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Extremely Deep: Mining for gold
Jun 24 • 57 min
Extremes month continues, and this week we’re going extremely deep; Chris Smith takes a trip to one of the world’s deepest mines in search of gold. Plus, in the news, the GM mosquito that wipes out its own population, and would you return a lost wallet if…
Extremely Curious: QnA
Jun 17 • 55 min
For extremes month we have an extreme QnA! This week we’re joined by astronomer Carolin Crawford, nanoscientist Colm Durkan, Haydn Belfield from the Centre for Existential Risk, and chemist Ljiljana Fruk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Extremely Cold: Cool Science
Jun 10 • 52 min
This week, we’re continuing our month of science at the extremes, by looking at extreme cold. Including expeditions to the poles, what happens at absolute zero, and the animals that can survive temperatures we never could. Plus, in the news, the massive…
Extremely Fast: The Science of Speed
Jun 3 • 57 min
This week, we’re kicking off a month of science at the extremes. From fast acting venom to vehicles, speedy space to tennis serves We’re getting up to speed on Extreme Speed. Plus, in the news, weaponising a fungus to stamp out malaria, the smart glove…
Ultimate destination: building better roads
May 27 • 56 min
This week, we’re out on the open road! How can science help make roads cleaner, safer, greener and quieter? We’ve been speaking to a range of scientists to find out… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Power of Vaccines
May 20 • 59 min
This week we’re putting on our swimsuits and diving deep into the choppy waters of the world of vaccines, how do they help us, and why are people becoming so hesitant to get them. Plus in the news, A new kind of Moon lander, the true cost of streaming…
Why does dark matter matter?
May 13 • 57 min
This week - the mysterious stuff that’s passing through you right now, and it literally holds the galaxy together… but we have no idea what it is. We talk to the scientists trying to find out. Plus in the news, the 100 year old technology that’s helping…
That May Q&A!
May 6 • 59 min
It’s QA time We’ve got a panel of scientists ready and waiting to tackle the questions you’ve been sending in. Izzie Clarke was joined by plant ecologist Howard Giffiths, chemist and writer Kit Chapman, reproductive physiologist Bill Colledge, and…
Vets Beyond Pets
Apr 29 • 55 min
This week; horse racing, equine flu, a hedgehog hospital and a trip to the local zoo - we’re looking at how vets keep animals healthy and why that’s good news for humans too. Plus, how a dose of caffeine perks up a solar panel, cell transplants to boost…
Naked at Edinburgh Science Festival!
Apr 22 • 55 min
Chris Smith and Adam Murphy head to Edinburgh Science Festival to bring you the best - and the bizarre - from the wonderful world of science. Joining them are Chris Johnson, Head of Computer Science at Glasgow University, Sophie Goggins, Curator of…
Cooking with a Conscience
Apr 15 • 59 min
This week a Naked Scientists exclusive: we’re putting a brand new type of oven to the test - can it really, as the inventors claim - roast a raw chicken in 35 minutes? Plus, the brave scientists who’ve attached cameras to Great White Sharks, and what does…
Q&A: Space Surgery in Scotland
Apr 8 • 50 min
It’s time for our Q&A, this time from Edinburgh! This week, what happens if you get pregant in space? How do chemists make new molecules? And how do antidepressants work? Chris Smith is joined by our panel of experts to answer your questions: Space doctor…
Modelling and Microbes: Science of Birth
Apr 1 • 59 min
Spring has officially sprung! There are newborn lambs prancing around in the fields in the UK, and we’ve recently celebrated Mothering Sunday. To celebrate, we’re taking a trip down the road of pregnancy and birth, stopping off along the way to chat with…
Say Hello to Tomorrow's Tech
Mar 25 • 57 min
Bonjour! This week we’ve been to Paris; we’ve been attending Hello Tomorrow, the summit that showcases world-changing emerging technologies that are about to make it big. This week: A tiny microphone that lets you zoom in on individual voices in a…
A New Material World
Mar 18 • 55 min
This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are taking you to the cutting edge of materials science including how blacksmiths made incredibly tough swords to how defence scientists make bullet-proof armour today. Plus, news of a better way to manage prostate…
Q&A: Atoms, Avalanches & Armpits
Mar 11 • 54 min
This week, could we colonise a planet beyond our own galaxy? What’s the greenest way to heat my home? And why do bright lights make some people sneeze? It’s QA time! Chris Smith is joined by a panel of scientists to take on the questions YOU’VE been…
The Issue of Invasive Species
Mar 4 • 59 min
This week, we’re being invaded! Izzie Clarke and Katie Haylor explore invasive species: how they sneak in, why they disrupt nature, and how to fight back! Plus, in the news, scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal, researchers have uncovered an…
Born to Run: Sprinting Science
Feb 25 • 54 min
This week we get off the couch to talk about the science of running. What does it do for our bodies, and our minds? Why did we ever evolve to do it in the first place? Can a man outrun a horse? Plus in the news, a potential kill-switch for tuberculosis,…
Periodic Table: 150 Au Years
Feb 18 • 55 min
This week we’re celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table - we’ll find out how scientists uncovered the elements in the first place and what other mysterious materials may be waiting to be discovered. Plus a way to power up the body’s own morphine-like…
Zoo&A: Why can’t dogs eat chocolate?
Feb 11 • 54 min
It’s QA time or should we say ZOO and A? We’re pondering about pets and inquiring about insects as Jacob Dunn, Eleanor Drinkwater, Jason Head and Stuart Eves join Chris Smith to answer the animal-inspired questions you’ve been sending in. For more…
How to hijack a brain
Feb 4 • 57 min
This week, how hypnosis works, the parasites that hijack brain and behaviour, why we’re all being manipulated 24/7, and how to build remote-controlled rodents. Plus news that we’re a step closer to reversible birth control for men, why rocks affect how…
Cars of the Future: Are We Ready?
Jan 28 • 55 min
This week, we’re getting revved up about the cars of the future! What needs to change for future car travel to be sustainable? And in the news, as Hitachi pulls the plug on a UK nuclear deal, could the answer to the country’s energy crisis lie in…
Art: From Colours to Counterfeits
Jan 21 • 55 min
From finding forgeries to creating colours, we explore the science of art. Plus, in the news, turning cancer cells into fat, a threat to one of our favourite beverages, and is there really a Dark Side of the Moon? For information regarding your data…
Microbes: From Farm to Fork
Jan 14 • 57 min
We’re making a meal out of microbes, Geogia Mills and Chris Smith meet the little helpers that get food onto the table. Plus, in the news, the intelligent material that help wounds to heal, scientists get to the bottom of how norovirus makes us ill, and…
Why is There Always Room for Dessert?
Jan 7 • 57 min
Do astronauts get WiFi in space? What is the speed of gravity? Why is there always room for dessert? Giles Yeo, Anne-Laura Van Harmelen, Richard Hollingham and Francesca Day gather round the microphones to answer your need-to-know questions about space,…
A Naked Year!
Dec 30, 2018 • 58 min
From talking whales to training astronauts, creating life to reversing life-threatening allergies, Georgia Mills, Izzie Clarke and few other familiar voices re-visit their favourite moments and the biggest scientific celebrations of the past year.To…
Turkey, Trees and Teslas: Surviving Christmas
Dec 22, 2018 • 57 min
Here is The Naked Scientists’ guide to surviving - and thriving - at Christmas, including our top scientifically-tested tips for cooking turkey and making the best roast potatoes. Plus, a healthy helping of crappy cracker jokes and advice on how to avoid…
Regeneration: Healing Revealed
Dec 17, 2018 • 59 min
This week, we are getting to grips with regeneration: how does your body heal itself, and what can science do to help? Plus, in the news, the tech set to change our lives in 2019, the hidden perils of AI, and does a crossword a day really keep dementia at…
Space Talk: Missions Through Time
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
Izzie Clarke and Katie Haylor are blasting through a brief history of space exploration and find out how humanity’s quest towards the stars has inspired their guests; space journalist Dr Stuart Clark, band members of Big Big Train, Greg Spawton and David…
QnA: Earthworms and Wormholes!
Dec 3, 2018 • 56 min
This week: Is everything in the universe spinning? How do lazy dogs keep fit? And is it safe to heat our dinner in plastic tubs? We’ve recruited 4 experts to tackle your science questions - astronomer Carolin Crawford, animal behaviour scientist Eleanor…
Teeth: Brushing up on Dentistry
Nov 26, 2018 • 58 min
This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are filling the gaps in their knowledge of teeth; we also meet the microbes in our mouths and test the battle of the toothbrushes. Plus, in the news, researchers grow new spinal discs in a dish, we explore the…
Can Science Create Superhumans?
Nov 19, 2018 • 59 min
This week - Humanity 2.0! Can we use genetics, drugs and technology to become superhuman? We speak to experts on the science that can push us to our extremes, and meet the world’s first cyborg. Plus, in the news, do men and women really think differently,…
The Great British Make Off
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
This week, from posters to pancakes - how do the objects we see around us every day actually get made? We’re uncovering the science of manufacturing - from the very big, to the very small and the very complex. Plus in the news, why being a morning lark…
QnA: Temperature, Tech and Testicles
Nov 5, 2018 • 56 min
This week, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to tackle your science questions, including: Are there plastics in the fish we eat? Can electrical devices affect your fertility? And how does Earth’s tilt give us our seasons? For information regarding your…
Scientific Shimmy: Why we Dance
Oct 29, 2018 • 53 min
This week the Naked Scientists are hitting the dance floor with a look at the science of the shimmy. Why do we do it, what makes a dance look good, and how can it be used to help people? Plus, in the news; how glowing lungs can fight infections, an app…
Catalysts: Our Tiny Chemists
Oct 22, 2018 • 58 min
From brewing beer to cleaning up car emissions and even making less polluting fuels. We’re asking - what exactly are catalysts, and how do they work? Plus, in the news, scientists discover the mechanism behind the majority of Alzheimer’s cases, new…
Meet the Neolithic!
Oct 15, 2018 • 51 min
This week we go back thousands of years to meet our Neolithic ancestors, and discover how their innovations paved the way for all life as we know it. Explore the origin of farming and wine making, and find out how the Neolithic wielded the remarkable…
QnA: Sperm Races and Monkey Business
Oct 8, 2018 • 55 min
This week, can science help us to quit our vices? Do any animals have accents? And how big can a planet get? Joining Chris Smith to tackle your sci-curious questions was physicist Jess Wade, planetary geologist David Rothery, neuroscientist Bianca Jupp…
How Do I Look?
Oct 1, 2018 • 58 min
This week - from skin care to going under the knife, we’re lifting the lid on the science of looking good. Plus in the news, a DNA repair kit that can fix genetic diseases and a UK project launches to clean up 7000 tonnes of space junk. For information…
Flu Do You Think You Are?
Sep 24, 2018 • 56 min
In 1918, Spanish flu wiped out more people than World War 1. Now, a century on, we’re asking why this pandemic packed such a punch, where flu came from in the first place, and how flu vaccines are made. Plus, fossilised fats from the world’s first…
On the Flip Side - Earth’s Magnetic Field
Sep 17, 2018 • 58 min
This week we’re looking at the magnetic field keeping our planet safe, finding out how it’s generated and whether some animals can actually see it. Plus, news of a technique to read out the time of our body clocks, the people making the case to reinstate…
QnA: Diabetes, Driving and Dodgems
Sep 10, 2018 • 59 min
It’s Question and Answer time! The Naked Scientists tackle the medical musings and chemical queries you’ve been sending in. Joining Chris Smith in studio was Astrophysicist Matt Bothwell, Chemist Peter Wothers, Psychologist Helen Keyes and Human…
Biomimicry: Borrowing from Biology
Sep 3, 2018 • 54 min
This week, we explore the field of biomimicry and how nature can help inspire technologies of the future, including the crickets that are showing scientists how to make better hearing aids, dragonfly-inspired wind turbines and the aircraft that repairs…
Naked on a Punt!
Aug 27, 2018 • 57 min
Join the Naked Scientists for a leisurely ride on a punt, past Cambridge’s picturesque riverside colleges. At each stop the boat picks up some of the brightest brains from the University and hear about their cutting edge ideas, from fraud-preventing…
Music Science: from Mozart to Marketing
Aug 20, 2018 • 53 min
Mozart or Motown, most of us love music. We’re digging into the science behind this much-loved pass time, be it listening to your favourite tunes, or playing them for yourself. Plus in the news - the discovery of an orphan planet, succumbing to robo peer…
Waterloo Uncovered: Veterans Excavate Old Conflicts
Aug 13, 2018 • 59 min
This week we’re on the historical Waterloo battlefield where veterans of modern wars - often with disabilities, PTSD and other mental scars - are joining archaeologists to excavate remains of one of the most important conflicts in European history. Plus…
Medicinal Cannabis: Weeding Out The Hype
Aug 6, 2018 • 59 min
This week, medical uses of cannabis. What’s the hype and what’s the reality? We hear from the people who grow it, and the people who want to use it. Plus in the news, scientists grow replacement lungs in a lab, why a knock on the head can lead to dementia…
Life in the Year 2100
Jul 30, 2018 • 56 min
We follow a day in the life in 2100, exploring the cities, transport, workplaces and health of the future. Plus, astronomers find water on Mars, a magnetic wire which could screen for cancer and why your cat’s poo could change your brain… For information…
The First Test Tube Baby at 40
Jul 23, 2018 • 54 min
On 25th July 1978, 40 years ago, the first baby conceived using in vitro fertilisation - IVF - techniques developed to help people who couldn’t have children naturally, was born. Her name was Louise Brown, and she owes her existence to the pioneering…
Fighter Flight: The Sky’s The Limit
Jul 16, 2018 • 59 min
We hope you’ve got your boarding passes at the ready! To celebrate 50 years of the jumbo jet, 100 years of the Royal Air Force and the recent arrival of the brand new F35 fighter jet in the UK, The Naked Scientists are taking a flight through the history…
QnA - Should you wee on a jellyfish sting?
Jul 9, 2018 • 55 min
This week, The Naked Scientists are swinging into summer! Guests Jane Sterling, Jim Bacon, Laurence Kemp and Howard Griffiths take on your holiday themed questions, including: Why do we get heat waves; how do you treat a jellyfish sting and why does the…
The A-Z of addiction
Jul 2, 2018 • 58 min
This week, addiction! Why do we get hooked on things? Are video games addictive? And evidence that the gambling industry use artificial intelligence to make you more likely to keep playing. Plus, in the news, scientists discover how to turn insulin…
Venting About Volcanoes
Jun 25, 2018 • 59 min
This week - we’re exploding the science of volcanoes. Why do they erupt? What threat do they pose to aeroplanes? And what impact do they have on us and our environment? Plus, news that marriage cuts your mortality rate, what 800 million tweets have…
Beating Heart Disease
Jun 18, 2018 • 59 min
The Naked Scientists are delving into the science of heart disease; we’ve been to the UK’s leading heart conference in Manchester. Hear from the researchers trying to discover the causes and new treatments for one of the world’s most important diseases;…
Q and A: Disney, Dark Matter, and Deja Vu
Jun 11, 2018 • 55 min
What is dj vu? Why do I get angry when I’m hungry? Why do I remember every Disney lyric, but can’t remember how to set my oven? Materials physicist Jess Wade, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold, animal behaviour expert Eleanor Drinkwater, and physicist…
Football Under the Microscope
Jun 4, 2018 • 55 min
This week we’re taking a look at the science of football, from physics to psychology. And in the news, can being social stave off dementia and what new features have been found on the surface of Pluto? For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Planet B: Can we colonise space?
May 28, 2018 • 56 min
This week we’re leaving planet earth in search of a new home. Is there a Planet B? How could we get there? And presenter Izzie Clarke takes a spin at astronaut training. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Allergy Science: from antibodies to anaphylaxis
May 21, 2018 • 55 min
Hayfever causing you havoc? Is asthma proving to be an annoyance? This week, we’re talking allergies. What causes them, and can we reverse them? We talk to one specialist who’s making great strides in doing just that. Plus, in the news, a possible cure…
QnA: Martian Sunsets and Submerged Sloths
May 14, 2018 • 53 min
Why don’t we get invisible animals on land? What’s at the centre of a gas giant? Did we really land on the moon? Astronomer Matt Bothwell, marine biologist Kate Feller, palaeontologist Jason Head and geneticist Diana Alexander join Chris Smith to shoot…
Water: Drips, Drains and Droughts
May 7, 2018 • 57 min
This week, The Naked Scientists are dipping their toes into water; where does it come from, could we ever run out, and we take a stroll through a local sewage plant. Plus, in the news, scientists look for Malaria’s achilles heel, why our coral reefs are…
Senses Month: Tackling Touch
Apr 30, 2018 • 53 min
This week, The Naked Scientists’ senses month comes to a close as we tackle touch: how we develop a sense of touch, getting tactile when shopping and the secret to the perfect hug. Plus, making greener concrete and why bird populations are dropping in the…
Senses Month: Scents and Scent Ability
Apr 23, 2018 • 58 min
This week, The Naked Scientists get right up your nose! We find out how smells work, explore if stenches could help people give up smoking and sniff out the scent of nightmares. Plus, the science of running a marathon, a secret use for spleens and we go…
Senses Month: A Taste of Science
Apr 16, 2018 • 59 min
This month we’re exploring the science of our senses. So far we’ve heard how our ears work, looked the visual system in the eye, and this week, we’re getting our teeth into the science of taste. Plus news of a discovery that could re-write the story of…
Senses Month: The Science of Sight
Apr 9, 2018 • 52 min
From ancient fossils to cutting edge surgery, we’re bringing you the lowdown on the science of vision. Plus in the news, a drug that might aid stroke recovery, and what you can learn from taking a DNA test… For information regarding your data privacy,…
Senses Month: Can you Hear Me?
Apr 2, 2018 • 56 min
Are we headed for a hearing-loss epidemic, and can science step in when the world starts to go quiet? This week, The Naked Scientists go on an odyssey into the science of hearing, listen in to find out the strange ways our ears decode sounds, get baffled…
QnA: Greedy Guts and Useless Numbers
Mar 26, 2018 • 57 min
It’s QnA Time! The Naked Scientists gathered a panel of experts to tackle your sci-curious questions; geneticist and food neuroscientist Giles Yeo, biologist and insect expert Chris Pull, material scientist Rachel Oliver and mathematician Bobby Seagull.…
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
Mar 19, 2018 • 57 min
On Wednesday March the 14th, the world was shaken by the death of one of our greatest scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking. Joined by some of his Cambridge colleagues and the new generation of scientists he inspired, this week we celebrate his life, his…
What Is Inside Your Computer?
Mar 12, 2018 • 54 min
This week - we use them everyday - at work, at home, to chat to our friends or listen to music - but how do computers actually work, what’s inside them, and what will the computers of tomorrow look like? We’ll be navigating through the past, present and…
Before they’re Gone: Fighting the Illegal Wildlife Trade
Mar 5, 2018 • 60 min
It’s one of the largest criminal industries in the world, worth billions and responsible for thousands of murders, but can we win the fight against the illegal wildlife trade? We speak to the foot soldiers of this battle: a scientist whose new techniques…
What The Heck Is Xenobiology?
Feb 26, 2018 • 56 min
The Naked Scientists meet the biologists who are inventing a new form of genetic information: this strange science is called xenobiology. Plus, in the news, a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, the video game that tackles fake news and scientists…
How High Can we Build?
Feb 19, 2018 • 57 min
This week, we put your questions to our expert panel of scientists - What’s the tallest possible building? Do female animals flirt? And what can we do if an asteroid ends up heading for earth? For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Art of Science
Feb 12, 2018 • 56 min
The Naked Scientists ditch the lab coats for artistic overalls. From coding musical compositions to the jeans that remove air-pollution, we take a look at how art has helped science. Plus, in the news, the most powerful rocket ever built takes to the…
Turning the Tide on Plastics
Feb 5, 2018 • 55 min
This week, The Naked Scientists probe the plastic problem: can science help turn the tide on our rising consumption? Plus, the killer whale that can talk, and some groundbreaking research reveals why the USA is experiencing shakeups. Find transcripts and…
Why Bother Being Nice?
Jan 29, 2018 • 55 min
This week, we’re asking would you risk your life to save someone else? Plenty of people do, and so do other animals and even bacteria. But why? And how did altruistic actions like this evolve? Plus in the news, scientists clone monkeys, the modified cold…
James Webb: Gazing at Early Galaxies
Jan 22, 2018 • 56 min
This week, how astronomers are planning to see the beginning of our Universe: we talk to the team behind the telescope that’s about to be blasted into deep space to make it happen. Plus, scientists announce a blood test to detect the most common cancers,…
Why Does Snoring Exist?
Jan 15, 2018 • 52 min
Is it possible to stop snoring? Is there a difference between running outside and on a treadmill? Which food group really is the worst for us? Chris Smith is joined by exercise expert Dan Gordon, sleep specialist Nick Oscroft, dietician Sian Porter and…
Criminal Chemistry: What’s Your Poison?
Jan 8, 2018 • 56 min
This week - from adrenaline to arsenic, The Naked Scientists delve into the sinister science of poisons! Plus, what space tech is on the horizon in 2018, and the science of New Year’s resolutions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Science of 2017
Jan 1, 2018 • 58 min
This week, The Naked Scientists raise a glass to 2017 as they look back at their favourite science moments of the year, including: bees playing football, ghost busting, and removing farts from a car. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
A Very Naked Christmas
Dec 21, 2017 • 56 min
This week, The Naked Scientists are spreading festive cheer as they get ready for Christmas, all in one hour! Joined by psychologist Philipe Bujold, tech expert Alex Farell, vibrations engineer Hugh Hunt and Plant development researcher David Hanke, Chris…
Social Media: Bad for our Brains?
Dec 18, 2017 • 58 min
Social media use is more common than ever, with over 2 billion of us signed up, but do we know what it’s doing to our brains? We’re exploring how this exploding trend is influencing our opinions and our wellbeing, and also how it could be used as a tool…
Star Wars: The Science Strikes Back
Dec 11, 2017 • 56 min
This week we delve into physics in a galaxy far far away as we probe the science of Star Wars! Plus in the news, evidence that London air is stunting the growth of developing babies, and scientists use AI to decode what dolphins are saying. For…
Can a shrimp punch through glass?
Dec 4, 2017 • 58 min
Are black holes really holes? Is there such thing as a genetic love match? Why do clouds move? The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Kate Feller, astrophysicist Matt Middleton, geneticist Patrick Short, and chemist Phillip Broadwith to…
Forever Young: Can Science Reverse Ageing?
Nov 27, 2017 • 54 min
Is ageing inevitable, or can science help stop or even reverse the process? From young blood to diet fads, and stem cells to dancing, we explore what the experts think will keep us healthier for longer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Tomorrow’s Tech: Biomedical Breakthroughs
Nov 20, 2017 • 54 min
This week, new ways to spot cancers much sooner, repair nerve injuries and fix hip arthritis: we’re looking at four major medical breakthroughs waiting to happen. Plus in the news, how advertisers can profile your personality online to boost their sales,…
Palaeo Ponderings: Can You Dig It?
Nov 13, 2017 • 58 min
Did dinosaurs live in herds? Why are mountains pointy? And what’s the best preserved mummy? Plus we had a giant snake, a few skulls, a couple of “feet” and one of the oldest rocks on Earth in the studio. Scientists Lee Berger, Meghan Strong, Jason Head,…
Are we Working Ourselves to Death?
Nov 6, 2017 • 58 min
We devote up to 50 years of our life to it, yet it might just be getting us down. This week The Naked Scientists programme examines work, hearing how our behaviour and our buildings can change to boost our health and productivity. Plus, news of how gut…
Trick or Treat: The Science of the Paranormal
Oct 30, 2017 • 58 min
This week, The Naked Scientists delve into the paranormal. We’ll be asking why so many of us have supernatural beliefs, exploring the scientific origins behind our favourite monster legends, and bravely embarking on a ghost hunt… Plus in the news, what…
Under Your Skin
Oct 23, 2017 • 54 min
This week, The Naked Scientists get under the skin of skin. Hear about the new method to treat burn victims, the electronic tattoo that can tell if you’ve got flu and how to keep your skin in good shape. Plus, in the news this week, the diabetes drug…
The Countdown to Artificial Intelligence
Oct 16, 2017 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists are joined by an expert panel to discuss the seven most significant questions people are asking about AI. We explore the risks and positive outcomes of AI, and Chris finds out an artificial podcast presenter may be after his job. For…
DNA Decoded: Past, Present and Sausage
Oct 9, 2017 • 56 min
This week we delve into DNA and what it can tell us about our past, present and future. And, what happened when we decided to read the DNA sequence of a local sausage. Plus, in the news, what won Nobel Prizes, the world’s largest HIV survey, and why doing…
What Makes the Best Breakfast?
Oct 2, 2017 • 50 min
Can your intestines grow back? How can you measure your own stress levels? How do electric eels work? Scientists David Rothery, Sarah Madden and Gareth Corbett team up to answer an eclectic and electric selection of questions. For information regarding…
Is the future bionic?
Sep 25, 2017 • 56 min
This week a look at enhancements for future humans: wearable robots, an artificial pancreas, and a replacement retina, as well as limb and head transplants. Plus, in the news, a new hope for global warming, a new therapy to halt MS, what a shock from an…
Memories: Making Them & Faking Them
Sep 18, 2017 • 55 min
This week, we take a trip down memory lane. How scientists can implant false memories, wipe memory away, and the link between head injuries and Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, in the news, farewell to Cassini, the science of hurricanes, and how scientists are…
Drug Discovery: The Future of Pharma
Sep 11, 2017 • 56 min
This week; from Big Pharma to Little Pharma, we look at how new drugs are discovered. Plus, in the news - what powers the Northern Lights on Jupiter, why cuckoos have the last laugh, and 3 decades of a telescope that’s changed our view of the Universe.…
Fidget Spinners in Space?
Sep 4, 2017 • 53 min
In the latest Q and A show from The Naked Scientists, we answer your questions with the help of an expert panel - plant scientist Beverley Glover, mathematician James Grime, physicist Jess Wade and Angel investor Peter Cowley. What makes plants…
Can Science Mavericks Save the World?
Aug 28, 2017 • 57 min
This week, we’re exploring the end of the world. From robotic AI takeovers to global floods, when it comes to the extinction of our species, is science really set up to predict or prevent such events? Plus, how gutbugs might be key to keeping healthy for…
Diet: Can we be healthy and sustainable?
Aug 21, 2017 • 58 min
This week, food is on the menu! Do any of the diets that you hear about actually work? What’s best to eat for the health of the planet? And will the steak of the future grow in a test tube? Plus, scientists fix cells with the wrong numbers of chromosomes…
Black Holes in Sight
Aug 14, 2017 • 58 min
This week we’re exploring the cosmos through your senses. How scientists are attempting to see a black hole for the first time, what Saturn sounds like, and what will the surface of Mars feel like. Plus how to make the immune system attack cancer,…
Will Machines Take Over the World?
Aug 7, 2017 • 58 min
The science questions that you’ve been sending in get scrutinised and analysed by biologist Sarah Harrison, statistician Simon White, mental health expert Olivia Remes and machine learning guru Peter Clarke. Find out why smaller dogs live longer than…
Can Nature Clean up Nuclear Contamination?
Jul 31, 2017 • 55 min
Chernobyl was 31 years ago, but as nuclear power is one of the few reliable and low carbon energy supplies, how long before it happens again? We meet the scientists who are are preparing for when the worst happens, looking for ways to use nature to clean…
Marine Month: In too Deep
Jul 24, 2017 • 53 min
This week we round off Marine Month with a trip to the bottom of the ocean, meeting underwater robots and using maths to hunt for sunken treasure ships. Plus, a way to predict organ failure in hospital, and why size really does matter when it comes to…
Marine Month: All at Sea
Jul 17, 2017 • 54 min
Our marine month continues as we swim out from the reef into the open ocean, where we’ll be meeting one of the deadliest creatures on Earth. Plus, some good news about the Zika virus, how the cordless drill intended for space found its way down to earth,…
Marine Month: Making Waves
Jul 10, 2017 • 59 min
Marine month continues with the Naked Scientists as we move out from the beach to the coastal waters in search of the world’s biggest fish and the corals that glow in the dark to survive. Plus, in the news this week a new personalised cancer vaccine, how…
Marine Month: Life’s A Beach
Jul 3, 2017 • 56 min
Here at The Naked Scientists HQ, it’s marine month! Throughout four programmes in July, come dip your toes into all things aquatic as we work our way down to the bottom of the deepest ocean. From building superior sandcastles to the Mexican clam that’s…
Would You Trust a Robot?
Jun 26, 2017 • 54 min
Would you trust a robot to grow your food, to operate on you, to fight a war on your behalf, or to save your life in an emergency? We look at how robots are on course to alter our lives. Plus, new insights into how the Sun works, and climate change: why…
Hearts in the Extreme
Jun 19, 2017 • 50 min
The Naked Scientists report back from the British Cardiovascular Society’s annual conference, finding out how our tickers deal with extreme exercise and environments, from deep under the sea right into outer space. For information regarding your data…
Can We Talk To Dolphins?
Jun 12, 2017 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Danielle Green, physicist Stuart Higgins, psychologist Duncan Astle and astrophysicist Carolin Crawford, to tackle your questions. This week, find out whether you can hear screams in space, how to clean…
Cyber Security: When Crime goes Online
Jun 5, 2017 • 54 min
As life moves increasingly online, so do crime and fraud. This week, we uncover some personal secrets from a supposedly blank hard drive, find out how hackers can use baby monitors to spy on people and hear about the next generation of passwords. Plus,…
Biology’s Biggest Mystery: The Origin of Life
May 30, 2017 • 55 min
Journey back 3.7 billion years to the young earth, as we try to find out how life first began. Was it in a soup of colliding chemistry, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent or did life rain down on the earth from the cosmos? Plus, the microbial meal that changed…
Why Bother Going to the Moon?
May 22, 2017 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists are joined by biologist Kate Feller, physicist Jess Wade, biochemist Andy Holding and Space Boffin Richard Hollingham, to field your science questions. This week, find out what happens to muscles in space, how to rid a car of…
Would Aliens Understand Maths?
May 15, 2017 • 55 min
Love it or loathe it maths is everywhere… from counting bees to interstellar trade with aliens, we explore how maths earned the title of the language of the universe. Plus, getting to know our new ancestor Homo naledi, how a good nights sleep can help to…
The Lowdown on Language
May 8, 2017 • 55 min
This week, The Naked Scientists go global as we explore language - can speaking more than one exercise our brain?; and is our ability to save money purely down to the way we talk? Plus, the rodents that provide new information for stroke therapy and how…
Zooming in on Cancer
May 1, 2017 • 55 min
Cancer is a devastating disease, and one of the largest killers in the Western world. This week, in a special show, Kat Arney investigates how scientists are fighting back, from building tumours in the lab to a Google Earth for cancer. For information…
Gut Bugs: Friend or Foe?
Apr 24, 2017 • 55 min
The Naked Scientists go on a tour of the intestine, from top to bottom, in search of the good and bad germs that lurk there and what they mean for our health. Plus, why touchscreens may be harming toddlers’ sleep and why scientists all over the world are…
Should I Sequence My Genes?
Apr 17, 2017 • 56 min
What surprises might you find lurking in your DNA, and can that information be used against you? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
From Stem Cells to Brain Cells
Apr 10, 2017 • 58 min
We speak to scientists turning embryonic cells into nerve cells to treat Parkinson’s disease and growing an entire system of organs in the lab. Plus, how antibiotics taken during pregnancy may affect your child’s behaviour and why climate change will lead…
Do air pollution masks actually work?
Apr 1, 2017 • 55 min
The Naked Scientists are joined by cosmologist Andrew Pontzen, biologist Sarah Shailes, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold and biochemist Sarah Madden to pit their wits against your science questions. This week, find out how venus fly traps work, whether…
Inside the Atom: 100 Years On
Mar 27, 2017 • 58 min
100 years since Rutherford split the atom, we investigate the secrets of the building blocks of our Universe. How can we harness the energy locked inside these particles, how have scientists been engineering brand new elements, and are we all the children…
Is Modern Life Reducing our Fertility?
Mar 20, 2017 • 57 min
Are trends in modern living helping or harming our ability to reproduce? And how do factors affecting fertility differ between men and women? Plus, fighting brain tumours with artificial antibodies and are internet filters really keeping children safe?…
A Crash Course in Space Junk
Mar 13, 2017 • 54 min
There is a floating museum above our heads: millions of fragments from past space missions are hurtling round the earth and could destroy our current satellites. We find out how spacecraft are coping now, and how we might be able to clean up space in the…
What causes Brain Freeze?
Mar 6, 2017 • 59 min
Why are we looking for earth-sized planets? Can I unshrink a woollen jumper? What does a black hole actually look like? Chris Smith is joined by David Rothery, Anna Ploszajski, Aimee Eckert and Michael Conterio to answer your science questions. For…
Conversations about Climate Change
Feb 27, 2017 • 54 min
This week, a crash course in climate change: we meet one strange fish already feeling the pinch, ask if humans are wired to ignore the threat, and look at one way we could all reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, why alcohol consumption can come back to…
Preventing HIV with PrEP
Feb 20, 2017 • 59 min
This week, we investigate the HIV preventative measure PrEP, which could be turning the tide on new infection rates - but is it safe to buy online? Plus, the toughest ever spider’s web, a journey back through the history of language and the plant that…
Meteor, Comet or Asteroid: What’s the Difference?
Feb 14, 2017 • 59 min
What’s the difference between a meteorite, meteoroid, a comet and an asteroid? We tell you how to find your own space rock here on Earth, and hear from a scientists tracking where space rocks come down in the Australian outback. Plus, why quinoa could…
Can we Create Artificial Gravity?
Feb 6, 2017 • 56 min
Do giraffes get struck by lightning? What’s the highest number a person could count to? How do animals have sex underwater? Chris Smith teams up with Tim Revell, Richard Hollingham, Chris Basu and Danielle Green to tackle your science questions, which…
Optogenetics: Lighting up the Brain
Jan 30, 2017 • 56 min
Could a light in your brain cure epilepsy, or send you to sleep? The Naked Scientists investigate the mysterious field of optogenetics, and the treatments it promises to bring. Plus, news of a cancer-detecting artificial intelligence and a vaccination to…
The LED Lighting Revolution
Jan 23, 2017 • 54 min
The light bulb is a hundred-year-old technology whose time is finally up. This week, we shine a little light on its replacement to find out what makes it such a compelling alternative and look to the next revolution in lighting. Plus, how scientists are…
The Science of Laughter
Jan 17, 2017 • 57 min
This week, The Naked Scientists take a look at the science of laughter, asking why we like to laugh, hearing what babies find funny and meeting a joke-building robot. Plus, news of a gene editing technique taking on a deadly disease and a record-breaking…
Are more crimes committed during a full moon?
Jan 9, 2017 • 54 min
Does being angry increase your risk of a heart attack? What’s a psychopath? And how much does a single cell weigh? This week, Chris Smith answers your questions with Stuart Higgins, Maud Borensztein, Kyle Treiber and James Rudd. For information regarding…
2016: A Year in Science
Jan 2, 2017 • 56 min
The Naked Scientists celebrate the dawn of 2017 with a look at their best bits from 2016, including: the science breakthrough of the year, how to use psychology to get a date and why it pays to look on the bright side. For information regarding your data…
Humanity’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Dec 26, 2016 • 53 min
This week: is there anybody out there or are we alone in the Universe? Graihagh Jackson ponders one of the fundamental questions of humanity, from flying saucers and UFOs to why we haven’t found any evidence and what it would mean to find ET. For…
The 12 Scientific Days of Christmas
Dec 19, 2016 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists celebrate the holidays with the 12 scientific days of Christmas. From why 9 ladies like to dance to making those 6 geese eggs into bouncy balls… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
What’s the Healthiest Way to Eat an Entire Cake?
Dec 12, 2016 • 57 min
Chris is joined by Giles Yeo, Roger Buckley, Andrew Pontzen and Kerstin Goepfrich, and they enjoy a mince pie or two while answering listener questions, including: why isn’t love blinding; are glasses or contacts better for your eyes and what would happen…
When The Drugs Don’t Work…
Dec 5, 2016 • 62 min
Antibiotics are chemicals that kill bacteria but leave us unharmed. However, bacteria are evolving so that our drugs no longer kill them. If this trend continues, the treatable are going to become untreatable… How serious would this scenario be, though?…
Is DNA the Basis for all Life in the Universe?
Nov 28, 2016 • 61 min
This week: alien hunting! Life here on Earth uses DNA, but why, and would aliens be made of the same stuff? Plus, news of how your gut microbes are controlling your genes, a new way to fight phobias, and we get a sneak peek at where the first human…
Navigating the Future
Nov 21, 2016 • 56 min
This week the show comes to you from the Royal Institute of Navigation’s annual International Conference, with a look at the future of navigation. From the trousers that can track your every move to the spacecraft charting their way through the Universe.…
What’s between my internal organs?
Nov 14, 2016 • 54 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, we’ve gathered the bright and the brainy to answer your science questions, from why ants are stealing your toenail clippings to what’s between your internal organs and could you survive being eaten by a snake? For…
The History of Hominins: Are Humans Special?
Nov 7, 2016 • 56 min
This week on the Naked Scientists we’re exploring our human story, from the use of tools and fire, to ritualistic behaviour. Where did we come from and what makes us special? Chris Smith is joined by some of the world’s best fossil experts including one…
Your Brain on Horror
Oct 31, 2016 • 53 min
Have you ever wondered why some people enjoy being absolutely petrified by horror films? This week, The Naked Scientists investigate the spooky science of the genre: what does fear look like in the brain, how do you compose the most terrifying soundtrack…
The End of Night
Oct 24, 2016 • 58 min
Kat and Chris are turning the lights down low in search of darkness. 80% of Europeans and Northern Americans now can’t see the Milky Way. But does this extra light pollution matter? It doesn’t harm anyone, or does it? Plus in the news, with the US…
Hospital Health Check
Oct 17, 2016 • 55 min
This week we step out of the lab and into the hospital to celebrate one of our most treasured institutions. We find out about the technology that could be changing the future of healthcare and Connie tries her hand as a medical student. Plus, a potential…
Will We Beat Alzheimer’s Disease?
Oct 10, 2016 • 58 min
Alzheimer’s: A third of the population may be destined to develop this form of dementia, which robs people of their memories and independence. So what causes it, and what can we do about it? Plus in the news, NICE approves a new drug for an aggressive…
Why do Cats Have Vertical Pupils?
Oct 3, 2016 • 56 min
Why do cats have vertical pupils? Do clouds defy gravity? What is the brain basis of road rage? The Naked Scientists team tackle these and many more science questions, with help from an all-star guest panel. For information regarding your data privacy,…
A Little Light Relief
Sep 26, 2016 • 56 min
This week we’re in for a little light relief, as we explore how light-based technologies are delivering a brighter future, in medicine and beyond. Plus, in the news, a new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, scientists make sonic holograms, and the…
Mapping the Milky Way
Sep 19, 2016 • 60 min
This week - Cambridge’s key role in the mission to map the milky way! We learn how the Gaia space telescope is pinpointing the positions of a billion stars in our galaxy.Plus, news of a net which will leave mozzies dead or infertile, the DNA double-double…
Moulding the Minds of Tomorrow
Sep 12, 2016 • 55 min
This week, we don our uniforms for a lesson in the science of education: what’s the best way to mould the minds of the future? Plus, a new drug that could cure malaria with a single dose and we find out what happened to the ice bucket challenge. For…
How Old is the Average Atom?
Sep 5, 2016 • 53 min
Can we see the lunar landing sites with a telescope? Why is it cooler at altitude despite being closer to the Sun? Why is there no salt in sea ice? Was it windier when the Earth turned faster? What will end life on Earth sooner, the cooling core or the…
Scrutinizing Science
Aug 29, 2016 • 56 min
This week, The Naked Scientists are celebrating their 15th birthday and so Graihagh Jackson puts science under the microscope and questions its importance in today’s world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Animation: The Reel Deal
Aug 22, 2016 • 57 min
This week, we find out how science can help you get from script to screen in animated movies, from the physics of balancing a giraffe on a tightrope to the researcher putting voice actors in a brain scanner. Plus, news of why we’re more prone to viral…
Drugs: Time for a Change?
Aug 15, 2016 • 57 min
100 years since the first UK drug law, we explore the controversial and confusing science behind the drugs debate. From the brain basis of addiction to how ecstasy could treat anxiety, what are the implications of the world’s war on drugs? For information…
Do Fish Fart?
Aug 8, 2016 • 58 min
From farting fish to the link between diet and cancer, Kat Arney and Chris Smith take on your questions with Matt Middleton, Giles Yeo and Eleanor Drinkwater… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Science Too Hot To Handle
Aug 1, 2016 • 55 min
The Olympics is finally upon us and from going for gold in the tropical Rio climate to boosting the efficiency of jet engines, our ability to cope in high temperatures could make the difference between falling or flying. This week on The Naked Scientists…
Fuels Of The Future
Jul 25, 2016 • 54 min
This week we’ll need you to fasten your seatbelts because we’re taking a trip into the future of fuels. We’re asking if biofuels are really that brilliant and finding out how one lab is attempting to reinvent diesel.Plus, new research that could help…
A Dog’s Life: Intelligence and Inbreeding
Jul 18, 2016 • 58 min
The Naked Scientists bring you a ‘ruff’ guide to dogs! We chart the ancient origins of our favourite pets, examine how smart dogs could provide clues into human disease and explore the science behind the problems caused by years of inbreeding. Plus, news…
Concrete Jungles
Jul 11, 2016 • 54 min
The 11th of July was world population day and at current figures there are over 7.4 billion of us living on the planet. That number continues to grow and at the same time the proportion of people living in urban environments is also increasing.This week…
Can toads predict earthquakes?
Jul 4, 2016 • 52 min
This week, we’re answering the science questions that you’ve been sending in, including: is the Earth’s core cooling down, how do messages from space probes get back to Earth and why sleeping on your front might increase your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease……
Science meets MasterChef!
Jun 27, 2016 • 58 min
The Naked Scientists are hosting their very own dinner party, and the guests include a master distiller, a MasterChef finalist and a master of chocolate, all on hand to help reveal the science behind the perfect dinner party. Plus, the world’s fastest…
Autopsy: A Matter of Life and Death
Jun 20, 2016 • 56 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, we observe a post-mortem. The patient was in his seventies but the coroner ordered an autopsy because the cause of death wasn’t clear. Chris Smith observes pathologist Alison Cluroe conduct the procedure as she tries to…
How to Keep your Heart Healthy
Jun 13, 2016 • 64 min
This programme comes to you from the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester, where leaders in the field have been presenting their latest research on preventing heart disease: one of the leading causes of death. We explore the radioactive…
Your Home in 2050
Jun 6, 2016 • 58 min
A growing global population means we are facing a considerable housing shortage and it has been estimated that by 2025, as many as 1.6 billion individuals will face crowded substandard housing.But, the need to build more homes comes at a cost as in…
Stressed? You’re not the only one…
May 30, 2016 • 59 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, are we more prone to struggle with stress and if so why? Graihagh Jackson is probing the state of our mental health by taking a stress test to unearth how the human body responds and why; we’ll be seeing whether having a…
The War on Salt
May 23, 2016 • 59 min
This week we delve into the science of salt: what does it do in the body, how can it cause problems for farmers, and what avenues are scientists exploring to desalinate sea water and keep us all refreshed? Plus, one in ten adults have ADHD, the contagious…
Does Telepathy Exist?
May 16, 2016 • 54 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, your questions go under the microscope. Do women have a superior memory? What is the evidence for climate change? Can plants get cancer? Why do we sometimes see stars? And has the universe been through multiple big…
Phosphorus: Essential to All Life But Are We Running Out?
May 9, 2016 • 58 min
If you’ve followed environmental stories over the years, you’ll know this tune. Scientists have long been singing off the same songbook when it comes to fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution. But drum not often banged is the dwindling supply of…
Can Science Prove Whodunnit?
May 2, 2016 • 54 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, we’ve got science on trial! We look at real case studies, finding out how forensics can both help and hinder criminal investigations, including the insects who are first on the scene, how your phone can tell tales, and…
The Secret World of Shipping
Apr 26, 2016 • 61 min
This week we’re taking a look at the industry that transports 90% of global trade but most of us know very little about - shipping! We’re all at sea as we navigate our way through driverless ships of the future and how to make an industry that is…
What happened to Tutankhamun’s heart?
Apr 18, 2016 • 55 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, we’ve gathered a panel of pollies, pundits and professors to answer your science questions: from how prevalent was tooth decay in the neanderthals, to how Neil Armstrong got home from the moon! For information regarding…
Conflict in Conservation
Apr 11, 2016 • 55 min
Would you care about conserving an animal if it threatened your job, your food supply or even your life? This week, we unpick the hidden conflicts and controversies inside conservation, including the tragic fight to save the mountain gorillas, how to…
Can You Boost Your Memory?
Apr 4, 2016 • 54 min
Exam season is around the corner, so this week the Naked Scientists take a walk down memory lane to find out what’s going on upstairs when you learn and remember things, and investigate if it’s possible to boost your brain power. Plus, in the news,…
Will an artificially intelligent robot steal your job?
Mar 28, 2016 • 60 min
With the recent rise of the machines and robots - could an artificially intelligent robot take your job any time soon? And could they then take over the world, terminator-style? Join Graihagh Jackson as she journies into the world of cyborgs to see if…
Do you burn more calories when thinking?
Mar 21, 2016 • 50 min
This week: you asked the questions, we have the answers. Our expert panel take on queries like: why don’t whales get the bends, does chloroform work like it does in the movies, and would a spinning spaceship simulate gravity? Plus, the week’s science…
Cambridge Science Festival: Battle of the Brains
Mar 14, 2016 • 58 min
This week is a Cambridge Science Festival special with the Naked Scientists coming straight from the Cambridge Science Centre alongside a very lively audience!But that’s not all, it’s battle of brains as six of Cambridge’s finest researchers strut their…
The A - Zika of viruses: Preventing Pandemics
Mar 7, 2016 • 61 min
With infectious diseases wiping out millions each year, we look at how we can predict pandemics, whether scientists should be allowed to engineer super viruses, and how war and politics could prevent us from winning the fight against polio. Plus, news of…
Gravitational Waves: Discovery of the Decade?
Feb 29, 2016 • 59 min
This week, the discovery rocking the world of physics: gravitational waves! But what are they, and why are they set to change how we see the Universe in the future? Plus we take a look at the week’s leading science breakthroughs, including a new way to…
Could The Internet Die?
Feb 22, 2016 • 54 min
From why spicy isn’t a taste, to how long it takes a comet to form, we’ve gone in search of the answers to the questions you’ve been sending in. We investigate whether the Internet is immune to a breakdown, if a person dreams under anaesthetic, why days…
Rules of Attraction: The Science of Sex
Feb 15, 2016 • 56 min
The Naked Scientists have turned the lights down low for a stimulating odyssey through the science of dating and romance, including; which chat-up lines are most likely to get you talking, what statistics can tell us about our sex lives and lessons in…
Caffeine: Friend or Foe?
Feb 8, 2016 • 57 min
Caffeine is one of the only legal psychoactive stimulants but is it good or bad for our health? This week, the Naked Scientists are delving into the science to find out. Plus, the latest on Zika virus, bed bugs get their genomes sequenced, and will going…
Food Security: Insects for Dinner?
Feb 1, 2016 • 60 min
By 2050 the global population is set to rise to more than 10 billion people. But right now, 1 in 10 people are suffering from chronic hunger. So how do we reconcile a rising population with an already hungry world? Plus in the news, why scientists are one…
Black holes: the inside story…
Jan 25, 2016 • 54 min
What’s dark and so massive that not even light can escape its clutches? The answer is one of the most enigmatic phenomena known to physics: the black hole. And this week we explore the workings of these mysterious entities from how they distort time and…
The Hidden World of Hibernation
Jan 18, 2016 • 49 min
Does midwinter make you want to eat all the food in your fridge, curl up in a duvet and sleep until spring? You’re not alone, many plants and animals feel the same way, but you might not be so keen when we tell you just what it would do to your body!…
Why do we have pubic hair?
Jan 11, 2016 • 53 min
In this week’s podcast, we’re taking on your questions! From how we make decisions to why do we go temporarily deaf when we yawn and if light wears out, these are some of the many conundrums you asked and we answered with the help of an expert panel.…
Do You Have Skinny Genes?
Jan 4, 2016 • 57 min
With the New Year, there’s often a resolution or two to make a new you. But what makes you, you? Given that we share over 99.9% of our genes with each other, there’s a lot of variety in that 0.01%. Just look around you now - no two people are alike! Is it…
Top Scientific Moments of 2015
Dec 28, 2015 • 59 min
Remember that time that Ginny made Kat eat chocolate spread from a nappy? Or when Georgia broke the drone? It’s the end of 2015 and what a year it’s been for science! Whilst Chris and Kat take a well deserved break, producers Connie Orbach and Graihagh…
Cracking the science of Christmas
Dec 21, 2015 • 54 min
The Naked Scientists have Christmas unwrapped with a look at the science behind our favourite festive traditions, including how to pick the perfect present, the psychology behind board games and how to avoid hangovers. Plus, Star Wars science, a…
Dishing the Dirt on our Soils
Dec 14, 2015 • 56 min
This month, the United Nations published its much-anticipated report on the state of the world’s soils and the results are not good. We’ll be asking why, and taking a down-to-earth look at the consequences to see what we can do to reverse the trend. Plus…
Music Technology: Do or Die?
Dec 7, 2015 • 55 min
How will you be receiving your presents this year - a CD, a voucher for iTunes or maybe even a Spotify membership? In 2014, streaming services made more money than CD sales for the first time ever and that trend is continuing.But it’s not just the…
Fighting Floods: Who Gets Hit?
Nov 30, 2015 • 57 min
Extreme weather events are becoming more common, and sea levels are set to rise. So could we be about to find ourselves in very deep water? This week we’re exploring how to spot where and when floods will occur, and how to avert disaster. Plus, in the…
Sugar Tax: Answer to Obesity?
Nov 23, 2015 • 55 min
This week, is sugar the enemy? Difficult as it is to digest, one person in every four in the UK is obese, and treating the condition as well as its knock-on effects, costs the health service 5.1 billion per year. Some say sugar is to blame, but is it the…
Big Data, Big Deal?
Nov 16, 2015 • 54 min
More pieces of data have been produced in the last five years than in all of human history put together before then. But what’s driving this big data revelation? We’ll discover what opportunities it opens up, and we’ll uncover the pitfalls we might be…
Do squirrels ever forget where they hid their nuts?
Nov 9, 2015 • 51 min
The Naked Scientists and some special guests team up to tackle your science questions head-on. Do squirrels ever lose their nuts? Is cracking your knuckles bad for you? And could your gut bugs turn you to crime? Plus, a look at this week’s science news.…
Electric Cars: Pollution Solution?
Nov 2, 2015 • 55 min
London and many other European cities face the prospect of a 300 million penalty every year over bad air. Engineers say part of the solution lies with electric transport, so this week the Naked Scientists are getting under the hoods of a new generation of…
Should I Stay, or Should I go… to Mars?
Oct 26, 2015 • 54 min
The Naked Scientists have been on a trip to Mars but we forgot to ask one BIG question, should we even be going at all? We complete the series with a debate featuring a space politician, a geologist, an astronomer and a would-be Mars pioneer. Plus, in the…
Could We Ever Colonise Mars?
Oct 19, 2015 • 54 min
In episode three of our series Destination Mars, we finally arrive at the Red Planet - but what is waiting for us when we get there? We examine possible solutions to the challenges of building a home on an alien planet, including a Star Trek-inspired…
Mars: Are we nearly there yet?
Oct 12, 2015 • 51 min
To rocket engineers, the idea of transporting humans to Mars is a one colossal headache. Compared to inert satellites and probes, humans are highly unpredictable, needy and fragile. Radiation is our body’s kryptonite; microgravity renders the bones thin…
Could you be an astronaut?
Oct 5, 2015 • 55 min
Destination Mars: this month we’re launching a series of programmes to probe what it’s going to take to send people to the Red Planet. We’ll be looking at rocket technology, how to keep people fed and watered away from Earth and whether we really can hope…
Why don’t spiders get stuck on their webs?
Sep 28, 2015 • 50 min
We take on your science questions: Can animals feel guilty? Could drones detect landmines? What’s the furthest a paper plane could fly, and why don’t spiders get stuck on their webs? Plus, a look at this week’s science news - a development for Europe’s…
How to Save a Life
Sep 21, 2015 • 55 min
This week we find out what it takes to save a life, from doctors performing open chest surgery in the street to helping people recover in the longer term from severe brain injuries. Plus, news of a real invisibility cloak, how caffeine gives us a boost,…
Climate Change: Making Waves?
Sep 14, 2015 • 58 min
Climate change - and concerns about rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - are often in the headlines. However, looking back in the history of the earth, it’s clear that this isn’t the first time carbon dioxide levels have risen. So why…
Hands-on, Minds Open: The Changing Face of Science
Sep 7, 2015 • 53 min
This week we’re asking whether scientists and technologists are in short supply, and how the way that we teach science in schools is changing: some classrooms are pumping out published papers! Plus, in the news, a 2 metre-long scorpion, seabirds with…
Pluto, at Long Last…
Aug 31, 2015 • 58 min
This week is a very special, edition of the Naked Scientists as we dedicate a whole hour to the world’s favourite dwarf planet - Pluto. But how did it get there in the first place? What has the New Horizons probe uncovered? And what’s beyond Pluto?…
Truth and Beauty: The Hidden World of Symmetry
Aug 22, 2015 • 56 min
On the face of it, symmetry may seem simple, but diving beneath the surface reveals a whole new world. Over the last 100 years, the mathematical idea of symmetry has proved to be a guiding light for the world of physics. But what does a mathematician mean…
The Yuck Factor: Why We Find Things So Disgusting
Aug 17, 2015 • 58 min
We delve into the disgusting to discover the emotion of disgust and how it affects our lives. From cockroaches dipped in juice to the importance of sanitation, no topic is off limits as we find out about the psychology of this most powerful of emotions…
Graphene
Aug 10, 2015 • 58 min
Hundreds of times stronger than steel, transparent, an excellent electrical conductor, and weighing next to nothing, graphene is hailed as a wonder material. But what is it doing for us now? And where will it take us in future? This week graphene goes…
Meet your Sex Hormones
Aug 3, 2015 • 57 min
Hormones are the driving force behind reproduction and are what make us keen to go make babies. We follow some of these hormones to hear how they have an influence from birth to death, and also the unexpected consequences they have on society, including…
Why do Scientists say “So”?
Jul 28, 2015 • 52 min
From why scientists so often use the word “so” to the feasibility of charging a human by USB, how much Silly Putty it would it take to cover the entire Earth, and whether we could genetic engineer super-abilities into humans, we answer your burning…
The Seven Million Dollar Maths Mystery
Jul 20, 2015 • 54 min
This week, we’re investigating the Millennium Prize Problems - a set of mathematical equations that, if solved, will not only nab the lucky winner a million, but also revolutionise the world. Plus, the headlines from the world of science and technology,…
Make it Digital!
Jul 13, 2015 • 57 min
This week, broadcasting live from the centre of Cambridge, the Naked Scientists delve into the digital age we live in. We look at new, exciting ways to get kids into coding, how big data is changing the world of healthcare, and we take to skies to go…
BOOM! The Bang behind the bomb, and how to stop it
Jul 6, 2015 • 57 min
Things get a little dangerous as we don our body armour and head out into the battlefield. How do explosives work and what can we do to protect against them? We take a sneak peek at AnUBIS, a device that uses donated human body parts to help to understand…
Caesium: The Element that Redefined Time
Jun 29, 2015 • 54 min
It’s 60 years since the world’s first atomic clock was created. But what is time? When did time begin, and how accurate is timekeeping today? We’ll be asking why we need leap seconds, we cook up a Big Bang with lasagne and hear how planet Earth is a…
Bring out your Dead: Plague and Fire
Jun 22, 2015 • 53 min
Tens of thousands of Londoners developed painful, apple-sized, pus-filled boils before dying from the dreadful disease within days. But just as the ordeal of the Black Death seemed to be subsiding, the Great Fire struck the city. But did the conflagration…
What does Falling into a Black Hole Feel Like?
Jun 15, 2015 • 52 min
What’s the point of mosquitoes? Do your eyes pop out if left open when sneezing? Is the Universe infinitely big? Are birds really related to dinosaurs? What is quantum entanglement? If the space station is held in orbit by gravity, why do things float…
Behind Blood donation
Jun 8, 2015 • 56 min
For World Blood Day we’ve been delving into the history of blood letting, getting stuck into blood donation and exploring exciting new possibilities for making blood that’s safe for everyone. Plus, a new test to reveal every virus infection you’ve ever…
Dark Matter: A Massive Mystery
Jun 1, 2015 • 54 min
Are we on the verge of solving one of the longest standing puzzles in physics? Physicists think we’re close to discovering the identity of Dark Matter, the mysterious, invisible substance that accounts for nearly a quarter of the mass of Universe. So how…
How many geckos to hold up a human?
May 25, 2015 • 61 min
Colour-switching sticklebacks, geckos with enough adhesive power to hold up a human, bats with built-in sonar and moles with amazing noses - this week we go in search of the world’s most incredible animals. Scientists passionate about their species put…
Can astronauts shower in space?
May 18, 2015 • 55 min
This week, can we colonise Mars? What’s causes that smell after it rains? Can genetics inform skin care? And how do astronauts shower in space? Chris Smith, Richard Hollingham and Max Sanderson join Kat Arney to take on your quandaries, and also discuss…
Safety at 40,000 Feet
May 11, 2015 • 53 min
This week, endoscopies for jet engines, how the aviation industry could have us cruising for an infectious bruising, the workings of radar, and whether cheap flights actually cost the Earth. Plus, in the news, why doctors could soon be culturing your…
Violent Volcanoes
May 4, 2015 • 59 min
Celebrating two hundred years since the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, this week, accompanied by music from Michael Levy, we explore the science of volcanoes. We find out what causes volcanoes, we ask whether eruptions can be…
Game on! The Science of Video Gaming
Apr 27, 2015 • 58 min
This week, the science at play in an industry that dwarfs both Hollywood and the music world: computer games. We hear how video games are altering the brains of players, why lovers of the shoot-em-up could be carving out a niche for themselves in the…
Could Earth be Knocked Out of Orbit?
Apr 20, 2015 • 47 min
This week, you pit your wits against the Naked Scientists team and challenge us to answer your science questions. Is there an evolutionary reason why humans have rhythm? Do people sneeze in their sleep? Why do crabs walk sideways? And how do stinging…
Defying Death…
Apr 13, 2015 • 54 min
The impact of modern medicine is drastically changing our concept of death. Increasingly, people are being resuscitated successfully, sometimes hours after they first died. So this week we toe the line between life and death, learn lessons from those who…
Egg-cellent Easter Science
Apr 6, 2015 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists take a special holiday look at some egg-cellent Easter science, including a breakthrough in how to unboil an egg, the genetically modified chickens that can’t catch bird flu and why the Easter bunny might be knocked off his perch by a…
Whodunnit? Fascinating Forensics
Mar 30, 2015 • 59 min
From crime scene to court room and all the evidence in between. Join Chris Smith and Ginny Smith at our reconstructed crime scene to find out how science is used to help solve a forensic investigation, including dissecting pig organs, testing for drugs,…
Brain on fire
Mar 23, 2015 • 55 min
This week, how rogue antibodies turned one woman’s existence into a living nightmare of delusions, hallucinations and paranoia, we examine the evidence that ME - or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - might be an autoimmune disease, and why the blues might…
Chasing Rainbows: The Quest to Understand Light
Mar 16, 2015 • 53 min
Is it a particle? Or is it a wave? This week we’re looking at light. From its earliest origins and what it can reveal about the Big Bang, to why Newton prodded his eye with a needle to probe the origins of colour, how the brain decodes the visual world…
The Life Parasitic
Mar 9, 2015 • 55 min
This week, the world of parasites. We find out what’s living in you and on you, how these invaders hijack your immune system and how they can even control the behaviours and body shapes of their hosts. Plus, in the news, the oldest remains of our first…
Eureka Streaker: Experiments that Changed the World
Mar 2, 2015 • 59 min
From Archimedes leaping from his bath shouting Eureka, to Isaac Newton’s falling apples and Volta’s piles that produced electricity on tap, this week we recreate some of the scientific experiments that changed the way we view the world. Join Ginny Smith…
Marijuana: Risk or Remedy?
Feb 23, 2015 • 58 min
Cannabis is as controversial as it is complicated. Does smoking it cause schizophrenia, and can chemicals from the plant cure cancer? Plus in the news, the new breed of chemicals that are putting our ozone layer at risk and why teenage sperms are more…
Your Smartphone: What’s it Saying to Cyber-Criminals?
Feb 16, 2015 • 54 min
This week, how we’re haemorrhaging personal information through our smartphones. We hear how snoopers can eavesdrop on your mobile signals while you’re out in public to track down your home address. A computer scientist tells us what he discovered on a…
Meet the Doctors of Love!
Feb 9, 2015 • 57 min
This week, how to hack online dating, the way to maximise your chances on that crucial first date, what makes couples compatible, and the giveaway signs of fertility in the female voice. Plus, in the news, how late-night texting and Facebook-checking is…
Outnumbered: Are your bacteria controlling you?
Feb 2, 2015 • 55 min
This week, why we’re passengers in our own bodies, outnumbered by our resident bacteria. We explore how these bugs can alter your brain and behaviour, and “trans-poo-sion”: the poo-transplant process that might save your life! Plus, why the chances of ET…
Lifting the lid on Plastic
Jan 26, 2015 • 56 min
Last year, 100 million tonnes of plastic were produced by industry. At the same time sufficient waste plastic was found floating in the world’s oceans to make a string of bottles long enough to make it to the Moon. This week we find out what plastic is,…
The Secrets of Sleep
Jan 19, 2015 • 54 min
Most people spend around a third of their lives asleep, and yet we know almost nothing about what goes on in the land of nod. So this week we’re going “under the covers” to investigate the science of sleeping including hearing from sleep talkers, probing…
Fighting Fat with Science
Jan 13, 2015 • 59 min
Are you sitting comfortably? You might want to stand up, because we’ll be hearing why, in health terms, sitting is the new smoking! We’re also taking a look at the science behind weight loss and why shedding extra pounds is so difficult. Plus news of why…
Dissolving teaspoons: Naked in Wellington
Jan 5, 2015 • 50 min
Dissolving teaspoons, plants that sunbathe, stopping multiple sclerosis, the ARGO floats that monitor the oceans, global warming in Antarctica, and using computers to find Kiwis. Chris Smith and Simon Morton meet some of Wellington’s finest researchers,…
Voices in the Dark
Dec 29, 2014 • 52 min
We all have an inner voice. Most of us know they’re not real. But, for up to 15% of the population at some points in their lives, they can take on a different tone, as a terrifying experience that cannot be distinguished from reality. Where do they come…
The Science of Christmas
Dec 22, 2014 • 54 min
Seasons Greetings from the Naked Scientists! We invite you to spend the next hour with us as we explore the Science of Christmas. We’ll be looking at why crackers are, or aren’t, all that funny, the chemistry of Christmas and what makes the ultimate roast…
Total wipe out: Mass Extinction
Dec 15, 2014 • 58 min
Mass Extinction! 250 million years ago nearly all life on Earth ended. Back from the brink, history then repeated itself with the disappearance of the dinosaurs 60 million years ago. So are we next? Plus news of how a comet smash could have kick-started…
Good Vibrations
Dec 8, 2014 • 59 min
From the honking of cars to music blaring out of someone’s bedroom window, the world around us is saturated with sound. But what exactly is sound, and how do we hear it? From mimicking an owl’s wing for quieter aircraft to creating more effective cochlear…
The Internet: the good, the bad and the ugly
Dec 1, 2014 • 57 min
This week we delve into the Dark Web, a hidden arm of the Internet where Google doesn’t dare to search and where drugs, guns and hitmen are offered up for sale. We explore how the World Wide Web works, and ask whether it can remain unregulated, free and…
Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer?
Nov 22, 2014 • 53 min
Travel by air has increased by over 60% in the last decade and annual global air traffic is expected to reach 3.6 billion passenger journeys by 2016 meaning that there are at least 1 million people airborne aboard planes at any moment in time. But, as air…
Inside the Ebola Epidemic
Nov 17, 2014 • 58 min
Ebola has rocked the world in 2014, but why has this outbreak been so devastating? This week we get inside Ebola to find out about the virus itself, and how it causes disease and spreads. We talk to healthcare and charity workers on the ground in West…
Combating Cancer
Nov 10, 2014 • 57 min
This week, the latest breakthroughs in cancer including blood tests to pick up the disease much earlier, new genetic treatments to trigger tumours to kill themselves, and a laser technique to zap cancers in hard-to-reach places. Plus, in the news, why…
Supernatural Science
Nov 3, 2014 • 58 min
Do you believe in ghosts? For Halloween the Naked Scientists take a look at the spooky science of the supernatural. Is there evidence that paranormal beings exist and why do so many people believe in them? How do out-of-body experiences happen? What…
Transport of Tomorrow
Oct 27, 2014 • 53 min
Over the next 50 years, getting to work on time or heading out to the hinterlands for your family holiday will become much, much easier - and perhaps, even pleasurable. We’re journeying into the not so distant future, to a world where cars drive…
The Cities of Tomorrow
Oct 20, 2014 • 57 min
Continuing the theme of the future of humanity, this week we take a look at what we can expect from our towns and cities in the years to come. Will we be living in wooden skyscrapers, amongst crime fighting lampposts or have our own personalised pollution…
Will Climate Change Cost the Earth?
Oct 13, 2014 • 53 min
What does climate change have in store for the future? What will it mean for the man, or woman, in the street? How will it hit the global economy, and what can businesses do to fight back? This week, we hear the perspectives of a climate specialist, an…
Powering the Future
Oct 6, 2014 • 59 min
For years we have relied on fossil fuels to produce the light, heat and energy we need to live and work. But these supplies are diminishing, and polluting our environment. So can renewable resources step into the breach annd produce enough energy to power…
Alien Hunters: The Search for ET
Sep 27, 2014 • 52 min
This week, is there anybody out there? We’re pushing at the boundaries of science in the search for ET. We take a magnifying glass to the big questions: what is life, where can we find it and could we ever communicate with it? Plus, the blood test that…
Can you 3D-print me a new kidney?
Sep 20, 2014 • 53 min
This week, are we on the verge of being able to print a new kidney or liver? And will every home soon have a machine in it to make medicines so we don’t need to head off to the chemist for a dose of antibiotics? This is the world of 3D printing and we’ll…
Hack Attack!
Sep 15, 2014 • 58 min
Have you been hacked? This week we examine the risks from public WiFi, why the Internet of Things is jeopardising the security of your home, the threats frequently lurking inside innocent-looking documents, what your mobile phone says to cybercriminals…
Does nature do it better?
Sep 8, 2014 • 54 min
This week we’re looking to nature to solve some of today’s biggest problems - from climate change to water shortages. We hear how spiders hold the key to making the strongest material known to man and how insect ears have inspired the world’s smallest…
Nuclear Fusion
Sep 1, 2014 • 55 min
This week, we’re exploring Nuclear Fusion, the power source of the sun. What is it and how can it help us on Earth? We visit the JET fusion facility to watch a test firing, we hear how lasers can be used to kickstart the process and how a new spherical…
The Naked Scientists in New Zealand
Aug 25, 2014 • 53 min
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Personalised Medicine
Aug 18, 2014 • 53 min
This week we’re talking about gene sequencing and how to keep that information safe. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Food for Thought!
Aug 11, 2014 • 53 min
The Naked Scientists have food on the brain this week, as we hear about how sound can affect taste, why our mood can be changed by what we eat, and we try out some unusual flavour combinations. And in the news; why grizzly bears may help us in the fight…
The brightest light in the Universe
Aug 4, 2014 • 57 min
This week, we hear how one of the brightest lights in the Universe is helping scientists to build better jet engines, fight off antibiotic resistant bacteria and read the biochemical make-up of long-dead dinosaurs. Plus, how fears and phobias can pass…
A trip to the seaside
Jul 28, 2014 • 63 min
This week why whales get dandruff, what seabirds think of wind farms, the plight of coral reefs, we take a look at some giant sea spiders and look at water that can stay liquid below freezing temperature. Plus, we use science to perfect the recipe for a…
The End of Extinction?
Jul 21, 2014 • 55 min
Will wooly mammoths roam the tundra once more? This week we ask whether improvements in genetic technologies mean extinction is no longer the end, as well as meeting moss that came back to life after 2000 years buried in permafrost, and the…
Returning to the Moon - A giant leap for mankind?
Jul 14, 2014 • 54 min
We celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by asking, should we return to the moon? We discover what scientific knowledge is still to be gained by going back, what robot missions are being planned as part of the Google Lunar X prize, and…
Saddle Up: The Science of Cycling
Jul 7, 2014 • 59 min
Chimps use gestures, climate change stops fish finding friends, gut cells reprogrammed to make insulin, and people prefer shocks to thoughts! Plus Saddle Up! - we look at the science of cyling as the Tour de France comes to the UK, including seeing how…
Engineering the Impossible
Jun 30, 2014 • 59 min
From levitating trains and humans to giant, climate-altering balloons, super-steels and earthquake-proof buildings, this month’s live show panel reveal the latest advances in extreme engineering. Plus, we get engineering for ourselves, including taking a…
Ready for Kick Off…
Jun 23, 2014 • 54 min
England might be out of the World Cup this week, but thousands of fans are still cheering their teams on across Brazil. But how does chanting change the behaviour of a football crowd? Why do free kicks and penalties still come down to good old physics?…
Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease
Jun 16, 2014 • 62 min
Alois Alzheimer, who described the first case of the disease now named after him, would have been 150 years old this week. But what have we discovered about the disease since he presented the first Alzheimer’s case over 100 years ago? And how can fruit…
Freeze Dried Blood!
Jun 9, 2014 • 55 min
Freeze Dried Blood! Every day the likes of probiotic “good” bacteria in yoghurts, and even the enzymes in washing powder, give us a helping hand. This week we investigate how scientists are designing new ways to protect and guard these tiny helpers,…
Learning to Learn
Jun 2, 2014 • 59 min
Making brainwaves: from how babies’ brains develop, to how children learn language and even unravelling the adolescent mind, this month’s live show panel of guests walk us through how we learn to learn! Plus, popping balloons shows why teenagers take…
The Cost of a Life
May 26, 2014 • 54 min
We often hear about amazing new medical developments which could improve disease treatment. But what about the ethical considerations involved in deciding how to use these advances? Hannah Critchlow and Ginny Smith discuss how we decide which drugs we can…
Natural born cleaners
May 19, 2014 • 53 min
This week we investigate green clean ups. Can nature’s recyclers, bacteria and fungi, help us clean up man-made environmental problems from oil spills to mining slag heaps? Plus in the news, how the Gemini Planet Imager is helping astronomers ‘see’…
Powering up the National Grid
May 12, 2014 • 53 min
This week we look at how our power grids are going to be transformed. From technology which hopes to reduce our energy prices to new ways to include wind and solar power in the grid. Plus, in the news, what Google have up their sleeve for their next…
Fascinating Fossils
May 5, 2014 • 59 min
In front of a live audience at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by three paleontologists to discuss fascinating fossils! Alex Liu explains where the first animals evolved from, Stephanie Pierce describes how animals first crawled out of…
Building the Future
Apr 28, 2014 • 53 min
With the demand for new homes ever increasing, we ask what will the buildings of the future be like? Will new materials like bamboo or plastic take a bigger place in our houses? And how can we make our accommodation greener? Plus, in the news, the first…
Huntingtons Disease
Apr 21, 2014 • 52 min
In a special show from Cambridge and New Zealand, Hannah Critchlow investigates the research into Huntington’s Disease. How has the search to correct a single gene enhanced our understanding of how the brain functions? How are sheep helping to unpick the…
Why do we laugh when tickled?
Apr 14, 2014 • 51 min
In this question and answer special, the Naked Scientists get stuck into your queries, like why are planets round? Why do we laugh when tickled? Does wearing glasses make your eyesight worse? And how many trees could offset carbon emissions? Plus, in the…
Power to your Elbow: Better Batteries
Apr 7, 2014 • 53 min
Bigger, better and longer lasting - this week we go in search of the battery technology that will power the future as well as consider the shortcomings of our present technologies. We also try to tune-in to our own broadcast on a radio powered by moss!…
Right Hand, Left Hand
Mar 31, 2014 • 52 min
How handedness spans the scientific world, from the smallest particles in the Universe to the drugs that cure disease and even the way you hold a pen, goes under the microscope this week as we explore the realms of asymmetry. Plus, in the news, the…
Devouring Raspberry Pi
Mar 24, 2014 • 53 min
2014 is the Year of Code, with the UK even becoming the first major economy to introduce computer programming to the school timetable. This week we investigate why coding, and getting kids into computer science has become so important. Plus, in the news,…
Pit your Wits…
Mar 17, 2014 • 53 min
Pit your wits against the combined brain power of the Naked Scientists, in this question and answer Special as the team try to find out the truth behind the age of the Milky Way? Whether plants die of old age, and how cats make their fur stand on end?…
Turning the tide on flooding
Mar 10, 2014 • 55 min
With climate change expected to bring more bouts of extreme weather and longer periods of drought and flooding, this week we take a look at ways to turn the tide on the looming water crisis. Plus, in the news, the schoolboy who’s become the youngest…
AUTOMATE: The World of Robots
Mar 3, 2014 • 59 min
Robots are under examination this week. Engineer Blaise Thomson, from Vocal IQ, designs speech systems for smartphones, Neil Bargh builds robots for science labs, and Airbus systems engineer Paul Meacham, who is building the next rover that will explore…
The Noro Show
Feb 24, 2014 • 53 min
Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, affects 1 million people each year in the UK. But what is it, and how can you best protect yourself? Plus, in the news, how stress hormones depress the stock market, brain training that can improve vision on the…
Brainy Babies!
Feb 23, 2014 • 54 min
Should you raise your baby to be bilingual? Are video games rotting or rejuvenating children’s brains? We find out! Plus in the news, personalised breast milk, modelling the brain with computers, how crude oil spills affect tuna and the next step towards…
David Willetts AAAS Audio Blog
Feb 19, 2014 • 33 min
UK Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, becomes his own radio presenter; here, on a tour organised by the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, he charts his meetings with scientists and entrepreneurs in Chicago, including discovering how…
NAKED at the AAAS
Feb 13, 2014 • 56 min
Do scientists resort to propaganda to defend climate change? How do we deal with evolution unbelievers? How do governments and policy-makers decide what science should be funded? Where will the next generation of communicators come from? Why are western…
Green Food
Feb 10, 2014 • 54 min
We’re chewing over the topic of food footprints: How green is your lunchbox? What’s the environmental impact of your weekly food shop? Plus, in the news, the prosthetic hand that has allowed an amputee to feel for the first time, a new fatal strain of flu…
Nanosized Science
Feb 3, 2014 • 53 min
This week we we zoom in on the subject of nano-particles to examine how tiny objects, smaller than the wavelength of light, can be making such large waves in the fields of health, optics, and electronics. Plus news of purple tomatoes on their way to your…
Exorcist, or Exercise: what’s healthier?
Jan 27, 2014 • 59 min
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by exercise scientist Dan Gordon, who also holds the world record in tandem cycling, epidemiologist Nita Forouhi, who studies diet, and David Ogilvie, who investigates how our…
And now for the weather, in space…
Jan 20, 2014 • 56 min
This week we investigate why the UK is investing in space weather forecasts. Plus how could changes in the Sun’s activity affect us here on Earth? In the news, conservationists supporting the sale of a hunting licence for the endangered Black Rhino, gene…
Are old habits hard to break?
Jan 13, 2014 • 58 min
This week we want to hear how you’re doing with your New Year’s Resolutions as we investigate the psychology of willpower and how long it takes to form a new habit. In the news, does drinking a cup of coffee after studying help students remember their…
Why don’t microwaves spark off themselves?
Jan 6, 2014 • 60 min
The Naked Scientists tackle your questions, from how hail storms come about to why the Mediterranean Sea has such small tides. And why do people often favour walking on one particular side of the road?Plus, we look at what science might hit the headlines…
Hydrogen-powered Party Poppers
Dec 23, 2013 • 53 min
It’s Christmas, and we’re celebrating in style with a look at the science behind the things that grace the festive period. In a special programme recorded live in the kitchen, we produce our own home-made ice cream, hear about the brain-basis of the…
Super-shape me!
Dec 16, 2013 • 56 min
How balls of cells assemble into a baby, why cell shape is crucial in cancer, telling cells where to go in an embryo, and getting a handle on how limbs develop: this week’s Naked Scientists explores the science of structure. Plus, does classical music…
Diving into Ocean Conservation
Dec 9, 2013 • 53 min
The bid to create the world’s largest marine reserve, diseases threatening corals in the Caribbean, what is the best way to conserve coral reefs in Fiji, and why fish microbes matter too. Plus news of DNA sequences extracted from a 400,000 human ancestor…
Life, The Universe and Everything
Dec 2, 2013 • 59 min
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by guests Didier Queloz, who discovered the first exoplanet, Alan Tunnacliffe who investigates organisms which might be able to survive in space, and Gerry Gilmore, who is aiming to…
Sniff! Sniff!
Nov 25, 2013 • 53 min
This week, smells, pheromones and anosmia. We talk to a patient with no sense of smell, hear why odours might be more down to the way molecules vibrate that how they are shaped, we look at the role that genes play in what we can smell and hear how…
Restore, repair, retain!
Nov 18, 2013 • 54 min
This week we discover how we repair and restore everything from ancient manuscripts to the human heart! The team visits the BBC to find out how recently re-discovered episodes of the classic sci-fi series Dr Who were restored and find out about the three…
Stopping Multiple Sclerosis
Nov 11, 2013 • 58 min
What is multiple sclerosis (MS), what causes it, why do some people suffer from it, and how can we treat it? This week we hear about a drug that can halt the disease in its tracks for some patients, and how scientists screening chemicals that trigger the…
Cutting Edge in Cancer
Nov 4, 2013 • 55 min
From detecting tumour DNA in our bloodstreams to making cancer cells stand out in an MRI scan, this week, coinciding with the NCRI Cancer Conference, we explore how best ways to detect cancer and monitor tumours during treatment. Plus, in the news, what a…
Extreme Geology
Oct 28, 2013 • 59 min
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests James Jackson, an Earth Scientist, Tehnuka Ilanko, a volcanologist, and Arwen Deuss, a seismologist, pit their wits against the assembled public as they…
Stopping Superbugs
Oct 19, 2013 • 54 min
What is the scale of the superbug problem? How much is antibiotic resistance costing? Can new antibiotics be made that cannot be bypassed by bacteria? And what new drugs are already in the pipeline. In this infectious episode of the Naked Scientists, we…
Tunnelling Under London
Oct 14, 2013 • 54 min
How do you dig a 26 mile tunnel beneath a city and below the water table? This week we drop in on Crossrail, who are busy constructing a new commuter line below the UK capital, to discover how massive tunnels are made in the modern era. Plus, we take a…
Science Centre Showoff
Oct 7, 2013 • 54 min
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests Rod Jones, an atmospheric chemist, Margaret Stanley, an HPV cancer researcher, and Caroline Goddard, jet engine metallurgist, pit their wits against the…
Science of Sleep
Sep 30, 2013 • 56 min
What’s the best way to catch 40 winks? We investigate the science of sleep, including why we need it and why do some people fall asleep at the wrong times? Jason Rhiel tell us how he investigates what makes us sleepy using zebrafish and Mick Hastings…
Citizen Science: Research You can Do
Sep 23, 2013 • 57 min
What’s the best way to get involved in scientific research from home? Chris Smith and Dominic Ford investigate some of the best citizen science projects which are looking for your help. From categorising galaxies to hunting spiders, mapping your happiness…
Shedding Light on the Brain
Sep 16, 2013 • 53 min
We expose how electricity powers the nervous system. Chris Smith and Hannah Critchlow speak to a panel of experts about why chillis taste hot and mint feels cool, how ion channels could tackle diabetes and the new technique that uses algae could shed…
Get the Frack Out of Here…
Sep 11, 2013 • 54 min
Will fracking bring down energy prices and keep our lights on, or could it be an environmental disaster? Kate Lamble and Ginny Smith speak to a panel of experts about whether fracking could really contaminate water supplies or cause earthquakes. Plus, can…
Can you dehydrate in a bath?
Sep 4, 2013 • 53 min
Another special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, cna you dehydrate in a bath? What is tinnitus? What chemicals leak from batteries? Why does water freeze from the top down? Are solar photons…
Shark Camouflage in Australia
Aug 28, 2013 • 53 min
This week, we have a final show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill find out how camouflage wetsuits might help protect surfers from sharks, hear about a new development in muscular dystrophy treatment, how sea sponges can be…
Australia’s First BBQ
Aug 21, 2013 • 53 min
This week, we have another special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill go in search of dolphins, find out how DNA sequencing technology has allowed us to find out what was on Australia’s first barbecue, and give a science…
Naked in Australia
Aug 14, 2013 • 53 min
This week we have a special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith finds out whether importing nitrogen fixing legumes could hold the answer to Perth’s poor soil fertility and Victoria Gill heads out on a scientific fishing trip to see how…
Mapping out the Milky Way
Aug 7, 2013 • 59 min
We hear from the astronomers who are mapping out the Milky Way to work out where its stars came from. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Questions and Answers
Jul 31, 2013 • 53 min
A special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, do hairs know they’ve cut? Is someone who sweats sooner fitter? How do noise-cancelling headphones work? How do we know what’s inside Earth? Why…
The Science in Sport
Jul 24, 2013 • 54 min
How has new technology changed the face of sport? This week we delve into the science behind the tennis rackets that professional players use, the diets that top athletes follow, and how systems like Hawkeye are revolutionising the way that rules are…
The Science of Schizophrenia
Jul 17, 2013 • 55 min
What do sufferers of schizophrenia experience, and why? Might the immune system be to blame? And could an avatar be the answer to treatment? This week we delve deep into the brain circuitry behind this psychiatric condition to uncover the causes, hear…
Souping up Solar
Jul 10, 2013 • 59 min
This week, the latest innovations in solar power technology including a Cambridge team racing from Darwin to Adelaide in a solar car, community co-operatives empowered by solar panels, and how algae harvest the Sun’s energy. In the news, how wobbles in…
The Last Organism Alive on Earth
Jul 3, 2013 • 60 min
This week, the latest from the UK’s National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews Scotland including what will be the last organism living on Earth when the end-of-life Sun swells, why space science projects are getting larger, and the amateur astronomer who…
Modelling Diseases in Dishes
Jun 26, 2013 • 53 min
Miniature lungs, breasts and other organs are being grown in dishes so scientists can study how they form, why they succumb to disease and how toxins, drugs and poisons affect them. Organ models like these are rapidly replacing animals for many lab…
Fascinating Fungi
Jun 19, 2013 • 53 min
Fungi go under the microscope this week as we explore how they barter minerals and carry chemical messages in return for sugars from plants; we also hear from someone who nearly died after consuming a deadly fungus, find out why fungi make the toxins they…
Extreme Physiology: Everest to Ocean Floor
Jun 12, 2013 • 56 min
How can an ascent to the top of Everest help to save lives in intensive care? This week we’re exploring physiology at the extremes: altitude, depth and cold. How does the human body adapt and cope under these conditions? Also, news of improved gene…
Can GPS systems be Spoofed?
Jun 5, 2013 • 56 min
The science of satellite navigation and how it can be fooled or “spoofed”, a new system to pinpoint a person within a building to within a metre, and how GPS signals can probe and track volcanic dust clouds. Plus, news of what nuclear bomb tests have…
Shedding light on LEDs
May 30, 2013 • 53 min
The next generation of LEDs, how LED lighting affects health, a new way to fight flu, treating schizophrenia with avatars and bringing 400-year-old frozen plants back to life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Do plants get jetlag?
May 22, 2013 • 54 min
This week, how plants keep track of time, how scientists are breeding cereal crops with ancient varieties to boost diversity and yields, how insects carry viruses between plants, and the chemical in smoke that triggers fire-dependent plants to germinate.…
Will it rain tomorrow?
May 15, 2013 • 56 min
How are weather forecasts made? Are they accurate, and if not why not? And how do we know when extreme weather is on the way? Also, what about on other planets and moons? To find out, we talk to the teams who study weather and climate patterns, both on…
Gone Viral: Germs under surveillance
May 8, 2013 • 53 min
Under the microscope this week, where new flu viruses including influenza H7N9 come from, the threat from extensively resistant tuberculosis and how doctors keep tabs on how bugs are spreading and who they are infecting… For information regarding your…
Art & Antiquities: Conservation and Preservation
May 1, 2013 • 53 min
The conservation and restoration of great art once relied on only a good eye and talent with a paintbrush. Now though, scientists and art conservationists are working together to develop new techniques to preserve our cultural heritage. For information…
Testing Legal Highs
Apr 24, 2013 • 53 min
What are legal highs, and how do scientists, doctors and law-makers keep up with new drugs entering the market? Plus, biofuels and why they cost the Earth, the cause of LED droop, a neutron star proves Einstein’s theory of general relativity right, and E.…
Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
Apr 17, 2013 • 54 min
We visit the annual British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy conference to explore the latest in this exciting area of medicine… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Meet the ancestors
Apr 10, 2013 • 59 min
Fossilised dinosaur egg embryos, fish fats on 15,000 year old Japanese pots, who put the arsenic in the beer, and we tour the Malapa cave site where Australopithecus sediba was discovered… For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The SKA and Radio Astronomy
Apr 3, 2013 • 58 min
We take a tour of the two Australian precursors to the Square Kilometre Array - the Murchison Wide Field Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder - to discover how big radio astronomy projects will see the universe in a new light. Plus, how understanding…
Naked Genetics Special Episode
Mar 27, 2013 • 30 min
The genetic basis of autism goes under the microscope in this special Easter edition of Naked Genetics, from Kat Arney. One per cent of UK children have autism, a complex range of disorders that can be challenging to understand and live with. But recent…
The Future of Digital Storage
Mar 20, 2013 • 58 min
What the future holds for digital data storage goes under the spotlight this week - how can we ensure that what we record today - on film, discs or up in the cloud - remains readable for years to come? Plus, news of what the Planck probe has revealed…
BANG! Naked Science Festival
Mar 16, 2013 • 59 min
Breasts, bazookas, bosons and bombs: The Naked Scientists take to the stage for the Cambridge Science Festival 2013. An explosive mix of fertile conversation and kitchen science… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
John Snow and Cholera
Mar 13, 2013 • 59 min
We celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the epidemiologist John Snow by looking at the historic and modern fight against Cholera. Also, news of what 4000 year old mummies are revealing about arterial disease, a novel antibiotic approach to…
Dining Out on Food Security
Mar 6, 2013 • 58 min
How Internet searches can give clues to drug side-effects, the science of sink holes, flame-retardant DNA, brain stimulation for anorexia, and feeding the planet in future: why flies might hold the key to better food security… For information regarding…
Extreme Engineering
Feb 27, 2013 • 59 min
This week, research at the extremes: We find out how the new Halley VI station was engineered to withstand Antarctic conditions, and how scientists tackle some of the harshest environments on Earth to do groundbreaking research. In the news we discover a…
Supersenses: Extraordinary Animals
Feb 20, 2013 • 58 min
New drugs for flu, bees read electrical fields, why moles are sensitive to seismic vibrations and how good is a sharks sense of smell…? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
What is Love?
Feb 13, 2013 • 58 min
Love is… neurochemistry? This week, we look at love from a scientific perspective. We go looking for love in the brain and explore the chemistry behind falling, and staying, in love! Plus, how ovaries become damaged with age, and the new virus strain with…
Analysing Asteroids
Feb 6, 2013 • 58 min
We’re analysing asteroids in this edition of the Naked Scientists, as Earth is due a very near miss next week! We’ll also meet the asteroid miners - companies looking to go prospecting in outer space - to find out how to mine an asteroid. Plus, the new…
I’m a Tasmanian Devil, Get Me Out Of Here!
Jan 30, 2013 • 58 min
How can science save the Tasmanian Devil? New research reveals why an infectious cancer that’s spreading amongst the animals isn’t attacked by the immune system. Plus, the quantum basis of smell, reading a fish’s thoughts and are scientists on the verge…
We’re Back! Transparent Electronics
Jan 24, 2013 • 58 min
WE’RE BACK! And in this first episode of our new series, a sponge for soaking up oil slicks, how dung beetles navigate by starlight, the world’s largest jelly, the rebound effect, how dogs came to be, why DNA is the data storage medium of tomorrow. Plus,…
What’s Living in Your Loo?
Dec 29, 2012 • 50 min
As we gear up to launch a new series of the Naked Scientists, here’s a taste of things to come with a recording of the second hour of the Naked Scientists ‘Science Night’ aired on BBC 5 Live, December 30th 2012. For information regarding your data…
Does a Frozen Body Shatter?
Dec 22, 2012 • 54 min
Can a frozen body be shattered with a hammer, how can speedbumps diagnose appendictis and why are reindeers’ noses red? For Christmas 2012 we talk to a host of scientists doing seasonal research, find out how Elite, the blockbuster computer game launched…
The Science Behind Broadcasting
Dec 15, 2012 • 59 min
How does radio reach out of the studio? This week, we tune in explore the science and technology of broadcasting to find out how a voice hits the airwaves. We discover the difference between AM, FM and DAB, and use basic physics to build our own…
Unravelling Epigenetics
Dec 8, 2012 • 57 min
Epigenetics controls the activity of genes inside cells and holds the key to new treatments for old diseases. We explore the impacts of epigenetics on embryonic development, cancer, and stem cell biology, and find out how epigenetic changes during…
Protecting Our Oceans
Dec 1, 2012 • 59 min
How should we protect marine ecosystems? We examine the science behind Marine Protected Areas and find out how a new plan could protect the oceans around England. In the news, the sub-zero bacterial ecosystem surviving in an Antarctic lake and fibres…
Investigating ISIS - The Neutron Source
Nov 24, 2012 • 58 min
This week, join us on a tour of ISIS, the STFC’s Neutron and Muon source. We find out how neutrons can probe the properties of materials, help to protect electronic circuits from failure and shed light on the action of antibiotics. Plus, in the news we…
Can Gravity Leak from Alternate Universes?
Nov 17, 2012 • 59 min
Why does biro ink smell? How can you reset your tolerance to caffiene? Why can’t my sat nav and my speedometer agree? We take on your science questions, as well as discover a lonely rogue planet and hear the DNA detective story that stopped an MRSA…
Bed Bug Biology
Nov 10, 2012 • 56 min
Bed bug cases are on the rise after a 50 year absence from much of the Western world. But why now? We explore the genetics and bizarre biology of these parasitic pests. In the news, we examine the fungal disease killing Ash trees across Europe that may…
The Cutting Edge of Cancer Research
Nov 3, 2012 • 59 min
How does cancer spread? How can we target our immune system to take out tumours? This week we visit the National Cancer Research Institute’s annual conference to explore the cutting edge of cancer research. We’ll find out why cancers become resistant to…
Ugly Animals Need Love Too
Oct 27, 2012 • 58 min
It’s not just pandas, great apes and big cats - ugly animals need our attention too. This week, we find out why some of nature’s least attractive species are under threat and explore the arguments for conserving bacteria, fungi and even parasites! In the…
Is there a Googol of anything in the Universe?
Oct 20, 2012 • 59 min
Are vegetables intelligent? Is Pi a “normal” number? Are humans the only picky eaters? We take on your science questions, including why women generally don’t go bald and how fingers can feel cold even though they’re warm to the touch. Plus, we’re joined…
Listen Up! The Science of Hearing
Oct 13, 2012 • 59 min
How do we tell where sounds are coming from? What does life sound like through a hearing aid? Can we cure tinnitus? We try to answer all these questions and more in our show on hearing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tricks of the Mind
Oct 6, 2012 • 59 min
The tricks your mind plays on you are up for analysis this week as we explore the science of taste including why noise diminishes food flavour aboard an aeroplane and how much affects your choice of wine. We also speak to a synaesthete who, quite…
Dodging Death: Growing Old in Good Health
Sep 29, 2012 • 59 min
How can we stay sharp as a senior citizen? This week, we explore the different biological approaches to understanding healthy ageing, discover a protein that may prevents age-related nerve degeneration and find out how to preserve cognitive function as we…
What shape web does a spider spin in space?
Sep 22, 2012 • 58 min
Can spiders weave webs in microgravity? Can shampooing cause hair loss? How much brain do we use at once? Can a person survive on raw food alone? This week we’re answering your science questions, plus news of the IgNobel prize for research into…
Silicon Sailors - Robots take to the waves
Sep 15, 2012 • 59 min
Would you set sail with a robotic skipper? This week, the World Robotic Sailing Championships grace the waters of Cardiff Bay, and we meet the teams to find out how this could lead to a sea change in robot science. Plus, we find out how robots are coming…
Is there life under Antarctica?
Sep 8, 2012 • 59 min
Will we find life in a lake trapped under 3 kilometres of ice? How can living above an abandoned mine cut your heating bills? What is the future for diet foods? This week, we bring you the best from the British Science Festival in Aberdeen. We also…
Cybersecurity: how safe are we online?
Sep 1, 2012 • 59 min
How is data sent safely online, and how can we keep prying eyes away? This week we investigate the basis of cybersecurity, ask if chip and pin is safe and talk to a team of hackers who attempt to penetrate websites legitimately. We also reveal the dangers…
The Brain Uncovered: Naked Neuroscience
Aug 28, 2012 • 55 min
How nerve cells make decisions, how genes control behaviour, using light to interrogate neuronal circuits, anxiety attacks, deep brain stimulation to bust addiction, how the immune system can cause psychosis, the genetics of behavioural problems and…
The Hydrogen Economy: Fuelling the Future
Aug 18, 2012 • 34 min
Is hydrogen the fuel of our future? As fossil fuel reserves run out, this week we ask whether hydrogen can fill the energy void? We look at work to harness bacteria to transform everyday waste into biohydrogen, hear how scientists are planning to store…
Do Dogs Understand People?
Aug 11, 2012 • 59 min
What happens if you’re exposed to the vacuum of space? Is using a mobile phone on a flight safe? Which is more contagious - a cough or a sneeze? This week we answer your sticky science questions, such as what makes Jam set? And how does ironing work?…
Curious about Mars…
Aug 6, 2012 • 60 min
Publishing early in recognition of the arrival on the red planet of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover, this week we talk to members of the mission team, revisit some previous successful planetary explorations and hear how UK engineers…
How Science Goes for Gold
Jul 28, 2012 • 59 min
How can science, technology and engineering aid the world’s elite athletes? In this special edition of the Naked Scientists, we discover how physiology, psychology and technology help get us across the finish line. We’ll be exploring the biochemical tests…
How Powered Flight got off the Ground
Jul 21, 2012 • 59 min
From the first flight to supersonic air-travel was achieved in under 50 years. To discover what made it all possible we look at the advances in technology, engineering and materials that were needed, and the social and political pressures that drove the…
Better to blow up an Earth-bound Asteroid?
Jul 14, 2012 • 59 min
Should we blow up objects on a collision course with Earth? Or will they do less damage left intact? More importantly, is there a gene for hating marmite? And what makes copper such a good conductor? How would a caveman cope in modern society? What’s the…
Super Bainite: Super Strong Steel
Jul 7, 2012 • 59 min
Super bainite, a surprisingly-strong steel, is the subject of this week’s Naked Scientists. We discover how it’s made in the metallurgical equivalent of a pizza oven, why it makes the best bearings and how, even when it’s full of holes, it also makes…
An Olympic Effort - Keeping Crowds Safe
Jun 30, 2012 • 59 min
Later this month, the 2012 Olympics kicks off in London. With hundreds of thousands of people expected from overseas, is this the perfect trigger for a pandemic? This week we’re looking at the public health implications of events like London 2012. We…
Exposing Explosives
Jun 23, 2012 • 59 min
Science and technology can catch criminals and tackle terrorism. This week, we’re exploring two ways to sniff out concealed explosives and a new technique to lift fingerprints from surfaces that have been cleaned or burned. In the news, a new way to halt…
Why Do I See Stars when I Stand?
Jun 16, 2012 • 58 min
Why does a head injury, or standing up too quickly, make us see stars? Are slug pellets painful? How do flies fly in an elevator? We take on your science questions this week, and find out why we should let food ferment, what makes batteries get hot and if…
SETI, Aliens and the Origins of Life
Jun 9, 2012 • 59 min
How do we look for life beyond Earth? And how did it first get started down here? To help us take on these big questions, we explore the science of SETI and the chemistry of creating life. Plus, science gets cinematic as we meet the scientific adviser for…
Getting Inside your Genes
Jun 2, 2012 • 29 min
This week, we’re introducing the new Naked Genetics podcast - This time, Kat Arney takes a look at the world of top models - not the kind that won’t get out of bed for less than ten grand, but the model organisms used by researchers all over the world to…
Making a Meal out of Microbes
May 26, 2012 • 59 min
This week we explore the role of microbes in drug development, food production and soil fertility. We investigate how bacteria such as Streptomyces are used and improved to make antibiotics, discover how gut microbes in cattle can be manipulated to…
From PC to Plane - Making New Metals
May 22, 2012 • 59 min
How do you make a new metal? This week, we follow a novel alloy from PC to plane, finding out how computer modelling and design can help us create new metals with exciting new properties. We also discover how these newly-designed metals are forged,…
Cracking Chronic Fatigue
May 12, 2012 • 59 min
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers describe symptoms of severe exhaustion, weakness, muscle pain and fatigue. But why, and what is science revealing about the underlying causes of the condition? We talk to a researcher who is probing the genetic…
Naked in Norway
May 5, 2012 • 57 min
This week we get Naked in Norway as we visit the University of Oslo to reveal the remains of ancient plesiosaurs and investigate their migration into water, discuss a new concept for more efficient solar cells and discover the fatal effects of climate…
Is there such a thing as a “girls’ throw”?
Apr 28, 2012 • 59 min
Does exercise lead to a more muscular heart? Why can an unfit cyclist cycle faster than an olympic runner runs? How do kinetic watches work? We answer your questions in this week’s Naked Scientists Podcast, and find out why so many dead bugs end up on…
Clock This! - The Science of the Circadian Rhythm
Apr 21, 2012 • 59 min
The body clock goes under the Naked Scientists’ spotlight this week. We unpick the mechanisms that enable human cells, plants and even bacteria to track the time of day and alter their activities accordingly, and we hear the evidence that night work makes…
Saving Submariners and Studying Deep Sea Species
Apr 14, 2012 • 59 min
How can we save the occupants of stricken submarines? What species survive in the deepest depths of ocean trenches? Recognising the centenary of the Titanic tragedy, we’re diving deep to meet the Rolls-Royce NATO Submarine Rescue System, we find out about…
Naked Oceans - From Plastics to Poo
Apr 7, 2012 • 22 min
This week we bring you a special look at marine pollution from the Naked Oceans team, going from plastics to poo to explore some of the many ways we pollute the seas. We find out the truth behind the Pacific Garbage Patch, discover how human sewage is…
Why did my Dishcloth Detonate?
Mar 31, 2012 • 59 min
Why does sunlight make me sneeze? What causes air turbulence? Why do energy-saving lights take time to warm up? In this week’s question and answer show we also investigate why microwaving a dishcloth causes it catch fire, whether mining could change the…
Going Nuclear
Mar 24, 2012 • 59 min
This week we’re exploring the future of nuclear energy, including meeting the makers of a new design of nuclear reactor that can consume the fuels that other plants can’t burn. We also delve into ways to unclog pipes inside reactors without the risks of…
Why Viruses Don’t Infect the Same Cell Twice
Mar 17, 2012 • 59 min
Immune-manipulating parasites, bacterial genomes married to disease processes and viruses that bounce off already-infected cells make for an infectious episode of the Naked Scientists this week. Also up for analysis, why the eyes vote no to long space…
Sensors and Sensibility
Mar 10, 2012 • 59 min
Smart sensors can open a window into the environment. In this week’s Naked Scientists Podcast we find out how networks of sensors around Heathrow airport can study how planes alter the atmosphere, and how a similar network can monitor an Oxfordshire…
Wattage from Waste and Watching Our Water
Mar 3, 2012 • 59 min
How can we extract energy from waste? In this week’s Naked Scientists we explore the technology that turns muck into methane and consider the fertile issue of nutrient overload resulting from returning the finished products to farmland. And what about…
Can a Mobile Phone Compromise your Sperm Count?
Feb 25, 2012 • 59 min
What’s the point of earwax? Does WiFi damage the brain? Can a mobile phone in a trouser pocket dent a man’s fertility? In this week’s science Q and A show we also brush up on how they get the stripes in toothpaste, discover whether dropped food follows…
ZAP! Lasers on trial…
Feb 18, 2012 • 59 min
A new liquid crystal laser that can dial-up any wavelength of light you need, a laser-powered projector technology that turns any surface into a touch-screen, and a laser that fires salvoes of X-rays to make light work of unlocking the molecular fabric of…
Reclaiming Wasted Watts - Thermoelectric Generators
Feb 11, 2012 • 60 min
Over two-thirds of the energy in the fuel you put into your car is wasted, most of it in the form of heat that exits along the exhaust pipe. The same is true of large-scale power stations, which are only 50% efficient at best. But now researchers are…
Do Diet Foods Make You Fat?
Feb 4, 2012 • 60 min
Could diet foods be making you fatter? How do we learn to like the foods we eat? This week, we indulge in the science of appetite, diet and diabetes. We’ll find out how our early experiences of food can alter our diets for life, and ask if low calorie…
Are any viruses good for you?
Jan 28, 2012 • 59 min
Has all the air in the world been breathed before? Are any viruses beneficial to health? Can naked farts transmit diseases? You set the agenda in this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show in which we also discover how Inuit cope without fruit and…
Vitamin D: Shedding light on diabetes, MS and cancer
Jan 21, 2012 • 59 min
Could a ray of sunshine hold the key to preventing MS, diabetes and even bowel cancer? Vitamin D - made naturally in skin exposed to strong sunlight - appears to reduce the risk of developing these, and a rash of other diseases. We examine the evidence to…
Mind Meets Machine
Jan 14, 2012 • 61 min
Where do you stand on becoming part person, part machine? This week we hook up with three pioneers in the field of cybernetics including walking cyborg Kevin Warwick, who volunteered his own nervous system to test out a new way to connect up with the…
What’s Inside Your Nappy?
Jan 7, 2012 • 62 min
Do stars form outside galaxies? What causes ringing in the ears? How fast does force propagate? Why do spectacles still work when worn backwards? Is the expanding universe tearing galaxies apart? And is any new water being created on Earth? Plus, news of…
What Colour is a Dead Chameleon?
Dec 17, 2011 • 67 min
Are candles environmentally unfriendly? Why does tinfoil touching a filling set my teeth on edge? What colour does a dead chameleon go? Does antiperspirant deodorant make you sweat more elsewhere? Could we tether the moon on a string to stop it escaping?…
Monitoring Moods with Mobiles
Dec 10, 2011 • 58 min
Can new technologies probe human thoughts and feelings without us even realising? This week we talk to a researcher who’s using mobile phones to tap into peoples’ emotions to provide new insights into human behaviour and even spot the triggers that might…
Underwater Archaeology and Underwater Welding
Dec 3, 2011 • 59 min
How do archaeologists locate, conserve and recover historical treasures from old shipwrecks? What is erosion revealing on the foreshores of the River Thames? And how do you weld up an oil or gas pipeline one kilometre underwater? This week we’re looking…
Imaging the Invisible
Nov 26, 2011 • 59 min
This week, how immune cells can be caught on camera as they exit blood vessels, a new design of lensless microscope and one that sees cells in 3D, how sound and heat can be used to find faults in materials and how something as small as an atom can be seen…
Is Technology Altering Your Brain?
Nov 19, 2011 • 58 min
Is modern technology changing your brain? How fast does flu fly? Can you build a lightsaber? Your questions are the stars on the Naked Scientists this week, as we discuss the implications of faster-than-light travel, the risks of skydiving through a…
Flu Vaccines from Tobacco?
Nov 12, 2011 • 58 min
In a show not to be sneezed at, we look at the evidence that coughs and sneezes are linked to heart attacks. We also probe the Flu Survey, a new citizen science initiative to gather data on the incidence of influenza-like illnesses in the European…
NCRI Cancer Conference
Nov 5, 2011 • 56 min
This week Kat Arney joins us live from the National Cancer Research Institute’s conference in Liverpool. We find out how mistakes in cell signalling can cause cancers and why DNA repair pathways offer targets to treat tumours. Also, we explore the latest…
Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy
Oct 29, 2011 • 65 min
This week’s podcast is live from the British Society for Gene Therapy (BSGT) conference in Brighton, UK. Some of the world’s top gene and stem cell therapists explain how we can manipulate genes to treat a variety of disorders, from cystic fibrosis and…
Why Is Ice Slippery?
Oct 22, 2011 • 61 min
Can moonlight and a magnifying glass be used to start a fire? Why do bananas go brown and does it happen faster in the fridge or the fruitbowl? Why are ice and snow slippery? And how does flyspray work? Alongside your quality science questions in this…
Plant Pests and Plant Pathology
Oct 15, 2011 • 69 min
This week, Plant Pests and Plant Pathology - we find out what happens when plants get ill, how to understand and prevent the spread of plant disease, and how they can call up an insect army to defend them if they’re attacked. We also find out why some…
Outpacing Petrol - Biofuels and Hydrogen
Oct 8, 2011 • 63 min
This week, we’re investigating alternatives to petrol. We’ll board a biofuel powered bus to meet the plant scientists who are using algae to make biodiesel. We’ll find out how to turn household waste into hydrogen, and meet the brains behind Bristol’s…
Would a Siphon Work in Space?
Oct 1, 2011 • 67 min
Could a Siphon be used in orbit? Why do leaves change colour in Autumn? How is immunity passed from mother to baby through breastfeeding? Why do earthquakes happen away from plate boundaries? How do microwaves heat up food? We storm through your questions…
Cheese Making and Cake Baking: The Chemistry of Cookery
Sep 24, 2011 • 70 min
We’ve whipped up an appetising take on the science of food and cooking for you this week. With a main course of cookery in the kitchen served up by a cake-baking physicist followed by a microbiological look at the cheese board and then the bacterial basis…
Chilling Out - The Science of Cryogenics
Sep 19, 2011 • 63 min
This week, we’re chilling out in the world of cryogenics, the science of the super-cold. We’ll find out what happens to living tissue when it freezes, and how we can use low temperatures to keep organs, and maybe even one day whole bodies, in suspended…
Supercomputers & Super Computing
Sep 10, 2011 • 57 min
This week, we seek the science of supercomputers! We find out how they work, and how they can answer some of the biggest questions in science. We also hear about the World Community Grid, which offers scientists computer time donated by volunteers…
Australopithecus Sediba Special
Sep 7, 2011 • 37 min
Reader in evolution at Wits University, Lee Berger, made a life-changing discovery when he uncovered the remains of a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, in South Africa. Here, Chris Smith gets to meet the newest addition to the human family…
Why do some animals dump indiscriminately?
Sep 3, 2011 • 66 min
Why do some animals poo wherever the fancy takes them, whilst others are more fussy about the locations of their lavatory actions? What triggers pins and needles? How do some fish survive in both fresh and saltwater? And how are new nerve cells born in…
Science in Scotland
Aug 30, 2011 • 58 min
This week, Chris explores some of the cutting edge research taking place in Aberdeen. We meet a scientist making new cannabis-like chemicals that lack the side effects of the real thing, talk to a man exploring the deepest part of the Pacific - 7 miles…
Do planes trigger rains?
Aug 20, 2011 • 62 min
The rain in Spain falls mainly on the “plane”. Or so the saying goes, but new research has confirmed that aeroplanes do cause clouds to dump their contents prematurely, often around airports, and in this week’s show we explore this weather-altering effect…
Chemistry By Design
Aug 13, 2011 • 55 min
Are designer molecules poised to take us into a new chemical dimension? This week, we explore how, long before the bunsen burner gets lit, computer aided chemistry can enable us to create in silico imaginary new molecules, reactions and designer…
Do bubbles help washing up?
Aug 6, 2011 • 54 min
Do bubbles help or hinder when doing the dishes? Can we find evidence of material from Earth on the Moon? Can camera lenses cause fires? And is fluoride in drinking water safe? In this Question and Answer show, we tackle your science queries, finding out…
The Year in Ocean Science
Jul 30, 2011 • 58 min
This week, we take a dive beneath the waves to look back at the last year in Ocean science. We call in on deep sea microbes, spawning corals and even a seahorse surgery. Plus we hear how the Census of Marine Life all got started and find out about some…
The Year in Astronomy
Jul 23, 2011 • 59 min
This week, we look back over the last few months of space science. We’ll hear how scientists search for planets in the glare of their parent star, why a simulated mission to Mars will help us to understand how astronauts will cope with isolation, and the…
Digging up the Year in Archaeology
Jul 16, 2011 • 59 min
This week we take a look back at a year’s-worth of Naked Archaeology including a dig through some Pomepiian poo for clues about the Pompeiian lifestyle, the art of spear throwing with an atlatl and exposing the most recent neanderthals of the Caucasus.…
Bouncing Bombs and Blacksmiths
Jul 9, 2011 • 59 min
This week, we bring you the best bits of technology from the world of engineering including a guiding light into the workings of a retroreflector, the dual life of bi-stable structures, and a new way to harness energy from our rivers. Plus, we unearth the…
Pushing Back the Pain Barrier
Jun 25, 2011 • 61 min
This week, we explore the problem of persistent pain. We find out how chronic pain is currently treated, and look to our DNA for the genetic clues that could lead to future painkillers. In the news, a new TB vaccination that stands out on it’s own, how…
Coal Gasification and Carbon Capture
Jun 18, 2011 • 55 min
This week, we find out how to get useful gas from useless coal, and make money from waste carbon dioxide! Underground coal gasification could allow us to access huge amounts of energy in inaccessible coal seams. We find out how it works as well as…
Passengers in a Bacterial Body
Jun 11, 2011 • 62 min
The good side of microbes goes under the microscope this week as we explore how the 100 trillion bacteria that thrive on us and in us, and even outnumber our own cells ten times over, work with the body to maintain good health. We also hear from the Nobel…
Do My Eyes have Anti-Shake Vision?
Jun 4, 2011 • 63 min
What would we see at the edge of the universe? Are there long term health effects of eating spicy food? Why doesn’t diesel need a spark to ignite? It’s another Naked Scientists science question and answer show, where we take on your questions! Find out…
Metallurgy - Metals at the Molecular Scale
May 28, 2011 • 58 min
What happens when a blacksmith meets a metallurgist? This week we explore what’s happening at the molecular scale when the smithy works a piece of iron, we meet the superalloys that survive temperatures way above their melting points inside jet engines,…
Scratch ‘n Sneeze - Science of Allergies
May 21, 2011 • 60 min
This week’s Naked Scientists is not to be sneezed at - we’re looking at the science of allergies! We explore what happens to cause your body to overreact to harmless things, and find out how potentially fatal peanut allergy can be cured. Plus, how a dose…
Wet But Not Wild - Farming Fish
May 16, 2011 • 56 min
We cast our nets wide this week to catch the science of aquaculture or fish farming! We’ll find out how farming marine life can reduce reliance on disappearing wild stocks, and explore the effect on the local environment. Also, how recycled fish poo and…
Should I Lie Down to Tan?
May 7, 2011 • 61 min
Is standing or reclining best for the perfect suntan? Can we see atoms? Why add pennies to Big Ben’s pendulum? It’s a question and answer show so we shoulder your scientific conundra! We’ll find out how web companies keep up with growing data demands,…
Brains, Batteries and Nuclear Fusion
Apr 30, 2011 • 59 min
Computers that can lip-read, a robot that follows your brain waves, prosthetic arms controlled by thinking about fingers that have been amputated, the future of nuclear fusion, Bandaids for batteries, why oral cancer rates are up 200% on 20 years ago and…
Diamond Light Source Special
Apr 23, 2011 • 33 min
For Easter this week, we explore how synchrotron radiation can be used to probe and find answers to a variety of scientific questions as we bring you a special programme of highlights from the Diamond Light Source podcast. We hear how changes to key…
DNA-away Disease: Gene Therapy at Work
Apr 16, 2011 • 55 min
Two pioneers in the field of gene therapy join us to discuss how they’re developing modified viruses to deliver healthy copies of genes to save patients afflicted by lethal genetic diseases. We also hear how energy can be harvested from footsteps and…
Are Dogs Ticklish?
Apr 9, 2011 • 62 min
Do dogs get ticklish? What wakes up mosquitoes at meal times? Do animals use weapons? In this fast-paced Question and Answer show we also focus on the nuclear threat from Fukushima and hear how gut bugs raise the risk of heart disease, why flaps for wind…
Keeping the Conversation Flowing
Apr 2, 2011 • 59 min
This week, we go wireless to explore the science of mobile phones. We hear how new error-correction techniques are promising to put an end to poor quality communications, we meet a new system that lets you borrow the antennae of other nearby phones to…
Life Where the Sun Don’t Shine…
Mar 26, 2011 • 57 min
Life in inaccessible places - including in caves sealed off from the Sun and around deep-sea vents - is the subject of this week’s Naked Scientists. In these intriguing environments, bacteria replace plants as the primary producers, extracting energy from…
Beyond the Universe - Multiverses and More
Mar 19, 2011 • 56 min
This week, we find out what lies beyond the limits of our Universe as we discuss multiverses, higher dimensions, string theory and supersymmetry. We find out how these ideas develop from basic principles and how the LHC can help to confirm, or refute,…
Why did a Laser Make My Nuts Glow?
Mar 12, 2011 • 62 min
Can you electrocute weeds? Why do teeth go wobbly? And which cells last a lifetime? In this bumper edition of the Naked Scientists, we tackle your pressing science questions and find out how the shuttle manoeuvres in space, what makes wounds itch, whether…
Aspirin’s Anniversary
Mar 5, 2011 • 55 min
From anti-ague to anti-Alzheimer’s agent: over the 112 years since it was first trademarked, Aspirin has evolved from popular painkiller to powerful preventative against heart attacks, strokes and even cancer. In this week’s show we trace its history from…
Boosting Your Bones
Feb 26, 2011 • 58 min
Just the bare bones this week as we find out how exercise strengthens the skeleton and how new scanning techniques can help to pick up osteoporosis earlier and inform its management. We also try out a new gadget for measuring the force muscles can apply…
Checking the Atmosphere and Changing the Climate
Feb 19, 2011 • 57 min
We look to the skies in this week’s Naked Scientists show, to uncover ways to monitor and change the chemistry of the atmosphere. We join researchers on board an air-sampling aeroplane to discover how atmospheric chemistry changes once the sun sets, and…
What Makes Mucus Green?
Feb 12, 2011 • 67 min
How do magnets multiply? What keeps an aeroplane in the air? How do wild animals avoid incest? It’s open season on science questions in this week’s Naked Scientists. We’ll find out if oil extraction leaves a cavity, can cranberry juice cut urine infection…
Low Energy, High-Power Processing
Feb 5, 2011 • 56 min
This week we’re getting inside the workings of the next generation of chips that are set to pack a bigger computing-punch but at a fraction of the energy-expenditure of todays’ models: CTO Mike Muller joins us to explain the revolutionary technology that…
Leprosy: The Low Down
Jan 29, 2011 • 54 min
Leprosy goes under the microscope this week as we uncover the origins of one of the oldest known human diseases, recognised this week on World Leprosy Day. A quarter of a million new cases are diagnosed every year, but how is the illness spreading, what…
Analysing Antimatter
Jan 22, 2011 • 55 min
We’re analysing the matter of antimatter this week to find out what is antimatter, how is it made and why’s it so rare in the Universe? We talk to researchers at CERN who are capturing anti-hydrogen so scientists can study it properly for the first time,…
Do Metal Spinal Implants Lure Lightning?
Jan 15, 2011 • 61 min
Does a metal implant turn a person into a living lightning-conductor or radio receiver, is eye-size important, why is frost bad for freezers, where did the first organic molecules come from, what happens to sparkling drinks in space and why does a bump on…
Would you donate your body to science?
Jan 8, 2011 • 58 min
We’re discussing human dissection in this week’s Naked Scientists. Chris visits the dissection room to find out how trainee doctors benefit from dissecting real bodies, and why many medical schools are increasingly turning to alternatives. We’re joined by…
National Pathology Week 2010
Jan 1, 2011 • 49 min
In this special podcast we focus on the highlights of this year’s National Pathology Week. We’ll be going behind closed doors for a tour of the pathology labs at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and we’ll explore the role of veterinary pathologists in…
Back in the Saddle: Getting Paralysed Patients Riding and Rowing
Dec 25, 2010 • 17 min
In this special episode of the Naked Scientists podcast, we explore the world of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), a technology allowing people paralysed from the waist down to row and cycle by using external electrodes to stimulate leg muscles.…
Blowing out Candles Round Corners
Dec 18, 2010 • 57 min
In this festive episode, can you get drunk through your feet, the chemistry of cocktails, twelve marine critters of Christmas, the best food and drink combos to eschew indigestion, does a carbon fibre bike go faster, why are snowflakes different shapes…
Why’s Graphene Great?
Dec 11, 2010 • 59 min
Graphene is the focus of this week’s Naked Scientists, including how it holds the key to the super-flexible touch screen displays of tomorrow, super-light composites and the next generation of computer chips. In the news, a breakthrough in understanding…
Electrifying the Future
Dec 4, 2010 • 61 min
Current breakthroughs in electricity generation and distribution go under the spotlight in this week’s sizzling edition of the Naked Scientists. We talk to the team with the electrical equivalent of cold-storage that can put power “on ice” until it’s…
Why do Men’s Bits Shrink in the Cold?
Nov 27, 2010 • 60 min
How heavy is the Earth? How do snakes digest huge meals? Should I fear falling bullets? We take on these questions and more in this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show! We’ll discuss the ideal hair for head lice, the mechanics of using a straw and…
Smart Pills: Drugs to Boost Brain Power
Nov 20, 2010 • 59 min
IQ-elevating agents that can boost brain power are being used by over 10% of university students. But how do these cognitive-equivalents of anabolic steroids for the brain actually work, what are their effects and are they safe? Moreover, is the advantage…
The Science of Sustainable Shipping
Nov 13, 2010 • 56 min
We set sail to discover the science of sustainable shipping in this week’s Naked Scientists. We visit an enormous wave tank to find out how the sea swell can impact on damaged ships, and look at the problems caused by sulphur-rich shipping fuel. Plus, we…
Cancer - Hallmarks and Hit and Run Viruses
Nov 6, 2010 • 56 min
We catch up with cancer research this week including evidence that cancers subvert stem cells to suppress the immune system and how covert “hit and run” viral infections may be triggering a lot more tumours than we first thought. Also, joining us from the…
Where does Phlegm come from?
Oct 30, 2010 • 59 min
It’s National Pathology Week 2010 and to celebrate the launch we’re joined by pathologist Dr Suzy Lishman to take on your science questions! We’ll find out where phlegm comes from, how petroleum jelly helps healing and the weight of red blood cells…
AIDS to conquering HIV
Oct 23, 2010 • 57 min
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) goes under the microscope this week. We find out how the virus hijacks cells to construct new HIV particles and hear how close scientists are to developing a vaccine to block infection. In the news, we learn how…
The Science of Turbulence
Oct 16, 2010 • 63 min
It’s a bumpy ride on this week’s Naked Scientists, as we explore the science of turbulence. We’ll find out what turbulence is and why it needs some of the most powerful computers in the world to study it. We’ll discover how puffs of water can terminate…
Neuromarketing - The Brain Basis of Buying Behaviour
Oct 9, 2010 • 57 min
How do advertisers get inside your head? This week we explore the field of neuromarketing - how a knowledge of your brain and behaviour can help marketers to manipulate your buying habits. We’ll find out how the brain choses what stimuli to pay attention…
Would an Antimatter Magnet Attract a Normal Matter Magnet?
Oct 2, 2010 • 56 min
Why do you see flashes and patterns when you press your eyeballs? Would an antimatter magnet attract normal matter magnets? What is the hardest human bone to break? We take on your science questions this week, as well as explore the bed of Lake Windermere…
Neuroimaging
Sep 25, 2010 • 59 min
This week we delve deep into the secrets of the brain. We’ll find out how MRIs could be used to read your mind, and how they could help unlock what is going on in the brain of a person suffering from delusions or hallucinations. In the news we’ll hear…
The British Science Festival
Sep 20, 2010 • 64 min
We explore the history of Pi, examine rheumatoid arthritis and seek the science of sleep in this roundup of the British Science Festival. In the news, we hear how to read the history of the solar system on the surface of the moon, and discover a…
What Happens to a Tankful of Fish in Orbit?
Sep 11, 2010 • 58 min
Why are there two high tides a day when there’s only one moon? Would a planet made of glass be transparent? Does dreaming about exercise burn more calories? And what would happen to a tankful of fish launched into Earth’s orbit? To find out, and to hear…
Science Down Under 2010
Sep 4, 2010 • 57 min
This week, we go back down under to explore the latest science from the land of kangaroos, bandicoots and the world’s largest radio telescope - the square kilometer array. Chris goes on a tour of the universe from the comfort of the SciTech Planetarium,…
Diving into Naked Oceans!
Aug 21, 2010 • 58 min
To celebrate the launch of the brand new Naked Oceans podcast, we venture beneath the waves to investigate the impacts of oil spills on the marine environment. We hunt down the hidden world of microbes in the Louisiana wetlands, trace the fingerprint of…
Digging in the Dirt and Looking at the Stars
Aug 14, 2010 • 59 min
This week, we’ve got a roundup of recent news and interviews from the Naked Astronomy and Naked Archaeology Podcasts. Digging into Archaeology, Diana O’Carroll will be looking into Bronze Age burial practices, meeting some of our oldest known walking…
The Tour de France
Aug 7, 2010 • 59 min
The Tour de France is the subject of this week’s summer special as we look into the science and engineering of professional road bikes, training the human physique to endure thousands of kilometres on the saddle and eating the right food to keep you on…
The Science of Glastonbury
Jul 31, 2010 • 59 min
In this Special edition of the Naked Scientists, we explore the science of the Glastonbury Festival. We find out what it takes to turn a farm into a city and back every year, and how to keep clean water flowing in, and waste flowing out, for nearly…
How do Ants Count?
Jul 24, 2010 • 55 min
How do we know that ants count their footsteps? We’ll find out in this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show, as well as ask if rubber soles really protect you from electric shocks, if hair will clean itself when you don’t, and why a layer of shaving…
Going Nuclear
Jul 17, 2010 • 56 min
We go nuclear this week to investigate the future of atomic energy, the issues surrounding nuclear waste management and how a proposed new breed of hybrid fission-fusion reactors might help to boost nuclear fuel efficiency and minimise radioactive waste.…
Lasers in Medicine
Jul 10, 2010 • 58 min
The role of lasers in biomedicine goes under the spotlight this week as we explore the workings of photodynamic cancer therapy, find out how laser tweezers can be used to force-feed bugs to white blood cells and hear how a new technique uses laser-powered…
How do you Weigh a Volcano?
Jul 3, 2010 • 57 min
We explore the explosive science of volcanoes this week! We find out what you can learn from drilling into a restless volcano, how gravity is used to “weigh” volcanoes and watch them fill with magma, and we explore the theories behind volcano formation.…
What’s the point of eyebrows?
Jun 29, 2010 • 66 min
Why do we have eyebrows? Can we taste food if we can’t smell it? What’s a cold sore? This week, we take on your science questions, as well as explore the world of social gaming, and find out how much it costs to fly an England flag from your car. We’ll be…
Seriously Small Structures
Jun 19, 2010 • 58 min
Seriously small structures are the focus of this week’s Naked Scientists, as we look at nanostructures and their role in future energy technologies. We’ll find out how nanostructures could enable us to safely store and quickly access hydrogen fuel, and to…
50 years of Lasers
Jun 14, 2010 • 60 min
We celebrate 50 years of Lasers on the Naked Scientists this week, by looking into the history, and future, of laser science. We’ll hear how lasers have revolutionised manufacturing and could be the answer to our clean energy concerns. Also, how lasers…
Creatures in Colonies
Jun 5, 2010 • 56 min
The science of social species goes under the microscope this week. We hear what radio-tagging individual ants is revealing about the way they organise their nests to decide who goes hunting and who stays at home. Meera explores the growth of urban…
Do Bacteria Grow on Bars of Soap?
May 29, 2010 • 67 min
In this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show, we find out if bacteria will grow on a bar of soap, why bird poo is white and whether or not a moon can have its own moon. Also, do sweeteners alter your metabolism and can we re-stock the oceans with…
Transmissible Tumours
May 22, 2010 • 57 min
Cancers you can catch go under the Naked Scientists microscope this week. We find out how a transmissible facial tumour is devastating devil populations in Tasmania and also hear how the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes cancer. Also, Meera looks into…
Synthetic Biology
May 15, 2010 • 56 min
We explore synthetic biology in this Naked Scientists Show, finding out how to learn from, and improve on, the structures and systems we find in nature. We’ll meet the team of students who designed a biological sensor to win the international genetically…
Does Beer Kill Brain Cells?
May 8, 2010 • 62 min
Is there a cure for spots? Why do we cry? Does alcohol really kill brain cells? It’s a Question and Answer Extravaganza on this week’s Naked Scientists! We find out what makes a Chameleon change colour, why birds fly into windows and how a hair can change…
GPS - Where in the World Are We?
May 1, 2010 • 56 min
Where in the world am I? We’re looking at the science of the Global Positioning System, or GPS, this week. We find out how satellites can tell you your location, as well as communicate with the bossy little box that tells you which way to drive. We…
Archaeogenetics - The Past in Our Genes
Apr 25, 2010 • 55 min
We explore the marriage of archaeology and genetics in this week’s Naked Scientists, finding out how modern genetic techniques are helping to reveal more about our past. We ask what archaeogenetics can tell us about human origins and migration as well as…
The National Astronomy Meeting
Apr 17, 2010 • 60 min
We bring you the highlights from the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting. We discover the top priorities for the next generation of space exploration, find out what the echoes of the big bang can tell us about the birth of the universe…
What do worms do in the rain?
Apr 11, 2010 • 54 min
We take on your science questions - If there’s something that’s been puzzling you, on any scientific topic - get them in now! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Can you Steer a Hurricane…?
Mar 28, 2010 • 54 min
Can you steer a hurricane? In this week’s weather-focused Naked Scientists, we find out how aeroplanes are creating clouds, get the low-down on how insurance companies size up storm risks and hear how a hurricane works and whether it’s possible to control…
The Science of Farming
Mar 23, 2010 • 55 min
We dig into the science of farming this week with a look at how agriculture can adapt to a changing climate, how scientists are striving to produce a perfect pea and a new initiative to turn native African fruit trees into the next commercial…
How Do Jellyfish Reproduce?
Mar 15, 2010 • 60 min
How do odour-killing insoles stamp on smelly feet? Do submariners’ ears pop? How do Portuguese Man o’War jellyfish reproduce? We take on your science questions this week as well as hearing the highlights from the Cambridge Science Festival and making a…
The Science of Solar: Photovoltaics
Mar 8, 2010 • 54 min
Shedding some light on new advances in solar technology, this week’s Naked Scientists explores how nanotechnology can boost solar cell efficiency and how flexible photovoltaics can be rolled up - and rolled out - to help power military operations. In…
The Science of Water Security
Mar 1, 2010 • 59 min
We dive into the science of water security in this week’s Naked Scientists. We find out how building a dam alters the local weather, and how simple interventions can help bring safe water and sanitation to the millions that still need it. We find out how…
Winds, Wings, Whale Fins and Wind Power
Feb 23, 2010 • 62 min
How can we make the most of the wind? In this week’s Naked Scientists, we find out how Humpback whales have inspired a new, more efficient design for turbine blades and stall-resistant aeroplane wings and how an inflatable wind generator flies like a kite…
Do animals use toilet paper?
Feb 16, 2010 • 59 min
We investigate the toilet habits of the animal kingdom this week as well as taking a pot shot at which way a dirty golf ball swings in mid air, answering whether warmer waters attract more sharks and if there’s a genetic basis to intelligence. We also get…
Pollution & Plastics
Feb 8, 2010 • 59 min
Could plastics be polluting your body? This week, we hear how hormone-mimicking chemicals leaching from plastics can cause coronaries, strokes and diabetes. Even the plastic mineral water bottle isn’t safe - snails grown in them produce more offspring.…
Augmenting Reality
Feb 1, 2010 • 60 min
The high-tech scanners that can home in on chemicals produced by cancers, how bats and dolphins share genes for echolocation and why barefoot runners have a smoother track record. Also this week, augment your reality: find out how new technologies can add…
Explosive Science!
Jan 25, 2010 • 60 min
On this explosive Naked Scientists, explore the science of explosions, looking at what happens when a landmine explodes and how to study shockwaves. Plus, how to make safer ‘insensitive’ munitions, and the ‘ecology’ of insurgency. Plus, how infected cells…
Does Farting make you Weigh Less?
Jan 19, 2010 • 66 min
Can sea water keep roads frost-free? Why does the LHC need to be so cold? How does antifreeze work and what’s the freezing point of beer? This week we run the risk of frostbite to tackle the coolest science questions as well as warming up in the hot tub…
Listen Here! The Science of Sound and Hearing
Jan 11, 2010 • 59 min
We open our ears to the science of sound and hearing this week with a look at the genetic causes of deafness and how a deaf person’s brain decodes sign language. We also hear how auditory illusions can fool you into hearing things that aren’t there and…
Launching Naked Astronomy
Jan 5, 2010 • 52 min
Thrusting space science into the audio dimension, this week the Naked Scientists unveil a new series for 2010 - Naked Astronomy. Hosted by Ben Valsler together with Cambridge space scientists Carolin Crawford, Andrew Pontzen, Dominic Ford and a host of…
Dissecting Christmas Dinner
Dec 21, 2009 • 55 min
In a festive mood, this week the Naked Scientists meet their meat and dissect Christmas Dinner, but not with a carving knife! We also hear how scientists are able to re-create the acoustics of long-gone churches and cathedrals to appreciate how ancient…
Was Swine ‘Flu Man-Made?
Dec 14, 2009 • 56 min
Where did the 2009 H1N1 swine influenza pandemic come from? This week we hear the evidence that this new ‘flu may have escaped from a laboratory. We also explore rising rates of resistance to the antiviral drug Tamiflu, hear how ‘flu vaccines are made and…
Understanding Hepatitis C
Dec 7, 2009 • 60 min
Join us to explore the virus behind Hepatitis C. We’lle be investigating the causes, prevention and treatment of this often masked but serious disease. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
What if a Meteorite Destroyed the Moon?
Nov 30, 2009 • 66 min
How wide is the universe? What makes steak tough? Why does beetroot give me red urine? These tricky questions get stripped down in this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show. We’ll be hearing about the camouflaged plant that doesn’t need the Sun, a…
Science Down Under
Nov 23, 2009 • 60 min
This week, we head down under to explore the latest Australasian science - we’ll discover the new, state-of-the-art facility where high-tech lasers and cameras breed the best plants; explore a new remedy for wine ruined by bush fires and find out why…
Producing Planets
Nov 17, 2009 • 57 min
On this week’s Naked Scientists, we seek the start of the solar system. We’ll be finding out how clouds of gas and dust can clump and diversify to become stars, asteroids and the planets we know so well. Plus, we find out what happens to sculpt the…
Investigating Infertility
Nov 9, 2009 • 64 min
This week, we investigate infertility and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). We find out how a new high resolution temperature monitor conceived in Cambridge can help couples get pregnant, and explore new ways to improve the success of fertility treatment.…
Where do lost socks go?
Nov 3, 2009 • 65 min
The most distant object ever discovered as well as the events of National Pathology week feature in this week’s show as we take on your science questions! We investigate whysocks go missing in the wash, whether light from the sun is a continuous beam and…
Introducing - The Diamond Light Source Podcast
Oct 29, 2009 • 26 min
This week we’re showcasing a new bimonthly programme strand which we’re making in collaboration with the folks at Diamond, the UK’s Synchrotron Light Source. In this episode, we dig deep into the world of archaeology to learn how scientists at Diamond are…
The Diseased Brain
Oct 27, 2009 • 60 min
We explore the basis of brain diseases on this week’s Naked Scientists. We find out what happens to the brain in Huntington’s disease, discover the genes behind Alzheimers and a potential treatment for autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis or MS.…
High Altitude Adventures
Oct 20, 2009 • 58 min
We reach for the skies on this week’s Naked Scientists, with High Altitude Adventures. We find out how the body reacts to the low oxygen at high altitudes, and join Laura Soul testing the theories on a trek up to Everest base camp. Plus, we find out how…
Why does Water Expand when it Freezes?
Oct 13, 2009 • 66 min
The Nobel prizes feature on the Naked Scientists this week alongside a bumper crop of your science questions! We find out why water expands when it freezes, whether animals have regional accents, and how many rockets you would need to crash into the moon…
Catching Up with Cancer Research
Oct 5, 2009 • 57 min
This week, we catch up with the latest from the front line of cancer research. Kat Arney reports from the National Cancer Research Institute’s annual conference, we find out how proton therapy is promising for targeting tumours and look at the hormones…
Researchers Revealed!
Sep 29, 2009 • 60 min
We bring you the highlights from European Researchers Night 2009, which filled the Great North Museum with explosions, music and laughter. We meet Brainiac’s Jon Tickle to discuss the physics of custard, find out why My Little Ponies belong in a museum…
Life in the Branches
Sep 21, 2009 • 56 min
Join us in a peek at the secret lives of birds. We find out just how a cuckoo convinces others to care for it’s young, and the tragic outcome for the cuckoo chick when the rouse is discovered. We meet the clever corvids, capable of problem solving feats…
Building Bodies and Mending Broken Hearts
Sep 14, 2009 • 57 min
This week we find out about bionic bodies. We discover whether it’s possible to mend a broken heart with stem cells as well as investigate if soft nanobots could soon be delivering drugs around our bodies. We also bring you the highlights from this years…
Can you run faster on the moon?
Sep 7, 2009 • 62 min
This week we’re taking on the questions you’ve waited all summer to find the answers to. We find out whether humans can run faster on the moon than here on Earth, if tea tastes better in china cups, and if talking to plants can help them grow. Plus we…
Diana and Meera’s Best Bits
Aug 30, 2009 • 59 min
Diana and Meera select their favourite bits of Naked Science, including parajetting over the Himalayas, digging up Greek brothels and making the perfect cup of tea scientifically. Plus, Dr Hal blows up an ostrich egg and blasts a ‘barking dog’ down a…
Ben and Dave’s Best Bits
Aug 25, 2009 • 60 min
Ben and Dave select their favourite bits of Naked Science: from taking an MRI of outer space to orange fireballs and chocolate teapots. We explore the boys’ best Naked capers. Plus, we join Dr Hal for a gassy set of explosive experiments. For information…
Helen’s Best Bits
Aug 17, 2009 • 59 min
It’s big, it’s blue, it’s where life began and life certainly wouldn’t be the same without it: yes, that’s right, it’s the sea. This week Helen Scales is taking the show underwater to explore her favourite realm. Among the marine menagerie she’ll be…
Kat’s Best Bits
Aug 11, 2009 • 59 min
This week, Kat Arney has been through the archives and picked out her personal Naked highlights, including making experimental jelly, sneezing at computer screens, stabbing potatoes and Ben dancing (badly) in the studio. She looks back on advances in…
Peeing on an Electric Fence
Aug 4, 2009 • 58 min
What happens if you urinate on an electric fence? We find out the answer to this and some of your other science questions on this week’s Naked Scientists, including why chilli peppers are red, how does squinting help you see further and what’s the best…
Rubbish!
Jul 28, 2009 • 59 min
We dig deep into the science of rubbish, refuse, waste and recycling… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Making Babies - Pregnancy and Fertility
Jul 20, 2009 • 59 min
The latest in the science of fertility, IVF and pregnancy… We find out how pre-implantation tests could improve the success of IVF and how stress during pregnancy affects foetal development. Plus, why knowledge is its own reward, how a jockey’s posture…
The Rap Guide to Evolution - Darwinian Hip Hop
Jul 16, 2009 • 59 min
Award winning Canadian hip hop artist Baba Brinkman brings us his Rap Guide to Evolution, an hour of clever, witty and scientifically accurate rhymes that will have you seeing Darwin from a whole new perspective. Baba explores the history and current…
Here’s Looking at You - the Science of Vision
Jul 14, 2009 • 57 min
We seek the Science of Sight on this week’s Naked Scientists, discovering how deep sea fish use clever bioluminescence and biological mirrors to cope with the darkness of the deep. We hear how our brains choose what sights to pay attention to, and what a…
Why Does Toothpaste Make Food Taste Funny?
Jul 7, 2009 • 58 min
This week, we’re taking on your science brainteasers! We find out why toothpaste ruins other flavours, whether humans have a mating season and why food goes in multicoloured, but comes out brown… Plus, fighting Fido’s fleas with fungus, stressed men take…
Driving into the Future
Jun 30, 2009 • 54 min
This week, we look into new ways of putting a tiger in your tank! We find out how pond life could help make eco-friendly biodiesel and how new types of batteries can power electric cars for further than ever before without running out of juice. Plus, how…
The Future of our Food
Jun 22, 2009 • 60 min
This week we dig into into the science of farming and food production. We find out how transgenic plants can help us dispense with the need for chemical pesticides and how giant greenhouses at the shoreline can be home to super-efficient farms of their…
Your Science Questions
Jun 16, 2009 • 61 min
On this Naked Scientists Question and Answer show, we discover how storms create slow earthquakes and how a local star, betelgeuse, could explode very soon. We also hear of an accurate way to date pottery and explore the physics of helicopter seeds. Plus,…
The Science of Architecture
Jun 9, 2009 • 58 min
This week, we seek the science of Architecture. We find out how rapid prototyping technology could help us print out entire houses, and how natural light and ventilation could cut our energy bills. Plus, giggling gorillas tell us how laughter evolved and…
Bioengineering
Jun 1, 2009 • 54 min
How does nature inspire technology and engineering? We find out how bamboo may make effective wind turbines, and how the material that makes up locust tendons could soon be in your shoes and electronics! For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Getting Under Your Skin
May 26, 2009 • 65 min
Science gets under your skin on this week’s Naked Scientists, where we find out how human skin colour evolved to make the best of our sunlight. We explain why albino people have no skin pigment at all and how to heal wounds without leaving scars. Also,…
Science Questions and Answers
May 19, 2009 • 60 min
We’re open to your questions on the Naked Scientists this week, finding out how photosynthesis works underwater, exploring the sex lives of barnacles and discussing if rockets punch holes in the ozone layer. Plus, a viral cause of hypertension, how bees…
Clean Water and Alien Invasions
May 11, 2009 • 57 min
This week, we’re diving into the science of clean water, finding out why rivers and ponds are essential for wildlife, and how alien invaders are colonising our waterways. Plus, how a diet of glycerol makes yeast live longer, how microbes in mosquitoes can…
Tackling Transport
May 5, 2009 • 58 min
On this week’s Naked Scientists, we explore the engineering and materials science that will give rise to the future of transport! We find out how jet engine parts grown as a single crystal of superalloy will make flights more efficient, and how clever…
Cleaner City Air
Apr 28, 2009 • 57 min
In this week’s atmospheric Naked Scientists, we’re putting the air that we breathe under the microscope. We find out how air quality is monitored, how new technology could help you plan the least polluted walk to work and why seaweed might be responsible…
Questions and Answers
Apr 21, 2009 • 57 min
This week, we find out how a giant parachute could help avoid satellite collisions, why the schizophrenic brain can’t see a popular optical illusion and discover that all octopodes (or octopuses?) are poisonous! Plus, we take on your science questions,…
SciFest Africa
Apr 7, 2009 • 59 min
This special Naked Scientists comes to you from the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa, with some of the highlights of SciFest Africa. Meera goes on safari to find out how the Born Free Foundation re-home mistreated lions while Chris tracks the…
History of Medicine
Mar 29, 2009 • 55 min
This week we hark back to the days before NHS patient records and find out how illnesses in ancient Rome, Victorian London and 17th century Italy were treated. We also explore how the modern history of medicine is being recorded as it happens and how…
Computer Science
Mar 24, 2009 • 59 min
This week, we’ll strip computer science down to it’s components and find out what we should expect to see in the next 5 years. We find out about the thinking behind artificial intelligence, what the future holds for Second Life and how neuroscience can…
The Cambridge Science Festival
Mar 17, 2009 • 58 min
Get festive with the Naked Scientists at the Cambridge Science Festival! We sniff out the sizzling science of our food, explore the workings of a mobile phone and hear the songs of the Cavendish Society for the first time since the 1930s. Plus, insights…
Your Questions and the Science of Sword Swallowing
Mar 10, 2009 • 57 min
We get to the point of cutting edge Naked Science this week, answering your science questions and exploring the science of sword swallowing. We find out how the Amazon rainforest could become a carbon criminal, learn how to predict the extent of an…
Inspired by Science
Mar 3, 2009 • 57 min
This week we’re seeking the science of laughter and music. We’re speaking to comedian Robin Ince about how geneticists and astronomers can inspire stand up comedy, listening to the music of the world’s first online science music festival, and genetically…
The International Year of Astronomy
Feb 24, 2009 • 60 min
On this week’s stellar Naked Scientists we’re staring out into space. We find out how technology developed to see inside your body can give a whole new dimension to pictures of deep space, we celebrate the launch of the International Year of Astronomy and…
The Science of Love
Feb 16, 2009 • 56 min
Happy Valentines Day! We may not be sending you a card, flowers or chocolates, but we love all our listeners. This week’s show is all about the science of love and bonding, we’ll be exploring the molecules that mediate monogamy, finding out how women…
Stripping Down your Questions
Feb 10, 2009 • 57 min
On this weeks snow-bound Naked Scientists, we’re taking on your science questions! We discover the caterpillar that tricks it’s ant hosts into treating it like royalty, find out why fish get lost in acidic seas and why the gravitational pull of tonnes of…
The Science of the Seriously Small
Feb 3, 2009 • 55 min
This week, we’re studying the science of the seriously small - nanotechnology. We’ll find out how tiny, flexible electronics could be implanted under the skin to restore lost sensation, and how tiny protein covered silicon “diving boards” can show us how…
Material, Heal Thyself
Jan 27, 2009 • 55 min
We get Smart on this week’s Naked Scientists with the science of self-healing, self-sensing and self-cleaning materials. We hear how carbon fibre polymers could lead to self-healing spacecraft, why a titanium coating keeps windows clean and kills…
Obesity in your Genes
Jan 20, 2009 • 57 min
Is obesity in your genes? This week we find out how hormones, genetics and even your mother’s diet contribute to your chances of becoming obese and succumbing to obesity-related diseases. We also take a look into the surgical way to lose weight fast -…
New Year, New Naked Science
Jan 13, 2009 • 56 min
Happy New Year! For our first show of 2009, we take on your science questions. We find out how earthworms can get airborne, why people get cramp and why Dr Chris’ hypnic jerk frightens people on the bus. We also listen to the flirtatious duet between two…
Why not “Ask the Naked Scientists?”
Jan 6, 2009 • 28 min
There’s no Naked Scientists show this week, so why not try “Ask the Naked Scientists” - our weekly phone in show with Sue Marchant. This week, we answer qustions like why do we have Adam’s Apples? Do other primates have them? When we find new species are…
Introducing - Naked Archaeology
Dec 30, 2008 • 25 min
There’s no Naked Scientists Show this week, but we’re proud to introduce a new series of podcasts, starring our own Diana O’Carroll: Naked Archaeology This episode features the tale of TB’s earliest victims, the science of archaeology underwater and the…
Merry Naked Christmas!
Dec 22, 2008 • 59 min
We look back on the greatest science news of the year, discuss our top science facts and take on your festive questions in this festive edition of the Naked Scientists. We find out how scientists can recreate a picture as you’re looking at it, just by…
Emerging Diseases
Dec 16, 2008 • 61 min
New and Emerging diseases go under the microscope in this week’s Naked Scientists, as we discover how new diseases arise, cross species barriers and spread throughout the population. We hear about the origins of HIV, the conditions that create hotspots…
The Science of Sight
Dec 9, 2008 • 56 min
The science of sight submits to the scrutiny of the Naked Scientists this week as we look at lens replacement surgery, the genetics of degenerative eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and find out whether gene therapy and stem cells can repair the…
The Naked Scientists in LA
Dec 2, 2008 • 58 min
The Naked Scientists hit Hollywood for a special show all the way from California. We meet the cream of Californian scientists from the University of California at LA and at San Diego to find out why designing ocean-going robots is like giving birth; what…
Would a Helium Balloon Float on the Moon?
Nov 24, 2008 • 55 min
This week we hear how lasers might replace X-rays as a way to see inside the body, we delve into the genetic code of the extinct woolly mammoth and hear about a government competition to exploit the power of the web to help people to find public toilets…
Archaeology
Nov 18, 2008 • 58 min
We dig into the world of archaeology this week to uncover what DNA is revealing about how humans domesticated plants and livestock. We also delve into the story of stonehenge and hear how scientists are using new isotope techniques to find out how it was…
National Pathology Week
Nov 11, 2008 • 56 min
This week’s Pathological programme brings you a glimpse into the world of the pathologist. We attend a real autopsy to discover how a pathologist uncovers a cause of death, and hear how Cambridge scientists have found a new way to stop Multiple Sclerosis…
Should we fill Tyres with Nitrogen?
Nov 3, 2008 • 58 min
It’s been cold in the UK this week! So what better way to spend your time than to stay in the warm and find the answers to all of your nagging science questions… So if you’ve ever wondered how fireworks have so many pretty colours, why a hedgehog will…
The Psychology of Drinking and Dancing
Oct 28, 2008 • 57 min
Disco Psychology - the science of drinking and dancing feature in this week’s Naked Scientists. We find out what your dance moves say about your genes and why drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes makes faces seem more attractive. Also, we discover what…
Fusion - The Real Solar Power
Oct 21, 2008 • 56 min
Nuclear fusion is the power source inside the Sun - so can we copy the physics of the stars to generate energy here on Earth? This week, we find out how nuclear fusion works, and how to mimic a star on Earth… For information regarding your data privacy,…
How Does a One-way Mirror Work?
Oct 14, 2008 • 58 min
New techniques to test for Down’s Syndrome and oesophageal cancer feature in this week’s Naked Scientists, along with the nanotechnology that may let you climb walls like spider man! We also take on your science questions and find out if it’s possible to…
Catching Up with Cancer
Oct 7, 2008 • 58 min
We catch up with the latest on cancer this week including an update from the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Birmingham. We hear how computers are helping doctors to read mammograms, how researchers are re-programming the immune system to…
Young at Heart - Healthy Ageing
Sep 30, 2008 • 57 min
This week, how to live longer and look younger with the science of ageing! We discover how repairing damage to DNA could prevent the diseases associated with old age, and find out how to keep your skin looking younger for longer. Also, doing just four…
Superbugs - MRSA and C. diff
Sep 22, 2008 • 56 min
Superbugs and hospital acquired infections go under the microscope on this weeks Naked Scientists. We find out why Clostridium difficile has become such a problem, how to keep bacteria away from surfaces and see if there’s a vaccine for MRSA on the…
Why do we Stop Noticing Smells?
Sep 15, 2008 • 57 min
There’s a bulging mailbag of science questions for the Naked Scientists this week, as we find out why we stop smelling smells, whether we can use viruses to kill cancer and why crisp and sweet packets make so much noise? Also, how unmanned spy-planes can…
The Large Hadron Collider
Sep 8, 2008 • 56 min
The biggest science experiment in the world - The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, will start on September 10th. So this week we peer inside a proton and discover how the LHC works to help scientists in the search for antimatter and the elusive ‘Higgs…
The Science of the Sea
Sep 2, 2008 • 58 min
Before Chris and Co get back for the start of the new series, Ben and Diana dive deep into the science of the sea. We find out why cold water corals can act as a climate calendar, how fish feminised by human female hormones have a surprising effect on the…
The Sounds of Science
Aug 18, 2008 • 58 min
The hunt for Bigfoot, how a beer or two can boost attractiveness and the brain basis of imagination go under the lens this week when Ben and Diana also meet the chemist-turned-rapper behind the contraceptive pill and the “Superheroes of Science” a concept…
The Final Frontier
Aug 12, 2008 • 57 min
Diana and Ben take the bridge this week for a journey around the world and out into space, with a selection of the best science from the Naked Scientists worldwide travels. We find out how planets form from stardust in just tens on millions of years, and…
A Punt down the Cam
Aug 4, 2008 • 59 min
Science on the River - A Punt Down the Cam. The river Cam runs through Cambridge, past the colleges that have been home to influential scientists for hundreds of years. This week, we drift down the river, picking up key scientists as we go. We discover…
Can you Flavour Breast Milk?
Jul 29, 2008 • 57 min
It’s an Extravaganza of Questions and Answers on the Naked Scientists this week as we take on your questions, including whether dogs can sniff out a seizure, what is fire made of, and how do glow in the dark objects work? Also, we hear what an artificial…
Discovering Drugs
Jul 22, 2008 • 55 min
Drug Discovery: On this week’s Naked Scientists, drug development goes under the microscope as we explore two new ways to find the treatments of tomorrow. We find out why size is important when it comes to chemicals that can kill superbugs, and how soil…
Olympic Science
Jul 15, 2008 • 59 min
We’re going for gold on this week’s Olympian Naked Scientists, by discovering the sporty science of performance enhancement. We find out how drugs can help boost an athlete’s performance, and how the testing labs are hot on their heels! We also explore…
Body Clocks and Circadian Rhythms
Jul 7, 2008 • 56 min
Give yourself the time to listen to this week’s Naked Scientists Show, where we find out about the Body Clock! We discover the constant chemical cascade that keeps your clock in check, and how not seeing the sun leads to S.A.D. We probe the plant clock to…
Naked Evolution
Jul 1, 2008 • 54 min
It’s 150 years since Darwin’s theory of Evolution was presented to the Linnean Society, and so we’ve Naturally Selected the Science of Evolution! We find out why scientists have revisited a textbook example of natural selection in action, find out why…
How do Atoms make Colours?
Jun 24, 2008 • 56 min
Mirrors, Magnets and Meteorites make an appearance in this week’s Naked Scientists Question and Answer Show. We find out how the immune system could be convinced to fight skin cancer, how future MRI scans could be in colour, and why easy-clean computer…
Fire and Mud
Jun 17, 2008 • 56 min
Get Red Hot and Dirty with the Naked Scientists as we explore the science of volcanoes. We discover how the heat from hot rocks can be used to work out what gases are emerging, how likely a volcano is to erupt and whether it will go with a bang or a…
The Secrets of Odysseus
Jun 10, 2008 • 56 min
Ancient Greece is on the naked scientists’ menu this week as we travel back in time to 1200 BC to discover how modern science and a 3000 year old poem have solved an ancient riddle. A team of classicists, geologists and archaeologists claim to have found…
Questions and Answers
Jun 3, 2008 • 57 min
Footballs in space, mind-controlled machines and long-lasting bubbles join your questions on this week’s Naked Scientists Question and Answer show. We discover the feminine side of prostate cancer and the robot that can walk up walls, and also hear how a…
Life on Mars
May 27, 2008 • 56 min
Hours before NASA’s phoenix mission was due to land on Mars, the Naked Scientists took our own tour of the Martian landscape. We discuss how looking in valleys could tell us what shaped the Martian surface, and how probing Martian mud could reveal signs…
Your Bacterial Body
May 20, 2008 • 57 min
Come with us on a tour of your body to discover how the bacteria that live on and in you play an important role! Bad breath bacteria, good gut bugs and the ones that escape through the other end all make an appearance, as we find out how bacteria are…
Repelling Pests - Mosquitoes, Moths and Weeds
May 13, 2008 • 64 min
Using nature’s own tricks, we find out how to avoid mosquito bites, grow more crops and keep the weeds away in this week’s Naked Scientists. We find out why mosquitoes prefer some people to others, and how to use pheromones to turn an insect’s sex-drive…
Clothed Questions, Naked Answers
May 6, 2008 • 56 min
Black holes, bright birds and ice evaporating in the freezer all come under scrutiny in this week’s Naked Science Question and Answer Show. We also find out why space is so cold, what happens when a neutron star collapses and where houseflies buzz off to…
Diamonds and Gemstones
Apr 29, 2008 • 56 min
Stunning sapphires, dazzling diamonds and red rubies abound in this week’s sparkling edition of the Naked Scientists in which we find out how gemstones are formed, what makes them so beautiful and why they’re so rare. We also reveal the tricks used by…
Houses of the Future
Apr 22, 2008 • 56 min
Sustainable Solar power in Sydney, home-generated electricity and green-housing developments go under the microscope this week as we explore the science of sustainable living. Meanwhile Dave goes for gold in water recycling by purifying and drinking water…
The Science of the Sun
Apr 15, 2008 • 57 min
Solar Flares and the Sun’s influence on our climate are the burning issues of this week’s show. We discover an explosion on the Sun so large that it cut global communications all over the world and rendered compasses useless. Also, we’ll be looking at the…
Q&A and the Edinburgh Science Festival
Apr 8, 2008 • 56 min
Can cold water cause weight loss, is my mother-in-law turning into a reptile and why doesn’t a mobile phone interfere with itself are all answered in this week’s Naked Science Question and Answer Extravaganza. We also find out about a new way to keep…
TB and Magnetic Bacteria
Mar 31, 2008 • 59 min
This week we visit the Historic city of Edinburgh to put Scottish science under the microscope! We discover the incredible magnetic bacteria and find out how their bio-nano-magnets could help treat cancer. We find out how satellite images can help predict…
The Cambridge Science Festival
Mar 18, 2008 • 59 min
This week, we catch up with the action from this year’s Cambridge Science Festival. We find out what you could learn from a plasticine brain and how your next holiday could be literally out-of-this-world! We explore the science of Dr who’s Sonic…
Naked Science Q&A Show
Mar 11, 2008 • 59 min
On this week’s Naked Scientists, we tackle your questions. We find out what creates a ‘Moonbow’, how much water there was on Earth over one million years ago and what happens to milk in the freezer. Also, how butterflies could remember what caterpillars…
Science of Music
Mar 3, 2008 • 59 min
This week we’re exploring the science of sound and music. We sound out the human voice, hear why we all talk differently, and probe the origins of accents and the means by which impersonators mimic their victims. Also, we discover how a tune can act like…
Virtual Life
Feb 25, 2008 • 56 min
This week the Naked Scientists go virtual! We’ll be hearing how a new computer system can accurately gauge your age from a mugshot, we come face to face with the painting fool, a computer that can read - and then paint - your emotions, and we find out…
Boston T-ransplant Party
Feb 19, 2008 • 55 min
On this weeks Pan-Continental Naked Scientists we bring you the latest science news from the AAAS conference in Boston. We hear about why cholesterol-lowering drugs are good for us but bad for bacteria, see the map that shows mankind’s effect on the…
Naked Science Q&A Show
Feb 11, 2008 • 56 min
This week on the Naked Scientists we discover novel drugs in carnivorous plants, genes pointing to prostate cancer and a way to capture waste wattage whilst walking. We hear about the future of 3D TV, the bio fuel carbon debt and how Pirate Bay could be…
Wet and Wild
Feb 4, 2008 • 59 min
Get Wet and Wild with the Naked Scientists! We don our wellies and wade into the science of wetlands, discovering the species you might see and why wetlands are vital for wildlife on land and at sea. We’ll also find out how wetlands protect us from…
Viruses and Vaccines
Jan 28, 2008 • 56 min
In this week’s not-to-be-sniffed-at infectious episode of the naked scientists, we find out the facts of flu, including how the virus hijacks your cells, how new strains of the virus emerge to trigger epidemics and pandemics, and how scientists can combat…
Combating Climate Change
Jan 21, 2008 • 57 min
On this week’s Naked Scientists, We look at ways to tackle the problem of climate change - including capturing carbon at sea, trapping carbon dioxide in coal to release a useful fuel, and a way to turn co2 to stone, with the help of old lava floes! Also,…
Naked Science Q&A Show
Jan 14, 2008 • 56 min
This week, we uncover an ideal anti-freeze for ice-cream, find out how scientists grew a new heart in a dish and hear how four simple lifestyle changes could make you live fourteen years longer. Also, we find out about the technology of the future, the…
Addiction and Dieting
Jan 7, 2008 • 60 min
Hooked on the Naked Scientists? This week we’re looking into the science of addiction, finding out how smoking alters the teenage brain, why a mixture of brain chemistry and psychological habits make drugs hard to kick, and how addiction re-wires the…
Climate Change and more Ask the Naked Scientists
Jan 2, 2008 • 45 min
Happy New Year! We celebrate the arrival of 2008 with a second special edition of our new podcast, Ask The Naked Scientists, followed by a 25 minute round up of the top climate change stories featured on the Naked Scientists over the last 12 months. For…
Ask the Naked Scientists
Dec 26, 2007 • 24 min
Happy Christmas! To keep you entertained while we’re off tucking into Turkey, this week and next we’ve got special editions of a new series of programmes we’re launching in 2008 called Ask The Naked Scientists, our new live interactive science radio…
Naked Science Christmas Party
Dec 17, 2007 • 57 min
Ho Ho Ho! This week on the Naked Scientists we’re celebrating the festive season in style, with a party right here in the studio. From Christmas crackers to Brussels sprouts, we’ll be looking at some of the science behind Christmas. We’ll be learning…
Naked Science Q & A Show
Dec 11, 2007 • 57 min
This week, we take on your science questions, tackling the sticky subject of how glue works, the explosive potential of underground uranium and the problems with performance enhancing-football shirts. We look into gastroenteritis and find out how just one…
Alzheimer’s, the Brain and Memory
Dec 4, 2007 • 61 min
This week we learn about Alzheimer’s disease, how it changes the brain and may be caused by the virus which causes cold sores. We probe your grey matter to find out how memory works, what goes wrong to give us false memories, and the science behind…
Science in South Africa Special
Nov 26, 2007 • 58 min
This week, we bring you the highlights of the Naked Scientists trip to South Africa. We explore what life is like in the poor regions of Johannesburg, and how the frightening reality of HIV and AIDS offers a silver lining in prevention research. Plus, In…
The South Africa Space Special
Nov 19, 2007 • 57 min
This week on the Naked Scientists we cross hemispheres to explore galaxies far far away. Chris presents live from Johannesburg to discuss the South African Large Telescope whilst back in the studio we explore the effects of space travel on the body, the…
Naked Science Q & A Show
Nov 12, 2007 • 58 min
This week on the Naked Scientists we seek solutions to your science questions. From finding the site of the big bang to repairing the retina, mirages on the motorway to fruit fireworks in your microwave. We also find out why staying in bed could help you…
Human Origins and Migration
Nov 5, 2007 • 57 min
This week on the Naked Scientists, we’re probing the origins of man and pursuing the spread of humans around the world. We find out how to date a hobbit, discover how an enormous flood formed the English Channel, and examine the evidence for when ancient…
Stem Cells and Cloning
Oct 30, 2007 • 58 min
This week on the Award Winning Naked Scientists we find out about stem cells and cloning. We discuss the elusive ‘stemness’ that allows cells to specialise, and learn about cloning in the post-Dolly the sheep era. We also find out how genetics has…
Particle Physics Show
Oct 22, 2007 • 57 min
This week, we delve inside atoms to find out what matter is made of, and how smashing them together can tell us about the birth of the universe. We learn about quarks, antimatter and the ‘god particle’ and discover that scientists are actually trying to…
Naked Science Q&A Show
Oct 15, 2007 • 57 min
This week, we’re taking on your science questions. We find out how cockroaches and ants avoid the heat in a microwave oven, how best to protect yourself from lightning and why a light box can save you from a SAD winter. Also, a table decoration inspired,…
Beer & Brewing
Oct 8, 2007 • 58 min
This week, we’re quenching our thirst for knowledge with the science of Beer and Brewing! We learn about how beer is made, why nitrogen is vital for the perfect pint of Guinness and why professors of brewing think they have the best job in the world. We…
Smart Materials
Oct 2, 2007 • 57 min
This week, we’re exploring the science of Smart Materials - we discover a Super-Non-Stick coating that even honey wont stick to and flexible plastic paper with E-Ink that we-writes itself on demand. We learn how potatoes could form the basis of future…
Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Sep 25, 2007 • 58 min
This week, robots have taken over the Naked Scientists! Okay, not really but we are looking into the world of robotics to find robots that can clean your floor, disarm bombs and wage war on our behalf. We find out about ‘Curious George’, a robot that can…
The Best of the BA Festival
Sep 18, 2007 • 57 min
This week we’re bringing you the very best bits from the BA Festival of Science in York. We discover a chewing gum that dissolves in the wash but still keeps your breath fresh, get some good news about cancer and find out why jogging may not be good for…
Naked Science Q&A & the BA Festival
Sep 9, 2007 • 57 min
This week, we look at the latest science news and tackle more of your questions. We uncover the source of the asteroid that finished off the dinosaurs, find out how moray eels eat like aliens, and although we know that breast is best, could nicotine in…
Naked Science Q&A
Sep 4, 2007 • 58 min
This week, Chris and Co are back from their holidays! So they’re tackling their bulging mailbag of your questions. We discuss how scientists have been given the green light to cross human DNA with animal cells all in the name of medicine, eavesdroppers in…
The Best of the Naked Scientists 2
Aug 28, 2007 • 56 min
This week, we look back at more of the very best bits of Naked Science. We find out why scientists are swollen with success after discovering spider venom with Viagra-like properties, We meet a cow that produces skimmed milk straight from the udder, we…
The Best of the Naked Scientists
Aug 21, 2007 • 56 min
This week, we look back at some of the juiciest bits of Naked Science from the last series. We find out how an iPod became an iRod to conduct lightning, discover an electrifying bikini and find out why teenagers feel so misunderstood, not that they’re…
Summer Special Q&A Show
Aug 14, 2007 • 57 min
This week, do diet foods make children fat? Could a space screw save us from catastrophe collisions? Have we seen the last of the Yangtze river dolphin? And should we look to the Simpsons for our science? Writer Al Jean explains that, despite the three…
Venoms and Toxins - Natures Arsenal
Aug 7, 2007 • 60 min
This week, mind reading children, scientists find a new gene in the lung cancer cocktail, and satnav or map-nav - what’s greener? Plus we become biological weapons inspectors and explore nature’s arsenal of venoms, poisons and toxins, including a…
Naked Science Q&A Show
Jul 31, 2007 • 58 min
This week, clean coal technology - how to get the energy from coal without digging it up, why GM goats are helping to combat nerve gas attacks, and how scientists have found the ‘itch’ gene. We also find out why smog causes heart disease, how seafood in…
Extreme Survival Show
Jul 23, 2007 • 61 min
This week, we find out about survival in extreme environments. We find out how free divers descend hundreds of feet underwater without air, how life thrives beneath the ice in Antarctica, how fighter pilots combat G-forces to avoid blackouts, and how the…
Fuels of the Future
Jul 17, 2007 • 59 min
This week, from iPod to iRod as a man’s taste for music turns him into a human lightning conductor, why penguins are picky eaters, and better biopsies - why doctors are attracted to a new magnetic cancer detection system. Also a fuel made from fructose…
The Brain, Epilepsy and Out of Body Experiences
Jul 10, 2007 • 59 min
This week news that men talk as much as women, cosmetics from jellyfish, songbirds “greatest-tits”, a breathtaking asthma breakthrough and a gene-screen for bowel cancer. We also uncover the cause of contagious yawns, probe the brain basis of epilepsy and…
Question and Answer Show
Jul 3, 2007 • 59 min
This week, playing bingo on an inflatable space station, a new way to attack the cause of Alzheimer’s and mending a broken heart with stem cells. Also, using bananas to speed up fruit ripening, leeches out of water and chemical tricks to stop smoking and…
ARMAGEDDON - Super Volcanoes, Meteorites and Earthquakes
Jun 26, 2007 • 57 min
This week a rabies-based Trojan Horse that smuggles drugs across the blood-brain barrier, why first-borns are brighter, progress with Parkinson’s and a lunar telescope more powerful than Hubble. Plus in this week’s ARMAGEDDON-focused show we look at…
Forensic Science Show
Jun 19, 2007 • 57 min
Under the microscope this week, the science of forensics. We find out how scientists have exploded the myth about old aged whales thanks to a piece of shrapnel, about a new rice-based vaccine for cholera, and ‘whey’ to go, how scientists have made edible…
Question and Answer Show
Jun 12, 2007 • 55 min
This week, why some people have green blood, how radiation-hungry fungi will feed astronauts of the future, and how a cider a day keeps the doctor at bay. We discuss corrupt chemists, what happens when galaxies collide, how Beaujolais benefits your breath…
Animal Behaviour - Feathered Einsteins, Mischievious Meerkats and Monkey Vision
Jun 5, 2007 • 57 min
This week, will a hot mint still taste cold? Also how skimmed milk could come straight from the cow in future, and why we walk upright without dragging our knuckles. Nicky Clayton discusses clever birds that use cigarettes to fumigate their feathers, Tim…
Planets and Cosmology
May 28, 2007 • 56 min
This week, Drs Chris and Helen find out how your fingers can reveal whether you’re mathematically minded, and bridge-building ants that quite literally let themselves be walked over. Also, Astronomer Carolin Crawford takes us on a foray into outer space…
Volcanic pollution, the Ozone Hole and the Greenhouse Effect - The Atmosphere Show
May 22, 2007 • 60 min
This week, scientists recreate hair follicles, we uncover a means of making hydrogen in a hurry, hear about a stealthy way to destroy cancer and find out why a dose of herpes could be good for you. Also, John Grattan describes the biggest atmospheric…
Germs, Fungi and Viruses - The Microscopic World
May 15, 2007 • 55 min
This week, Dr Chris and Dr Helen explore the microscopic world, finding out why diarrhoea and projectile vomiting make cruise ships the perfect culture vessel for noroviruses, and asking why fungi are so important for great tasting chocolate. Also, we…
Naked Scientists Question and Answer Show
May 7, 2007 • 55 min
This week Drs Chris, Dave and Phil find out how a venomous spider has got scientists swollen with excitement because it’s bite has Viagra-like properties, how maggots are fighting off MRSA from ulcers, and NASA are testing their next generation telescope…
Migrating Genes, Surnames and Y Chromosomes
May 1, 2007 • 53 min
This week we’re exploring how populations come by their genes including the surprise finding of African DNA in a remote village in Yorkshire. Oxford University’s Bruce Winney explains how studying rural populations in Britain is helping to uncover genes…
Oceans and Marine Conservation
Apr 24, 2007 • 53 min
This week on the Naked Scientists an invitation to come and dive beneath the surface of the sea, to find out what is happening in the world’s oceans. Your guides will be Marine Biologist Dr Annelise Hagan (University of Cambridge) and Ecology and…
New Ideas in Cancer
Apr 16, 2007 • 52 min
This week we look at new developments in the science of cancer with Fiona Watt and Andy Futreal, we will see how new gene technologies could be key to understanding cancer, and knowing the role of stem cells could be essential to find effective cures.…
Heart Disease and Repairing the Damaged Heart
Apr 2, 2007 • 55 min
This week we explore the science of Heart Disease. Dr Niall Campbell joins us to explain what heart attacks are and how theyre treated, Dr Anthony Mathur discusses how stem cells might hold the key to mending a broken heart, and Ben Valsler visits Brian…
The Science of Flight
Mar 26, 2007 • 55 min
This week we explore the science of flight. Dr Graham Taylor from Oxford University talks about the aerodynamics of insect flight and how video camera back-packs allow him to see how eagles fly, and Jenny Goodman describes how future aircraft might be…
National Science and Engineering Week
Mar 19, 2007 • 55 min
Every year the Cambridge Science Festival celebrates some of the best and most exciting science and engineering going on in the UK - and the Naked Scientists were there! Find out about the cool science of ice cream, the microscopic world of microbes, and…
Naked Science Question and Answer
Mar 12, 2007 • 55 min
Contaminated petrol, astronauts in danger of lung diseases, a new way to put the brakes on car accident rates, gas sensors made from silicon replicas of marine algae and how pollution is causing droughts, plus a healthy digest of your science questions…
Peruvian Mummies and Animal Domestication
Mar 5, 2007 • 56 min
This week we unwrap the secrets of ancient mummies from Peru with the help of London Universitys Lawrence Owens, find out where domestic animals and pets came from with Keith Dobney from the University of Durham, and in kitchen science Dave explores the…
Parasites and Clean Water Supplies
Feb 26, 2007 • 57 min
Clean water is something that many of us take for granted, but Mark Booth describes how in many parts of the world dirty water can lead to life-threatening disease and parasitic infections. To talk about the current strategies in place to supply clean…
Naked Question and Answer and Venomous Vipers
Feb 19, 2007 • 57 min
Dr Chris and Dr Helen answer all your burning science questions, including why frost can form even when the air temperature is above zero, why hair looks darker when it is wet, why sunlight looks red through your eyelids, and whether cracking your…
Nuclear Power and Radiation in Medicine
Feb 12, 2007 • 53 min
Nuclear energy is always in the news, but how much do you know about nuclear fission and what happens to nuclear waste? To find out how it works, Anna Lacey and Dave Ansell visit Sizewell B power station in Suffolk, and studio guest Ian Farnan discusses…
Science of Pain and Phantom Limbs
Feb 5, 2007 • 55 min
The science of pain is our hot topic this week. David Julius reveals the molecular mechanisms of pain and what a chilli pepper has in common with a tarantula, Geoff Woods describes the genetic mutations that lead to people not feeling pain at all, and to…
Extreme Organisms and Hydrothermal Vents
Jan 29, 2007 • 55 min
This week we take a look at extreme environments and the organisms that live in them. Crispin Little talks about hydrothermal vents and the fastest fossilisation on the planet, Steve Scott explains why mining companies are interested in hydrothermal…
Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Jan 22, 2007 • 53 min
Following this weeks crazy weather we have a look at Climate Change with Eric Wolff from theBritish Antarctic Survey, who will be talking about secrets about the climate locked away in ancient ice, Jon Gibbins from Imperial College tells us about ways we…
Naked Science Question and Answer and the World of Chemistry
Jan 15, 2007 • 53 min
With a new year comes a whole new stack of science questions to challenge Dr Chris, Dr Dave and Dr Kat. This week they explain where the sand in the Sahara comes from, whether mirrors can reflect x-rays, if it is dangerous to live near a phone mast, and…
Red Wine, Caffeine and Bugs in Your Guts
Jan 8, 2007 • 62 min
In the first show of 2007, Drs Chris, Dave and Helen find out why red wine is better for you than white wine or grape juice, and explore the science of healthy living with with London University researcher and author Roger Corder. We also discover the…
Christmas Question and Answer and the Star of Bethlehem
Dec 18, 2006 • 65 min
In the final show of 2006, Chris, Dave and Kat answer all your science questions including why poppadoms curl upwards in the pan, how seedless grapes grow, and if lightning really does strike twice. To celebrate the coming of Christmas, Colin Humphries…
Dark Matter, Northern Lights and Mars in 3D
Dec 11, 2006 • 61 min
Shedding light on the deepest depths of the universe is Gerry Gilmore, who talks about the Big Bang and the mystery of dark matter. We also hear from Peter Muller and Giulio del Zanna about 3-D imaging of the surface of Mars and how solar flares…
Naked Science Question and Answer and Polonium Poisoning
Dec 4, 2006 • 57 min
Dr Chris, Dr Dave and Dr Phil answer all your questions on science, technology and medicine, including why spiders do not run out of silk, what the universe is expanding into, what a flame looks like in space, and what happens when the brain is cut off…
Repairing the Retina and Spinal Cord
Nov 27, 2006 • 55 min
Repairing damage in the nervous system is incredibly challenging, but our guests this week have some promising solutions. Consultant ophthalmologist Robert MacLaren and colleagues at University College London have discovered a way to encourage the growth…
Science in Antarctica
Nov 21, 2006 • 55 min
As winter approaches, we take a trip down south to look at some of the cool research going on in Antarctica. Jane Francis talks about six-foot penguins and a time when Antarctica was warm and ice-free, Kate Hendry describes what it is like to work in…
The Sound of Music
Nov 13, 2006 • 56 min
This week we explore the science of sound including the mathematics of music and the geometry of jazz with mathematicians Tim Gowers, from Cambridge University, and Robin Wilson from the Open University. We also get to the bottom of why helium makes your…
Naked Science Question and Answer and Record Breaking Fireworks
Nov 7, 2006 • 55 min
Why scratch your head at science when Dr Chris, Dr Dave and Dr Kat are here to answer all you questions?! In this weeks question and answer special, we discover why liquid washing tablets don’t dissolve from the inside, why some genetic diseases only…
Superconductivity and Cooling Devices
Oct 31, 2006 • 55 min
This week we take a look at some super cool science, as Tim Jackson describes how superconductors work, what they are, and how superconductors are helping astronomers get a clearer view of the universe. Also on the show, Ed Tarte discusses applications of…
How We Hear, Echolocation and Giant Whoopee Cushions
Oct 27, 2006 • 60 min
Helping us tune into the science of sound this week is Bob Carlyon, who explains how we hear, how we can concentrate on one voice in a noisy room, and what it sounds like to have a cochlea implant. From the hard of hearing to the most finely tuned ears on…
Science of Sight, Eye Diseases and Animal Vision
Oct 17, 2006 • 55 min
Taking a look at the science of sight is consultant ophthalmologist Nick Sarkies, who will discuss eye diseases and how we can treat them, and Ron Douglas provides insight into colour vision and how the world appears though the eyes of animals. Sticking…
How Cancers Form, Cancer Biology and Future Therapies
Oct 12, 2006 • 54 min
Cancer biology goes under the microscope this week, as Gerard Evan talks about the causes of cancer and how cancer spreads around the body. Also on the show, and joining us live from the National Cancer Research Institute Conference, is Fran Balkwill who…
Naked Science Question and Answer and New Horizons
Oct 5, 2006 • 56 min
Answering all your cosmic conundrums this week are Drs Chris, Dave and Phil who discuss why blood is red, the size of the ozone hole, how to make magnets, the best way to get rid of excess mucus, and sticking with the gooey theme, Adam Summers discusses…
Catalysts for Cleaner Environments and Future Energy
Sep 26, 2006 • 57 min
Chemistry and lightning quick reactions are under discussion this week as Emma Schofield explains what a catalyst is, how catalytic converters work and how catalysts can help to clean up the atmosphere, and Fraser Armstrong discusses fuel cells, using…
Peruvian Mummies, Ancient Environments and the Sahara
Sep 22, 2006 • 55 min
Explaining how science can help us dig up the past is Lawrence Owens, who uses teeth and bones to uncover the life and sometimes gruesome death of mummies in Peru and Bolivia, and Harriet Allen describes how the pollen record and layers of lake…
Hot Nectar, Warming Weather and Birds Missing the Spring
Sep 15, 2006 • 59 min
In the hot seat this week is Beverley Glover, who will describe how flowers warm their nectar to entice passing pollinators, real life weatherman John Law discusses weather predictions and how to calculate temperature days in advance, and Marcel Visser…
Naked Science Question and Answer
Sep 2, 2006 • 54 min
The Naked Scientists are back to answer all your burning science questions. Dr Chris, Dave and Helen tackle hot flushes, why spiders love living in our houses, how many stars are in the Milky Way, and why cows in a field always face in the same direction……
Naked Science Question and Answer
Aug 8, 2006 • 57 min
In our last show before the summer, Dr Chris, Dave and Derek answer all your questions on science, technology and medicine including why paintings fade in sunlight, why body hair grows at different rates, whether UV light poses a danger at the disco, how…
Crowd Control, Football Hooligans and Singing Mosquitoes
Jul 31, 2006 • 56 min
I predict a riot… or not. This week we’re joined by crowd control experts Dr Clifford Stott, from Liverpool University, and Dr John Drury, from Sussex University, wholl be discussing why violence kicks off at football matches, how to spot a spat and the…
Exploding Jellyfish, Marine Conservation and Sharks-3D
Jul 24, 2006 • 58 min
Marine biology and conservation specialist Dan Laffoley, from English Nature, and Chris Lynam, from the University of St Andrews join us to dissect the state of the worlds oceans and marine protected areas. From the conservation science institute in…
The Science of the Sun, Sun Tanning, Nuclear Fusion and Fission Power
Jul 17, 2006 • 55 min
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory astrophysicist Chris Davis joins us to shed light on the structure and workings of the sun and the newly-launched STEREO mission, Cambridge University engineer Jeffery Lewins talks nuclear, and Anna Nicolaou asks why do some…
Allergies, the Immune System and Parasites
Jul 11, 2006 • 55 min
In honour of the annual hoards if bleary-eyed hayfever sufferers, we are joined by Carrock Sewell who describes how the immune system works, what causes allergic reactions and how we might be able to cure them, and Mark Booth discusses parasites, how they…
Sex Chromosomes, Genetics and Food Webs
Jul 4, 2006 • 57 min
Breaking things down to the building blocks of life this week is Mark Ross, who discusses the evolution of sex chromosomes, genetics and genomes, Michael Traugott describes a novel way of using genetics to find out who is eating whom in underground food…
Naked Question and Answer and The Life of Benjamin Franklin
Jun 26, 2006 • 57 min
Answering all your questions on science, technology and medicine this week are Drs Chris, Dave and Kat, who will be revealing why spicy foods make you sweat, the highest possible temperature, the cause of labyrinthitis and why tissues turn black after…
Social Insects and Locust-Inspired Car Safety
Jun 19, 2006 • 60 min
Scratching the itch of curiosity this week is William Foster, who will be talking about the evolution of social insects and his quest for social beetles in Thailand, Claire Rind flies in the face of current car safety technologies by using knowledge of…
Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi
Jun 13, 2006 • 55 min
This week we focus on the science of the very small - the microbial world of bacteria, viruses and fungi with Nottingham Universitys Liz Sockett and Cambridge Universitys Stacey Efstathiou and Ali Ashby. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Derek and Sheena explain…
Oil, Fuel Cells and Alternative Energy
Jun 5, 2006 • 56 min
Powering the generators for the show this week is Nicky White who describes how oil is formed, how we find and extract oil and how long oil supplies will last, Lynne Macaskie discusses how fuel cells can be run on hydrogen gas created by bacteria and…
Naked Science Question and Answer and the Science of Happiness - Naked Scientists 06.05.28
May 29, 2006 • 55 min
Answering all your science questions this week are Chris, Kat and Dave, including why some people are so prone to static electric shocks, whether humans will exceed the speed of light, how pain killers know where the pain is, and why cows get sunburnt in…
Music Technology and the Science of Sound
May 22, 2006 • 57 min
Bringing music to our ears this week is Hugh Hunt who discusses the science of sound, how harmonics work and how to play music in a tea cup, Jez Wells describes the frontiers of music technology including recreating the sounds of a long lost cathedral,…
BSE, Cervical Cancer and Toxoplasmosis
May 15, 2006 • 56 min
As the ten-year ban on British beef is lifted, Tony Minson joins us to discuss what causes BSE, how it is spread and why it is such a problem, and with another example of how animal diseases pass to humans is Joanne Webster, who describes the life cycle…
Dinosaurs and Fossils - Jurassic Science set in Stone
May 10, 2006 • 55 min
This week we return to the lost world of the dinosaurs. Cambridge University palaeontologists Leslie Noe and Matt Wilkinson discuss the origins, life and demise of the dinosaurs including how they mastered the power of flight. And are the rules about…
Naked Science Question and Answer
May 1, 2006 • 58 min
Brightening up the darker corners of your science knowledge this week are Chris, Phil and Kat, who look at colour-blindness in dogs, harnessing heat energy from the centre of the Earth, how glow in the dark motorbikes could save lives, and the erasable…
Coral Reefs and Creatures of the Deep Sea
Apr 24, 2006 • 64 min
Delving into the dark depths of science this week is Ron Douglas who describes the fascinating world of deep sea fish, bioluminescence and the sights from a deep sea sub, Jason Hall-Spencer talks about cold water corals and the threats posed by fishermen,…
Forecasting Weather and Climate
Apr 11, 2006 • 60 min
Bringing a ray of sunshine to the studio this week is Alex Hill from the London Met Office, who will be describing how meteorologists predict the weather on a daily basis, Tim Palmer reveals how understanding seasonal weather patterns can help scientists…
Brainwashing and the Science of Pain
Apr 4, 2006 • 55 min
Picking apart the inner workings of our brains this week are Irene Tracey, who discusses the neurological origin of pain and how we can reduce pain, Philip Shaw reveals why having a bigger brain does not make you more intelligent, Kathleen Taylor talks…
Naked Science Questions and Answers
Mar 27, 2006 • 56 min
Answering all your burning science, technology and medicine questions this week are Drs Chris, Dave and Phil, who will be looking at why purifying seawater is not the answer to water shortages, how 3D glasses work and whether a man on a meteor would have…
Invasive Species, Conservation and the Last Giant Tortoise
Mar 20, 2006 • 57 min
Conservation and saving species go under the spotlight this week as Henry Nicholls draws attention ot the plight of Lonesome George, the last giant tortoise of his kind, David Aldridge discusses the problem of invasive species and how he is purging…
Body Clocks, Circadian Rhythms and Time
Mar 13, 2006 • 56 min
Time is very much the essence of this weeks show, as Russell Foster discusses the human body clock, where the body clock is and how it gives our bodies a daily rhythm, Karl-Arne Stokkan describes how reindeer body clocks adapt to twenty four hours of…
Recycling, Water Use and Problem Plastic
Mar 7, 2006 • 58 min
The recycling revolution and the whereabouts of our waste are hot topics this week as David Butler describes a new technique for recycling water, Rebecca Weymouth lifts the lid on what happens to our domestic waste, Peter Barham reveals why plastic is so…
The Science of Nanotechnology
Feb 27, 2006 • 58 min
Picking apart some miniature morsels of science this week are David Carey, who provides the big picture on the world of nanotechnology, Donald Fitzmaurice describes how DNA may be used as scaffolding for the next generation of computer chips, we breach…
Chinese Medicine and the Healing Power of Plants
Feb 20, 2006 • 58 min
Unlocking Natures medicine chest are doctors orders this week as Monique Simmonds reveals the research behind old herbal remedies, Tai-Ping Fan describes how Chinese medicine is being used for illnesses from gout to endometriosis, Jack Cuzick talks about…
Science of Seduction, Pheromones and the Food of Love
Feb 13, 2006 • 57 min
Love, seduction and sexual attraction are in the air this week as Peter Brennan woos Chris and Kat with a discussion of pheromones and the science of smell, Charles Wysocki suggests how farmers can love thy neighbour by masking the stench of manure, we…
Your Questions, Infectious Cancer and Louisiana Wetlands
Feb 6, 2006 • 58 min
This week we hand the show over to you, as Chris, Kat and Phil answer all your burning questions on science, technology and medicine. Anne-Maree Pearse joins us to describe the hellish plight of the Tasmanian Devil as it succumbs to an infectious facial…
Meteorites, Satellites and Avoiding Asteroids
Jan 30, 2006 • 57 min
This week we look to the solar system as Ian Sanders discusses where meteorites come from and how we can find them, astronaut Dr Stan Love describes how to avoid Armageddon asteroids, Maggie Aderin talks about satellites that monitor wind speeds, Richard…
Geology of Natural Disasters, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Jan 23, 2006 • 58 min
This week we shake up the world of science as Janet Sumner describes the dynamics of volcanic eruptions and the strutcure of the Earth, Tamsin Mather talks about how the gases from volcanoes affect our atmosphere and environment, Tiziana Rossetto…
Plant Science, Composting and Mosquito Repellents
Jan 16, 2006 • 57 min
This week we go green as Alison Smith discusses how algae get their vitamin B12, Tim Upson reveals the science behind composting, Heather Gorringe and Richard Fishbourne dish the dirt on what worms get up to in your compost heap, and John Pickett talks…
Obesity, Appetite, Exercise and Weight Loss
Jan 9, 2006 • 57 min
With the indulgences of Christmas behind us, Steve ORahilly sheds some light on shedding a few pounds as he discusses the science of appetite, obesity and weight loss, Len Almond describes the role of exercise in losing weight, John ODoherty talks about…
The Coriolis Effect and Christmas Questions for Dr Chris Smith
Dec 20, 2005 • 57 min
This week we put our heads in a spin as listeners across the world test whether it is possible to detect the Coriolis Effect from your bath tub, Karl Kruszelnicki provides the answer to the Coriolis quandry from a bathroom Down Under, Kat Arney interviews…
Animal Communication, Sexual Signalling and Emotions
Dec 12, 2005 • 58 min
This week we learn about animal communication straight from the horses mouth. Dr Gillian Forrester, from the University of Sussex, describes how gorillas use tactile signals to communicate, Dr Katie Slocombe, from the University of St. Andrews, talks…
Forensics, DNA Fingerprinting and Human Origins
Dec 5, 2005 • 57 min
This week we take a foray into forensics, as DI Alan Cook talks about how DNA is used to solve crime, Alec Jeffreys helps us brush up on how DNA fingerprinting works, Tamsin OConnell describes how DNA can help track down human origins, and in Kitchen…
Stars, Cosmology and the Beginning of the Universe
Nov 28, 2005 • 59 min
This week we dive into deep time as cosmologist Mike Hobson explains how we measure the universe, the distance of the nearest galaxy, how scientists calculate the life span of the sun, and the definition of a light year, Chris Voigt describes how he made…
Naked Scientists - 05.11.20 - Genetics, DNA Extraction and the Human Genome Project
Nov 22, 2005 • 55 min
This week we unravel the secrets of DNA as Darren Grafham discusses the importance of sequencing genomes and how the Human Genome Project has improved medicine, Mike Majerus reveals why we look different from worms despite sharing genetic information,…
Parasites, Hookworms and Allergies
Nov 14, 2005 • 58 min
This week Prof. David Pritchard gets to the bottom of why parasites may help to get rid of allergies, Elizabeth Bernays describes how caterpillars acquire a taste for plants containing toxic chemicals when they have parasites, Chris Smith visits…
Fireworks, Explosions and Chemistry
Nov 9, 2005 • 60 min
In this explosions extravaganza, John Emsley and Jacqueline Akhavan describe the chemistry behind the bangs on bonfire night, George Pendle talks about Jack Parsons and the history of rocketry, Mark Schrope comes back down to earth to describe his…
UFOs, Mars and Space Science
Oct 31, 2005 • 57 min
This week we delve into the unexplained as Nick Pope discusses Britains biggest UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest Incident, Anna Lacey visits Rendlesham Forest to talk to Vince Thurkettle and Brenda Butler about their involvement in the Rendlesham…
Social Insects, Biting Bugs and a Potted History of Honey
Oct 24, 2005 • 57 min
This week we get bitten by the bug as Ian Burgess talks about the nasties that nibble us in the night, William Foster discusses social insects and how individuals in colonies communicate, Bee Wilson describes the useful properties of honey, and Megan…
Avian Flu, How Flu Spreads, Anti-Flu Drugs, and how to avoid Influenza
Oct 17, 2005 • 60 min
As the flu season and the threat of avian flu comes closer, Professor John Oxford from the Royal London Hospital discusses what the flu is, where flu comes from and whether drugs and vaccines can prevent human and avian influenza. Professor Pat Troop,…
Stem Cells, Brain Repair and Tricks of Light
Oct 12, 2005 • 58 min
Stretching our grey matter this week is developmental biologist Dr Adrian Pini, who describes how our brain grows, how our brain works, and how it can become damaged, and Dr Huseyin Mehmet, who discusses the potential application of stem cells in…