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The Naked Scientists 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.

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Simulation Science: Living in The Matrix?

This week, could we be living in The Matrix? We're talking about the power of computer simulations, and we're asking are we all living in one! Plus, in the news - making diabetes treatment smarter; diagnosis by an electronic doctor - would you be comfortable with that? And the world's first robot that picks lettuces... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-07-15
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Alzheimer's Disease: Facts and Fiction

This week, Alzheimer's Disease goes under the microscope: what is it? Why do people get it, and can we cure it? Plus in the news, why the planet needs more trees, a breakthrough in storing computer data, and the science of a good excuse! For more PODCASTS by The Naked Scientists, head to thenakedscientists.com/subscribe. To SUPPORT The Naked Scientists, head to thenakedscientists.com/donatePlus, You can FOLLOW the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-07-08
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Extremely High: Sky high science

We're rounding off our month of extreme shows - coping with altitude, flying over Everest, high energy physics and screaming in space! Plus, sniffing out Methane on Mars, and the scientists making sweet music with proteins... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-07-01
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Extremely Deep: Mining for gold

Extremes month continues, and this week we're going extremely deep; Chris Smith takes a trip to one of the world's deepest mines in search of gold. Plus, in the news, the GM mosquito that wipes out its own population, and would you return a lost wallet if you found one? We hear which is the most honest country in the world, and who's the least honest. For more PODCASTS by The Naked Scientists, head to thenakedscientists.com/subscribe. To SUPPORT The Naked Scientists, head to thenakedscientists.com/donate Plus, you can FOLLOW the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-06-24
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Extremely Curious: QnA

For extremes month we have an extreme QnA! This week we're joined by astronomer Carolin Crawford, nanoscientist Colm Durkan, Haydn Belfield from the Centre for Existential Risk, and chemist Ljiljana Fruk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-06-17
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Extremely Cold: Cool Science

This week, we're continuing our month of science at the extremes, by looking at extreme cold. Including expeditions to the poles, what happens at absolute zero, and the animals that can survive temperatures we never could. Plus, in the news, the massive death risk from climate change, a prize for mapping the sea bed, and a new piece of the puzzle in the story of human migration... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-06-10
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Extremely Fast: The Science of Speed

This week, we're kicking off a month of science at the extremes. From fast acting venom to vehicles, speedy space to tennis serves We're getting up to speed on Extreme Speed. Plus, in the news, weaponising a fungus to stamp out malaria, the smart glove that's taking a hold of touch technology and we celebrate an important centenary in the world of physics. For more PODCASTS by The Naked Scientists, head to www.nakedscientists.com/subscribe To SUPPORT The Naked Scientists, head to www.nakedscientists.com/donate Plus, you can FOLLOW the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-06-03
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Ultimate destination: building better roads

This week, we're out on the open road! How can science help make roads cleaner, safer, greener and quieter? We've been speaking to a range of scientists to find out... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-05-27
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The Power of Vaccines

This week we're putting on our swimsuits and diving deep into the choppy waters of the world of vaccines, how do they help us, and why are people becoming so hesitant to get them. Plus in the news, A new kind of Moon lander, the true cost of streaming videos, and how good are we at spotting postnatal depression in men! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-05-20
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Why does dark matter matter?

This week - the mysterious stuff that's passing through you right now, and it literally holds the galaxy together... but we have no idea what it is. We talk to the scientists trying to find out. Plus in the news, the 100 year old technology that's helping us fight infections we can't currently treat. And evidence that wasps can size things up... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-05-13
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That May Q&A!

It's QA time We've got a panel of scientists ready and waiting to tackle the questions you've been sending in. Izzie Clarke was joined by plant ecologist Howard Giffiths, chemist and writer Kit Chapman, reproductive physiologist Bill Colledge, and physicist Ben McAllister. For more podcasts by The Naked Scientists, head to nakedscientists.com/podcasts. Plus, you can follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-05-06
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Vets Beyond Pets

This week; horse racing, equine flu, a hedgehog hospital and a trip to the local zoo - we're looking at how vets keep animals healthy and why that's good news for humans too. Plus, how a dose of caffeine perks up a solar panel, cell transplants to boost wound and tissue repair, and a gene breakthrough for obesity... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-04-29
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Naked at Edinburgh Science Festival!

Chris Smith and Adam Murphy head to Edinburgh Science Festival to bring you the best - and the bizarre - from the wonderful world of science. Joining them are Chris Johnson, Head of Computer Science at Glasgow University, Sophie Goggins, Curator of Biomedical Science at National Museums Scotland as well as astrophysicist Beth Biller and microbiologist Luke McNally, from the University of Edinburgh. Plus the team were also be joined by Sir Ian Wilmut, one of the brains behind the pioneering work of Dolly The Sheep. This show was produced by Izzie Clarke. For more podcasts by The Naked Scientists, head to nakedscientists.com/podcasts. PLUS, you can follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-04-22
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Cooking with a Conscience

This week a Naked Scientists exclusive: we're putting a brand new type of oven to the test - can it really, as the inventors claim - roast a raw chicken in 35 minutes? Plus, the brave scientists who've attached cameras to Great White Sharks, and what does a black hole really look like? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-04-15
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Q&A: Space Surgery in Scotland

It's time for our Q&A, this time from Edinburgh! This week, what happens if you get pregant in space? How do chemists make new molecules? And how do antidepressants work? Chris Smith is joined by our panel of experts to answer your questions: Space doctor Christina Mackaill, geologist John Underhill, chemist Lee Cronin and psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-04-08
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Modelling and Microbes: Science of Birth

Spring has officially sprung! There are newborn lambs prancing around in the fields in the UK, and we've recently celebrated Mothering Sunday. To celebrate, we're taking a trip down the road of pregnancy and birth, stopping off along the way to chat with experts about some of the science involved in bringing babies into the world. Plus, the person who can smell Parkinson's Disease, and a way to halve how much water plants need....Want more Naked Scientists shows? Check out our website - nakedscientists.com. Plus, we'd love your feedback and support, why not leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-04-01
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Say Hello to Tomorrow\'s Tech

Bonjour! This week we've been to Paris; we've been attending Hello Tomorrow, the summit that showcases world-changing emerging technologies that are about to make it big. This week: A tiny microphone that lets you zoom in on individual voices in a conversation, the perks of dissolving your mobile phone, and from kites to kilowatts: a new form of wind power. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-03-26
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A New Material World

This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are taking you to the cutting edge of materials science including how blacksmiths made incredibly tough swords to how defence scientists make bullet-proof armour today. Plus, news of a better way to manage prostate cancer, how fingerprints might replace chip n pin, and how scientists are using cold lightning to keep fruit fresh for longer. For more podcasts by The Naked Scientists, head to nakedscientists.com, find @NakedScientists on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to "The Naked Scientists" on your favourite podcast app. **Edinburgh Science Festival** Do you want to see The Naked Scientists LIVE at the Edinburgh Science Festival? We're recording our podcast (fully clothed!) in front of a live audience on Sunday 7th April and want YOU to be there! To grab your tickets, head to sciencefestival.co.uk and search for The Naked Scientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-03-19
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Q&A: Atoms, Avalanches & Armpits

This week, could we colonise a planet beyond our own galaxy? What's the greenest way to heat my home? And why do bright lights make some people sneeze? It's QA time! Chris Smith is joined by a panel of scientists to take on the questions YOU'VE been sending in. Joining him are chemist Ljiljana Fruk, physiologist Sam Virtue, mathematician and technology journalist Tim Revell and our very own physics boffin Adam Murphy. This episode was produced by Katie Haylor and Izzie Clarke For more podcasts by The Naked Scientists, head to nakedscientists.com or search "Naked Scientists" on your favourite podcast app. You can also find the team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @nakedscientists, and don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review, we love hearing from our listeners! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-03-12
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The Issue of Invasive Species

This week, we're being invaded! Izzie Clarke and Katie Haylor explore invasive species: how they sneak in, why they disrupt nature, and how to fight back! Plus, in the news, scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal, researchers have uncovered an alarming new way criminals are trying to hack you and the mice with infrared vision.For more science podcasts and the latest news, head to nakedscientists.com. You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @nakedscientists.This show was produced by Mariana Campos and Izzie Clarke, with thanks to the South Georgia Heritage Trust for sounds clips of Pintail Ducks! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-03-05
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Born to Run: Sprinting Science

This week we get off the couch to talk about the science of running. What does it do for our bodies, and our minds? Why did we ever evolve to do it in the first place? Can a man outrun a horse? Plus in the news, a potential kill-switch for tuberculosis, landing on an asteroid, and we tackle the myth of alcohol warming you up... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-02-26
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Periodic Table: 150 Au Years

This week we're celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table - we'll find out how scientists uncovered the elements in the first place and what other mysterious materials may be waiting to be discovered. Plus a way to power up the body's own morphine-like chemicals, how microbes are gluing microplastics back together in the ocean, and post-Valentine's Day, some dating do's and dating dont's to bear in mind for next year! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-02-19
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Zoo&A: Why can't dogs eat chocolate?

It's QA time or should we say ZOO and A? We're pondering about pets and inquiring about insects as Jacob Dunn, Eleanor Drinkwater, Jason Head and Stuart Eves join Chris Smith to answer the animal-inspired questions you've been sending in. For more podcasts by The Naked Scientists, head to thenakedscientists.com or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We're @nakedscientists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-02-12
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How to hijack a brain

This week, how hypnosis works, the parasites that hijack brain and behaviour, why we're all being manipulated 24/7, and how to build remote-controlled rodents. Plus news that we're a step closer to reversible birth control for men, why rocks affect how you vote, plastic makes mussels weaker, and a new device that puts thoughts into words... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-02-05
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Cars of the Future: Are We Ready?

This week, we're getting revved up about the cars of the future! What needs to change for future car travel to be sustainable? And in the news, as Hitachi pulls the plug on a UK nuclear deal, could the answer to the country's energy crisis lie in compressed air? Also, is "blue Monday" science fact, or science fiction? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-01-29
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Art: From Colours to Counterfeits

From finding forgeries to creating colours, we explore the science of art. Plus, in the news, turning cancer cells into fat, a threat to one of our favourite beverages, and is there really a Dark Side of the Moon? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-01-22
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Microbes: From Farm to Fork

We're making a meal out of microbes, Geogia Mills and Chris Smith meet the little helpers that get food onto the table. Plus, in the news, the intelligent material that help wounds to heal, scientists get to the bottom of how norovirus makes us ill, and we explore a mysterious signal from space. Keep up to date with the lastest science news on www.nakedscientist.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.... We're @nakedscientists! Or have YOU got a science question for our team? Why not email it over to chrisnakedscientists.com and we'll take a look. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-01-15
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Why is There Always Room for Dessert?

Do astronauts get WiFi in space? What is the speed of gravity? Why is there always room for dessert? Giles Yeo, Anne-Laura Van Harmelen, Richard Hollingham and Francesca Day gather round the microphones to answer your need-to-know questions about space, food and mental health. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2019-01-08
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A Naked Year!

From talking whales to training astronauts, creating life to reversing life-threatening allergies, Georgia Mills, Izzie Clarke and few other familiar voices re-visit their favourite moments and the biggest scientific celebrations of the past year.To listen to the full podcasts these highlights have been taken from, head to thenakedscientists.com/podcasts You can also find The Naked Scientists on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @nakedscientists. And should you wish to leave us a belated christmas present, we're trying to raise funding for next year's programming over on thenakedscientists.com/donate, or hit that subscribe and share button. Thank you for your support and HAPPY NEW YEAR! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-12-31
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Turkey, Trees and Teslas: Surviving Christmas

Here is The Naked Scientists' guide to surviving - and thriving - at Christmas, including our top scientifically-tested tips for cooking turkey and making the best roast potatoes. Plus, a healthy helping of crappy cracker jokes and advice on how to avoid a festive family feud... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-12-23
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Regeneration: Healing Revealed

This week, we are getting to grips with regeneration: how does your body heal itself, and what can science do to help? Plus, in the news, the tech set to change our lives in 2019, the hidden perils of AI, and does a crossword a day really keep dementia at bay? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-12-18
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Space Talk: Missions Through Time

Izzie Clarke and Katie Haylor are blasting through a brief history of space exploration and find out how humanity's quest towards the stars has inspired their guests; space journalist Dr Stuart Clark, band members of Big Big Train, Greg Spawton and David Longdon, and former Commander of the International Space Station, Col. Chris Hadfield. Plus, in the news, an app for anemia, the shocking genetic experiment that's rocked the world, and the latest on gravitational waves and a new era of astronomy.With thanks to NASA Archive. Produced by Izzie Clarke. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-12-11
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QnA: Earthworms and Wormholes!

This week: Is everything in the universe spinning? How do lazy dogs keep fit? And is it safe to heat our dinner in plastic tubs? We've recruited 4 experts to tackle your science questions - astronomer Carolin Crawford, animal behaviour scientist Eleanor Drinkwater, geneticist Patrick Short and chemist Ljiljana Fruk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-12-04
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Teeth: Brushing up on Dentistry

This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are filling the gaps in their knowledge of teeth; we also meet the microbes in our mouths and test the battle of the toothbrushes. Plus, in the news, researchers grow new spinal discs in a dish, we explore the ghostly galaxy next door, and scientists discover one of the largest, oldest structures on the planet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-11-27
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Can Science Create Superhumans?

This week - Humanity 2.0! Can we use genetics, drugs and technology to become superhuman? We speak to experts on the science that can push us to our extremes, and meet the world's first cyborg. Plus, in the news, do men and women really think differently, why what we call a "kilogram" is changing, and researchers uncover an animal that can talk about the past.More at www.nakedscientists.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-11-20
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The Great British Make Off

This week, from posters to pancakes - how do the objects we see around us every day actually get made? We're uncovering the science of manufacturing - from the very big, to the very small and the very complex. Plus in the news, why being a morning lark could protect you from breast cancer, and the project using drones and AI to keep tabs on ocean health. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-11-13
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QnA: Temperature, Tech and Testicles

This week, we've assembled a panel of experts to tackle your science questions, including: Are there plastics in the fish we eat? Can electrical devices affect your fertility? And how does Earth's tilt give us our seasons? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-11-06
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Scientific Shimmy: Why we Dance

This week the Naked Scientists are hitting the dance floor with a look at the science of the shimmy. Why do we do it, what makes a dance look good, and how can it be used to help people? Plus, in the news; how glowing lungs can fight infections, an app the reduces the symptoms of OCD, and we look at the future of the Internet... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-10-30
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Catalysts: Our Tiny Chemists

From brewing beer to cleaning up car emissions and even making less polluting fuels. We're asking - what exactly are catalysts, and how do they work? Plus, in the news, scientists discover the mechanism behind the majority of Alzheimer's cases, new technology helps beekeepers keep bees, and we explore the prospects for the survival of humanity with the Astronomer Royal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-10-22
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Meet the Neolithic!

This week we go back thousands of years to meet our Neolithic ancestors, and discover how their innovations paved the way for all life as we know it. Explore the origin of farming and wine making, and find out how the Neolithic wielded the remarkable material obsidian. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-10-15
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QnA: Sperm Races and Monkey Business

This week, can science help us to quit our vices? Do any animals have accents? And how big can a planet get? Joining Chris Smith to tackle your sci-curious questions was physicist Jess Wade, planetary geologist David Rothery, neuroscientist Bianca Jupp and zoologist Jacob Dunn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-10-08
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How Do I Look?

This week - from skin care to going under the knife, we're lifting the lid on the science of looking good. Plus in the news, a DNA repair kit that can fix genetic diseases and a UK project launches to clean up 7000 tonnes of space junk. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-10-01
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Flu Do You Think You Are?

In 1918, Spanish flu wiped out more people than World War 1. Now, a century on, we're asking why this pandemic packed such a punch, where flu came from in the first place, and how flu vaccines are made. Plus, fossilised fats from the world's first animals, a look at the IgNobel prizes, genes linked to hypertension, and the computer game that gets kids into engineering... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-09-24
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On the Flip Side - Earth's Magnetic Field

This week we're looking at the magnetic field keeping our planet safe, finding out how it's generated and whether some animals can actually see it. Plus, news of a technique to read out the time of our body clocks, the people making the case to reinstate Pluto as a planet, and how red alert signals can spread through plants in just seconds after something starts to eat them. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-09-17
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QnA: Diabetes, Driving and Dodgems

It's Question and Answer time! The Naked Scientists tackle the medical musings and chemical queries you've been sending in. Joining Chris Smith in studio was Astrophysicist Matt Bothwell, Chemist Peter Wothers, Psychologist Helen Keyes and Human Physiologist Sam Virtue. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-09-10
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Biomimicry: Borrowing from Biology

This week, we explore the field of biomimicry and how nature can help inspire technologies of the future, including the crickets that are showing scientists how to make better hearing aids, dragonfly-inspired wind turbines and the aircraft that repairs itself. Plus, news of why heart disease begins much earlier than we thought, whether science publishing is facing a crisis, and the future of satellite navigation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-09-03
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Naked on a Punt!

Join the Naked Scientists for a leisurely ride on a punt, past Cambridge's picturesque riverside colleges. At each stop the boat picks up some of the brightest brains from the University and hear about their cutting edge ideas, from fraud-preventing holograms to driverless punts. Plus, the team find out it's not always the best idea to perform chemistry on your drink supply. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-08-27
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Music Science: from Mozart to Marketing

Mozart or Motown, most of us love music. We're digging into the science behind this much-loved pass time, be it listening to your favourite tunes, or playing them for yourself. Plus in the news - the discovery of an orphan planet, succumbing to robo peer pressure and do lemmings really jump off cliffs? We'll be finding out. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-08-20
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Waterloo Uncovered: Veterans Excavate Old Conflicts

This week we're on the historical Waterloo battlefield where veterans of modern wars - often with disabilities, PTSD and other mental scars - are joining archaeologists to excavate remains of one of the most important conflicts in European history. Plus news that an anti-obesity pill might be on the scientific menu, and the space probe heading for the hottest part of the Sun... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-08-13
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Medicinal Cannabis: Weeding Out The Hype

This week, medical uses of cannabis. What's the hype and what's the reality? We hear from the people who grow it, and the people who want to use it. Plus in the news, scientists grow replacement lungs in a lab, why a knock on the head can lead to dementia years later, and the very tiny thing that elephants are terrified of - and no, it's not a mouse! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
2018-08-06
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