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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.

Massive coronavirus outbreak strikes iconic Californian prison after it rejected expert aid
2020-07-10 13:12:35
In this episode: 01:47 Disaster in San Quentin San Quentin prison is facing a massive outbreak, we dig into how they got there. The crisis has arisen despite warnings from experts, and offers of free tests, which were declined. We ask why? And what can be done now? News: California's San Quentin prison declined free coronavirus tests and urgent advice – now it has a massive outbreak 29:51 One good thing For the last episode of Coronapod, our hosts pick out ways that the pandemic has changed them for the better, including professional flexibility, a renewed focus on the power of reporting and time with family 36:07 Lockdown and children's health Reporter Stewart asks if lockdowns could have any lasting impact on her young children - what evidence is there on the effect of isolation on young minds? Survey: Co-Space Study: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes, 21 seconds


The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars
2020-07-08 08:00:07
On this week's podcast, an ambitious Mars mission from a young space agency, and how crumbling up rocks could help fight climate change. In this episode: 00:46 Mars hopes In a few weeks the UAE's first mission to Mars is due to launch. We speak to the mission leads to learn about the aims of the project, and how they developed the mission in under six years. News Feature: How a small Arab nation built a Mars mission from scratch in six years; News Feature: Countdown to Mars: three daring missions take aim at the red planet 09:53 Research Highlights Pluto appears to be losing its atmosphere, and solving the mystery of a pitch-black prehistoric mine. Research Highlight: Goodbye, Pluto's atmosphere; Research Highlight: Why ancient people pushed deep into Mexico's pitch-black caverns 12:12 Climate rocks Researchers have assessed whether Enhanced Weathering - a technique to pull carbon dioxide out of the air - has the potential to help battle climate change. Research Article: Beerling et al. 18:41 Briefing Chat We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria in Australia, and how flatworms can regrow their nervous systems. The Atlantic: Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem; The New York Times: A Worm's Hidden Map for Growing New Eyes Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes, 46 seconds


Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic 'war-game' simulations
2020-07-03 08:47:51
Next week, we'll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show. In this episode: 02:15 Simulating pandemics Researchers have run numerous military-style simulations to predict the consequences of fictitious viral outbreaks. We discuss how these simulations work, what recommendations come out of them and if any of these warnings have been heeded. 24:08 One good thing Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including audience feedback, the official end of the Ebola outbreak in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and an enormous t-shirt collection. News: World's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak ends in Democratic Republic of the Congo 28:50 The latest coronavirus research papers Benjamin Thompson takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks. News: Coronavirus research updates Cell: A SARS-CoV-2 Infection Model in Mice Demonstrates Protection by Neutralizing Antibodies Cell: Generation of a Broadly Useful Model for COVID-19 Pathogenesis, Vaccination, and Treatment Clincal Infectious Diseases: The natural history and transmission potential of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo' medRxiv: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes


What the atomic structure of enamel tells us about tooth decay
2020-07-01 08:00:51
On this week's podcast, how the molecular structure of tooth enamel may impact decay, and a mysterious planetary core from a half-formed gas giant. In this episode: 00:46 Unravelling tooth enamel Researchers have been looking into the structure and composition of enamel in an effort to better understand tooth decay. Research Article: DeRocher et al. 07:02 Research Highlights An adhesive patch to help heal heart-attacks, and a new technique to inspect the structure of 2D 'wonder materials'. Research Highlight: A healing patch holds tight to a beating heart; Research Highlight: A snapshot shows off super-material only two atoms thick 09:21 Unusual planet In the region close to stars known as the 'hot Neptune desert' planets of Neptune's size are rarely found, but this week scientists have uncovered one and are trying to untangle its mysteries. Research Article: Armstrong et al. 14:52 Briefing Chat We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about the pitfalls of using CRISPR in human embryos, and renaming of moon craters inadvertently named after Nazi scientists. Nature News: CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem; Prospect Magazine: Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level? Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes, 4


Coronapod: The state of the pandemic, six months in
2020-06-26 10:08:11
In a few weeks, we'll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show. In this episode: 03:13 What have we learnt? We take a look back over the past six months of the pandemic, and discuss how far the world has come. It's been a period of turmoil and science has faced an unprecedented challenge. What lessons can be learned from the epidemic so far to continue the fight in the months to come? Financial Times: Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen Wellcome Open Research: What settings have been linked to SARS-CoV-2 transmission clusters? 12:55 Unanswered questions After months of intensive research, much is known about the new coronavirus - but many important questions remain unanswered. We look at the knowledge gaps researchers are trying to fill. Nature Medicine: Real-time tracking of self-reported symptoms to predict potential COVID-19 20:36 How has lockdown affected fieldwork? The inability to travel during lockdown has seriously hampered many researchers' ability to gather fieldwork data. We hear from three whose work has been affected, and what this means for their projects. Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes, 5 seconds


How playing poker can help you make decisions
2020-06-24 08:00:17
On this week's podcast, life lessons from poker, and keeping things civil during peer review. In this episode: 00:44 Deciding to play poker When writer Maria Konnikova wanted to better understand the human decision making process, she took a rather unusual step: becoming a professional poker player. We delve into her journey and find out how poker could help people make better decisions. Books and Arts: What the world needs now: lessons from a poker player 09:12 Research Highlights A sweaty synthetic skin that can exude useful compounds, and Mars's green atmosphere. Research Highlight: An artificial skin oozes 'sweat' through tiny pores; Research Highlight: The red planet has a green glow 11:21 Developing dialogues The peer-review process is an integral part of scientific discourse, however, sometimes interactions between authors and reviews can be less than civil. How do we tread the fine line between critique and rudeness? Editorial: Peer review should be an honest, but collegial, conversation 18:47 Briefing Chat We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about research into racism, and a possible hint of dark matter. Nature News: What the data say about police brutality and racial bias – and which reforms might work; Nature News: Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killings; Quanta: Dark Matter Experiment Finds Unexplained Signal Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes, 39 seconds


Coronapod: Dexamethasone, the cheap steroid that could cut coronavirus deaths
2020-06-19 09:20:11
Hope rises as the first potentially life-saving treatment emerges from drug trials.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes, 34 seconds


Incest in the elite of Neolithic Ireland
2020-06-17 08:00:49
This week, researchers make diamonds tough, and evidence of incest in a 5,000 year old tomb. In this episode: 00:51 Tough versus hard Diamonds are famed for their hardness, but they are not so resistant to fracture. Now, researchers have toughened up diamonds, which could open up new industrial applications. Research Article: Yue et al. 06:07 Research Highlights A spacecraft helps physicists work out the lifespan of a neutron, and the icy hideaway of an endangered whale. Research Highlight: The vanishing-neutron mystery might be cracked by a robot in outer space; Research Highlight: A secluded icy fortress shelters rare whales 08:33 Ancient inbreeding Analysis of the genomes of humans buried in an ancient Irish tomb has uncovered many surprises, including evidence of incest amongst the elite. Research Article: Cassidy et al.; News and Views: Incest uncovered at the elite prehistoric Newgrange monument in Ireland 21:13 #ShutdownSTEM Nature reporter Nidhi Subbaraman joins us to talk about the #ShutdownSTEM movement, and anti-black racism in academia. Editorial: Note from the editors: Nature joins #ShutDownSTEM; News: Grieving and frustrated: Black scientists call out racism in the wake of police killings; News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives; News: How #BlackInTheIvory put a spotlight on racism in academia Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes, 2


Long Read Podcast: Enigmatic neutron stars may soon give up their secrets
2020-06-15 04:00:00
An instrument on the International Space Station is providing new insights into some of the Universe's most baffling objects. Neutron stars have puzzled scientists for decades. It's known that these ultra-dense objects are born from the remnants of supernovae, yet what's under their surface, and what processes that go on within them, remain a mystery. Now, an instrument called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer is providing new information to help answer these questions, ushering in a new era of research into these strange stars. This is an audio version of our feature: The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 minutes, 33 seconds


Coronapod: The Surgisphere scandal that rocked coronavirus drug research
2020-06-12 10:14:01
In this episode: 00:52 Testing disparities As testing capacities increase, it is clear that not everyone has equal access. But grassroots organisations are trying to correct this inequity. We hear about one researcher's fight to get testing to those below the poverty line in California. 09:04 The hydroxychloroquine saga continues As a high profile study in the Lancet is retracted, the first data from clinical trials is coming in and it is not encouraging. We discuss the murky future of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID drug. News: High-profile coronavirus retractions raise concerns about data oversight 12:31 Will the Surgisphere scandal erode trust in science? A questionable dataset from a mysterious company has forced high-profile retractions and thrown doubt over drug trials and public health policies. What will the fallout be and can researchers weather the storm? 23:23 Back in the lab As lockdowns ease, researchers are starting to go back to the lab. But with various restrictions in place, what does science look like in the new normal? News: Return to the lab: scientists face shiftwork, masks and distancing as coronavirus lockdowns ease Careers: Coronavirus diaries: back to the lab again  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes, 33 seconds




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