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Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2019. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.


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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.

20 June 2019: Non-native species, and a blood-inspired robot battery
2019-06-19 10:01:58
This week, what makes birds invasive and a robotic fish powered by a blood-like battery. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23 minutes, 33 seconds


13 June 2019: Mighty magnets, and aerosols in the atmosphere
2019-06-12 10:01:57
This week, a record-breaking magnetic field, and aerosols' potential effects on the atmosphere. In this episode: 00:45 Making massive magnets Researchers have created the world's strongest direct current magnetic field. 08:38 Research Highlights Macaques' musicality and human consumption of microplastics. 10:55 Aerosols' impacts on the climate There's a still a lot to learn about how aerosols affect the climate. 17:03 News Chat The launch of an X-ray space telescope, and a Russian researcher's plans to CRISPR-edit human embryos.
24 minutes, 18 seconds


06 June 2019: Microbes modifying medicine and kickstarting plate tectonics
2019-06-05 10:01:23
This week, how gut microbes might be affecting drugs, and a new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics. In this episode: 00:45 Microbes metabolising drugs Researchers are investigating whether the gut microbiota can alter the activity of medicinal drugs. Research article: Zimmermann et al.   06:40 Research Highlights Elephants counting with smell, and audio activity monitoring. Research Highlight: Elephants have a nose for portion size Research Highlight: Deep learning monitors human activity based on sound alone 08:57 The origin of plate tectonics? A new theory suggests that sediment may have lubricated the Earth's tectonic plates, allowing them to move. Research article: Sobolev and Brown News and Views: Earth's evolution explored   14:14 News Chat Scientists protest in Hungary, and a trial of a new post-review process to test reproducibility. News: Hungarians protest against proposed government takeover of science News: Reproducibility trial publishes two conclusions for one paper
21 minutes, 24 seconds


REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast May 1983
2019-05-31 08:01:10
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we're rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. The discovery of the ozone hole in the mid-1980s was a shock. Scientists suspected that man-made gases called CFCs were damaging the ozone layer, but they didn't expect to see such a dramatic decline. Nor did they expect the discovery to be made by a small group of British scientists in Antarctica. In this podcast, we hear from the 'little voice' in the background whose persistence led to the reporting of the reduced ozone in Nature in May 1985. But how did it become known as the 'ozone hole'? And what lessons are there for climate change scientists today?
15 minutes, 48 seconds


30 May 2019: Cold fusion, gender parity in universities, and studying wildfires
2019-05-30 04:01:26
This week, looking back at cold fusion, a ranking of gender balance in universities, and measuring the impact of wildfires.
16 minutes, 5 seconds


23 May 2019: Pre-industrial plankton populations, European science, and ancient fungi.
2019-05-22 10:01:53
This week, how climate change has affected plankton, the future of European science, and evidence of an ancient fungus.
27 minutes, 43 seconds


16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon's far side
2019-05-15 10:01:32
This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.
23 minutes, 4


09 May 2019: Urban vs Rural BMI, and the health of rivers
2019-05-08 10:01:08
This week, body mass increases around the world, and river connections in decline.
21 minutes, 23 seconds


02 May 2019: China's growing science network, and talking brain signals
2019-05-01 10:34:11
This week, China's Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.
26 minutes, 44 seconds


REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast April 1953
2019-04-26 08:56:52
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we're rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous paper proposing a structure for DNA. Everyone knows that story - but fewer people know that there were actually three papers about DNA in that issue of Nature. In this podcast, first broadcast in April 2013, we uncover the evidence that brought Watson and Crick to their conclusion, discuss how the papers were received at the time, and hear from one scientist who was actually there: co-author of one of the DNA papers, the late Raymond Gosling.
14 minutes, 12 seconds




Best Science Podcasts 2019

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