Naked Scientists 13.12.03 - Life, The Universe and Everything
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by guests Didier Queloz, who discovered the first exoplanet, Alan Tunnacliffe who investigates organisms which might be able to survive in space, and Gerry Gilmore, who is aiming to m
Tuesday, 03-Dec-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.11.26 - Sniff! Sniff!
This week, smells, pheromones and anosmia. We talk to a patient with no sense of smell, hear why odours might be more down to the way molecules vibrate that how they are shaped, we look at the role that genes play in what we can smell and hear how pheromo
Tuesday, 26-Nov-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.11.19 - Restore, repair, retain!
This week we discover how we repair and restore everything from ancient manuscripts to the human heart! The team visits the BBC to find out how recently re-discovered episodes of the classic sci-fi series Dr Who were restored and find out about the thr
Tuesday, 19-Nov-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.11.12 - Stopping Multiple Sclerosis
What is multiple sclerosis (MS), what causes it, why do some people suffer from it, and how can we treat it? This week we hear about a drug that can halt the disease in its tracks for some patients, and how scientists screening chemicals that trigger the
Tuesday, 12-Nov-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.11.05 - Cutting Edge in Cancer
From detecting tumour DNA in our bloodstreams to making cancer cells stand out in an MRI scan, this week, coinciding with the NCRI Cancer Conference, we explore how best ways to detect cancer and monitor tumours during treatment. Plus, in the news, what a
Tuesday, 05-Nov-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.10.29 - Extreme Geology
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests James Jackson, an Earth Scientist, Tehnuka Ilanko, a volcanologist, and Arwen Deuss, a seismologist, pit their wits against the assembled public as they ta
Tuesday, 29-Oct-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.10.20 - Stopping Superbugs
What is the scale of the superbug problem? How much is antibiotic resistance costing? Can new antibiotics be made that cannot be bypassed by bacteria? And what new drugs are already in the pipeline. In this infectious episode of the Naked Scientists, we p
Saturday, 19-Oct-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.10.15 - Tunnelling Under London
How do you dig a 26 mile tunnel beneath a city and below the water table? This week we drop in on Crossrail, who are busy constructing a new commuter line below the UK capital, to discover how massive tunnels are made in the modern era. Plus, we take a wa
Monday, 14-Oct-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.10.08 - Science Centre Showoff
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests Rod Jones, an atmospheric chemist, Margaret Stanley, an HPV cancer researcher, and Caroline Goddard, jet engine metallurgist, pit their wits against the as
Monday, 07-Oct-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.10.01 - Science of Sleep
What's the best way to catch 40 winks? We investigate the science of sleep, including why we need it and why do some people fall asleep at the wrong times? Jason Rhiel tell us how he investigates what makes us sleepy using zebrafish and Mick Hastings expl
Monday, 30-Sep-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.09.24 - Citizen Science: Research You can Do
What's the best way to get involved in scientific research from home? Chris Smith and Dominic Ford investigate some of the best citizen science projects which are looking for your help. From categorising galaxies to hunting spiders, mapping your happiness
Monday, 23-Sep-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.09.17 - Shedding Light on the Brain
We expose how electricity powers the nervous system. Chris Smith and Hannah Critchlow speak to a panel of experts about why chillis taste hot and mint feels cool, how ion channels could tackle diabetes and the new technique that uses algae could shed ligh
Monday, 16-Sep-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.09.12 - Get the Frack Out of Here...
Will fracking bring down energy prices and keep our lights on, or could it be an environmental disaster? Kate Lamble and Ginny Smith speak to a panel of experts about whether fracking could really contaminate water supplies or cause earthquakes. Plus, can
Wednesday, 11-Sep-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.09.05 - Can you dehydrate in a bath?
Another special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, cna you dehydrate in a bath? What is tinnitus? What chemicals leak from batteries? Why does water freeze from the top down? Are solar photons
Wednesday, 04-Sep-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.08.29 - Shark Camouflage in Australia
This week, we have a final show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill find out how camouflage wetsuits might help protect surfers from sharks, hear about a new development in muscular dystrophy treatment, how sea sponges can be us
Wednesday, 28-Aug-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.08.22 - Australia's First BBQ
This week, we have another special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill go in search of dolphins, find out how DNA sequencing technology has allowed us to find out what was on Australia's first barbecue, and give a science l
Wednesday, 21-Aug-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.08.15 - Naked in Australia
This week we have a special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith finds out whether importing nitrogen fixing legumes could hold the answer to Perth's poor soil fertility and Victoria Gill heads out on a scientific fishing trip to see how Bl
Wednesday, 14-Aug-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.08.08 - Mapping out the Milky Way
We hear from the astronomers who are mapping out the Milky Way to work out where its stars came from.
Wednesday, 07-Aug-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.08.01 - Questions and Answers
A special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, do hairs know they've cut? Is someone who sweats sooner fitter? How do noise-cancelling headphones work? How do we know what's inside Earth? Why ar
Wednesday, 31-Jul-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.07.25 - The Science in Sport
How has new technology changed the face of sport? This week we delve into the science behind the tennis rackets that professional players use, the diets that top athletes follow, and how systems like Hawkeye are revolutionising the way that rules are enfo
Wednesday, 24-Jul-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.07.18 - The Science of Schizophrenia
What do sufferers of schizophrenia experience, and why? Might the immune system be to blame? And could an avatar be the answer to treatment? This week we delve deep into the brain circuitry behind this psychiatric condition to uncover the causes, hear wha
Wednesday, 17-Jul-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.07.11 - Souping up Solar
This week, the latest innovations in solar power technology including a Cambridge team racing from Darwin to Adelaide in a solar car, community co-operatives empowered by solar panels, and how algae harvest the Sun's energy. In the news, how wobbles in th
Wednesday, 10-Jul-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.07.04 - The Last Organism Alive on Earth
This week, the latest from the UK's National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews Scotland including what will be the last organism living on Earth when the end-of-life Sun swells, why space science projects are getting larger, and the amateur astronomer who u
Wednesday, 03-Jul-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.06.27 - Modelling Diseases in Dishes
Miniature lungs, breasts and other organs are being grown in dishes so scientists can study how they form, why they succumb to disease and how toxins, drugs and poisons affect them. Organ models like these are rapidly replacing animals for many lab experi
Wednesday, 26-Jun-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.06.20 - Fascinating Fungi
Fungi go under the microscope this week as we explore how they barter minerals and carry chemical messages in return for sugars from plants; we also hear from someone who nearly died after consuming a deadly fungus, find out why fungi make the toxins they
Wednesday, 19-Jun-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.06.13 - Extreme Physiology: Everest to Ocean Floor
How can an ascent to the top of Everest help to save lives in intensive care? This week we're exploring physiology at the extremes: altitude, depth and cold. How does the human body adapt and cope under these conditions? Also, news of improved gene therap
Wednesday, 12-Jun-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.06.06 - Can GPS systems be Spoofed?
The science of satellite navigation and how it can be fooled or "spoofed", a new system to pinpoint a person within a building to within a metre, and how GPS signals can probe and track volcanic dust clouds. Plus, news of what nuclear bomb tests have reve
Wednesday, 05-Jun-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.05.30 - Shedding light on LEDs
The next generation of LEDs, how LED lighting affects health, a new way to fight flu, treating schizophrenia with avatars and bringing 400-year-old frozen plants back to life.
Thursday, 30-May-13 15:20 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.05.23 - Do plants get jetlag?
This week, how plants keep track of time, how scientists are breeding cereal crops with ancient varieties to boost diversity and yields, how insects carry viruses between plants, and the chemical in smoke that triggers fire-dependent plants to germinate.
Wednesday, 22-May-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.05.16 - Will it rain tomorrow?
How are weather forecasts made? Are they accurate, and if not why not? And how do we know when extreme weather is on the way? Also, what about on other planets and moons? To find out, we talk to the teams who study weather and climate patterns, both on Ea
Wednesday, 15-May-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.05.09 - Gone Viral: Germs under surveillance
Under the microscope this week, where new flu viruses including influenza H7N9 come from, the threat from extensively resistant tuberculosis and how doctors keep tabs on how bugs are spreading and who they are infecting...
Wednesday, 08-May-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.05.02 - Art & Antiquities: Conservation and Preservation
The conservation and restoration of great art once relied on only a good eye and talent with a paintbrush. Now though, scientists and art conservationists are working together to develop new techniques to preserve our cultural heritage.
Wednesday, 01-May-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.04.25 - Testing Legal Highs
What are legal highs, and how do scientists, doctors and law-makers keep up with new drugs entering the market? Plus, biofuels and why they cost the Earth, the cause of LED droop, a neutron star proves Einstein's theory of general relativity right, and E.
Wednesday, 24-Apr-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.04.18 - Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
We visit the annual British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy conference to explore the latest in this exciting area of medicine...
Wednesday, 17-Apr-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.04.11 - Meet the ancestors
Fossilised dinosaur egg embryos, fish fats on 15,000 year old Japanese pots, who put the arsenic in the beer, and we tour the Malapa cave site where Australopithecus sediba was discovered...
Wednesday, 10-Apr-13 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.04.04 - The SKA and Radio Astronomy
We take a tour of the two Australian precursors to the Square Kilometre Array - the Murchison Wide Field Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder - to discover how big radio astronomy projects will see the universe in a new light. Plus, how understanding
Thursday, 04-Apr-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.03.28 - Naked Genetics Special Episode
The genetic basis of autism goes under the microscope in this special Easter edition of Naked Genetics, from Kat Arney. One per cent of UK children have autism, a complex range of disorders that can be challenging to understand and live with. But recent a
Thursday, 28-Mar-13 01:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.03.21 - The Future of Digital Storage
What the future holds for digital data storage goes under the spotlight this week - how can we ensure that what we record today - on film, discs or up in the cloud - remains readable for years to come? Plus, news of what the Planck probe has revealed abou
Thursday, 21-Mar-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.03.17 - BANG! Naked Science Festival
Breasts, bazookas, bosons and bombs: The Naked Scientists take to the stage for the Cambridge Science Festival 2013. An explosive mix of fertile conversation and kitchen science...
Sunday, 17-Mar-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.03.14 - John Snow and Cholera
We celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the epidemiologist John Snow by looking at the historic and modern fight against Cholera. Also, news of what 4000 year old mummies are revealing about arterial disease, a novel antibiotic approach to batt
Thursday, 14-Mar-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.03.07 - Dining Out on Food Security
How Internet searches can give clues to drug side-effects, the science of sink holes, flame-retardant DNA, brain stimulation for anorexia, and feeding the planet in future: why flies might hold the key to better food security...
Thursday, 07-Mar-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.02.28 - Extreme Engineering
This week, research at the extremes: We find out how the new Halley VI station was engineered to withstand Antarctic conditions, and how scientists tackle some of the harshest environments on Earth to do groundbreaking research. In the news we discover
Thursday, 28-Feb-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.02.21 - Supersenses: Extraordinary Animals
New drugs for flu, bees read electrical fields, why moles are sensitive to seismic vibrations and how good is a sharks sense of smell...?
Thursday, 21-Feb-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.02.14 - What is Love?
Love is... neurochemistry? This week, we look at love from a scientific perspective. We go looking for love in the brain and explore the chemistry behind falling, and staying, in love! Plus, how ovaries become damaged with age, and the new virus strain
Thursday, 14-Feb-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.02.07 - Analysing Asteroids
We're analysing asteroids in this edition of the Naked Scientists, as Earth is due a very near miss next week! We'll also meet the asteroid miners - companies looking to go prospecting in outer space - to find out how to mine an asteroid. Plus, the new
Thursday, 07-Feb-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.01.31 - I'm a Tasmanian Devil, Get Me Out Of Here!
How can science save the Tasmanian Devil? New research reveals why an infectious cancer that's spreading amongst the animals isn't attacked by the immune system. Plus, the quantum basis of smell, reading a fish's thoughts and are scientists on the verge
Thursday, 31-Jan-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.01.24 - We're Back! Transparent Electronics
WE'RE BACK! And in this first episode of our new series, a sponge for soaking up oil slicks, how dung beetles navigate by starlight, the world's largest jelly, the rebound effect, how dogs came to be, why DNA is the data storage medium of tomorrow. Plus,
Thursday, 24-Jan-13 22:45 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.12.30 - What's Living in Your Loo?
As we gear up to launch a new series of the Naked Scientists, here's a taste of things to come with a recording of the second hour of the Naked Scientists 'Science Night' aired on BBC 5 Live, December 30th 2012.
Sunday, 30-Dec-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.12.23 - Does a Frozen Body Shatter?
Can a frozen body be shattered with a hammer, how can speedbumps diagnose appendictis and why are reindeers' noses red? For Christmas 2012 we talk to a host of scientists doing seasonal research, find out how Elite, the blockbuster computer game launched
Sunday, 23-Dec-12 01:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.12.16 - The Science Behind Broadcasting
How does radio reach out of the studio? This week, we tune in explore the science and technology of broadcasting to find out how a voice hits the airwaves. We discover the difference between AM, FM and DAB, and use basic physics to build our own microph
Sunday, 16-Dec-12 00:00 UTC