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22 August 2019: Combating online hate speech, and identifying early fossils
Aug 21 • 24 min
This week, the resilience of internet hate groups, and searching for early life. In this episode: 00:46 Tackling internet hate Researchers have been modelling how hate groups interact online, and have come up with suggestions to combat this activity.…
15 August 2019: Atomic espionage in the Second World War, and exploring the early Universe
Aug 14 • 24 min
This week, spilling nuclear secrets, and a mysterious period in the Universe’s history. In this episode: 00:46 “The most dangerous spy in history” We hear the story of Klaus Fuchs, who gave away the details of building an atomic bomb. Books and Arts: The…
08 August 2019: A mindset for success, and mercury in fish
Aug 7 • 26 min
This week, a mindset to improve school performance, and the complex story of how mercury accumulates in fish. In this episode: 00:46 Growth Mindset How a one hour course could improve academic achievement. Research article: Yeager et al. 11:47 Research…
01 August 2019: The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence
Jul 31 • 20 min
This week, whether the placenta is lacking microbes, and new hardware for artificial intelligence. In this episode: 00:43 Microbe-free placentas? New research suggests that the placenta is sterile. Research article: de Goffau et al.; News and Views: No…
Nature PastCast, July 1942: Secret science in World War 2
Jul 26 • 15 min
This episode was first broadcast in July 2013. This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. During the Second World…
25 July 2019: The history of climate change, and making vaccines mandatory
Jul 24 • 19 min
This week, how the climate has changed throughout history, and why enforcing vaccination should be done with care. In this episode: 00:39 Climate through time Researchers have modelled how climate has changed throughout the past 2000 years. Research…
Backchat July 2019: Breaking news, audience-led journalism and human gene editing
Jul 19 • 26 min
In this episode: 01:01 Breaking News The first image of a black hole took the world by storm, but what was it like reporting such a quickly developing story? News: Black hole pictured for first time — in spectacular detail; Video: The first image of a…
18 July 2019: Quantum logic gates in silicon, and moving on from lab disasters
Jul 17 • 26 min
This week, a new advance in silicon based quantum computing and experiences of how to recover when disaster strikes. In this episode: 00:45 Quantum logic A fast and accurate two-qubit logic gate has been designed in silicon. Research article: Simmons et…
11 July 2019: The moon, past, present, and future
Jul 10 • 13 min
This week, an extended chat about all things lunar with Alex Witze. Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of humans walking on the Moon. Nick Howe catches up with planetary science reporter,…
04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand’s sustainability
Jul 3 • 23 min
This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining. In this episode: 00:47 Predicting properties A word-association algorithm is reading millions of abstracts to discover new properties of…
Nature PastCast, June 1876: Gorillas, man-eating monsters?
Jun 28 • 16 min
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. According to the fables of early explorers, the gorilla was a terrible,…
27 June 2019: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology
Jun 26 • 27 min
This week, how wearing shoes might affect foot sensitivity, and uncovering history with ancient proteins. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20 June 2019: Non-native species, and a blood-inspired robot battery
Jun 19 • 23 min
This week, what makes birds invasive, and a robotic fish powered by a blood-like battery. In this episode: 00:44 How do alien bird species establish themselves? Researchers have been looking at how bird species settle in non-native locations. Research…
13 June 2019: Mighty magnets, and aerosols in the atmosphere
Jun 12 • 24 min
This week, a record-breaking magnetic field, and aerosols’ potential effects on the atmosphere. In this episode: 00:45 Making massive magnets Researchers have created the world’s strongest direct current magnetic field. 08:38 Research Highlights Macaques’…
06 June 2019: Microbes modifying medicine and kickstarting plate tectonics
Jun 5 • 21 min
This week, how gut microbes might be affecting drugs, and a new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics. In this episode: 00:45 Microbes metabolising drugs Researchers are investigating whether the gut microbiota can alter the activity of medicinal…
Nature PastCast May 1983: Discovering the ozone layer hole
May 31 • 15 min
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. The discovery of the ozone hole in the mid-1980s was a shock. Scientists…
30 May 2019: Cold fusion, gender parity in universities, and studying wildfires
May 30 • 16 min
This week, looking back at cold fusion, a ranking of gender balance in universities, and measuring the impact of wildfires. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23 May 2019: Pre-industrial plankton populations, European science, and ancient fungi.
May 22 • 27 min
This week, how climate change has affected plankton, the future of European science, and evidence of an ancient fungus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon’s far side
May 15 • 23 min
This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09 May 2019: Urban vs Rural BMI, and the health of rivers
May 8 • 21 min
This week, body mass increases around the world, and river connections in decline. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02 May 2019: China’s growing science network, and talking brain signals
May 1 • 26 min
This week, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature PastCast April 1953: The other DNA papers
Apr 26 • 14 min
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous…
25 April 2019: Tiny earthquakes, the genetics of height, and how US-China politics is affecting research
Apr 25 • 10 min
This week we’ve got an extended News Chat between presenter Benjamin Thompson and Nature’s European Bureau Chief Nisha Gaind. They discuss a new way to identify tiny earthquakes, new insights into the heritability of height, and how political tensions…
18 April 2019: Reviving brains, lightning, and spring books
Apr 17 • 27 min
This week, restoring function in dead pig brains, spring science books, and the structure of lightning. If you have any questions about the partly-revived brains study, then the reporters at Nature are keen to answer them. You can submit them at the…
Podcast Extra: The first image of a black hole
Apr 11 • 6 min
This week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. In this special News Chat, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi, who was at a press conference in Brussels where the image was announced, tells Benjamin…
11 April 2019: Heart failure and vacuum field fluctuations.
Apr 10 • 23 min
This week, a new mouse model for heart failure and characterising energy fluctuations in empty space. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04 April 2019: MDMA and the malleable mind, and keeping skin young
Apr 3 • 25 min
This week, why MDMA could make social interactions more rewarding, and how your skin keeps itself youthful. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat March 2019: Calls for a research moratorium, and the evolution of science reporting
Mar 29 • 21 min
In this month’s roundtable, our reporters discuss calls to pause heritable genome-editing research, and how science journalism has changed in the past 20 years. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28 March 2019: Human impacts on Mount Kilimanjaro, sex differences in pain, and a crystal-based cooling method
Mar 27 • 29 min
This week, how humans are affecting Kilimanjaro’s ecosystems, differences in pain based on biological sex, and refrigerating with crystals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21 March 2019: Antibiotics in orchards, and rethinking statistical significance
Mar 20 • 25 min
This week, a plan to spray antibiotics onto orange trees, and is it time to retire statistical significance? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Pastcast March 1918: The eclipse expedition to put Einstein to the test
Mar 15 • 16 min
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments in the history of science. As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington…
14 March 2019: Ebola in DRC, a new HIV treatment, and the proposed US budget.
Mar 14 • 11 min
Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’ve got an extended News Chat between Benjamin Thompson and Amy Maxmen. They discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, an injectable treatment for HIV, and how the proposed US 2020 budget…
07 March 2019: Coastal carbon-sinks, mobile health, and Mileva Marić
Mar 6 • 27 min
This week, wetlands’ ability to store carbon, mobile health, and the story of Mileva Marić. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28 February 2019: Cuckoo parasitism, topological materials, and cannabinoids in yeast.
Feb 27 • 31 min
This week, the parenting strategies of a tropical cuckoo, increasing the number of topological materials, and growing cannabinoids in yeast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21 February 2019: Mouse cell atlases and cataloguing viruses
Feb 20 • 25 min
This week, mapping every cell in a mouse embryo and the benefits of cataloguing all the viruses on Earth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14 February 2019: Atherosclerosis and disruptive science
Feb 13 • 23 min
This week, the links between atherosclerosis and sleep-deprivation, and how team size affects research outputs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07 February 2019: Massive chemical libraries, and CRISPR-CasX
Feb 6 • 24 min
This week, virtual drug discovery, and a new addition to the CRISPR toolkit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31 January 2019: Women of the periodic table, and harvesting energy from Wi-Fi
Jan 30 • 21 min
This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24 January 2019: Economic downturns and black holes
Jan 23 • 23 min
This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17 January 2019: RNA splicing in yeast, and a walking fossil
Jan 16 • 23 min
This week, investigating introns’ roles, and reanimating a fossil. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Podcast Extra: The search for a rare disease treatment
Jan 11 • 10 min
Nick Sireau’s sons have a rare genetic disease called alkaptonuria, which can lead to body tissues becoming brittle, causing life long health issues. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh speaks to Nick and to the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath about…
10 January 2019: Fast Radio Bursts and new year future gazing
Jan 9 • 20 min
This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what’s in store for science in 2019. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26 December 2018: Our reporters’ top picks of 2018
Dec 26, 2018 • 23 min
In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018, and explain why they enjoyed making it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20 December 2018: Quantum physics adds a twist, and festive fun
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
The Nature Podcast’s 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Podcast Extra: Evidence of a ‘transmissible’ Alzheimer’s protein
Dec 13, 2018 • 9 min
New research suggests that a key protein involved in the neurodegenerative disease can be transferred between brains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13 December 2018: The art of performing science, and chiral chemistry
Dec 12, 2018 • 24 min
This week, ‘performing’ experiments, and making mirrored molecules. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06 December 2018: Heart xenotransplants and phage fighting
Dec 5, 2018 • 24 min
This week, improving heart xenotransplants, and soil bacteria versus phages. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29 November 2018: Atomic clock accuracy and wind farm worries
Nov 28, 2018 • 24 min
This week, measuring gravity’s strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms’ wakes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22 November 2018: An ion-drive aeroplane, and DNA rearrangement.
Nov 21, 2018 • 24 min
This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and ‘mosaicism’ in brain cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15 November 2018: Barnard’s Star, and clinical trials
Nov 14, 2018 • 21 min
This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08 November 2018: Designer cells, and a Breakthrough researcher
Nov 7, 2018 • 25 min
This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winner For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01 November 2018: Mood forecasting technology, and where are the WIMPs?
Oct 31, 2018 • 22 min
This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a ‘crisis’ in dark matter research. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18 October 2018: Cannabis horticulture and the Sun’s place in history
Oct 17, 2018 • 23 min
This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants
Oct 10, 2018 • 22 min
This week, what life is like when you’ve just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04 October 2018: Latent HIV, bird personalities and the Hyabusa2 mission
Oct 3, 2018 • 30 min
This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27 September 2018: A wearable biosensor and a mechanical metamaterial.
Sep 26, 2018 • 22 min
This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20 September 2018: Negative emissions and swarms under strain
Sep 19, 2018 • 25 min
This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13 September 2018: The oldest drawing and the energy of data
Sep 12, 2018 • 24 min
This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
6 September 2018: Space junk, and a physicist’s perspective on life
Sep 5, 2018 • 23 min
This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30 August 2018: Gravity’s big G and the evolution of babies
Aug 29, 2018 • 23 min
This week, an early mammal relative’s babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat August 2018: Audio reporting, audience feedback, and Brexit
Aug 24, 2018 • 24 min
In this month’s roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23 August 2018: Quantum computers and labour division in ants
Aug 22, 2018 • 24 min
This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16 August 2018: Bumblebees, opioids, and ocean weather
Aug 15, 2018 • 29 min
This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
8 August 2018: Fox aggression, microbiota and geoengineering
Aug 8, 2018 • 27 min
This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02 August 2018: Zebra finch colour perception, terraforming Mars, and attributing extreme weather
Aug 1, 2018 • 32 min
This week, how a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26 July 2018: Conservation, automata, and pet DNA tests
Jul 25, 2018 • 28 min
This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19 July 2018: DNA scaffolds, climate-altering microbes, and a robot chemist
Jul 18, 2018 • 26 min
This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12 July 2018: Rats, reefs, and career streaks
Jul 11, 2018 • 31 min
This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town’s water crisis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05 July 2018: A DNA computer, the koala genome, and the invisibility of LGBTQ+ researchers
Jul 4, 2018 • 30 min
This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat June 2018: Lab health, email briefings, and CRISPR
Jun 29, 2018 • 19 min
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, and how science stories can affect the stock market. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27 June 2018: Air pollution, sick plants, and stress
Jun 27, 2018 • 29 min
This week, the relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa, stressed brains, and diagnosing sick plants from afar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21 June 2018: Pancreatic cancer, silica cages, and AI bias
Jun 20, 2018 • 27 min
This week, pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14 June 2018: Baobab tree death, zebrafish stem cells, and ice in Antarctica
Jun 13, 2018 • 33 min
This week, the mysterious death of African baobab trees, Antarctica’s past, present, and future, and how zebrafish protect their stem cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07 June 2018: Magnetic animal migration, cold enzymes, and mouse memory
Jun 6, 2018 • 31 min
This week, making enzymes work better in the cold, short-term memory production in mice, and magnetic detection in animals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31 May 2018: Boosting diversity in physics, and life after an asteroid impact
May 30, 2018 • 24 min
This week, boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life’s recovery after a massive asteroid impact. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24 May 2018: Climate costs, cleverer cab journeys, and peering through matter with muons
May 23, 2018 • 31 min
This week, estimating the economic cost of climate change, a new solution to the Minimum Fleet Problem, and the flourishing field of muography. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17 May 2018: Probing the proton, research misconduct, and making sense of mystery genes
May 16, 2018 • 28 min
This week, peering inside the proton, identifying the pitfalls of research misconduct, and identifying what bacterial genes of unknown function actually do. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10 May 2018: AI neuroscience, liquid crystals, and depression in academia
May 9, 2018 • 29 min
This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03 May 2018: Building early embryos, the fear response in mice, and ancient rhino remains
May 2, 2018 • 28 min
This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26 April 2018: Mini brains, and an updated enzyme image
Apr 25, 2018 • 20 min
This week, the ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat April 2018: Sexual harassment, social media, and celebrity scientists
Apr 20, 2018 • 27 min
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19 April 2018: Synchronised shrimp, supernova science, and spring books.
Apr 18, 2018 • 31 min
This week, tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12 April 2018: The power of remote sensing, and watching a neutron star glitch
Apr 11, 2018 • 22 min
This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05 April 2018: Human’s influence on the Mississippi and ‘dirty’ mice
Apr 4, 2018 • 24 min
This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi’s floods, and getting ‘dirty’ mice into the lab. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29 March 2018: AI in chemistry, and liquid droplets in living cells.
Mar 28, 2018 • 22 min
This week, testing a neural network’s chemistry skills, and what the physics of droplets is teaching us about the biology of cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22 March 2018: Mexican cavefish, the gut microbiome, and a wearable brain scanner.
Mar 21, 2018 • 30 min
This week, glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish, the effect of non-antibiotic drugs on gut microbes, and a wearable brain scanner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15 March 2018: Geoengineering Antarctica and increasing NMR’s resolution.
Mar 14, 2018 • 23 min
This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
8 March 2018: Surprising graphene superconductors, and 50 years dreaming of electric sheep.
Mar 7, 2018 • 21 min
This week, graphene’s latest superpower, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
1 March 2018: Brain waves and a fingerprint from the early Universe
Feb 28, 2018 • 31 min
This week, the landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, and brain waves cause a splash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat February 2018: Luck, debate, and the quantum internet
Feb 23, 2018 • 23 min
Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22 February 2018: A focus on adolescence
Feb 21, 2018 • 27 min
This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15 February 2018: Optical clocks, healthy ageing, and fieldwork during pregnancy
Feb 14, 2018 • 27 min
This week, refocusing ageing research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08 February 2018: Tough timber, magpie intelligence, and invasive crayfish
Feb 7, 2018 • 30 min
This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01 February 2018: Stone Age tools in India, and coral reefs in crisis
Jan 31, 2018 • 21 min
This week, reframing humans’ arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25 January 2018: Tiny robots, 3D images, and a honeycomb maze
Jan 24, 2018 • 28 min
This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18 January 2018: Climate sensitivity, and the fetal microbiome
Jan 17, 2018 • 24 min
This week, pinning down the climate’s carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies’ first bacteria. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10 January 2018: Conflict conservation, and the shape of a memory
Jan 10, 2018 • 32 min
This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict’s toll on wildlife. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat December 2017: Trump, physics, and uncited papers
Dec 22, 2017 • 24 min
Backchat’s back, with discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21 December 2017: Earth AI, a news quiz, and sci-fi
Dec 20, 2017 • 37 min
This week, our end of year special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14 December 2017: Volcanoes, viruses & electric eels
Dec 13, 2017 • 30 min
This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
7 December 2017: Exoplanet geology & duck-like dinosaurs
Dec 6, 2017 • 23 min
This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30 November 2017: Unnatural DNA & worm mothers
Nov 29, 2017 • 23 min
This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23 November 2017: Sleep deprivation & radioactive lightning
Nov 22, 2017 • 25 min
This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn’t, and the science of sleep deprivation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16 November 2017: Ancient inequality & bacterial communication
Nov 15, 2017 • 23 min
This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
9 November 2017: Axolotls & treating a genetic skin condition
Nov 8, 2017 • 22 min
This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2 November 2017: Evolving verbs & Earth’s microbiome
Nov 1, 2017 • 25 min
This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth’s microbiome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26 October 2017: Undead cells & Antarctic instability
Oct 25, 2017 • 29 min
This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19 October 2017: Neutron star gravitational waves & the future of work
Oct 19, 2017 • 22 min
This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12 October 2017: A dwarf planet & DNA sequencing
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
This week, a dwarf planet with a ring, 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing, and the grieving families contributing to a huge genetics projects. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: 500th show compilation
Oct 6, 2017 • 60 min
To celebrate our 500th episode, the Nature Podcast asked 8 presenters – past and present – to recommend their favourite contributions to the show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 5 October 2017
Oct 4, 2017 • 39 min
This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 21 September 2017
Sep 20, 2017 • 23 min
This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 September 2017
Sep 13, 2017 • 22 min
This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia’s glaciers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 7 September 2017
Sep 6, 2017 • 27 min
Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 August 2017
Aug 23, 2017 • 24 min
The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 17 August 2017
Aug 16, 2017 • 27 min
This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star’s mystery, and the algal boom. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 10 August 2017
Aug 11, 2017 • 28 min
This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 August 2017
Aug 2, 2017 • 31 min
This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 27 July 2017
Jul 26, 2017 • 31 min
This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain’s control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 20 July 2017
Jul 19, 2017 • 29 min
This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 13 July 2017
Jul 12, 2017 • 29 min
This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 6 July 2017
Jul 5, 2017 • 27 min
This week, a new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grand Challenges: Energy
Jul 3, 2017 • 25 min
To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges of transitioning to low carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode in…
Extra: The grey zone
Jun 30, 2017 • 17 min
Sometimes people can become trapped in the grey zone between conscious and unconscious states. Kerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Backchat: June 2017
Jun 16, 2017 • 23 min
Our reporters and editors respond to the UK election. Plus, the tangled taxonomy of our species, and why physicists love to hate the standard model. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
Jun 14, 2017 • 29 min
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
Jun 14, 2017 • 29 min
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 8 June 2017
Jun 7, 2017 • 30 min
This week, early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grand Challenges: Food security
Jun 5, 2017 • 24 min
Millions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food, in a world of evolving technology, global markets and a changing climate. This is episode 3 of 4 in the Grand Challenges podcast…
Nature Podcast: 1 June 2017
May 31, 2017 • 30 min
This week, ‘sticky’ RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and ‘intelligent crowd’ peer review. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures May 2017
May 31, 2017 • 7 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ‘Life, hacked’ by Krystal Claxton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat: May 2017
May 26, 2017 • 23 min
This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and… religion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 25 May 2017
May 24, 2017 • 27 min
This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 18 May 2017
May 18, 2017 • 29 min
This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 11 May 2017
May 10, 2017 • 29 min
This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 4 May 2017
May 3, 2017 • 28 min
This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grand Challenges: Ageing
May 1, 2017 • 29 min
Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready for it - as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can live healthily…
Nature Extra: Futures April 2017
Apr 28, 2017 • 7 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, ‘Cold comforts’ by Graham Robert Scott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 27 April 2017
Apr 26, 2017 • 30 min
This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe’s first ‘baby picture’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat: April 2017
Apr 21, 2017 • 23 min
Science fans everywhere will take to the streets this weekend in the March for Science. Plus, biases in artificial intelligence and how scientific papers are getting harder to read. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 13 April 2017
Apr 12, 2017 • 28 min
This week, politician scientists, human genetic ‘knockouts’ and East Antarctica’s instability. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 6 April 2017
Apr 5, 2017 • 29 min
This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grand Challenges: Mental Health
Apr 3, 2017 • 27 min
Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most. For…
Nature Extra: Futures March 2017
Mar 31, 2017 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, ‘Green boughs will cover thee’ by Sarah L Byrne. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 30 March 2017
Mar 29, 2017 • 29 min
This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat: March 2017
Mar 23, 2017 • 23 min
A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain ‘time crystals’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 23 March 2017
Mar 22, 2017 • 28 min
This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 16 March 2017
Mar 15, 2017 • 27 min
This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - March 1918
Mar 10, 2017 • 16 min
As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be…
Nature Podcast: 9 March 2017
Mar 9, 2017 • 30 min
This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 2 March 2017
Mar 1, 2017 • 27 min
This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat: February 2017
Mar 1, 2017 • 21 min
AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures February 2017
Feb 27, 2017 • 4 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, ‘Fermi’s zookeepers’ by David Gullen. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 23 February 2017
Feb 22, 2017 • 28 min
This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017
Feb 15, 2017 • 27 min
This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925
Feb 10, 2017 • 12 min
Paleontologist Raymond Dart had newly arrived in South Africa when he came across a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of an extinct primate – not quite ape and not quite human. The paleontology…
Nature Podcast: 9 February 2017
Feb 8, 2017 • 31 min
This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 2 February 2017
Feb 1, 2017 • 29 min
Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures January 2017
Jan 31, 2017 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, ‘The last robot’ by S. L. Huang. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Backchat: January 2017
Jan 27, 2017 • 22 min
Moonshots, frameworks, catapults – how best to name your science project? Plus, the implications for science of Trump’s first days in office, and the perils of trying to reproduce others’ work. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 26 January 2017
Jan 25, 2017 • 30 min
This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017
Jan 18, 2017 • 30 min
This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896
Jan 13, 2017 • 15 min
Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn’t be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Nature Podcast: 12 January 2017
Jan 11, 2017 • 23 min
This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 22 December 2016
Dec 21, 2016 • 38 min
It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 December 2016
Dec 14, 2016 • 29 min
This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - December 1920
Dec 9, 2016 • 12 min
In the early twentieth century physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Was the world at its smallest scales continuous, or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subject of…
Nature Podcast: 8 December 2016
Dec 7, 2016 • 30 min
This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures November 2016
Dec 1, 2016 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa’ by Troy Stieglitz. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 1 December 2016
Nov 30, 2016 • 25 min
This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 November 2016
Nov 23, 2016 • 28 min
Tracking whale shark DNA in seawater, the human computers behind early astronomy, building materials with a microscope, and a new synchrotron starts up in the Middle East. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: November 2016
Nov 21, 2016 • 20 min
Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016
Nov 16, 2016 • 19 min
This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - November 1869
Nov 11, 2016 • 13 min
The first issue of Nature looked very different from today’s magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience. We hear how Nature began, and how it became the iconic science journal it is today. For information regarding your data…
Nature Podcast: 10 November 2016
Nov 9, 2016 • 31 min
This week, CERN for the brain, modelling the effects of a climate tax on food, a brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys walk, and what Trump’s win might mean for science. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 November 2016
Nov 2, 2016 • 28 min
This week, the earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new film about volcanoes, and are astronomers turning a blind eye to competing theories? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures October 2016
Oct 31, 2016 • 8 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ’The sixth circle’ by J. W. Armstrong. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 27 October 2016
Oct 26, 2016 • 31 min
This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: October 2016
Oct 21, 2016 • 22 min
Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 20 October 2016
Oct 19, 2016 • 28 min
This week, making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, trying to predict the election, and the scientists voting for Trump. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - October 1993
Oct 14, 2016 • 13 min
In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story, and discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth. Originally aired 16/10/2013. For information regarding your data…
Nature Podcast: 13 October 2016
Oct 12, 2016 • 29 min
This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Nobel News
Oct 6, 2016 • 8 min
Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 6 October 2016
Oct 5, 2016 • 23 min
This week, a limit to lifespan, AI’s black box problem, and ageing stem cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: September 2016
Oct 3, 2016 • 24 min
The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you’re in, and getting funding through philanthropy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 29 September 2016
Sep 28, 2016 • 26 min
This week, the chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures September 2016
Sep 22, 2016 • 7 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 22 September 2016
Sep 21, 2016 • 29 min
This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - September 1963
Sep 15, 2016 • 15 min
When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a ‘wild idea’ became plate tectonics, the unifying theory of earth sciences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 15 September 2016
Sep 14, 2016 • 27 min
This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 8 September 2016
Sep 7, 2016 • 35 min
This week, solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 1 September 2016
Aug 31, 2016 • 14 min
This week, famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Futures: August 2016
Aug 30, 2016 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, ‘Interdimensional trade benefits’ by Brian Trent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: August 2016
Aug 24, 2016 • 23 min
A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 25 August 2016
Aug 24, 2016 • 25 min
This week, an Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - August 1975
Aug 23, 2016 • 18 min
Six out of ten of the world’s best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13. For…
Nature Podcast: 18 August 2016
Aug 17, 2016 • 27 min
This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 11 August 2016
Aug 10, 2016 • 25 min
This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 4 August 2016
Aug 3, 2016 • 28 min
This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - July 1942
Aug 1, 2016 • 15 min
Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott’s secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013. For information regarding your…
Nature Extra: Futures July 2016
Jul 29, 2016 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, ‘Revision theory’ by Blaize M. Kaye. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 28 July 2016
Jul 27, 2016 • 26 min
This week, how we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, and using yeast genetics to build better beer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: July 2016
Jul 21, 2016 • 26 min
What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And why are rhinos being airlifted to Australia? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 21 July 2016
Jul 20, 2016 • 28 min
This week, the perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 July 2016
Jul 13, 2016 • 32 min
This week, a special issue on conflict. The psychological toll of war, how to count the dead, and predicting conflict in the 21st century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 7 July 2016
Jul 6, 2016 • 27 min
This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures June 2016
Jul 1, 2016 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, ‘The Memory Ward’ by Wendy Nikel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 30 June 2016
Jun 29, 2016 • 27 min
This week, Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an ‘IPCC’ for social science. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 23 June 2016
Jun 22, 2016 • 27 min
This week, transmissible cancer, organising the hadron menagerie, and the latest gravitational wave result and what physicists want to know next. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Backchat: June 2016
Jun 22, 2016 • 22 min
What could Brexit mean for EU research and researchers? How should reporters cover the US elections when nobody says anything about science? Plus a dramatic and dangerous Antarctic rescue. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 16 June 2016
Jun 15, 2016 • 29 min
This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - June 1876
Jun 10, 2016 • 16 min
In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by ‘gorilla fever’. Were these beasts man’s closest relative in the animal kingdom? Getting a gorilla to Europe was a rare event, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of a young specimen. For information regarding…
Nature Podcast: 9 June 2016
Jun 8, 2016 • 28 min
This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 2 June 2016
Jun 1, 2016 • 30 min
This week, the genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures May 2016
May 27, 2016 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ‘Project Earth is leaving beta’ by J. W. Alden. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 26 May 2016
May 25, 2016 • 29 min
This week, how clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 May 2016
May 18, 2016 • 30 min
This week, treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2016
May 16, 2016 • 25 min
The endless quest to make fusion energy, virtual reality in the lab, and the biggest story of the month: a boat gets given a name. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 12 May 2016
May 11, 2016 • 28 min
This week, the Zika virus and birth defects, colliding quasi-particles, and combatting sprawling networks of spam. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - May 1985
May 9, 2016 • 15 min
Jonathan Shanklin was sifting through a backlog of data when he made the startling discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. In this podcast, he and others recall events in the mid-1980s and discuss how the ‘ozone hole’ became the poster…
Nature Extra: Futures April 2016
May 6, 2016 • 7 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy and Shamini Bundell read you their favourite from April, ‘Choices, in sequential order’ by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 5 May 2016
May 4, 2016 • 27 min
This week, the value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains’ energy demands. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 28 April 2016
Apr 27, 2016 • 28 min
This week, a language map of the brain, listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake, and the Soviet internet that never was. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat April 2016
Apr 26, 2016 • 26 min
The fuss over editing human embryos dies down, the quantum expertise of Canada’s Prime Minister, and what it’s like to report for 24 hours straight. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 21 April 2016
Apr 20, 2016 • 27 min
This week, the psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 April 2016
Apr 13, 2016 • 30 min
This week, a computer game helps build a quantum computer, the brain’s built-in backup, and the history and science of hearing voices. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - April 1953
Apr 8, 2016 • 14 min
Everyone knows that Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. But fewer know that two other papers on DNA were published in the same issue of Nature. Learn more in the first of a new podcast series: the Nature PastCast.…
Nature Podcast: 7 April 2016
Apr 6, 2016 • 28 min
This week, apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures March 2016
Mar 31, 2016 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, ‘Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 31 March 2016
Mar 30, 2016 • 31 min
This week, Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 March 2016
Mar 23, 2016 • 31 min
This week, toggling brain activity with radio waves, how to build stuff that lasts, and making thrillseekers into care-takers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat March 2016
Mar 21, 2016 • 24 min
Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 17 March 2016
Mar 16, 2016 • 31 min
This week, retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 10 March 2016
Mar 9, 2016 • 27 min
This week, the frontiers of CRISPR, chewing raw goat for science, and using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures February 2016
Mar 8, 2016 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck’ by Samantha Murray. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 March 2016
Mar 2, 2016 • 29 min
This week, more fast radio bursts spotted, how do you know where you are when you’re not moving, and listening in on a whale banquet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat February 2016
Feb 25, 2016 • 22 min
A month of manipulation, as we look at a re-run of a famously manipulative psychology study, learn how to manipulate our own brains and minds, and nudge our societies towards better collective action. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 25 February 2016
Feb 24, 2016 • 25 min
This week, a special episode about the future. How can we future-proof our world, or fight our natural bias against planning for the future? And what does the science of today mean for the health of tomorrow? For information regarding your data privacy,…
Nature Podcast: 18 February 2016
Feb 17, 2016 • 27 min
This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Gravitational waves
Feb 12, 2016 • 7 min
Einstein’s prediction was right: gravitational waves do exist. Scientists at the LIGO collaboration reported their discovery yesterday in Washington, DC. Reporters Adam Levy and Alexandra Witze take stock. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Nature Podcast: 11 February 2016
Feb 10, 2016 • 29 min
This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 4 February 2016
Feb 3, 2016 • 30 min
This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures January 2016
Feb 1, 2016 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads ‘Beyond 550 astronomical units’ by Mike Brotherton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat January 2016
Jan 29, 2016 • 30 min
The putative Planet X, gravitational wave rumours and how to report them, and The Selfish Gene 40 years on. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 28 January 2016
Jan 27, 2016 • 22 min
This week, the computer that can play Go, a general ‘ageing’ factor, and the stolen library of John Dee. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 21 January 2016
Jan 20, 2016 • 25 min
This week, a brain sensor that melts away after use, a 10,000 year old murder mystery, and what happens when chickens go wild. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 January 2016
Jan 13, 2016 • 27 min
This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 7 January 2016
Jan 6, 2016 • 21 min
This week, science predictions for 2016, the effect of extreme weather on crops, and a new phase of hydrogen for the new year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Podcast Extra – The Psychology of Star Wars
Dec 21, 2015 • 10 min
What can the world of Star Wars tell us about psychology? Travis Langley explains all in this Podcast Extra, using examples from his new book ‘Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind’. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 17 December 2015
Dec 17, 2015 • 48 min
This week, in our final show of 2015 – we’re wrapping up the highlights of the year, catching up on the climate meeting in Paris, looking forward to psyching out the characters in Star Wars, busting some scientific myths, and playing an evolution-themed…
Nature Podcast: 10 December 2015
Dec 9, 2015 • 25 min
This week, the dwarf planet Ceres gets a close-up, using fetal tissue in science, and the wasting condition that worsens outcomes for cancer patients. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 December 2015
Dec 2, 2015 • 26 min
This week, the origins of mysterious radio bursts, fixing the PhD system, and tracking down the universe’s missing matter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures November 2015
Nov 29, 2015 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from November, ‘One slow step for man’ by S R Algernon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat November 2015
Nov 26, 2015 • 21 min
Einstein’s theory of general relativity turns 100 years old. Will there ever be another theory like it, or another scientist like Einstein? Plus, we discuss International Years as news pegs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 26 November 2015
Nov 25, 2015 • 25 min
This week, super-high-res ultrasound, the amazing world of soils, and five classic books about sustainability. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 November 2015
Nov 18, 2015 • 31 min
This week, a nursery for big baby planets, meddling with taste perception, China’s mega water transfer plan, and the 100th anniversary of general relativity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 12 November 2015
Nov 11, 2015 • 26 min
This week, storms on Twitter over sexism in science, porous liquids, and the long relationship between humans and bees. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures October 2015
Nov 5, 2015 • 0 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ‘Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter’ by Alex Shvartsman. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 5 November 2015
Nov 4, 2015 • 27 min
This week, spontaneously jumping droplets, growing an economy without trashing the environment, and dealing with an onslaught of data as all our gadgets become internet-enabled. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 29 October 2015
Oct 28, 2015 • 26 min
This week, how cancers spread, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder in the brain, and making carbon dioxide useful. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat October 2015
Oct 23, 2015 • 28 min
Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation, reporting on the abstract world of mathematics, and science in fashion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 22 October 2015
Oct 22, 2015 • 28 min
This week, a dying solar system just like ours, the effect of temperature on the economy, and electricity-eating bacteria. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 October 2015
Oct 14, 2015 • 27 min
This week, ancient human teeth found in China, cooperating in climate negotiations, and a humble worm surprises scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures September 2015
Oct 8, 2015 • 4 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 8 October 2015
Oct 7, 2015 • 28 min
This week, an impenetrable mathematical proof, toggling REM sleep on and off, and the latest results from the Rosetta mission. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 1 October 2015
Sep 30, 2015 • 28 min
This week, the future of digital currency; a new lead for antibiotics; and 25 years of cataloguing the human genome. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 September 2015
Sep 23, 2015 • 24 min
This week, looking back at malaria interventions, using private data for research, and how to twist a travelling neutron. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat September 2015
Sep 22, 2015 • 25 min
Promising results from the LHC, reproducing psychology studies, and unpicking interdisciplinarity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 17 September 2015
Sep 16, 2015 • 27 min
This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs, science meets theatre, and getting a global picture of air pollution. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 10 September 2015
Sep 9, 2015 • 22 min
This week, thinking differently about autism, plankton poop in the clouds, and hack-proofing our data. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra - Neurotribes
Sep 9, 2015 • 14 min
Steve Silberman’s new book, Neurotribes, gives a detailed history of autism spectrum disorder. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh hears from Steve about how we, as a society, should embrace those who think differently. For information regarding your data…
Nature Extra: Futures August 2015
Sep 3, 2015 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, The Shoulder of Orion, by Eric Garside For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 September 2015
Sep 2, 2015 • 27 min
This week, weather forecasting, rethinking the water cycle, and a special segment to celebrate the podcast’s 400th episode. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Podcast Extra: The Invention of Science
Aug 26, 2015 • 12 min
In his new book, historian David Wootton takes us back to the scientific revolution around the turn of the 17th Century, and asks: was this really when modern science was born? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 27 August 2015
Aug 26, 2015 • 28 min
This week, a new look at the scientific revolution, accelerating positrons on a plasma wave, and squashing the unsquashable. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat August 2015
Aug 21, 2015 • 19 min
Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and our special guest Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 20 August 2015
Aug 18, 2015 • 25 min
This week, China’s emissions are lower than we thought, lessons from Hurricane Katrina 10 years on, and inheriting genes… sideways. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 13 August 2015
Aug 12, 2015 • 16 min
This week, making chemists’ lives easier, updating a centuries-old sunspot record, and anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists’ inboxes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 6 August 2015
Aug 5, 2015 • 25 min
This week, lessons to learn from the Ebola epidemic, the reproductive habits of ancient organisms, and how the nuclear bomb changed the stories we tell about scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 30 July 2015
Jul 29, 2015 • 28 min
This week, the ancient art of kirigami – paper cutting – applied to graphene. Plus, mini organs in dishes, and how mitochondria power our muscles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures July 2015
Jul 27, 2015 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from July, Outpatient, by Dan Stout For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat July 2015
Jul 24, 2015 • 23 min
Pluto in pictures, ways to revamp science teaching, NASA’s underwater space-training mission, and listening for aliens. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 23 July 2015
Jul 22, 2015 • 27 min
This week, eyedrops could replace surgery for cataracts, the twists and turns of RNA, and a strain of rice that could feed more people and ease climate change. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 16 July 2015
Jul 15, 2015 • 27 min
This week, organic molecules in space, treating traumatic brain injury, and training schoolchildren to think like scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Podcast Extra - A Beautiful Question
Jul 14, 2015 • 15 min
Is our universe beautiful? Do the fundamental laws that describe nature appeal to our aesthetic tastes? In this Podcast Extra, Frank Wilczek – theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate - discusses his latest book, which tackles this beautiful question. For…
Nature Podcast: 9 July 2015
Jul 8, 2015 • 28 min
This week, the geologists on quake alert, stopping HIV in its tracks, and a volcano that wreaked havoc on the climate 1500 years ago. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 2 July 2015
Jul 2, 2015 • 26 min
This week, lizards change sex in the heat, a complex eye in a single celled creature, and teaching robots to be ethical For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures June 2015
Jul 1, 2015 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from June, Heart worm, by J. J. Roth For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 June 2015
Jun 24, 2015 • 25 min
This week, Antarctica’s surprising biodiversity, trends in heatwaves and coldsnaps, and a new way to diagnose cancer early For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat June 2015
Jun 23, 2015 • 26 min
Three of Nature’s biggest paleontology fans sink their teeth into Jurassic World, which premiered this month. The team also discuss the importance of ‘dinomenclature’: why species names matter and how they are devised. Plus, DNA from an ancient human…
Nature Podcast: 18 June 2015
Jun 17, 2015 • 26 min
This week, positive memories help fight depression, plant intelligence and measuring the mass of exoplanets For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 11 June 2015
Jun 10, 2015 • 27 min
This week, the US military’s biology arm, a clutch of Bronze Age genomes, and protection from a deadly disease in a community in Papua New Guinea For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 4 June 2015
Jun 3, 2015 • 26 min
This week, how the immune system deals with the brain, the latest in gene editing, and the mystery of Greenland’s disappearing lakes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2015
May 28, 2015 • 24 min
Robots that can recover from injury by themselves, naughty scientists faking or baking their data, and the weirdest places to look for much-needed new antibiotics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures May 2015
May 28, 2015 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite story from May, Tempus omnia revelat, by Tian Li. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 28 May 2015
May 27, 2015 • 25 min
This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Audiofile: In search of lost sound
May 26, 2015 • 23 min
Are the sounds of the past lost forever? In the 1960s, an American engineer proposed that sound could be recorded into clay pots and paintings as they were created. This episode explores the science behind resurrecting the sounds of the past. For…
Nature Podcast: 21 May 2015
May 20, 2015 • 27 min
The oldest stone tools yet found, making opiates from yeast and sugar, and the perks of sex… for beetles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 May 2015
May 13, 2015 • 28 min
This week, the latest result from the Large Hadron Collider, a memoir from neurologist and adventurer Oliver Sacks, and India’s scientific landscape. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 7 May 2015
May 6, 2015 • 25 min
This week, brain-inspired computers, scientists soldiering on past retirement age, and the origins of complex cells deduced from deep-sea samples. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Apr 30, 2015 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from April, Bread of life, by Beth Cato. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 30 April 2015
Apr 29, 2015 • 28 min
This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this spring. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Audiofile: Real life Dr Dolittles
Apr 24, 2015 • 29 min
Will we ever be able to talk to animals? In this episode, Geoff Marsh meets a variety of researchers and animals who persevere at the communication barrier in the name of science. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 23 April 2015
Apr 22, 2015 • 24 min
This week, a new treatment for Ebola, the making of the Tibetan plateau, and could bees be addicted to pesticides? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature: Backchat April 2015
Apr 21, 2015 • 22 min
The periodic table’s fuzzy edges, the nuances of reporting on animal research, and Richard gets charged up about some overhyped coverage of a new battery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 16 April 2015
Apr 15, 2015 • 30 min
This week, how oxytocin affects the brain, self- experimentation in science, and the wedding rings that went to Hubble. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 9 April 2015
Apr 8, 2015 • 29 min
This week, the Moon and her sister, the Sun and its personality, and the latest wonder material to hit the big-time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 2 April 2015
Apr 1, 2015 • 28 min
This week, improving walking, pushing the boundary between quantum and classical, and the need for more social science on climate change. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 26 March 2015
Mar 25, 2015 • 27 min
This week, the role of black holes in growing galaxies, Dragon’s Den for scientists, and ice inside our bodies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Mar 25, 2015 • 21 min
Where will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Mar 24, 2015 • 0 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from March, Perfection, by John Frizell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 March 2015
Mar 18, 2015 • 28 min
19 March: This week, bright light’s protective effect on the developing eyeball, early photography’s impact on science and the British genome unveiled. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Audiofile: Music and the making of science
Mar 12, 2015 • 24 min
Is music simply a pleasant accompaniment to thought, or a driving force behind it? This show examines music’s influence on the development of modern science and the foundations of acoustics. Lute music courtesy of Naxos Licensing. For information…
Nature Podcast: 12 March 2015
Mar 11, 2015 • 29 min
12 March: This week, how English became the dominant language of science, carbon capture gets a boost and how to define the Anthropocene. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 5 March 2015
Mar 4, 2015 • 27 min
05 March: This week, the human family tree gets even more tangled, should universities stop investing in fossil fuels, and Ebola’s impact on mothers-to-be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Feb 27, 2015 • 0 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from February, Good for something by Deborah Walker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Feb 27, 2015 • 29 min
An ‘intelligent’ computer that can learn to play arcade games, the power of text mining, and what ancient DNA can tell us about ancient languages. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 26 February 2015
Feb 25, 2015 • 29 min
26 February: This week, preparing to meet Pluto, food additives with health risks, and measuring pain in the brain - is it ready for the courtroom? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 February 2015
Feb 18, 2015 • 29 min
19 February: This week, the value of museum collections, how increasing winds could cause coastal dead-zones, and redefining sex. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 12 February 2015
Feb 11, 2015 • 29 min
12 February: This week, sequencing the genomes of Darwin’s finches, financial trading nears light speed, and an ancient book of optics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Audiofile: Health under the flight path
Feb 10, 2015 • 24 min
The sound of an aeroplane means many things. But increasingly, researchers think it may also have more sinister effects. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: find out what plane noise could mean for the health of those who have to…
Nature Podcast: 05 February 2015
Feb 4, 2015 • 25 min
05 February: This week, a drought-resistance spray for plants, how tectonic plates slide around, and making lightweight steel stronger. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Jan 30, 2015 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Jan 30, 2015 • 0 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 29 January 2015
Jan 28, 2015 • 27 min
29 January: This week, Israeli skull piece could be from a human hybrid, revamping a classic physics experiment, and revolutionary archaeology. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Jan 26, 2015 • 23 min
Things lost and found in space, could cancer be ‘bad luck’, and our favourite “Why didn’t I think of that?” experiments. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 22 January 2015
Jan 21, 2015 • 29 min
22 January: This week, the restorative power of young blood, cosmic hard drives and improving the safety of genetically modified organisms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 January 2015
Jan 14, 2015 • 27 min
15 January: This week, what hibernation could tell us about brain degeneration, a new journal all about plants, and where to go if climate change is claiming your home. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Audiofile: What is it like to be a bat?
Jan 12, 2015 • 21 min
Bat ecologists are trying to find out, philosophers argue we may never understand, and one blind woman knows better than anyone. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: what bats can teach us about the limits of human perception. For…
Nature Podcast: 08 January 2015
Jan 7, 2015 • 26 min
08 January: This week, what to expect in 2015, including dwarf planet hunts, the reopening of the LHC, a new antibiotic and an estimate of scientists’ coffee consumption. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Futures
Dec 19, 2014 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from December, Missed Message, by Rachel Reddick. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 18 December 2014
Dec 17, 2014 • 27 min
18 December: This week, what was hot in 2014, what cosmologists would like for Christmas, and charades - reworked for audio. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 11 December 2014
Dec 10, 2014 • 29 min
11 December: This week, spider-inspired motion detectors, scrutinizing the endangered species list, and the recipe for cell reprogramming. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 04 December 2014
Dec 3, 2014 • 28 min
04 December: This week, highly cultured birds, shell art made by our ancestors, and will we ever make a quantum computer? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: The Institute of Sexology
Dec 1, 2014 • 12 min
The Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition which brings together the pioneers of the study of sex. Geoff Marsh visits The Institute of Sexology for an interview with co-curator Honor Beddard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Extra: Futures
Nov 27, 2014 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from November, Ice and white roses, by Rebecca Birch For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 27 November 2014
Nov 26, 2014 • 27 min
27 November: This week, energy-free air conditioning, the science of sex laid bare, and scientists who peer-review themselves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Nov 24, 2014 • 25 min
This month’s Backchat comes to you from outer space, where our reporters have been sucked into a wormhole to review new movie Interstellar, trying to wake up the comet-lander Philae, and considering a crowdfunded mission to the moon. For information…
Nature Podcast: 20 November 2014
Nov 19, 2014 • 28 min
20 November: This week, the dishonest culture of banking, an exhibition explores the Northwest Passage, and a virus which benefits the body. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 13 November 2014
Nov 12, 2014 • 26 min
13 November: This week, vegetarian diets promise a greener, healthier future, plumbing the depths of depression, and black holes on the silver screen. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 06 November 2014
Nov 5, 2014 • 26 min
06 November: This week, an ancient Madagascan mammal, the perception of taste and lab-friendly particle accelerators. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: Futures
Oct 30, 2014 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from October, Dumpster Diving, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 30 October 2014
Oct 29, 2014 • 27 min
30 October: This week, the most highly cited papers of all time, NASA’s plans to fetch an asteroid need a rethink, and we profile the first lady of science writing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: A metre-tall mystery
Oct 22, 2014 • 25 min
Ten years ago this month, researchers announced the discovery of a miniature, human-like fossil, with a tiny brain to match. The ‘hobbit’ transformed the story of human evolution. Four experts discuss what it means for their field. For information…
Nature Podcast: 23 October 2014
Oct 22, 2014 • 28 min
23 October: This week, a dinosaur called “terrible hands” finally gets a body, exocomets in a nearby solar system and a ninth oxidation state breaks a chemistry record. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 16 October 2014
Oct 15, 2014 • 29 min
16 October: This week, natural gas may not ease carbon dioxide levels, research subject mash-ups, and watching Alzheimer’s unfold in a mini 3D brain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Oct 14, 2014 • 23 min
What do Nature’s reporters really think about the science they cover? Find out in Backchat. In this episode, Nobel Prize excitement (and frustrations), and the world’s oldest cave art. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Maths in The Simpsons
Oct 10, 2014 • 12 min
Geoff Marsh interviews David X Cohen, writer of The Simpsons, about the secret maths that has sneaked its way into the show over the years. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 09 October 2014
Oct 8, 2014 • 27 min
09 October: This week, ancient Indonesian cave art, some of the brightest objects in the Universe, and hidden mathematics in The Simpsons. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 02 October 2014
Oct 1, 2014 • 26 min
02 October: This week, the bugs that call our skin their home, excessive water use in Asia, and what’s made crazy shapes on the surface of the Moon? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Sep 29, 2014 • 7 min
Nature Extra: Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from September, The tiger waiting on the shore, by Paul Currion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 25 September 2014
Sep 24, 2014 • 25 min
25 September: This week, how age determines how well birds migrate, using lizards to test theories of biodiversity, and explaining cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in English. Plus, the best science from outside Nature. For information…
Nature Podcast: 18 September 2014
Sep 17, 2014 • 25 min
18 September: This week, artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance, striving for diversity in science, and a taster of new podcast, Backchat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Extra: Backchat
Sep 15, 2014 • 27 min
Backchat brings you the stories and opinion behind the science each month. On this pilot episode, Rosetta spacecraft excitement, the genetics of intelligence, and sociable scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 11 September 2014
Sep 10, 2014 • 27 min
11 September: This week, the gibbon genome gives scientists something to swing about, the quest to cure blindness, and the country producing the most energy from renewables. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 04 September 2014
Sep 3, 2014 • 29 min
04 September: This week, sustainable farming to feed a hungry world, gene editing for research and therapy, and a fresh look at Aristotle’s science. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Aug 29, 2014 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, The angle of the light on the bloodstained kitchen floor, by Matt Mikalatos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 28 August 2014
Aug 27, 2014 • 28 min
28 August: This week, fish that walk on land, imaging something using light that never touched it, and the microbes that make cheese. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 21 August 2014
Aug 20, 2014 • 12 min
21 August: This week, how seals took tuberculosis to the Americas, a better map of Neanderthals in Europe, and microbial life lurking beneath the Antarctic ice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 14 August 2014
Aug 13, 2014 • 27 min
14 August: This week, piles of rubble in space, a caution about epigenetics, pregnancy and blame, and the anatomy of an earthquake. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 07 August 2014
Aug 6, 2014 • 25 min
07 August: This week, corralling carbon nanotubes, a chemist’s dream machine, and an exhibition about an artist who fakes scientific discoveries. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Aug 1, 2014 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Lizzie Gibney reads you her favourite from July, Benjy’s Birthday, by John Grant. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 31 July 2014
Jul 30, 2014 • 24 min
31 July: This week, replaying evolution in the lab, dam-busting to let rivers run free, and the time when asteroids boiled the Earth’s oceans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 24 July 2014
Jul 23, 2014 • 25 min
24 July: This week, a long study of Antarctic seals shows their populations may be in peril, alternative ways of getting energy from nuclear fusion, and researchers tackle the genetics of puberty. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 17 July 2014
Jul 16, 2014 • 26 min
17 July: This week, the protein behind a wasting disorder affecting cancer patients, squeezing diamond to learn about the insides of giant planets, and an exhibition charts the quest to measure longitude on the high seas. For information regarding your…
Nature Podcast: 10 July 2014
Jul 9, 2014 • 28 min
10 July: This week, the STAP papers are retracted, a potential vaccine for fungus-afflicted frogs, and high-res displays for wearable technology. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Entertaining science
Jul 7, 2014 • 8 min
Hollywood film and television producers often call upon scientific advisors to bring credibility to the screen. But what draws these scientists from the lab bench to a film set? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Jul 3, 2014 • 4 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from June, Emancipation, by Joao Ramalho-Santos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 03 July 2014
Jul 2, 2014 • 26 min
03 July: This week, a new Archaeopteryx skeleton wears feather trousers, a way to predict teenage binge drinkers and how the First World War liberated women in science, but not for long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 26 June 2014
Jun 25, 2014 • 26 min
26 June: This week, checking up on nuclear weapons without revealing their secrets, a science power couple mixing research and romance, and a new solar cell technology. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 19 June 2014
Jun 18, 2014 • 25 min
19 June: This week, a scientist’s fight to outlaw unproven stem cell treatments, a cold look at Newton’s gravitational constant, and zooming in on the genetics behind diabetes in Greenland. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 12 June 2014
Jun 11, 2014 • 26 min
12 June: This week, the complicated relationship between science and art, the ‘magic’ that powers quantum computers and the genome behind the fragrant, fast-growing eucalyptus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Jun 5, 2014 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Michael Stacey reads you his favourite from May, Variations, by William Meikle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 5 June 2014
Jun 4, 2014 • 28 min
5 June: This week, the mechanisms of memory, how malnutrition affects gut bacteria, and China flattens mountains to build cities. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 29 May 2014
May 28, 2014 • 26 min
29 May: This week, cooking that kills, fears of a post-antibiotic world, and how measuring a proton could help scientists find out where all the antimatter has gone. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 22 May 2014
May 21, 2014 • 25 min
22 May: This week, antibiotic resistance lurking in soil, the complex nervous system of the supposedly simple comb jelly, and making a baby with DNA from three people. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 15 May 2014
May 14, 2014 • 26 min
15 May: This week, transforming baby-killing mice into caring dads using a genetic switch, how using male cells and animals could bias results, and how water loss in California may be moving mountains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
May 12, 2014 • 6 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you our favourite from April, Pop-ups, by Robert Dawson. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 08 May 2014
May 7, 2014 • 26 min
08 May: This week, scientists turn to crowd-sourcing to figure out the retina, reconstructing the evolution of the Universe, and a semi-synthetic organism with a man-made base pair. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 01 May 2014
Apr 30, 2014 • 28 min
01 May: This week, the deadly impact of two volcanic eruptions in recent human history, farmers turn into researchers to learn how to get better yields in their locality, and using stem cells to regenerate monkey hearts. For information regarding your…
Nature Podcast: 24 April 2014
Apr 23, 2014 • 25 min
24 April: This week, another look at the function of the Y chromosome, how to help corals breed in the face of climate change, and the scientific life of illustrator and author, Beatrix Potter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Nature Podcast: 17 April 2014
Apr 16, 2014 • 26 min
17 April: This week, how egg and sperm meet and greet each other, how the countryside benefits biodiversity, and harnessing the sun’s power for the developing world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast Extra: The man who couldn’t stop
Apr 10, 2014 • 14 min
Nature Extra: Nature editor David Adam has lived with OCD for 20 years. In a new book he talks about his experiences and sets out our current understanding of the condition. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 10 April 2014
Apr 9, 2014 • 26 min
10 April: This week, a nasty parasite that eats cells alive, an ecological experiment floods the Colorado River delta, and the truth behind being an IPCC contributor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 3 April 2014
Apr 2, 2014 • 28 min
3 April: This week, using the immune system to attack cancer, mapping the prenatal brain, and fifty years on from the discovery of an ancient human species. Plus, our favourite entries to Nature’s snappy sci-fi story competition, MicroFutures. For…
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Apr 1, 2014 • 5 min
Futures is Nature’s weekly science fiction slot. Now its sister title Nature Physics has followed suit, publishing a sci-fi story each month. Kerri Smith reads you this month’s tale, The stuff we don’t do, by Marissa Lingen. For information regarding your…
Nature Podcast: 27 March 2014
Mar 26, 2014 • 28 min
27 March: This week, how gastric band surgery really works, a dwarf planet in the outer Solar System has a friend, and a physicist suggests a way to make quantum physics less puzzling. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nature Podcast: 20 March 2014
Mar 19, 2014 • 26 min
20 March: This week, how a mother’s vitamin A deficiency impacts her baby’s immunity, why scientists are taking acting classes, a new brain implant that listens as well as talks to the brain, and what happened at the beginning of the Universe. For…