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The Naked Scientists Podcast

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The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

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The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

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Love this podcast

By *rAcHiEpOo* - Aug 07 2017
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Learning so much science on this podcast. Very engaging and educational!

good show

By C-3noura - Feb 20 2016
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Like the show, good stuff.

iTunes Ratings

360 Ratings
Average Ratings
292
38
7
8
15

Love this podcast

By *rAcHiEpOo* - Aug 07 2017
Read more
Learning so much science on this podcast. Very engaging and educational!

good show

By C-3noura - Feb 20 2016
Read more
Like the show, good stuff.
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The Naked Scientists Podcast

Updated 7 days ago

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The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

Rank #1: Chasing Rainbows: The Quest to Understand Light

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Is it a particle? Or is it a wave? This week we're looking at light. From its earliest origins and what it can reveal about the Big Bang, to why Newton prodded his eye with a needle to probe the origins of colour, how the brain decodes the visual world and bionic implants to reverse blindness. Plus, in the news, a revelation in the remarkable colour-changing capabilities of chameleons, how an ultrasound can combat Alzheimer's Disease, and what people do with their fingers following a handshake... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 17 2015
53 mins
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Rank #2: Optogenetics: Lighting up the Brain

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Could a light in your brain cure epilepsy, or send you to sleep? The Naked Scientists investigate the mysterious field of optogenetics, and the treatments it promises to bring. Plus, news of a cancer-detecting artificial intelligence and a vaccination to fight fake news. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 31 2017
56 mins
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Rank #3: Could Earth be Knocked Out of Orbit?

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This week, you pit your wits against the Naked Scientists team and challenge us to answer your science questions. Is there an evolutionary reason why humans have rhythm? Do people sneeze in their sleep? Why do crabs walk sideways? And how do stinging nettles sting? Chris Smith, Carolin Crawford and Ginny Smith join Kat Arney get their teeth into your conundra, and take a closer look at the stories hitting the headlines, including a sieve that separates oil from water, how you can sniff happiness in sweat, and the Hubble telescope celebrates its 25'th birthday... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 20 2015
47 mins
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Rank #4: Inside the Atom: 100 Years On

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100 years since Rutherford split the atom, we investigate the secrets of the building blocks of our Universe. How can we harness the energy locked inside these particles, how have scientists been engineering brand new elements, and are we all the children of starlight? Plus, news of an anti-aging protein, a dinosaur family tree shake up and a new technique which can create millions of stem cells. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 27 2017
58 mins
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Rank #5: Preventing HIV with PrEP

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This week, we investigate the HIV preventative measure PrEP, which could be turning the tide on new infection rates - but is it safe to buy online? Plus, the toughest ever spider's web, a journey back through the history of language and the plant that could help clean up our oceans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 21 2017
59 mins
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Rank #6: Senses Month: Scents and Scent Ability

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This week, The Naked Scientists get right up your nose! We find out how smells work, explore if stenches could help people give up smoking and sniff out the scent of nightmares. Plus, the science of running a marathon, a secret use for spleens and we go bananas over some dodgy science. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 23 2018
58 mins
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Rank #7: A Crash Course in Space Junk

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There is a floating museum above our heads: millions of fragments from past space missions are hurtling round the earth and could destroy our current satellites. We find out how spacecraft are coping now, and how we might be able to clean up space in the future. Plus, news of a synthetically engineered yeast genome, a breakthrough in OCD and a new ebola vaccine for gorillas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 14 2017
54 mins
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Rank #8: 2016: A Year in Science

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The Naked Scientists celebrate the dawn of 2017 with a look at their best bits from 2016, including: the science breakthrough of the year, how to use psychology to get a date and why it pays to look on the bright side. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 03 2017
56 mins
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Rank #9: How to Save a Life

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This week we find out what it takes to save a life, from doctors performing open chest surgery in the street to helping people recover in the longer term from severe brain injuries. Plus, news of a real invisibility cloak, how caffeine gives us a boost, and why scientists need you to quiz your dog. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 21 2015
55 mins
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Rank #10: Life in the Year 2100

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We follow a day in the life in 2100, exploring the cities, transport, workplaces and health of the future. Plus, astronomers find water on Mars, a magnetic wire which could screen for cancer and why your cat's poo could change your brain... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 30 2018
56 mins
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Rank #11: Huntingtons Disease

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In a special show from Cambridge and New Zealand, Hannah Critchlow investigates the research into Huntington's Disease. How has the search to correct a single gene enhanced our understanding of how the brain functions? How are sheep helping to unpick the pizzle of the human mind? Plus we visit a brain bank to find out how tissue donors are supporting the scientific research. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 21 2014
52 mins
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Rank #12: How to Keep your Heart Healthy

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This programme comes to you from the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester, where leaders in the field have been presenting their latest research on preventing heart disease: one of the leading causes of death. We explore the radioactive toothpaste that can help you predict heart attacks, listen in to a genuine heart transplant and ask whether running really keeps your heart healthy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 13 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #13: A Spin Around the Electron

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This week we're taking a spin around the electron! How does a fridge magnet stay stuck? And how can quantum physics help us in battling cancer? We'll find out. Plus in the news, the chemistry of breaking down microplastics, exploring bacterial infections resistant to last line antibiotics, and we're going back to school P.E lessons! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 05 2019
59 mins
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Rank #14: Can You Boost Your Memory?

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Exam season is around the corner, so this week the Naked Scientists take a walk down memory lane to find out what's going on upstairs when you learn and remember things, and investigate if it's possible to boost your brain power. Plus, in the news, prosthetic fingers that can actually feel, the sacred art of origami gets a DNA update and Kat asks whether giant pandas really just don't fancy getting frisky. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 05 2016
54 mins
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Rank #15: Is DNA the Basis for all Life in the Universe?

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This week: alien hunting! Life here on Earth uses DNA, but why, and would aliens be made of the same stuff? Plus, news of how your gut microbes are controlling your genes, a new way to fight phobias, and we get a sneak peek at where the first human colonists of Mars might live... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 29 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #16: Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

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Caffeine is one of the only legal psychoactive stimulants but is it good or bad for our health? This week, the Naked Scientists are delving into the science to find out. Plus, the latest on Zika virus, bed bugs get their genomes sequenced, and will going out with wet hair give you pneumonia? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 09 2016
57 mins
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Rank #17: Naked in Australia

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This week we have a special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith finds out whether importing nitrogen fixing legumes could hold the answer to Perth's poor soil fertility and Victoria Gill heads out on a scientific fishing trip to see how Black Bream stocks could give us an insight into the health of estuaries. Plus could gardens hold the answer to preserving the native plants of the Kimberley? In the news, the first measurement of the magnetic field of a black hole, how squid skin could help us hide from infra red cameras and what can David Beckham tell us about playing the piano? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 14 2013
53 mins
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Rank #18: Why do we have pubic hair?

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In this week's podcast, we're taking on your questions! From how we make decisions to why do we go temporarily deaf when we yawn and if light wears out, these are some of the many conundrums you asked and we answered with the help of an expert panel. Plus, the top headlines in the world of science, including the four new elements discovered, why you can blame your neanderthal heritage for bad allergies and how Harry Potteresque screens could be the next big thing... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 12 2016
53 mins
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Rank #19: Meet the ancestors

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Fossilised dinosaur egg embryos, fish fats on 15,000 year old Japanese pots, who put the arsenic in the beer, and we tour the Malapa cave site where Australopithecus sediba was discovered... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 10 2013
59 mins
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Rank #20: How many geckos to hold up a human?

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Colour-switching sticklebacks, geckos with enough adhesive power to hold up a human, bats with built-in sonar and moles with amazing noses - this week we go in search of the world's most incredible animals. Scientists passionate about their species put their cases to our panel. But which animal will be crowned king? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 25 2015
1 hour 1 min
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