Naked Scientists 13.05.23 - Do plants get jetlag?
Are plants susceptible to jetlag? How do plants respond to insect attack? And a new breed of 30% higher-yielding super-cereal...
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
Naked Scientists 12.12.09 - Unravelling Epigenetics
Epigenetics controls the activity of genes inside cells and holds the key to new treatments for old diseases. We explore the impacts of epigenetics on embryonic development, cancer, and stem cell biology, and find out how epigenetic changes during pregna
Sunday, 09-Dec-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.12.02 - Protecting Our Oceans
How should we protect marine ecosystems? We examine the science behind Marine Protected Areas and find out how a new plan could protect the oceans around England. In the news, the sub-zero bacterial ecosystem surviving in an Antarctic lake and fibres in
Sunday, 02-Dec-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.11.25 - Investigating ISIS - The Neutron Source
This week, join us on a tour of ISIS, the STFC's Neutron and Muon source. We find out how neutrons can probe the properties of materials, help to protect electronic circuits from failure and shed light on the action of antibiotics. Plus, in the news we
Sunday, 25-Nov-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.11.18 - Can Gravity Leak from Alternate Universes?
Why does biro ink smell? How can you reset your tolerance to caffiene? Why can't my sat nav and my speedometer agree? We take on your science questions, as well as discover a lonely rogue planet and hear the DNA detective story that stopped an MRSA out
Sunday, 18-Nov-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.11.11 - Bed Bug Biology
Bed bug cases are on the rise after a 50 year absence from much of the Western world. But why now? We explore the genetics and bizarre biology of these parasitic pests. In the news, we examine the fungal disease killing Ash trees across Europe that may
Sunday, 11-Nov-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.11.04 - The Cutting Edge of Cancer Research
How does cancer spread? How can we target our immune system to take out tumours? This week we visit the National Cancer Research Institute's annual conference to explore the cutting edge of cancer research. We'll find out why cancers become resistant to
Sunday, 04-Nov-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.10.28 - Ugly Animals Need Love Too
It's not just pandas, great apes and big cats - ugly animals need our attention too. This week, we find out why some of nature's least attractive species are under threat and explore the arguments for conserving bacteria, fungi and even parasites! In th
Sunday, 28-Oct-12 00:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.10.21 - Is there a Googol of anything in the Universe?
Are vegetables intelligent? Is Pi a "normal" number? Are humans the only picky eaters? We take on your science questions, including why women generally don't go bald and how fingers can feel cold even though they're warm to the touch. Plus, we're joine
Saturday, 20-Oct-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.10.14 - Listen Up! The Science of Hearing
How do we tell where sounds are coming from? What does life sound like through a hearing aid? Can we cure tinnitus? We try to answer all these questions and more in our show on hearing.
Saturday, 13-Oct-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.10.07 - Tricks of the Mind
The tricks your mind plays on you are up for analysis this week as we explore the science of taste including why noise diminishes food flavour aboard an aeroplane and how much affects your choice of wine. We also speak to a synaesthete who, quite literall
Saturday, 06-Oct-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.09.30 - Dodging Death: Growing Old in Good Health
How can we stay sharp as a senior citizen? This week, we explore the different biological approaches to understanding healthy ageing, discover a protein that may prevents age-related nerve degeneration and find out how to preserve cognitive function a
Saturday, 29-Sep-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.09.23 - What shape web does a spider spin in space?
Can spiders weave webs in microgravity? Can shampooing cause hair loss? How much brain do we use at once? Can a person survive on raw food alone? This week we're answering your science questions, plus news of the IgNobel prize for research into 'hairodyna
Saturday, 22-Sep-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.09.16 - Silicon Sailors - Robots take to the waves
Would you set sail with a robotic skipper? This week, the World Robotic Sailing Championships grace the waters of Cardiff Bay, and we meet the teams to find out how this could lead to a sea change in robot science. Plus, we find out how robots are co
Saturday, 15-Sep-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.09.09 - Is there life under Antarctica?
Will we find life in a lake trapped under 3 kilometres of ice? How can living above an abandoned mine cut your heating bills? What is the future for diet foods? This week, we bring you the best from the British Science Festival in Aberdeen. We also discus
Saturday, 08-Sep-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.09.02 - Cybersecurity: how safe are we online?
How is data sent safely online, and how can we keep prying eyes away? This week we investigate the basis of cybersecurity, ask if chip and pin is safe and talk to a team of hackers who attempt to penetrate websites legitimately. We also reveal the dange
Saturday, 01-Sep-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.08.26 - The Brain Uncovered: Naked Neuroscience
How nerve cells make decisions, how genes control behaviour, using light to interrogate neuronal circuits, anxiety attacks, deep brain stimulation to bust addiction, how the immune system can cause psychosis, the genetics of behavioural problems and ha
Tuesday, 28-Aug-12 22:52 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.08.19 - The Hydrogen Economy: Fuelling the Future
Is hydrogen the fuel of our future? As fossil fuel reserves run out, this week we ask whether hydrogen can fill the energy void? We look at work to harness bacteria to transform everyday waste into biohydrogen, hear how scientists are planning to store th
Saturday, 18-Aug-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.08.12 - Do Dogs Understand People?
What happens if you're exposed to the vacuum of space? Is using a mobile phone on a flight safe? Which is more contagious - a cough or a sneeze? This week we answer your sticky science questions, such as what makes Jam set? And how does ironing work? Pl
Saturday, 11-Aug-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.08.05 - Curious about Mars...
Publishing early in recognition of the arrival on the red planet of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover, this week we talk to members of the mission team, revisit some previous successful planetary explorations and hear how UK engineers
Monday, 06-Aug-12 17:22 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.07.29 - How Science Goes for Gold
How can science, technology and engineering aid the world's elite athletes? In this special edition of the Naked Scientists, we discover how physiology, psychology and technology help get us across the finish line. We'll be exploring the biochemical tes
Saturday, 28-Jul-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.07.22 - How Powered Flight got off the Ground
From the first flight to supersonic air-travel was achieved in under 50 years. To discover what made it all possible we look at the advances in technology, engineering and materials that were needed, and the social and political pressures that drove the f
Saturday, 21-Jul-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.07.15 - Better to blow up an Earth-bound Asteroid?
Should we blow up objects on a collision course with Earth? Or will they do less damage left intact? More importantly, is there a gene for hating marmite? And what makes copper such a good conductor? How would a caveman cope in modern society? What's the
Saturday, 14-Jul-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.07.08 - Super Bainite: Super Strong Steel
Super bainite, a surprisingly-strong steel, is the subject of this week's Naked Scientists. We discover how it's made in the metallurgical equivalent of a pizza oven, why it makes the best bearings and how, even when it's full of holes, it also makes grea
Saturday, 07-Jul-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.07.01 - An Olympic Effort - Keeping Crowds Safe
Later this month, the 2012 Olympics kicks off in London. With hundreds of thousands of people expected from overseas, is this the perfect trigger for a pandemic? This week we're looking at the public health implications of events like London 2012. We disc
Saturday, 30-Jun-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.06.24 - Exposing Explosives
Science and technology can catch criminals and tackle terrorism. This week, we're exploring two ways to sniff out concealed explosives and a new technique to lift fingerprints from surfaces that have been cleaned or burned. In the news, a new way to hal
Saturday, 23-Jun-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.06.17 - Why Do I See Stars when I Stand?
Why does a head injury, or standing up too quickly, make us see stars? Are slug pellets painful? How do flies fly in an elevator? We take on your science questions this week, and find out why we should let food ferment, what makes batteries get hot an
Saturday, 16-Jun-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.06.10 - SETI, Aliens and the Origins of Life
How do we look for life beyond Earth? And how did it first get started down here? To help us take on these big questions, we explore the science of SETI and the chemistry of creating life. Plus, science gets cinematic as we meet the scientific adviser
Saturday, 09-Jun-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.06.03 - Getting Inside your Genes
This week, we're introducing the new Naked Genetics podcast - This time, Kat Arney takes a look at the world of top models - not the kind that won't get out of bed for less than ten grand, but the model organisms used by researchers all over the world to
Saturday, 02-Jun-12 23:00 UTC
Naked Scientists 12.05.27 - Making a Meal out of Microbes
This week we explore the role of microbes in drug development, food production and soil fertility. We investigate how bacteria such as Streptomyces are used and improved to make antibiotics, discover how gut microbes in cattle can be manipulated to increa
Saturday, 26-May-12 23:00 UTC