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The Naked Scientists Podcast

The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

 

#862

Primates, Pi and (unconscious) Ponderings

A diverse range of expertise graces this month's "Q n May" panel show! Find out how we listen to our cosmos for signatures that herald the birth of the first stars, how gender labels help us understand our society, and whether or not your dreams might be worth remembering. We also probe your insights into the latest scientific discoveries in our new quiz, NEWSWORTHY. Unfortunately, there is no prize for the winner, but we'll give you bragging rights if you ace it... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

10 May 2022

59 MINS

59:23

10 May 2022


#861

Madvertising

From skateboarding bulldogs to drumming gorillas, modern advertising is teeming with wacky characters and far-fetched fantasies, often with little relation to the product actually being promoted. But why? If you have found yourself wondering how mad marketing in all its forms actually works to get us to buy things, join us as we take a look at the science supporting the strategies of the world's biggest brands. We'll be talking to marketing experts to uncover what makes a successful campaign, and the techniques agencies use to test the tautness of our heart strings while viewing their ads.... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

03 May 2022

59 MINS

59:42

03 May 2022


#860

The Coffee Conundrum

Stimulating isn't it. I recently came off the hard stuff and I've missed it ever since. I used to see coffee as a real treat, but that caffeine hit may soon be harder to come by. Scientists predict a drastic decline in suitable coffee growing land by up to 60% before 2050. In the show we'll put you in the hotseat to see how well you really know the UK's second favourite hot beverage. In the news: a change up at CERN could spell big changes for particle physicists universally, dinosaurs with coloured feathers and the happy hormone that makes old timers love life... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

26 Apr 2022

57 MINS

57:51

26 Apr 2022


#859

Frankenfoods, Formula 1 & Fake news

This week, we have an egg-cellent panel of spectacular science specialists who will be diving into their areas of expertise and sharing the goods! We hear about how formula 1 technology is changing the world, tools for coping with grief, some of the biggest controversies in science media and an update on the James Webb telescope as it preps for capturing the universe. Plus, we put our panel to the test with a science news quiz and follow clues on an easter egg trail which takes us all around the globe... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

19 Apr 2022

58 MINS

58:14

19 Apr 2022


#858

Contagious Cancers

Cancers are made from a person's own cells going rogue. If a cell acquires the right combination of mutations or changes in its genetic code, it can divide uncontrollably and lead to the formation of a tumour. As these cells contain a unique individual's DNA, if they were to end up in another person's body, they should sound the immune alarm, be recognised as foreign and destroyed - much like an Incompatible organ transplant. Some viruses, like the human papilloma virus or HPV, can also cause cancer by triggering changes in a cells genetic code and promoting tumour formation. In these cases,... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

12 Apr 2022

59 MINS

59:17

12 Apr 2022


#857

Science of the Silver Screen

It's time to dress up to the nines and hit the red carpet in scientific style as we bring you The Naked Scientists Science of the Silver Screen Awards. We'll hear about the sandy planet in the sci-fi Dune, the likelihood of improvising a musical as portrayed by Disney's Encanto, Don't Look Up's planet-destroying comet, and the mysterious bioweapon that finished off Daniel Craig's James Bond. Plus heat-resistant corals, and how growing up in the city affects your ability to navigate... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

05 Apr 2022

59 MINS

59:38

05 Apr 2022


#856

Human Milk

Human milk is the special subject we're looking into this week, including how the cells it contains can jump into a baby's bloodstream - and literally make mum part of their offspring. We hear how biotechnology is aiming to produce human milk in the lab as an improved alternative to formula, and how donated human milk is helping sick babies, parents in need and cancer research. Plus, we dive into why online sales of human breast milk are on the rise due to a slightly surprising consumer group... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

29 Mar 2022

57 MINS

57:50

29 Mar 2022


#855

Bonus Podcast: Naked Reflections Showcase

From time to time here on the Naked Scientists we showcase episodes from some of the other programme strands that are part of our Naked family. Today we're sharing an episode of Naked Reflections, pertinent at the moment owing to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this episode, host Ed Kessler is joined by Meryem Kalayci and James Smith to discuss the distressing issue of genocide. This Podcast includes some unique witness from a survivor of the Srebrenica massacre... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

28 Mar 2022

31 MINS

31:09

28 Mar 2022


#854

Energy in crisis: nuclear goes up the agenda

This week, AI-based facial recognition systems go live on the front in Ukraine, ozone exposure links to teenage depression, and evidence that sleeping with the light on can adversely affect your health. Plus, as the world grapples with an energy crisis, nuclear power is going up the energy agenda. We hear about Rolls-Royce's plans for a fleet of "off the peg" small modular nuclear reactors, and the efforts to harness nuclear fusion at JET... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

22 Mar 2022

59 MINS

59:36

22 Mar 2022


#853

Behaviour

Ever set a new year's resolution only for it to fall by the wayside after a few weeks? It is common for us to have goals and want to make change, but when it comes to turning those plans into reality, it can feel difficult. We often default back to old routines as more common behaviours take hold. Alongside trying to find ways to help us stick to our resolutions, we are exploring how our brain decides which way to act, how behaviours transition from being goal-directed to habitual, the disorders which can arise from alterations to these systems, and how research is trying to find methods to... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

15 Mar 2022

59 MINS

59:36

15 Mar 2022


#852

Cyberwarfare

Conflict around the world is no longer simply fought on the ground, in the water or in the air but also in the airwaves. As digital devices pervade our lives, so too do they become both agents of and targets for conflict. To navigate us between the bombs in the bitstreams, we speak with a young student from Ukraine, unpick cyberwarfare within society, tease apart the technicalities, investigate how this changes the rules of conflict, and ask what it means for the future... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

08 Mar 2022

58 MINS

58:45

08 Mar 2022


#851

Q&A: Defining AI, Dark Energy & Dr NO

It's that time again, where we compile all those lovely science questions you have sent in and form a crack squad of expertise, throw them on a panel together, and shove a mic under their noses! This week, you'll meet a Nobel laureate, figure out if the word 'dark' is put in front of complex theoretical physics topics to make them more attractive, and come face to face with our greatest bodily enigma: your armpit! Plus, with it being women in history month, we'll put your memory to the test to see how well you really know your great ladies of science... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

01 Mar 2022

59 MINS

59:56

01 Mar 2022


#850

Under the Microscope

Alongside analysing AI faces & how a heart beats, we will be putting microscopy under the microscope; from the first glimpses of life up close, to stepping inside the lens and experiencing microscopic specimens in virtual reality. Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

22 Feb 2022

59 MINS

59:00

22 Feb 2022


#849

Xenotransplantation

Amidst the aftermath of COVID-19 waiting lists continue to grow for those in need of an organ transplant, whilst simultaneously in an American surgery a man recieves the heart of a pig. Animal donors may be the answer to our shortage of available organs, but the procedure isn't quite ready to become common place. Take a trip down memory lane and embark on the jounrey of transplantation, where it began, where we are right now and what the future might look like in the next decade. Plus, catch up on chimps applying insects to their wounds, the current uses of facial recognition and how tech can... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

15 Feb 2022

56 MINS

56:54

15 Feb 2022


#848

Q&A: Planets, Procrastination & Plastic Squid

This week, it is time to put your questions to a panel of excellent experts in one of our Q&A shows! We are going to be investigating what supermassive black holes do, strategies for coping with anxiousness and just how dog became man's best friend. Plus, we have a science quiz based on new beginnings and another mystery sound up our sleeve - see if you can guess what it is... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

08 Feb 2022

59 MINS

59:37

08 Feb 2022


#847

Tracing the origins of COVID19

It has been almost 2 years since the COVID19 pandemic - one of the most significant outbreaks in living history - was declared. But where did the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes severe respiratory disease come from? Spillover from the wild? Leaked from a lab? We explore what we know about the lineage of this virus and the evidence gathered so far... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

01 Feb 2022

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:52

01 Feb 2022


#846

Tasteless

Taste is wonderful! Think of all those occasions where you and loved ones or firends are brought together by food! You may not realise, but our sense of smell, our 'fifth sense', is intertwined with taste; they are essential to our happiness and wellbeing. We're taking a deep dive into how your smell and taste work. We'll be hearing from someone who suffers from a condition called phantosmia, how we can normalise smell training and maybe we'll get a spoonful of scientific cooking work-arounds designed to help those suffering from smell and taste disorders. Also, in the news this week: an... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

25 Jan 2022

59 MINS

59:55

25 Jan 2022


#845

A Robotic Reality

2022 has been heralded as the golden era of robotics. In this episode of The Naked Scientists you'll see how futuristic machines are already employed throughout industry to make our lives better. This isn't a tech review of Alexa, but instead a glimpse at pinpoint-accurate surgical arms completing tricky operations on human patients and tiny robots that allow food to swallow itself into your stomach. Gulp. In the news this week, the worst case of Avian Flu recorded in Europe, a Sea Dragon unearthed in Rutland UK and fish that no longer need their L plates to get on the road... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

18 Jan 2022

55 MINS

55:59

18 Jan 2022


#844

MRSA, The Metaverse & Medical Milestones

We are looking into the science behind the headlines in the first week of 2022 - including a medical update on omicron and how this variant impacts disease severity, a review of some of the top games and gadgets to look out for in the year ahead, a celebration marking 100 years since the first use of insulin to manage diabetes, and a behind the scenes preview of the new Sir David Attenborough documentary, 'The Green Planet'. Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

11 Jan 2022

57 MINS

57:43

11 Jan 2022


#843

Hidden clues and wombat poos: best of 2021

We're looking back on the year that's just been, and what a year 2021 was. Once again, Covid-19 dominated the headlines, alongside the climate crisis and extreme weather events. But fear not! Sally Le Page shares only the good news stories that we've covered here on the Naked Scientists, such as solving perennial train delays caused by leaves on the line, and even how we cracked the ultimate mystery: how wombats make their poos cube shaped... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

04 Jan 2022

57 MINS

57:31

04 Jan 2022


#842

Christmas with The Naked Scientists

Ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes at The Naked Scientists? Well, here's your chance! Grab yourself a nice warm mug of cocoa nestle down by the decorated tree and prepare for some festive, but of course, infromative fun. We'll be finding out how to make the perfect snowball, how drunk Santa is come the end of Christmas Eve and whether an artificial tree is better for the environment than its pine counterpart... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

21 Dec 2021

58 MINS

58:15

21 Dec 2021


#841

Nanotechnology: sci-fi or sci-fact?

We've seen them in movies, but how close are we to having nanorobots in reality? And what will we do with them? We'll be unpicking the tiny details of nanotechnology! Plus in the news this week: as Omicron cases continue to rise, what can we learn about it from South Africa? Researchers figure out why quitting smoking often leads to weight gain. And why we're bad judges of when we're over the drink-drive limit Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

14 Dec 2021

58 MINS

58:27

14 Dec 2021