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  • 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.


  • 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� 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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