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January 2008 to current broadcast



  • 21 December 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Gut microbes and obesity, insect chemoreception, Komodo virgin births, bye-bye Brief Comms, a novel gamma-ray burst, starving tumours, the evolution of flight, and the social lives of meerkats.
  • 14 December 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Pain perception, fossil diets, gliding mammals, Martian horizons, vivisection views, and botox secrets.
  • 7 December 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The bat tongue, brain tumour switch, AIDS and Nigerian oil workers, the Reliable Replacement Warhead, desktop particle accelerators, and an influenza insight.
  • 30 November 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Vintage oenology, Stradivari and the sound of music, the mysterious Antikythera mechanism, metamaterials and terahertz, and the economics of energy.
  • 23 November 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A taste of synaesthesia, colon cancer stem cells, human genome variation, mountaineering genes, tsunamis and coral reefs, and real-time molecular movies.
  • 16 November 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Treating muscular dystrophy, healing a broken heart, H5N1 mutations, secrets of synaesthesia, Palaeolithic infant burials, and the quest for Neanderthal DNA.
  • 09 November 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Retinal repair, a matter of perception, The Sun and the history science, spicy spider bites, Himalayan earthquakes, and sleep and memory.
  • 02 November 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Rejuvenating resveratrol, retinoblastoma mutations, enforcing insect altruism, conservation strategies, E. coli's coat, cool quantum states, loose marsupials, and an Islamic science special.
  • 26 October 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Giant terror birds, the honeybee genome, Neuroscience 2006 conference, monitoring North Korea, connecting brains, and how biodiversity affects ecosystems.
  • 19 October 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Galactic rings of fire, methane worms and mud volcanoes, Darwin online, US mid-term elections, Iraq war death toll calculations, and the origin of the ground beneath our feet.
  • 12 October 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Extended interview (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The 'Great Oxidation', mammalian extinction patterns, Nobel and Ig Nobel Prize roundup, 'Tripoli Six' update, and vaccination strategies and the Ethiopian wolf.
  • 05 October 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Insect eyes, jupiter-sized exoplanets, a pub guide to zoology, string theory nonsense, eco-activists, climate change regulation, the sinking sea floor, and a quantum leap for teleportation.
  • 28 September 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Bacterial resurrection, tarantulas' silky feet, making stem cells, statistical shenanigans, climate change storm, solid Bose-Einstein condensation, evolutionary pathways, and science in Iran.
  • 21 September 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Hominid special: Lucy's baby, the roots of obesity, Libyan HIV case, the first 'PASER', Greenland's GRACE, fair skin signals, and sensing shadows.
  • 14 September 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    European Neanderthals, evidence against solar warming, vegetative consciousness, quantum cooling, early galactic development.
  • 7 September 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Cancer and unintelligent design, methane emissions, self-heating volcanoes, chiral-selective catalysts, fluid dynamics, and the story of Atlantis.
  • 31 August 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Male infertility, categorising visual information, SMART-1's last hurrah, size and the death of a star, gamma-ray bursts, and RNAi and indefinite inheritance.
  • 24 August 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html) | Clarification
    Ethically-acceptable stem cells, targeted bacterial secretion, radio magnetars, Science Foo and citizen science, superheavy elements, Earth's archaic oxygen, and Dictyostelium keeps it in the family.
  • 17 August 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Bird flu's structural secrets and silent spread, plants and methane, Florida seeks Californian brains, cryptic Martian spots explained, galactic evolution, rewriting the nitrogen cycle, and fast-evolving brain genes.
  • 10 August 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Aqua-rice, plants inherit parents' stress, AIDS drugs for Africa, the ethics of egg donation, cosmological conundrums of lithium, and objects at the edge of the Solar System.
  • 03 August 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Warmth-seeking bees, smart microlenses, atomic ecology, the age of whales, Poincar´┐Ż unpickled, human pheromone receptors, leaf litter secrets, bird beak development, and when stars collide.
  • 27 July 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Hepatitis C targets, acid-loving bacteria, personal carbon credits, Nigeria's good fortune, stem cell votes, electric healing, facing a face, the weather on Titan, and median fins and limbs.
  • 20 July 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Untangling foodwebs, our Neanderthal heritage, lungfish dammed, military secrets, graphene hits the scene, the origin of the ocean floor, and paramutational phenomena.
  • 13 July 2006:Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Brain-computer interfaces, science and the battle of the sexes, human transmission of H5N1, science and religion, deep sea secrets, the unshelled mollusc, tropospheric radicals, and atomic tweasers.
  • 06 July 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Face recognition, koala retroviruses, a sneaky sociologist, top science blogs, big cat business, new nukes, the search for Earth-like planets, and silent earthquakes.
  • 28 June 2006 Stem cell special: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A one-off hour long edition of the Nature podcast featuring debate, insight and interviews on the latest stem cell research.
  • 29 June 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Self-repairing brains, black holes, science on the summer solstice, ecosystem stability, choosing the right cleaner fish, the new germanium, and the problem with prions. diseases.
  • 22 June 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The origins of the thymus, genetic causes of deafness, the piezo electric effect, and the precarious San Andreas fault.
  • 15 June 2006:Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Climate and contrails, repulsive atoms, trials of Nature, science and soccer, making species, gamblers' choices, and a new kind of glass.
  • 08 June 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Earthquake aftershocks, planetary origins, controversy at CSIRO, Steller seal lions, signs of ancient life, and dwarf dinosaurs.
  • 01 June 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The balmy Arctic, levee lessons, Hobbit origins, dangerous chemistry, Saturn's hot moon, secrets of REM sleep, and lab animal endings.
  • 25 May 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Undersea volcanoes, the outer structure of HIV, scientific misconduct in China, fusion reactor redesign, fossil recongnition, non-mendelian inheritance, and lobsters with the lurgy.
  • 18 May 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A new antibiotic, human chromosomes completed, cheating bacteria, Neanderthal DNA, cash and climate change models, top-ranking physics, humans and chimps get close, cytoskeleton's role in repair, and a trio of exoplanets.
  • 11 May 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Eusocial slackers, seawater's secret, meteoric survival, Arctic data loss, US prepares for bird flu, Qatari science, the RNA pseudoknot, and the spin about Saturn.
  • 04 May 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    RNAi and cancer, migratory birds lost, debates over hurricanes and lethal injections, the state of UK chemistry, Pacific winds of change, and the molecular microchip sandwich.
  • 27 April 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Reacting to heart disease, Uranus on a tilt, making bird flu vaccines, constant constants, starlings on song, treerings in Pakistan, and the origins of gills and jaws.
  • 20 April 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Personalised medicine, snake evolution, the legacy of Chernobyl 20 years on, Antarctic lakes connected.
  • 13 April 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Yeast make antimalarials, bright future for new bulbs, bird flu in the UK, 'superagonist', spinal chord treatment controversy, a new optical microscope, and the origin of australopithecus.
  • 06 April 2006: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Tiktaalik - the missing link, moondust and the solarwind, the island of Tuvalu, lost artifacts found, naked molerats, annamox bacteria, and parasites and their hosts' predators.
  • 30 March 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    The moonlets of Saturn's ring system, the Sim Universe, stem cells from sperm, Italian scientists' angst, who made Dolly and other issues of authorship, grey matter and IQ, and fighting cholesterol with RNAi.
  • 23 March 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Adventures on half the Amazon, ancient bacteria, Africa's hydrodams, medical trial bioethics, the Big Bang, pin-pointing protective proteins, ion channels, and 2020 vision: the future of computing.
  • 16 March 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    The firefly light, the ultrasonic frog chorus, super-solid helium at the American Physics Society meeting, colour-coded bacteria, and the art and architecture of DNA.
  • 09 March 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Poisonous frogs, Trypanosome tails, 'stepping' cells, the oldest star in the universe, Snuppy is a real clone, fusion controversy bubbles over, and US evangelists take on global warming politics.
  • 02 March 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Asian earthquake and tsunami, early maize and agriculture, foot and mouth vaccination strategies, and animal rights versus scientific freedom.
  • 23 February 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Malaria's cloaking device, Japan's lost eels and Royal genes, new moons for Pluto, deep sea wonders and womens' place in science.
  • 16 February 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Cane toads in Australia, 3D mapping and Google earth, New species found, avian flu in Africa, CO2 and water levels, ionic liquids, brain responses to positive and negative stimuli.
  • 09 February 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    T-Rex's relatives, the rise of Tibet, Krakatoa's sea legacy, Jack the Dripper, planetary conundrums, mouldy metals and a tale of two fish.
  • 02 February 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    'Flyght' simulators, modelling malaria, catching cancer, Alma in the Andes, the Digital Universe, and Pluto's big brother.
  • 26 January 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    The primate police, bird flu mutates, flying snails, barcoding the island of Moorea, and money and human movements.
  • 19 January 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Sea floors and asteroids, the nature of revenge, whiskey in the jar, let's ear it for evolution, Stardust, cosmic clouds, and no hope for 'scopes.
  • 12 January 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Cosmic collisions, frogs feel the heat, why plants aren't so green, and ant school: the first example of animal teaching.
  • 05 January 2006: Audio (mp3 file)
    Internet mashups, Nature's Avian flu mashup, the size of the moon, the drive of the bee hive, and the origins of breasts.


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