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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.


  • 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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