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
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?
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