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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.

16 January 2020: Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity
2020-01-15 10:01:06
Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy, and improving measurements of online activity. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25 minutes, 32 seconds


09 January 2020: A look ahead at science in 2020
2020-01-08 10:01:44
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10 minutes, 33 seconds


01 January 2020: Our reporters' top picks of 2019
2020-01-01 07:00:00
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 sensation A study of people who do and don't wear shoes looks into whether calluses make feet less sensitive. Nature Podcast: 26 June 2019; Research article: Holowka et al.; News and Views: Your sensitive sole 08:56 The make up of the far side of the Moon Initial observations from the first lander to touch down on the far side of the Moon. Nature Podcast: 15 May 2019; Research article: Li et al. 15:43 Growth Mindset How a one hour course could improve academic achievement. Nature Podcast: 07 August 2019; Research article: Yeager et al. 27:44 'Manferences' Nature investigates the prevalence of conferences where most of the speakers are male. Nature Podcast: 11 September 2019; News Feature: How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings 34:02 Q&A with Nobel Prize winner John Goodenough We talk to John Goodenough, who was jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in the development of the lithium-ion battery. Podcast Extra: 09 October 2019 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
38 minutes, 5


Nature PastCast, December 1920: The Quantum Theory
2019-12-27 07:00:00
In this episode, we're heading back to the early twentieth century, when 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 of a Nature news article in 1920. In this episode, we're heading back to the early twentieth century, when 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 of a Nature news article in 1920. This episode was first broadcast in December 2013. From the archive Nature 16 December 1920 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12 minutes, 28 seconds


Podcast Extra: From climate lawyer to climate activist
2019-12-23 07:01:20
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. In this Podcast Extra, Nature's Chief Opinion Editor Sara Abdulla meets with Farhana to discuss why she ditched resolutions in favour of activism. This is an extended version of an interview originally broadcast in September. Comment: Why I broke the law for climate change For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18 minutes, 12 seconds


Podcast Extra: Epigenetics
2019-12-20 07:01:00
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 hype around the field, but what actually is epigenetics and how much does it influence our genes? In this Podcast Extra, Nick Howe speaks to Edith Heard, Director General of the EMBL, and Giacomo Cavalli, from the Institute of Human Genetics, to guide us through these questions and find out about the history and future of epigenetics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11 minutes, 2 seconds


19 December 2019: A solution to the three-body problem, and festive fun
2019-12-18 10:01:08
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. In this episode: 00:51 Disentangling three bodies A problem that has stumped scientists since the 1600s has a probabilistic solution. Research Article: Stone and Leigh 08:50 Frosty the Snowman The first of our festive science songs, about how a certain snowman is faring under climate change. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. 11:00 Festive quiz show Our reporters battle it out to be crowned as this year's quiz champion. Can they describe some of the top news headlines without saying certain important words? We find out. 19:21 Carol of M87 Our second song is about the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration's imaging of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. 20:33 News Chat We hear about some of the people on Nature's 10 this year. Feature: Nature's 10: Ten people who mattered this year 30:00 Rockin' Around Supremacy For our final song, we hark back to October, when Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. TRANSCRIPT Frosty the Snowman lyrics: Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul But the smile wore off as the globe got hot 'Cause the world used too much coal. Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say He was made of snow But the kids won't know 'cause it's them who have to pay. Gonna' need some magic to Convince the world to stop 'Cause now we're running out of time And he's feeling mighty hot. Oh, Frosty the Snowman, is endangered as could be And the children say they wish he'd stay, But they don't trust you and me. He led them down the streets of town Right to the climate COP. They gathered there, and Greta stared And together hollered "STOP". Frosty the Snowman, had to hurry on his way But he said we should do all that we could For to change our dirty ways. Frosty the Snowman, knew the time to act was now So the girls and boys said make some noise And we'll get a change somehow Carol of M87 lyrics: Hark at the sound Photons abound Radio waves All seem to say Out in the dark This glowing spark We find our goal See a black hole. (M) M Eight-se'en (Eight) As it was then (tee) eons ago (se'en) See it aglow Data from these Observatries Processed to give The first image One seems to see With EHT Fire in a ring Light circling Einstein was right, Warped is the light, See the lensing Bending the ring. Now-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M - eigh-ty- se'en) How-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M - eigh-ty-se'en) (M) Space time is bent (Eight) See this event (tee) Horizon burn (ee) So much to learn (se'en) Out in the dark This glowing spark We find our goal See a black hole. Rockin' Around Supremacy lyrics: Rockin' around supremacy With the latest quantum chip Google says it won the race IBM says it's a blip. Rockin' around supremacy Would a regular PC Really take 1000 years? There's no time to wait and see! You will get a futuristic feeling when you hear Voices raised in praise of physics Deck the halls with 54 qubits. Rockin' around supremacy Is the hype just overblown? There's more to do but either way It's quantum milestone! You will get a futuristic feeling when you hear Voices raised in praise of physics Deck the halls with 54 qubits. Rockin' around supremacy Is the hype just overblown? There's more to do but either way It's quantum mi-le-stone! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
32 minutes, 28 seconds


19 December 2019: The three-body problem, and festive fun
2019-12-18 10:01:08
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. In this episode: 00:51 Disentangling three bodies Researchers have been working to unpick a problem that has stumped scientists since the 1600s. Research Article: Stone and Leigh 08:50 Frosty the Snowman The first of our festive science songs, about how a certain snowman is faring under climate change. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. 11:00 Festive quiz show Our reporters battle it out to be crowned as this year's quiz champion. Can they describe some of the top news headlines without saying certain important words? We find out. 19:21 Carol of M87 Our second song is about the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration's imaging of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. 20:33 News Chat We hear about some of the people on Nature's 10 this year. Feature: Nature's 10: Ten people who mattered this year 30:00 Rockin' Around Supremacy For our final song, we hark back to October, when Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy. Scroll to the transcript section below for the lyrics. TRANSCRIPT Frosty the Snowman lyrics: Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul But the smile wore off as the globe got hot 'Cause the world used too much coal. Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say He was made of snow But the kids won't know 'cause it's them who have to pay. Gonna' need some magic to Convince the world to stop 'Cause now we're running out of time And he's feeling mighty hot. Oh, Frosty the Snowman, is endangered as could be And the children say they wish he'd stay, But they don't trust you and me. He led them down the streets of town Right to the climate COP. They gathered there, and Greta stared And together hollered "STOP". Frosty the Snowman, had to hurry on his way But he said we should do all that we could For to change our dirty ways. Frosty the Snowman, knew the time to act was now So the girls and boys said make some noise And we'll get a change somehow Carol of M87 lyrics: Hark at the sound Photons abound Radio waves All seem to say Out in the dark This glowing spark We find our goal See a black hole. (M) M Eight-se'en (Eight) As it was then (tee) eons ago (se'en) See it aglow Data from these Observatries Processed to give The first image One seems to see With EHT Fire in a ring Light circling Einstein was right, Warped is the light, See the lensing Bending the ring. Now-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M - eigh-ty- se'en) How-we see-a supermassive black hole. (M - eigh-ty-se'en) (M) Space time is bent (Eight) See this event (tee) Horizon burn (ee) So much to learn (se'en) Out in the dark This glowing spark We find our goal See a black hole. Rockin' Around Supremacy lyrics: Rockin' around supremacy With the latest quantum chip Google says it won the race IBM says it's a blip. Rockin' around supremacy Would a regular PC Really take 1000 years? There's no time to wait and see! You will get a futuristic feeling when you hear Voices raised in praise of physics Deck the halls with 54 qubits. Rockin' around supremacy Is the hype just overblown? There's more to do but either way It's quantum milestone! You will get a futuristic feeling when you hear Voices raised in praise of physics Deck the halls with 54 qubits. Rockin' around supremacy Is the hype just overblown? There's more to do but either way It's quantum mi-le-stone! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
32 minutes, 28 seconds


Long Read Podcast: How to save coral reefs as the world warms
2019-12-16 08:17:41
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15 minutes, 38 seconds


12 December 2019: Social priming, and acoustic science
2019-12-11 10:01:54
This week, the embattled field of social priming, and the latest sounds from a big acoustic meeting. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27 minutes, 17 seconds




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