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- The Naked Scientists Podcast - Stripping Down Science
The Naked Scientists flagship science show, includes the latest science news, interviews with top scientists, hands-on science experiments and answers to your science questions.
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Naked Scientists 14.08.19 - Personalised Medicine
This week we're talking about gene sequencing and how to keep that information safe.
Monday, 18-Aug-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.08.12 - Food for Thought!
The Naked Scientists have food on the brain this week, as we hear about how sound can affect taste, why our mood can be changed by what we eat, and we try out some unusual flavour combinations. And in the news; why grizzly bears may help us in the fight a
Monday, 11-Aug-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.08.05 - The brightest light in the Universe
This week, we hear how one of the brightest lights in the Universe is helping scientists to build better jet engines, fight off antibiotic resistant bacteria and read the biochemical make-up of long-dead dinosaurs. Plus, how fears and phobias can pass fro
Monday, 04-Aug-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.07.29 - A trip to the seaside
This week why whales get dandruff, what seabirds think of wind farms, the plight of coral reefs, we take a look at some giant sea spiders and look at water that can stay liquid below freezing temperature. Plus, we use science to perfect the recipe for a
Monday, 28-Jul-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.07.22 - The End of Extinction?
Will wooly mammoths roam the tundra once more? This week we ask whether improvements in genetic technologies mean extinction is no longer the end, as well as meeting moss that came back to life after 2000 years buried in permafrost, and the million-year-o
Monday, 21-Jul-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.07.15 - Returning to the Moon - A giant leap for mankind?
We celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by asking, should we return to the moon? We discover what scientific knowledge is still to be gained by going back, what robot missions are being planned as part of the Google Lunar X prize, and d
Monday, 14-Jul-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.07.08 - Saddle Up: The Science of Cycling
Chimps use gestures, climate change stops fish finding friends, gut cells reprogrammed to make insulin, and people prefer shocks to thoughts! Plus Saddle Up! - we look at the science of cyling as the Tour de France comes to the UK, including seeing how lo
Monday, 07-Jul-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.07.01 - Engineering the Impossible
From levitating trains and humans to giant, climate-altering balloons, super-steels and earthquake-proof buildings, this month's live show panel reveal the latest advances in extreme engineering. Plus, we get engineering for ourselves, including taking a
Monday, 30-Jun-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.06.24 - Ready for Kick Off...
England might be out of the World Cup this week, but thousands of fans are still cheering their teams on across Brazil. But how does chanting change the behaviour of a football crowd? Why do free kicks and penalties still come down to good old physics? An
Monday, 23-Jun-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.06.17 - Untangling Alzheimer's Disease
Alois Alzheimer, who described the first case of the disease now named after him, would have been 150 years old this week. But what have we discovered about the disease since he presented the first Alzheimer's case over 100 years ago? And how can fruit fl
Monday, 16-Jun-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.06.10 - Freeze Dried Blood!
Freeze Dried Blood! Every day the likes of probiotic "good" bacteria in yoghurts, and even the enzymes in washing powder, give us a helping hand. This week we investigate how scientists are designing new ways to protect and guard these tiny helpers, inclu
Monday, 09-Jun-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.06.03 - Learning to Learn
Making brainwaves: from how babies' brains develop, to how children learn language and even unravelling the adolescent mind, this month's live show panel of guests walk us through how we learn to learn! Plus, popping balloons shows why teenagers take risk
Monday, 02-Jun-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.05.27 - The Cost of a Life
We often hear about amazing new medical developments which could improve disease treatment. But what about the ethical considerations involved in deciding how to use these advances? Hannah Critchlow and Ginny Smith discuss how we decide which drugs we can
Monday, 26-May-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.05.20 - Natural born cleaners
This week we investigate green clean ups. Can nature's recyclers, bacteria and fungi, help us clean up man-made environmental problems from oil spills to mining slag heaps? Plus in the news, how the Gemini Planet Imager is helping astronomers 'see' exopla
Monday, 19-May-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.05.13 - Powering up the National Grid
This week we look at how our power grids are going to be transformed. From technology which hopes to reduce our energy prices to new ways to include wind and solar power in the grid. Plus, in the news, what Google have up their sleeve for their next smart
Monday, 12-May-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.05.06 - Fascinating Fossils
In front of a live audience at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by three paleontologists to discuss fascinating fossils! Alex Liu explains where the first animals evolved from, Stephanie Pierce describes how animals first crawled out of
Monday, 05-May-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.04.29 - Building the Future
With the demand for new homes ever increasing, we ask what will the buildings of the future be like? Will new materials like bamboo or plastic take a bigger place in our houses? And how can we make our accommodation greener? Plus, in the news, the first m
Monday, 28-Apr-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.04.22 - Huntingtons Disease
In a special show from Cambridge and New Zealand, Hannah Critchlow investigates the research into Huntington's Disease. How has the search to correct a single gene enhanced our understanding of how the brain functions? How are sheep helping to unpick the
Monday, 21-Apr-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.04.15 - Why do we laugh when tickled?
In this question and answer special, the Naked Scientists get stuck into your queries, like why are planets round? Why do we laugh when tickled? Does wearing glasses make your eyesight worse? And how many trees could offset carbon emissions? Plus, in the
Monday, 14-Apr-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.04.08 - Power to your Elbow: Better Batteries
Bigger, better and longer lasting - this week we go in search of the battery technology that will power the future as well as consider the shortcomings of our present technologies. We also try to tune-in to our own broadcast on a radio powered by moss! Pl
Monday, 07-Apr-14 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.04.01 - Right Hand, Left Hand
How handedness spans the scientific world, from the smallest particles in the Universe to the drugs that cure disease and even the way you hold a pen, goes under the microscope this week as we explore the realms of asymmetry. Plus, in the news, the world'
Tuesday, 01-Apr-14 01:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.03.25 - Devouring Raspberry Pi
2014 is the Year of Code, with the UK even becoming the first major economy to introduce computer programming to the school timetable. This week we investigate why coding, and getting kids into computer science has become so important. Plus, in the news,
Tuesday, 25-Mar-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.03.18 - Pit your Wits...
Pit your wits against the combined brain power of the Naked Scientists, in this question and answer Special as the team try to find out the truth behind the age of the Milky Way? Whether plants die of old age, and how cats make their fur stand on end? Plu
Tuesday, 18-Mar-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.03.11 - Turning the tide on flooding
With climate change expected to bring more bouts of extreme weather and longer periods of drought and flooding, this week we take a look at ways to turn the tide on the looming water crisis. Plus, in the news, the schoolboy who's become the youngest perso
Tuesday, 11-Mar-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.03.04 - AUTOMATE: The World of Robots
Robots are under examination this week. Engineer Blaise Thomson, from Vocal IQ, designs speech systems for smartphones, Neil Bargh builds robots for science labs, and Airbus systems engineer Paul Meacham, who is building the next rover that will explore M
Tuesday, 04-Mar-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.25 - The Noro Show
Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, affects 1 million people each year in the UK. But what is it, and how can you best protect yourself? Plus, in the news, how stress hormones depress the stock market, brain training that can improve vision on the basebal
Tuesday, 25-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.24 - Brainy Babies!
Should you raise your baby to be bilingual? Are video games rotting or rejuvenating children's brains? We find out! Plus in the news, personalised breast milk, modelling the brain with computers, how crude oil spills affect tuna and the next step towards
Monday, 24-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.20 - David Willetts AAAS Audio Blog
UK Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, becomes his own radio presenter; here, on a tour organised by the UK's Science and Innovation Network, he charts his meetings with scientists and entrepreneurs in Chicago, including discovering how res
Thursday, 20-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.14 - NAKED at the AAAS
Do scientists resort to propaganda to defend climate change? How do we deal with evolution unbelievers? How do governments and policy-makers decide what science should be funded? Where will the next generation of communicators come from? Why are western c
Friday, 14-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.11 - Green Food
We're chewing over the topic of food footprints: How green is your lunchbox? What's the environmental impact of your weekly food shop? Plus, in the news, the prosthetic hand that has allowed an amputee to feel for the first time, a new fatal strain of flu
Tuesday, 11-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.02.04 - Nanosized Science
This week we we zoom in on the subject of nano-particles to examine how tiny objects, smaller than the wavelength of light, can be making such large waves in the fields of health, optics, and electronics. Plus news of purple tomatoes on their way to your
Tuesday, 04-Feb-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.01.28 - Exorcist, or Exercise: what's healthier?
Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by exercise scientist Dan Gordon, who also holds the world record in tandem cycling, epidemiologist Nita Forouhi, who studies diet, and David Ogilvie, who investigates how our environ
Tuesday, 28-Jan-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.01.21 - And now for the weather, in space...
This week we investigate why the UK is investing in space weather forecasts. Plus how could changes in the Sun's activity affect us here on Earth? In the news, conservationists supporting the sale of a hunting licence for the endangered Black Rhino, gene
Tuesday, 21-Jan-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.01.14 - Are old habits hard to break?
This week we want to hear how you're doing with your New Year's Resolutions as we investigate the psychology of willpower and how long it takes to form a new habit. In the news, does drinking a cup of coffee after studying help students remember thei
Tuesday, 14-Jan-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 14.01.07 - Why don't microwaves spark off themselves?
The Naked Scientists tackle your questions, from how hail storms come about to why the Mediterranean Sea has such small tides. And why do people often favour walking on one particular side of the road?Plus, we look at what science might hit the headlines
Tuesday, 07-Jan-14 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.12.24 - Hydrogen-powered Party Poppers
It's Christmas, and we're celebrating in style with a look at the science behind the things that grace the festive period. In a special programme recorded live in the kitchen, we produce our own home-made ice cream, hear about the brain-basis of the Boxin
Tuesday, 24-Dec-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.12.17 - Super-shape me!
How balls of cells assemble into a baby, why cell shape is crucial in cancer, telling cells where to go in an embryo, and getting a handle on how limbs develop: this week's Naked Scientists explores the science of structure. Plus, does classical music mak
Tuesday, 17-Dec-13 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 13.12.10 - Diving into Ocean Conservation
The bid to create the world's largest marine reserve, diseases threatening corals in the Caribbean, what is the best way to conserve coral reefs in Fiji, and why fish microbes matter too. Plus news of DNA sequences extracted from a 400,000 human ancestor
Tuesday, 10-Dec-13 00:00 UTC
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
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