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Cellular ageing: turning back the clock restores vision in mice

Hear the latest science news, with Noah Baker and Nick Howe.

In this episode:

00:47 Reversing ageing

Researchers claim to have identified a method to revert cells in mice eyes back to a younger state.

Research article: Lu et al.

News and Views: Sight restored by turning back the epigenetic clock

News: Reversal of biological clock restores vision in old mice

09:39 Coronapod

We discuss emergency-use approvals for COVID-19 vaccines. Approvals are coming in fast, which presents a dilemma for scientists - they’re critically needed, but what could it mean for research?

News: Why emergency COVID-vaccine approvals pose a dilemma for scientists

News: The UK has approved a COVID vaccine — here’s what scientists now want to know

27:04 Research Highlights

Ancient megalodon nurseries, and predicting mud volcanoes.

Research Highlight: Even Earth’s largest-ever sharks needed nurseries for their babies

Research Highlight: How mud volcanoes are born under the sea

29:38 Fine measurement of the fine-structure constant

The fine structure constant is a fundamental number that gives researchers an understanding of the laws of the universe. For years, scientists have been trying to get better measurements of it. This week, we see the most precise measurement yet.

Research Article: Morel et al.

News and Views: Fine-structure constant tests standard model

35:00 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, a holistic plan to tackle climate challenges, and the rarest pollinator of them all - a lizard.

Washington Post: An ancient people with a modern climate plan

The Guardian: Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it’s a lizard pollinating South Africa’s ‘hidden flower’

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