Nature Podcast The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to neuroscience, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.
Coronapod: Ramping up responses 2020-04-03 08:39:18 The latest on the British response, and what low- and middle-income countries have done to prepare for the pandemic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 36 minutes, 9 seconds
02 April 2020: Dating an ancient hominid skull, and an ancient Antarctic rainforest 2020-04-01 08:00:00 This week, reassessing the age of the 'Broken Hill skull', and unearthing evidence of an ancient forest near the South Pole.
In this episode:
01:25 A skull's place in history
After nearly a century scientists believe they've finally pinned down an age for the 'Broken Hill skull' hominid specimen. Research Article: Grun et al.
07:44 Research Highlights
A simple way to detect early signs of cancer, and 3D printed soft brain implants. Research Highlight: A blood test finds deadly cancers before symptoms start; Research Article: Yuk et al.
09:51 Ancient Antarctic rainforest
Digging deep below the sea-floor, researchers have uncovered evidence of a verdant forest that existed on Antarctica around 90 million years ago. Research Article: Klages et al.
15:47 Research Highlights
Walking more, regardless of the intensity, may improve health. Research Highlight: More steps a day might keep the doctor away
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Coronapod: Old treatments and new hopes 2020-03-27 10:23:32 Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 26 minutes, 12 seconds
25 March 2020: Ultra-fast electrical switches, and computing heart health 2020-03-25 09:00:00 This week, a speedy, yet simple switch, and a video-based AI helps assess heart health.
In this episode:
01:57 Speedy switches
Researchers have developed an ultra-fast electrical switch that they hope can be used in communication and imaging applications. Research Article: Nikoo et al.
08:14 Research Highlights
Using sound to estimate glacial retreat, and building a dodgier drone. Research Highlight: Underwater microphones listen as as glacier retreats; Research article: Falanga et al.
10:32 Algorithmic heart diagnosis
Scientists have developed a new algorithm which calculates the amount of blood pumped by the heart beat by beat. Research Article: Ouyang et al.; News and Views: AI tracks a beating heart's function over time
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Podcast Extra: Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie 2020-03-21 04:00:00 Radioactive is a new biopic on Marie SkÅodowska Curie with Rosamund Pike taking on the role of Curie. This Podcast Extra is an extended version of reporter Lizzie Gibney's interview with Rosamund, in which they talk about stepping into the shoes of the scientific giant. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 13 minutes, 2 seconds
Coronapod: "Test, test, test!" 2020-03-20 11:59:33 In the first of our new podcast series, Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the epidemiology needed to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
In this episode:
03:57 Testing times
Case numbers of Covid-19 have leapt around the world in recent days, but how many undetected cases are out there? We talk about the urgent need to deploy two of the cornerstones of effective epidemiology - testing and contact tracing - and discuss why these measures aren't being rolled out worldwide.
News article: Scientists exposed to coronavirus wonder: why weren't we notified?; News article: South Korea is reporting intimate details of COVID-19 cases: has it helped?; News explainer: What China's coronavirus response can teach the rest of the world
14:23 Global governance in the wake of Covid-19
The International Health Regulations (IHR) were set up to help countries prepare for, and respond to, public-health emergencies. Rebecca Katz, a health security researcher specialising in emerging infectious diseases, tells us how the IHR are holding up during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Worldview: Pandemic policy can learn from arms control
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19 March 2020: Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, and the resurgence of Russian science 2020-03-18 09:30:09 This week, we speak to Rosamund Pike about her experience portraying Marie SkÅodowska Curie, and we find out how science in Russia is changing after years of decline.
In this episode:
British actor Rosamund Pike tells us about her new film, and her experience of portraying double Nobel-Laureate Marie Curie. Arts Review: Marie Curie biopic should have trusted pioneer's passion
10:17 Research Highlights
The neural circuitry involved in stopping, and a jelly-like substance that cleans paintings. Research Highlight: A neural highway to human motor control; Research article: Mastrangelo et al.
12:27 Russian science
Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian science may be having a revival. News Feature: Russia aims to revive science after era of stagnation; Editorial: The price of Russia-China research collaborations
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Podcast Extra: Coronavirus - science in the pandemic 2020-03-17 09:00:23 In this Podcast Extra, we hear from epidemiologists, genomicists and social scientists about how they're working to tackle the coronavirus and what they've learned so far. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 18 minutes, 12 seconds
Long Read Podcast: Are feelings more than skin deep? 2020-03-13 09:27:32 Research in the 1960s and 1970s suggested that emotional expressions - smiling when happy, scowling when angry, and so on - were universal. This idea stood unchallenged for a generation.
But a new cohort of psychologists and cognitive scientists are revisiting the data. Many researchers now think that the picture is a lot more complicated, and that facial expressions vary widely between contexts and cultures.
This is an audio version of our feature: Why faces don't always tell the truth about feelings, written by Douglas Heaven and read by Kerri Smith. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 14 minutes, 55 seconds
12 March 2020: An ancient bird trapped in amber, and life beneath the ocean floor 2020-03-11 09:05:12 This week, a newly discovered bird species from the time of the dinosaurs, and microbes hundreds of metres below the ocean floor.
In this episode:
00:44 A tiny, toothy, ancient bird
Researchers have found a perfectly preserved bird fossil trapped in amber, with some rather unusual features. Research Article: Xing et al.; News and Views: Tiny bird fossil might be the world's smallest dinosaur
08:09 Research Highlights
Dental hygiene in the time of the Vikings, and wildebeest bones feed an African ecosystem. Research Article: Bertilsson et al; Research Article: Subalusky et al.
10:21 Deep sea life
Scientists have uncovered traces of life 750m below the ocean's surface. Research article: Li et al.
17:31 News Chat
Updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, and peer review in predatory journals. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infection; News: Labs rush to study coronavirus in transgenic animals some are in short supply; News: Hundreds of scientists have peer-reviewed for predatory journals For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 27 minutes, 24 seconds
Teaching For Better Humans 2.0 More than test scores or good gradeswhat do kids need for the future? This hour, TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, both during and after this time of crisis. Guests include educators Richard Culatta and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson.
#556 The Power of Friendship It's 2020 and times are tough. Maybe some of us are learning about social distancing the hard way. Maybe we just are all a little anxious. No matter what, we could probably use a friend. But what is a friend, exactly? And why do we need them so much? This week host Bethany Brookshire speaks with Lydia Denworth, author of the new book "Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond".
This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.
Space One of the most consistent questions we get at the show is from parents who want to know which episodes are kid-friendly and which aren't. So today, we're releasing a separate feed, Radiolab for Kids. To kick it off, we're rerunning an all-time favorite episode: Space.
In the 60's, space exploration was an American obsession. This hour, we chart the path from romance to increasing cynicism.
We begin with Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, with a story about the Voyager expedition, true love, and a golden record that travels through space. And astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains the Coepernican Principle, and just how insignificant we are.
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