16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon's far side
From Nature Podcast - This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.
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
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
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.
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
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?
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast April 1953 2019-04-26 08:56:52 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.
Over 60 years agoï»¿, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous paper proposing a structure for DNA. Everyone knows that story - but fewer people know that there were actually three papers about DNA in that issue of Nature. In this podcast, first broadcast in April 2013, we uncover the evidence that brought Watson and Crick to their conclusion, discuss how the papers were received at the time, and hear from one scientist who was actually there: co-author of one of the DNA papers, the late Raymond Gosling.
18 April 2019: Reviving brains, lightning, and spring books 2019-04-17 10:03:34 This week, restoring function in dead pig brains, spring science books, and the structure of lightning.
If you have any questions about the partly-revived brains study, then the reporters at Nature are keen to answer them. You can submit them at the bottom of the article, here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01216-4
Podcast Extra: The first image of a black hole 2019-04-11 12:06:13 This week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. In this special News Chat, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi, who was at a press conference in Brussels where the image was announced, tells Benjamin Thompson about the image and what scientists are saying about it.
REBROADCAST: Nature Pastcast March 1918 2019-03-15 08:16:08 This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we're rebroadcasting episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments in the history of science.
As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein's new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be done.
This episode was first broadcast in March 2014.
Teaching For Better Humans More than test scores or good grades â what do kids need to prepare them for the future? This hour, guest host Manoush Zomorodi and TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, in and out of the classroom. Guests include educators Olympia Della Flora and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson.
#535 Superior Apologies for the delay getting this week's episode out! A technical glitch slowed us down, but all is once again well.
This week, we look at the often troubling intertwining of science and race: its long history, its ability to persist even during periods of disrepute, and the current forms it takes as it resurfaces, leveraging the internet and nationalism to buoy itself. We speak with Angela Saini, independent journalist and author of the new book "Superior: The Return of Race Science", about where race science went and how it's coming back.