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The Naked Scientists Podcast podcast

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.

 

#833

Risky research: making diseases more deadly

As some continue to speculate that COVID came from a lab, we're looking at the scientific research being done on dangerous diseases, whether this work is safe and how it's regulated. Plus in the news: are Covid vaccines messing with menstruation; how subsea cables are affecting crabs; and scientists add plant cells to brains to supply them with oxygen. Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

56 MINS

56:57

19 Oct 2021


#832

Particle Problems and How to Solve Them

This week, we're journeying into the world of the smallest objects known to humanity: the tiny particles that make up us and the entire universe around us. Plus, in the news, getting the world vaccinated against COVID-19 - half the global population have been jabbed so far, but the many countries in the Global South lag far behind; the Nobel prizes are announced; and, have scientists finally solved the biggest problem of them all: leaves on the line delaying trains... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

56 MINS

56:33

12 Oct 2021


#831

Surprising Shortages and Shaky Supplies

As the UK struggles with a lack of fuel in petrol stations and fresh food shortages in the supermarket, we ask: what else are we at risk of running out of? Plus, in the news, why we might be destined to succumb to the 'worst cold ever' this winter; signs that air pollution causes millions of premature births each year, and scientists peer into the past and read previously-hidden parts of Marie Antoinette's love letters... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

57 MINS

57:24

05 Oct 2021


#830

Q&A: Moon Landings and Making Medicine

In this week's programme, it's Q&A time! Coming up, we'll find out: what can we learn from invisible measurements in space, how scientists discover potential new medicines made by plants and why green energy might be more costly to the consumer... Yep, we're answering science questions you've been sending in! We've assembled the very best experts to help get to the bottom of it all: climate researcher Ella Gilbert, climate economist Gernot Wagner, enthnobotanist Cassandra Quave, and public astronomer Matthew Bothwell... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

59 MINS

59:58

28 Sep 2021


#829

Making sense of the menopause

This week we're looking into a topic that almost never gets mentioned at school but affects almost all of us, one way or another. It's the menopause. And we'll hear why it happens and when it happens, and what we can do to lessen the effects when it does. Plus in the news, COVID vaccines for kids: is the side effect everyone's worried about worth worrying about, farmers toilet train cows, and China clamps down on kids playing computer games. Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

57 MINS

57:40

21 Sep 2021


#828

Sepsis: From Infection To AI

In recognition of World Sepsis Day on the 13th, we're unpicking the science of this dangerous syndrome - from the infections that cause it, to the genes that make us more susceptible, and how artificial intelligence can help us to crack it... Plus, in the news, sending hydrogen to houses through the gas network to cut our carbon footprint. How a high fat diet could be disrupting your sleep; and the Ig Nobel prizes are announced. We'll hear who's won what... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

56 MINS

56:18

14 Sep 2021


#827

COVID Immunity: The Road Ahead

This week, we are boosting our knowledge on what "immunity" against COVID-19 really means and what our strategy heading into winter should be. We'll also hear about a new generation of coronavirus vaccines to better protect us in future. Plus, in the news, signs that living through the pandemic is having a serious impact on early childhood development, leaded petrol disappears from the last service stations, and the new wooden floor that generates electricity when you walk on it... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

54 MINS

54:05

07 Sep 2021


#826

Capturing Carbon: Beyond Woodland

This week we're taking a deep dive into the world of carbon sequestration and how we can use nature to help us solve climate change. We'll be wading through peat bogs, getting serious about seaweed, and digging into the details of dirt... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

57 MINS

57:25

31 Aug 2021


#825

Q&A: Foxes, Physics, and Fluffy Insects

It's Q and A time! Can animals really sense impending dangers like storms and earthquakes? What is the universe expanding into? And how can we prevent the insect apocalypse? We've assembled a panel of experts to answer your science questions: physicist Jess Wade, infectious disease historian Kyle Harper, animal expert Jo Wimpenny, and insect lover Dave Goulson... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

53 MINS

53:57

24 Aug 2021


#824

Long COVID: What we now know

This week, long COVID: we're 18 months into the pandemic and there are thousands of people with long-term health consequences of having caught the infection. We're asking the experts to find out who is most at risk, what could be causing this to happen, and what research needs to be done in trying to treat it. Plus, in the news, an even gloomier outlook on climate change as the latest IPCC report confirms we need to drastically reduce emissions; also a new carnivorous plant discovery - the first for 20 years - and we're asking why COVID vaccine uptake is lagging among the under 30s in the... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

17 Aug 2021

55 MINS

55:51

17 Aug 2021


#823

Environmental DNA: Seeing the Unseen

This week, we'll be delving into the world of environmental DNA: what did researchers find when they went looking for the Loch Ness monster? Plus, in the news, with an autumn "booster" on the cards, we look at how much antibody you need to be protected against Covid 19, and how sea level change can affect volcanic eruptions... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

10 Aug 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:00

10 Aug 2021


#822

Electric vehicles: are we nearly there yet?

From collecting cobalt to installing infrastructure, what's the latest on how we're getting ready for the electric vehicle revolution? Plus, in the news, with numbers of COVID cases falling across the UK despite the country opening up we're asking, why? Also, the bottom line on how ventilation can help us keep the pandemic at bay; and how farmers can benefit by giving bees a dose of caffeine... Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

03 Aug 2021

58 MINS

58:04

03 Aug 2021


#821

Going for Gold: Our Olympic Science Q&A

Why are billionaires racing for space? What is the UK's Covid-19 strategy since freedom day? And how will Covid-19 affect the Olympics? This week it's QnA time, and with us to explore where weightlessness begins, whether animals other than mammals suckle their young, if recent findings of methane mean life on Mars, and why the UK isn't vaccinating kids against Covid, are Richard Hollingham, Linda Bauld, Eleanor Drinkwater and Dan Gordon. Plus, an Olympic-themed quiz to boot! Like this podcast? Please help us by [supporting the Naked Scientists] (https://www.thenakedscientists.com/donate) ... Read more

27 Jul 2021

58 MINS

58:29

27 Jul 2021