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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.

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
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
16 minutes, 25 seconds

27 June 2019: Callused feet, and protein-based archaeology
2019-06-26 10:01:56
This week, how wearing shoes might affect foot sensitivity, and uncovering history with ancient proteins. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
27 minutes, 16 seconds

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
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

Best Science Podcasts 2019

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