The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.
This week, restoring function in dead pig brains, spring science books, and the structure of lightning.If you have any questions about the partly-revived brains study, then the reporters at Nature are keen to answer them. You can submit them at the bottom of the article, here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01216-4
This week, researchers released the first image of a black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. In this special News Chat, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi, who was at a press conference in Brussels where the image was announced, tells Benjamin Thompson about the image and what scientists are saying about it.
This week, a new mouse model for heart failure and characterising energy fluctuations in empty space.
This week, why MDMA could make social interactions more rewarding, and how your skin keeps itself youthful.
In this month’s roundtable, our reporters discuss calls to pause heritable genome-editing research, and how science journalism has changed in the past 20 years.
This week, how humans are affecting Kilimanjaro's ecosystems, differences in pain based on biological sex, and refrigerating with crystals.
This week, a plan to spray antibiotics onto orange trees, and is it time to retire statistical significance?
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our Pastcast series, bringing to life key moments in the history of science.As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be done.This episode was first broadcast in March 2014.
Instead of a regular edition of the Nature Podcast, this week we’ve got an extended News Chat between Benjamin Thompson and Amy Maxmen. They discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, an injectable treatment for HIV, and how the proposed US 2020 budget could affect science.
This week, wetlands' ability to store carbon, mobile health, and the story of Mileva Marić.
This week, the parenting strategies of a tropical cuckoo, increasing the number of topological materials, and growing cannabinoids in yeast.
This week, mapping every cell in a mouse embryo and the benefits of cataloguing all the viruses on Earth.
This week, the links between atherosclerosis and sleep-deprivation, and how team size affects research outputs.
This week, virtual drug discovery, and a new addition to the CRISPR toolkit.
This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals.
This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes.
This week, investigating introns’ roles, and reanimating a fossil.
Nick Sireau’s sons have a rare genetic disease called alkaptonuria, which can lead to body tissues becoming brittle, causing life long health issues.In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh speaks to Nick and to the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath about their search for a treatment for alkaptonuria.
This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what’s in store for science in 2019.
In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018, and explain why they enjoyed making it.
The Nature Podcast’s 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more!
New research suggests that a key protein involved in the neurodegenerative disease can be transferred between brains.
This week, ‘performing’ experiments, and making mirrored molecules.
This week, improving heart xenotransplants, and soil bacteria versus phages.
This week, measuring gravity’s strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms’ wakes.
This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and ‘mosaicism’ in brain cells.
This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world.
This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winner
This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a 'crisis' in dark matter research.
This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun.
This week, what life is like when you've just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.
This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission.
This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial.
This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain.
This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data.
This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life.
This week, an early mammal relative’s babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity.
In this month’s roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience.
This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer.
This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas.
This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.
This week, how a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate.
This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum.
This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions.
This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town’s water crisis.
This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, and how science stories can affect the stock market.
This week, the relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa, stressed brains, and diagnosing sick plants from afar.
This week, pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
This week, the mysterious death of African baobab trees, Antarctica’s past, present, and future, and how zebrafish protect their stem cells.
This week, making enzymes work better in the cold, short-term memory production in mice, and magnetic detection in animals.
This week, boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life’s recovery after a massive asteroid impact.
This week, estimating the economic cost of climate change, a new solution to the Minimum Fleet Problem, and the flourishing field of muography.
This week, peering inside the proton, identifying the pitfalls of research misconduct, and identifying what bacterial genes of unknown function actually do.
This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia.
This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration.
This week, the ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected.
In this month’s roundtable, we discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal.
This week, tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books.
This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research.
This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi's floods, and getting 'dirty' mice into the lab.
This week, testing a neural network's chemistry skills, and what the physics of droplets is teaching us about the biology of cells.
This week, glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish, the effect of non-antibiotic drugs on gut microbes, and a wearable brain scanner.
This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution.
This week, graphene’s latest superpower, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic.
This week, the landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, and brain waves cause a splash.
Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become.
This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking.
This week, refocusing ageing research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy.
This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood.
This week, reframing humans' arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs.
This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats.
This week, pinning down the climate's carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies' first bacteria.
This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict's toll on wildlife.
Backchat’s back, with discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics.
This week, our end of year special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era.
This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.
This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur.
This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle.
This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn’t, and the science of sleep deprivation.
This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality.
This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl.
This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.
This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.
This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work.
This week, a dwarf planet with a ring, 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing, and the grieving families contributing to a huge genetics projects.
To celebrate our 500th episode, the Nature Podcast asked 8 presenters – past and present – to recommend their favourite contributions to the show.
This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.
This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells.
This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.
Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.
The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility.
This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star's mystery, and the algal boom.
This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.
This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest.
This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain's control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator.
This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized.
This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise.
This week, a new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise.
To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges of transitioning to low carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode in the Grand Challenges podcast series.
Sometimes people can become trapped in the grey zone between conscious and unconscious states. Kerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states.
Our reporters and editors respond to the UK election. Plus, the tangled taxonomy of our species, and why physicists love to hate the standard model.
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.
This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.
This week, early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model.
Millions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food, in a world of evolving technology, global markets and a changing climate. This is episode 3 of 4 in the Grand Challenges podcast series.
This week, ‘sticky’ RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and 'intelligent crowd' peer review.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, 'Life, hacked' by Krystal Claxton.
This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.
This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots.
This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome.
This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI
This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link: https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/RmZVDI
Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it - as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can live healthily and well.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Cold comforts' by Graham Robert Scott.
This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe’s first ‘baby picture’.
Science fans everywhere will take to the streets this weekend in the March for Science. Plus, biases in artificial intelligence and how scientific papers are getting harder to read.
This week, politician scientists, human genetic ‘knockouts’ and East Antarctica’s instability.
This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far.
Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Green boughs will cover thee' by Sarah L Byrne.
This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties.
A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain 'time crystals'.
This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer.
This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.
As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should be done.
This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.
This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.
AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, 'Fermi's zookeepers' by David Gullen.
This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research
This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.
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]
This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?
Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen?
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.
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.
This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.
This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.
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.
This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.
It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.
This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome.
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. Originally aired 19/12/2013.
This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.
This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?
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.
Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.
This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.
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.
This week, CERN for the brain, modelling the effects of a climate tax on food, a brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys walk, and what Trump's win might mean for science.
This week, the earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new film about volcanoes, and are astronomers turning a blind eye to competing theories?
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ’The sixth circle' by J. W. Armstrong.
This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US.
Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords.
This week, making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, trying to predict the election, and the scientists voting for Trump.
In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story, and discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth. Originally aired 16/10/2013.
This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.
Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.
This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.
The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you’re in, and getting funding through philanthropy.
This week, the chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray.
This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck.
When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a 'wild idea' became plate tectonics, the unifying theory of earth sciences.
This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.
This week, solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations.
This week, famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, 'Interdimensional trade benefits' by Brian Trent.
A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind.
This week, an Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases.
Six out of ten of the world's best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13.
This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids.
This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR.
This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.
Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott's secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, 'Revision theory' by Blaize M. Kaye.
This week, how we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, and using yeast genetics to build better beer.
What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And why are rhinos being airlifted to Australia?
This week, the perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good.
This week, a special issue on conflict. The psychological toll of war, how to count the dead, and predicting conflict in the 21st century.
This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, ‘The Memory Ward’ by Wendy Nikel.
This week, Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an ‘IPCC’ for social science.
This week, transmissible cancer, organising the hadron menagerie, and the latest gravitational wave result and what physicists want to know next.
What could Brexit mean for EU research and researchers? How should reporters cover the US elections when nobody says anything about science? Plus a dramatic and dangerous Antarctic rescue.
This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs.
In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by 'gorilla fever'. Were these beasts man's closest relative in the animal kingdom? Getting a gorilla to Europe was a rare event, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of a young specimen.
This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans.
This week, the genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ‘Project Earth is leaving beta’ by J. W. Alden.
This week, how clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats.
This week, treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history.
The endless quest to make fusion energy, virtual reality in the lab, and the biggest story of the month: a boat gets given a name.
This week, the Zika virus and birth defects, colliding quasi-particles, and combatting sprawling networks of spam.
Jonathan Shanklin was sifting through a backlog of data when he made the startling discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. In this podcast, he and others recall events in the mid-1980s and discuss how the 'ozone hole' became the poster child for environmentalism. Originally aired 17/05/2013.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy and Shamini Bundell read you their favourite from April, ‘Choices, in sequential order’ by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez.
This week, the value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains’ energy demands.
This week, a language map of the brain, listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake, and the Soviet internet that never was.
The fuss over editing human embryos dies down, the quantum expertise of Canada’s Prime Minister, and what it’s like to report for 24 hours straight.
This week, the psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research.
This week, a computer game helps build a quantum computer, the brain’s built-in backup, and the history and science of hearing voices.
Everyone knows that Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. But fewer know that two other papers on DNA were published in the same issue of Nature. Learn more in the first of a new podcast series: the Nature PastCast. Originally aired 18/04/2013.
This week, apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou.
This week, Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter.
This week, toggling brain activity with radio waves, how to build stuff that lasts, and making thrillseekers into care-takers.
Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.
This week, retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible?
This week, the frontiers of CRISPR, chewing raw goat for science, and using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck' by Samantha Murray.
This week, more fast radio bursts spotted, how do you know where you are when you’re not moving, and listening in on a whale banquet.
A month of manipulation, as we look at a re-run of a famously manipulative psychology study, learn how to manipulate our own brains and minds, and nudge our societies towards better collective action.
This week, a special episode about the future. How can we future-proof our world, or fight our natural bias against planning for the future? And what does the science of today mean for the health of tomorrow?
This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal.
Einstein's prediction was right: gravitational waves do exist. Scientists at the LIGO collaboration reported their discovery yesterday in Washington, DC. Reporters Adam Levy and Alexandra Witze take stock.
This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks.
This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads ‘Beyond 550 astronomical units' by Mike Brotherton.
The putative Planet X, gravitational wave rumours and how to report them, and The Selfish Gene 40 years on.
This week, the computer that can play Go, a general ‘ageing’ factor, and the stolen library of John Dee.
This week, a brain sensor that melts away after use, a 10,000 year old murder mystery, and what happens when chickens go wild.
This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom.
This week, science predictions for 2016, the effect of extreme weather on crops, and a new phase of hydrogen for the new year.
What can the world of Star Wars tell us about psychology? Travis Langley explains all in this Podcast Extra, using examples from his new book ‘Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind’.
This week, in our final show of 2015 – we’re wrapping up the highlights of the year, catching up on the climate meeting in Paris, looking forward to psyching out the characters in Star Wars, busting some scientific myths, and playing an evolution-themed board game.
This week, the dwarf planet Ceres gets a close-up, using fetal tissue in science, and the wasting condition that worsens outcomes for cancer patients.
This week, the origins of mysterious radio bursts, fixing the PhD system, and tracking down the universe’s missing matter.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from November, 'One slow step for man' by S R Algernon.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity turns 100 years old. Will there ever be another theory like it, or another scientist like Einstein? Plus, we discuss International Years as news pegs.
This week, super-high-res ultrasound, the amazing world of soils, and five classic books about sustainability.
This week, a nursery for big baby planets, meddling with taste perception, China’s mega water transfer plan, and the 100th anniversary of general relativity.
This week, storms on Twitter over sexism in science, porous liquids, and the long relationship between humans and bees.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, 'Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter' by Alex Shvartsman.
This week, spontaneously jumping droplets, growing an economy without trashing the environment, and dealing with an onslaught of data as all our gadgets become internet-enabled.
This week, how cancers spread, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder in the brain, and making carbon dioxide useful.
Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation, reporting on the abstract world of mathematics, and science in fashion.
This week, a dying solar system just like ours, the effect of temperature on the economy, and electricity-eating bacteria.
This week, ancient human teeth found in China, cooperating in climate negotiations, and a humble worm surprises scientists.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner.
This week, an impenetrable mathematical proof, toggling REM sleep on and off, and the latest results from the Rosetta mission.
This week, the future of digital currency; a new lead for antibiotics; and 25 years of cataloguing the human genome.
This week, looking back at malaria interventions, using private data for research, and how to twist a travelling neutron.
Promising results from the LHC, reproducing psychology studies, and unpicking interdisciplinarity.
This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs, science meets theatre, and getting a global picture of air pollution.
This week, thinking differently about autism, plankton poop in the clouds, and hack-proofing our data.
Steve Silberman's new book, Neurotribes, gives a detailed history of autism spectrum disorder. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh hears from Steve about how we, as a society, should embrace those who think differently.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, The Shoulder of Orion, by Eric Garside
This week, weather forecasting, rethinking the water cycle, and a special segment to celebrate the podcast’s 400th episode.
In his new book, historian David Wootton takes us back to the scientific revolution around the turn of the 17th Century, and asks: was this really when modern science was born?
This week, a new look at the scientific revolution, accelerating positrons on a plasma wave, and squashing the unsquashable.
Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and our special guest Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR.
This week, China’s emissions are lower than we thought, lessons from Hurricane Katrina 10 years on, and inheriting genes… sideways.
This week, making chemists’ lives easier, updating a centuries-old sunspot record, and anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists’ inboxes.
This week, lessons to learn from the Ebola epidemic, the reproductive habits of ancient organisms, and how the nuclear bomb changed the stories we tell about scientists.
This week, the ancient art of kirigami – paper cutting – applied to graphene. Plus, mini organs in dishes, and how mitochondria power our muscles.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from July, Outpatient, by Dan Stout
Pluto in pictures, ways to revamp science teaching, NASA’s underwater space-training mission, and listening for aliens.
This week, eyedrops could replace surgery for cataracts, the twists and turns of RNA, and a strain of rice that could feed more people and ease climate change.
This week, organic molecules in space, treating traumatic brain injury, and training schoolchildren to think like scientists.
Is our universe beautiful? Do the fundamental laws that describe nature appeal to our aesthetic tastes? In this Podcast Extra, Frank Wilczek – theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate - discusses his latest book, which tackles this beautiful question.
This week, the geologists on quake alert, stopping HIV in its tracks, and a volcano that wreaked havoc on the climate 1500 years ago.
This week, lizards change sex in the heat, a complex eye in a single celled creature, and teaching robots to be ethical
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from June, Heart worm, by J. J. Roth
This week, Antarctica’s surprising biodiversity, trends in heatwaves and coldsnaps, and a new way to diagnose cancer early
Three of Nature’s biggest paleontology fans sink their teeth into Jurassic World, which premiered this month. The team also discuss the importance of ‘dinomenclature’: why species names matter and how they are devised. Plus, DNA from an ancient human found in Washington State in the 1990s throws up questions of heritage.
This week, positive memories help fight depression, plant intelligence and measuring the mass of exoplanets
This week, the US military’s biology arm, a clutch of Bronze Age genomes, and protection from a deadly disease in a community in Papua New Guinea
This week, how the immune system deals with the brain, the latest in gene editing, and the mystery of Greenland’s disappearing lakes.
Robots that can recover from injury by themselves, naughty scientists faking or baking their data, and the weirdest places to look for much-needed new antibiotics.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite story from May, Tempus omnia revelat, by Tian Li.
This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature.
Are the sounds of the past lost forever? In the 1960s, an American engineer proposed that sound could be recorded into clay pots and paintings as they were created. This episode explores the science behind resurrecting the sounds of the past.
The oldest stone tools yet found, making opiates from yeast and sugar, and the perks of sex… for beetles.
This week, the latest result from the Large Hadron Collider, a memoir from neurologist and adventurer Oliver Sacks, and India’s scientific landscape.
This week, brain-inspired computers, scientists soldiering on past retirement age, and the origins of complex cells deduced from deep-sea samples.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from April, Bread of life, by Beth Cato.
This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this spring.
Will we ever be able to talk to animals? In this episode, Geoff Marsh meets a variety of researchers and animals who persevere at the communication barrier in the name of science.
This week, a new treatment for Ebola, the making of the Tibetan plateau, and could bees be addicted to pesticides?
The periodic table’s fuzzy edges, the nuances of reporting on animal research, and Richard gets charged up about some overhyped coverage of a new battery.
This week, how oxytocin affects the brain, self- experimentation in science, and the wedding rings that went to Hubble.
This week, the Moon and her sister, the Sun and its personality, and the latest wonder material to hit the big-time.
This week, improving walking, pushing the boundary between quantum and classical, and the need for more social science on climate change.
This week, the role of black holes in growing galaxies, Dragon’s Den for scientists, and ice inside our bodies.
Where will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from March, Perfection, by John Frizell.
This week, bright light’s protective effect on the developing eyeball, early photography’s impact on science and the British genome unveiled.
Is music simply a pleasant accompaniment to thought, or a driving force behind it? This show examines music’s influence on the development of modern science and the foundations of acoustics. Lute music courtesy of Naxos Licensing.
This week, how English became the dominant language of science, carbon capture gets a boost and how to define the Anthropocene.
This week, the human family tree gets even more tangled, should universities stop investing in fossil fuels, and Ebola’s impact on mothers-to-be.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from February, Good for something by Deborah Walker.
An 'intelligent' computer that can learn to play arcade games, the power of text mining, and what ancient DNA can tell us about ancient languages.
This week, preparing to meet Pluto, food additives with health risks, and measuring pain in the brain - is it ready for the courtroom?
This week, the value of museum collections, how increasing winds could cause coastal dead-zones, and redefining sex.
This week, sequencing the genomes of Darwin's finches, financial trading nears light speed, and an ancient book of optics.
The sound of an aeroplane means many things. But increasingly, researchers think it may also have more sinister effects. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature's sound science series: find out what plane noise could mean for the health of those who have to hear it.
This week, a drought-resistance spray for plants, how tectonic plates slide around, and making lightweight steel stronger.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.
This week, Israeli skull piece could be from a human hybrid, revamping a classic physics experiment, and revolutionary archaeology.
Things lost and found in space, could cancer be 'bad luck', and our favourite "Why didn’t I think of that?" experiments.
This week, the restorative power of young blood, cosmic hard drives and improving the safety of genetically modified organisms.
This week, what hibernation could tell us about brain degeneration, a new journal all about plants, and where to go if climate change is claiming your home.
Bat ecologists are trying to find out, philosophers argue we may never understand, and one blind woman knows better than anyone. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: what bats can teach us about the limits of human perception.
This week, what to expect in 2015, including dwarf planet hunts, the reopening of the LHC, a new antibiotic and an estimate of scientists’ coffee consumption.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from December, Missed Message, by Rachel Reddick.
This week, what was hot in 2014, what cosmologists would like for Christmas, and charades - reworked for audio.
This week, spider-inspired motion detectors, scrutinizing the endangered species list, and the recipe for cell reprogramming.
This week, highly cultured birds, shell art made by our ancestors, and will we ever make a quantum computer?
The Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition which brings together the pioneers of the study of sex. Geoff Marsh visits The Institute of Sexology for an interview with co-curator Honor Beddard.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from November, Ice and white roses, by Rebecca Birch
This week, energy-free air conditioning, the science of sex laid bare, and scientists who peer-review themselves.
This month's Backchat comes to you from outer space, where our reporters have been sucked into a wormhole to review new movie Interstellar, trying to wake up the comet-lander Philae, and considering a crowdfunded mission to the moon.
This week, the dishonest culture of banking, an exhibition explores the Northwest Passage, and a virus which benefits the body.
This week, vegetarian diets promise a greener, healthier future, plumbing the depths of depression, and black holes on the silver screen.
This week, an ancient Madagascan mammal, the perception of taste and lab-friendly particle accelerators.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from October, Dumpster Diving, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
This week, the most highly cited papers of all time, NASA’s plans to fetch an asteroid need a rethink, and we profile the first lady of science writing.
Ten years ago this month, researchers announced the discovery of a miniature, human-like fossil, with a tiny brain to match. The ‘hobbit’ transformed the story of human evolution. Four experts discuss what it means for their field.
This 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.
This week, natural gas may not ease carbon dioxide levels, research subject mash-ups, and watching Alzheimer’s unfold in a mini 3D brain.
What do Nature's reporters really think about the science they cover? Find out in Backchat. In this episode, Nobel Prize excitement (and frustrations), and the world’s oldest cave art.
Geoff Marsh interviews David X Cohen, writer of The Simpsons, about the secret maths that has sneaked its way into the show over the years.
This week, ancient Indonesian cave art, some of the brightest objects in the Universe, and hidden mathematics in The Simpsons.
This week, the bugs that call our skin their home, excessive water use in Asia, and what’s made crazy shapes on the surface of the Moon?
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from September, The tiger waiting on the shore, by Paul Currion.
This week, how age determines how well birds migrate, using lizards to test theories of biodiversity, and explaining cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in English. Plus, the best science from outside Nature.
This week, artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance, striving for diversity in science, and a taster of new podcast, Backchat.
Backchat brings you the stories and opinion behind the science each month. On this pilot episode, Rosetta spacecraft excitement, the genetics of intelligence, and sociable scientists.
This week, the gibbon genome gives scientists something to swing about, the quest to cure blindness, and the country producing the most energy from renewables.
This week, sustainable farming to feed a hungry world, gene editing for research and therapy, and a fresh look at Aristotle’s science.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, The angle of the light on the bloodstained kitchen floor, by Matt Mikalatos.
This week, fish that walk on land, imaging something using light that never touched it, and the microbes that make cheese.
This week, how seals took tuberculosis to the Americas, a better map of Neanderthals in Europe, and microbial life lurking beneath the Antarctic ice.
This week, piles of rubble in space, a caution about epigenetics, pregnancy and blame, and the anatomy of an earthquake.
This week, corralling carbon nanotubes, a chemist’s dream machine, and an exhibition about an artist who fakes scientific discoveries.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Lizzie Gibney reads you her favourite from July, Benjy’s Birthday, by John Grant.
This week, replaying evolution in the lab, dam-busting to let rivers run free, and the time when asteroids boiled the Earth’s oceans.
This week, a long study of Antarctic seals shows their populations may be in peril, alternative ways of getting energy from nuclear fusion, and researchers tackle the genetics of puberty.
This week, the protein behind a wasting disorder affecting cancer patients, squeezing diamond to learn about the insides of giant planets, and an exhibition charts the quest to measure longitude on the high seas.
This week, the STAP papers are retracted, a potential vaccine for fungus-afflicted frogs, and high-res displays for wearable technology.
Hollywood film and television producers often call upon scientific advisors to bring credibility to the screen. But what draws these scientists from the lab bench to a film set?
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from June, Emancipation, by Joao Ramalho-Santos.
This week, a new Archaeopteryx skeleton wears feathered trousers, predicting teenage binge drinkers, and how the First World War liberated women in science, but not for long.
This week, checking up on nuclear weapons without revealing their secrets, a science power couple mixing research and romance, and a new solar cell technology.
This week, a scientist's fight to outlaw unproven stem cell treatments, a cold look at Newton’s gravitational constant, and zooming in on the genetics behind diabetes in Greenland.
This week, the relationship between science and art, the 'magic' powering quantum computers, and the genome of the fragrant eucalyptus.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Michael Stacey reads you his favourite from May, Variations, by William Meikle.
This week, the mechanisms of memory, how malnutrition affects gut bacteria, and China flattens mountains to build cities.
This week, cooking that kills, fears of a post-antibiotic world, and how measuring a proton could help scientists find out where all the antimatter has gone.
This week, antibiotic resistance lurking in soil, the complex nervous system of the simple comb jelly, and making a baby with three people' DNA.
This week, transforming baby-killing mice into caring dads using a genetic switch, how using male cells and animals could bias results, and how water loss in California may be moving mountains.
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you our favourite from April, Pop-ups, by Robert Dawson.
This week, scientists turn to crowd-sourcing to figure out the retina, reconstructing the evolution of the Universe, and a semi-synthetic organism with a man-made base pair.
This week, the deadly impact of two volcanic eruptions in recent human history, farmers turn into researchers to get better yields, and using stem cells to regenerate monkey hearts.
This week, a long study of Antarctic seals shows their populations may be in peril, alternative ways of getting energy from nuclear fusion, and researchers tackle the genetics of puberty.
This week, how egg and sperm hook up, how the countryside benefits biodiversity, and harnessing the sun's power for the developing world.
Nature editor David Adam has lived with OCD for 20 years. In a new book he talks about his experiences and sets out our current understanding of the condition.
This week, a nasty parasite that eats cells alive, an ecological experiment floods the Colorado River delta, and the truth behind being an IPCC contributor.
This week, using the immune system to attack cancer, mapping the prenatal brain, and fifty years on from the discovery of an ancient human species. Plus, our favourite entries to Nature’s snappy sci-fi story competition, MicroFutures
Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Now its sister title Nature Physics has followed suit, publishing a sci-fi story each month. Kerri Smith reads you this month’s tale, The stuff we don’t do, by Marissa Lingen.
This week, how gastric band surgery really works, a dwarf planet in the outer Solar System has a friend, and a physicist suggests a way to make quantum physics less puzzling.
This week, how a mother’s vitamin A deficiency impacts her baby’s immunity, why scientists are improvising, a new brain implant listens as well as talks to the brain, and the beginning of the Universe.