto’s dark side is overflowing with secrets

In 2015, after a nine-and-a-half-year journey, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft raced past Pluto, beaming images of the dwarf planet back to Earth.

Five years after the mission, researchers are poring over images of Pluto’s far-side, which was shrouded in shadow during New Horizon’s flypast. They hope that these images will help give a better understanding of how Pluto was born and even whether a hidden ocean resides beneath the world’s icy crust.

This is an audio version of our feature: Pluto’s dark side spills its secrets — including hints of a hidden ocean


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 07, 2020
Why skin grows bigger as you stretch it

Skin's unusual response to stretching is finally explained, and the latest in a huge effort to map DNA.

In this episode:

01:06 Stretching skin

For decades it’s been known that stretching skin causes more skin to grow, but the reasons why have been a mystery. Now, researchers have uncovered a mechanism to explain the phenomenon. Research Article: Aragona et al.News and Views: Stretch exercises for stem cells expand the skin

07:49 Coronapod

We discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected scientific meetings and how the learned societies that organise them are adapting. How scientific conferences will survive the coronavirus shockHow scientific societies are weathering the pandemic’s financial storm

A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research

18:18 Research Highlights

A genetic trait for pain-resistance, and the accessibility-aware ancient Greeks. Research Highlight: A gene helps women in labour to skip the painkillersResearch Highlight: This temple was equipped with accessibility ramps more than 2,000 years ago

20:42 ENCODE updates

The ENCODE project aims to identify all the regions in the human genome involved in gene regulation. This week, data from its third iteration has been published and we examine the highlights. Research Article: SnyderNews and Views: Expanded ENCODE delivers invaluable genomic encyclopaedia

28:50 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we look at how smallpox may be much older than previously thought, and how the Earth’s atmosphere rings like a bell. Nature News: Smallpox and other viruses plagued humans much earlier than suspectedPhysics World:

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 29, 2020
When did people arrive in the Americas? New evidence stokes debate

New evidence may push back the date on human arrival to the Americas, and an examination of science’s flaws.

In this episode:

00:59 Ancient Americans

Two papers suggest that humans were present in the Americas thousands of years before many people have thought. We examine the evidence. Research Article: Ardelean et al.Research Article: Becerra-Valdivia and HighamNews and Views: Evidence grows that peopling of the Americas began more than 20,000 years ago

10:44 Coronapod

We discuss the latest results from vaccine trials around the world, and controversy in the US as COVID-19 data collection moves out of the CDC. News: Coronavirus vaccines leap through safety trials — but which will work is anybody’s guess

24:38 Research Highlights

How being green makes things easy for some frogs, and how waves will be affected by climate change. Research Highlight: How frogs became green — again, and again, and againResearch Highlight: Extreme Arctic waves set to hit new heights

27:11 How can science improve?

A new book highlights some of the flaws of how science is done. We caught up with the author to find out his thoughts on how science can be cleaned up. Books and Arts: Fraud, bias, negligence and hype in the lab — a rogues’ gallery

35:54 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss a puzzling new insight into the expansion of the Universe, and an update to Plan S that will allow open-access research to be published in any journal. Nature News: Mystery over Universe’s expansion deepens with fresh dataNature News: Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 22, 2020
Graphene’s magic angle reveals a new twist

Probing the superconducting properties of graphene and bacteria that can use manganese to grow.

01:15 Magic angle graphene

If you sandwich two sheets of graphene together and twist one in just the right way, it can gain some superconducting properties. Now, physicists have added another material to this sandwich which stabilises that superconductivity, a result that may complicate physicists’ understanding of magic angles. Research Article: Arora et al.

08:22 Coronapod

With evidence mounting that SARS-CoV2 can spread in tiny aersolised droplets, researchers have called on the WHO to change their guidance for disease prevention. News: Mounting evidence suggests coronavirus is airborne — but health advice has not caught up; Research article: Morwaska et al.; WHO: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions

19:27 Research Highlights

Repairing human lungs by hooking them up to pigs, and a new form of carbon. Research Highlight: How to use a live pig to revitalize a human lungResearch Highlight: This material is almost as hard as diamond — but as light as graphite

21:46 Manganese munchers

For decades it’s been thought that microbes that use manganese as an energy source must exist. Now, for the first time, researchers have found evidence that they do. Research Article: Yu and Leadbetter

29:12 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss DNA evidence of contact between ancient Native Americans and Polynesians, reintroduction of bison to the UK, and the first extinction of a modern marine fish. Nature News: Ancient voyage carried Native Americans’ DNA to remote Pacific islandsThe Guardian: Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 yearsScientific American: 

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 15, 2020
Coronapod: Massive coronavirus outbreak strikes iconic Californian prison after it rejected expert aid

In this episode:

01:47 Disaster in San Quentin

San Quentin prison is facing a massive outbreak, we dig into how they got there. The crisis has arisen despite warnings from experts, and offers of free tests, which were declined. We ask why? And what can be done now?

News: California's San Quentin prison declined free coronavirus tests and urgent advice — now it has a massive outbreak

29:51 One good thing

For the last episode of Coronapod, our hosts pick out ways that the pandemic has changed them for the better, including professional flexibility, a renewed focus on the power of reporting and time with family

36:07 Lockdown and children's health

Reporter Stewart asks if lockdowns could have any lasting impact on her young children - what evidence is there on the effect of isolation on young minds?

Survey: Co-Space Study: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 10, 2020
The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars

On this week’s podcast, an ambitious Mars mission from a young space agency, and how crumbling up rocks could help fight climate change.

In this episode:

00:46 Mars hopes

In a few weeks the UAE’s first mission to Mars is due to launch. We speak to the mission leads to learn about the aims of the project, and how they developed the mission in under six years. News Feature: How a small Arab nation built a Mars mission from scratch in six yearsNews Feature: Countdown to Mars: three daring missions take aim at the red planet

09:53 Research Highlights

Pluto appears to be losing its atmosphere, and solving the mystery of a pitch-black prehistoric mine. Research Highlight: Goodbye, Pluto’s atmosphereResearch Highlight: Why ancient people pushed deep into Mexico’s pitch-black caverns

12:12 Climate rocks

Researchers have assessed whether Enhanced Weathering – a technique to pull carbon dioxide out of the air – has the potential to help battle climate change. Research Article: Beerling et al.

18:41 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria in Australia, and how flatworms can regrow their nervous systems. The Atlantic: Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria ProblemThe New York Times: A Worm’s Hidden Map for Growing New Eyes

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 08, 2020
Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic ‘war-game’ simulations

Next week, we’ll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show.

In this episode:

02:15 Simulating pandemics

Researchers have run numerous military-style simulations to predict the consequences of fictitious viral outbreaks. We discuss how these simulations work, what recommendations come out of them and if any of these warnings have been heeded.

24:08 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including audience feedback, the official end of the Ebola outbreak in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and an enormous t-shirt collection.

News: World’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak ends in Democratic Republic of the Congo

28:50 The latest coronavirus research papers

Benjamin Thompson takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks.

News: Coronavirus research updates

Cell: A SARS-CoV-2 Infection Model in Mice Demonstrates Protection by Neutralizing Antibodies

Cell: Generation of a Broadly Useful Model for COVID-19 Pathogenesis, Vaccination, and Treatment

Clincal Infectious Diseases: The natural history and transmission potential of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection

Nature: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo’

medRxiv: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 03, 2020
What the atomic structure of enamel tells us about tooth decay

On this week’s podcast, how the molecular structure of tooth enamel may impact decay, and a mysterious planetary core from a half-formed gas giant.

In this episode:

00:46 Unravelling tooth enamel

Researchers have been looking into the structure and composition of enamel in an effort to better understand tooth decay. Research Article: DeRocher et al.

07:02 Research Highlights

An adhesive patch to help heal heart-attacks, and a new technique to inspect the structure of 2D ‘wonder materials’. Research Highlight: A healing patch holds tight to a beating heartResearch Highlight: A snapshot shows off super-material only two atoms thick

09:21 Unusual planet

In the region close to stars known as the ‘hot Neptune desert’ planets of Neptune’s size are rarely found, but this week scientists have uncovered one and are trying to untangle its mysteries. Research Article: Armstrong et al.

14:52 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about the pitfalls of using CRISPR in human embryos, and renaming of moon craters inadvertently named after Nazi scientists. Nature News: CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhemProspect Magazine: Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level?

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 01, 2020
Coronapod: The state of the pandemic, six months in

In a few weeks, we’ll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show.

In this episode:

03:13 What have we learnt?

We take a look back over the past six months of the pandemic, and discuss how far the world has come. It’s been a period of turmoil and science has faced an unprecedented challenge. What lessons can be learned from the epidemic so far to continue the fight in the months to come?

Financial Times: Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen

Wellcome Open Research: What settings have been slinked to SARS-CoV-2 transmission clusters?

12:55 Unanswered questions

After months of intensive research, much is known about the new coronavirus – but many important questions remain unanswered. We look at the knowledge gaps researchers are trying to fill.

Nature Medicine: Real-time tracking of self-reported symptoms to predict potential COVID-19

20:36 How has lockdown affected fieldwork?

The inability to travel during lockdown has seriously hampered many researchers’ ability to gather fieldwork data. We hear from three whose work has been affected, and what this means for their projects.

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 26, 2020
How playing poker can help you make decisions

On this week’s podcast, life lessons from poker, and keeping things civil during peer review.

In this episode:

00:44 Deciding to play poker

When writer Maria Konnikova wanted to better understand the human decision making process, she took a rather unusual step: becoming a professional poker player. We delve into her journey and find out how poker could help people make better decisions. Books and Arts: What the world needs now: lessons from a poker player

09:12 Research Highlights

A sweaty synthetic skin that can exude useful compounds, and Mars’s green atmosphere. Research Highlight: An artificial skin oozes ‘sweat’ through tiny poresResearch Highlight: The red planet has a green glow

11:21 Developing dialogues

The peer-review process is an integral part of scientific discourse, however, sometimes interactions between authors and reviews can be less than civil. How do we tread the fine line between critique and rudeness? Editorial: Peer review should be an honest, but collegial, conversation

18:47 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about research into racism, and a possible hint of dark matter. Nature News: What the data say about police brutality and racial bias — and which reforms might work; Nature News: Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killingsQuanta: Dark Matter Experiment Finds Unexplained Signal

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 24, 2020
Coronapod: Dexamethasone, the cheap steroid that could cut coronavirus deaths

In this episode:

00:37 Lessons from the Ebola outbreak

We get an update on the pandemic response in the African countries still reeling from the 2014 Ebola crisis. Resource strapped and under pressure – can the lessons learned from Ebola help keep the coronavirus under control?

15:32 Dexamethasone, a breakthrough drug?

A UK-based drugs trial suggests that a cheap steroid could cut deaths by a third among the sickest COVID patients. We discuss what this could mean for the pandemic.

News: Coronavirus breakthrough: dexamethasone is first drug shown to save lives

20:06 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including altruistic bone marrow donors, and skateboarding.

22:48 The numbers don’t lie

A huge amount of projections, graphs and data have been produced during the pandemic. But how accurate are numbers and can they be relied upon?

News: Why daily death tolls have become unusually important in understanding the coronavirus pandemic

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 19, 2020
Incest in the elite of Neolithic Ireland

This week, researchers make diamonds tough, and evidence of incest in a 5,000 year old tomb.

In this episode:

00:51 Tough versus hard

Diamonds are famed for their hardness, but they are not so resistant to fracture. Now, researchers have toughened up diamonds, which could open up new industrial applications. Research Article: Yue et al.

06:07 Research Highlights

A spacecraft helps physicists work out the lifespan of a neutron, and the icy hideaway of an endangered whale. Research Highlight: The vanishing-neutron mystery might be cracked by a robot in outer spaceResearch Highlight: A secluded icy fortress shelters rare whales

08:33 Ancient inbreeding

Analysis of the genomes of humans buried in an ancient Irish tomb has uncovered many surprises, including evidence of incest amongst the elite. Research Article: Cassidy et al.News and Views: Incest uncovered at the elite prehistoric Newgrange monument in Ireland

21:13 #ShutdownSTEM

Nature reporter Nidhi Subbaraman joins us to talk about the #ShutdownSTEM movement, and anti-black racism in academia. Editorial: Note from the editors: Nature joins #ShutDownSTEMNews: Grieving and frustrated: Black scientists call out racism in the wake of police killingsNews: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black livesNews: How #BlackInTheIvory put a spotlight on racism in academia

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 17, 2020
Long Read Podcast: Enigmatic neutron stars may soon give up their secrets

An instrument on the International Space Station is providing new insights into some of the Universe’s most baffling objects.

Neutron stars have puzzled scientists for decades. It’s known that these ultra-dense objects are born from the remnants of supernovae, yet what’s under their surface, and what processes that go on within them, remain a mystery.

Now, an instrument called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer is providing new information to help answer these questions, ushering in a new era of research into these strange stars.

This is an audio version of our feature: The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 15, 2020
Coronapod: The Surgisphere scandal that rocked coronavirus drug research

In this episode:

00:52 Testing disparities

As testing capacities increase, it is clear that not everyone has equal access. But grassroots organisations are trying to correct this inequity. We hear about one researcher’s fight to get testing to those below the poverty line in California.

09:04 The hydroxychloroquine saga continues

As a high profile study in the Lancet is retracted, the first data from clinical trials is coming in and it is not encouraging. We discuss the murky future of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID drug.

News: High-profile coronavirus retractions raise concerns about data oversight

12:31 Will the Surgisphere scandal erode trust in science?

A questionable dataset from a mysterious company has forced high-profile retractions and thrown doubt over drug trials and public health policies. What will the fallout be and can researchers weather the storm?

23:23 Back in the lab

As lockdowns ease, researchers are starting to go back to the lab. But with various restrictions in place, what does science look like in the new normal?

News: Return to the lab: scientists face shiftwork, masks and distancing as coronavirus lockdowns ease

Careers: Coronavirus diaries: back to the lab again


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 12, 2020
The quantum space lab

This week, the spaceborne lab that allows investigation of quantum states, and the debate surrounding how mountain height is maintained.

Shutdown Stem

On the tenth of June, Nature joined #ShutdownStem #strike4blacklives.

Podcast: #ShutDownSTEM and the Nature Podcast

Editorial: Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change

News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives

In this episode:

01:18 Space lab

Scientists have built a lab on the international space station, allowing them to remotely investigate quantum phenomena in microgravity. Research Article: Aveline et al.News and Views: Quantum matter orbits Earth

08:37 Research Highlights

Trackable ‘barcode’ bacteria, and physicists simulate near light speed cycling. Research Highlight: ‘Barcode’ microbes could help to trace goods — from lettuce to loafersResearch Highlight: What Einstein’s theory means for a cyclist moving at almost light speed

10:48 Maintaining mountain height

For a long time many researchers have thought that mainly erosion controls the height of mountains, but new research suggests that tectonic forces play a bigger role. Research Article: Dielforder et al.News and Views: Mountain height might be controlled by tectonic force, rather than erosion

16:12 Pick of the Briefing

We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including how sleep deprivation kills, and a monumental Maya structure hidden in plain sight. Quanta Magazine: Why Sleep Deprivation KillsNational...  

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 11, 2020
#ShutDownSTEM and the Nature Podcast

On the tenth of June, Nature will be joining #ShutdownStem #strike4blacklives. We will be educating ourselves and defining actions we can take to help eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM . Please join us.

Editorial: Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change

News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 09, 2020
Coronapod: The heavy toll on people of colour

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


See for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 05, 2020
Lab-made skin grows its own hair

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

Other slinks

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


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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


See for privacy and opt-out information.

May 29, 2020
Super-efficient catalyst boosts hopes for hydrogen fuel

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)

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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: 

See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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.

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

Other links:

Our latest video - Infodemic: Coronavirus and the fake news pandemic


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

Other links

Vote for us to win a webby!


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Vote for us in the 2020 Webby awards!

Nature Podcast: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

Other links

Shamini’s latest video on a newly discovered Spinosaurus skeleton, which suggests that it had a fin-like tail that would have helped it swim and hunt.

We've been nominated for a Webby award! You can vote for us here.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.


See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 22, 2020
Coronapod: Troubling news

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.

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 17, 2020
Coronapod: An untapped resource

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

In this episode:

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?

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 10, 2020
09 April 2020: A plastic-recycling enzyme, and supercooled molecules

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

In this episode:

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 08, 2020
Coronapod: Ramping up responses

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.

In this episode:

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 03, 2020
02 April 2020: Dating an ancient hominid skull, and an ancient Antarctic rainforest

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Apr 01, 2020
Coronapod: Old treatments and new hopes

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

In this episode:

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.

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 27, 2020
25 March 2020: Ultra-fast electrical switches, and computing heart health

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

In this episode:

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 25, 2020
Podcast Extra: Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 21, 2020
Coronapod: “Test, test, test!”

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 20, 2020
19 March 2020: Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, and the resurgence of Russian science

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

Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 18, 2020
Podcast Extra: Coronavirus - science in the pandemic

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 17, 2020
Long Read Podcast: Are feelings more than skin deep?

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 13, 2020
12 March 2020: An ancient bird trapped in amber, and life beneath the ocean floor

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 11, 2020
05 March 2020: Ultrafast machine vision, and quicker crystal creation

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 04, 2020
Backchat: Covering coronavirus

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?

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 28, 2020
27 February 2020: Mapping fruit flies’ neural circuitry, and perfecting the properties of metallic glass

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 26, 2020
Podcast Extra: ‘There is lots of anxiety’: a scientist’s view from South Korea

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 26, 2020
20 February 2020: Improving battery charging, and harnessing energy from the air

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 19, 2020
13 February 2020: The puzzling structures of muddled materials, and paving the way for the quantum internet

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 12, 2020
06 February 2020: Out-of-office emails and work-life-balance, and an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak

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?

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Feb 05, 2020
30 January 2020: Linking Australian bushfires to climate change, and Asimov's robot ethics

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jan 29, 2020
23 January: How stress can cause grey hair, and the attitude needed to tackle climate change

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jan 22, 2020
16 January 2020: Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jan 15, 2020
09 January 2020: A look ahead at science in 2020

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jan 08, 2020
01 January 2020: Our reporters’ top picks of 2019

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jan 01, 2020
Nature PastCast, December 1920: The Quantum Theory

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 27, 2019
Podcast Extra: From climate lawyer to climate activist

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 23, 2019
Podcast Extra: Epigenetics

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 20, 2019
19 December 2019: The three-body problem, and festive fun

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.


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


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

(ee) So much to... For information regarding your data privacy, visit

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

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 16, 2019
12 December 2019: Social priming, and acoustic science

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 11, 2019
05 December 2019: Genomic sequencing and the source of solar winds

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




For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 04, 2019
Nature Pastcast, November 1869: The first issue of Nature

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 29, 2019
28 November 2019: Nature’s 2019 PhD survey, and older women in sci-fi novels

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 27, 2019
21 November 2019: A new antibiotic from nematode guts, grant funding ‘lotteries’, and butterfly genomes

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’

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 20, 2019
14 November 2019: A rapid, multi-material 3D printer, and a bacterium’s role in alcoholic hepatitis

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 13, 2019
Backchat: Nature's 150th anniversary

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 07, 2019
07 November 2019: The fossil of an upright ape, science in 150 years, and immunization progress around the world

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Nov 06, 2019
Nature Pastcast, October 1993: Carl Sagan uses Galileo to search for signs of life

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 31, 2019
31 October 2019: An AI masters the video game StarCraft II, and measuring arthropod abundance

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 30, 2019
Podcast Extra: Detecting gravitational waves

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 28, 2019
24 October 2019: Quantum supremacy and ancient mammals

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 23, 2019
17 October 2019: Mapping childhood mortality, and evolving ‘de novo’ genes

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 16, 2019
10 October 2019: Estimating earthquake risk, and difficulties for deep-learning

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 09, 2019
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner John B Goodenough

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 09, 2019
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner Didier Queloz

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 08, 2019
03 October 2019: Leapfrogging speciation, and migrating mosquitoes

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 02, 2019
Nature PastCast, September 1963: Plate tectonics – the unifying theory of Earth sciences

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 27, 2019
26 September 2019: Mysteries of the ancient mantle, and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 25, 2019
Podcast Extra: Absurd scientific advice

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 21, 2019
Backchat: Covering Climate Now

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 19, 2019
19 September 2019: XKCD, and Extinction Rebellion

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 18, 2019
12 September 2019: Modelling early embryos, and male-dominated conferences

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 11, 2019
05 September 2019: Persistent antibiotic resistance, and modelling hot cities

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Sep 04, 2019
Nature PastCast, August 1975: Antibodies’ ascendency to blockbuster drug status

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Aug 30, 2019
29 August 2019: Carbon-based computing, and depleting ancient-human genomes

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Aug 28, 2019
22 August 2019: Combating online hate speech, and identifying early fossils

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Aug 21, 2019
15 August 2019: Atomic espionage in the Second World War, and exploring the early Universe

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Aug 14, 2019
08 August 2019: A mindset for success, and mercury in fish

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Aug 07, 2019
01 August 2019: The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 31, 2019
Nature PastCast, July 1942: Secret science in World War 2

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,, guitarguy1985 and acclivity at

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 26, 2019
25 July 2019: The history of climate change, and making vaccines mandatory

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 24, 2019
Backchat July 2019: Breaking news, audience-led journalism and human gene editing

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 19, 2019
18 July 2019: Quantum logic gates in silicon, and moving on from lab disasters

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 17, 2019
11 July 2019: The moon, past, present, and future

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 10, 2019
04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand’s sustainability

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 03, 2019
Nature PastCast, June 1876: Gorillas, man-eating monsters?

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jun 28, 2019
27 June 2019: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jun 26, 2019
20 June 2019: Non-native species, and a blood-inspired robot battery

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

For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jun 19, 2019
13 June 2019: Mighty magnets, and aerosols in the atmosphere

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.
Oct 04, 2017
Nature Podcast: 21 September 2017
This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells.
Sep 20, 2017
Nature Podcast: 14 September 2017
This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.
Sep 13, 2017
Nature Podcast: 7 September 2017
Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.
Sep 06, 2017
Nature Podcast: 24 August 2017
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
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
This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.
Aug 11, 2017
Nature Podcast: 3 August 2017

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

Aug 02, 2017
Nature Podcast: 27 July 2017
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
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

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
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
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
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

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

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

Jun 14, 2017
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017

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

Jun 14, 2017
Nature Podcast: 8 June 2017

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

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

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

May 31, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures May 2017
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
This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.
May 26, 2017
Nature Podcast: 25 May 2017

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

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

This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY:

May 10, 2017
Nature Podcast: 4 May 2017

This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link:

May 03, 2017
Grand Challenges: Ageing

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
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

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

Apr 26, 2017
Backchat: April 2017
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

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

Apr 12, 2017
Nature Podcast: 6 April 2017

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

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
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

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

Mar 29, 2017
Backchat: March 2017
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
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
This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.
Mar 15, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - March 1918
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
This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.
Mar 09, 2017
Nature Podcast: 2 March 2017
This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.
Mar 01, 2017
Backchat: February 2017
AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game.
Mar 01, 2017
Nature Extra: Futures February 2017
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
This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research
Feb 22, 2017
Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017
This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.
Feb 15, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925
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
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
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
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
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
This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.
Jan 25, 2017
Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017
This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.
Jan 18, 2017
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.
Nov 21, 2016
Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.
Oct 12, 2016
Nature Extra: Nobel News
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
This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.
Oct 05, 2016
Nature Backchat: September 2016
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
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
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
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
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
This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.
Sep 14, 2016
Nature Podcast: 8 September 2016
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
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
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
A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind.
Aug 24, 2016
Nature Podcast: 25 August 2016
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
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
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
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
This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.
Aug 03, 2016
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - July 1942
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
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
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
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
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
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
This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.
Jul 06, 2016
Nature Extra: Futures June 2016