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Podcast Profile: Nature Podcast

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714 episodes
2014 to present
Average episode: 24 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of the Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and provide in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:46 UTC. Episodes: 714. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2024-Apr-10 • 23 minutes
The 'ghost roads' driving tropical deforestation
Researchers find that a huge number of roads that don’t appear on official maps, and the protein that could determine whether someone is left-handed.
2024-Apr-05 • 16 minutes
Audio long read: Why are so many young people getting cancer? What the data say
Researchers are scrambling to explain why rates of multiple cancers are increasing among adults under the age of 50.
2024-Apr-03 • 25 minutes
Pregnancy's effect on 'biological' age, polite birds, and the carbon cost of home-grown veg
We roundup some recent stories from the Nature Briefing.
2024-Mar-27 • 27 minutes
How climate change is affecting global timekeeping
Melting polar-ice could delay major time adjustment, and the strange connection between brain inflammation and memory.
2024-Mar-20 • 30 minutes
AI hears hidden X factor in zebra finch love songs
Machine learning detects song differences too subtle for humans to hear, and physicists harness the computing power of the strange skyrmion.
2024-Mar-13 • 27 minutes
Killer whales have menopause. Now scientists think they know why
Data suggests menopause evolved to enable older female whales to help younger generations survive, and how researchers made a cellular map of the developing human heart.
2024-Mar-06 • 37 minutes
These tiny fish combine electric pulses to probe the environment
Elephantnose fish share electric pulses to extend their senses, and the bumblebees that show a uniquely human trait.
2024-Feb-28 • 26 minutes
Could this one-time ‘epigenetic’ treatment control cholesterol?
Regulating gene expression lowers blood cholesterol in mice, and how the Universe’s cosmic fog was lifted.
2024-Feb-26 • 25 minutes
Audio long read: Chimpanzees are dying from our colds — these scientists are trying to save them
Endangered apes are increasingly being put at risk by human diseases.
2024-Feb-23 • 14 minutes
How whales sing without drowning, an anatomical mystery solved
Baleen whales sing using a modified larynx, but this leaves them them unable to escape human noise
2024-Feb-21 • 31 minutes
Why are we nice? Altruism's origins are put to the test
Research suggests a combination of behaviours underlie the evolution of human cooperation, and researchers make an optical disc with enormous storage capacity.
2024-Feb-14 • 22 minutes
Smoking changes your immune system, even years after quitting
The lingering effect of cigarettes on T cell responses, and the Solar System's new ocean.
2024-Feb-09 • 15 minutes
Why we need to rethink how we talk about cancer
Naming metastatic cancers after parts of the body could be holding up research and preventing people from accessing the best treatment
2024-Feb-07 • 35 minutes
Cancer's power harnessed — lymphoma mutations supercharge T cells
Genetic changes that help tumour cells thrive can be co-opted to improve immunotherapy’s effectiveness, and looking at the electric vehicle batteries of the future.
2024-Feb-04 • 17 minutes
Cervical cancer could be eliminated: here's how
Two experts lay out the steps that need to be taken, and the challenges facing low- and middle-income countries.
2024-Jan-31 • 29 minutes
Ancient DNA solves the mystery of who made a set of stone tools
Analysis of stone tools and DNA reveals when modern humans reached northern Europe, and why human brain cells grow so slowly.
2024-Jan-26 • 12 minutes
Audio long read: Long COVID is a double curse in low-income nations — here’s why
A dearth of research means the condition is often ignored by physicians.
2024-Jan-24 • 25 minutes
Toxic red mud could be turned into 'green' steel
Researchers extract useful metal from industrial waste, and how analysis of blood-proteins could help unravel the mystery of long COVID.
2024-Jan-17 • 32 minutes
This AI just figured out geometry — is this a step towards artificial reasoning?
How 'AlphaGeometry' solves Mathematical Olympiad-level problems, and what happens to an ecosystem after a mass predator die-off.
2024-Jan-10 • 30 minutes
The science stories you missed over the holiday period
We highlight some of the Nature Briefing’s stories from the end of 2023, including a polar bear fur-inspired sweater, efforts to open OSIRIS-REx’s sample canister, and a dinosaur’s last dinner.
2024-Jan-03 • 14 minutes
Science in 2024: what to expect this year
In this episode, reporter Miryam Naddaf joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2024. We'll hear about the mass of the neutrino, the neural basis of consciousness and the climate lawsuits at the Hague, to name but a few.News: the science events to look our for in 2024 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2023-Dec-29 • 24 minutes
Audio long read: A new kind of solar cell is coming — is it the future of green energy?
Perovskite–silicon ‘tandem’ photovoltaic panels could lead to cheaper electricity production.
2023-Dec-27 • 45 minutes
The Nature Podcast highlights of 2023
The team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months.
2023-Dec-22 • 38 minutes
How AI works is often a mystery — that's a problem
The inner workings of many AIs are mysterious, but with increasing use of such technologies in high stakes scenarios, how should their inscrutable nature be dealt with?
2023-Dec-20 • 45 minutes
The Nature Podcast Festive Spectacular 2023
In this episode:01:55 “Oh GPT”In the first of our festive songs, we pay homage to LLMs, the generative AI chat bots which have taken 2023 by storm. 05:32 Twenty questionsIn this year’s festive game, our competitors try to guess some of the biggest science stories of the year, solely by asking yes/no questions.24:40 “Warming night”In our final song this year, we take stock as 2023 is named the hottest year since records began. As worsening climate change continues to threaten lives, can scienc...
2023-Dec-15 • 35 minutes
Navigating planets, plays and prejudice — a conversation with Aomawa Shields
The astronomer joins us to talk about her memoir Life on Other Planets.
2023-Dec-14 • 8 minutes
Inhaled vaccine prevents COVID in monkeys
New study suggests boosters delivered to the lungs could stop infection.
2023-Dec-13 • 26 minutes
Cat parasite Toxoplasma tricked to grow in a dish
Cat-only life-cycle stage cultured in vitro, and the mysterious giant proteins that might turn bacteria into killers.
2023-Dec-06 • 31 minutes
The world’s smallest light-trapping silicon cavity
Researchers exploit intermolecular forces to create a nanoscale hole, and investigating whether poverty can be reduced without increasing emissions.
2023-Nov-30 • 9 minutes
Sanitary products made from plants could help tackle period poverty
Researchers have extracted absorbent materials from the succulent Agave sisalana for making local, low-cost period products.
2023-Nov-29 • 26 minutes
Why COP28 probably won't keep the 1.5 degree dream alive
We discuss the challenges of the upcoming climate change conference, and a way to make stable plasma using hairy blocks.
2023-Nov-24 • 18 minutes
Audio long read: Apple revival — how science is bringing historic varieties back to life
Genomic studies of heirloom apples could help safeguard the future of the fruit.
2023-Nov-22 • 22 minutes
Polio could be eradicated within 3 years — what happens then?
How researchers are making sure polio won't come back, and the space explosion that’s baffling scientists.
2023-Nov-17 • 27 minutes
Dust: the tiny substance with enormous power
Jay Owens joins us to talk about her book Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles.
2023-Nov-15 • 27 minutes
How to 3D print fully-formed robots
Printing multi-material objects in a single run, and the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions for preventing type 2 diabetes.
2023-Nov-08 • 28 minutes
How to tame a toxic yet life-saving antifungal
Researchers modify drug's structure to prevent kidney damage, and the mystery of the phosphorus at the Milky Way’s edge.
2023-Nov-03 • 30 minutes
Nature's Take: How will ChatGPT and generative AI transform research?
Nature staff take on the big topics that matter in science.
2023-Nov-01 • 23 minutes
A new hydrogel can be directly injected into muscle to help it regenerate
A soft and conductive material shows promise for muscle rehabilitation, and why starfishes have such strange body plans.
2023-Oct-30 • 12 minutes
Audio long read: Why BMI is flawed — and how to redefine obesity
Although body mass index is the main diagnostic test for obesity, it leaves out many factors that can affect how healthy someone is.
2023-Oct-27 • 13 minutes
Martian sounds reveal the secrets of the red planet's core
NASA's InSight mission recorded vibrations of Mars exposing a surprising layer of silicate around the core.
2023-Oct-25 • 25 minutes
Sounds of recovery: AI helps monitor wildlife during forest restoration
System aids researchers measuring biodiversity levels in Ecuador, and how people can follow basic instructions while fast asleep.
2023-Oct-18 • 30 minutes
An anti-CRISPR system that helps save viruses from destruction
Tactic could be co-opted to make gene-editing more precise, and how much melting of Greenland’s ice sheet can be prevented.
2023-Oct-11 • 21 minutes
Gene edits move pig organs closer to human transplantation
Monkeys with CRISPR-edited pig kidneys survive for more than a year, and why our brains struggle to count more than four objects.
2023-Oct-10 • 15 minutes
'This doesn't just fall on women': computer scientists reflect on gender biases in STEM
Two researchers share their experiences and discuss the inequalities that impact women in the computer sciences.
2023-Oct-04 • 34 minutes
Astronomers are worried by a satellite brighter than most stars
Researchers determined the telecommunications satellite was periodically brighter than 99% of stars, and powerful x-rays have uncovered an ancient trilobite's last meal.
2023-Sep-29 • 20 minutes
Audio long read: These animals are racing towards extinction. A new home might be their last chance
Researchers are testing a controversial strategy to relocate threatened animals whose habitats might not survive climate change.
2023-Sep-27 • 31 minutes
This isn't the Nature Podcast — how deepfakes are distorting reality
The rise of AI-generated fakes, evidence of the earliest-known wooden structure, and how NASA’s OSIRIS-REx brought asteroid samples back to Earth.
2023-Sep-20 • 24 minutes
Why does cancer spread to the spine? Newly discovered stem cells might be the key
A stem cell vital for vertebral growth also drives spine metastases, and the use of MDMA in the treatment of PTSD.
2023-Sep-13 • 34 minutes
A mussel-inspired glue for more sustainable sticking
A soya oil-derived adhesive matches the strength of conventional glues, and reassessing the extent and impacts of childhood malnutrition.
2023-Sep-06 • 14 minutes
Our ancestors lost nearly 99% of their population, 900,000 years ago
A roundup of stories from the Nature Briefing, including how human ancestors came close to extinction, historic pollution in Antarctica, and the AI that predicts smell from a compound's structure.
2023-Aug-30 • 29 minutes
Physicists finally observe strange isotope Oxygen 28 – raising fundamental questions
The long-sought finding challenges scientists understanding of the strong nuclear force, and the AI that can beat human champions at drone racing.
2023-Aug-25 • 26 minutes
Audio long read: Medicine is plagued by untrustworthy clinical trials. How many studies are faked or flawed?
Teams of scientists, physicians and data sleuths argue that in some fields unreliable or fabricated trials are widespread.
2023-Aug-23 • 29 minutes
Brain-reading implants turn thoughts into speech
Two studies demonstrate how brain-computer interfaces could help people to communicate, and working out how hot it can get before tropical leaves start to die.
2023-Aug-16 • 32 minutes
Fruit flies' ability to sense magnetic fields thrown into doubt
Study fails to replicate two key papers on fruit flies’ magnetic sense, and what the closing of the Arecibo observatory means for science.
2023-Aug-10 • 45 minutes
Racism in health: the roots of the US Black maternal mortality crisis
A perfect storm of factors has led to huge racial disparities in maternal healthcare. In the USA, as abortion clinics continue to close, this inequity is projected to widen. In this podcast from Nature and ScientificAmerican, we hear from leading academics unpacking the racism at the heart of the system. From the historical links between slavery and gynaecology to the systematic erasure of America’s Black midwives. What is behind the Black maternal mortality crisis, and what needs to change?Read more of&nbs...
2023-Aug-09 • 26 minutes
How welcome are refugees in Europe? A giant study has some answers
A survey of 33,000 Europeans suggests overall support towards refugees has slightly increased, and how to get shapes to roll down wiggly paths using mathematics.
2023-Aug-02 • 32 minutes
How to get more women in science, with Athene Donald
The experimental physicist joins us to talk about her book Not just for the boys, why we need more women in science.
2023-Jul-31 • 15 minutes
Audio long read: Lab mice go wild — making experiments more natural in order to decode the brain
Neuroscientists are developing new set-ups to study how the brain might work in the messy, unpredictable real world.
2023-Jul-27 • 10 minutes
Facebook ‘echo chamber’ has little impact on polarized views, according to study
An experiment which tweaked social media algorithms found no effect on polarization of views.
2023-Jul-26 • 21 minutes
AI-enhanced night-vision lets users see in the dark
Night-vision technology gets a boost from machine learning, and the mysterious link between COVID-19 and type-1 diabetes.
2023-Jul-19 • 25 minutes
Disrupting snail food-chain curbs parasitic disease in Senegal
Intervention against schistosomiasis also shows agricultural and economic benefits, and the successful launch of India’s Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission.
2023-Jul-12 • 15 minutes
ChatGPT can write a paper in an hour — but there are downsides
A roundup of stories from the Nature Briefing, including the pros and cons of writing a paper with AI, record-breaking global temperatures, and a protein that boosts monkeys’ memories.
2023-Jul-05 • 29 minutes
Even a 'minimal cell' can grow stronger, thanks to evolution
Exploring evolution in a ‘minimal cell’, and Galaxy-wide gravitational waves.
2023-Jun-30 • 19 minutes
Audio long read: ‘Almost magical’ — chemists can now move single atoms in and out of a molecule’s core
Methods to insert, swap or delete atoms in the backbones of molecules could transform medicinal chemistry.
2023-Jun-28 • 30 minutes
Do octopuses dream? Neural activity resembles human sleep stages
Brain probes reveal complexities of octopus sleep, and a hormone that could help make calorie-restricted diets more effective.
2023-Jun-21 • 29 minutes
Why bladder cancer cells that shed their Y chromosome become more aggressive
Researchers uncover how loss of this chromosome helps cancer cells evade the immune system, and engineering synthetic cartilage.
2023-Jun-14 • 30 minutes
What IBM's result means for quantum computing
A test case for practical applications of quantum computers, and how psychedelic drugs might make brains more malleable.
2023-Jun-07 • 32 minutes
A brain circuit for infanticide, in mice
Research reveals system underlying behaviour change towards young, and identifying the source of fast solar wind.
2023-May-31 • 21 minutes
AI identifies gene interactions to speed up search for treatment targets
How an AI overcomes data-scarcity to map gene networks, and assessing the impact of rocket noise on wildlife.
2023-May-26 • 17 minutes
Audio long read: Can giant surveys of scientists fight misinformation on COVID, climate change and more?
Hoping to improve public debate and policymaking, multiple efforts have been launched to gather researchers' consensus views.
2023-May-24 • 23 minutes
‘Tree islands’ give oil-palm plantation a biodiversity boost
Five-year study shows islands increase ecosystem health without lowering crop yield, and a house built from concrete and nappies.
2023-May-17 • 30 minutes
JWST shows an ancient galaxy in stunning spectroscopic detail
New insights into the structure of an early galaxy, and why coral-reef fishes grow so quickly.
2023-May-12 • 26 minutes
Nature's Take: Can Registered Reports help tackle publication bias?
Nature staff take on the big topics that matter in science.
2023-May-10 • 21 minutes
‘Pangenome’ aims to capture the breadth of human diversity
Mapping a more diverse human genome, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2023-May-03 • 41 minutes
Menopause and women’s health: why science needs to catch up
A focus on women’s health research, and the star caught in the act of devouring a planet.
2023-Apr-28 • 18 minutes
Audio long read: Conquering Alzheimer’s — a look at the therapies of the future
Trial successes have raised hopes that the condition might eventually be preventable.
2023-Apr-26 • 34 minutes
How Rosalind Franklin’s story was rewritten
Newly discovered documents reveal more about Rosalind Franklin’s role in solving DNA’s structure, and how multisensory experiences can create stronger memories in fruit flies.
2023-Apr-19 • 21 minutes
A smarter way to melt down plastics?
Repeated flash-heating provides a new way to depolymerise plastics, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2023-Apr-14 • 24 minutes
How to battle misinformation with Sander van der Linden
The social psychologist joins us to discuss his new book Foolproof.
2023-Apr-12 • 27 minutes
Octopuses hunt by 'tasting' with their suckers
The receptors that help octopuses sense by touch, plus a roundup of stories from the Nature Briefing.
2023-Apr-05 • 32 minutes
Giant black-hole pair from the early Universe gives clues to how galaxies form
Researchers see most distant pair of supermassive black holes yet observed, and assessing an AI's ability to interpret heart images.
2023-Mar-31 • 12 minutes
Audio long read: What Turkey’s earthquake tells us about the science of seismic forecasting
Despite decades of research, predicting exactly where an earthquake will strike remains practically impossible.
2023-Mar-29 • 25 minutes
Bacterial ‘syringes’ could inject drugs directly into human cells
Repurposing a microbial system to deliver molecules directly into cells, and the disconnect between research into, and treatment of, chronic pain.
2023-Mar-22 • 19 minutes
How to make driverless cars safer — expose them to lots of dangerous drivers
A method to test and teach autonomous cars how to deal with dangerous situations, and a renewed interest in bats and how they deal with viruses.
2023-Mar-15 • 32 minutes
How to build a virus-proof cell
A streamlined genome makes bacteria immune to viral infection, and designing mini-MRI scanners for low- and middle-income countries.
2023-Mar-08 • 27 minutes
How the Australian wildfires devastated the ozone layer
Why smoke particles from wildfires lead to ozone depletion, and modelling food systems with ‘digital twins’.
2023-Mar-01 • 19 minutes
How an increased heart rate could induce anxiety in mice
A method to directly stimulate a rodent’s heart shows how bodily states can affect emotions, and assessing the impact of NASA’s mission to move an asteroid.
2023-Feb-27 • 26 minutes
Nature's Take: How Twitter's changes could affect science
Nature staff take on the big topics that matter in science.
2023-Feb-24 • 16 minutes
Audio long read: How your first brush with COVID warps your immunity
Researchers are working to overcome ‘imprinting’, where the immune system responds more strongly to the strain of a virus it first met, weakening response to other strains.
2023-Feb-22 • 29 minutes
A twisting microscope that could unlock the secrets of 2D materials
How the Quantum Twisting Microscope could give a better ‘picture’ of atom thin layers, and science in Ukraine a year into Russia’s invasion.
2023-Feb-15 • 30 minutes
How 'metadevices' could make electronics faster
Getting electronics into super-fast terahertz speeds, and how cognitive changes could alter social media’s effects on young people.
2023-Feb-08 • 28 minutes
This mysterious space rock shouldn’t have a ring — but it does
How a ring around a distant solar system object is puzzling researchers, and understanding the hidden dangers of indoor air pollution.
2023-Feb-01 • 30 minutes
How mummies were prepared: Ancient Egyptian pots spill secrets
Analysis of substances uncovered in embalming workshop gives insight into the mummification process, and how CAR T therapies could turbocharge cancer treatments.
2023-Jan-30 • 18 minutes
Audio long read: The ‘breakthrough’ obesity drugs that have stunned researchers
A slew of remarkable trials have raised the profile of a class of weight loss drugs, but there are concerns about cost and weight stigma.
2023-Jan-25 • 19 minutes
Amino acid slows nerve damage from diabetes, in mouse study
Experiments show the role that serine may play in a common diabetes complication.
2023-Jan-18 • 20 minutes
Laser 'lightning rod' diverts strikes high in the Alps
After decades of research, experiment shows potential for using lasers to protect large infrastructure.
2023-Jan-11 • 24 minutes
The science stories you missed over the past four weeks
We highlight some stories from the Nature Briefing, including climate promises from Brazil’s President Lula, how glass frogs hide their blood, and a new statue of Henrietta Lacks.
2023-Jan-06 • 15 minutes
Science in 2023: what to expect this year
In this episode, reporter Miryam Naddaf joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2023. We'll hear about vaccines, multiple Moon missions and new therapeutics, to name but a few.News: the science events to look out for in 2023Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2022-Dec-28 • 51 minutes
The Nature Podcast’s highlights of 2022
The team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months.
2022-Dec-21 • 35 minutes
The Nature Podcast Festive Spectacular 2022
Games, seasonal science songs, and Nature’s 10.
2022-Dec-14 • 29 minutes
COVID deaths: three times the official toll
An estimate of the deaths associated with COVID-19, and the lack of ethnic diversity in UK academia.
2022-Dec-07 • 18 minutes
Oldest DNA reveals two-million-year-old ecosystem
Mastodon DNA found in ancient Greenland permafrost, and modelling the climate emissions of the plastics sector.
2022-Dec-02 • 26 minutes
Gaia Vince on how climate change will shape where people live
The award-winning science writer joins us to discuss her book Nomad Century.
2022-Nov-30 • 20 minutes
Mysterious fluid from ant pupae helps feed colony
A previously unobserved source of ant nutrition, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Nov-25 • 16 minutes
Audio long read: Science and the World Cup — how big data is transforming football
Researchers are showing their skills to help soccer coaches improve players and develop winning tactics.
2022-Nov-23 • 24 minutes
The satellite-free alternative to GPS
A new positioning system that doesn’t rely on satellites, and the outcomes of COP27.
2022-Nov-16 • 28 minutes
How a key Alzheimer's gene wreaks havoc in the brain
The mechanism of how a specific gene is implicated in Alzheimer’s, and the latest news from COP27.
2022-Nov-14 • 31 minutes
Audio long read: She was convicted of killing her four children. Could a gene mutation set her free?
Kathleen Folbigg has spent 19 years in prison and was dubbed ‘Australia’s worst female serial killer’. Now, an inquiry into her case will look at clinical genetics in a whole new way.
2022-Nov-09 • 25 minutes
Molecular cages sift 'heavy' water from near-identical H2O
A new method to separate out heavy water, and how smartphone data could help check the health of bridges.
2022-Nov-04 • 20 minutes
Audio long read: The controversial embryo tests that promise a better baby
Companies are offering tests that calculate the risks of embryos developing complex diseases. But some are concerned whether these tests' are accurate or ethical.
2022-Nov-02 • 30 minutes
Flies can move their rigid, omnidirectional eyes – a little
The mysterious muscles that move flies’ retinas, and calls for militaries to report their climate emissions.
2022-Oct-28 • 40 minutes
Racism in Health: the harms of biased medicine
In this podcast special we explore the myriad ways people have injected biases and racism into modern medicine.
2022-Oct-26 • 23 minutes
Ancient DNA reveals family of Neanderthals living in Siberian cave
Evidence of the first known neanderthal family group, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Oct-12 • 18 minutes
Human brain organoids implanted into rats could offer new way to model disease
Transplanted human cells integrate into rat brains, and an exoskeleton boot that adapts as people walk.
2022-Oct-05 • 19 minutes
Virtual library of LSD-like drugs could reveal new antidepressants
Researchers develop a library of 75 million compounds to search for new drugs, and the 2022 Nobel Prizes.
2022-Oct-03 • 21 minutes
Nature's Take: How the war in Ukraine is impacting science
Nature staff take on the big topics that matter in science.
2022-Sep-30 • 23 minutes
Audio long read: What scientists have learnt from COVID lockdowns
The challenges of weighing the costs and benefits associated with lockdowns.
2022-Sep-28 • 19 minutes
A trove of ancient fish fossils helps trace the origin of jaws
400-millon-year-old find gives insights into the evolution of jawed vertebrates, and the lack of evidence in transgender policy.
2022-Sep-21 • 20 minutes
Huge dataset shows 80% of US professors come from just 20% of institutions
A decade of data shows how a few institutions train most US professors, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Sep-14 • 20 minutes
Complex synthetic cells bring scientists closer to artificial cellular life
Researchers craft artificial cells from polymers and bacterial components, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Sep-07 • 22 minutes
Missing foot reveals world’s oldest amputation
A 31,000-year-old skeleton shows evidence of complex surgery, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Aug-26 • 24 minutes
Audio long read: Hybrid brains – the ethics of transplanting human neurons into animals
Human cells transplanted into animal brains provide insights into development and disease but also raise ethical questions.
2022-Aug-24 • 31 minutes
How to make water that's full of holes
How to make water that's full of holes Embedded 'nanocages' help water dissolve large amounts of gas, and potential evidence that hominins walked on two legs seven million years ago.
2022-Aug-17 • 22 minutes
Do protons have intrinsic charm? New evidence suggests yes
A machine learning approach examines decades of data in the hunt for the proton’s charm, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2022-Aug-15 • 25 minutes
Nature's Take: what's next for the preprint revolution
Nature editors take on the big topics that matter in science.
2022-Aug-10 • 22 minutes
Why low temperatures could help starve tumours of fuel
Cold exposure in mice activates brown fat to deny tumours glucose, and the future of extreme heatwaves.
2022-Aug-03 • 23 minutes
Massive Facebook study reveals a key to social mobility
Friendships with people from different economic backgrounds could boost your income, and reviving pig organs after death.
2022-Jul-29 • 35 minutes
Coronapod: the open-science plan to unseat big Pharma and tackle vaccine inequity
Inequity has been a central feature of the COVID19 pandemic. From health outcomes to access to vaccines, COVID has pushed long-standing disparities out of the shadows and into the public eye and many of these problems are global. In this episode of Coronapod we dig into a radical new collaboration of 15 countries - co-led by the WHO, and modelled on open-science. The project, called the mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, aims to create independent vaccine hubs that could supply the global south...
2022-Jul-27 • 28 minutes
How humans adapted to digest lactose — after thousands of years of milk drinking
How the ability to digest milk spread long after people started drinking it, and assessing therapeutic ketamine’s addiction potential.
2022-Jul-20 • 29 minutes
How researchers have pinpointed the origin of 'warm-blooded' mammals
Ancient inner ears give clues to when mammals evolved ‘warm-bloodedness’, and an efficient enzyme that pulls carbon dioxide out of the air.
2022-Jul-13 • 29 minutes
Ancient mud reveals the longest record of climate from the tropics
A sediment core from Peru unlocks thousands of years of climate data, and the first glimpses from the James Webb Space Telescope.
2022-Jul-11 • 22 minutes
Higgs boson at 10: a deep dive into the mysterious, mass-giving particle
We discuss the discovery of the Higgs boson and the impact it's had on physics.
2022-Jul-08 • 11 minutes
Coronapod: detecting COVID variants in sewage
Since early in the pandemic, scientists have searched for signals of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by sampling wastewater. This surveillance method has provided vital information to inform public health responses. But the approach has never been particularly specific - pointing to broad trends rather than granular information such as which variants are spreading where. But now a team from the University of California have created two new tools to sample waste water in much greater detail - and spot variants and t...
2022-Jul-06 • 30 minutes
Higgs boson turns ten: the mysteries physicists are still trying to solve
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Higgs boson’s discovery, and supporting scientists who stutter.
2022-Jul-01 • 29 minutes
Ed Yong on the wondrous world of animal senses
In the first of our new series, the award-winning science journalist joins us to discuss his book An Immense World.
2022-Jun-29 • 30 minutes
Norovirus could spread through saliva: a new route for infection?
A new transmission route for gastrointestinal viruses, and an exotic kind of matter made from just neutrons.
2022-Jun-27 • 19 minutes
Audio long read: These six countries are about to go to the Moon
A multitude of missions are heading to the Moon — will they be successful?
2022-Jun-24 • 22 minutes
Coronapod: USA authorises vaccines for youngest of kids
After a long wait, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have finally approved two COVID vaccines for use in children between the ages of six months and five years old. But despite a unanimous decision amongst regulators, parents still have questions about whether to vaccinate their young children, with survey data suggesting that the majority do not intend to accept vaccines right away. In this episode of Coronapod, we dig into the trials, ...
2022-Jun-22 • 32 minutes
How science can tackle inequality
We dive into Nature’s special edition on efforts to quantify and tackle inequality around the world, and investigate why breast cancers spread more at night.
2022-Jun-15 • 32 minutes
How the Black Death got its start
How a pandemic that devastated the medieval world began, and efforts to control monkeypox.
2022-Jun-11 • 20 minutes
Coronapod: COVID and smell loss, what the science says
One of the most curious symptoms of COVID-19 is the loss of smell and taste. For most, this phenomenon is short lived, but for many around the world the symptom can persist for months or even years after the infection has cleared. Once a tell-tale sign of infection, this sensory disruption is now becoming characterised as a chronic problem and scientists are only recently getting clear answers about the mechanisms behind it. In this episode of Coronapod, we dig into the most recent studies on the cause...
2022-Jun-08 • 18 minutes
Ancient 'giraffes' sported thick helmets for headbutting
A roundup of stories from the Nature Briefing, including the academics joining the ‘great resignation’, the latest on the Perseverance rover, and more.
2022-Jun-06 • 22 minutes
Audio long read: The brain-reading devices helping paralysed people to move, talk and touch
As implants that decode thoughts become more sophisticated, the companies making them are attracting major financial backing.
2022-Jun-01 • 26 minutes
Robot exercises shoulder cells for better tissue transplants
A robot shoulder that stretches tendon tissue, and identifying misperceptions that can lead to vaccine hesitancy.
2022-May-30 • 14 minutes
Coronapod: 'A generational loss' - COVID's devastating impact on education
Despite the devastating loss of life caused by COVID-19, some researchers are arguing that the longest lasting impact of the pandemic will be on education. UN agencies calculate that more or less all school students on the planet - 1.6 billion - have faced an average of 4.5 months of school closures owing to the pandemic, the largest disruption to education in history. Teachers have been under immense pressure to keep their students happy and learning, but it is an uphill battle. In this episode of Cor...
2022-May-25 • 27 minutes
X-ray analysis hints at answers to fossil mystery
New insights into a mysterious fossil animal, and uncovering ancient settlements hidden in the Bolivian Amazon.
2022-May-18 • 28 minutes
How galaxies could exist without dark matter
How dark-matter-free galaxies may have formed, the scientists surviving the war in Ukraine, and imaging the black hole Sagittarius A*.
2022-May-13 • 14 minutes
Coronapod: 'viral ghosts' support idea that SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs could be behind long COVID
Millions of people around the world have been left managing the complex and amorphous syndrome that is long COVID. But the underlying cause of this myriad of symptoms is not clear. One hypothesis is that the virus is able to find a safe haven in the body from which it can bide its time and potentially re-emerge - a viral reservoir. Now researchers studying long COVID have found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 in a series of organs around the body, most notably the gut, months after the infection appears to have been...
2022-May-11 • 25 minutes
Retinas revived after donor's death open door to new science
A new method for reviving retinal cells, and the likelihood that life originated as RNA.
2022-May-04 • 25 minutes
Swapping in a bit of microbial 'meat' has big eco-gains
A forecast of the environmental benefits of switching to microbial protein, and the neurons that help mosquitoes home in on humans.
2022-Apr-29 • 10 minutes
Coronapod: COVID and diabetes, what the science says
The true disability cost of the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown, but more and more studies are adding to the list of potential fallout from even mild COVID 19 infection. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss a massive association study which links COVID-19 cases with an increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We delve into the numbers to ask how big the risk might be? Whether any casual relationship can be drawn from this association? And what might be in store from future researc...
2022-Apr-27 • 24 minutes
How virtual meetings can limit creative ideas
The innovation cost of video calls, and a new type of cell division found in fish skin.
2022-Apr-25 • 18 minutes
Audio long-read: The quest to prevent MS — and understand other post-viral diseases
Researchers are investigating why some people infected with Epstein-Barr virus go on to develop multiple sclerosis, and what can be done to prevent it.
2022-Apr-20 • 19 minutes
We could still limit global warming to just 2˚C — but there's an 'if'
A roundup of some recent stories from the Nature Briefing, including using leeches to survey wildlife, a potential interstellar meteorite, and more.
2022-Apr-15 • 11 minutes
Coronapod: Infected immune cells hint at cause of severe COVID
Since the beginning of the pandemic there has been a debate amongst researchers about whether the body's immune cells can themselves be infected by SARS-CoV-2. Now two new studies show that they can - and what's more, the work has revealed a new mechanism for the massive inflammatory response seen in severe COVID. In this episode of Coronapod, we dig into the papers, asking why it has taken so long to get an answer to this question? How immune cell infection could lead to severe disease? And whether th...
2022-Apr-13 • 28 minutes
Why do naked mole rats live as long as giraffes?
Identifying how animals’ mutation rates line up with their longevity, and what the war in Ukraine means for emissions.
2022-Apr-06 • 26 minutes
Five years in the coldest fridge in the known Universe
Searching for an elusive process that could explain a cosmic imbalance, and solving the mystery of the missing microbial plasmids.
2022-Apr-05 • 19 minutes
Audio long-read: A more-inclusive genome project aims to capture all of human diversity
Researchers are looking to build a human ‘pangenome’ that includes wider human genetic variation than previous attempts.
2022-Mar-30 • 28 minutes
Winding roads could make you a better navigator
How where you grew up affects your navigational abilities, and understanding how coastal storm surges are changing.
2022-Mar-23 • 29 minutes
Milky Way's origin story revealed by 250,000 stars
Precisely ageing subgiant stars gives new insight into the Milky Way’s formation, and uncovering Yellowstone’s hydrothermal plumbing system.
2022-Mar-18 • 14 minutes
Coronapod: How vaccine complacency is plaguing 'COVID zero' strategies
A handful of states around the world have pursued 'COVID zero' strategies. Through a combination of intensive lockdowns, travel restrictions and comprehensive test and trace systems, regions like Tonga, New Zealand, Taiwan, mainland China and Western Australia managed to keep the virus at bay. But now many of these countries are facing new outbreaks on a scale they have not yet seen, and it is being driven in part by vaccine hesitancy. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss how a successful publi...
2022-Mar-17 • 15 minutes
The coin toss of Alzheimer's inheritance
Marty Reiswig talks about his experience in a clinical trial that hopes to at least delay the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms.
2022-Mar-16 • 27 minutes
The vest that can hear your heartbeat
A fabric microphone that can pick up human speech, and how AI helped the government of Togo distribute financial aid.
2022-Mar-09 • 28 minutes
The AI that deciphers ancient Greek graffiti
An artificial intelligence that restores illegible inscriptions, and the project that's reintroducing lost species in Argentina.
2022-Mar-04 • 17 minutes
Coronapod: why stopping COVID testing would be a mistake
Scientists say that now is the time to improve COVID data, not cut it back
2022-Mar-02 • 30 minutes
COVID stimulus spending failed to deliver on climate promises
G20 COVID stimulus packages fail to deliver on emissions, how knowing something about a stranger could alter your behaviour, and scientists condemn the invasion of Ukraine.
2022-Feb-28 • 23 minutes
Audio long-read: The race to save the Internet from quantum hackers
Almost everything we do on the Internet is made possible by cryptographic algorithms, which scramble our data to protect our privacy. However, this privacy could be under threat. If quantum computers reach their potential these machines could crack current encryption systems — leaving our online data vulnerable.To limit the damage of this so called 'Q-day', researchers are racing to develop new cryptographic systems, capable of withstanding a quantum attack.This is an audio version of our feature: The race ...
2022-Feb-23 • 25 minutes
Dinosaur-destroying asteroid struck in spring
Researchers pinpoint the season that a cataclysmic asteroid struck Earth, and how climate change is affecting the intensity of fires at night.
2022-Feb-16 • 25 minutes
Tongan volcano eruption leaves scientists with unanswered questions
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating Tongan volcano eruption, and modelling how societal changes might alter carbon emissions.
Coronapod: How African scientists are copying Moderna's COVID vaccine
Vaccine inequity continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the pandemic - with only 10% of those in low- and middle-income countries fully vaccinated. One of the biggest hold-ups is a lack of vaccine manufacturing capacity in poorer nations. Bu...
RNA test detects deadly pregnancy disorder early
RNA in blood shows signs of pre-eclampsia before symptoms occur, and the issues of urine in our sewage and what can be done about it.
Coronapod: what people get wrong about endemic COVID
The word endemic is often mistakenly used to describe a rosy end to the pandemic where COVID-19 becomes a mild, but ever-present infection akin to the common cold. But this is by no means guaranteed and the reality could be much less favourable. In thi...
Weirdly flowing water finally has an explanation: 'quantum friction'
How quantum friction explains water’s strange flows in carbon nanotubes, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
Coronapod: Why T cells have been overlooked
Much of the coverage of COVID immunity often focuses on antibody response and for good reason - these small, y-shaped proteins can detect, and in some cases neutralise, viruses like SARS-CoV-2. But as variants like Omicron evolve to evade antibodies, t...
How can battery-powered aircraft get off the ground?
Getting electric planes to take off, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
Audio long read: Is precision public health the future — or a contradiction?
This is an audio version of our feature: Is precision public health the future — or a contradiction?
Coronapod: COVID death toll is likely millions more than official counts
As of January 2022, the WHO reports that 5.5 million people have lost their lives to the pandemic. However, many research groups suggests that this number is likely to be a significant underestimate, although it is hard to be certain as counting mortal...
Why mutation is not as random as we thought
Challenging the dogma of gene evolution, and how chiral nanoparticles could give vaccines a boost.
Podcast Extra: Recreating the lost sounds of spring
The researcher resurrecting our declining soundscapes.
Webb Space Telescope makes history after tense launch
In this episode of the Nature Podcast, we catch up on the biggest science stories from the holiday period by diving into the Nature Briefing.
Science in 2022: what to expect this year
In this episode, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2022. We'll hear about vaccines, multiple Moon missions, the push to save biodiversity, and more.
2021-Dec-31 • 16 minutes
Audio long-read: The secret lives of cells — as never seen before
Cutting-edge microscopy techniques are letting researchers visualize biological molecules within cells, rather than studying them in isolation. This approach is providing new insights into how these structures interact in this complex environment.
2021-Dec-29 • 36 minutes
Our podcast highlights of 2021
The Nature Podcast team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months.
2021-Dec-22 • 34 minutes
The Nature Podcast annual holiday spectacular
Games, seasonal science songs, and Nature’s 10.
2021-Dec-17 • 32 minutes
Coronapod: Omicron - your questions answered
Several weeks after the Omicron variant was first identified, it has quickly spread across the world. Early data are showing clear signals that the latest variant of concern is able to evade immunity and spread at a rate faster than any other variant t...
2021-Dec-15 • 26 minutes
Pluto's strange ice patterns explained by new theory
An explanation for giant ice structures on Pluto, and dismantling the mestizo myth in Latin American genetics.
2021-Dec-10 • 18 minutes
Coronapod: vaccines and long COVID, how protected are you?
Vaccines significantly reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, but scientists are now asking what effect the vaccines might have on long COVID. Long COVID is a somewhat ill-defined, but common, syndrome that can arise from even mild cases of COVID19 - ...
2021-Dec-08 • 28 minutes
How 'megastudies' are changing behavioural science
Speeding up comparisons of behavioural interventions, and what to expect from the James Webb Space Telescope.
2021-Dec-03 • 12 minutes
Coronapod: How has COVID impacted mental health?
Studying mental health in populations is not a simple task, but as the pandemic has continued, mounting concerns have mobilised researchers.Now, researchers have used data from helplines in 20 countries to assess the impacts that COVID, as well as ass...
2021-Dec-01 • 27 minutes
What’s the best diet for people and the planet?
Designing a nutritious and planet-friendly diet, and an AI that guides mathematicians.
2021-Nov-29 • 23 minutes
Audio long-read: The chase for fusion energy
A host of private companies are promising commercial fusion reactors in the next decade.
2021-Nov-26 • 9 minutes
Coronapod: everything we know about the new COVID variant
In a quickly developing story a new variant, first detected in Botswana, is triggering rapid action among researchers. The variant - currently named B.1.1.529 has more than 30 changes to the spike protein - and the concern is that these mutations may r...
2021-Nov-24 • 23 minutes
Researcher careers under the microscope: salary satisfaction and COVID impacts
The Nature salary and satisfaction survey reveals researchers' outlook, and NASA’s test of planetary defences.
2021-Nov-17 • 25 minutes
Sea squirts teach new lessons in evolution
Spineless sea squirts shed light on vertebrate evolution, and an iodine-fuelled engine powering a satellite in space.
2021-Nov-12 • 18 minutes
Coronapod: new hope from COVID antiviral drugs
Two new anti-viral pills have been shown to be safe and effective against COVID in clinical trials, according to recent press releases. The drugs, molnupiravir, developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, and Paxlovid, developed by Pfize...
2021-Nov-10 • 18 minutes
The past and future of the Earth's climate
Reassessing 24,000 years of global temperatures, and on the ground at COP26.
2021-Nov-08 • 20 minutes
Audio long-read: How dangerous is Africa’s explosive Lake Kivu?
Lake Kivu, nestled between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, is a geological anomaly that holds 300 cubic kilometres of dissolved carbon dioxide and 60 cubic kilometres of methane.
2021-Nov-03 • 20 minutes
Podcast special: onboard the climate train to COP26
Last weekend, hundreds of young people boarded a specially chartered train in Amsterdam to travel to Glasgow ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate summit.Among them were scientists, activists and policy makers. In a Nature Podcast&n...
2021-Oct-29 • 15 minutes
China’s COVID vaccines have been crucial — now immunity is waning
More that 3 billions doses of China's CoronaVac and Sinopharm vaccines have been administered across the globe, playing an especially important role in Latin America and South East Asia, as well as China. These vaccines use inactivated virus parti...
2021-Oct-27 • 28 minutes
Genomics unwraps mystery of the Tarim mummies
The unexpected origins of a 4000-year-old people, protecting your ‘digital presence’ and what to expect from COP26.
2021-Oct-25 • 16 minutes
Coronapod: can scientists harness COVID super-immunity?
People that have recovered from COVID are seeing stronger immune responses after vaccination than those that never contracted the virus. Researchers are now racing to unpick what is behind this powerful 'hybrid immunity'. In this episode of...
2021-Oct-20 • 35 minutes
Viking presence in the Americas pinpointed by ancient solar storm
An ancient solar storm helps pinpoint when Vikings lived in the Americas, and using magnets to deftly move non-magnetic metals.
2021-Oct-18 • 17 minutes
Coronapod: the COVID scientists facing violent threats
Hundreds of scientists have responded to a survey asking about harassment and abuse during the pandemic. The results paint a picture which is as concerning as it is shocking. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss the kinds of abuse ...
2021-Oct-13 • 26 minutes
How electric acupuncture zaps inflammation in mice
The neurons behind acupuncture’s effect on inflammation, and how antibiotics affect gut bacteria.
2021-Oct-10 • 11 minutes
Coronapod: new data affirms the benefits of air filters and masks
New data suggests that inexpensive, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can effectively scrub SARS-CoV-2 particles from the air in hospital COVID wards. The result validates previous studies carried out in controlled conditions. Currently, H...
2021-Oct-06 • 26 minutes
The AI that accurately predicts the chances of rain
AI weather forecasters, mapping the human brain and the 2021 science Nobel prizes.
2021-Sep-29 • 24 minutes
Starting up in science: behind the scenes
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of two as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground.
2021-Sep-29 • 18 minutes
Starting up in science: Episode 4
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of two as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground.
2021-Sep-29 • 13 minutes
Starting up in science: Episode 3
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of two as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground.
2021-Sep-29 • 13 minutes
Starting up in science: Episode 2
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of two as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground.
2021-Sep-29 • 11 minutes
Starting up in science: Episode 1
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of two as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground.
2021-Sep-27 • 16 minutes
Audio long-read: Can artificially altered clouds save the Great Barrier Reef?
Australian scientists are developing new technologies to help protect coral from climate change.
2021-Sep-25 • 21 minutes
Coronapod: solving the COVID vaccine manufacturing problem
Less than 1% of those in low income countries are fully vaccinated, and that number only rises to 10% in low-middle income countries. Meanwhile more than half of the population in wealthier countries have received a double dose with several now rolling...
2021-Sep-22 • 19 minutes
The floating sensors inspired by seeds
How tiny seed-like sensors could monitor the environment, and the latest from the Nature Briefing.
2021-Sep-15 • 22 minutes
How to help feed the world with 'Blue Foods'
How aquatic foods could help tackle world hunger, and how Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton growth in the Southern Ocean.
2021-Sep-08 • 14 minutes
The billion years missing from Earth’s history
A new theory to explain missing geological time, the end of leaded petrol, and the ancient humans of Arabia.
2021-Sep-01 • 30 minutes
Dead trees play an under-appreciated role in climate change
How insects help release carbon stored in forests, and the upcoming biodiversity summit COP 15.
2021-Aug-25 • 14 minutes
Audio long-read: why sports concussions are worse for women
As women’s soccer, rugby and other sports gain in popularity a growing body of evidence suggests that female athletes are at a greater risk of traumatic brain injury than men - what's more they tend to fare worse after a concussion and take longer...
2021-Aug-21 • 14 minutes
Coronapod: How Delta is changing the game
Delta has quickly become the dominant COVID variant in many countries across the world, in this episode we ask why. Over the past few weeks, a slew of studies have started to shed more light on how the Delta variant differs from its cousins and even th...
2021-Aug-18 • 33 minutes
What’s the isiZulu for dinosaur? How science neglected African languages
A team is creating bespoke words for scientific terms in African languages, and the sustainability of the electric car boom.
2021-Aug-14 • 19 minutes
Coronapod: COVID boosters amidst global vaccine inequity
Several wealthy nations have announced plans to give third vaccine doses in a bid to help increase the protection of their most vulnerable citizens - but the science is not clear on whether this strategy will be effective or indeed necessary. Meanwhile...
2021-Aug-11 • 26 minutes
The brain cells that help animals navigate in 3D
Researchers uncover how grid cells fire in a 3D space to help bats navigate, and a fabric that switches between being stiff and flexible.
2021-Aug-06 • 13 minutes
Coronapod: Ivermectin, what the science says
Ivermectin is a cheap, widely available, anti-parasitic drug that has been proposed by many as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Dozens of trials have been started, but results have been far from clear, with inconsistent results further confused by hi...
2021-Aug-04 • 31 minutes
Flood risk rises as people surge into vulnerable regions
Satellite imaging has shown population increases are 10x higher in flood prone areas, and a new way to introduce fairness into a democratic process.
2021-Jul-28 • 23 minutes
Has the world’s oldest known animal been discovered?
Researchers debate whether an ancient fossil is the oldest animal yet discovered, and a new way to eavesdrop on glaciers.
2021-Jul-26 • 24 minutes
Audio long-read: How ancient people fell in love with bread, beer and other carbs
Archaeological evidence shows that ancient people ate bread, beer and other carbs, long before domesticated crops.
2021-Jul-24 • 15 minutes
Coronapod: the latest on COVID and sporting events
Early in 2021 the United Kingdom, along with several other countries, allowed mass gatherings as part of a series of controlled studies aimed at better understanding the role events could play in the pandemic. The goal was to inform policy - however ea...
2021-Jul-21 • 27 minutes
How the US is rebooting gun violence research
Funding for gun violence research in the US returns after a 20-year federal hiatus, and the glass sponges that can manipulate ocean currents.
2021-Jul-16 • 21 minutes
Coronapod: Does England's COVID strategy risk breeding deadly variants?
The UK government has announced that virtually all COVID restrictions will be removed in England on Monday 18th July. This will do away with social distancing requirements, allow businesses to re-open to full capacity and remove legal mask mandates. Th...
2021-Jul-14 • 37 minutes
How deadly heat waves expose historic racism
Heat waves have disproportionate impacts on minorities in US cities, and after critiquing his own papers a researcher extols the value of self-criticism.
2021-Jul-09 • 10 minutes
Coronapod: Will COVID become a disease of the young?
For much of the pandemic, the greatest burden of disease has been felt by older generations. But now, for the first time, vaccine roll outs are starting to skew the average age of those infections towards the young. This has led many researchers to ask...
2021-Jul-07 • 30 minutes
Food shocks and how to avoid them
Addressing the problem of sudden food scarcity in US cities, and the up-and-coming field of computational social science.
2021-Jul-02 • 15 minutes
Coronapod: the biomarker that could change COVID vaccines
Since the beginning oft he pandemic, researchers have searched for a biomarker which indicates immune protection from COVID-19 known as a correlate of protection. Now, the team developing the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have published the first...
2021-Jun-30 • 26 minutes
The scientist whose hybrid rice helped feed billions
A historian reflects on the life of Chinese crop scientist Yuan Longping, and the possible influence of geothermal energy production on earthquake aftershocks.
2021-Jun-28 • 22 minutes
Audio long-read: How COVID exposed flaws in evidence-based medicine
This is an audio version of our feature: How COVID broke the evidence pipeline
2021-Jun-25 • 12 minutes
Coronapod: should you have a COVID vaccine when breastfeeding?
Early vaccine trials did not include pregnant or breastfeeding people which left some people asking whether COVID vaccines are safe and effective for those who are breastfeeding. The latest data suggests that they are and in this episode of Co...
2021-Jun-23 • 28 minutes
Quantum compass might help birds 'see' magnetic fields
Researchers isolate the protein thought to allow birds to sense magnetic fields, and astronomers pinpoint the stars that could view Earth as an exoplanet.
2021-Jun-18 • 13 minutes
CureVac disappoints in COVID vaccine trial
After a slew of wildly successful vaccine trials, this week marked a more underwhelming result. The third mRNA vaccine to complete phase three trials, developed by CureVac, is just 47% effective at staving off disease according to preliminary data. Thi...
2021-Jun-16 • 31 minutes
Communities, COVID and credit: the state of science collaborations
The pros and pitfalls of collaboration, with insights from researchers and beyond.
2021-Jun-11 • 11 minutes
Coronapod: Counting the cost of long COVID
The global burden of COVID-19 has predominantly been measured using metrics like case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths. But the long term health impacts are more difficult to capture. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss one way that public heal...
2021-Jun-09 • 26 minutes
Google AI beats humans at designing computer chips
An AI that designs computer chips in hours, and zooming in on DNA’s complex 3D structures.In this episode:00:46 An AI computer microchip designerWorking out where to place the billions of components that a modern computer chip needs can take hum...
2021-Jun-04 • 16 minutes
Coronapod: Uncertainty and the COVID 'lab-leak' theory
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been allegations that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated in a Chinese lab. A phase one WHO investigation concluded that a 'lab-leak' was "extremely unlikely" and yet, the theory has seen...
2021-Jun-02 • 18 minutes
On the origin of numbers
The cross-discipline effort to work our how ancient humans learned to count.
2021-May-26 • 21 minutes
New hope for vaccine against a devastating livestock disease
A vaccine candidate for a neglected tropical disease, and calls to extend the 14-day limit on embryo research.
2021-May-24 • 21 minutes
Audio long-read: How harmful are microplastics?
Pervasive plastic specks are of great concern to scientists – but are they really harmful?
2021-May-19 • 17 minutes
The 'zombie' fires that keep burning under snow-covered forests
Smouldering fires lay dormant before bursting back into flame in spring.
2021-May-14 • 9 minutes
Coronapod: The variant blamed for India's catastrophic second wave
Over the past few weeks, India has been experiencing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, recording hundreds of thousands of new cases a day.Evidence is growing that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as B.1.617, first detected in India i...
2021-May-12 • 26 minutes
The brain implant that turns thoughts into text
A new neural interface lets people type with their mind, and a crafting journey into materials science.
2021-May-07 • 21 minutes
Coronapod: Waiving vaccine patents and coronavirus genome data disputes
In surprise news this week, the US government announced its support for waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, in an effort to boost supplies around the world.As fewer than 1% of people living in low-income countries have received COVID-19 v...
2021-May-05 • 20 minutes
Oldest African burial site uncovers Stone Age relationship with death
Uncovering the earliest evidence of deliberate human burial in Africa, and a metal-free rechargeable battery.
2021-Apr-30 • 27 minutes
Coronapod special: The inequality at the heart of the pandemic
For more than a century, public health researchers have demonstrated how poverty and discrimination drive disease and the coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced this.In a Coronapod special, Natu... Amy M...
2021-Apr-28 • 18 minutes
What fruit flies could teach scientists about brain imaging
Ultra-precise measurements connect brain activity and energy use in individual fruit-fly neurons.
2021-Apr-26 • 19 minutes
Audio long-read: How drugmakers can be better prepared for the next pandemic
Despite warnings, and a number of close calls, drugmakers failed to develop and stockpile drugs to fight a viral pandemic. Now, in the wake of SARS-CoV-2, they are pledging not to make the same mistake again.Around the world, researchers are racing ...
2021-Apr-23 • 16 minutes
Coronapod: Kids and COVID vaccines
As clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children begin, what are the key questions researchers want to answer?
2021-Apr-21 • 26 minutes
Meet the inflatable, origami-inspired structures
The self-supporting structures that snap into place, and how a ban on fossil-fuel funding could entrench poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
2021-Apr-16 • 18 minutes
Coronapod: could COVID vaccines cause blood clots? Here's what the science says
Reports of rare and unusual blood clots have resulted in several vaccine roll outs being paused while scientists scramble to work out if the vaccines are responsible and if so how.The unusual combination of symptoms, including a low platelet count a...
2021-Apr-14 • 19 minutes
The sanitation crisis making rural America ill
The lack of adequate sanitation in parts of the rural US, and physicists reassess muons’ magnetism.
2021-Apr-09 • 22 minutes
Coronapod: A whistle-blower’s quest to take politics out of coronavirus surveillance
Rick Bright exposed former president Trump's political meddling in the US COVID response. Now he is championing a new privately funded initiative to track viral spread and combat new variants. We discuss the challenges of collecting da...
2021-Apr-06 • 24 minutes
Audio long-read: Rise of the robo-writers
This is an audio version of our feature: Robo-writers: the rise and risks of language-generating AI
2021-Apr-02 • 13 minutes
Coronapod: How to define rare COVID vaccine side effects
From a sore arm to anaphylaxis, a wide range of adverse events have been reported after people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. And yet it is unclear how many of these events are actually caused by the vaccine. In the vast majority of cases, reactions...
2021-Mar-31 • 29 minutes
Antimatter cooled with lasers for the first time
Laser-cooled antimatter opens up new physics experiments, and the staggering economic cost of invasive species.
2021-Mar-26 • 19 minutes
Coronapod: the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine - what you need to know
Since the beginning of the pandemic the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been plagued by confusion and controversy. The vaccine has been authorised in over 100 countries, tens of millions of doses have been administered, and it has been demonstrated to b...
2021-Mar-24 • 28 minutes
Network of world's most accurate clocks paves way to redefine time
A web of three optical atomic clocks show incredibly accurate measurements of time, and the trailblazing astronomer who found hints of dark matter.
2021-Mar-19 • 15 minutes
Coronapod: Why COVID antibody treatments may not be the answer
In the early days of the pandemic, researchers raced to identify the most potent antibodies produced by the immune system in response to SAR-COV-2 infection and produce them in bulk. The resulting ‘monoclonal antibodies’ have since been tested in a var...
2021-Mar-17 • 23 minutes
The AI that argues back
A computer that can participate in live debates against human opponents.
2021-Mar-12 • 13 minutes
Coronapod: COVID and pregnancy - what do we know?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been many open questions about how COVID-19 could impact pregnant people and their babies – confounded by a lack of data.
2021-Mar-10 • 30 minutes
The smallest measurement of gravity ever recorded
Physicists examine the gravitational pull between two tiny masses, and how fossil lampreys could shake-up the field of vertebrate evolution.
2021-Mar-05 • 18 minutes
Coronapod: COVID's origins and the 'lab leak' theory
Where did the SARS-CoV-2 virus come from? As a team of researchers from the WHO prepares to report on its investigation into the origins of the virus, we discuss the leading theories, including the controversial ‘lab leak' hypothesis.
2021-Mar-03 • 26 minutes
COVID, 2020 and a year of lost research
The pandemic's unequal toll on the research community, and a newly discovered mitochondria-like symbiosis.
2021-Feb-26 • 19 minutes
Coronapod: Google-backed database could help answer big COVID questions
A repository with millions of data points will track immunity and variant spread.
2021-Feb-24 • 26 minutes
The quark of the matter: what's really inside a proton?
The surprising structure of protons, and a method for growing small intestines for transplantation.
2021-Feb-23 • 23 minutes
Audio long-read: Thundercloud Project tackles a gamma-ray mystery
Researchers in Japan are trying to understand why thunderstorms fire out bursts of powerful radiation.
2021-Feb-19 • 17 minutes
Coronapod: our future with an ever-present coronavirus
What’s the endgame for the COVID-19 pandemic? Is a world without SARS-CoV-2 possible, or is the virus here to stay?
2021-Feb-17 • 31 minutes
A mammoth discovery: oldest DNA on record from million-year-old teeth
Researchers sequence the oldest DNA ever recovered, and the people bringing art and science together.
2021-Feb-12 • 16 minutes
Coronapod: Is mixing COVID vaccines a good idea?
The science behind how and when to give vaccines doses.
2021-Feb-10 • 27 minutes
Human Genome Project - Nature’s editor-in-chief reflects 20 years on
Looking back at the publication of the human genome, and how macrophages mend muscle.
2021-Feb-05 • 18 minutes
Coronapod: Variants – what you need to know
Researchers are scrambling to understand the biology of new coronavirus variants and the impact they might have on vaccine efficacy.
2021-Feb-03 • 28 minutes
Mysterious einsteinium spills its secrets
Exploring the properties of a vanishingly-rare man-made element, and the AI that generates new mathematical conjectures.
2021-Jan-29 • 21 minutes
Coronapod: Fixing the world’s pandemic alarm
A year ago the WHO’s coronavirus emergency alarm was largely ignored. Why?
2021-Jan-28 • 15 minutes
Audio long-read: Push, pull and squeeze – the hidden forces that shape life
Researchers are probing the subtle physical forces that sculpt cells and bodies.
2021-Jan-27 • 28 minutes
How a spinal device could relieve a neglected effect of cord injury
A neuroprosthetic device restores blood-pressure control after spinal-cord injury, and identifying the neurons that help us understand others’ beliefs.
2021-Jan-20 • 37 minutes
Hiring discrimination laid bare by mountain of data
Analysis of millions of job seekers shows that recruiters will discriminate based on ethnicity and gender, and the neural circuitry behind a brief period of forgetting.
2021-Jan-14 • 20 minutes
Coronapod: The rise of RNA vaccines
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker and Elie Dolgin discuss RNA vaccines
2021-Jan-13 • 32 minutes
The mysterious extinction of the dire wolf
DNA clues point to how dire wolves went extinct, and a round-up of the main impacts of Brexit on science.
2020-Dec-30 • 21 minutes
Audio long-read: Controlling COVID with science - Iceland's story
Lessons from Iceland, which utilised huge scientific resources to contain COVID-19.
2020-Dec-23 • 48 minutes
Our podcast highlights of 2020
The Nature Podcast team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months.
2020-Dec-17 • 26 minutes
Coronapod: The big COVID research papers of 2020
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker and Traci Watson discuss some of 2020's most significant coronavirus research papers.In the final Coronapod of 2020, we dive into the scientific literature to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have disc...
2020-Dec-16 • 37 minutes
Could you prevent a pandemic? A very 2020 video game
A video game provides players with insights into pandemic responses, and our annual festive fun.
2020-Dec-09 • 38 minutes
Don’t think too deeply about the origin of life – it may have started in puddles
Scientists are shifting their thinking on where life might have arisen, and a new model to tackle climate change equitably and economically.
2020-Dec-03 • 16 minutes
Norway's prime minister reveals plans to protect the world's oceans
Erna Solberg on fisheries, fossil fuels and the future of the oceans.
2020-Dec-02 • 46 minutes
Cellular ageing: turning back the clock restores vision in mice
A trio of genes may be key to making cells young again, and ultra precise measurement of a fundamental physics constant.
2020-Nov-25 • 35 minutes
Neutrinos give insights into the workings of the Sun’s core
Scientists have finally confirmed the existence of a CNO cycle fusion reaction in the Sun, and why women’s contraception research needs a reboot.
2020-Nov-19 • 16 minutes
Coronapod: What could falling COVID death rates mean for the pandemic?
Around the world, COVID death rates are falling, but why?
2020-Nov-18 • 35 minutes
The troubling rise of facial recognition technology
Scientists have grave concerns over ethical and societal impacts of facial-recognition technology. In this surveillance special, we dig into the details.
2020-Nov-13 • 19 minutes
Audio long-read: The enigmatic organisms of the Ediacaran Period
New fossil finds and new techniques reveal evidence that early animals were more complex than previously thought.
2020-Nov-11 • 40 minutes
Revealed: the impact of noise and light pollution on birds
Researchers try to unpick the complex relationship between sensory pollutants and bird reproduction, and how to combat organised crime in fisheries.
2020-Nov-04 • 35 minutes
A powerful radio burst from a magnetic star
Astronomers pin down the likely origins of mysterious fast radio bursts, and the latest on what the US election means for science.
2020-Oct-30 • 23 minutes
Talking politics, talking science
Science and politics are not easy bedfellows - "Stick to the science" is a three part series which aims to find out whyIn the final episode we ask in this world of intertwined politics and science, how should we talk about it?
2020-Oct-29 • 24 minutes
Politics of the life scientific
Science and politics are not easy bedfellows - "Stick to the science" is a three part series which aims to find out why.If you are a scientist working right now, what role does politics play in your work, your research, your life?
2020-Oct-28 • 28 minutes
A brief history of politics and science
In this miniseries "Stick to the science" we explore the complex relationship between science and politics. In this first episode, we look back to history to try and unpick how this relationship has evolved and where Nature as a publication f...
2020-Oct-28 • 39 minutes
Lab–grown brains and the debate over consciousness
The chances of mini brains becoming sentient, and a UK government decision threatens gender diversity in academia.
2020-Oct-21 • 38 minutes
The science behind an 'uncrushable' beetle’s exoskeleton
The structure of a beetle’s super-strong exoskeleton could open up new engineering applications, and efforts to address diversity and equality imbalances in academia.
2020-Oct-14 • 40 minutes
Superconductivity gets heated
A high pressure experiment reveals the world’s first room-temperature superconductor, and a method to target ecosystem restoration.
2020-Oct-09 • 18 minutes
Audio long-read: What animals really think
Researchers are aligning data on animal neuronal activity with behavioural information recorded on millisecond timescales, to uncover the signatures of internal brain states associated with things like moods and motivation.This is an audio version o...
2020-Oct-07 • 43 minutes
Trump vs. Biden: what's at stake for science?
A conversation about the US election and the possible fallout for science, and are maternal behaviours learned or innate?
2020-Sep-30 • 36 minutes
Greenland's ice will melt faster than any time in the past 12,000 years
How current and future ice loss in Greenland compares to the past, and using graphene to make ultra-sensitive radiation detectors.
2020-Sep-23 • 38 minutes
After decades of trying, scientists coax plastic particles into a diamond-like structure
Coaxing tiny colloid particles into a diamond structure, and manipulating cell death and homeostasis in neurodegenerative disease.
2020-Sep-16 • 36 minutes
Genes chart Vikings' spread across Europe
Mapping the migration of the Vikings, and the world’s smallest ultrasound device.
2020-Sep-09 • 39 minutes
A new way to cool computer chips — from within
Keeping electronics from overheating, and how to include minority populations in genetic analyses.
2020-Sep-02 • 36 minutes
Revealed: A clearer view of how general anaesthetics actually work
Engineering yeast to produce medicines, and the mechanism of anaesthetic action.
2020-Aug-26 • 35 minutes
The challenge of reproducing results from ten-year-old code
Protecting delicate quantum bits, and a competition to replicate findings from ancient computer code.
2020-Aug-19 • 37 minutes
3D-printing some of the world's lightest materials
A new way to produce aerogels opens up their use, and understanding how sulfur can change state between two liquids.
2020-Aug-12 • 32 minutes
The chemical that turns locusts from Jekyll into Hyde
Triggering swarming behaviour in locusts, and new insights into how humans synchronize.
2020-Aug-07 • 18 minutes
Audio long-read: Pluto’s dark side is overflowing with secrets
This is an audio version of our feature: Pluto’s dark side spills its secrets — including hints of a hidden ocean
2020-Jul-29 • 34 minutes
Why skin grows bigger as you stretch it
Skin's unusual response to stretching is finally explained, and the latest in a huge effort to map DNA
2020-Jul-22 • 42 minutes
When did people arrive in the Americas? New evidence stokes debate
New evidence may push back the date on human arrival to the Americas, and an examination of science’s flaws.00:59 Ancient AmericansTwo papers suggest that humans were present in the Americas thousands of years before many people ...
2020-Jul-15 • 38 minutes
Graphene’s magic angle reveals a new twist
Probing the superconducting properties of graphene and bacteria that can use manganese to grow.
2020-Jul-10 • 46 minutes
Coronapod: Massive coronavirus outbreak strikes iconic Californian prison after it rejected expert aid
San Quentin prison faces the third-largest outbreak in the United States. Legal pressure builds as one in three inmates is infected.
2020-Jul-08 • 25 minutes
The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars
On this week’s podcast, an ambitious Mars mission from a young space agency, and how crumbling up rocks could help fight climate change.
2020-Jul-03 • 33 minutes
Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic ‘war-game’ simulations
Biosecurity experts use military-style exercises to plan for biological threats. Have their warnings been heeded?
2020-Jul-01 • 23 minutes
What the atomic structure of enamel tells us about tooth decay
On this week’s podcast, how the molecular structure of tooth enamel may impact decay, and a mysterious planetary core from a half-formed gas giant.
2020-Jun-26 • 32 minutes
Coronapod: The state of the pandemic, six months in
Lockdowns are lifting but global infections are still rising. We take stock as we enter the next chapter of the outbreak.
2020-Jun-24 • 27 minutes
How playing poker can help you make decisions
On this week’s podcast, life lessons from poker, and keeping things civil during peer review.
2020-Jun-19 • 38 minutes
Coronapod: Dexamethasone, the cheap steroid that could cut coronavirus deaths
Hope rises as the first potentially life-saving treatment emerges from drug trials.
2020-Jun-17 • 29 minutes
Incest in the elite of Neolithic Ireland
This week, researchers make diamonds tough, and evidence of incest in a 5,000 year old tomb.In this episode:00:51 Tough versus hardDiamonds are famed for their hardness, but they are not so resistant to fracture. Now, researchers have toughened ...
2020-Jun-15 • 16 minutes
Long Read Podcast: Enigmatic neutron stars may soon give up their secrets
An instrument on the International Space Station is providing new insights into some of the Universe’s most baffling objects.
2020-Jun-12 • 34 minutes
Coronapod: The Surgisphere scandal that rocked coronavirus drug research
The latest from the hydroxychloroquine saga, as a questionable dataset threatens trust in science and forces major journals to review their processes.
2020-Jun-11 • 22 minutes
The quantum space lab
This week, the spaceborne lab that allows investigation of quantum states, and the debate surrounding how mountain height is maintained.
2020-Jun-09 • 1 minutes
#ShutDownSTEM and the Nature Podcast
On the tenth of June, Nature will be joining #ShutdownStem #strike4blacklives. We will be educating ourselves and defining actions we can take to help eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM . Please join us.
2020-Jun-05 • 25 minutes
Coronapod: The heavy toll on people of colour
The coronavirus is killing a disproportionate number of people of colour. As systemic injustices are brought to the fore across the world, what can be done to address the virus's unequal burden?
2020-Jun-03 • 24 minutes
Lab-made skin grows its own hair
This week, a new method to grow hairy skin in a dish, and new research takes aim at the RNA world hypothesis.
2020-May-29 • 27 minutes
Coronapod: The divisive hydroxychloroquine study that's triggering mass confusion
00:59 Chloroquine on rocky groundPresident Trump's preferred coronavirus treatment is the focus of a new study suggesting it could cause more harm than good, but not everybody agrees. We discuss the fallout as trials around the world are paused a...
2020-May-27 • 20 minutes
Super-efficient catalyst boosts hopes for hydrogen fuel
This week, perfecting catalysts that split water using light, and the mystery of missing matter in the Universe.
2020-May-22 • 34 minutes
Coronapod: Hope and caution greet vaccine trial result, and Trump vs the WHO
The first results from vaccine trials are promising, but scientists still urge caution, and Trump issues an ultimatum to the WHO.
2020-May-20 • 22 minutes
A synthetic eye that 'sees' like a human
This week, crafting an artificial eye with the benefits of a human's, and understanding how disk-galaxies formed by peering back in time.
2020-May-15 • 32 minutes
Coronapod: The misinformation pandemic, and science funding fears
With questionable coronavirus content flooding airwaves and online channels, what’s being done to limit its impact?
2020-May-13 • 20 minutes
The super-sleuth who spots trouble in science papers, and the puzzle of urban smog
This week, Elisabeth Bik tells us about her work uncovering potential image manipulation, and a new route for particulate pollution formation.
2020-May-08 • 28 minutes
Coronapod: The dangers of ignoring outbreaks in homeless shelters, plus coronavirus and drug abuse
Outbreaks among those unable to isolate are spreading under the radar. We hear about the researchers scrambling to get a handle on the situation.
2020-May-06 • 22 minutes
07 May 2020: Galileo and the science deniers, and physicists probe the mysterious pion
This week, a new way to study elusive subatomic particles - pions, and the story of Galileo remains relevant in a time of modern science denialism.
2020-May-01 • 32 minutes
Coronapod: What use are contact tracing apps? And new hopes for coronavirus drug remdesivir
The Coronapod team pick through the latest news, plus we hear from the researchers making lemonade out of lockdown lemons.
2020-Apr-29 • 23 minutes
30 April 2020: A sniff test for consciousness, and how to cut antibiotics use — with vaccines
This week, how the ‘sniff-response’ can help clinicians determine a patient's state of consciousness, and how vaccines could help drive down antibiotic use.
2020-Apr-24 • 33 minutes
Coronapod: The race to expand antibody testing
We discuss the role of antibody tests in controlling the pandemic, and how public-health spending could curtail an economic crisis. Also on the show, the open hardware community's efforts to produce medical equipment.
2020-Apr-22 • 23 minutes
23 April 2020: Denisovan DNA in modern Europeans, and the birth of an unusual celestial object
This week, evidence of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes, and the origin of a snowman-shaped object at the edge of the solar system.
2020-Apr-17 • 30 minutes
Coronapod: Troubling news
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss Trump withholding funds from the WHO, and how COVID-19 kills. We also hear about controlling misinformation while communicating risk.
2020-Apr-10 • 31 minutes
Coronapod: An untapped resource
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the labs struggling to get involved in diagnostic testing, and should you be wearing a mask?
2020-Apr-08 • 17 minutes
09 April 2020: A plastic-recycling enzyme, and supercooled molecules
This week, a new enzyme speeds up the breakdown of plastic bottles, and a method to cool molecules to a fraction above absolute zero.
2020-Apr-03 • 36 minutes
Coronapod: Ramping up responses
The latest on the British response, and what low- and middle-income countries have done to prepare for the pandemic.
2020-Apr-01 • 18 minutes
02 April 2020: Dating an ancient hominid skull, and an ancient Antarctic rainforest
This week, reassessing the age of the ‘Broken Hill skull’, and unearthing evidence of an ancient forest near the South Pole.
2020-Mar-27 • 26 minutes
Coronapod: Old treatments and new hopes
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19.
2020-Mar-25 • 16 minutes
25 March 2020: Ultra-fast electrical switches, and computing heart health
This week, a speedy, yet simple switch, and a video-based AI helps assess heart health.
2020-Mar-21 • 13 minutes
Podcast Extra: Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie
Radioactive is a new biopic on Marie Skłodowska Curie with Rosamund Pike taking on the role of Curie. This Podcast Extra is an extended version of reporter Lizzie Gibney's interview with Rosamund, in which they talk about stepping into th...
2020-Mar-20 • 21 minutes
Coronapod: “Test, test, test!”
In the first of our new podcast series, Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the epidemiology needed to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
2020-Mar-18 • 20 minutes
19 March 2020: Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, and the resurgence of Russian science
This week, we speak to Rosamund Pike about her experience portraying Marie Skłodowska Curie, and we find out how science in Russia is changing after years of decline.In this episode:01:43 RadioactiveBritish actor Rosamund Pike tells us about her...
2020-Mar-17 • 18 minutes
Podcast Extra: Coronavirus - science in the pandemic
In this Podcast Extra, we hear from epidemiologists, genomicists and social scientists about how they're working to tackle the coronavirus and what they've learned so far.
2020-Mar-13 • 15 minutes
Long Read Podcast: Are feelings more than skin deep?
Research in the 1960s and 1970s suggested that emotional expressions – smiling when happy, scowling when angry, and so on – were universal. This idea stood unchallenged for a generation.
2020-Mar-11 • 27 minutes
12 March 2020: An ancient bird trapped in amber, and life beneath the ocean floor
This week, a newly discovered bird species from the time of the dinosaurs, and microbes hundreds of metres below the ocean floor.
2020-Mar-04 • 24 minutes
05 March 2020: Ultrafast machine vision, and quicker crystal creation
This week, improving computers’ image identification, and a new method for growing crystals.
2020-Feb-28 • 15 minutes
Backchat: Covering coronavirus
In this edition of Backchat we take a deep dive into Nature's coverage of coronavirus. As cases climb, what are some of the challenges involved in reporting on the virus?
2020-Feb-26 • 21 minutes
27 February 2020: Mapping fruit flies’ neural circuitry, and perfecting the properties of metallic glass
This week, the brain pathways of egg laying in fruit flies, and preventing fractures in metallic glass.
2020-Feb-26 • 5 minutes
Podcast Extra: ‘There is lots of anxiety’: a scientist’s view from South Korea
In recent days, the number of coronavirus cases have surged in South Korea.In this Podcast Extra Nick Howe speaks to Bartosz Gryzbowski, a researcher based in the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, which is just 60km away from epice...
2020-Feb-19 • 28 minutes
20 February 2020: Improving battery charging, and harnessing energy from the air
This week, machine learning helps batteries charge faster, and using bacterial nanowires to generate electricity from thin air.
2020-Feb-12 • 27 minutes
13 February 2020: The puzzling structures of muddled materials, and paving the way for the quantum internet
This week, uncovering the structure of materials with useful properties, and quantum entanglement over long distances.
2020-Feb-05 • 26 minutes
06 February 2020: Out-of-office emails and work-life-balance, and an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak
This week, how setting an out-of-office email could help promote a kinder academic culture.
2020-Jan-29 • 28 minutes
30 January 2020: Linking Australian bushfires to climate change, and Asimov's robot ethics
This week, establishing the role of climate change in Australian bushfires, and revisiting Isaac Asimov’s ethical rules for robots.
2020-Jan-22 • 26 minutes
23 January: How stress can cause grey hair, and the attitude needed to tackle climate change
23 January: How stress can cause grey hair, and the attitude needed to tackle climate change
2020-Jan-15 • 26 minutes
16 January 2020: Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity
Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity.
2020-Jan-08 • 11 minutes
09 January 2020: A look ahead at science in 2020
In this episode of the podcast, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2020.
2020-Jan-01 • 39 minutes
01 January 2020: Our reporters’ top picks of 2019
In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, our reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2019.In this episode:00:33 A sole sensationA study of people who do and don't wear shoes looks into whether calluses make feet les...
2019-Dec-27 • 12 minutes
Nature PastCast, December 1920: The Quantum Theory
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.In this episode, we’re heading back to the early twentieth century, ...
2019-Dec-23 • 18 minutes
Podcast Extra: From climate lawyer to climate activist
In this Podcast Extra, Nature's Chief Opinion Editor Sara Abdulla meets with Farhana Yamin to discuss why she ditched resolutions in favour of activism. This is an extended version of an interview originally broadcast in September.
2019-Dec-20 • 11 minutes
Podcast Extra: Epigenetics
As part of Nature's 150th anniversary celebrations, Nick Howe dives into the topic of epigenetics.Since its origin in 1942, the term 'epigenetics' has been repeatedly defined and redefined. There's always been h...
2019-Dec-18 • 33 minutes
19 December 2019: The three-body problem, and festive fun
We’ve launched our 2019 listener survey. We want to know what you think of the show to help us make a great podcast. You can find the survey here. Thanks!This week, a solution to a centuries-old physics problem, and holiday shenanigans.I...
2019-Dec-16 • 16 minutes
Long Read Podcast: How to save coral reefs as the world warms
Research groups around the world are exploring new ways of protecting coral reefs from climate change.This is an audio version of our feature: These corals could survive climate change — and help save the world’s reefs.
2019-Dec-11 • 27 minutes
12 December 2019: Social priming, and acoustic science
This week, the embattled field of social priming, and the latest sounds from a big acoustic meeting.
2019-Dec-04 • 28 minutes
05 December 2019: Genomic sequencing and the source of solar winds
This week, exploring two very different issues with genomic sequencing, and the latest results from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.
2019-Nov-29 • 14 minutes
Nature Pastcast, November 1869: The first issue of Nature
In this episode, we’re heading back to 4 November 1869, when Nature’s story began.
2019-Nov-27 • 25 minutes
28 November 2019: Nature’s 2019 PhD survey, and older women in sci-fi novels
This week, delving into the results of the latest graduate student survey, and assessing ageism in science fiction literature.
2019-Nov-20 • 19 minutes
21 November 2019: A new antibiotic from nematode guts, grant funding ‘lotteries’, and butterfly genomes
This week, an antibiotic that targets hard-to-treat bacteria, and a roundup of the latest science news.In this episode:00:49 Discovering darobactinResearchers looked inside nematode guts and have identified a new antibiotic with some useful prop...
2019-Nov-13 • 23 minutes
14 November 2019: A rapid, multi-material 3D printer, and a bacterium’s role in alcoholic hepatitis
This week, a new 3D printer allows quick shifting between many materials, and understanding the link between gut microbes and liver disease.00:46 A new dimension for 3D printersA new nozzle lets a 3D printer switch between materials at a rapid rate...
2019-Nov-07 • 18 minutes
Backchat: Nature's 150th anniversary
This week marks 150 years since the first issue of Nature was published, on 4 November 1869. In this anniversary edition of Backchat, the panel take a look back at how the journal has evolved in this time.
2019-Nov-06 • 31 minutes
07 November 2019: The fossil of an upright ape, science in 150 years, and immunization progress around the world
This week, insights into the evolution of walking upright, how science needs to change in the next 150 years, and the unfinished agenda for vaccines.
2019-Oct-31 • 13 minutes
Nature Pastcast, October 1993: Carl Sagan uses Galileo to search for signs of life
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists led by Carl Sagan look...
2019-Oct-30 • 25 minutes
31 October 2019: An AI masters the video game StarCraft II, and measuring arthropod abundance
This week, a computer beats the best human players in StarCraft II, and a huge study of insects and other arthropods.In this episode:00:45 Learning to playBy studying and experimenting, an AI has reached Grandmaster level at the video game Starc...
2019-Oct-28 • 10 minutes
Podcast Extra: Detecting gravitational waves
As part of Nature's 150th anniversary celebrations, we look back at an important moment in the history of science.
2019-Oct-23 • 27 minutes
24 October 2019: Quantum supremacy and ancient mammals
This week, a milestone in quantum computing, and rethinking early mammals.
2019-Oct-16 • 24 minutes
17 October 2019: Mapping childhood mortality, and evolving ‘de novo’ genes
This week, investigating child mortality rates at a local level, and building genes from non-coding DNA.In this episode:00:43 A regional view of childhood mortalityResearchers map countries' progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development...
2019-Oct-09 • 24 minutes
10 October 2019: Estimating earthquake risk, and difficulties for deep-learning
This week, a method for predicting follow-up earthquakes, and the issues with deep learning systems in AI.In this episode:00:47 Which is the big quake?A new technique could allow seismologists to better predict if a larger earthquake will follow...
2019-Oct-09 • 4 minutes
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner John B Goodenough
In this Podcast Extra, we speak to John B Goodenough, from the University of Texas at Austin in the US. Today, John was announced as one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
2019-Oct-08 • 8 minutes
Podcast Extra: Q&A with Nobel Prize winner Didier Queloz
In this Podcast Extra, we speak to physicist Didier Queloz, who was announced today as one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. Reporter Benjamin Thompson went along to chat with him.
2019-Oct-02 • 26 minutes
03 October 2019: Leapfrogging speciation, and migrating mosquitoes
This week, how new species may form by sexual imprinting, and a previously unknown way for mosquitoes to migrate.In this episode:00:43 New species by sexual imprinting?A Central American frog chooses mates resembling its parents, a possible rout...
2019-Sep-27 • 16 minutes
Nature PastCast, September 1963: Plate tectonics – the unifying theory of Earth sciences
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.Earthquakes, volcanoes, the form...
2019-Sep-25 • 24 minutes
26 September 2019: Mysteries of the ancient mantle, and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
This week, diamond-containing rocks may help uncover secrets of the Earth’s mantle, and a reflection on science since the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published.In this episode:00:46 Earth’s EvolutionExplosive eruptions have allowed resea...
2019-Sep-21 • 16 minutes
Podcast Extra: Absurd scientific advice
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is the new book from XKCD cartoonist Randall Munroe. In this Podcast Extra, Randall talks about the book, its inspiration and the bizarre thought experiments it contains.
2019-Sep-19 • 19 minutes
Backchat: Covering Climate Now
In this episode:00:44 A global media collaborationThis week, Nature is taking part in the Covering Climate Now project. What is it, and why has Nature joined? Editorial: Act now and avert a climate crisis05:49 ‘Climate change’ vs ‘climate emerge...
2019-Sep-18 • 26 minutes
19 September 2019: XKCD, and Extinction Rebellion
This week, absurd advice from XKCD’s Randall Munroe, and a conversation climate lawyer turned activist Farhana Yamin.
2019-Sep-11 • 24 minutes
12 September 2019: Modelling early embryos, and male-dominated conferences
This week, modelling embryonic development, and an analysis of male dominated conferences.In this episode:00:44 Imitating implantationResearchers have created a system that uses stem cells to model the early stages of pregnancy. Resear...
2019-Sep-04 • 26 minutes
05 September 2019: Persistent antibiotic resistance, and modelling hot cities
This week, Salmonella spreading antibiotic resistance, and the drivers of urban heat islands.In this episode: 00:46 Antibiotic resistance reservoirsResearchers have identified how Salmonella ‘persister’ cells can spread...
2019-Aug-30 • 19 minutes
Nature PastCast, August 1975: Antibodies’ ascendency to blockbuster drug status
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.They’re found in home-testing kits for pregnancy, hospital tests for...
2019-Aug-28 • 26 minutes
29 August 2019: Carbon-based computing, and depleting ancient-human genomes
This week, a computer chip based on carbon nanotubes, and the potential pitfalls of sequencing ancient-human remains.In this episode: 00:45 A nanotube microprocessorScientists are looking beyond silicon, by constructing a computer chip u...
2019-Aug-21 • 24 minutes
22 August 2019: Combating online hate speech, and identifying early fossils
This week, the resilience of internet hate groups, and searching for early life.In this episode:00:46 Tackling internet hateResearchers have been modelling how hate groups interact online, and have come up with suggestions to combat this activit...
2019-Aug-14 • 25 minutes
15 August 2019: Atomic espionage in the Second World War, and exploring the early Universe
This week, spilling nuclear secrets, and a mysterious period in the Universe’s history.In this episode:00:46 "The most dangerous spy in history"We hear the story of Klaus Fuchs, who gave away the details of building an atomic bomb....
2019-Aug-07 • 26 minutes
08 August 2019: A mindset for success, and mercury in fish
This week, a mindset to improve school performance, and the complex story of how mercury accumulates in fish.In this episode:00:46 Growth MindsetHow a one hour course could improve academic achievement. Research article: Yeage...
2019-Jul-31 • 20 minutes
01 August 2019: The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence
This week, whether the placenta is lacking microbes, and new hardware for artificial intelligence.In this episode:00:43 Microbe-free placentas?New research suggests that the placenta is sterile. Research article: de Goffau et ...
2019-Jul-26 • 15 minutes
Nature PastCast, July 1942: Secret science in World War 2
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.
2019-Jul-24 • 19 minutes
25 July 2019: The history of climate change, and making vaccines mandatory
This week, how the climate has changed throughout history, and why enforcing vaccination should be done with care.In this episode:00:39 Climate through timeResearchers have modelled how climate has changed throughout the past 2000 years.&nbs...
2019-Jul-19 • 26 minutes
Backchat July 2019: Breaking news, audience-led journalism and human gene editing
In this episode:01:01 Breaking NewsThe 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;&nbs...
2019-Jul-17 • 27 minutes
18 July 2019: Quantum logic gates in silicon, and moving on from lab disasters
This week, a new advance in silicon based quantum computing and experiences of how to recover when disaster strikes.In this episode:00:45 Quantum logicA fast and accurate two-qubit logic gate has been designed in silicon. Research arti...
2019-Jul-10 • 13 minutes
11 July 2019: The moon, past, present, and future
This week, an extended chat about all things lunar with Alex Witze.Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of humans walking on the Moon. Nick Howe catches up with planetary scien...
2019-Jul-03 • 23 minutes
04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand’s sustainability
This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining.In this episode:00:47 Predicting propertiesA word-association algorithm is reading millions of abstracts to discover new properties...
2019-Jun-28 • 16 minutes
Nature PastCast, June 1876: Gorillas, man-eating monsters?
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.
2019-Jun-26 • 27 minutes
27 June 2019: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology
This week, how wearing shoes might affect foot sensitivity, and uncovering history with ancient proteins.
2019-Jun-19 • 24 minutes
20 June 2019: Non-native species, and a blood-inspired robot battery
This week, what makes birds invasive, and a robotic fish powered by a blood-like battery.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.&n...
2019-Jun-12 • 24 minutes
13 June 2019: Mighty magnets, and aerosols in the atmosphere
This week, a record-breaking magnetic field, and aerosols’ potential effects on the atmosphere.
2019-Jun-05 • 21 minutes
06 June 2019: Microbes modifying medicine and kickstarting plate tectonics
This week, how gut microbes might be affecting drugs, and a new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics.In this episode:00:45 Microbes metabolising drugsResearchers are investigating whether the gut microbiota can alter the activity of medici...
2019-May-31 • 16 minutes
Nature PastCast May 1983: Discovering the ozone layer hole
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.The discovery of the ozone hole in the mid-1980s was a shock. Scient...
2019-May-30 • 16 minutes
30 May 2019: Cold fusion, gender parity in universities, and studying wildfires
This week, looking back at cold fusion, a ranking of gender balance in universities, and measuring the impact of wildfires.
2019-May-22 • 28 minutes
23 May 2019: Pre-industrial plankton populations, European science, and ancient fungi.
This week, how climate change has affected plankton, the future of European science, and evidence of an ancient fungus.
2019-May-15 • 24 minutes
16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon's far side
This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.
2019-May-08 • 21 minutes
09 May 2019: Urban vs Rural BMI, and the health of rivers
This week, body mass increases around the world, and river connections in decline.
2019-May-01 • 27 minutes
02 May 2019: China's growing science network, and talking brain signals
This week, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.
2019-Apr-26 • 14 minutes
Nature PastCast April 1953: The other DNA papers
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their f...
2019-Apr-25 • 11 minutes
25 April 2019: Tiny earthquakes, the genetics of height, and how US-China politics is affecting research
This week we’ve got an extended News Chat between presenter Benjamin Thompson and Nature's European Bureau Chief Nisha Gaind. They discuss a new way to identify tiny earthquakes, new insights into the heritability of height, and how political tens...
2019-Apr-17 • 28 minutes
18 April 2019: Reviving brains, lightning, and spring books
This week, restoring function in dead pig brains, spring science books, and the structure of lightning.If you have any questions about the partly-revived brains study, then the reporters at Nature are keen to answer them. You can submit them at the ...
2019-Apr-11 • 7 minutes
Podcast Extra: The first image of a black hole
This week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. In this special News Chat, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi, who was at a press conference in Brussels where the image was announced, tells Benjamin Tho...
2019-Apr-10 • 24 minutes
11 April 2019: Heart failure and vacuum field fluctuations.
This week, a new mouse model for heart failure and characterising energy fluctuations in empty space.
2019-Apr-03 • 26 minutes
04 April 2019: MDMA and the malleable mind, and keeping skin young
This week, why MDMA could make social interactions more rewarding, and how your skin keeps itself youthful.
2019-Mar-29 • 21 minutes
Backchat March 2019: Calls for a research moratorium, and the evolution of science reporting
In this month’s roundtable, our reporters discuss calls to pause heritable genome-editing research, and how science journalism has changed in the past 20 years.
2019-Mar-27 • 30 minutes
28 March 2019: Human impacts on Mount Kilimanjaro, sex differences in pain, and a crystal-based cooling method
This week, how humans are affecting Kilimanjaro's ecosystems, differences in pain based on biological sex, and refrigerating with crystals.
2019-Mar-20 • 25 minutes
21 March 2019: Antibiotics in orchards, and rethinking statistical significance
This week, a plan to spray antibiotics onto orange trees, and is it time to retire statistical significance?
2019-Mar-15 • 16 minutes
Nature Pastcast March 1918: The eclipse expedition to put Einstein to the test
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments in the history of science.As the First World War draws to an end, astron...
2019-Mar-14 • 12 minutes
14 March 2019: Ebola in DRC, a new HIV treatment, and the proposed US budget.
Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’ve got an extended News Chat between Benjamin Thompson and Amy Maxmen. They discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, an injectable treatment for HIV, and how the proposed US 2020 budget...
2019-Mar-06 • 27 minutes
07 March 2019: Coastal carbon-sinks, mobile health, and Mileva Marić
This week, wetlands' ability to store carbon, mobile health, and the story of Mileva Marić.
2019-Feb-27 • 31 minutes
28 February 2019: Cuckoo parasitism, topological materials, and cannabinoids in yeast.
This week, the parenting strategies of a tropical cuckoo, increasing the number of topological materials, and growing cannabinoids in yeast.
2019-Feb-20 • 25 minutes
21 February 2019: Mouse cell atlases and cataloguing viruses
This week, mapping every cell in a mouse embryo and the benefits of cataloguing all the viruses on Earth.
2019-Feb-13 • 24 minutes
14 February 2019: Atherosclerosis and disruptive science
This week, the links between atherosclerosis and sleep-deprivation, and how team size affects research outputs.
2019-Feb-06 • 25 minutes
07 February 2019: Massive chemical libraries, and CRISPR-CasX
This week, virtual drug discovery, and a new addition to the CRISPR toolkit.
2019-Jan-30 • 22 minutes
31 January 2019: Women of the periodic table, and harvesting energy from Wi-Fi
This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals.
2019-Jan-23 • 23 minutes
24 January 2019: Economic downturns and black holes
This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes.
2019-Jan-16 • 23 minutes
17 January 2019: RNA splicing in yeast, and a walking fossil
This week, investigating introns’ roles, and reanimating a fossil.
2019-Jan-11 • 11 minutes
Podcast Extra: The search for a rare disease treatment
Nick Sireau’s sons have a rare genetic disease called alkaptonuria, which can lead to body tissues becoming brittle, causing life long health issues.In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh speaks to Nick and to the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath a...
2019-Jan-09 • 21 minutes
10 January 2019: Fast Radio Bursts and new year future gazing
This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what’s in store for science in 2019.
2018-Dec-26 • 23 minutes
26 December 2018: Our reporters' top picks of 2018
In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018, and explain why they enjoyed making it. 
2018-Dec-19 • 34 minutes
20 December 2018: Quantum physics adds a twist, and festive fun
The Nature Podcast’s 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more!
2018-Dec-13 • 10 minutes
Podcast Extra: Evidence of a ‘transmissible’ Alzheimer’s protein
New research suggests that a key protein involved in the neurodegenerative disease can be transferred between brains.
2018-Dec-12 • 24 minutes
13 December 2018: The art of performing science, and chiral chemistry
This week, ‘performing’ experiments, and making mirrored molecules.
2018-Dec-05 • 24 minutes
06 December 2018: Heart xenotransplants and phage fighting
This week, improving heart xenotransplants, and soil bacteria versus phages.
2018-Nov-28 • 24 minutes
29 November 2018: Atomic clock accuracy and wind farm worries
This week, measuring gravity’s strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms’ wakes.
2018-Nov-21 • 24 minutes
22 November 2018: An ion-drive aeroplane, and DNA rearrangement.
This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and ‘mosaicism’ in brain cells.
2018-Nov-14 • 22 minutes
15 November 2018: Barnard’s Star, and clinical trials
This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world.
2018-Nov-07 • 25 minutes
08 November 2018: Designer cells, and a Breakthrough researcher
This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winner
2018-Oct-31 • 23 minutes
01 November 2018: Mood forecasting technology, and where are the WIMPs?
This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a 'crisis' in dark matter research.
2018-Oct-17 • 24 minutes
18 October 2018: Cannabis horticulture and the Sun's place in history
This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun.
2018-Oct-10 • 23 minutes
11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants
This week, what life is like when you've just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.
2018-Oct-03 • 31 minutes
04 October 2018: Latent HIV, bird personalities and the Hyabusa2 mission
This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission.
2018-Sep-26 • 22 minutes
27 September 2018: A wearable biosensor and a mechanical metamaterial.
This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial.
2018-Sep-19 • 25 minutes
20 September 2018: Negative emissions and swarms under strain
This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain.
2018-Sep-12 • 25 minutes
13 September 2018: The oldest drawing and the energy of data
This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data.
2018-Sep-05 • 23 minutes
6 September 2018: Space junk, and a physicist’s perspective on life
This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life.
2018-Aug-29 • 23 minutes
30 August 2018: Gravity’s big G and the evolution of babies
This week, an early mammal relative’s babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity.
2018-Aug-24 • 24 minutes
Backchat August 2018: Audio reporting, audience feedback, and Brexit
In this month’s roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience.
2018-Aug-22 • 25 minutes
23 August 2018: Quantum computers and labour division in ants
This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer.
2018-Aug-15 • 30 minutes
16 August 2018: Bumblebees, opioids, and ocean weather
This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas.
2018-Aug-08 • 27 minutes
8 August 2018: Fox aggression, microbiota and geoengineering
This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.
2018-Aug-01 • 32 minutes
02 August 2018: Zebra finch colour perception, terraforming Mars, and attributing extreme weather
This week, how a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate.
2018-Jul-25 • 29 minutes
26 July 2018: Conservation, automata, and pet DNA tests
This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum.
2018-Jul-18 • 27 minutes
19 July 2018: DNA scaffolds, climate-altering microbes, and a robot chemist
This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions.
2018-Jul-11 • 31 minutes
12 July 2018: Rats, reefs, and career streaks
This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town’s water crisis.
2018-Jul-04 • 31 minutes
05 July 2018: A DNA computer, the koala genome, and the invisibility of LGBTQ+ researchers
This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.
2018-Jun-29 • 19 minutes
Backchat June 2018: Lab health, email briefings, and CRISPR
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, and how science stories can affect the stock market.
2018-Jun-27 • 29 minutes
27 June 2018: Air pollution, sick plants, and stress
This week, the relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa, stressed brains, and diagnosing sick plants from afar.
2018-Jun-20 • 27 minutes
21 June 2018: Pancreatic cancer, silica cages, and AI bias
This week, pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
2018-Jun-13 • 33 minutes
14 June 2018: Baobab tree death, zebrafish stem cells, and ice in Antarctica
This week, the mysterious death of African baobab trees, Antarctica’s past, present, and future, and how zebrafish protect their stem cells.
2018-Jun-06 • 31 minutes
07 June 2018: Magnetic animal migration, cold enzymes, and mouse memory
This week, making enzymes work better in the cold, short-term memory production in mice, and magnetic detection in animals.
2018-May-30 • 24 minutes
31 May 2018: Boosting diversity in physics, and life after an asteroid impact
This week, boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life’s recovery after a massive asteroid impact.
2018-May-23 • 32 minutes
24 May 2018: Climate costs, cleverer cab journeys, and peering through matter with muons
This week, estimating the economic cost of climate change, a new solution to the Minimum Fleet Problem, and the flourishing field of muography.
2018-May-16 • 28 minutes
17 May 2018: Probing the proton, research misconduct, and making sense of mystery genes
This week, peering inside the proton, identifying the pitfalls of research misconduct, and identifying what bacterial genes of unknown function actually do.
2018-May-09 • 29 minutes
10 May 2018: AI neuroscience, liquid crystals, and depression in academia
This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia.
2018-May-02 • 29 minutes
03 May 2018: Building early embryos, the fear response in mice, and ancient rhino remains
This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration.
2018-Apr-25 • 21 minutes
26 April 2018: Mini brains, and an updated enzyme image
This week, the ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected.
2018-Apr-20 • 28 minutes
Backchat April 2018: Sexual harassment, social media, and celebrity scientists
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal.
2018-Apr-18 • 31 minutes
19 April 2018: Synchronised shrimp, supernova science, and spring books.
This week, tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books.
2018-Apr-11 • 23 minutes
12 April 2018: The power of remote sensing, and watching a neutron star glitch
This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research.
2018-Apr-04 • 24 minutes
05 April 2018: Human's influence on the Mississippi and 'dirty' mice
This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi's floods, and getting 'dirty' mice into the lab.
2018-Mar-28 • 23 minutes
29 March 2018: AI in chemistry, and liquid droplets in living cells.
This week, testing a neural network's chemistry skills, and what the physics of droplets is teaching us about the biology of cells.
2018-Mar-21 • 30 minutes
22 March 2018: Mexican cavefish, the gut microbiome, and a wearable brain scanner.
This week, glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish, the effect of non-antibiotic drugs on gut microbes, and a wearable brain scanner.
2018-Mar-14 • 23 minutes
15 March 2018: Geoengineering Antarctica and increasing NMR’s resolution.
This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution.
2018-Mar-07 • 22 minutes
8 March 2018: Surprising graphene superconductors, and 50 years dreaming of electric sheep.
This week, graphene’s latest superpower, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic.
2018-Feb-28 • 31 minutes
1 March 2018: Brain waves and a fingerprint from the early Universe
This week, the landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, and brain waves cause a splash.
2018-Feb-23 • 24 minutes
Backchat February 2018: Luck, debate, and the quantum internet
Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become.
2018-Feb-21 • 28 minutes
22 February 2018: A focus on adolescence
This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking.
2018-Feb-14 • 27 minutes
15 February 2018: Optical clocks, healthy ageing, and fieldwork during pregnancy
This week, refocusing ageing research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy.
2018-Feb-07 • 30 minutes
08 February 2018: Tough timber, magpie intelligence, and invasive crayfish
This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood.
2018-Jan-31 • 21 minutes
01 February 2018: Stone Age tools in India, and coral reefs in crisis
This week, reframing humans' arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs.
2018-Jan-24 • 29 minutes
25 January 2018: Tiny robots, 3D images, and a honeycomb maze
This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats.
2018-Jan-17 • 24 minutes
18 January 2018: Climate sensitivity, and the fetal microbiome
This week, pinning down the climate's carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies' first bacteria.
2018-Jan-10 • 32 minutes
10 January 2018: Conflict conservation, and the shape of a memory
This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict's toll on wildlife.
2017-Dec-22 • 25 minutes
Backchat December 2017: Trump, physics, and uncited papers
Backchat’s back, with discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics.
2017-Dec-20 • 38 minutes
21 December 2017: Earth AI, a news quiz, and sci-fi
This week, our end of year special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era.
2017-Dec-13 • 30 minutes
14 December 2017: Volcanoes, viruses & electric eels
This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.
2017-Dec-06 • 23 minutes
7 December 2017: Exoplanet geology & duck-like dinosaurs
This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur.
2017-Nov-29 • 24 minutes
30 November 2017: Unnatural DNA & worm mothers
This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle.
2017-Nov-22 • 26 minutes
23 November 2017: Sleep deprivation & radioactive lightning
This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn’t, and the science of sleep deprivation.
2017-Nov-15 • 24 minutes
16 November 2017: Ancient inequality & bacterial communication
This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality.
2017-Nov-08 • 23 minutes
9 November 2017: Axolotls & treating a genetic skin condition
This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl.
2017-Nov-01 • 25 minutes
2 November 2017: Evolving verbs & Earth's microbiome
This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.
2017-Oct-25 • 29 minutes
26 October 2017: Undead cells & Antarctic instability
This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.
2017-Oct-19 • 22 minutes
19 October 2017: Neutron star gravitational waves & the future of work
This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work.
2017-Oct-11 • 30 minutes
12 October 2017: A dwarf planet & DNA sequencing
This week, a dwarf planet with a ring, 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing, and the grieving families contributing to a huge genetics projects.
2017-Oct-06 • 60 minutes
Nature Extra: 500th show compilation
To celebrate our 500th episode, the Nature Podcast asked 8 presenters – past and present – to recommend their favourite contributions to the show.
2017-Oct-04 • 40 minutes
Nature Podcast: 5 October 2017
This week, floating cities, malaria free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.
2017-Sep-20 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 21 September 2017
This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells.
2017-Sep-13 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 14 September 2017
This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.
2017-Sep-06 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 7 September 2017
Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.
2017-Aug-23 • 24 minutes
Nature Podcast: 24 August 2017
The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility.
2017-Aug-16 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 17 August 2017
This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star's mystery, and the algal boom.
2017-Aug-11 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 10 August 2017
This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.
2017-Aug-02 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 3 August 2017
This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest.
2017-Jul-26 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 27 July 2017
This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain's control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator.
2017-Jul-19 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 20 July 2017
This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized.
2017-Jul-12 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 13 July 2017
This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise.
2017-Jul-05 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 6 July 2017
This week, a new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise.
2017-Jul-03 • 26 minutes
Grand Challenges: Energy
To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges of transitioning to low carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode...
2017-Jun-30 • 18 minutes
Extra: The grey zone
Sometimes people can become trapped in the grey zone between conscious and unconscious states. Kerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states.
2017-Jun-16 • 23 minutes
Backchat: June 2017
Our reporters and editors respond to the UK election. Plus, the tangled taxonomy of our species, and why physicists love to hate the standard model.
2017-Jun-14 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.   
2017-Jun-14 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.
2017-Jun-07 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 8 June 2017
This week, early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model.
2017-Jun-05 • 25 minutes
Grand Challenges: Food security
Millions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food, in a world of evolving technology, global markets and a changing climate.
2017-May-31 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 1 June 2017
This week, ‘sticky’ RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and 'intelligent crowd' peer review.
2017-May-31 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures May 2017
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ’Life, hacked' by Krystal Claxton.
2017-May-26 • 24 minutes
Backchat: May 2017
This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.
2017-May-24 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 25 May 2017
This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots.
2017-May-18 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 18 May 2017
This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome.
2017-May-10 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 11 May 2017
This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY:
2017-May-03 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 4 May 2017
This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link:
2017-May-01 • 30 minutes
Grand Challenges: Ageing
Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it - as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can liv...
2017-Apr-28 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures April 2017
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Cold comforts' by Graham Robert Scott.
2017-Apr-26 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 27 April 2017
This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe’s first ‘baby picture’.
2017-Apr-21 • 24 minutes
Backchat: April 2017
Science fans everywhere will take to the streets this weekend in the March for Science. Plus, biases in artificial intelligence and how scientific papers are getting harder to read.
2017-Apr-12 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 13 April 2017
This week, politician scientists, human genetic ‘knockouts’ and East Antarctica’s instability.
2017-Apr-05 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 6 April 2017
This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far.
2017-Apr-03 • 28 minutes
Grand Challenges: Mental Health
Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most.
2017-Mar-31 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures March 2017
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Green boughs will cover thee' by Sarah L Byrne.
2017-Mar-29 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 30 March 2017
This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties.
2017-Mar-23 • 23 minutes
Backchat: March 2017
A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain 'time crystals'.
2017-Mar-22 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 23 March 2017
This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer.
2017-Mar-15 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 16 March 2017
This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.
2017-Mar-10 • 16 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - March 1918
As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be...
2017-Mar-09 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 9 March 2017
This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.
2017-Mar-01 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 2 March 2017
This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.
2017-Mar-01 • 22 minutes
Backchat: February 2017
AI gets creative, stifled stories and incomplete space missions
2017-Feb-27 • 4 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures February 2017
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, 'Fermi's zookeepers' by David Gullen.
2017-Feb-22 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 23 February 2017
This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research
2017-Feb-15 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017
This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.
2017-Feb-10 • 12 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925
Paleontologist Raymond Dart had newly arrived in South Africa when he came across a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of an extinct primate – not quite ape and not quite human. The paleontology...
2017-Feb-08 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 9 February 2017
This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?
2017-Feb-01 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 2 February 2017
Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen?
2017-Jan-31 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures January 2017
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.
2017-Jan-27 • 23 minutes
Backchat: January 2017
Moonshots, frameworks, catapults – how best to name your science project? Plus, the implications for science of Trump’s first days in office, and the perils of trying to reproduce others’ work.
2017-Jan-25 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 26 January 2017
This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.
2017-Jan-18 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017
This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.
2017-Jan-13 • 16 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896
Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn't be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.
2017-Jan-11 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 12 January 2017
This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.
2016-Dec-21 • 39 minutes
Nature Podcast: 22 December 2016
It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.
2016-Dec-14 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 15 December 2016
This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome.
2016-Dec-09 • 13 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - December 1920
In the early twentieth century physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Was the world at its smallest scales continuous, or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subject...
2016-Dec-07 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 8 December 2016
This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.
2016-Dec-01 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures November 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.
2016-Nov-30 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 1 December 2016
This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?
2016-Nov-23 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 24 November 2016
Tracking whale shark DNA in seawater, the human computers behind early astronomy, building materials with a microscope, and a new synchrotron starts up in the Middle East.
2016-Nov-21 • 20 minutes
Nature Backchat: November 2016
Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.
2016-Nov-16 • 20 minutes
Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016
This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.
2016-Nov-11 • 14 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - November 1869
The first issue of Nature looked very different from today's magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience. We hear how Nature began, and how it became the iconic science journal it is today.
2016-Nov-09 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 10 November 2016
This week, CERN for the brain, modelling the effects of a climate tax on food, a brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys walk, and what Trump's win might mean for science.
2016-Nov-02 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 3 November 2016
This week, the earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new film about volcanoes, and are astronomers turning a blind eye to competing theories?
2016-Oct-31 • 8 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures October 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ’The sixth circle' by J. W. Armstrong.
2016-Oct-26 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 27 October 2016
This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US.
2016-Oct-21 • 23 minutes
Nature Backchat: October 2016
Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords.
2016-Oct-19 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 20 October 2016
This week, making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, trying to predict the election, and the scientists voting for Trump.
2016-Oct-14 • 13 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - October 1993
In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story, and discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth. Originally aired 16/10/2013.
2016-Oct-12 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 13 October 2016
This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.
2016-Oct-06 • 9 minutes
Nature Extra: Nobel News
Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.
2016-Oct-05 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 6 October 2016
This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.
2016-Oct-03 • 25 minutes
Nature Backchat: September 2016
The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you’re in, and getting funding through philanthropy.
2016-Sep-28 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 29 September 2016
This week, the chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements.
2016-Sep-22 • 8 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures September 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray.
2016-Sep-21 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 22 September 2016
This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck.
2016-Sep-15 • 16 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - September 1963
When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a 'wild idea' became plate tectonics, the unifying theory of earth sciences.
2016-Sep-14 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 15 September 2016
This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.
2016-Sep-07 • 36 minutes
Nature Podcast: 8 September 2016
This week, solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations.
2016-Aug-31 • 15 minutes
Nature Podcast: 1 September 2016
This week, famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s
2016-Aug-30 • 6 minutes
Futures: August 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, 'Interdimensional trade benefits' by Brian Trent.
2016-Aug-24 • 23 minutes
Nature Backchat: August 2016
A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind.
2016-Aug-24 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 25 August 2016
This week, an Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases.
2016-Aug-23 • 19 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - August 1975
Six out of ten of the world's best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13.
2016-Aug-17 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 18 August 2016
This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids.
2016-Aug-10 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 11 August 2016
This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR.
2016-Aug-03 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 4 August 2016
This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.
2016-Aug-01 • 15 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - July 1942
Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott's secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013.
2016-Jul-29 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures July 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, 'Revision theory' by Blaize M. Kaye.
2016-Jul-27 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 28 July 2016
This week, how we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, and using yeast genetics to build better beer.
2016-Jul-21 • 26 minutes
Nature Backchat: July 2016
What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And why are rhinos being airlifted to Australia?
2016-Jul-20 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 21 July 2016
This week, the perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good.
2016-Jul-13 • 32 minutes
Nature Podcast: 14 July 2016
This week, a special issue on conflict. The psychological toll of war, how to count the dead, and predicting conflict in the 21st century.
2016-Jul-06 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 7 July 2016
This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.
2016-Jul-01 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures June 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, ‘The Memory Ward’ by Wendy Nikel.
2016-Jun-29 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 30 June 2016
This week, Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an ‘IPCC’ for social science.
2016-Jun-22 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 23 June 2016
This week, transmissible cancer, organising the hadron menagerie, and the latest gravitational wave result and what physicists want to know next.
2016-Jun-22 • 23 minutes
Nature Backchat: June 2016
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.
2016-Jun-15 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 16 June 2016
This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs.
2016-Jun-10 • 16 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - June 1876
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.
2016-Jun-08 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 9 June 2016
This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans.
2016-Jun-01 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 2 June 2016
This week, the genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface.
2016-May-27 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures May 2016
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.
2016-May-25 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 26 May 2016
This week, how clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats.
2016-May-18 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 19 May 2016
This week, treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history.
2016-May-16 • 25 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2016
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.
2016-May-11 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 12 May 2016
This week, the Zika virus and birth defects, colliding quasi-particles, and combatting sprawling networks of spam.
2016-May-09 • 16 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - May 1985
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 ...
2016-May-06 • 8 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures April 2016
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.
2016-May-04 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 5 May 2016
This week, the value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains’ energy demands.
2016-Apr-27 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 28 April 2016
This week, a language map of the brain, listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake, and the Soviet internet that never was.
2016-Apr-26 • 27 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat April 2016
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.
2016-Apr-20 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 21 April 2016
This week, the psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research.
2016-Apr-13 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 14 April 2016
This week, a computer game helps build a quantum computer, the brain’s built-in backup, and the history and science of hearing voices.
2016-Apr-08 • 15 minutes
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - April 1953
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. [First...
2016-Apr-06 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 7 April 2016
This week, apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth.
2016-Mar-31 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures March 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou.
2016-Mar-30 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 31 March 2016
This week, Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter.
2016-Mar-23 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 24 March 2016
This week, toggling brain activity with radio waves, how to build stuff that lasts, and making thrillseekers into care-takers.
2016-Mar-21 • 25 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat March 2016
Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.
2016-Mar-16 • 32 minutes
Nature Podcast: 17 March 2016
This week, retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible?
2016-Mar-09 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 10 March 2016
This week, the frontiers of CRISPR, chewing raw goat for science, and using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it.
2016-Mar-08 • 5 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures February 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck' by Samantha Murray.
2016-Mar-02 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 3 March 2016
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.
2016-Feb-25 • 22 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat February 2016
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.
2016-Feb-24 • 25 minutes
Nature Podcast: 25 February 2016
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?
2016-Feb-17 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 18 February 2016
This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal.
2016-Feb-12 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Gravitational waves
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.
2016-Feb-10 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 11 February 2016
This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks.
2016-Feb-03 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 4 February 2016
This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks.
2016-Feb-01 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures January 2016
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads ‘Beyond 550 astronomical units' by Mike Brotherton.
2016-Jan-29 • 30 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat January 2016
The putative Planet X, gravitational wave rumours and how to report them, and The Selfish Gene 40 years on.
2016-Jan-27 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 28 January 2016
This week, the computer that can play Go, a general ‘ageing’ factor, and the stolen library of John Dee.
2016-Jan-20 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 21 January 2016
This week, a brain sensor that melts away after use, a 10,000 year old murder mystery, and what happens when chickens go wild.
2016-Jan-13 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 14 January 2016
This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom.
2016-Jan-06 • 22 minutes
Nature Podcast: 7 January 2016
This week, science predictions for 2016, the effect of extreme weather on crops, and a new phase of hydrogen for the new year.
2015-Dec-21 • 11 minutes
Podcast Extra – The Psychology of Star Wars
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’.
2015-Dec-17 • 48 minutes
Nature Podcast: 17 December 2015
This week, we’re wrapping up the highlights of the year, catching up on the climate meeting in Paris, looking forward to psyching out the characters in Star Wars, busting some scientific myths, and playing an evolution-themed board game.
2015-Dec-09 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 10 December 2015
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.
2015-Dec-02 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 3 December 2015
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2015-Nov-29 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures November 2015
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.
2015-Nov-26 • 21 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat November 2015
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.
2015-Nov-25 • 25 minutes
Nature Podcast: 26 November 2015
This week, super-high-res ultrasound, the amazing world of soils, and five classic books about sustainability.
2015-Nov-18 • 32 minutes
Nature Podcast: 19 November 2015
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.
2015-Nov-11 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 12 November 2015
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2015-Nov-05 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures October 2015
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2015-Nov-04 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 5 November 2015
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2015-Oct-28 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 29 October 2015
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2015-Oct-23 • 28 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat October 2015
Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation, reporting on the abstract world of mathematics, and science in fashion.
2015-Oct-22 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 22 October 2015
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2015-Oct-14 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 15 October 2015
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2015-Oct-08 • 4 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures September 2015
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner.
2015-Oct-07 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 8 October 2015
This week, an impenetrable mathematical proof, toggling REM sleep on and off, and the latest results from the Rosetta mission.
2015-Sep-30 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 1 October 2015
This week, the future of digital currency; a new lead for antibiotics; and 25 years of cataloguing the human genome.
2015-Sep-23 • 24 minutes
Nature Podcast: 24 September 2015
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2015-Sep-22 • 25 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat September 2015
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2015-Sep-16 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 17 September 2015
This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs, science meets theatre, and getting a global picture of air pollution.
2015-Sep-09 • 23 minutes
Nature Podcast: 10 September 2015
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2015-Sep-09 • 15 minutes
Nature Extra - Neurotribes
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2015-Sep-03 • 7 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures August 2015
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, The Shoulder of Orion, by Eric Garside
2015-Sep-02 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 3 September 2015
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2015-Aug-26 • 12 minutes
Podcast Extra: The Invention of Science
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?
2015-Aug-26 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 27 August 2015
This week, a new look at the scientific revolution, accelerating positrons on a tabletop, and squashing the unsquashable.
2015-Aug-21 • 20 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat August 2015
Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and our special guest Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR.
2015-Aug-18 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 20 August 2015
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2015-Aug-12 • 16 minutes
Nature Podcast: 13 August 2015
This week, making chemists’ lives easier, updating a centuries-old sunspot record, and anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists’ inboxes.
2015-Aug-05 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 6 August 2015
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2015-Jul-29 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 30 July 2015
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2015-Jul-27 • 5 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures July 2015
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2015-Jul-24 • 23 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat July 2015
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2015-Jul-22 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 23 July 2015
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2015-Jul-15 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 16 July 2015
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2015-Jul-14 • 16 minutes
Podcast Extra - A Beautiful Question
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2015-Jul-08 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 9 July 2015
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2015-Jul-02 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 2 July 2015
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2015-Jul-01 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures June 2015
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2015-Jun-24 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 24 June 2015
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2015-Jun-23 • 27 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat June 2015
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2015-Jun-17 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 18 June 2015
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2015-Jun-10 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 11 June 2015
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2015-Jun-03 • 26 minutes
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2015-May-28 • 25 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat May 2015
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2015-May-28 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures May 2015
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2015-May-27 • 25 minutes
Nature Podcast: 28 May 2015
This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature.
2015-May-26 • 24 minutes
Audiofile: In search of lost sound
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2015-May-20 • 27 minutes
Nature Podcast: 21 May 2015
The oldest stone tools yet found, making opiates from yeast and sugar, and the perks of sex… for beetles.
2015-May-13 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 14 May 2015
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2015-May-06 • 26 minutes
Nature Podcast: 7 May 2015
This week, brain-inspired computers, scientists soldiering on past retirement age, and the origins of complex cells deduced from deep-sea samples.
2015-Apr-29 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 30 April 2015
This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this spring.
2015-Apr-24 • 29 minutes
Audiofile: Real life Dr Dolittles
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.
2015-Apr-22 • 25 minutes
Nature Podcast: 23 April 2015
This week, a new treatment for Ebola, the making of the Tibetan plateau, and could bees be addicted to pesticides?
2015-Apr-21 • 23 minutes
Nature: Backchat April 2015
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.
2015-Apr-15 • 31 minutes
Nature Podcast: 16 April 2015
This week, how oxytocin affects the brain, self- experimentation in science, and the wedding rings that went to Hubble.
2015-Apr-08 • 30 minutes
Nature Podcast: 9 April 2015
This week, the Moon and her sister, the Sun and its personality, and the latest wonder material to hit the big-time.
2015-Apr-01 • 29 minutes
Nature Podcast: 2 April 2015
This week, improving walking, pushing the boundary between quantum and classical, and the need for more social science on climate change.
2015-Mar-25 • 28 minutes
Nature Podcast: 26 March 2015
This week, the role of black holes in growing galaxies, Dragon’s Den for scientists, and ice inside our bodies.
2015-Mar-25 • 21 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat
Where will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes.
2015-Feb-27 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from February, Good for something by Deborah Walker.
2015-Jan-30 • 6 minutes
Nature Extra: Futures
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.
2014-Oct-14 • 21 minutes
Nature Extra: Backchat
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.
2014-Sep-29 • 4 minutes
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
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.
2014-Aug-01 • 4 minutes
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Lizzie Gibney reads you her favourite from July, Benjy's Birthday, by John Grant.
2014-Apr-01 • 4 minutes
Nature Podcast Extra: Futures
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.