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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.

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
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 Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
17 minutes, 37 seconds

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
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 Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
16 minutes, 2 seconds

Podcast Extra: Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie
2020-03-21 04:00:00
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 the shoes of the scientific giant. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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 Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
21 minutes, 17 seconds

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 Skłodowska Curie, and we find out how science in Russia is changing after years of decline. In this episode: 01:43 Radioactive 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 Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
19 minutes, 33 seconds

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
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
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
27 minutes, 24 seconds

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