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Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science. The Nature Podcast is a free weekly audio show highlighting content from each issue, and interviews with the scientists creating the data. AIRSLA is proud to present these links to the Nature Podcasts.

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TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Oct 21 2020The structure of a beetle's strong exoskeleton could open up new engineering applications, and diversity and equality imbalances in academiaNature00:37:52
Oct 14 2020A high pressure experiment reveals the world's first room-temperature superconductor, and a method to target ecosystem restoration.Nature00:39:56
Oct 9 2020Aligning animal neuronal activity with behavioural information, to get signatures of brain states associated with moods and motivationNature00:18:16
Oct 7 2020A conversation about our election and the fallout for science, and a study to determine if maternal behaviours or learned or innateNature00:43:25
Sep 30 2020How current and future ice loss in Greenland compares to the past, and using graphene to make ultra-sensitive radiation detectorsNature00:35:40
Sep 23 2020After decades of trying, scientists coax plastic particles into a diamond-like structureNature00:37:55
Sep 16 2020Mapping the migration of the Vikings, and the world’s smallest ultrasound device.Nature00:35:30
Sep 9 2020Keeping electronics from overheating, and how to include minority populations in genetic analyses.Nature00:39:05
Sep 2 2020Engineering yeast to produce medicines, the complex story of immunity to COVID-19, and the mechanism of anaesthetic action.Nature00:35:37
Aug 26 2020Protecting delicate quantum bits, and a competition to replicate findings from ancient computer code.Nature00:34:36
Aug 19 2020A new way to produce aerogels opens up their use, and understanding how sulfur can change state between two liquids.Nature00:37:17
Aug 12 2020Triggering swarming behaviour in locusts. Monoclonal antibodies in CoVid-19 treatment. Antarctica's emperor penguin populationNature00:31:53
Aug 7 2020The 2015 New Horizons spacecraft images will give a better understanding of how Pluto was born and if an ocean resides beneath its crustNature00:18:10
Jul 29 2020Skin's growth in response to stretching is finally explained, and how smallpox may be much older than previously thought.Nature00:33:50
Jul 22 2020Earlier arrival of humans in the Americas. Results from Covid 19 vaccine trials. How being green makes things easy for some frogs...Nature00:42:22
Jul 15 2020Probing the superconducting properties of graphene. Repairing human lungs by hooking them up to pigs. Bacteria that use manganese to growNature00:37:59
Jul 10 2020San Quentin prison faces a massive Corona outbreak. How they got there. The crisis arose despite warnings and offers of free testsNature00:46:21
Jul 8 2020On this week's podcast, an ambitious Mars mission from a young space agency, and how crumbling up rocks could help fight climate changeNature00:24:46
Jul 3 2020Simulating pandemics: Researchers have run numerous military-style simulations to predict the consequences of fictitious viral outbreaks.Nature00:33:00
Jul 1 2020How the molecular structure of tooth enamel may impact decay, and a mysterious planetary core from a half-formed gas giant.Nature00:22:40
Jun 26 2020Coronapod: The state of the pandemic, six months in. What have we learnt? It's been a period of turmoil and science faces challengesNature00:32:05
Jun 24 2020On this week’s podcast, life lessons from poker, and keeping things civil during peer review.Nature00:26:39
Jun 19 2020An updated pandemic response in African countries still reeling from the 2014 Ebola crisis. Dexamethasone, a breakthrough drug?Nature00:37:34
Jun 17 2020Diamonds, famed for their hardness, are not resistant to fracture. Researchers have improved them, which could open up new...Nature00:29:20
Jun 15 2020The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer is helping determine what’s under their surface, ushering in a new era of researchNature00:15:33
Jun 12 2020Coronapod: The Surgisphere scandal that rocked coronavirus drug research...Nature00:33:33
Jun 11 2020The spaceborne lab that allows investigation of quantum states, and the debate surrounding how mountain height is maintained.Nature00:22:13
Jun 9 2020Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change. Thousands of scientists worldwide to go on strike for Black lives...Nature00:01:17
Jun 5 2020Global reports are showing that ethnic minorities are at much higher risk of infection and death from the coronavirus. Why?Nature00:25:16
Jun 3 2020This week, a new method to grow hairy skin in a dish, and new research takes aim at the RNA world hypothesis.Nature00:23:41
May 29 2020Trump's preferred virus treatment is the focus of a study suggesting it could do more harm than good, but not everybody agreesNature00:26:37
May 27 2020An almost perfectly efficient light-activated catalyst for producing hydrogen from water. The mystery of missing matter in the Universe.Nature00:19:37
May 22 2020Coronapod: Hope and caution greet vaccine trial result, and Trump versus the World Health Organization...Nature00:34:15
May 20 2020Crafting an artificial eye with the benefits of a human's, and understanding how disk-galaxies formed by peering back in time.Nature00:22:16
May 15 2020What's being done to limit Corona misinformation? Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemicNature00:31:35
May 13 2020The super-sleuth who spots trouble in science papers, and the puzzle of urban smog.Nature00:20:10
May 8 2020Coronapod: The dangers of ignoring outbreaks in homeless shelters, plus coronavirus and drug abuse...Nature00:28:02
7 May 2020A new way to study elusive subatomic particles - pions, and the story of Galileo remains relevant in a time of modern science denialismNature00:22:16
1 May 2020Coronapod: What use are contact tracing apps? And new hopes for the use of the drug Remdesivir in coronavirus treatment.Nature00:31:57
30 Apr 2020A sniff test for a patient's state of consciousness, and how to cut antibiotics use — with vaccines.Nature00:23:03
24 Apr 2020We discuss the role of antibody tests in controlling the pandemic, and how public-health spending could curtail an economic crisis.Nature00:32:56
23 Apr 2020This week, Denisovan DNA in modern European genomess, and the birth of an unusual snowman-shaped celestial object.Nature00:23:01
17 Apr 2020Trump withholding funds from the WHO. How COVID-19 kills. Controlling misinformation while communicating risk.Nature00:29:32
10 Apr 2020Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss labs struggling with diagnostic testing, and should you be wearing a mask?Nature00:30:46
09 Apr 2020A new enzyme speeds up the breakdown of plastic bottles. A method to cool molecules to a fraction above absolute zero.Nature00:16:38
03 Apr 2020Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, & Amy Maxmen discuss the latest British response, and how low- & mid-income countries prep for the pandemic.Nature00:36:09
02 Apr 2020This week, reassessing the age of the Broken Hill skull, and unearthing evidence of an ancient forest near the South Pole.Nature00:17:37
27 Mar 2020Efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19. A push for plasma, how drug trials are progressing, how scientists are pulling together, and...Nature00:26:12
25 Mar 2020This week, a speedy, yet simple switch, and a video-based AI helps assess heart health....Nature00:16:02
21 Mar 2020Radioactive is a new biopic on Marie Curie with Rosamund Pike taking on the role of Curie. This is an extended version our interview.Nature00:13:02
20 Mar 2020Case numbers of Covid-19 have leapt around the world in recent days, but how many undetected cases are out there?Nature00:21:17
19 Mar 2020We speak to Rosamund Pike on portraying Marie Curie, and find out how science in Russia is changing after years of decline.Nature00:19:33
17 Mar 2020We hear from epidemiologists, genomicists and social scientists about how they're working to tackle the coronavirus and what they've learned...Nature00:18:12
13 Mar 2020An audio version of our feature WHY FACES DON’T ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT FEELINGS, by Douglas Heaven and read by Kerri Smith...Nature00:14:55
11 Mar 2020This week, a newly discovered bird species from the time of the dinosaurs, and microbes hundreds of metres below the ocean floor.Nature00:27:24
05 Mar 2020Ultrafast machine vision - improving computer image I.D. A new method for growing crystals. Calorie restriction effects on rat cells.Nature00:24:23
Backchat: Covering coronavirusA deep dive into our coverage of coronavirus. As cases climb, what are the challenges involved in reporting on the virus?Nature00:15:01
27 Feb 2020Mapping egg-laying fruit flies' neural circuitry, and perfecting the fracturing properties of metallic glass...Nature00:21:21
Podcast Extra:Coronavirus cases surge in South Korea. Bartosz Gryzbowski explains how that affected his research and what it's like there...Nature00:05:10
20 Feb 2020Improving battery charging. Harnessing energy from the air. Deciphering mouse chit-chat. Srengthening soy glue...Nature00:27:52
13 Feb 2020Uncovering the structure of materials with useful properties, and paving the way for the quantum internet via quantum entanglement.Nature00:26:49
06 Feb 2020Out-of-office emails and improved work-life-balance. An update on the novel coronavirus outbreak. Babies benefit from baby talk...Nature00:25:39
30 Jan 2020The role of climate change in Australian bushfires. Isaac Asimov's ethical rules for robots. Vesuvius deaths. The Coronavirus.Nature00:28:22
23 Jan 2020How stress can cause grey hair, and the attitude needed to tackle climate change. China's new virus.Nature00:26:13
16 Jan 2020Observing Strange objects at the centre of the galaxy. Parrot gift giving. Improving measurements of online activity...Nature00:25:32
09 Jan 2020A look ahead at science in 2020. Davide Castelvecchi talks about the big science events to look out for.Nature00:10:33
01 Jan 2020Our reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2019.Nature00:38:50
PastCast, Dec 1920In the early 20th century, physicists were deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory.Nature00:12:28
23 Dec 2019From climate lawyer to climate activist. Sara Abdulla discusses why Farhana Yamin ditch resolutions in favor of activism.Nature00:18:12
20 Dec 2019Nick Howe dives into the topic of epigenetics. Since its origin in 1942, the term has been repeatedly defined and redefined.Nature00:11:02
16 Dec 2019Research groups around the world are exploring new ways of protecting coral reefs from climate change.Nature00:15:38
12 Dec 2019What's next for psychology's embattled field of social priming? Why female orcas make killer grandmas.Nature00:27:17
05 Dec 2019Researchers sequence genomes of 100,000 Asians. NASA's Parker Solar Probe gets details on the birthplace of solar wind.Nature00:28:00
29 Nov 2019November 1869: Nature's first issue looked very different from todays and, to the dismay of the editor, it was not immediately popular.Nature00:13:39
28 Nov 2019Delving into the results of the latest graduate student survey, and assessing ageism in science fiction literature.Nature00:24:38
21 Nov 2019A new antibiotic from nematode guts. Grant funding lotteries. Butterfly genomes.Nature00:18:49
14 Nov 2019A rapid, multi-material 3D printer, and a bacterium's role in alcoholic hepatitis.Nature00:23:11
07 Nov, 2019We look back at how the journal has evolved in in 150 years, and discuss the role Nature can play in today's society.Nature00:17:52
06 Nov 2019The fossil of an upright ape, how science will change in 150 years, and immunization progress and plans around the world.Nature00:31:21
31 Oct 2019For our 150th anniversary we review Carl Sagan's look at Galileo spacecraft data for signatures of life on a planet in our galaxy.Nature00:13:20
30 Oct 2019This week, a computer beats the best human players in StarCraft II, and a huge study of insects and other arthropods.Nature00:24:44
Podcast ExtraAs part of Nature's 150th anniversary celebrations, we look back at an important moment in the history of science.Nature00:10:09
24 Oct 2019A quantum computer performs an operation essentially impossible for classical computers. The mammals that lived with the dinosaurs...Nature00:26:29
17 Oct 2019Investigating child mortality rates at a local level, and building genes from non-coding DNA.Nature00:24:12
10 Oct 2019A method for predicting follow-up earthquakes, and the difficult issues with deep learning systems in AI.Nature00:23:33
Podcast ExtraWe speak to John Goodenough, from the University of Texas at Austin, one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.Nature00:04:23
Podcast ExtraWe speak to physicist Didier Queloz, who was announced today as one of the joint winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics.Nature00:08:02
03 Oct 2019Leapfrogging speciation, and migrating mosquitoes.Nature00:25:55
PastCast, Sep 1963Plate tectonics – the unifying theory of Earth sciences.Nature00:15:51
26 Sep 2019Mysteries of the ancient mantle, and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.Nature00:23:28
Podcast ExtraHow To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is the new book from XKCD cartoonist Randall Munroe.Nature00:15:57
Backchat: Climate NowThis week, we are taking part in the Covering Climate Now project. What is it, and why have we joined?Nature00:18:43
19 Sep 2019XKCD, and Extinction RebellionNature00:26:06
12 Sep 2019Modelling early embryos, and male-dominated conferences.Nature00:23:59
05 Sep 2019Persistent antibiotic resistance, and modeling hot cities.Nature00:25:29
PastCast, Aug 1975Antibodies' ascendency to blockbuster drug status.Nature00:18:35
29 Aug 2019Carbon-based computing, and depleting ancient-human genomes.Nature00:26:08
22 Aug 2019Combating online hate speech, and identifying early fossils.Nature00:24:20
15 Aug 2019Atomic espionage in the Second World War, and exploring the early Universe.Nature00:24:36
08 Aug 2019A mindset for success, and mercury in fish.Nature00:26:05
01 Aug 2019The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence.Nature00:20:22
PastCast, Jul 1942Secret science in World War 2. This episode was first broadcast in July 2013.Nature00:15:23
25 Jul 2019The history of climate change, and making vaccines mandatory.Nature00:19:02
Backchat Jul 2019Breaking news, audience-led journalism and human gene editing.Nature00:26:07
18 Jul 2019Quantum logic gates in silicon, and moving on from lab disasters.Nature00:26:36
11 Jul 2019This week, an extended chat about all things lunar with Alex Witze.Nature00:13:20
04 Jul 2019This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining.Nature00:23:06
PastCast, Jun 1876In the mid 19th century, getting a live gorilla to Europe was difficult. In 1876, Nature reported the arrival in England of a young specimen.Nature00:16:25
27 Jun 2019This week, how going barefoot affects what your feet can feel, and uncovering history with ancient proteins.Nature00:27:16
20 Jun 2019This week, what makes birds invasive and a robotic fish powered by a blood-like battery.Nature00:23:33
13 Jun 2019A record-breaking direct current magnetic field. Aerosols' potential effects on the atmosphere.Nature00:24:18
06 Jun 2019How gut microbes might alter the effect of drugs. A new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics. Elephants have a nose for portion size...Nature00:21:24
PastCast May 1983In this podcast, we hear from the 'little voice' in the background whose persistence led to the reporting of the ozone hole.Nature00:15:48
30 May 2019This week, looking back at cold fusion, a ranking of gender balance in universities, and measuring the impact of wildfires.Nature00:16:05
23 May 2019This week, how climate change has affected plankton, the future of European science, and evidence of an ancient fungus.Nature00:27:43
16 May 2019This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.Nature00:23:40
09 May 2019This week, body mass increases around the world, and the health of rivers in decline.Nature00:21:23
02 May 2019This week, China's Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.Nature00:26:44
PastCast Apr 1953Over 60 years ago?, we published Watson and Crick's paper on the structure of DNA. There were 3 papers on DNA in that issue of Nature!Nature00:14:12
25 Apr 2019A new way to identify tiny earthquakes, the inheritability of height, and how political tensions with China affect research.Nature00:10:36
18 Apr 2019Restoring function in dead pig brains. Spring science books. The structure of lightning.Nature00:27:44
Podcast ExtraThis week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy...Nature00:06:31
11 Apr 2019This week, a new mouse model for heart failure and characterising energy fluctuations in empty space.Nature00:23:44
04 Apr 2019This week, why MDMA could make social interactions more rewarding, and how your skin keeps itself youthful.Nature00:25:35
29 Mar 2019Our reporters discuss calls to pause heritable genome-editing research, and how science journalism changed in the last 20 years.Nature00:21:16
28 Mar 2019How humans are affecting Kilimanjaro's ecosystems, differences in pain based on biological sex, and refrigerating with crystals.Nature00:29:32
21 Mar 2019This week, a plan to spray antibiotics onto orange trees, and is it time to retire statistical significance?Nature00:25:23
15 Mar 1918To mark our 150th birthday we rebroadcast episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments...Nature00:16:03
14 Mar 2019The ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, an injectable treatment for HIV, and how the proposed US 2020 budget could affect science.Nature00:11:43
07 Mar 2019This week, wetlands' ability to store carbon, mobile health, and the story of Mileva Maric.Nature00:27:02
28 Feb 2019This week, the parenting strategies of a tropical cuckoo, increasing the number of topological materials, and growing cannabinoids in yeast.Nature00:31:03
21 Feb 2019This week, mapping every cell in a mouse embryo and the benefits of cataloguing all the viruses on Earth.Nature00:25:09
14 Feb 2019This week, the links between atherosclerosis and sleep-deprivation, and how team size affects research outputs.Nature00:23:34
07 Feb 2019This week, virtual drug discovery, and a new addition to the CRISPR toolkit - CasX.Nature00:24:51
31 Jan 2019This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals.Nature00:21:46
24 Jan 2019This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes.Nature00:23:11
17 Jan 2019This week: RNA splicing in yeast, investigating introns' roles, and reanimating a fossil.Nature00:23:16
11 Jan 2019Geoff Marsh speaks with the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath about their search for a treatment for alkaptonuria.Nature00:10:52
10 Jan 2019This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what's in store for science in 2019.Nature00:20:50
26 Dec 2018In this round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018...Nature00:23:17
20 Dec 2018The Nature Podcast's 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more!Nature00:33:33
Podcast ExtraNew research suggests that a key protein involved in Altzheimers disease can be transferred between brains.Nature00:09:45
13 Dec 2018This week,'performing' experiments, and making mirrored molecules - chiral chemistry.Nature00:24:13
06 Dec 2018This week, improving heart xenotransplants and soil bacteria versus phages.Nature00:24:20
29 Nov 2018This week, measuring gravity's strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms' wakes.Nature00:24:24
22 Nov 2018This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and 'mosaicism' in brain cells.Nature00:24:17
15 Nov 2018This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world.Nature00:21:45
08 Nov 2018This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winnerNature00:25:17
01 Nov 2018This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a 'crisis' in dark matter research.Nature00:22:29
18 Oct 2018This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun.Nature00:23:48
11 Oct 2018This week, what life is like when you've just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.Nature00:22:56
04 Oct 2018This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission.Nature00:30:33
27 Sep 2018This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial.Nature00:22:01
20 Sep 2018This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain.Nature00:25:28
13 Sep 2018This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data.Nature00:24:37
6 Sep 2018This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life.Nature00:23:06
30 Aug 2018This week, an early mammal relative's babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity.Nature00:23:01
Backchat Aug 2018In this month's roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience.Nature00:24:12
23 Aug 2018This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer.Nature00:24:55
16 Aug 2018This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas.Nature00:29:58
08 Aug 2018This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering's effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.Nature00:27:02
02 Aug 2018How a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate.Nature00:32:05
26 Jul 2018This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum.Nature00:28:51
19 Jul 2018This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions.Nature00:26:40
12 Jul 2018This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town's water crisis.Nature00:31:10
4 Jul, 2018This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.Nature00:30:33
29 Jun 2018In this month's roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, & how science stories affect the stock market.Nature00:19:12
27 Jun 2018The relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa. Stressed brains. Diagnosing sick plants from afar.Nature00:29:12
21 Jun 2018Pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms.Nature00:27:10
14 Jun 2018The mysterious death of African baobab trees. Antarctica's past, present, and future. How zebrafish protect their stem cells.Nature00:33:12
07 Jun 2018Making enzymes work better in the cold. Short-term memory production in mice. Magnetic detection in animals.Nature00:31:07
31 May 2018Boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life's recovery after a massive asteroid impact.Nature00:24:24
24 May 2018Climate costs, cleverer cab journeys, and peering through matter with muons...Nature00:31:59
17 May 2018Peering inside the proton. Pitfalls of research misconduct. What bacterial genes of unknown function actually do.Nature00:28:19
10 May 2018Artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place. Liquid crystals deliver cargo. Depression in academia.Nature00:29:20
03 May 2018Constructing early embryos. How mice react to danger. What an ancient rhino tells us about hominin migration.Nature00:28:57
26 Apr 2018The ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected.Nature00:20:40
20 Apr 2018We discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal.Nature00:27:31
19 Apr 2018Tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books.Nature00:31:23
12 Apr 2018This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research.Nature00:22:37
05 Apr 2018This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi's floods, and getting 'dirty' mice into the lab.Nature00:24:18
29 Mar 2018Testing a neural network's chemistry skills. What the physics of droplets teaches about the biology of cells.Nature00:32:58
22 Mar 2018Glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish. Non-antibiotic drugs & gut microbes. A wearable brain scanner.Nature00:40:08
15 Mar 2018This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution.Nature00:33:28
08 Mar 2018This week, Surprising graphene superconductors, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic on electric sheep.Nature00:31:38
01 Mar 2018The landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, & brain waves cause a splash.Nature00:41:19
Backchat Feb 2018The role of serendipity in science. How to cover the iterative nature of research. What the quantum internet might becomeNature00:33:30
22 Feb 2018This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking.Nature00:37:32
15 Feb 2018This week, refocusing aging research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy.Nature00:37:05
08 Feb 2018This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood.Nature00:40:01
1 Feb 2017This week, reframing humans' arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs.Nature00:31:08
25 Jan 2018This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats.Nature00:38:44
18 Jan, 2018This week, pinning down the climate's carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies' first bacteria.Nature00:34:13
10 Jan, 2018This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict's toll on wildlife.Nature00:42:10
Backchat Dec 2017Discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics.Nature00:34:58
21 Dec 2017Our year end special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era.Nature00:47:34
14 Dec 2017This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.Nature00:40:18
7 Dec 2017This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur...Nature00:33:16
30 Nov 2017This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle.Nature00:33:47
23 Nov 2017This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn't, and the science of sleep deprivation.Nature00:35:54
16 Nov 2017This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality.Nature00:33:49
9 Nov 2017This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl.Nature00:32:36
2 Nov 2017This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.Nature00:35:02
26 Oct 2017This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.Nature00:39:14
19 Oct 2017Neutron stars make waves in the physics world, and take looking at the past to understand the future of work.Nature00:32:01
12 Oct 2017A dwarf planet with a ring. 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing. Grieving families contribute to a huge genetics project.Nature00:39:32
Nature Extra: 500th showTo celebrate our 500th episode, we asked 8 presenters to recommend their favourite contributions to the show.Nature01:10:17
5 Oct 2017This week, floating cities, malaria free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.Nature00:49:55
21 Sep 2017This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist and investigating the nanotubes between cells.Nature00:33:26
14 Sep 2017This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.Nature00:32:53
7 Sep 2017Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.Nature00:37:34
24 Aug 2017The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility.Nature00:34:14
17 Aug 2017This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star's mystery, and the algal boom.Nature00:37:48
10 Aug 2017This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.Nature00:38:55
2 Aug 2017This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest.Nature00:41:27
27 Jul 2017This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain's control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator.Nature00:41:17
20 Jul 2017This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized.Nature00:39:00
13 Jul 2017This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise.Nature00:39:31
6 Jul 2017A new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise.Nature00:37:52
Grand Challenges: EnergyTo combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges...Nature00:35:48
Extra: The Grey ZoneKerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states.Nature00:26:29
Backchat: Jun 2017Reporters and editors respond to the UK election. The tangled taxonomy of our species - why physicists love to hate the standard model.Nature00:33:01
15 Jun 2017This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.Nature00:39:07
8 Jun 2017Early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model.Nature00:40:52
Grand Challenges: Food securityMillions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food...Nature00:34:44
1 Jun 2017This week, 'sticky' RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and 'intelligent crowd' peer review.Nature00:40:31
Nature Extra: Futures May 2017Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, 'Life, hacked' by Krystal Claxton.Nature00:17:28
Backchat: May 2017This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.Nature00:33:43
25 May 2017This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots.Nature00:37:57
18 May 2017This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome.Nature00:39:20
11 May 2017Fake antibodies scupper research. The diversity of cells in a tumour. What happened before tectonic plates?Nature00:39:40
4 May 2017This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research.Nature00:38:43
Grand Challenges: AgeingAgeing is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it, as individuals, or as a society. We discuss it in detail.Nature00:39:53
Nature Extra: Futures Apr 2017Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Cold comforts' by Graham Robert Scott.Nature00:17:27
27 Apr 2017This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe's first 'baby picture'.Nature00:40:57
Backchat: 21 Apr 2017This weekend's March for Science. Biases in artificial intelligence. Scientific papers are getting harder to read.Nature00:33:40
13 Apr 2017This week, politician scientists, human genetic 'knockouts' and East Antarctica's instability.Nature00:38:52
6 Apr 2017This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far.Nature00:39:26
Grand Challenges: Mental HealthMental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss...Nature00:35:58
Futures Mar 2017Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Green boughs will cover thee' by Sarah L Byrne.Nature00:14:41
30 Mar 2017This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties.Nature00:37:29
Backchat: Mar 2017Predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, academic as editor. The Great Barrier Reef in hot water...Nature00:31:16
23 Mar 2017This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer.Nature00:36:25
16 Mar 2017This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.Nature00:35:44
Nature PastCast - Mar 1918As World War 1 draws to an ends, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity.Nature00:18:36
9 Mar 2017This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.Nature00:33:07
2 Mar 2017This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.Nature00:29:49
Backchat: Feb 2017AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game.Nature00:24:18
Futures Jan 2017Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, 'Fermi's zookeepers' by David Gullen.Nature00:06:32
23 Feb 2017This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical researchNature00:30:56
16 Feb 2017Winston Churchill's thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.Nature00:30:25
Nature PastCast - Feb 1925Paleontologist Raymond Dart found a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of...Nature00:14:34
9 Feb 2017This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?Nature00:33:44
2 Feb 2017Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear. Getting to Proxima b. Have physicists made metallic hydrogen?Nature00:31:59
Nature Extra: Jan 2017Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.Nature00:08:08
Backchat: Jan 2017How best to name your science project? Implications for science of Trump's first days in office. Perils of reproducing others' work.Nature00:25:13
26 Jan 2017This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.Nature00:33:24
19 Jan 2017This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining 'fairy circles'.Nature00:33:23
PastCast - Jan 1896Late nineteenth century physics in the was increasingly concerned with things that couldn't be seen. X-rays and William Roentgen.Nature00:18:04
12 Jan 2017This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.Nature00:25:39
22 Dec 2016It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.Nature00:41:29
15 Dec 2016A spray that boosts plant growth and resilience. 3-million-year old hominin footprints. The seahorse genome.Nature00:32:27
PastCast - Dec 1920Physicists were entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Max Planck's Nobel Prize was the subject of a Nature news article.Nature00:17:01
7 Dec, 2016This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.Nature00:34:03
Futures Nov 2016Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.Nature00:10:12
1 Dec 2016This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?Nature00:30:28
24 Nov 2016Whale shark DNA in seawater. Human computers behind early astronomy. Building materials with a microscope. New synchrotron.Nature00:33:00
Backchat: Nov 2016Donald Trump's impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.Nature00:24:37
17 Nov 2016This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.Nature00:24:14
PastCast - Nov 1869The first issue of Nature looked very different from today's magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience.Nature00:18:13
10 Nov 2016CERN for the brain, a climate tax on food, brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys, & what Trump effect on science.Nature00:35:30
3 Nov 2016The earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new volcano film, and astronomers ignoring competing theories?Nature00:33:17
Extra: Oct 2016Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from Month, 'The sixth circle' by J. W. Armstrong.Nature00:12:31
27 Oct 2016This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US.Nature00:33:52
Backchat: Oct 2016Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords.Nature00:25:07
20 Oct 2016Making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, predicting the election, and scientists voting for Trump.Nature00:30:35
PastCast - Oct 1993In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story...Nature00:15:52
13 Oct 2016Refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.Nature00:31:41
Extra: Nobel NewsScience gets glitzy each October as Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who in Medicine Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.Nature00:11:06
6 Oct 2016This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.Nature00:25:35
Backchat: Sep 2016The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you're in, and getting funding through philanthropy.Nature00:27:22
29 Sep 2016The chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements.Nature00:28:47
Extra: Sep 2016Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray.Nature00:10:08
22 Sep 2016This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck.Nature00:32:06
PastCast - Sep 1963When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea...Nature00:18:25
15 Sep 2016The ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.Nature00:30:29
8 Sep 2016Solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations.Nature00:38:29
1 Sep 2016Famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer'sNature00:17:00
Futures: Aug 2016Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, INTERDIMENSIONAL TRADE BENEFITS, by Brian Trent.Nature00:08:47
Backchat: Aug 2016A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy Obama leaves behind.Nature00:25:50
25 Aug 2016An Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases.Nature00:28:23
PastCast: Aug 1975Monoclonal antibodies. How basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13.Nature00:21:09
18 Aug 2016This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids.Nature00:30:29
11 Aug 2016This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR.Nature00:28:08
4 Aug 2016Parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.Nature00:30:39
PastCast - Jul 1942John Westcott's secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort; it led to new branches of science.Nature00:17:58
Extra: Futures Jul 2016Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, 'Revision theory' by Blaize M. Kaye.Nature00:09:13
28 Jul 2016How we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, using yeast genetics to build better beer.Nature00:29:28
Backchat: Jul 2016What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And...Nature00:28:52
21 Jul 2016The perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good.Nature00:30:46
14 Jul 2016A special issue on conflict. Psychological toll of war, how to count the dead. Predicting conflict in the 21st century.Nature00:34:49
7 Jul 2016This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.Nature00:29:47
Extra: Jun 2016The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, 'The Memory Ward' by Wendy Nikel.Nature00:08:29
30 Jun 2016Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an 'IPCC' for social science.Nature00:29:50
23 Jun 2016Transmissible cancer. Organising the hadron menagerie. The latest gravitational wave result. What physicists want to know next.Nature00:30:18
Backchat: Jun 2016What could Brexit mean for EU research and researchers? How should science reporters cover the US elections? Antarctic rescueNature00:25:21
16 Jun 2016This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs.Nature00:31:39
PastCast: Jun 1876In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by gorilla fever. Were they man's closest animal relative?Nature00:18:57
9 Jun 2016This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans.Nature00:30:34
2 Jun 2016The genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface.Nature00:33:13
Extra: Futures May 2016Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite SciFi from May, "Project Earth is Leaving Beta" by J. W. Alden.Nature00:08:45
26 May 2016How clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats.Nature00:32:16
19 May 2016Treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history.Nature00:33:12
Extra: Backchat May 2016The endless quest to make fusion energy, virtual reality in the lab, and a boat gets a name.Nature00:27:48
12 May 2016The Zika virus and birth defects. Colliding quasi-particles. Combatting sprawling networks of spam.Nature00:30:54
PastCast - May 1985Jonathan Shanklin discovered a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. It became the poster child for environmentalismNature00:18:21
Extra: Futures Apr 2016Adam Levy and Shamini Bundell read their favourite from April, CHOICES, IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez.Nature00:10:02
5 May 2016The value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains' energy demands.Nature00:30:11
28 Apr 2016A language map of the brain. Listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake. The Soviet internet that never was.Nature00:30:46
Apr 2016Fuss over editing human embryos dies down. Quantum expertise of Canada’s Prime Minister. Reporting for 24 hours straight.Nature00:29:00
21 Apr 2016The psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research.Nature00:29:56
14 Apr 2016A computer game helps build a quantum computer. The brain’s built-in backup. History & science of hearing voices.Nature00:32:32
REBROADCAST: Apr 1953Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. Plus two other papers on DNA from the same issue of Nature.Nature00:17:00
7 Apr 2016Apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth.Nature00:30:35
Futures: Mar 2016Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou.Nature00:08:22
31 Mar 2016Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter.Nature00:33:37
24 Mar 2016Toggling brain activity with radio waves. How to build stuff that lasts. Making thrillseekers into care-takers.Nature00:33:46
Extra: Mar 2016Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.Nature00:27:28
17 Mar 2016Retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible?Nature00:33:09
10 Mar 2016The frontiers of CRISPR. Chewing raw goat for science. Using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it.Nature00:29:06
Extra: Feb 2016Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck' by Samantha Murray.Nature00:06:46
3 Mar 2016More fast radio bursts spotted. How do you know where you are when you're not moving. Listening in on a whale banquet.Nature00:31:06
Extra: BackchatA re-run of a famously manipulative psychology study. How to manipulate our brains and minds, and nudge our societies...Nature00:23:43
25 Feb 2016Future-proof our world: fight our natural bias against planning for the future. What does today's science mean for tomorrow's health?Nature00:26:40
18 Feb 2016This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal.Nature00:28:52
Extra: Gravitational wavesEinstein's prediction was right: gravitational waves do exist, scientists at LIGO reported yesterday in Washington, DC.Nature00:08:57
11 Feb 2016This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks.Nature00:30:40
4 Feb 2016This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks.Nature00:31:42
Extra: Jan 2016Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads BEYOND 550 ASTRONOMICAL UNITS by Mike Brotherton.Nature00:07:55
Extra: Jan 2016The putative Planet X. Gravitational wave rumours and how to report them. The Selfish Gene 40 years on.Nature00:31:30
28 Jan 2016This week, the computer that can play Go, a general 'ageing' factor, and the stolen library of John Dee.Nature00:24:08
21 Jan 2016A brain sensor that melts away after use. A 10,000 year old murder mystery. What happens when chickens go wild.Nature00:27:14
14 Jan 2016This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom.Nature00:28:56
7 Jan 2016Science predictions for 2016. Effect of extreme weather on crops. A new phase of hydrogen for the new year.Nature00:23:11
Extra - Psychology of Star WarsWhat can the world of Star Wars tell us about psychology? Travis Langley explains all using examples from his new book.Nature00:12:20
17 Dec 2015Highlights of the year. The Paris climate meeting. Psyching out the characters in Star Wars. Busting some scientific myths...Nature00:49:37
10 Dec 2015The dwarf planet Ceres gets a close-up. Using fetal tissue in science. Wasting condition in cancer patients.Nature00:27:02
3 Dec 2015The origins of mysterious radio bursts, fixing the PhD system, and tracking down the universe’s missing matter.Nature00:28:24
Extra: Futures Nov 2015Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from November, 'One slow step for man' by S R Algernon.Nature00:07:00
Extra: Nov 2015Einstein’s theory of general relativity turns 100 years old. International Years as news pegs.Nature00:23:28
26 Nov 2015Super-high-res ultrasound. The amazing world of soils. Five classic books about sustainability.Nature00:26:39
19 Nov 2015A nursery for big baby planets. Meddling with taste perception. China’s mega water transfer plan. 100th anniversary of general relativity.Nature00:33:27
12 Nov 2015Storms on Twitter over sexism in science. Porous liquids. The long relationship between humans and bees.Nature00:27:33
Extra: Oct 2015Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, 'Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter' by Alex Shvartsman.Nature00:02:00
5 Nov 2015Spontaneously jumping droplets. Growing economy, sane environment. Data onslaught as all gadgets become internet-enabled.Nature00:29:04
29 Oct 2015How cancers spread. The hallmarks of bipolar disorder in the brain. Making carbon dioxide useful.Nature00:27:37
Extra: 23 Oct 2015Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation. The abstract world of mathematics. Science in fashion.Nature00:29:41
22 Oct 2015This week, a dying solar system just like ours, the effect of temperature on the economy, and electricity-eating bacteria.Nature00:29:42
14 Oct 2015Ancient human teeth found in China. Cooperating in climate negotiations. Humble worm surprises scientists.Nature00:29:05
Extra: Sep 2015Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite sci-fi from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner.Nature00:05:55
8 Oct 2015An impenetrable mathematical proof. Toggling REM sleep on and off. The latest results from the Rosetta mission.Nature00:30:02
1 Oct 2015The future of digital currency. New lead for antibiotics. 25 years of cataloguing the human genome.Nature00:29:44
24 Sep 2015Looking back at malaria interventions. Using private data for research. How to twist a travelling neutron.Nature00:24:02
Extra: Backchat Sep 2015Promising results from the LHC, reproducing psychology studies, and unpicking interdisciplinarity.Nature00:25:15
17 Sep 2015This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs. Science meets theatre. Getting a global picture of air pollution.Nature00:27:45
Extra - NeurotribesSteve Silberman's book, Neurotribes, details the history of autism spectrum disorder. How we should embrace those who think differently.Nature00:22:51
10 Sep 2015Thinking differently about autism. Plankton poop in the clouds. Hack-proofing our data.Nature00:22:51
Extra: Aug 2015Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, 'The Shoulder of Orion', by Eric Garside.Nature
3 Sep 2015Weather forecasting. Rethinking the water cycle. A special segment to celebrate our 400th episode.Nature00:27:44
ExtraThe Invention of Science.Nature00:12:26
27 Aug 2015A new look at the scientific revolution. Accelerating positrons on a tabletop. Squashing the unsquashable.Nature00:28:02
Extra: Aug 2015Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR.Nature00:19:57
20 Aug 2015China’s emissions are lower than we thought, lessons from Hurricane Katrina 10 years on, and inheriting genes - sideways.Nature00:25:57
13 Aug 2015Making chemists' lives easier. Updating a centuries-old sunspot record. Anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists' inboxesNature00:16:21
6 Aug 2015Lessons from the Ebola epidemic,. Reproductive habits of ancient organisms. How the nuclear bomb changed stories about scientistsNature00:25:35
30 Jul 2015This week, the ancient art of kirigami - paper cutting - applied to graphene. Plus, mini organs in dishes, and how mitochondria power our muscles.Nature00:28:20
Extra: Futures Jul 2015Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from Jul, 'Outpatient', by Dan StoutNature00:05:11
Extra: Jul 2015Pluto in pictures. Ways to revamp science teaching. NASA’s underwater space-training mission. Listening for aliens.Nature00:23:20
23 Jul 2015Eyedrops could replace surgery for cataracts. Twists and turns of RNA. Rice that could feed more & ease climate changeNature00:27:00
16 Jul 2015Organic molecules in space. Treating traumatic brain injury. Training children to think like scientistsNature00:27:29
Extra - Beautiful QuestionIs our universe beautiful? Do the fundamental laws that describe nature appeal to our aesthetic tastes?Nature00:15:53
9 Jul 2015Geologists on quake alert. Stopping HIV in its tracks. Volcano wreaked havoc on the climate 1500 years agoNature00:28:33
Extra: Futures Jun 2015Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from Jun, Heart worm, by J. J. RothNature00:06:18
2 Jul 2015Lizards change sex in the heat. Complex eye in a single-celled creature. Teaching robots to be ethicalNature00:26:50
24 Jun 2015Antarctica’s surprising biodiversity. Trends in heatwaves and coldsnaps. New way to diagnose cancer earlyNature00:25:35
Extra: Jun 2015Jurassic World. Why species names matter. DNA from an ancient human throws up questions of heritage.Nature00:26:48
18 Jun 2015Positive memories help fight depression. Plant intelligence. Measuring the mass of exo-planetsNature00:26:40
11 Jun 2015US military’s biology arm. Bronze Age genomes. Deadly disease in Papua New GuineaNature00:27:17
4 Jun 2015How the immune system deals with the brain. Latest in gene editing. Greenland’s disappearing lakesNature00:26:08
Extra: May 2015Robots that can recover from injury. Scientists faking their data. Weird places to look for antibioticsNature00:24:31
Extra: Futures May 2015Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite story from May, Tempus omnia revelat, by Tian Li.Nature00:05:43
28 May 2015The ethics of killer robots. laser weapons become a reality. Subtleties of temperature.Nature00:25:17
In Search of Lost SoundExploring the science that allows us to resurrect the sounds of the past.Nature00:23:30
21 May 2015The oldest stone tools yet found. Opiates from yeast and sugar. Perks of sex for beetles.Nature00:27:23
14 May 2015Latest result from the Large Hadron Collider. Memoir from Oliver Sacks. India’s scientific landscape.Nature00:28:46
7 May 2015Brain-inspired computers. Scientists working past retirement. Origins of complex cells from deep-sea samplesNature00:25:51
Extra: FuturesKerri Smith reads you her favourite from Apr, Bread of life, by Beth Cato.Nature00:00:00
30 Apr 2015This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this springNature00:28:02
Real life Dr DolittlesGeoff Marsh meets researchers and animals who tackle the animal-human communication barrierNature00:29:30
23 Apr 2015A new treatment for Ebola. Making of the Tibetan plateau. Could bees be addicted to pesticides?Nature00:24:45
Backchat Apr 2015Periodic table’s fuzzy edges. Nuances of reporting on animal research. Overhyped coverage of a new batteryNature00:22:43
16 Apr 2015How oxytocin affects the brain. Self experimentation in science. Wedding rings that went to HubbleNature00:30:28
9 Apr 2015The Moon and her sister. The Sun and its personality. Latest wonder material to hit the big-time.Nature00:29:28
2 Apr 2015Improving walking. Pushing the boundary between quantum and classical. More social science on climate changeNature00:28:31
26 Mar 2015The role of black holes in growing galaxies. Dragon’s Den for scientists. Ice inside our bodiesNature00:27:59
Extra: BackchatWhere will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes.Nature00:21:10
Extra: FuturesGeoff Marsh reads you his sci fi favourite from Mar, Perfection, by John Frizell.Nature00:28:38
19 Mar 2015Bright light's protective effect on developing eyeballs. Early photography & science. British genome unveiledNature00:28:38
Music and the Making of ScienceMusic’s influence on the development of modern science and the foundations of acoustics.Nature00:24:06
12 Mar 2015How English became science's dominant language. Carbon capture gets a boost. How to define the AnthropoceneNature00:29:15
5 Mar 2015Human family tree gets more tangled. Should universities invest in fossil fuels. Ebola’s impactNature00:27:31
Extra: FuturesNoah Baker reads you his favourite from Feb, 'Good for something' by Deborah Walker.Nature00:06:24
Extra: BackchatAn 'intelligent' computer that can learn to play arcade games. The power of text mining. Ancient DNA & languagesNature00:29:27
26 Feb 2015Preparing to meet Pluto. Food additives with health risks. Measuring pain in the brainNature00:29:32
19 Feb 2015The value of museum collections. How increasing winds could cause coastal dead-zones. Redefining sexNature00:29:50
12 Feb 2015Sequencing the genomes of Darwin's finches. Financial trading nears light speed. An ancient book of optics.Nature00:29:10
Flight pathFind out what airplane noise could mean for the health of those who have to hear it.Nature00:24:24
05 Feb 2015Drought-resistance spray for plants. How tectonic plates slide around. Making lightweight steel stronger.Nature00:25:54
Extra: FuturesGeoff Marsh reads you his favourite from Jan, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.Nature00:05:52
29 Jan 2015Israeli skull piece could be from a human hybrid. Revamping a classic physics experiment. Revolutionary archaeologyNature00:27:26
Extra: BackchatThings lost and found in space. Could cancer be 'bad luck'? "Why didn't I think of that" experimentsNature00:23:32
22 Jan 2015The restorative power of young blood. Cosmic hard drives. Improving the safety of genetically modified organismsNature00:29:34
15 Jan 2015What hibernation could tell about brain degeneration. A new journal about plants. Where to go if climate change claims your homeNature00:27:08
What It's Like to Be a BatIn this episode of Nature’s sound science series: what bats can teach us about the limits of human perception.Nature00:21:12
08 Jan 2015What to expect in 2015. Dwarf planet hunts. Reopening of the LHC. A new antibiotic. An estimate of scientists' coffee consumptionNature00:26:10
Extra: FuturesGeoff Marsh reads you his favourite from Dec, Missed Message, by Rachel Reddick.Nature00:05:09
18 Dec 2014What was hot in 2014, what cosmologists would like for Christmas, and charades - reworked for audio.Nature00:27:31
11 Dec 2014Spider-inspired motion detectors. Scrutinizing the endangered species list. The recipe for cell reprogramming.Nature00:29:33
04 Dec 2014Highly cultured birds. Shell art made by our ancestors. Will we ever make a quantum computer?Nature00:28:44
Extra: The Institute of SexologyGeoff Marsh visits The Institute of Sexology for an interview with co-curator Honor Beddard.Nature00:12:13
Extra: FuturesGeoff Marsh reads you his favourite from Nov, Ice and white roses, by Rebecca BirchNature00:05:55
27 Nov 2014Energy-free air conditioning. The science of sex laid bare. Scientists who peer-review themselves.Nature00:27:00
Extra: BackchatReview of Interstellar. Waking up the comet-lander Philae. Considering a crowd-funded mission to the moonNature00:25:16
20 Nov 2014The dishonest culture of banking. Exhibition explores the Northwest Passage. A virus that benefits the body.Nature00:28:38
13 Nov 2014Vegetarian diets promise a greener, healthier future. Plumbing the depths of depression. Black holes on the silver screenNature00:26:50
06 Nov 2014An ancient Madagascan mammal. The perception of taste. Lab-friendly particle accelerators.Nature00:26:46
FuturesGeoff Marsh reads you his favourite from Oct. Dumpster Diving, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.Nature00:06:08
30 Oct 2014The most highly cited papers of all time. NASA’s plans to fetch an asteroid. Profiling the first lady of science writingNature00:27:29
Extra: A Metre-Tall MysteryTen years ago a human-like fossil with a tiny brain was discovered. It transformed the story of human evolutionNature00:25:27
23 Oct 2014This week, a dinosaur called "terrible hands" finally gets a body, exocomets in a nearby solar system and a ninth oxidation state breaks a chemistry record.Nature00:28:11
16 Oct 2014Natural gas may not ease carbon dioxide levels, research subject mash-ups, and watching Alzheimer’s unfold.Nature00:29:34
Extra: BackchatNobel Prize excitement (and frustrations), and the world’s oldest cave art.Nature00:23:55
Maths in The SimpsonsDavid X Cohen, writer of The Simpsons, on the secret maths that has sneaked its way into the show over the yearsNature00:12:04
09 Oct 2014Ancient Indonesian cave art, Brightest objects in the Universe, and hidden mathematics in The Simpsons.Nature00:27:47
02 Oct 2014The bugs that call our skin their home. Excessive water use in Asia. Crazy shapes on Moon's surfaceNature00:26:13
Extra: FuturesNoah Baker reads you his favourite from Sep, The tiger waiting on the shore, by Paul Currion.Nature00:07:37
25 Sep 2014How age affects birds migration. Lizards test biodiversity theories. Cosmology using 1000 common wordsNature00:25:56
18 Sep 2014Artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance, striving for diversity in science, and our new podcast, BackchatNature00:25:19
Extra: BackchatBackchat brings you stories and opinion behind the science each month. On this pilot episode, Rosetta spacecraft excitement, the genetics of intelligence, and sociable scientists.Nature00:27:23
11 Sep 2014Gibbon genome gives scientists something to swing about. Quest to cure blindness. Producing energy from renewablesNature00:27:03
04 Sep 2014Sustainable farming. Gene editing for research and therapy. A fresh look at Aristotle’s science.Nature00:29:39
Extra: FuturesFutures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from Aug, The angle of the light on the bloodstained kitchen floor, by Matt Mikalatos.Nature00:06:06
28 Aug 2014Fish that walk on land. Imaging using light that never touches. The microbes that make cheese.Nature00:28:13
21 Aug 2014How seals took tuberculosis to the Americas. A better map of Neandertals in Europe. Microbial life beneath Antarctic iceNature00:12:00
14 Aug 2014Piles of rubble in space, a caution about epigenetics, pregnancy and blame, and the anatomy of an earthquakeNature00:27:47
07 Aug 2014Corralling carbon nanotubes. Chemist’s dream machine. An artist who fakes scientific discoveriesNature00:25:47
Extra: FuturesLizzie Gibney reads you her favourite from Jul, Benjy’s Birthday, by John Grant.Nature00:05:29
31 Jul 2014Replaying evolution in the lab. Dam-busting to let rivers run free. When asteroids boiled the Earth’s oceans.Nature00:24:26
24 Jul 2014Antarctic seal populations may be in peril. Ways to get energy from nuclear fusion. The genetics of pubertyNature00:25:59
17 Jul 2014A wasting disorder of cancer patients. Studying the insides of giant planets. Measuring longitude on the high seasNature00:26:46
10 Jul 2014The STAP papers are retracted. A potential vaccine for fungus-afflicted frogs. High-res displays for wearable technologyNature00:28:29
Extra: Entertaining scienceHollywood often hires scientific advisors. What draws these scientists from the lab bench to a film set?Nature00:08:34
Extra: FuturesKerri Smith reads you her favourite from Jun, 'Emancipation', by Joao Ramalho-Santos.Nature00:04:25
03 Jul 2014Archaeopteryx skeleton has feathered trousers. Predicting teen binge drinkers. How WW 1 liberated women in science...Nature00:26:59
26 Jun 2014Checking nuclear weapons without revealing secrets. Science power couple mixing research & romance. New solar cell technologyNature00:26:59
19 Jun 2014A fight to outlaw unproven stem cell treatments, a look at Newton’s gravitational constant, and diabetes in GreenlandNature00:25:43
12 Jun 2014The relationship between science and art. The 'magic' powering quantum computers. The genome of the fragrant eucalyptusNature00:26:28
ExtraMichael Stacey reads you his favourite from May, Variations, by William Meikle.Nature00:05:48
5 Jun 2014The mechanisms of memory, how malnutrition affects gut bacteria, and China flattens mountains to build cities.Nature00:28:10
29 May 2014Cooking that kills. Fears of a post-antibiotic world. Measuring a proton to find where the antimatter has goneNature00:26:32
22 May 2014Antibiotic resistance in soil. Nervous system of the simple comb jelly. Making a baby with three people's DNA.Nature00:25:57
15 May 2014Change baby-killing mice to caring dads. Using male cells & animals could bias results. Water loss in California may move mountainsNature00:26:30
ExtraNoah Baker reads you our favourite Sci Fi from Apr, Pop-ups, by Robert Dawson.Nature00:06:04
08 May 2014Crowd-sourcing illuminates the retina. Reconstructing Universe's evolution. Semi-synthetic organism with man-made base pairNature00:26:29
01 May 2014The impact of two volcanic eruptions. Farmers research for better yields. Stem cells regenerate monkey heartsNature00:28:16
24 Apr 2014The function of the Y chromosome. Helping corals breed in climate change. The scientific life of Beatrix PotterNature00:25:02
17 Apr 2014How egg and sperm hook up, how the countryside benefits biodiversity, harnessing the sun's power.Nature00:26:58
Extra: The Man Who Couldn't StopDavid Adam talks about his experiences with OCD and sets out our current understanding of the conditionNature00:14:21
10 Apr 2014Nasty parasite that eats cells alive. Ecological experiment floods Colorado River delta. Being an IPCC contributorNature00:26:23
3 Apr 2014Using the immune system to attack cancer. Mapping the prenatal brain. Fifty years on from the discovery of an ancient human speciesNature00:28:08
ExtraNature Physics' sci-fi story for Apr, 'The stuff we don't do,' by Marissa Lingen.Nature00:05:03
27 Mar 2014How gastric band surgery works. A dwarf planet has a friend. A way to simplify quantum physicsNature00:28:20
20 Mar 2014How a mother's deficiency impacts baby's immunity, why scientists improvise, new implant listens & talks to the brain...Nature00:26:28
PastCast: Mar 1918As World War 1 ends, Arthur Eddington sets out to prove Einstein's theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipseNature00:16:03
ExtraColin Sullivan reads you his Feb favourite, 'Coffee in End Times,' by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Alex ShvartsmanNature00:05:53
13 Mar 201413th century cosmologist predicted Big Bang. Ocean hidden deep in Earth's mantle. Predator effects on ecosystemsNature00:27:02
6 Mar 2014Converting noisy radio signals into easy-to-measure lasers, sustainable livestock, courtly fly songsNature00:28:59
27 Feb 2014UV rays make cancer spread as well as form, Using crystallography to probe the deep Earth, Einstein's lost manuscriptNature00:27:03
PastCast: Feb 1925Raymond Dart found the face and brain cast of an extinct primate, but the paleontology community shunned the findNature00:12:01
20 Feb 2014Nicaragua's plans for a 'mega canal', Honeybee diseases in bumblebees & Invasive Asian carp in the Great LakesNature00:28:11
Extra: Neanderthal ManIn his new book, geneticist Svante Paabo reflects on his efforts to sequence the DNA of long-dead humansNature00:13:40
13 Feb 2014Colour evolution in the natural world, and Steps towards fusion energy and atomtronics.Nature00:25:50
Extra: The Perfect TheoryEinstein's general relativity theory hasn't always been fashionable. A new book talks of its past and futureNature00:10:42
06 Feb 2014This week: superconductive graphene, sound tourism, and an Amazonian illusion.Nature00:24:35
Extra: FuturesCharlotte Stoddart reads you our favourite from Jan, Okami, by Grace Tang.Nature00:06:36
30 Jan 2014A simple trick for making stem cells, one-poled magnets, and meeting a European hunter-gatherer through its genomeNature00:32:59
PastCast: Jan 1896x-rays, discovered by accident in 1896 by the German scientist William Roentgen.Nature00:15:41
23 Jan 2014The rebirth of a fraudster, drivers of forest diversity, and why diamonds are a physicist's best friendNature00:27:30
16 Jan 2014Why birds fly in formation, how old trees are efficient carbon eaters, & cracking down on personal genomicsNature00:27:26
09 Jan 2014Storing solar power in your basement, the colour of extinct sea monsters, & preventing violence at universitiesNature00:26:36
PastCast: Dec 1920In the early 20th century physicists wondered if the world of small scale is continuous or built discreteNature00:12:29
Extra: FuturesKerri Smith reads you our favourite Sci Fi from Dec, Sibyl, by Deborah Walker.Nature00:07:11
19 Dec 2013Comedian Andy Zaltzman talks pickles, Neanderthals, and the biggest science stories of 2013Nature00:44:44
12 Dec 2013Species grow old gracefully, what lizard breath reveals about dinosaurs, and ways to avoid shortages of isotopes crucial in hospitalsNature00:28:09
05 Dec 2013DNA from an ancient human relative, origins of the moon & dangers of following the herd in peer reviewsNature00:26:28
Extra: FuturesPeter Cary reads you our favourite sci-fi from Nov, Immeasurable, by H. E. Roulo.Nature00:06:09
28 Nov 2013The mind talks to the body, exploring complex molecule structures, & Collider exhibit at London's Science MuseumNature00:21:57
PastCast: Nov 1869The first issue of Nature opened with poetry and was for a general audience. How we began and grewNature00:13:42
21 Nov 2013Ancient genome clues to American ancestry, graphene researchers with a big EU grant & novel teenager researchNature00:29:05
Extra: Brave New World50 years after Aldous Huxley's death, what have we still to learn from his work?Nature00:15:50
14 Nov 2013Treating infection when antibiotics fail, big groups are best at improving social skills, and mimicking effects of brain traumaNature00:27:45
7 Nov 2013The asteroid that shook a Russian town, the earliest indicator of autism in babies, and life with Parkinson'sNature00:26:49
The elephant in the roomA Swedish type specimen of the Asian elephant is called into question. Ewen Callaway on solving the mystery.Nature00:15:42
Extra: Serving the ReichIn his book Philip Ball explores how physics fared under the Nazis and the lessons for scientists of todayNature00:17:06
Extra: FuturesAnanyo Bhattacharya reads you his favourite Sci Fi from this month, Deep Impressions, by John GilbeyNature00:06:26
31 Oct 2013Treating chronic HIV, time travel in fiction and doing physics under the Nazis.Nature00:25:28
24 Oct 2013Decoding brain activity to predict sight, remembering or dreaming, and the truth about the Tyrannosaurus rex.Nature00:23:14
17 Oct 2013Nervous system of an ancient arthropod, comparing cancer genomes, & can publishing in a top tier journal change your life?Nature00:27:23
PastCast: Oct 1993In the early 90s, astrophysicists saw signs of life on a nearby planet. How we can tell if there's life out there.Nature00:13:21
10 Oct 2013Creating clouds to ease climate change, a drug for multiple sclerosis, and was the Amazon once an orchard?Nature00:25:48
03 Oct 2013How some of Mars' craters came from supervolcanoes, why scientific myths spread, particle accelerator on a chipNature00:25:42
Extra: FuturesKerri Smith reads her favourite from this month, The Rumination on What Isn't, by Alex ShvartsmanNature00:04:03
26 Sep 2013A computer built from carbon nanotubes, Earth before tectonic plates, and tweaking genes to fight species extinctionNature00:21:10
PastCast: Sep 1963When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea.Nature00:15:53
19 Sep 2013Sea level rise, lessons for climate change from the Great Plains, and the Drake PassageNature00:28:17
12 Sep 2013Making stem cells in living mice, retracing the footsteps of a frog-hunter, and what Stephen Hawking's new memoir reveals about himNature00:26:20
Extra: FuturesPeter Cary reads you his favourite SciFi this month, Time Heals All Wounds, by Grace TangNature00:06:15
05 Sep 2013Creating silver nano-particles, encrypting data with quantum mechanics and brain training gamesNature00:24:54
29 Aug 2013Tearing apart space-time, growing a tiny brain in the lab, metaphor in science, and a climate conundrumNature00:30:34
22 Aug 2013Singing stars reveal their vital stats, electricity helps plants heal, and making babies from skin cellsNature00:25:58
15 Aug 2013Smart windows beat the heat, remembering things that didn't happen, and the magnetic field around our pet black holeNature00:26:54
PastCast: Aug 1975Most best-selling drugs are based on monoclonal antibodies. We tell how basic science became blockbuster medicineNature00:18:36
08 Aug 2013Famous cells and genetic privacy, what oxytocin does in the brain, smart uses for metamaterials...Nature00:27:57
Extra: Robot relationsJanet Vertesi on how NASA attributes personalities to Mars rovers, and the effect on their missionNature00:11:41
01 Aug 2013Measuring temperature inside cells, how human ability to digest milk, and career moves to the Middle EastNature00:26:42
Extra: FuturesHenry Gee reads you his favourite from this month, 'The Ostracons of Europa', by Ken Hinckley.Nature00:06:28
25 Jul 2013Superbugs resistant to antibiotics, how flatworms regrow heads and why the oil palm genome could be good for sustainable crop breedingNature00:26:32
18 Jul 2013Switching off the extra chromosome in Down's syndrome, using endless waves to explore quantum systems, and how online courses transform learningNature00:27:37
11 Jul 2013The deadly effect of species population drops, how plants become better at using water as CO2 rises, personality in synthesized voiceNature00:26:57
04 Jul 2013Mining seedbanks for supercrops, how the two degree target isn't enough to tackle climate change, and building new organs from scratchNature00:26:41
27 Jun 2013The oldest genome ever sequenced, how elephants evolved from tree- to grass-eaters, and why humans are good at baseballNature00:27:02
ExtraHenry Gee reads you his favourite SciFi this month, 'Mortar Flowers,' by Jessica May LinNature00:05:50
20 Jun 2013Why naked mole rats are cancer-proof, why Martian meteorites don't look like the Martian surface, are quantum computers a reality?Nature00:26:40
Extra: TutankhamunWriter Jo Marant unravels the truth behind scientific studies of Tutankhamun's mummyNature00:14:55
PastCast: Jun 1876In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by 'gorilla fever'. A gorilla in Europe was rare, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of oneNature00:16:24
13 Jun 2013What lives under the sea floor, the mega-prizes turning scientists into millionaires, and how fast cheetahs actually runNature00:28:26

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