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04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand's sustainability from Nature Podcast

From Nature Podcast - 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


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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
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Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic 'war-game' simulations
2020-07-03 08:47:51
Next week, we'll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show. In this episode: 02:15 Simulating pandemics Researchers have run numerous military-style simulations to predict the consequences of fictitious viral outbreaks. We discuss how these simulations work, what recommendations come out of them and if any of these warnings have been heeded. 24:08 One good thing Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including audience feedback, the official end of the Ebola outbreak in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and an enormous t-shirt collection. News: World's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak ends in Democratic Republic of the Congo 28:50 The latest coronavirus research papers Benjamin Thompson takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks. News: Coronavirus research updates Cell: A SARS-CoV-2 Infection Model in Mice Demonstrates Protection by Neutralizing Antibodies Cell: Generation of a Broadly Useful Model for COVID-19 Pathogenesis, Vaccination, and Treatment Clincal Infectious Diseases: The natural history and transmission potential of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo' medRxiv: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


What the atomic structure of enamel tells us about tooth decay
2020-07-01 08:00:51
On this week's podcast, how the molecular structure of tooth enamel may impact decay, and a mysterious planetary core from a half-formed gas giant. In this episode: 00:46 Unravelling tooth enamel Researchers have been looking into the structure and composition of enamel in an effort to better understand tooth decay. Research Article: DeRocher et al. 07:02 Research Highlights An adhesive patch to help heal heart-attacks, and a new technique to inspect the structure of 2D 'wonder materials'. Research Highlight: A healing patch holds tight to a beating heart; Research Highlight: A snapshot shows off super-material only two atoms thick 09:21 Unusual planet In the region close to stars known as the 'hot Neptune desert' planets of Neptune's size are rarely found, but this week scientists have uncovered one and are trying to untangle its mysteries. Research Article: Armstrong et al. 14:52 Briefing Chat We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about the pitfalls of using CRISPR in human embryos, and renaming of moon craters inadvertently named after Nazi scientists. Nature News: CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem; Prospect Magazine: Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level? Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The state of the pandemic, six months in
2020-06-26 10:08:11
In a few weeks, we'll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show. In this episode: 03:13 What have we learnt? We take a look back over the past six months of the pandemic, and discuss how far the world has come. It's been a period of turmoil and science has faced an unprecedented challenge. What lessons can be learned from the epidemic so far to continue the fight in the months to come? Financial Times: Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries start to reopen Wellcome Open Research: What settings have been linked to SARS-CoV-2 transmission clusters? 12:55 Unanswered questions After months of intensive research, much is known about the new coronavirus - but many important questions remain unanswered. We look at the knowledge gaps researchers are trying to fill. Nature Medicine: Real-time tracking of self-reported symptoms to predict potential COVID-19 20:36 How has lockdown affected fieldwork? The inability to travel during lockdown has seriously hampered many researchers' ability to gather fieldwork data. We hear from three whose work has been affected, and what this means for their projects. Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


How playing poker can help you make decisions
2020-06-24 08:00:17
On this week's podcast, life lessons from poker, and keeping things civil during peer review. In this episode: 00:44 Deciding to play poker When writer Maria Konnikova wanted to better understand the human decision making process, she took a rather unusual step: becoming a professional poker player. We delve into her journey and find out how poker could help people make better decisions. Books and Arts: What the world needs now: lessons from a poker player 09:12 Research Highlights A sweaty synthetic skin that can exude useful compounds, and Mars's green atmosphere. Research Highlight: An artificial skin oozes 'sweat' through tiny pores; Research Highlight: The red planet has a green glow 11:21 Developing dialogues The peer-review process is an integral part of scientific discourse, however, sometimes interactions between authors and reviews can be less than civil. How do we tread the fine line between critique and rudeness? Editorial: Peer review should be an honest, but collegial, conversation 18:47 Briefing Chat We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about research into racism, and a possible hint of dark matter. Nature News: What the data say about police brutality and racial bias – and which reforms might work; Nature News: Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killings; Quanta: Dark Matter Experiment Finds Unexplained Signal Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: Dexamethasone, the cheap steroid that could cut coronavirus deaths
2020-06-19 09:20:11
Hope rises as the first potentially life-saving treatment emerges from drug trials.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Incest in the elite of Neolithic Ireland
2020-06-17 08:00:49
This week, researchers make diamonds tough, and evidence of incest in a 5,000 year old tomb. In this episode: 00:51 Tough versus hard Diamonds are famed for their hardness, but they are not so resistant to fracture. Now, researchers have toughened up diamonds, which could open up new industrial applications. Research Article: Yue et al. 06:07 Research Highlights A spacecraft helps physicists work out the lifespan of a neutron, and the icy hideaway of an endangered whale. Research Highlight: The vanishing-neutron mystery might be cracked by a robot in outer space; Research Highlight: A secluded icy fortress shelters rare whales 08:33 Ancient inbreeding Analysis of the genomes of humans buried in an ancient Irish tomb has uncovered many surprises, including evidence of incest amongst the elite. Research Article: Cassidy et al.; News and Views: Incest uncovered at the elite prehistoric Newgrange monument in Ireland 21:13 #ShutdownSTEM Nature reporter Nidhi Subbaraman joins us to talk about the #ShutdownSTEM movement, and anti-black racism in academia. Editorial: Note from the editors: Nature joins #ShutDownSTEM; News: Grieving and frustrated: Black scientists call out racism in the wake of police killings; News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives; News: How #BlackInTheIvory put a spotlight on racism in academia Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Long Read Podcast: Enigmatic neutron stars may soon give up their secrets
2020-06-15 04:00:00
An instrument on the International Space Station is providing new insights into some of the Universe's most baffling objects. Neutron stars have puzzled scientists for decades. It's known that these ultra-dense objects are born from the remnants of supernovae, yet what's under their surface, and what processes that go on within them, remain a mystery. Now, an instrument called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer is providing new information to help answer these questions, ushering in a new era of research into these strange stars. This is an audio version of our feature: The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The Surgisphere scandal that rocked coronavirus drug research
2020-06-12 10:14:01
In this episode: 00:52 Testing disparities As testing capacities increase, it is clear that not everyone has equal access. But grassroots organisations are trying to correct this inequity. We hear about one researcher's fight to get testing to those below the poverty line in California. 09:04 The hydroxychloroquine saga continues As a high profile study in the Lancet is retracted, the first data from clinical trials is coming in and it is not encouraging. We discuss the murky future of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID drug. News: High-profile coronavirus retractions raise concerns about data oversight 12:31 Will the Surgisphere scandal erode trust in science? A questionable dataset from a mysterious company has forced high-profile retractions and thrown doubt over drug trials and public health policies. What will the fallout be and can researchers weather the storm? 23:23 Back in the lab As lockdowns ease, researchers are starting to go back to the lab. But with various restrictions in place, what does science look like in the new normal? News: Return to the lab: scientists face shiftwork, masks and distancing as coronavirus lockdowns ease Careers: Coronavirus diaries: back to the lab again  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The quantum space lab
2020-06-11 08:00:41
This week, the spaceborne lab that allows investigation of quantum states, and the debate surrounding how mountain height is maintained. Shutdown Stem On the tenth of June, Nature joined #ShutdownStem #strike4blacklives. Podcast: #ShutDownSTEM and the Nature Podcast https://www.shutdownstem.com/ Editorial: Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives In this episode: 01:18 Space lab Scientists have built a lab on the international space station, allowing them to remotely investigate quantum phenomena in microgravity. Research Article: Aveline et al.; News and Views: Quantum matter orbits Earth 08:37 Research Highlights Trackable 'barcode' bacteria, and physicists simulate near light speed cycling. Research Highlight: 'Barcode' microbes could help to trace goods – from lettuce to loafers; Research Highlight: What Einstein's theory means for a cyclist moving at almost light speed 10:48 Maintaining mountain height For a long time many researchers have thought that mainly erosion controls the height of mountains, but new research suggests that tectonic forces play a bigger role. Research Article: Dielforder et al.; News and Views: Mountain height might be controlled by tectonic force, rather than erosion 16:12 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including how sleep deprivation kills, and a monumental Maya structure hidden in plain sight. Quanta Magazine: Why Sleep Deprivation Kills; National Geographic: Massive 3,000-year-old ceremonial complex discovered in 'plain sight' Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


#ShutDownSTEM and the Nature Podcast
2020-06-09 15:00:10
On the tenth of June, Nature will be joining #ShutdownStem #strike4blacklives. We will be educating ourselves and defining actions we can take to help eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM . Please join us. https://www.shutdownstem.com/ Editorial: Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change News: Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The heavy toll on people of colour
2020-06-05 07:50:10
In this episode: 00:45 Black Lives Matter The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by police in Minnesota has sent a shockwave of anger around the globe. As unrest continues, we discuss the protests in Washington DC and ask how scientists are reacting. 04:01 The outsized toll of covid-19 on people of colour Reports from around the globe are showing that ethnic minorities are at much higher risk of infection and death from the coronavirus. But why might that be? And what can be done about it? News: How to address the coronavirus's outsized toll on people of colour World View: How environmental racism is fuelling the coronavirus pandemic 16:27 Food for thought Richard Van Noorden suggests some inspirational listening to learn and reflect in difficult times. Podcast: George the poet 18:27 Lessons from past pandemics The coronavirus pandemic is just the latest of hundreds throughout history. Nick Howe interviews author Frank M Snowden about how disease has shaped society. Books and Arts: How pandemics shape social evolution  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Lab-made skin grows its own hair
2020-06-03 08:00:42
This week, a new method to grow hairy skin in a dish, and new research takes aim at the RNA world hypothesis. In this episode: 00:45 Hairy Skin Researchers may have developed a way to make skin that can grow hair in the lab, paving the way for treatment of a variety of skin disorders, and perhaps even baldness. Research Article: Lee et al.; News and Views: Regenerative medicine could pave the way to treating baldness 08:56 Research Highlights How mercury moved during the 'Great Dying', and the link between mobile phones and gender equality. Research Highlight: Giant eruptions belched toxic metal during the 'Great Dying'; Research Article: Rotondi et al. 11:21 Does DNA predate life? The RNA world hypothesis posits that RNA formed spontaneously leading eventually to life. Now new research suggests that RNA and DNA formed together, before life. Research Article: Xu et al.; News and Views: How DNA and RNA subunits might have formed to make the first genetic alphabet 19:25 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the recent SpaceX launch, and the earliest fossil of a land animal. CBC: Scientists find oldest fossil of a land animal; Nature News: SpaceX to launch astronauts – and a new era of private human spaceflight Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Other links Video: We test a home antibody kit for tracking Covid-19 transmission  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The divisive hydroxychloroquine study that's triggering mass confusion
2020-05-29 10:58:37
00:59 Chloroquine on rocky ground President Trump's preferred coronavirus treatment is the focus of a new study suggesting it could cause more harm than good, but not everybody agrees. We discuss the fallout as trials around the world are paused and countries diverge over policy advice. News: India expands use of controversial coronavirus drug amid safety concerns News: Safety fears over hyped drug hydroxychloroquine spark global confusion 12:12 Are we rushing science? Coronavirus papers are being published extremely quickly, while normally healthy scientific debate is being blown up in the world's press. Is there a balancing act between timely research and accurate messaging? 18:49 One good thing Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including hedgerow brews and a trip into the past using AI. Recipe: Elderflower 'Champagne' Video: Denis Shiryaev restores historic footage with AI 22:30 The latest coronavirus research papers Noah Baker takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks. News: Coronavirus research updates medRxiv: Full genome viral sequences inform patterns of SARS-CoV-2 spread into and within Israel Harvard Library: Reductions in commuting mobility predict geographic differences in SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in New York City Science: DNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Super-efficient catalyst boosts hopes for hydrogen fuel
2020-05-27 08:00:04
This week, perfecting catalysts that split water using light, and the mystery of missing matter in the Universe. In this episode: 00:44 Water splitting After decades of research scientists have managed to achieve near perfect efficiency using a light-activated catalyst to separate hydrogen from water for fuel. Research Article: Takata et al.; News and Views: An almost perfectly efficient light-activated catalyst for producing hydrogen from water 05:37 Research Highlights The hidden water inside the earth's core, and how working memory 'works' in children. Research Highlight: Our planet's heart is watery; Research Highlight: A child's memory prowess is revealed by brain patterns 07:53 Measuring matter Estimations of baryonic matter in the Universe have conflicted with observations, but now researchers have reconciled these differences. Research Article: Macquart et al. 13:42 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the possibility of a black hole in our solar system, and the biting bees that force plants to bloom. Physics World: If 'Planet Nine' is a primordial black hole, could we detect it with a fleet of tiny spacecraft?; Scientific American: Bumblebees Bite Plants to Force Them to Flower (Seriously) Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: Hope and caution greet vaccine trial result, and Trump vs the WHO
2020-05-22 10:51:52
01:38 Trump vs the WHO President Trump has given the WHO an ultimatum in a tweet, threatening to pull out of the organisation within 30 days unless unclear demands are met. We discuss what this means for the pandemic, the USA and the future of international health cooperation 12:06 Where are we with vaccines? The first results from vaccine trials are in and they are encouraging, but scientists are still urging caution. We hear the lowdown on the types of vaccines being developed and what hope there is of rolling them out any time soon.  News: Coronavirus vaccine trials have delivered their first results – but their promise is still unclear News: The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide News: If a coronavirus vaccine arrives, can the world make enough? 25:20 One good thing Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including hopeful antibody research, at-home sketch comedy and printable board games. News: Potent human antibodies could inspire a vaccine Video: Whiskers R we - SNL Video:The wild affordable world of 1 Player Print'n'Play Games Video:MORE of the Very Best Solitaire Print'n'Play Games Video: Marble run league Video: BBC goals at home (Only available in the UK) 30:04 The latest coronavirus research papers Noah Baker takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks. News: Coronavirus research updates medRxiv: Saliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharangel swabs Nature: Effect of non-pharmaceutical interventions to contain COVID-19 in China Science: Changes in contact patterns shape the dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak in China New England Journal of Medicine: Multiorgan and Renal Tropism of SARS-CoV-2 Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


A synthetic eye that 'sees' like a human
2020-05-20 08:00:08
This week, crafting an artificial eye with the benefits of a human's, and understanding how disk-galaxies formed by peering back in time. In this episode: 00:45 Biomimetic eye Researchers fabricate an artificial eye complete with a human-like retina. Research Article: Gu et al.; News and Views: Artificial eye boosted by hemispherical retina 09:27 Research Highlights Dazzling elephant seals to avoid predation, and helping blind people 'see' through brain stimulation. Research Highlight: Mighty seals humbled by prey that flickers and flashes; Research Highlight: Blind people 'read' letters traced on their brains with electricity 11:36 Early disk-galaxy There's an open question about how disk-galaxies form, but now new observations are pointing to an answer, from the very early Universe. Research Article: Neeleman et al.; News and Views: Galaxy disk observed to have formed shortly after the Big Bang 17:47 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including a HIV 'vaccine', and incredibly hardy bacteria. Science: Long-acting injectable drug prevents HIV infections; Quanta Magazine: Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The misinformation pandemic, and science funding fears
2020-05-15 08:11:24
With questionable coronavirus content flooding airwaves and online channels, what's being done to limit its impact?  In this episode:   00:57 The epidemiology of misinformation As the pandemic spreads, so does a tidal wave of misinformation and conspiracy theories. We discuss how researchers' are tracking the spread of questionable content, and ways to limit its impact. News: Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemic, researchers warn Nature Video: Infodemic: Coronavirus and the fake news pandemic   17:55 One good thing Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including walks in new places, an update on the Isolation Choir, and a very long music playlist. Video: The Isolation Choir sing What a Wonderful World Spotify: Beastie Boys Book Complete Songs 22:30 Funding fears for researchers Scientists around the world are concerned about the impacts that the pandemic will have on their funding and research projects. We hear from two who face uncertainty, and get an update on the plans put in place by funding organisations to support their researchers. Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


The super-sleuth who spots trouble in science papers, and the puzzle of urban smog
2020-05-13 08:00:25
This week, Elisabeth Bik tells us about her work uncovering potential image manipulation, and a new route for particulate pollution formation. In this episode: 00:45 Seeing double Elisabeth Bik spends her days identifying duplicated images in science papers. She tells us about her efforts, and why they're important. Feature: Meet this super-spotter of duplicated images in science papers; News: Publishers launch joint effort to tackle altered images in research papers 08:11 Research Highlights New insights on the mysterious Tully Monster, and how football fans can stoke air pollution. Research Highlight: Unmasking the Tully Monster: fossils help to tackle a decades-old mystery; Research Highlight: The meaty link between a city's football matches and its foul air 10:29 Understanding air pollution Particulate pollution is a serious threat to human health, but the way that new particles form is poorly understood. This week, new research suggests a new mechanism for it to happen. Research article: Wang et al.; News and Views: Airborne particles might grow fast in cities 15:09 Pick of the Briefing We pick some highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the closest discovered black hole to Earth, and how wriggly worms are helping physicists model microscopic processes. National Geographic: Closest black hole to Earth found 'hiding in plain sight'; Physics: Worm Viscosity Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Other links: Our latest video - Infodemic: Coronavirus and the fake news pandemic  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The dangers of ignoring outbreaks in homeless shelters, plus coronavirus and drug abuse
2020-05-08 07:20:13
Outbreaks among those unable to isolate are spreading under the radar. We hear about the researchers scrambling to get a handle on the situation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


07 May 2020: Galileo and the science deniers, and physicists probe the mysterious pion
2020-05-06 08:00:49
This week, a new way to study elusive subatomic particles - pions, and the story of Galileo remains relevant in a time of modern science denialism. In this episode: 00:46 Probing pions Pions are incredibly unstable and difficult-to-study subatomic particles. Now researchers have come up with a clever way to examine them - by sticking them into helium atoms. Research Article: Hori et al. 08:28 Research Highlights A colourful way to cool buildings, and the rapid expansion of cities. Research Highlight: A rainbow of layered paints could help buildings to keep their cool; Research Highlight: Urban sprawl overspreads Earth at an unprecedented speed 10:46 The life of Galileo A new biography of Galileo Galilei examines some of the myths about his life and draws parallels with problems facing scientists today. Books and Arts: Galileo's story is always relevant 16:42 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including botanical graffiti, and rock-eating bacteria. The Guardian: 'Not just weeds': how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora; Scientific American: Scientists Waited Two and a Half Years to See whether Bacteria Can Eat Rock Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Other links Vote for us to win a webby!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: What use are contact tracing apps? And new hopes for coronavirus drug remdesivir
2020-05-01 08:55:25
The Coronapod team pick through the latest news, plus we hear from the researchers making lemonade out of lockdown lemons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 April 2020: A sniff test for consciousness, and how to cut antibiotics use – with vaccines
2020-04-29 08:00:36
This week, how the 'sniff-response' can help clinicians determine a patient's state of consciousness, and how vaccines could help drive down antibiotic use. In this episode: 00:45 Sniffing out consciousness Researchers have found that the sniff reflex can indicate whether a patient is in a vegetative state, and even the likelihood that they will recover consciousness. Research Article: Arzi et al. 08:37 Research Highlights The stupefying effect of carbon dioxide, and a chameleon gemstone that tricks your eyes. Research Highlight: Rising carbon dioxide levels will make us stupider; Research Highlight: How a chameleon gemstone changes from red to green 11:12 Vaccination and antibiotic usage Looking at data from low- and middle-income countries, researchers have determined that vaccination could prevent millions of infections currently treated by antibiotics. Research Article: Lewnard et al. 16:49 Pick of the Briefing We pick our highlights from the Nature Briefing, including the forgotten mother of climate change science, and a new global study on insect declines. Chemistry World: Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change; Science: Meta-analysis reveals declines in terrestrial but increases in freshwater insect abundances Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Other links Shamini's latest video on a newly discovered Spinosaurus skeleton, which suggests that it had a fin-like tail that would have helped it swim and hunt. We've been nominated for a Webby award! You can vote for us here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


Coronapod: The race to expand antibody testing
2020-04-24 09:36:41
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the role of antibody tests in controlling the pandemic, and how public-health spending could curtail an economic crisis. Also on the show, the open hardware community's efforts to produce medical equipment.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 April 2020: Denisovan DNA in modern Europeans, and the birth of an unusual celestial object
2020-04-22 08:00:54
This week, evidence of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes, and the origin of a snowman-shaped object at the edge of the solar system. In this episode: 00:45 Intermixing of ancient hominins By combing through the DNA of over 27,000 modern day Icelanders, researchers have uncovered new insights about the ancient hominin species who interbred with Homo sapiens. Research Article: Skov et al. 08:05 Research Highlights The scent of lemur love, a hidden Viking trade route, and 'gargantuan' hail. Research Highlight: Lemurs' love language is fragrance; Research Highlight: Vikings' lost possessions mark a long-hidden early trade route; Research Highlight: Enormous hailstones inspire a new scientific size category: 'gargantuan' 11:44 The origin of Arrokoth In 2019, the New Horizon Spacecraft took images of Arrokoth - an unusual, bi-lobal object found in the Kuiper belt. Now, researchers believe they've figured out how it formed. Research Article: Grishin et al. 17:29 Pick of the Briefing We pick some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This week we discuss why the Universe may be lopsided, and why water could actually be two different liquid states. Scientific American: Do We Live in a Lopsided Universe?; Chemistry World: The weirdness of water 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 acast.com/privacy


Coronapod: Troubling news
2020-04-17 08:18:58
Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss Trump withholding funds from the WHO, and how COVID-19 kills. We also hear about controlling misinformation while communicating risk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy


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Jad gives a TED talk about his life as a journalist and how Radiolab has evolved over the years. Here's how TED described it:How do you end a story? Host of Radiolab Jad Abumrad tells how his search for an answer led him home to the mountains of Tennessee, where he met an unexpected teacher: Dolly Parton.Jad Nicholas Abumrad is a Lebanese-American radio host, composer and producer. He is the founder of the syndicated public radio program Radiolab, which is broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide and is downloaded more than 120 million times a year as a podcast. He also created More Perfect, a podcast that tells the stories behind the Supreme Court's most famous decisions. And most recently, Dolly Parton's America, a nine-episode podcast exploring the life and times of the iconic country music star. Abumrad has received three Peabody Awards and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011.