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DNA unveils origins of farming in Britain

06:00 | May 2nd

Before Britain was a nation of shopkeepers we were a nation of farmers; before that, the population were a bunch of hunter gatherers. But farming didn't catch on here until 1000 years after it had in Europe. Why was always a mystery, but now DNA tech...Show More
Premature labour: understanding the mechanics

05:44 | May 1st

Human babies grow inside their mothers for 40 weeks enclosed in a watery bag that expands as they do. And as the clock ticks during pregnancy, various processes kick in to thin the membrane material that surrounds the baby so that the bag ruptures at...Show More
AI predicting battery performance

04:51 | Apr 17th

Batteries are in almost everything we use. Our phones, computers, energy storage, even in transport. Typically, to see how well a battery performs, scientists have to charge and discharge them over and over until, ultimately, the battery stops workin...Show More
Renewable energy beats carbon capture

05:22 | Apr 16th

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) has recently issued a series of so-called "energy transition pathways". These are essentially routes that we as a society need to follow, in order to prevent global warming from exceeding the li...Show More
EHT sheds light on M87 black hole

09:02 | Apr 14th

The multinational team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which spans the Earth by linking dishes in 8 different countries, have revealed the first images of the supermassive black hole - that has a mass 6 billion times that of our Sun - sitti...Show More
A new look at an old star

05:40 | Apr 11th

Astronomers have used a new camera called the HiPERCAM to analyse a type of small, dim star that has proved elusive to standard cameras. The camera has allowed them to make detailed measurements of this cool subdwarf star 1500 light years away, and i...Show More
Exotic particle discovery from LHC

05:51 | Apr 1st

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is widely regarded as one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements. The 17 km long accelerator smashes particles together at high speeds, and looks at the products to search for new physics. So far we've learned ...Show More
Metamaterials solve complex equations

06:50 | Mar 29th

Ever wondered how to get the best wifi reception in your house, given all those floors and walls which can interrupt the signal? Where to position the router and signal boosters, then where people should use their devices to get the best reception? T...Show More
Precision-injecting smart needle

04:49 | Mar 8th

Having an injection is an experience common to us all, and whether you are unfussed by them or they make you feel faint, the actual needle used is the same for everyone and highly standardised. But given different parts of the body are more difficult...Show More
Creating cannabis chemicals in yeast

05:21 | Mar 6th

US scientists have engineered into yeast the genes needed to make the key chemicals in cannabis. To find out why and what's involved, Chris Smith looked at the paper with York University's Ian Graham, who wasn't involved in the project but has expert...Show More
Climate impact of lab-grown meat

04:59 | Mar 1st

The agriculture sector is responsible for about 25% of global warming according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, so rearing livestock for meat is a significant problem. When ruminant animals such as cows and sheep digest food they bu...Show More
How bacteria resist antibiotics

04:39 | Feb 25th

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, from what should be preventable diseases. Up to date, scientists have been trying to figure out the reasons in each individual case, until now A group...Show More
Grasses are genetic thieves

03:51 | Feb 22nd

Scientists have discovered that some grass species have information in their genes that's not come from their parents, and instead think they're stealing genetic information from neighbouring plants. By genetically enhancing themselves, they gain a c...Show More
Treating asthma differently

04:44 | Feb 18th

About a quarter of a billion people around the world are affected by asthma, when the lungs' airways constrict, making breathing difficult. For decades we've treated the condition with drugs that relax the muscles in the airways and damp down the imm...Show More
Brain centre for laughter

04:49 | Feb 12th

Scientists have found a spot in the brain that, when stimulated, triggers laughter and is followed by a sense of calm and happiness that lasts 30 minutes.This discovery has direct implication for tens of thousands of people who undergo open brain sur...Show More
Ancient javelins

04:00 | Feb 12th

Archaeologists working in the UK and in Germany have come across rare examples of what look like ancient wooden spears that would have been used by our ancestors 400,000 years ago. But scientists were pointedly stuck on whether these weapons were jus...Show More
Dieting mosquitoes help prevent disease

05:14 | Feb 10th

Scientists have given a dieting drug made for humans to mosquitoes in order to curb their appetite. Researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have worked through hundreds of thousands of molecule-receptor combinations to find the right on...Show More
Hundreds of genes control the body clock

06:00 | Feb 7th

If you are a night owl, getting up in the morning is something that you absolutely dread. On the other hand, morning people jump out of bed ready and chatty. Is this something hardwired? The answer's probably got a lot to do with the genes that influ...Show More
Managing cardiomyopathy

03:38 | Feb 6th

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease which causes the muscle of the heart to thicken. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure, and it's quite common. But the therapies we have available at the moment treat only the symptoms and don't...Show More
Improving carbon capture

04:19 | Feb 5th

A new way to capture CO2 from factories or the atmosphere has been developed by researchers in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in the United States of America. The new technology uses a different molecule to 'soak up' the CO2 and it is 24%...Show More
Martian rock discovery surprises scientists

05:36 | Feb 4th

There is a mountain located in the middle of a giant crater on Mars, but how it formed is still a bit of a puzzle for scientists. Investigations of the rocks below the surface of the crater have been helping piece together an answer. The Curiosity Ro...Show More
Rocking adults to sleep

05:50 | Feb 1st

Lack of sleep or poor sleep is a problem that affects 1 in 3 people in the UK and America. Insufficient sleep is not only a health issue, contributing to heart disease, diabetes and obesity, but also an economic one. There's the direct costs of treat...Show More
Muscles really do have "memory"

04:06 | Jan 25th

Nearly every cell in the body contains a part called the nucleus which houses the genetic information needed to function. Muscle cells are the largest cells in the body, so they often need multiple nuclei to meet high power demands. New research from...Show More
What's really in your e-cigarette?

04:36 | Jan 21st

It's common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is addictive, and this is because of the nicotine they contain. E-cigarettes are devices that heat up a liquid and produce an aerosol or spray which is then inhaled. If there's nicotine in the e-cigarette...Show More
Rare Pigment Fossilised in Teeth

04:55 | Jan 20th

Brushing our teeth keeps them clean and free from debris, but back in medieval times, dental hygiene wasn't part of your daily routine. This means that scientists can look at the teeth of skeletons to reconstruct what food they might have munched on ...Show More
Opioid overdose detection via app

06:18 | Jan 18th

Every day hundreds of people die when they accidentally overdose on opiate drugs, like heroin or morphine. These agents depress breathing, causing respiratory failure. But, if an opioid antidote is administered sufficiently quickly, then the situatio...Show More
Sleep quality and Alzheimer's disease

04:07 | Jan 15th

One terrifying prediction is that, by mid-Century, up to 30% of adults will be affected by a form of dementia, chiefly Alzheimer's Disease. This happens when proteins called beta-amyloid, and tau, build up in the brain and damage nerve cells. But sci...Show More
Podcast Pioneers

34:20 | Jan 1st

Back in 2001, Dr Chris Smith launched a new show, The Naked Scientists, in the hope of making science accessible. It was one of the first radio programmes to be made into a podcast and is now one of the world's most popular science shows. In the past...Show More
Bio-inspired robot swarms

05:07 | Dec 21st, 2018

Biological systems are able to create complex shapes and patterns, like the stripes of a zebra, the shape of your hand or the dynamic displays of a flock of birds. These shapes develop in an emergent and self-organised way, relying on just local inte...Show More
Cheers to the Liver!

06:08 | Dec 21st, 2018

The Ancient Greeks understood that the liver was one of the most incredible organs humans possess when they wrote the cautionary tale of Zeus' punishment of Prometheus, in which poor Prometheus was tied to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver ev...Show More
New test for cervical cancer

05:39 | Dec 20th, 2018

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting young women, and it's caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, which is spread through sexual contact. The virus causes the cells of the cervix to keeping growing excessively,...Show More
How to cut down on carbon this Christmas

03:31 | Dec 19th, 2018

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but all of the additional transport and consumption adds up, and we are left with plenty of seasonal rubbish and greenhouse gases. So how can you cut down this Christmas? Georgia Mills is here to spoil all of th...Show More
Solar-powered device cleans water

04:24 | Dec 17th, 2018

Clean water is something that we often take for granted, but making it can be a major technological and energy-intensive process. Now, thanks to a system developed by scientists at York University, Toronto, and MIT, there might be a way to do this mu...Show More
'Nano-tweezers' for single cell biopsy

05:24 | Dec 13th, 2018

How can seemingly similar cells behave differently? This is a particularly important question when a small change means that a cell does not function properly and several diseases might be the result of these small changes at the single cell level. B...Show More
Language development through childhood

04:25 | Dec 7th, 2018

Language is all around us, and good language skills are important for getting on in life. But does being good in one language domain, like spelling, mean you'll be good in another, like grammar? And if your child is doing well with language as a todd...Show More
Cuddly Robots Feel Hugs

04:53 | Nov 30th, 2018

When we think of robots we might think of the Terminator, West World, or even something completely different like Big Hero Six - a story about a young boy and his soft medical robot companion Baymax. Doughy and malleable, a robot like Baymax is kind ...Show More
Using gallium as an antibiotic

04:15 | Nov 26th, 2018

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats facing mankind today. A new group in the University of Washington in Seattle, have been working to fight this threat. In their study published September 2018, they looked to poison bacteria using t...Show More
Modelling Malaria

04:32 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Every year, hundreds of millions of people contract malaria; this is a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. The parasite does two things when it grows in the body: either it clones itself to make millions more malaria parasites in that infected ...Show More
Cancer-killing immune cells

05:43 | Nov 19th, 2018

When we think of our immune system, most of us will be familiar with the white blood cells that circulate around our body to target and kill the bacteria and viruses that make us sick. But, we actually also have a special type of immune cell sitting ...Show More
'Real' fake tan fights cancer

04:55 | Nov 19th, 2018

Do you like to lie out on the beach in the summer, or are you more likely to be found hiding in the shade? Well, how you answer might depend on how quickly you seem to get sunburnt. We all know that we should wear sunscreen when out and about in the ...Show More
Can artificial intelligence make medicines?

07:36 | Nov 16th, 2018

We get so many good questions sent to us here at The Naked Scientists, that sadly we can't fit them all into our monthly question and answer shows. So here's an extra slice of science for you from our November 2018 QnA. Roger got in touch to ask whet...Show More
How WW1 can help head injuries

05:37 | Nov 12th, 2018

Today marks 100 years since the end of World War 1. This conflict caused the deaths of around 16 million people, and the new developments in artillery meant that new and nasty injuries were defying our ability to treat them. Ironically, this meant WW...Show More
Glioblastoma's Effect on Genes

04:35 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Glioblastoma is an aggressive and often deadly cancer of the brain. Understanding it is vital to improving patient outcomes. In a new study published in Nature Genetics, a group in Cornell University has been sequencing genes to understand which ones...Show More
Targeting immune cells to treat periodontitis

04:49 | Oct 31st, 2018

Good dental hygiene is crucial in the fight against gum disease, which can lead to a common condition called periodontitis. It comes about when changes to the bacteria in the mouth cause a reaction called inflammation in areas around the teeth, poten...Show More
Cosmic Collisions: Supermassive black holes

05:17 | Oct 30th, 2018

Astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire have come up with an explanation for the wobble seen in jets of matter being blasted from regions surrounding some supermassive black holes: Another nearby supermassive black hole! Dr Martin Krause tells...Show More
1000 years of Tuberculosis

05:41 | Oct 25th, 2018

Nowadays, tuberculosis takes more lives than any other infectious disease. Cases are on the decline but emerging antibiotic resistance threatens to interrupt that pattern. Tamsin Bell spoke with Professor Francois Balloux from University College Lond...Show More
English youths drinking less

04:21 | Oct 11th, 2018

We all know that drinking alcohol is bad for us but in the UK we still pay a huge 3.5 billion annually for the National Health Service (NHS) to treat over 60 alcohol induced medical conditions including liver disease, pancreatitis, diabetes, heart d...Show More
NASA: Now and Next

05:19 | Oct 9th, 2018

From right here on earth to the furthest visible parts of the universe, NASA has its eye on pretty much everything in between. Professor Andrew Coates from University College London was lead co-investigator in the joint ESA-NASA Cassini-Huygens missi...Show More
Using gene editing to wipe out malaria-transmitting mosquitoes

07:11 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, and they are rapidly becoming resistant to the insecticides used to control them. So scientists are looking at the potential of using a genetic technique, called a gene drive, to solve the problem. This involv...Show More
Robotic Skin turns everyday objects into robots

04:31 | Sep 25th, 2018

Imagine going into space. You've got your kit, you're blasted into darkness, you're ready to discover the unknown but then your equipment doesn't quite fit the task required. How can you prepare for that? This is a reality that space engineers and ro...Show More
Back to School: Why mistakes help us learn

05:50 | Sep 23rd, 2018

We've all been there at some point - you raise your hand in class, answer the question, and get it utterly, utterly wrong. These school-day humiliations may stay with us many years later, in fact - I'd love to hear yours, but as our kids are all head...Show More
A new conductive and magnetic material

05:11 | Sep 23rd, 2018

You may have heard of graphene, the so called wonder material set to revolutionise electronics but the difficulty to consistently add extra properties and scale up cheaply limits industrial use! Scientists have been looking for easy to make alternati...Show More
Bonobo Apes Won't Share Toys

04:36 | Sep 20th, 2018

Do you share food or do you bite the hand off anyone who tries? Chimpanzees, one of our closest relatives are in the latter category: they'll gladly share tools, but food's a no no. New research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has bee...Show More
Audio cues improve driver safety

05:17 | Sep 5th, 2018

These days, many of us are heavily dependent on our trusty sat navs to get where we want to go, but looking at these devices whilst driving is incredibly dangerous and can lead to car accidents. Psychologists from Anglia Ruskin University are hoping ...Show More
Goats prefer happy people

04:36 | Sep 4th, 2018

Goats can tell apart human facial expressions and - what's more - prefer to interact with happy people, according to a new study from scientists at Queen Mary University of London. We knew work animals like dogs and horses could do this, but no-one k...Show More
Origins of childhood kidney cancer

04:21 | Aug 31st, 2018

Most of the people who develop cancer are adults, although a significant number of children succumb too. The signs are though that childhood cancers could have a different origin than the adult disease, which might also mean they can be treated in a ...Show More
The Science of St John's

13:29 | Aug 30th, 2018

From artificial photosynthesis to the art of statistics, the Naked Scientists take Jenny Zhang and Richard Samworth, two of St John's College's leading scientists, for a trip down the river to hear all about their work.
Testing for Tuberculosis

05:32 | Aug 15th, 2018

Doctors think that one third of the world's population have been exposed to the bacterial infection TB, or tuberculosis. It can damage any tissue in the body, infect the skeleton and joints, and even cause meningitis, but most people develop chest di...Show More
Evolution of the Skeleton

03:49 | Aug 9th, 2018

Since Darwin's time scientists have been studying the skeleton of a type of fish that lived 400 million years ago called Heterostracans. These fish were covered in a tough exoskeleton, but scientists couldn't decide exactly where it came from. Was it...Show More
Chemputer: Chemistry goes digital

04:29 | Aug 7th, 2018

Mixing chemicals together causes reactions and produces new molecules. With so many different chemicals in existence, there are infinite combinations that can be made, and millions of chemical reactions yet to be tried. But doing these tests is very ...Show More
Circumcision Prevents HIV

05:02 | Jul 26th, 2018

HIV is a global pandemic. Worldwide, about 37 million people are living with the virus, and there are between 3 and 5 thousand AIDS deaths every day. More worrying is that, despite intensive public health and safe sex campaigns, there are a further 3...Show More
Blocking \'memory\' immune cells to cure vitiligo

05:02 | Jul 19th, 2018

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system attacks the pigment-producing cells of the skin, leaving behind pale white patches. Although not dangerous in itself, vitiligo can be disfiguring, causing a great deal of distress to peo...Show More
Growing new blood vessels

05:38 | Jul 9th, 2018

Heart attacks come about when blood vessels in the heart are blocked, and without a supply of oxygen-rich blood, the heart muscle can die. This is called ischemic injury, and can also occur in other places in the body, potentially leading to tissue d...Show More
Why living the high-life can shrink your arms

03:40 | Jul 3rd, 2018

People all around the world are living the high life. That's to say, living their whole lives at high altitude. This lifestyle has an impact on their bodies, including upon how their bones grow. And one adaptation, Cambridge University's Stephanie Pa...Show More
Should we be worried about asteroids?

06:18 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Scientists want to raise awareness to protect the Earth from dangerous asteroids. June 30th has now become Asteroid Day where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to ...Show More
From tiny to T-Rex - why life got large

04:54 | Jun 28th, 2018

4 billion years ago, life on earth looked nothing like it does today. In fact, the oceans contained only single-celled microbes. At some point, these single-celled organisms began to work together, forming complex, multi-celled creatures, which then ...Show More
Dementia in a dish

05:22 | Jun 27th, 2018

In recent years, we've woken up to the massive problem that is dementia. This is where people progressively lose their cognitive faculties and Alzheimer's Disease is one well-known example. But scientists are increasingly realising that injury done t...Show More
A new method of diagnosing osteoarthritis

03:52 | Jun 25th, 2018

Osteoarthritis, a condition which damages the cartilage in joints, is a painful, debilitating condition. Millions suffer every year, and with an ageing population, that number will only increase. Therefore, improving diagnosis is an important goal. A...Show More
World's first robotic eye surgery

04:29 | Jun 24th, 2018

If robots really are the future, then said future is certainly one step closer as of this week. For the first time ever, a robot has been used in surgery on the human eye. To find out more about this incredible feat of engineering, Isabelle Cochrane ...Show More
Is CRISPR-Cas9 a Cure or a Carcinogen?

04:03 | Jun 17th, 2018

CRISPR makes it possible to snip out undesired bits of DNA from our cells. This process holds the potential to cure genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis. However, it seems that doing this isn't without risk. Marika Ottman went to the University...Show More
Regenerating enamel

04:19 | Jun 7th, 2018

Researchers have found a way to regenerate the enamel - or apatite - that's damaged by tooth decay. Katie Haylor spoke to Alvaro Mata from Queen Mary University of London... Sound effects from
Fish Elevator Invented to Study Deep Sea Fish

04:40 | Jun 6th, 2018

We know more about the surface of mars than we do about the depths of our own ocean, but scientists from the California Academy of Science created an invention that allows researchers to bring never-before seen species from coral reefs in the deep se...Show More
How are new robots helping with surgery?

05:40 | Jun 4th, 2018

Millions suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition that causes joints, especially knee and hip joints, to become stiff and painful. Luckily these joints can be replaced by an implant with usually good results. However, scientists are going one step fur...Show More
Active commutes may improve heart health

04:47 | May 24th, 2018

Any activity on your daily commute, like walking to the bus instead of just hopping in the car, might reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study from the University of Cambridge, published in the journal Heart...
Kangaroo Care: the science of snuggles

06:39 | May 23rd, 2018

We all love a good hug, whatever our age! Babies are no different. There's growing evidence that skin-to-skin contact is beneficial for babies, so Katie Haylor spoke with Laura Baird and Kelly Spike from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge to find out...Show More
An update on Hawaii eruptions

06:18 | May 20th, 2018

Hawaii's Big Island has been experiencing a series of volcanic eruptions. What's causing them, and how is it likely to change in the future? To find out, Chris Smith talked to Jessica Johnson, a volcanologist at the University of East Anglia...
Could exercise at work be bad for you?

04:09 | May 17th, 2018

Exercise is good for us, it's one of the best things you can do to keep your mind and body healthy for a long age. But perhaps not all exercise is equal. A new analysis out in the British Journal of Sports Medecine reports that exercise at work is...Show More
Where is Earth's Freshwater Going?

04:30 | May 16th, 2018

Knowing where Earth's freshwater is accumulating, or perhaps more critically, disappearing is of paramount importance. A new study in Nature has analysed changes in freshwater across the entire planet. To learn more Adam Murphy spoke with Matthew Rod...Show More
Understanding neurodegeneration mechanisms in disease

05:46 | May 3rd, 2018

Neurodegeneration is a process involved in several serious and debilitating diseases, for which there is often no cure. One of the first steps on the journey towards a treatment to stop neurons dying is understanding how and why they do so. Now, scie...Show More
Can birds cope with extreme spring weather?

04:49 | May 2nd, 2018

Are you struggling to know what to wear for the weather at the moment? One day in the UK it's freezing, the next rain, the next a veritable heat wave. Apart from playing havoc with BBQ plans, this extreme variation in weather is also affecting local ...Show More
Tackling cancer in Tasmanian Devils

04:32 | Apr 26th, 2018

Tasmanian devils are black, carnivorous, scavenger marsupials that live - perhaps unsurprisingly, on the island of Tasmania. In recent years an intriguing type of cancer has been decimating their numbers, pushing the animals to the brink of extinctio...Show More
Why are some people tastier to mosquitoes?

05:03 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Every year millions of people contract malaria, which is a blood parasite infection spread by mosquitoes. And part of the reason why the infection spreads so successfully, scientists now know, is because the parasite makes an infected human over-prod...Show More
A new model for motor neurone disease

08:45 | Mar 20th, 2018

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a degenerative disease affecting around 5,000 people in the UK. It attacks people's ability to move, speak and breath, and usually is fatal within two years. At the moment there is no cure, but scientists are trying to ...Show More
Ivory, bear bile and tiger skins: Confiscated contraband

20:24 | Mar 7th, 2018

When people take wildlife products over a border that is under the control of CITES. Some of it is illegal, and this is when Border Force step in, confiscating the items in question and when possible, returning them to the wild. But what do people br...Show More
Reprogramming skin cells to treat Multiple Sclerosis

06:11 | Feb 26th, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, affects hundreds of thousands of people. It's a condition where the body's own immune system attacks a protective layer around nerve fibres called myelin. This prevents messages being conveyed quickly and faithfully through...Show More
My whiskers! Faster stroke recovery in mice

05:51 | Feb 7th, 2018

Scientists in the US have uncovered a surprising potential treatment for strokes: short-term sensory deprivation. Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted; this destroys the affected nerve cells, and robs the victim of the func...Show More
Is walking with friends better than walking alone?

04:21 | Feb 5th, 2018

Was exercising more one of your new year's resolutions? Has it ended up a broken promise at the bottom of your to-do list? Georgia Mills spoke to Catherine Meads from Anglia Ruskin University, who may be able to help.
New treatment for heavy periods

04:54 | Jan 29th, 2018

Up to a third of women experience debilitatingly heavy periods. This can cause significant disruption. It can also lead to depression; time off work; and, in severe cases, even lead to a low blood count or anaemia. Currently, heavy periods are treate...Show More
Toothpaste ingredient fights malaria

05:24 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Scientists have shown that a toothpaste ingredient could be used as an anti-malarial drug. Spread by mosquitoes, malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites, and kills over half a million people every year, 70% of them children. In recent years the par...Show More
Find out about flu

10:00 | Jan 18th, 2018

It's winter time again in the northern hemisphere and the influenza virus - the 'flu - is making its seasonal rounds. The virus infects millions of people every year, and vulnerable individuals with underlying health complaints including heart diseas...Show More
Tinnitus therapy trial success

06:10 | Jan 10th, 2018

Around one in ten people have to live with tinnitus, this is a persistent noise ringing in the head when there's nothing external causing it. The severity of tinnitus can range from irritating to completely life-changing, by making it nearly impossib...Show More
How life could have come from space

05:31 | Dec 21st, 2017

The question of where life began is a difficult one to answer. While many scientists believe that life began on earth, others believe that life, or at least its building blocks, first formed in space. A recent study from the University of Sherbrooke,...Show More
Environmental implications of healthier eating

05:08 | Dec 15th, 2017

In the run up to Christmas, shops are bursting at the seams with delicious treats, appealing platters and indulgent morsals, which can make sticking to a healthy diet rather unlikely. And food consumption has consequences for our "waist" in more ways...Show More
Falcon-inspired drone technology

05:02 | Dec 11th, 2017

New research shows that peregrine falcons hunt their prey using strategies similar to those used by guided missiles. Could this information be useful in downing drones that are flying where they shouldn't?
The corals that matter most on the Great Barrier Reef

05:01 | Dec 8th, 2017

The Great Barrier Reef is a huge system of over 3,800 individual coral reefs - making it the largest coral reef system on earth. Located off the northeastern coast of Australia, it is home to thousands of species. However, in recent years, the Great ...Show More
The future of HIV research

05:18 | Dec 1st, 2017

December 1st is World AIDS Day. HIV AIDS affects 35 million people worldwide, and although the number of new infections is slowly decreasing, last year it still caused one million deaths. The virus, HIV, attacks the body's immune system by infecting ...Show More
Could reflective particles limit global temperature rise?

05:59 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week the UN Climate Change Conference has been happening in Bonn. This meeting is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which entered into force last November and sets out strategies to try to limit the r...Show More
Type 2 Diabetes Reversed in Rats

04:00 | Nov 15th, 2017

Last year, Diabetes UK reported that almost 4 million people in the UK are living with diabetes. Around 90% of these cases are classed as Type 2, which is often linked with obesity. Interestingly, Type 2 diabetes has been reversed in people undergoin...Show More
Sleep and fear learning

04:50 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Traditionally, researchers have recognised the importance of sleep in modulating the fear learning response when the sleep occurs after fear learning. To understand how sleep, prior to a fear learning task, may be important; researchers looked at the...Show More
AI learning without human guidance

06:08 | Nov 1st, 2017

In 2016, the world champion Lee Sedol was beaten at the ancient boardgame of Go - by a machine. It was part of the AlphaGo programme, which is a series of artificially intelligent systems designed by London-based company DeepMind. AlphaGo Zero, the l...Show More
Cholesterol-like drug could protect your heart

04:42 | Oct 23rd, 2017

A drug based on a form of cholesterol might be able to reduce the damage done by heart attacks. Working with experimental mice, scientists in Australia have found that so-called good cholesterol, also known as "HDL", if injected into the bloodstream ...Show More
Voice in the crowd

05:02 | Oct 19th, 2017

Imagine it's a Friday night, you're in the pub it's and really noisy. Your friend though is telling a great story, and you really want to hear it. But how do you separate their voice from the din going on around you? This week scientists at Imperial ...Show More
Polycystic kidneys in a dish

05:39 | Oct 17th, 2017

Scientists in the US have discovered a way to recreate the condition polycystic kidney disease using stem cells in a culture dish. The new culture system means that researchers can now begin to screen thousands of potential drug molecules to find way...Show More
LiFi one step closer to our homes

05:12 | Oct 17th, 2017

We all use Wi-fi nearly every day. It is short for wireless fidelity, using microwaves frequencies to transmit data to and from your phone. But, visible light can be used to for the same purpose - with a technology being developed at Edinburgh Univer...Show More
Molecule dashes hopes for interstellar signs of life

04:13 | Oct 11th, 2017

Astronomers are trying to understand where our solar system came from, how life got started here, and where else in the galaxy life may be lurking. Chemistry is very important in these processes both in terms of providing chemical building blocks fro...Show More
Neonicotinoids in majority of world's honey

05:13 | Oct 8th, 2017

Three quarters of the world's honey is laced with neonicotinoid insecticides, a new study from scientists in Switzerland has shown this week. The findings are based on an analysis of nearly 200 honey samples collected from around the world with the h...Show More
Making robot muscle

03:42 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Natural muscle plays an important role in our human ability to control our movements, so could we give this ability to robots? Katie Haylor spoke to Aslan Miriyev from Colombia University in New York, who's developed a soft, synthetic muscle that can...Show More
Algal proteins may boost crop yield

05:21 | Sep 25th, 2017

By 2050, it is estimated that we will need around a 50% increase in crop yield to feed our rapidly growing population. However, it turns out that algae - the slimy green layer often found on the surface of ponds in summer - may provide a solution to...Show More
How do tissues grow?

05:21 | Sep 24th, 2017

The complex branching patterns seen in the growth of tissues in the lungs, kidneys and pancreas have an elegantly simple mathematical solution...
Baby-like skulls are key to bird success

03:37 | Sep 21st, 2017

From elaborate peacocks to seagulls by the shore, birds are found in a wide range of habitats on every corner of globe and a recent study suggests that the key to their world domination may all be in their heads. Stevie Bain chatted with Arkhat Abzha...Show More
Household, not genetics, controls oral health

04:13 | Sep 21st, 2017

We never really notice oral hygiene, except when it's bad. The latest research shows that we can't really blame genetics for this, but rather the oral hygiene of everyone else in your household.
Measuring tectonic plate strength

05:04 | Sep 19th, 2017

One major goal of scientists has been to measure the strength of tectonic plates. However, laboratory estimates of plate strength vary widely and in general seem to overestimate strength compared to real world observations. Thus, there has been a fun...Show More
New antimicrobials show promise in battle against superbug

05:10 | Sep 15th, 2017

C. diff - or Clostridium difficile - is a superbug that can cause major problems in hospitals. It leads to life-threatening diarrhoea and intestinal inflammation in patients who catch it, it spreads easily, and patients who do recover often relapse m...Show More
Where do new drugs come from?

15:01 | Sep 14th, 2017

Finding new drugs for our various diseases and ailments is one of the biggest industries in the world. But how does so called big pharma operate - how do they choose what to work on and how does an idea get from the lab to your local chemist? Astr...Show More
Old maps highlight new understanding of coral reef loss

04:50 | Sep 14th, 2017

Known as the 'forests of the ocean', coral reefs represent an entire underwater ecosystem, teeming with life. But this ecosystem is under threat. Researchers from The University of Queensland and Colby College in the USA have used old 18th century na...Show More
Uterus age may affect pregnancy success

03:53 | Sep 12th, 2017

It's well known that older mothers have more complicated pregnancies. For a long time scientists thought that old eggs were the reason for this and many women have made the decision to freeze their eggs to circumvent this problem. But new research fr...Show More
Can bacteria affect the sex life of animals?

04:59 | Aug 31st, 2017

Bacteria produce a molecule that stimulates sexual reproduction in the closest living relatives of animals, according to researchers at UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School.
Our hairy insides

04:05 | Aug 25th, 2017

Our hairy insides protect us from the full force of fluids racing through our bodies and may inspire future robotic design
What's behind the rise in arthritis?

05:26 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Osteoarthritis is a common, painful joint condition that affects about 8 million people in the UK, and many others across the world. It stems from a breakdown of the protective cartilage at the ends of bones causing pain, swelling and movement proble...Show More
Foraging for food

11:27 | Aug 22nd, 2017

What kinds of food might you be able to forage in a city green space? Katie Haylor went out to explore what wild food Cambridge in the UK has to offer with lifelong forager Antony Bagott....
New Alzheimer's Culprit Identified

05:24 | Aug 13th, 2017

More than half a million people in the UK suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Symptoms of this disease, including memory loss and communication problems, are due to sticky protein build ups within the brain, called amyloid plaques. These plaques cause d...Show More
Violence weakens short term memory

05:00 | Jul 27th, 2017

Short term memory is incredibly important in day to day life, whether you're driving to work, having a conversation, or reading through the Naked Scientists website. However, scientists from Princeton University have found evidence that exposure ...Show More
How Does Sleep Affect Dementia?

05:31 | Jul 20th, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease is one - very common - form of senile dementia. It usually affects older people and progressively robs them of their mental faculties. It occurs because a protein called beta amyloid builds up in the brain forming harmful deposits...Show More
Searching for super-fast stars

04:37 | Jul 10th, 2017

Scientists now think they can explain why the hypervelocity stars - that's stars going at 600 - 1000 km per second are only spotted in one part of the sky, in the constellation of Leo, and it's down to their explosive origins. Douglas Boubert is a se...Show More
Can brain training slow the progression to Alzheimer's disease?

04:42 | Jul 9th, 2017

Millions of people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer's Disease; Terry Pratchett was famously a victim of the condition, which progressively robs sufferers of their mental faculties. At the moment, no therapies are available to halt the disease, but...Show More
Why Do Beaches Disappear?

05:19 | Jul 6th, 2017

Our coasts are constantly changing. And whilst human impact can have a significant impact Mother Nature also plays her part, tides and storms can change a beach overnight. Continuing with Marine Month, Chris Smith spoke to Oceanographer Simon Boxall...Show More
Magnetic control of vision

05:57 | Jun 29th, 2017

If you're up for a bit of practical experimentation, give this a go. Hold your finger out in front of your face, fix your gaze on the tip and then shake your head from side to side, or nodding up and down. Without you having to think about it, your e...Show More
What lies behind an egg's shape?

04:32 | Jun 28th, 2017

Many of us enjoy a boiled egg or two for breakfast, but why are hen's eggs round at one end and pointy at the other? Katie Haylor caught up with Mary Stoddard of Princeton University, who's trying to find out why eggs look the way they do.
The Rise of Deadly Heatwaves

05:28 | Jun 28th, 2017

The third week of June had everyone searching for the suncream as temperatures reached record breaking heights. But while most of us enjoy fun in the sun, prolonged heatwaves can have significant health risks and can even be life-threatening. Izzie C...Show More
What is Wannacry?

12:33 | May 21st, 2017

In May 2017 hundreds of thousands of computers across the world were hit by a massive ransomware attack called Wannacry. The perpetrators encrypted the contents of users' computers and demanded payment to unscramble their data. What made the threat w...Show More
Ancient protein thwarts virus attack

05:18 | May 16th, 2017

When viruses attack our crops they can wipe them out, and in some parts of the world, this can be a death sentence. So naturally, scientists are keen to find a way to provide protection against these infections. Viruses usually attack by using parts ...Show More
Methane to Methanol

04:25 | May 10th, 2017

Methane is 20 times worse than C02 as a greenhouse gas, so when it's created as a byproduct in oil rigs it's burned. This is better than releasing the methane into the atmosphere but it's not an ideal solution as it creates more C02. Jeroen Van Bokho...Show More
Blood test for autism

05:57 | Mar 20th, 2017

Looking at biochemical markers found in blood samples of those with autism and those without, researchers are looking to develop a blood test that could serve as a diagnosis tool for autism spectrum disorders.
Dental detectives shed light on ancient diets

04:54 | Mar 10th, 2017

How the plaque found on the teeth of Neanderthals sheds light on their diets and lifestyles.
Making Goodwill Go Viral

04:54 | Feb 21st, 2017

Promoting social causes online can mobilise millions and raise huge sums of money. But it only leads to long term changes if the campaigns don't fizzle out prematurely. Social psychologist, Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge, thinks he's ...Show More
The Battery Powered by Stomach Acid

04:16 | Feb 16th, 2017

A tiny sensor capable of transmitting information from inside the body and powered by stomach acid has been unveiled by US scientists. The device was tested in a pig over the course of a week wirelessly transmitting its body temperature every twelve ...Show More
Why are viruses more virulent in men than women?

04:26 | Feb 8th, 2017

Some viral infections are more lethal in men than in women. This is usually linked to differences between male and female immune systems. However, mathematical modelling of the different ways some viruses can spread in men and women suggests it may, ...Show More
Plankton Change Genes to Combat Climate Change

04:41 | Jan 24th, 2017

2016 was another record-breaker in terms of global temperatures, and it's part of a longer-term trend which has seen 15 of the hottest years on record occur since 2001. One victim of this warming is the Artic, where sea ice is steadily retreating, wh...Show More
Shark chemical wards off Parkinsons Disease

05:12 | Jan 23rd, 2017

A chemical found in sharks can block the process that leads to Parkinson's Disease, scientists at Cambridge University have found. Know as squalamine, the substance prevents a protein called alpha-synuclein from accumulating on and damaging the membr...Show More
Big Brains Boost Deer

05:17 | Jan 6th, 2017

Us humans boast about our big brains but until now, evidence has been scant to suggest that animals also benefit from having larger brains. Cambridge University's Corina Logan measured the skulls of 1314 red deer from the Isle of Rum to see if the br...Show More
Dissecting a Cheetah

05:33 | Dec 19th, 2016

What's your usual Thursday night out? The cinema maybe, or a gig? Well how about a live cheetah dissection at the Royal Veterinary College in London? Don't worry if that's not quite your cup of tea because we sent Connie Orbach along for you...
Climate 'Clamity'

04:43 | Dec 15th, 2016

As the saying goes, "if you don't learn from the past you're doomed to repeat it," or words to that effect; which is why understanding what has happened to the Earth's climate in the past is critical if we are to make accurate predictions about our t...Show More
Antidote to Silent Killer

05:51 | Dec 14th, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the common form of poisoning worldwide. Just in the US tens of thousands of people are killed or hospitalised every year by this odourless and colourless gas, which in is boiler, stove and vehicle exhausts and is also pro...Show More
Does deforestation drive disease?

02:41 | Dec 12th, 2016

An area of rainforest the size of Panama is lost every year to deforestation and we know habitat loss is probably the leading factor driving extinction today. However, another potential problem could be an increase in certain disease-causing organism...Show More
Dark Energy Mapped

05:16 | Dec 9th, 2016

Dark energy, the mysterious unknown entity which permeates all of space makes up 68% of the universe's total energy. Despite being such a large proportion of existence we still can't directly detect it. An international group of scientists is tryin...Show More
A new dimension for graphene production

04:38 | Dec 7th, 2016

2D materials are objects that are only one or two atoms thick. Graphene is the most well known of these but many incredibly thin substances exist. These exotic materials are strong, flexible, semi-transparent and great conductors of electricity. Bu...Show More
Bullying increases overweight risk

04:22 | Nov 18th, 2016

We've just come to the end of anti-bullying week and with 25,000 children using Childline's counselling sessions in 2015 to talk about bulling it clearly is still a problem for the UK. This problem appears to go beyond playground trauma with researc...Show More
Malaria's drug-resistance genes found

03:57 | Nov 16th, 2016

Malaria parasites in Cambodia are showing resistance to the front line drug Piperaquine making current treatment useless and putting lives at risk. Dr Roberto Amato, and his team, uncovered the genetic basis for this resistance; he took Liam Messin ...Show More
How to be an astronaut

04:47 | Nov 15th, 2016

When you were little did you ever dream of becoming an astronaut? Well Michael Foale did and he actually made it happen. Born in the UK Foale completed both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Cambridge before joining NASA and going on to beco...Show More
Quantum leaps in quantum technology

05:58 | Nov 11th, 2016

Quantum mechanics describes the properties of light, atoms and the even smaller particles inside atoms, like electrons and protons. On these tiny scales, we observe strange effects that contradict our everyday experience and we are beginning to harne...Show More
Lunar Origins Explained

04:56 | Nov 10th, 2016

Compared to a lot of the objects in our solar system the Earth's Moon is a bit unusual. A new theory, published in the journal Nature, explains how the Moon got to where it is today. Professor David Rothery, from the Open University, wasn't on the ...Show More
Bionic plant sensors

02:50 | Nov 10th, 2016

Plants can be good for the planet, nice to look at and often pretty tasty. But what if they were also high tech sensors that we could harness to detect harmful chemicals and even explosives in groundwater or the air around them? Michael Strano and hi...Show More
Ice-free summers in the Arctic?

04:58 | Nov 9th, 2016

The Paris agreement is an international climate change treaty signed earlier this year by 192 countries and it aims to mitigate man-made global warming. It kicks in from this week. But will its targets be sufficient? Over half of the Arctic sea ice a...Show More
Are aliens out there?

08:01 | Nov 8th, 2016

Now is there anybody out there? Or should I say is there anybody out there? Graihagh Jackson phones home to BBC broadcaster Dallas Campbell
Non-invasive prenatal DNA screening

05:50 | Nov 7th, 2016

Conditions like Down's Syndrome, which are caused by babies carrying the wrong numbers of chromosomes in their cells, affect about one pregnancy in every 500. There are also many other inherited disorders that run in families but can't be diagnosed w...Show More
How small lies escalate

07:23 | Oct 27th, 2016

White lies are widely accepted as an integral part of our everyday lives. And yet history has taught us how a series of small transgressions can snowball with detrimental outcomes. But can we really get desensitised to lying, and if so, what happens ...Show More
First ever fossilised dinosaur brain found

05:17 | Oct 26th, 2016

When most people think of dinosaurs they'll likely conjure up images of the stabbing teeth of the T-rex or the cutting claws of a Velociraptor but what about the squishy bits of dinosaurs? To find out more Liam Messin went to the University of Cambr...Show More
UK opiate deaths double

04:35 | Oct 24th, 2016

According to the Office for National Statistics, the ONS, in England and Wales deaths involving heroin and morphine have more than double since 2012. The ONS say this is partially driven by a rise in heroin purity and availability over the last three...Show More
Gender equality in STEM

06:11 | Oct 23rd, 2016

We all know that men aren't really from Mars and women aren't really from Venus, we are both from Earth and there are more similarities between sexes and genders than there are differences. But, even after many decades of campaigning there are stil...Show More
Practising Medicine

09:41 | Oct 17th, 2016

On the 13th of October Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge turned 250 years old. As an established teaching hospital, it trains hundreds of medical students with the final three years their time spent on clinical placements. Connie Orbach went to mee...Show More
A powerful duo against HIV

05:18 | Oct 16th, 2016

Over 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV. Treatments cost billions and don't come without significant side effects for the individual. Now, researchers from Emroy University may have found a new drug duo to eliminate the need for debilita...Show More
Hospital Histories

06:08 | Oct 13th, 2016

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge celebrated its 250th birthday this week. To find out more about the history of the renowned hospital, Georgia Mills was shown around the archives by Hilary Richie, uncovering stories of naughty nurses, torturous me...Show More
Balancing the methane budget

05:22 | Oct 9th, 2016

Levels in the atmosphere of the greenhouse gas methane released accidentally by the oil and gas industry might be up to 60% higher than climate scientists had budgeted for. A new method combining long term atmospheric measurements of methane levels w...Show More
Genes linked to friendly dogs

05:28 | Oct 6th, 2016

What makes dogs man's - or woman's - best friend? Scientists in Sweden gave a pack of dogs an impossible task to do: pushing along a plate that was actually stuck to the floor. The dogs that sought help from their owners were set up a different way g...Show More
Bee Happy!

05:17 | Oct 5th, 2016

Now you'd "bee" forgiven for thinking that bees are just simple insects that buzz about collecting nectar and fertilising flowers. But it turns out they have emotions just like us. Chris Smith spoke to Clint Perry, who works at Queen Mary University ...Show More
Are humans born violent?

05:15 | Oct 4th, 2016

There is a centuries old debate about violence between people - is it something we're born with, or a product of our environment? Understanding the causes of violence is important if we want to try and reduce it, and so there have been hundreds of so...Show More
Is the Bermuda Triangle really cursed?

04:11 | Oct 4th, 2016

For this week's mythconception, Kat Arney investigates the many mysteries surrounding the notorious Bermuda Triangle.
Good fat fights bad fat

05:31 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Since the 1970s scientists have condemned fats - or lipids - as the culprits that cause heart attacks. But while that's certainly true of some fats, it's not the case for all of them. Because one, called palmitoleic acid, can potently protect arterie...Show More
Older drivers drive safely

13:20 | Sep 14th, 2016

We live in an increasingly mobile society, with many of us owning cars and driving around the place for all kinds of reasons - work, leisure, or visiting family perhaps. And this doesn't change as we get older, especially if we all have to keep worki...Show More
How pollution harms your lungs

04:23 | Sep 7th, 2016

Air pollution is a growing problem in many parts of the world, as is an increasing incidence of lung and breathing problems. Although the link is clear, it's not known exactly how air pollution damages our lungs at a molecular level. Kat Arney's been...Show More
Dawn of the Anthropocene

06:35 | Sep 6th, 2016

Is this the dawn of a new era? Or, more accurately, epoch? This week scientists internationally have been voting to create a new geological time defined by our human existence. They're dubbing it the Anthropocene and Chris Smith wanted to find out wh...Show More
Gold from garbage

05:30 | Sep 5th, 2016

How much gold have you got sitting in your desk drawer or up in the attic? Probably more than you think because a surprisingly large amount of the world's gold supply is tied up in old electronics. But getting it back out is chemically very tricky, m...Show More
The secrets of Ceres

03:51 | Sep 4th, 2016

NASA's space probe Dawn has been orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, which sits between Jupiter and Mars, for the past eighteen months. The probe is sending back data on this small body, which we previously knew almost nothing about. Last week, a whole ...Show More
See-through rats bare their brains

04:49 | Aug 25th, 2016

Scientists often study disease by examining thin sections of biological tissue under a microscope - a bit like watching a film in 2D. That's fine for some, but an organ like the brain is really complex, with neurons crisscrossing left, right and cent...Show More
Meet the Octobot - the soft robot octopus

05:05 | Aug 24th, 2016

Imagine a robot. I'm guessing, after decades of droids and terminators, that the machine you're picturing is something metal, rigid and human-shaped. But this type of robot can only do so much. What we need are soft-skinned robots and this is precise...Show More
Empathy speeds up learning

04:23 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Although empathy is often associated with traits like helpfulness and generosity, not a lot is known about how helpful behaviour and empathy might be linked in the brain. Now, scientists have pinpointed part of the brain thought to drive us to learn ...Show More
Why does female fertility fall with age?

05:11 | Aug 11th, 2016

It's a well-known fact that, as a woman ages, her chances of falling pregnant drop. And this seems to be driven by a fall in the quality of the eggs that she produces. Why this happens though, in an otherwise healthy individual, is a mystery. Now Fra...Show More
Sunflowers dance to their own beat

04:46 | Aug 10th, 2016

It's summertime and fields are filled with sunflowers, devotedly following the rising sun. But why do they do it? This is a question that scientists at the University of California, Davis, have striven to answer and Dr Stacey Harmer thinks she has th...Show More
Dinosaurs stuggled with arthritis

05:48 | Aug 9th, 2016

For the first time, scientists have found a type of arthritis in dinosaurs and this is important because these creatures have an amazing ability to heal themselves from diseases that would normally kill you and me. So, if we can look to animals like ...Show More
Great Red Spot storm warms up Jupiter

06:48 | Aug 8th, 2016

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System - a massive 318 times heavier than Earth - and it has been quite the 'hot spot' for news recently. NASA's Juno probe entered into orbit around Jupiter at the beginning of July, while in a new finding...Show More
Zika vaccine breakthrough

04:38 | Aug 8th, 2016

Cases of Zika virus infection in Florida are continuing to rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued travel advice urging pregnant women not to travel to certain parts of the country. The good news is that scientists testin...Show More
Data Mining Helps Pneumonia Diagnosis

04:26 | Aug 4th, 2016

Childhood pneumonia is the number one killer of children under the age of five worldwide. The disease is a particular challenge for those living in developing countries, where there is a lack of clinical expertise and appropriate equipment to diagno...Show More
New anti-cancer patch

04:16 | Aug 3rd, 2016

One in 20 people develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the second-most common form cancer in Europe. Surgery is an option for treatment, but this can result in incomplete removal of the tumour. Now, researchers from MIT have develope...Show More
Chewing robot lives on a paleodiet

04:20 | Jul 20th, 2016

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a chewing robot to study the tie between tooth wear and the dietary patterns of animals. Their shiny stainless-steel chewing machine with 3D printed parts can now show how the paleodiet of the ...Show More
Power of positive thought

03:43 | Jul 14th, 2016

People who feel well tend to live well. They have a better immunity against infections and lower susceptibility to ill-health. Stress and depression, on the other hand, are linked to poorer functioning of the immune system, weaker responses to vaccin...Show More
Electronic nose senses pesticides and terrorism threats

05:14 | Jul 11th, 2016

The most sensitive "electronic nose" ever has been built by scientists in Belgium. The portable "E-nose" uses spongy structures called metal-organic frameworks to pick up minute traces of molecules including harmful nerve gases. Lucka Bibic spoke to ...Show More
Royal Society Summer Exhibition

07:21 | Jul 10th, 2016

It's summertime again and along with ice cream, sunburn and our other favourite British traditions, it's time for the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, in London. We've been to see what's been going on
Cyborg Cardiac Patch

04:28 | Jul 9th, 2016

A system for growing heart cells on a microscopic silicon grid that can eavesdrop on their electrical behaviour is giving scientists a much clearer picture of how the heart works and providing a way to test new drugs much more safely. Long term it co...Show More
Getting every last drop

03:42 | Jul 6th, 2016

Days of squeezing the last drop from your shampoo bottles are over! Thanks to researchers from the US, we now have a material which allows sticky liquids to flow freely AND this has big implications for recycling, as Philip Brown explained to Lucka B...Show More
Life-saving helium discovery

03:20 | Jul 5th, 2016

Helium is the stuff that goes into party balloons and is also an essential ingredient in hospital MRI scanners. Most people have heard of helium but not many realise that we're in danger of running out of it. Luckily, Jon Gluyas from Durham Universi...Show More
Juno probe plunges into Jupiter

04:54 | Jul 4th, 2016

Today, NASA's Juno spacecraft has plunged into uncharted territory, flying closer to Jupiter than we've ever been before. Graihagh Jackson spoke to co-investigator of the Mission, Professor Stan Cowley from Leceister University...
Two Zika vaccine candidates discovered

04:46 | Jul 3rd, 2016

Back in February the World Health Organisation declared the zika virus epidemic in Brazil to be a public health emergency of international concern. At the top of the list was the link between Zika infection and babies being born with microcephaly or ...Show More
Mini-guts for testing cystic fibrosis theraphy

05:15 | Jun 29th, 2016

Cells collected from the intestines of patients with the disease cystic fibrosis can be grown in the laboratory dish to produce balls of cells that scientists are calling mini guts. These can be used to test a series of new cystic fibrosis drugs that...Show More
Silky sounds - making violins from silk

05:01 | Jun 29th, 2016

When it comes to making musical instruments, there's as much science in today's violins as there is art. While many manufacturers around the world are still creating wooden violins, others are turning to alternative materials such as carbon fibre. Bu...Show More
Solar powered jet makes historic crossing

05:03 | Jun 29th, 2016

Solar Impulse is a unique plane, powered not by jet fuel, but solar energy and it is currently on a record-breaking tour around the world. But how does that plane work and what is it like to fly? What happens when the sun begins to fade and the nigh ...Show More
Iron Up Against Heart Failure

05:23 | Jun 21st, 2016

Chronic Heart Failure is the inability of your heart to effectively pump blood around your body and affects over half a million people in the UK alone. So what causes it and could treatments lie in something as simple as iron? Doctor Paul Kalra is a ...Show More
Sudden cardiac death in the young

06:11 | Jun 15th, 2016

Sudden cardiac death in the young, that's an apparently healthy person dying unexpectedly from heart-related issues under the age of 35, is rare but devastating. It is also something of a mystery to many scientists. So how can we try to prevent young...Show More
Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Stone

03:47 | Jun 10th, 2016

Carbon dioxide is a problematic greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Power plants are major emitters of carbon dioxide, but unfortunately, current methods of capturing and storing excess carbon dioxide have not been very effective. Only a s...Show More
The Longest Tunnel Ever Built

04:11 | Jun 7th, 2016

On June the 1st, Switzerland announced the opening of the world's longest tunnel. Called the Gotthard tunnel, it runs under the Alps to link Northern and Southern Europe; and at 57.5 km, it's fair to say, you certainly wouldn't be able to see the li...Show More
Immune System Surprisingly Adaptive

04:31 | Jun 6th, 2016

Immune cells are essential to the maintenance and repair in our bodies. However, an over-active immune system can lead to diseases such as arthritis, chronically inflamed wounds and atherosclerosis. Therefore, it is imperative to understand and caref...Show More
Fish Prefer Pastic Over Food

03:35 | Jun 6th, 2016

Earlier this year, the US banned microparticle beads from personal care products, but Europe has yet to follow suit. Now, researchers from Uppsala University are increasing the urgency as for the first time, they have been able to show that fish actu...Show More
Universal Cancer Vaccine

04:39 | Jun 5th, 2016

A vaccine that can teach the immune system to attack any type of cancer is being developed and tested by scientists in Germany. Cancer affects one person in every three. It's caused by genetic damage to our cells, which leads them to grow in an uncon...Show More
Does salt increase blood pressure?

09:21 | May 26th, 2016

As a nation, the UK are above the intake guidelines for salt, which, for an adult, is 6g per day. To put that into perspective, there's about half a gram in a small packet of crisps, or one ham and cheese sandwich. But what does salt do to our inside...Show More
Botox Effects are More than Skin Deep

03:51 | May 22nd, 2016

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment where Botulin toxin-A injections paralyse your facial muscles, which relaxes smile lines and makes your skin appear younger. In comedies, it is often joked about for giving patients frozen expressions. But now, ...Show More
Boiling Frogs?!

03:47 | May 19th, 2016

This week we're tackling a myth sent in by listener Tim who says, "For many years I heard management gurus talking about the boiling frog syndrome.If you throw a frog into a pot of hot water it will immediately jump out. But If you put it in cold wat...Show More
500 Years of Robots

04:20 | May 18th, 2016

Robots are everywhere, from the machines that work in factories to pop culture icons like the Star Wars droids BB8, R2D2 and C3PO. but this is nothing new. Humans have been creating robots for centuries, and a new exhibition at the Science Museum in ...Show More
The Maths of Gambling

06:58 | May 15th, 2016

From maths hacks to poker playing bots, could there be a science to help you win big at the casino? Georgia Mills has been practising her poker face with help from Adam Kucharski...
Mouse Model Shows Zika Causes Birth Defects

05:12 | May 15th, 2016

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern with the virus' continued spread through the Americas. Zika, which was previously considered to be fairly harmless, has been lin...Show More
New link in how life began

03:42 | May 15th, 2016

The origins of life on earth has been a mystery since, well since life began. Researchers from Germany this week have found a crucial link in explaining how we got from the soup of chemicals on early earth to the very first cell, lending support to t...Show More
Limbs from Gills?

05:11 | Apr 25th, 2016

Could limbs have evolved from fish gills? While it might sound fishy, scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered that the same genetic programme, triggered by a gene called Sonic Hedgehog, is involved in the development of limbs, fin...Show More
Archaeology Undisturbed?

06:52 | Apr 20th, 2016

In Archaeology is it better to keep an object in the ground or dig it up? Connie Orbach spoke to curators of the Fitzwilliam Museum's Death On The Nile exhibition Helen Strudwick and Julie Dawson and physicist Nishad Karim to find out how techniques ...Show More
Brains: the bigger the better?

03:16 | Apr 19th, 2016

Humans are awesomely clever, right? We've colonised the world, manipulated our environment, developed incredible technology and can even make brilliant science radio shows like this one. And it's all thanks to the squishy grey stuff in our skulls - o...Show More
Will your doctor be prescribing LSD soon?

05:49 | Apr 17th, 2016

The drug LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, was first made in the 1930s in Switzerland by chemist Albert Hoffman, who also tried the agent on himself and described his psychedelic experience. LSD was widely used until the 1960s when it was made ille...Show More
Have STIs led to monogamy?

04:46 | Apr 17th, 2016

We might have sexually transmitted infections to thank for our modern-day monogamous society, according to a new study from Canada this week. Between ten and fifteen thousand years ago, as agriculture was established and humans swapped a hunter gathe...Show More
Invisible allies: the future of satellites

04:40 | Mar 25th, 2016

Without satellites operating above us, we would be in considerable trouble; even ATM machines don't work without them! So this week, Graihagh Jackson has been at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where leaders in satellite and space technology have b...Show More
New Horizons reveals Pluto's secrets

04:48 | Mar 23rd, 2016

This week, we've had a first glimpse at the wealth of data sent back by the New Horizons probe, which reached Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, last summer. Open University space scientist David Rothery has been taking a look at the papers charting...Show More
New stroke rehabilitation technique

05:15 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Strokes are a major cause of permanent disability and they affect millions of people every year. The cause is usually a lack of blood flow to one part of the brain, which destroys the affected brain area and robs the victim of the ability to perform ...Show More
ExoMars spacecraft launches successsfully

04:08 | Mar 21st, 2016

ExoMars 2016 launched successfully last week, but why are we going back to the red planet? This mission aims to seek out methane, which could be a crucial clue to whether there is life on Mars.
What's killing the bees?

05:53 | Feb 26th, 2016

It is that time of year again when we should start to see bees buzzing around gardens but populations of bees have been declining recently as disease and lack of food stores are hitting them hard. With a third of global food supply coming from crop s...Show More
Coercion - It's easy to be bad

05:50 | Feb 25th, 2016

Back in the 1960s, US researcher Stanley Milgram stunned the world with a study showing that members of the public were prepared to inflict potentially lethal electric shocks on supposedly innocent volunteers, if a lab-coated scientist ordered them t...Show More
Game changing cancer cure?

05:34 | Feb 24th, 2016

Results that scientists are describing as "unprecedented" in the treatment of cancer have been announced at a conference this week. A team led by Stanley Riddell, a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the US, have developed a ...Show More
Mapping climate change

03:38 | Feb 19th, 2016

Many people make the assumption that climate change means that places will become warmer; and indeed some will. But more important in some ways is how the climate in a particular geography might become more variable. Because, if the temperatures, clo...Show More
Here Comes Science: They Might be Giants

03:19 | Feb 18th, 2016

American band They Might be Giants, famous for charting singles 'Birdhouse in your Soul' and 'Istanbul', have also made an album all about science. It's called 'Here Comes Science', and aims to teach children about things like biology and physics, fe...Show More
Gravitational Waves Discovered!!

02:16 | Feb 12th, 2016

100 years after Einstein predicted them, scientists have finally discovered gravitational waves. For 25 years, hundreds of scientists across 16 countries have been trying to detect these elusive ripples and yesterday, the LIGO team announced they had...Show More
Zika declared public health emergency

05:26 | Feb 10th, 2016

Last week, the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil prompted the World Health Organisation to declare a global health emergency. The virus is spreading fast and has been linked to microcephaly, in which children are born with underdeveloped brains. Consu...Show More
Gene editing human embryos

03:46 | Feb 8th, 2016

This week, a British researcher got the green light to genetically modify human embryos - this is the first time that gene editing has been approved in embryos. However, it hasn't been met with open arms by everyone, with some arguing this is the fir...Show More
What beached the sperm whales?

04:54 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Sperm whales are renowned for being the biggest toothed whales of our seas, migrating thousands of miles every year. But this week, photos of cetacean carcasses were splashed across the media.16 of these majestic creatures have beached across the UK,...Show More
Could conspiracy theories be true?

05:08 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Science is full of conspiracy theories, the moon landings were faked and climate change is a hoax, but how many of them are likely to be true? Felicity Bedford spoke to Dr. David Robert Grimes from Oxford University who has given conspiracy theorists...Show More
Behind the scenes at Call the Midwife

05:54 | Jan 27th, 2016

Call the Midwife is one of the UK's best loved TV shows, and the new series has just started on the BBC. But as well as its empathetic characters and gripping story-lines, what makes the show special is its attention to detail when it comes to histor...Show More
Free radicals - a miracle cure?

05:46 | Jan 25th, 2016

Hibernating animals put their bodies through huge amounts of stress but seem to remain unharmed. Professor Rob Henning from Groningen University explained to Connie Orbach how mimicking their protective mechanisms might be the key to human health.
New Leukemia Therapy

05:49 | Jan 18th, 2016

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infection. About one person in every 200 will develop the disease, a common form of which is called AML, or acute myeloid leukemia. At the moment it tends to have a relatively poor pro...Show More
National Security Algorithm

05:12 | Jan 18th, 2016

The current threat level from terrorism in the UK and many other countries is set to severe, and police and security forces acknowledge that their jobs are being made much harder because today's terrorists have at their disposal a range of communicat...Show More
Why Do Dogs Slurp So Sloppily?

04:12 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Dogs drink in a very distinctive way, lapping up water and, more often than not, making a huge mess. But, until now, the exact way they did this has been a mystery. Thankfully, scientists at Virginia Tech wouldn't let sleeping dogs lie and they've wo...Show More
COP21 The Results

05:00 | Dec 21st, 2015

"195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius" were the headlines issuing from Paris in the wake of the Conference of the Parties - or COP21 - meeting. So how will this be achieved, can it be achieved at all, what has th...Show More
Tim Peake Rockets To Space

06:06 | Dec 21st, 2015

On Tuesday the UK Space Agency's first official astronaut, Tim Peake embarked on the trip of a lifetime to the International Space Station. The launch was broadcast live on the BBC and watched around the world. Connie Orbach went to join the celebrat...Show More
Plants communicate to trade with fungi

04:06 | Dec 18th, 2015

A plant protein used to communicate with friendly soil fungi has been identified by Cambridge University scientists.
Science Breakthrough of the Year 2015

08:54 | Dec 18th, 2015

What was the most momentous bit of science that you heard about this year? Every December the journal Science asks its editorial staff this question and they eventually crown one discovery their "Breakthrough of the Year".
ARM: 25 years as Britain's biggest tech company

04:46 | Dec 15th, 2015

How an Acorn grew into, amongst other things, an Apple: What began as a business making home microcomputers now turns out the processing brain behind 95% of the world's smartphones. Mike Muller has been at the firm since its inception; he explained t...Show More
Can genetics help you stop smoking?

04:50 | Dec 7th, 2015

Researchers have linked a gene with your ability to stop smoking, but not all of the scientific community is in agreement...
Why loneliness can kill

05:14 | Dec 2nd, 2015

People with the best social networks, who sing in choirs; play instruments; go to church and take part in team sports, all live longer and tend to be happier, studies have shown. People who feel lonely, or isolated, on the other hand, fare less well ...Show More
Sex addicts hooked by online porn

03:56 | Dec 1st, 2015

Compulsive sexual behaviour, more commonly known as sex addiction, is driven by the huge novelty provided by online material, a new study has found.
Supergenes can determine behaviour

03:50 | Nov 27th, 2015

The choices we make are often down to past experience and the circumstances, including picking partners. However, for a bird called the ruff, the way it picks up ladies is determined genetically. Some ruffs are territorial and impress using dramatic ...Show More
Sounds to make you emotional

04:48 | Nov 13th, 2015

Music can have a huge impact on your emotions. Research published this week in PNAS has shown that if you apply the same sound properties that convey emotion in music and voices to environmental sounds such as a car engine they will also make people ...Show More
Puberty Timing and Health

05:00 | Nov 13th, 2015

Can you remember when your voice broke? According to conventional wisdom most men can't, but women have very strong memories of their first period. This means that studies of puberty timing have struggled to investigate effects in men. However, new...Show More
How Random are DNA Mutations?

03:35 | Nov 11th, 2015

Cambridge has a rich history of making discoveries about DNA - the genetic code inside each and every one of us. In the 50s Watson and Crick announced that they had unravelled the structure of DNA - the famous double helix shape. Now, 60 years later,...Show More
Cambridge Graphene Technology Day

06:39 | Nov 11th, 2015

Back in August we did a show all about the super material graphene. At the molecular level, a sheet of graphene looks a bit like chicken wire and is only a single atomic layer thick, if you were to pile up lots of these single layers you'd get graphi...Show More
Can we prevent breast cancer?

05:28 | Nov 10th, 2015

At the beginning of November, Kat went up to Liverpool for the annual NCRI Cancer Conference, bringing together scientists, doctors, nurses, patients and more from the UK and around the world to talk about the latest progress, ideas and issues in can...Show More
How Healthy are E-Cigarettes?

04:37 | Nov 9th, 2015

E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere nowadays. Invented by a Chinese pharmacist and patented in 2004, they first went on sale in 2010 and are now the most popular way to quit smoking in the UK. But although there's no smoke, there's certainly a fire of...Show More
New Vaccine For RSV

05:02 | Nov 9th, 2015

Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a virus of the respiratory system that infects people of all ages during the winter causing colds, however in infants and young children it can lead to much more severe illnesses like pneumonia. Despite it's huge...Show More
Eye drops to treat cataracts

04:11 | Nov 7th, 2015

Cataracts are caused when proteins inside the lens of the eye come together. It's a condition that clouds the vision of approximately one hundred and eighty million people worldwide, with surgery to replace the lens with a plastic one currently the o...Show More
The problem with childbirth

05:04 | Oct 30th, 2015

Despite the hundreds of thousands of babies born every day, we still know relatively little about childbirth and how hormones play their key roles in it. A stress hormone, known as cortisol, is involved in inducing labour in animals, but doesn't seem...Show More
Frost prevented by new material

02:38 | Oct 28th, 2015

As Winter approaches in some parts of the world, so does the colder weather and the threat of ice on the roads and on your car windscreen. But help is at hand from Kansas State University's Alexander van Dyke. As he explains to Charis Lestrange, he's...Show More
Is personality linked to birth order?

04:28 | Oct 24th, 2015

There have been many exaggerated reports this week that birth order, whether you are a first or last born, affects how intelligent you will be compared to your siblings. However, the researchers at the University of Leipzig found that this difference...Show More
Slippery steel that repels bacteria

03:28 | Oct 24th, 2015

Steel is used to manufacture a wide range of products from tiny surgical tools to huge ships. However, it can become corroded or contaminated when liquid comes into contact with it. A new method to coat steel with the compound tungsten oxide has been...Show More
21m for Engineering Grand Challenges

04:35 | Oct 20th, 2015

This week the UK science minister, Jo Johnson, was in Cambridge where he announced an initiative to pump 21 million into seven key research programmes intended to tackle some of the leading scientific and engineering challenges facing the world. The ...Show More
Do people spread disease?

04:55 | Oct 8th, 2015

Every day millions of people are moving around the world by air, land and sea, but they may be bringing with them more than just their luggage. For example, during last year's ebola outbreak, there were concerns that air travel would spread the disea...Show More
How are our lives are mapped on our brains?

04:30 | Oct 8th, 2015

The Human Connectome Project has collected data of hundreds of individuals ranging from brain imaging to genetic and lifestyle information. Now researchers from the University of Oxford have used this information to see how much our lifestyle choices...Show More
Getting high from marathon running

03:06 | Oct 8th, 2015

You know when after a run you feel great? Well previously scientists thought this runners' high was down to endorphins, but this may not be the case. Johannes Fuss from the University of Heidelberg found that mice that ran around all day felt less pa...Show More
Extinct animal colours revealed

03:21 | Oct 7th, 2015

Fossils have long been used to help us piece together the size and shape of extinct animals, but the colours of these animals has, until now, been something of a mystery. Now researchers from the University of Bristol have detected the chemical signa...Show More
Concussion and the Rugby World Cup

05:54 | Sep 29th, 2015

This week, with the Rugby World Cup in full swing, the sports chief medical officer, Martin Raftery has called for changes to be made to the rules in order to cut the number of concussions suffered by players. Concussion occurs when the brain is shak...Show More
A cooling layer for solar cells

04:34 | Sep 28th, 2015

Solar power is growing in popularity around the world, with huge solar farms springing up all over the place. Obviously, solar panels need as much sunlight as possible, but this also means that they heat up, limiting their efficiency at converting su...Show More
Fidgeting could prolong your life

03:22 | Sep 28th, 2015

Sitting for long periods of time has long been associated with negative health effects and is thought to slow down your metabolism. However new research suggests that the movements linked with fidgeting could offset these negative effects. Charis Les...Show More
Extremely Large Telescope

04:42 | Sep 27th, 2015

Earmarked for 2024, the European- Extremely Large Telescope will be the biggest telescope in the world. The primary mirror is 39 metres across and capable of collecting as much light at once as all the other telescopes that mankind has ever built put...Show More
3D-printing body parts

06:03 | Sep 25th, 2015

Scientists have announced a revolution in 3D printing. Rather than building things up layer by layer, which is the traditional approach, University of Florida scientist Tommy Angelini prints things inside a gel material using a hollow needle. The gel...Show More
Paralysed man walks again

06:04 | Sep 24th, 2015

Scientists in America have helped a paralysed man to take his first steps in over 5 years. They've done it by developing a system that eavesdrops on the patient's brainwaves and can detect when he wants to walk. The computer then activates a stimula...Show More
A new insight into parasites

05:00 | Sep 24th, 2015

You may never have heard of the disease lymphatic filariasis, but it affects 120 million people in 70 countries around the world, causing dramatic swelling of the limbs and other parts of the body, known as elephantiasis. It's caused by tiny parasiti...Show More
Good beetle parents die younger

04:40 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Does being a good parent shorten your lifespan? It turns out the answer is yes, at least if you're a burying beetle. Results from researchers at The University of Cambridge published this week show that beetles can sacrifice their own fitness for the...Show More
Does stress affect elephant fertility?

03:53 | Sep 22nd, 2015

It has been found that endangered Asian elephants age faster and have fewer offspring if their mothers are stressed when they are born. Researchers at the University of Sheffield measured a hormone associated with stress to determine the time of year...Show More
Lovey-dovey finches

04:55 | Sep 17th, 2015

People can spend their lives looking for love. We go on awkward dates and let our friends set us up with complete strangers. All in the hope of finding 'the one'.But what's the point of it all? Why do we bother? If all we're supposed to do is continu...Show More
Age related diseases associated with 'biological age'

04:20 | Sep 14th, 2015

Early intervention is likely to be critical for preventing many age-related diseases; but detecting these diseases at a sufficiently early stage to make a difference is often problematic. Now this may be about to change, because scientists in the UK ...Show More
Dusty farms protect children from allergies

04:43 | Sep 5th, 2015

A well known benefit of growing up on a farm is the reduced chance of developing allergies. Evidence shows that children who are exposed to a dusty farm environment from an early age have fewer allergies than those who don't. Now researchers have dis...Show More
Green Highways

03:15 | Aug 26th, 2015

This month, Cambridge based company Innovia Technology have taken charge of the "Mission Zero Corridor Project". This project aims to make a 12 mile stretch of highway in West Georgia completely sustainable, with no carbon footprint! This will be the...Show More
Keeping clocks accurate

02:27 | Aug 25th, 2015

Getting accurate clocks is really important for all kinds of technologies, especially when monitoring the distant heavens. But even if the clock itself is accurate, how do you know that the right time is being transmitted across to other devices, so ...Show More
Hidden memories explained

04:14 | Aug 24th, 2015

It's long been known that traumatic memories forged in stressful situations can lie buried in the subconscious, yet they can bubble to the surface unexpectedly, triggering strong reactions, flashbacks and more serious psychological problems such as p...Show More
Dogs evolved with climate change not prey

03:54 | Aug 23rd, 2015

In the UK we are a nation of dog lovers but how did man's best friend become the speedy, bouncy animal we know today? Well for a long time it has been thought that dogs got faster as their prey did, in a sort of arms race, but new research from Profe...Show More
Premature birth affects personality

04:34 | Aug 10th, 2015

New research has shown that babies born severely prematurely or underweight are likely to suffer in adulthood with a socially withdrawn personality. Amy Goodfellow met with Professor Dieter Wolke from the University of Warwick to find out more...
GCSE success: it's in your genes

04:21 | Aug 4th, 2015

Scientists at King's College London have discovered that genetics makes an unexpectedly large contribution to children's GCSE grades across a wide range of subjects. Kat Arney met with Professor Robert Plomin to find out more.
A pill on a string!

06:16 | Aug 3rd, 2015

About 8000 people in the UK develop a cancer in their oesophagus - the tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach - every year. The majority of these people have detectable changes in the cells lining the oesophagus for many years befor...Show More
Can de-worming really improve school attendance?

04:13 | Aug 2nd, 2015

A decade ago a landmark study was published showing that treating Kenyan children for worm infections could increase their attendance at school, as well as bringing health benefits. Since then, many development agencies across Africa have taken the i...Show More
Music tastes linked with brain type

04:40 | Jul 31st, 2015

How does the way you think influence the music you choose to listen to? Scientists at Cambridge University have developed a test that marries up a person's personality traits including how empathic they are, and how systematically they think, with th...Show More
Sugary drinks increase diabetes risk by 20%

04:46 | Jul 30th, 2015

Fizzy drinks are often very high in sugar, and doctors suspect that they're likely to be linked to the growing rates of obesity in many countries. Now, by bringing together data from all of the previously published studies in the world, public health...Show More
Rocket-powered Punting

04:22 | Jul 30th, 2015

Punting is one of the most typically 'Cambridge' of activities, with hundreds of tourists being punted lazily along the river Cam at any one point during summer. Now, though, the Cambridge Science Centre has decided to liven things up a little with a...Show More
Growing Human Hearts

03:29 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Growing a human heart from a single cell may seem like science fiction, but scientists at the Gladstone Institute at the University of California San Francisco, have taken a huge step forward, by producing the first three-dimensional, beating, human ...Show More
Volcanoes may have ended the Roman Empire

04:32 | Jul 16th, 2015

Volcanic eruptions can be both beautiful and destructive at the same time, but now scientists have found evidence they may have also been linked to plagues, and even the fall of the Roman Empire. When a volcano erupts, chemicals are released into th...Show More
Benefitting medically from marijuana

04:12 | Jul 14th, 2015

Marijuana has a reputation for helping people who are in pain. But achieving the analgesic effect comes at a cost: users of the drug complain of memory loss and mood disturbances. Now, by identifying the pathway in the brain that is responsible for t...Show More
Climate change is bad news for bees

04:10 | Jul 13th, 2015

It's hard to miss the fact that bees are in trouble, with worrying news of colony collapse disorder devastating bee numbers, and concerns about the effects of pesticides on our most important pollinators. Now there's something else for our buzzing fr...Show More
Why do our brains age?

05:15 | Jul 13th, 2015

One of the key factors that makes the brain age has been uncovered by scientists in the US. Young mice infused with the blood of older animals developed a drop in their cognitive abilities. This is down to a chemical made by the immune system called ...Show More
Predicting depression and anxiety

04:54 | Jul 12th, 2015

More than a quarter of people are affected by anxiety or depression each year. But are some people more at risk than others? By studying groups of rhesus monkeys, Dr Ned Kalin from the University of Wisconsin in Madison found that individuals display...Show More
RoboCabs: the key to curbing emissions?

05:10 | Jul 12th, 2015

How does being driven around in a robotic taxi grab you? Currently, cars contribute 13% to our greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. However, a new study has found that were we to switch to using a fleet of electrified, autonomous taxis - dubbed "roboc...Show More
Men and women may feel pain differently

04:36 | Jul 3rd, 2015

It's an age-old debate, who feels more pain, men or women? Scientists at McGill University have taken us one step closer to answering this question with a study using mice. Jeff Mogil and his team have discovered that the biological pathway that caus...Show More
What do fish and aircraft have in common?

02:34 | Jul 2nd, 2015

What do fish and aircraft have in common? Well, water and air are both fluids. And when fish move their tails and bodies from side to side, they push against the surrounding water and leave behind a mini whirlpool or vortex, which contains informatio...Show More
Just give me a second...

00:59 | Jun 29th, 2015

Rejoice because at midnight tonight, a second will be added to clocks across the world. Seeing as you now have all of this extra time, here's Naked Scientist Tom Crawford with everything you need to know about the leap second...
PPI's Increase Heart Attack Risk

04:35 | Jun 22nd, 2015

One of the world's most widely-used classes of drugs could significantly increase your risk of suffering a heart attack; that's according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University, in California and published in PloS One this week. Nick Le...Show More
75 million year-old Dinosaur Cells found

05:08 | Jun 21st, 2015

While Jurassic World may be wowing the crowds at the cinema, a new study from researchers at Imperial College has been making waves in the world of real-life dinosaurs. Although scientists have previously found evidence for soft tissues, such as bloo...Show More
Hawkmoths Shadowy Existence Uncovered

04:41 | Jun 21st, 2015

Hawkmoths live a shadowy existence; they stick their tongues down the flowers' neck, all the while being tossed about in the wind. And as if that wasn't enough, they do it all in the pitch black. With tiny brains and even tinier eyes - they seem to d...Show More
Self-unrolling Brain Implant

03:57 | Jun 21st, 2015

Scientists in the US have developed a new brain implant that can be used to record information from nerve cells, and also to transmit signals into the nervous system, to stimulate parts of the brain. Unlike existing electrode devices, which can trigg...Show More
Exploring Saturn's Newest Ring

04:52 | Jun 14th, 2015

Saturn is one of the most well-known planets in the solar system, perhaps owing to its distinctive set of rings. The largest of these rings, the H-ring, was only discovered as recently as 2009 and cannot be seen from Earth. Now, using images taken by...Show More
Coffee staves off depression

07:16 | Jun 11th, 2015

Coffee is an essential part of life for many of us, but could it help to cut depression?
Ending Earthquakes With Water

04:46 | Jun 11th, 2015

Earthquakes occur at faults, or fractures, in the Earth's crust - where two big slabs of rock meet. Movement under the surface tries to push the rocks past each other but the rough edges get stuck together until enough stress builds up to jerk them p...Show More
Sequencing Schizophrenia

04:16 | Jun 4th, 2015

The specific genes that cause schizophrenic symptoms have been found by researchers at Cardiff University. A huge study of the DNA of over 10,000 schizophrenics and 15,000 controls helped identified the genes involved, and determine that they are in ...Show More
Choose Your Treatment Wisely

05:06 | May 17th, 2015

A campaign to combat "over-treatment" of patients has been announced by doctors' leaders this week. Called "Choosing Wisely", the initiative promotes more open conversations between doctors and patients, rather than an obsessive - and frequently fina...Show More
Baboon Buddies

06:22 | May 17th, 2015

Humans, like all other primates, are a sociable bunch and we tend to pick friends who are fairly similar to us in terms of education, religion, personality and so on. Now researchers studying a troop of wild Chacma baboons living in Namibia have disc...Show More
A Study in Scarlet

04:07 | May 17th, 2015

Dressing in red around the office might have your colleagues seeing you in a different light! A new study from Durham University's Robert Barton has found that when the same person is shown wearing a red-coloured top, rather than a blue one, they ten...Show More