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2007

  • 20 December 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The missing link between land mammals and whales, performance enhancing drugs, the climate change convention in Bali and Arthur C Clarke, author of 2001: a Space Odyssey, is 90 years old.
  • 13 December 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The importance of storytelling in science, the latest trends in children's science publishing, why mothers-to-be don't topple over and detailed images of three protein pumps.
  • 6 December 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Volcanic activity on the moon, earth-gazing, pheromones that promote aggression in male mice and was our planet once a 'snowball' or a 'slushball'?
  • 29 November 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Venus Express mission overview, an exciting development in computational biology that reveals the architecture of cell structures and a powerful new class of molecule that could help to tackle type 2 diabetes.
  • 22 November 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The first monkey with his own cloned stem cells, how babies tell good people from bad and the key to a long and happy life... if you're a worm.
  • 15 November 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Methane-munching microbes, a supernova mystery explained by a stellar smash and what US Presidential candidates say about climate change.
  • 8 November 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Ten new fruit fly genomes, how solar wind affects Saturn�s radio clock and mice learn to avoid bad smells, even when their innate fear response is turned off.
  • 1 November 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The brain in glorious Technicolor, preparing the ear to hear, forest fire frequency and climate change, and Susan Greenfield steps up to the Podium.
  • 25 October 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Moonlets in Saturn's outermost ring, how our brains make us optimistic, digging into the role of auxin in plant roots, and our Podium speaker argues for a rethink of climate change legislation.
  • 18 October 2007: Audio (mp3 file)| Text (html)
    Life's a beach for Stone Age humans, hail the return of the human HapMap, the demise of Gondwanaland, genetics gets personal, conservationist and author Henry Nicholls steps up to the podium.
  • 11 October 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Jets from Saturn's moon, nifty gene evolution in yeast, being a nuclear weapons inspector, how words mutate over time, the Nobel Prizes and IgNobel Awards, and geological metaphors take a bashing on the Podium.
  • 4 October 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Sputnik's 50th birthday, Marco Polo Neanderthals, anaesthetics without paralysis, and Bjorn Lomborg speaks from the Podium.
  • 27 September 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Silencing genes without side effects, quantum computing comes a step closer, dinosaurs on stage, early rice paddies, and tunes from the Genomic Dub Collective (with thanks)
  • 20 September 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Sweaty or sweet - it depends on your genes, stem cells from sperm, ancient climate change, the earliest humans outside Africa, and science museums pick up the pace.
  • 13 September 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Getting to the heart of antimatter with a new anti-molecule, revealing the complex networks of what lies beneath the forest floor, finding out the challenges of science in the developing world and discovering how the Earth's crust burst forth.
  • 6 September 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Tsunami risk in the Bay of Bengal, biometric recognition, crater-forming planetary collisions, HIV-neutralising antibodies, Jaws II — with moray eels.
  • 30 August 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    CO2 levels and thirsty plants, the grapevine genome and 'designer wines', countdown to space tourism, an ancient amber find, the beginnings of planets.
  • 23 August 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Diamonds are forever, obsessive compulsive mice, overabundant elephants, a new (very old) species of ape.
  • 16 August 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Talc in the San Andreas fault, making glass out of germanium, the possibility of life on Mars, ageing and cancer, a conference with a difference, a tomato�s defense against bacteria.
  • 9 August 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Gender-bending mice, early Homo evolution, ultrafast x-rays, recycling in the Earth�s crust.
  • 2 August 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Electrical stimulation for damaged brains, experimental ethics, a HapMap for mice, brown clouds spell bad news.
  • 26 July 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Rain changes of our own making, science in the Simpsons, Californian-style plate rifts, investigating inflammatory bowel disease, pygmies with palm pilots.
  • 19 July 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A super-sticky polymer, proteins that fight cancer and aging, how the English Channel was formed, a new diabetes gene, the �dark side� of the universe.
  • 12 July 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Nitrogen flux in estuaries, fly knock-outs with no knock-on effects, water on hot jupiters, biodiversity - the big picture, how to survive a mass extinction.
  • 05 July 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Saturn's sponge-like moon, the genes behind asthma, a Parkinson's-protective protein, copycat species, parallel universes in science fiction.
  • 28 June 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Gender-specific genes in deer, new stem cells derived, cancer and DNA supercoils, heavy silicon on Earth and in the moon, welcome to the Wellcome Collection.
  • 21 June 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Fuel for cars from carbs, fossils shed light on mammalian evolution, a lunar telescope, breaching the blood-brain barrier.
  • 14 June 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A giant bird-like dinosaur, Mars� own Mediterranean, exploding stars, Nature�s guide for science mentors, the ENCODE project, why cold is painful.
  • 07 June 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Tackling diabetes and heart disease with a single drug, reprogramming skin to become embryonic stem cells, screening genetic hotspots for common diseases, and the difficulties of studying bonobos in war zones.
  • 31 May 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A chilly receptor, wildlife trading bans, maths is child's play, water vapour in planetary birthplaces, netting new breast cancer genes.
  • 24 May 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Mingling with the stars, historical hurricanes, how cancers are kindled, how the brain copes with disappointment.
  • 17 May 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Hotspots on Saturn�s moon, help from herpes, the ravages of the West Nile virus, new species under Antarctic ice, a �hair-raising� tale.
  • 10 May 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Weather forecasting on extra-solar planets, gender and species diversity, superconducting successes and the possum genome.
  • 03 May 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Time out for the brain, ice under Mars, earthquakes� lazier cousins, enriching the memory, thirsty plants, heavy elements, dieting worms.
  • 26 April 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Lowering inhibitions in addiction, a new study of old brains, a swift study of wing shape, iron and carbon sequestration, the perfect pint, how invasive species gain ground.
  • 19 April 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Creating crust with melting mantle, rethinking realism, the origin of meteorites, the Earth�s earliest forests, how the visual system distinguishes glossy from dull.
  • 12 April 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Cell-specific cancer drugs, stopping cancer spread, spying distant planets, a photosynthetic puzzle solved, first aid for DNA, shaking up seismology.
  • 05 April 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    An illuminating discovery about brain control, climate change on Mars, plant hormones, seafloor carbon control, the origin of Earth�s magnetic field, unravelling the remains of Joan of Arc.
  • 29 March 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Sex discrimination in fruit flies, a mammalian family tree, how harmful drugs really are, epidemic timing, and how diversity takes a knock from fertilizers.
  • 22 March 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Chemistry without protection, a tectonic teaser, brute force makes new molecules, and homeopathy: science fact or fiction?
  • 15 March 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Kuiper belt collisions, the roots of flowering plants, Linnaeus� legacy, the birth and death of photons, swarms of mini-quakes.
  • 08 March 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Miniature dino genomes, silica alchemy, rescuing dwarf plants, the cancer genome, modelling Martian meteorology.
  • 01 March 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Watching the nervous system at work, protein crystal envelopes, immobilising light, malarial mitochondria, identifying individual atoms.
  • 22 February 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    New lakes under Antarctica, 'Feathered Einsteins', fake science on TV, extrasolar planets.
  • 15 February 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    HIV�s Achilles heel, probing protein regulation, avoiding incest, the soppy side of science, new diabetes genes, and the darkest galaxies in the universe.
  • 8 February 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Choosy seals, transporting light pulses, cannabinoids for Parkinson�s, climate change both ancient and modern, and what gut bugs tell us about human evolution.
  • 1 February 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Conserving the Amazon with a scientific SWAT team, redrawing the hydrological cycle from space, micro-organism forming new relationships, and virtual quantum computing on chips.
  • 25 January 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    How fish know who�s boss, summer comes early, sniffing out smells, and an Australian fossil treasure trove.
  • 18 January 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Coral clocks, making magnets, keeping gas in cages, a vicious flu virus, the low-down on science policy and the 'dark side' of science.
  • 11 January 2007: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Early decision-making in embryo cells, how to store nuclear waste, glucose sensors and furring arteries, ecology-friendly crops and energy-efficient bungee backpacks.

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