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January 2008 to current broadcast

  • 13 November 2008: Audio (mp3 file)
    Learning who to trust, how cooling bird brains slows down song, controlling quantum dots for computing, how entrepreneurs think, and a round-up of science news.
  • 6 November 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Individual genomes and personal genomics, lemmings threatened by climate change, how to find dark matter, and a news round-up with news editor Mark Peplow
  • Podcast Extra: The Antikythera mechanism Audio (mp3 file)
    We talk to the author of a new book that traces the 2000 year history of the world's first computer, from ancient Greece, via the bottom of the sea, to 3D X-ray analysis in the pages of Nature.
  • 30 October 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Ancient tsunamis, infected frogs, what economics can learn from physics, and a new book about the enigmatic Antikythera mechanism.
  • 23 October 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Feathered dinosaurs, X-ray producing sticky tape, the many faces of autism and oxygen-producing bacteria that aren't quite as ancient as we thought.
  • 16 October 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A self-assembling computer, restoring movement to paralysed arms, science meetings that changed the world and inside the head of a not-so-fishy fossil.
  • 9 October 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A spot of 'star archaeology', two new malaria parasite genomes, the latest round of Nobel Prizes and back to school – we find out how physics lessons have changed.
  • 2 October 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Fishy evolution in Lake Victoria, a tiny device for sensing magnetic fields, how some old wax-encased tissue samples hint at the life-story of HIV and the microscopic world of RNA.
  • Podcast Extra: US Election Audio (mp3 file)
    In this final US Election show, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama speak for themselves on the big science issues including space, stem cells and green energy.
  • 25 September 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The evolutionary move from fins to fingers, a rare and rather flashy dead star and how gut bacteria help stop the development of type 1 diabetes.
  • Podcast Extra: US Election Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The third of our special podcasts on hot science topics in the US election takes a look at innovation and technology.
  • 18 September 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Portable plants in climate research, big questions for evolutionary biologists, the evolution of teeth, the origins of the mouth and anus and innovation and technology in the US election.
  • Podcast Extra: The LHC switches on Audio (mp3 file)
    The Large Hadron Collider is finally ready to go. Geoff Brumfiel talks to CERN theorist John Ellis about his hopes for the project – and what happens if there are no Higgs bosons.
  • Podcast Extra: US Election Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The second of our special podcasts on science in the US election looks at what the candidates are saying about biomedicine and health.
  • 11 September 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Vesuvius' inner rumblings, a mystery of mathematical skill, biomedicine and the US elections, fake plastic trees and the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Podcast Extra: US Election Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The race for the White House is well and truly underway. But where do the candidates stand on science? The first of our special US election podcasts asks the experts what energy and climate policy might look like under a new administration.
  • Podcast Extra: Big Data Audio (mp3 file)
    As Google celebrates its 10th anniversary, we find out how science is coping with massive datasets generated by unprecedented computing power. BoingBoing blogger Cory Doctorow tells us about his visits to the LHC data storage facility and the genome sequencing Sanger Centre.
  • 4 September 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Moth warning signals, how our genes reveal where we live, crunching massive datasets and Europe's first science blogging conference.
  • 28 August 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Why antibiotics may be bad for innate immunity, extending human lifespan, when kids learn to share, and the trains, cars and ships of the future.
  • 21 August 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Self-sacrificing salmonella, 'magic' gold clusters, how brown fat cells could be a cure for obesity and the 'Woodstock' of science conferences.
  • 14 August 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Electricity without carbon, 'hidden' cholera infections, how scientists measure the most remote part of our planet and the spooky world of quantum entanglement.
  • Podcast Extra Audio (mp3 file)
    With a new movie version of the X Files now in cinemas, we chat to creator and director Chris Carter about science, conspiracy theories and FBI agents Mulder and Scully.
  • 7 August 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The Earth's lopsided inner core, viruses inside viruses, an electronic camera that's built like a human eye, and science on the X Files.
  • 31 July 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The origins of snake fangs, an ethane lake on Saturn's largest moon, the genetics of schizophrenia and an ancient Greek computer.
  • 24 July 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The rapid rise of China's energy needs and scientific ambitions, how light receptors in fly eyes give them a magnetic sense, dangerously high levels of arsenic in the Mekong delta and the major role of snail-castrating parasites in ecosystems in Baja California.
  • 17 July 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    NASA's hot air balloon team, life aboard an icebreaker, how scientists have glimpsed the lightest atoms in action, and 30 years on from the first test-tube baby, what's next for IVF?
  • 10 July 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The brain's fear switch, how flatfish evolved to be lopsided, aftershock predictions in the Chinese region hit by May's massive earthquake, and how the sly Ebola virus hides under a carbohydrate 'cloak'.
  • Podcast Extra: Audio (mp3 file)
    What can science tell us about the hows and whys of our musical minds? Find out in this extended interview with music psychologist John Sloboda and Nature's Phil Ball.
  • 3 July 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A journey to the edge of the solar system with Voyager 2, a simpler recipe for stem cells, musical minds, an increase in extinction risk predicted by a new model, and the reincarnation of Schrödinger's cat.
  • 26 June 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Explosive underwater volcanoes, the largest impact structure in the Solar System and why Darwin, not Wallace, became biology's biggest celebrity.
  • 19 June 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A pair of not-so-identical twin stars, how McDonald's golden arches drive business and the genome club's newest member.
  • Podcast Extra: Audio (mp3 file)
    Experimental psychologist and author Steven Pinker talks to Kerri Smith about courtesy, concepts, cursing - and why we never say what we mean.
  • 12 June 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Thoughts about language with Steven Pinker, the effects of an acidifying sea, what fMRI scans actually show us, risky decision-making in humans and honeybees, and getting medicine from bench to bedside.
  • 05 June 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Saturn's lumpy ring, the latest on superconductivity, an algorithm for movie scripts, and how mobile phones helped researchers learn about human movements.
  • 29 May 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The solution to a fishy reproductive riddle, a mysterious mid-century blip in sea surface temperatures, old-aged scientists, and a prosthetic arm that can be moved by the power of thought alone.
  • 22 May 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A rare sighting of a supernova at birth, a new model of Huntington's disease and bogus science degrees.
  • 15 May 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Squid eyes, anti-flu drugs, ice core bubbles that reveal ancient climate cycles and economist Jeffrey Sachs on the 'crowded planet challenge'.
  • Podcast Extra: Audio (mp3 file)
    In this extended interview with economist Jeffrey Sachs, find out why he remains optimistic in the face of our ailing planet.
  • 08 May 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The wonderfully weird platypus genome, fat cells and why it's hard to stay slim, and the gene that makes men male.
  • 1 May 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    How eye components regulate our internal clock and act as a chemical compass, the missing 'memristor' and a worrying 'flight of talent' from academic science.
  • 24 April 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Beetles that contribute to global warming, the solution to a cosmic mystery, conjurer and sceptic James Randi, and why space exploration deserves government funding.
  • 17 April 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    James Watson's genome, an 'elixir' for blood cells, the latest step in quantum computing and 'Science 2.0' - scientists get involved with new technologies on the web.
  • 10 April 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Blood cell lines redrawn, light that squeezes through holes smaller than its own wavelength and how Amazon air mops up pollutants.
  • 03 April 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Genes and the risk of lung cancer, seeing in 3D, combing the skies for 'other Earths', Antarctic dust, and the IPCC's climate policy is 'too optimistic'.
  • 27 March 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The oldest European, a puzzle over how RNA interference works, the evolution of complexity and a call for temperance in debates of evolution vs creationism.
  • 20 March 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Punish and be damned; an organic compound on an exoplanet; a scientific study of incompetence; and water, water everywhere.
  • 13 March 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Cows, sheep and their parasitic worms, animals in the lab, and combating deforestation in the Amazon.
  • 6 March 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A 'doomsday' seed bank in Svalbard, the last pieces of the CERN jigsaw puzzle, a new method for brain-reading and Creationism in Texas.
  • 28 February 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Malaria prevention in Zambia, marine predator food-finding behaviour, rare massive stars and doomed climate change policies.
  • 21 February 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Self-healing rubber, a Martian delta recreated on Earth, highlights from the AAAS meeting in Boston and Darwin's American pen pal.
  • 14 February 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    The evolution of echolocation in bats, the researchers who turned speed dating into science, why some breast cancers develop resistance to therapy, and power dressing; how your clothes could soon be powering your mobile phone.
  • 07 February 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Star Wars style 3D holograms, watching Alzheimer's disease developing in the brain, Darwin's enduring legacy and our PODium speaker wonders what's on the horizon of scientific research?
  • 31 January 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A pair of giant earthquakes, more hurricanes in the Atlantic, two pieces of flu research that don't quite match up and cognitive enhancing drugs for scientists.
  • 24 January 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    There's more carbon in Ol' Man River, we're getting older, faster, the inside story on the US military's research arm and scientists are publishing more papers, but how many are duplicates?
  • 17 January 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    Brain cells that help songbirds to sing along, a new target for anti-HIV drugs, a clever chemical trick for manipulating uranium and scientific protagonists in novels — our PODium speaker asks why there aren't more of them.
  • 10 January 2008: Audio (mp3 file) | Text (html)
    A baby planet, magnetic monopoles, how Down's syndrome protects against cancer and a potential drug target for parasitic diseases such as toxoplasmosis and malaria.



  • 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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