Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2019. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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.
04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand's sustainability 2019-07-03 10:01:30 This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining.
In this episode:
00:47 Predicting properties
A word-association algorithm is reading millions of abstracts to discover new properties of materials.
Research article: Tshitoyan et al.; News and Views: Text mining facilitates materials discovery
08:28 Research Highlights
Tiny robot-jellyfish, and genome mutation hot-spots.
Research Article:Multi-functional soft-bodied jellyfish-like swimming; Research Highlight:How DNA 'hotspots' snarl the search for cancer genes
10:48 Sand under strain
Researchers warn that the mining of sand is unsustainable.
Comment:Time is running out for sand
15:44 News Chat
The results of a bullying survey, and the spread of microbial disease through opioid use.
News: Germany's prestigious Max Planck Society conducts huge bullying survey; News: The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 23 minutes, 6 seconds
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast, June 1876 2019-06-28 06:29:23 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.
According to the fables of early explorers, the gorilla was a terrible, man-eating monster. It was also thought to be man's closest relative in the animal kingdom. Naturally, scientists and the public alike wanted to see these fierce beasts for themselves. But in the mid-nineteenth century, as the evolution debate heated up, getting a live gorilla to Europe from Africa was extremely difficult. In 1876, the pages of Nature report the arrival in England of a young specimen.
This episode was first broadcast in June 2013. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy 16 minutes, 25 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
Anthropomorphic Do animals grieve? Do they have language or consciousness? For a long time, scientists resisted the urge to look for human qualities in animals. This hour, TED speakers explore how that is changing. Guests include biological anthropologist Barbara King, dolphin researcher Denise Herzing, primatologist Frans de Waal, and ecologist Carl Safina.
#534 Bacteria are Coming for Your OJ What makes breakfast, breakfast? Well, according to every movie and TV show we've ever seen, a big glass of orange juice is basically required. But our morning grapefruit might be in danger. Why? Citrus greening, a bacteria carried by a bug, has infected 90% of the citrus groves in Florida. It's coming for your OJ. We'll talk with University of Maryland plant virologist Anne Simon about ways to stop the citrus killer, and with science writer and journalist Maryn McKenna about why throwing antibiotics at the problem is probably not the solution. Related links: A Review of the Citrus Greening...