Nature Podcast

Nature Podcast

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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 behind the research.


Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017  

This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925  

Paleontologist Raymond Dart had newly arrived in South Africa when he came across a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of an extinct primate – not quite ape and not quite human. The paleontology community shunned the find, and proving that the creature was a human relative took decades. [Originally aired 26/02/2014]

Nature Podcast: 9 February 2017  

This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?

Nature Podcast: 2 February 2017  

Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen?  

Nature Extra: Futures January 2017  

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.

Backchat: January 2017  

Moonshots, frameworks, catapults – how best to name your science project? Plus, the implications for science of Trump’s first days in office, and the perils of trying to reproduce others’ work.

Nature Podcast: 26 January 2017  

This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.

Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017  

This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896  

Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn't be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.

Nature Podcast: 12 January 2017  

This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.

Nature Podcast: 22 December 2016  

It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.  

Nature Podcast: 15 December 2016  

This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome. 

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - December 1920  

In the early twentieth century physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Was the world at its smallest scales continuous, or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subject of a Nature news article in 1920.

Nature Podcast  

This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.

Nature Extra: Futures November 2016  

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.

Nature Podcast: 1 December 2016  

This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?

Nature Podcast: 24 November 2016  

Tracking whale shark DNA in seawater, the human computers behind early astronomy, building materials with a microscope, and a new synchrotron starts up in the Middle East.

Nature Backchat: November 2016  

Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.

Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016  

This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - November 1869  

The first issue of Nature looked very different from today's magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience. We hear how Nature began, and how it became the iconic science journal it is today.

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