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Cooking with a Conscience

59:49 | Apr 15th

This week a Naked Scientists exclusive: we're putting a brand new type of oven to the test - can it really, as the inventors claim - roast a raw chicken in 35 minutes? Plus, the brave scientists who've attached cameras to Great White Sharks, and what...Show More

Q&A: Space Surgery in Scotland

50:52 | Apr 8th

It's time for our Q&A, this time from Edinburgh! This week, what happens if you get pregant in space? How do chemists make new molecules? And how do antidepressants work? Chris Smith is joined by our panel of experts to answer your questions: Space d...Show More

Modelling and Microbes: Science of Birth

59:26 | Apr 1st

Spring has officially sprung! There are newborn lambs prancing around in the fields in the UK, and we've recently celebrated Mothering Sunday. To celebrate, we're taking a trip down the road of pregnancy and birth, stopping off along the way to chat ...Show More

Say Hello to Tomorrow\'s Tech

57:27 | Mar 26th

Bonjour! This week we've been to Paris; we've been attending Hello Tomorrow, the summit that showcases world-changing emerging technologies that are about to make it big. This week: A tiny microphone that lets you zoom in on individual voices in a co...Show More

A New Material World

55:42 | Mar 19th

This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are taking you to the cutting edge of materials science including how blacksmiths made incredibly tough swords to how defence scientists make bullet-proof armour today. Plus, news of a better way to manage pros...Show More

Q&A: Atoms, Avalanches & Armpits

54:41 | Mar 12th

This week, could we colonise a planet beyond our own galaxy? What's the greenest way to heat my home? And why do bright lights make some people sneeze? It's QA time! Chris Smith is joined by a panel of scientists to take on the questions YOU'VE been ...Show More

The Issue of Invasive Species

59:24 | Mar 5th

This week, we're being invaded! Izzie Clarke and Katie Haylor explore invasive species: how they sneak in, why they disrupt nature, and how to fight back! Plus, in the news, scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal, researchers have uncovered an...Show More

Born to Run: Sprinting Science

54:14 | Feb 26th

This week we get off the couch to talk about the science of running. What does it do for our bodies, and our minds? Why did we ever evolve to do it in the first place? Can a man outrun a horse? Plus in the news, a potential kill-switch for tuberculos...Show More

Periodic Table: 150 Au Years

55:25 | Feb 19th

This week we're celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table - we'll find out how scientists uncovered the elements in the first place and what other mysterious materials may be waiting to be discovered. Plus a way to power up the body's own morphine-...Show More

Zoo&A: Why can't dogs eat chocolate?

54:56 | Feb 12th

It's QA time or should we say ZOO and A? We're pondering about pets and inquiring about insects as Jacob Dunn, Eleanor Drinkwater, Jason Head and Stuart Eves join Chris Smith to answer the animal-inspired questions you've been sending in. For more po...Show More

How to hijack a brain

57:03 | Feb 5th

This week, how hypnosis works, the parasites that hijack brain and behaviour, why we're all being manipulated 24/7, and how to build remote-controlled rodents. Plus news that we're a step closer to reversible birth control for men, why rocks affect h...Show More

Cars of the Future: Are We Ready?

55:01 | Jan 29th

This week, we're getting revved up about the cars of the future! What needs to change for future car travel to be sustainable? And in the news, as Hitachi pulls the plug on a UK nuclear deal, could the answer to the country's energy crisis lie in com...Show More

Art: From Colours to Counterfeits

55:01 | Jan 22nd

From finding forgeries to creating colours, we explore the science of art. Plus, in the news, turning cancer cells into fat, a threat to one of our favourite beverages, and is there really a Dark Side of the Moon?

Microbes: From Farm to Fork

57:44 | Jan 15th

We're making a meal out of microbes, Geogia Mills and Chris Smith meet the little helpers that get food onto the table. Plus, in the news, the intelligent material that help wounds to heal, scientists get to the bottom of how norovirus makes us ill, ...Show More

Why is There Always Room for Dessert?

57:52 | Jan 8th

Do astronauts get WiFi in space? What is the speed of gravity? Why is there always room for dessert? Giles Yeo, Anne-Laura Van Harmelen, Richard Hollingham and Francesca Day gather round the microphones to answer your need-to-know questions about spa...Show More

A Naked Year!

58:16 | Dec 31st, 2018

From talking whales to training astronauts, creating life to reversing life-threatening allergies, Georgia Mills, Izzie Clarke and few other familiar voices re-visit their favourite moments and the biggest scientific celebrations of the past year.To...Show More

Turkey, Trees and Teslas: Surviving Christmas

57:06 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Here is The Naked Scientists' guide to surviving - and thriving - at Christmas, including our top scientifically-tested tips for cooking turkey and making the best roast potatoes. Plus, a healthy helping of crappy cracker jokes and advice on how to a...Show More

Teeth: Brushing up on Dentistry

58:53 | Nov 27th, 2018

This week, Chris Smith and Izzie Clarke are filling the gaps in their knowledge of teeth; we also meet the microbes in our mouths and test the battle of the toothbrushes. Plus, in the news, researchers grow new spinal discs in a dish, we explore the ...Show More

Can Science Create Superhumans?

59:28 | Nov 20th, 2018

This week - Humanity 2.0! Can we use genetics, drugs and technology to become superhuman? We speak to experts on the science that can push us to our extremes, and meet the world's first cyborg. Plus, in the news, do men and women really think differe...Show More

The Great British Make Off

59:59 | Nov 13th, 2018

This week, from posters to pancakes - how do the objects we see around us every day actually get made? We're uncovering the science of manufacturing - from the very big, to the very small and the very complex. Plus in the news, why being a morning la...Show More

QnA: Temperature, Tech and Testicles

56:16 | Nov 6th, 2018

This week, we've assembled a panel of experts to tackle your science questions, including: Are there plastics in the fish we eat? Can electrical devices affect your fertility? And how does Earth's tilt give us our seasons?

Scientific Shimmy: Why we Dance

53:27 | Oct 30th, 2018

This week the Naked Scientists are hitting the dance floor with a look at the science of the shimmy. Why do we do it, what makes a dance look good, and how can it be used to help people? Plus, in the news; how glowing lungs can fight infections, an a...Show More

Catalysts: Our Tiny Chemists

58:08 | Oct 22nd, 2018

From brewing beer to cleaning up car emissions and even making less polluting fuels. We're asking - what exactly are catalysts, and how do they work? Plus, in the news, scientists discover the mechanism behind the majority of Alzheimer's cases, new t...Show More

Meet the Neolithic!

51:34 | Oct 15th, 2018

This week we go back thousands of years to meet our Neolithic ancestors, and discover how their innovations paved the way for all life as we know it. Explore the origin of farming and wine making, and find out how the Neolithic wielded the remarkable...Show More

QnA: Sperm Races and Monkey Business

55:56 | Oct 8th, 2018

This week, can science help us to quit our vices? Do any animals have accents? And how big can a planet get? Joining Chris Smith to tackle your sci-curious questions was physicist Jess Wade, planetary geologist David Rothery, neuroscientist Bianca Ju...Show More

How Do I Look?

58:13 | Oct 1st, 2018

This week - from skin care to going under the knife, we're lifting the lid on the science of looking good. Plus in the news, a DNA repair kit that can fix genetic diseases and a UK project launches to clean up 7000 tonnes of space junk.

Flu Do You Think You Are?

56:06 | Sep 24th, 2018

In 1918, Spanish flu wiped out more people than World War 1. Now, a century on, we're asking why this pandemic packed such a punch, where flu came from in the first place, and how flu vaccines are made. Plus, fossilised fats from the world's first an...Show More

On the Flip Side - Earth's Magnetic Field

58:37 | Sep 17th, 2018

This week we're looking at the magnetic field keeping our planet safe, finding out how it's generated and whether some animals can actually see it. Plus, news of a technique to read out the time of our body clocks, the people making the case to reins...Show More

QnA: Diabetes, Driving and Dodgems

59:05 | Sep 10th, 2018

It's Question and Answer time! The Naked Scientists tackle the medical musings and chemical queries you've been sending in. Joining Chris Smith in studio was Astrophysicist Matt Bothwell, Chemist Peter Wothers, Psychologist Helen Keyes and Human Phys...Show More

Biomimicry: Borrowing from Biology

54:49 | Sep 3rd, 2018

This week, we explore the field of biomimicry and how nature can help inspire technologies of the future, including the crickets that are showing scientists how to make better hearing aids, dragonfly-inspired wind turbines and the aircraft that repai...Show More

Naked on a Punt!

57:18 | Aug 27th, 2018

Join the Naked Scientists for a leisurely ride on a punt, past Cambridge's picturesque riverside colleges. At each stop the boat picks up some of the brightest brains from the University and hear about their cutting edge ideas, from fraud-preventing...Show More

Music Science: from Mozart to Marketing

53:11 | Aug 20th, 2018

Mozart or Motown, most of us love music. We're digging into the science behind this much-loved pass time, be it listening to your favourite tunes, or playing them for yourself. Plus in the news - the discovery of an orphan planet, succumbing to robo ...Show More

Waterloo Uncovered: Veterans Excavate Old Conflicts

59:12 | Aug 13th, 2018

This week we're on the historical Waterloo battlefield where veterans of modern wars - often with disabilities, PTSD and other mental scars - are joining archaeologists to excavate remains of one of the most important conflicts in European history. P...Show More

Medicinal Cannabis: Weeding Out The Hype

59:02 | Aug 6th, 2018

This week, medical uses of cannabis. What's the hype and what's the reality? We hear from the people who grow it, and the people who want to use it. Plus in the news, scientists grow replacement lungs in a lab, why a knock on the head can lead to dem...Show More

Life in the Year 2100

56:32 | Jul 30th, 2018

We follow a day in the life in 2100, exploring the cities, transport, workplaces and health of the future. Plus, astronomers find water on Mars, a magnetic wire which could screen for cancer and why your cat's poo could change your brain...

The First Test Tube Baby at 40

54:55 | Jul 23rd, 2018

On 25th July 1978, 40 years ago, the first baby conceived using in vitro fertilisation - IVF - techniques developed to help people who couldn't have children naturally, was born. Her name was Louise Brown, and she owes her existence to the pioneering...Show More

Fighter Flight: The Sky's The Limit

59:16 | Jul 16th, 2018

We hope you've got your boarding passes at the ready! To celebrate 50 years of the jumbo jet, 100 years of the Royal Air Force and the recent arrival of the brand new F35 fighter jet in the UK, The Naked Scientists are taking a flight through the his...Show More

QnA - Should you wee on a jellyfish sting?

55:15 | Jul 9th, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists are swinging into summer! Guests Jane Sterling, Jim Bacon, Laurence Kemp and Howard Griffiths take on your holiday themed questions, including: Why do we get heat waves; how do you treat a jellyfish sting and why does ...Show More

The A-Z of addiction

58:27 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This week, addiction! Why do we get hooked on things? Are video games addictive? And evidence that the gambling industry use artificial intelligence to make you more likely to keep playing. Plus, in the news, scientists discover how to turn insulin i...Show More

Venting About Volcanoes

59:47 | Jun 25th, 2018

This week - we're exploding the science of volcanoes. Why do they erupt? What threat do they pose to aeroplanes? And what impact do they have on us and our environment? Plus, news that marriage cuts your mortality rate, what 800 million tweets have r...Show More

Beating Heart Disease

59:35 | Jun 18th, 2018

The Naked Scientists are delving into the science of heart disease; we've been to the UK's leading heart conference in Manchester. Hear from the researchers trying to discover the causes and new treatments for one of the world's most important diseas...Show More

Q and A: Disney, Dark Matter, and Deja Vu

55:33 | Jun 11th, 2018

What is dj vu? Why do I get angry when I'm hungry? Why do I remember every Disney lyric, but can't remember how to set my oven? Materials physicist Jess Wade, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold, animal behaviour expert Eleanor Drinkwater, and physicist Fr...Show More

Football Under the Microscope

55:23 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week we're taking a look at the science of football, from physics to psychology. And in the news, can being social stave off dementia and what new features have been found on the surface of Pluto?

Planet B: Can we colonise space?

56:09 | May 28th, 2018

This week we're leaving planet earth in search of a new home. Is there a Planet B? How could we get there? And presenter Izzie Clarke takes a spin at astronaut training.

Allergy Science: from antibodies to anaphylaxis

55:21 | May 21st, 2018

Hayfever causing you havoc? Is asthma proving to be an annoyance? This week, we're talking allergies. What causes them, and can we reverse them? We talk to one specialist who's making great strides in doing just that. Plus, in the news, a possible cu...Show More

Q&A: Martian Sunsets and Submerged Sloths

53:58 | May 14th, 2018

Why don't we get invisible animals on land? What's at the centre of a gas giant? Did we really land on the moon? Astronomer Matt Bothwell, marine biologist Kate Feller, palaeontologist Jason Head and geneticist Diana Alexander join Chris Smith to sho...Show More

Water: Drips, Drains and Droughts

57:14 | May 7th, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists are dipping their toes into water; where does it come from, could we ever run out, and we take a stroll through a local sewage plant. Plus, in the news, scientists look for Malaria's achilles heel, why our coral reefs ...Show More

Senses Month: Tackling Touch

53:49 | Apr 30th, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists' senses month comes to a close as we tackle touch: how we develop a sense of touch, getting tactile when shopping and the secret to the perfect hug. Plus, making greener concrete and why bird populations are dropping i...Show More

Senses Month: Scents and Scent Ability

58:11 | Apr 23rd, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists get right up your nose! We find out how smells work, explore if stenches could help people give up smoking and sniff out the scent of nightmares. Plus, the science of running a marathon, a secret use for spleens and we...Show More

Senses Month: A Taste of Science

59:18 | Apr 16th, 2018

This month we're exploring the science of our senses. So far we've heard how our ears work, looked the visual system in the eye, and this week, we're getting our teeth into the science of taste. Plus news of a discovery that could re-write the story ...Show More

Senses Month: The Science of Sight

52:46 | Apr 9th, 2018

From ancient fossils to cutting edge surgery, we're bringing you the lowdown on the science of vision. Plus in the news, a drug that might aid stroke recovery, and what you can learn from taking a DNA test...

Senses Month: Can you Hear Me?

56:53 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Are we headed for a hearing-loss epidemic, and can science step in when the world starts to go quiet? This week, The Naked Scientists go on an odyssey into the science of hearing, listen in to find out the strange ways our ears decode sounds, get ...Show More

Q&A: Greedy Guts & Useless Numbers

57:36 | Mar 26th, 2018

It's QA Time! The Naked Scientists gathered a panel of experts to tackle your sci-curious questions; geneticist and food neuroscientist Giles Yeo, biologist and insect expert Chris Pull, material scientist Rachel Oliver and mathematician Bobby Seagul...Show More

A Brief History of Stephen Hawking

57:35 | Mar 20th, 2018

On Wednesday March the 14th, the world was shaken by the death of one of our greatest scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking. Joined by some of his Cambridge colleagues and the new generation of scientists he inspired, this week we celebrate his life,...Show More

What Is Inside Your Computer?

54:20 | Mar 13th, 2018

This week - we use them everyday - at work, at home, to chat to our friends or listen to music - but how do computers actually work, what's inside them, and what will the computers of tomorrow look like? We'll be navigating through the past, present ...Show More

Before they're Gone: Fighting the Illegal Wildlife Trade

1:00:05 | Mar 6th, 2018

It's one of the largest criminal industries in the world, worth billions and responsible for thousands of murders, but can we win the fight against the illegal wildlife trade? We speak to the foot soldiers of this battle: a scientist whose new techni...Show More

What The Heck Is Xenobiology?

56:56 | Feb 27th, 2018

The Naked Scientists meet the biologists who are inventing a new form of genetic information: this strange science is called xenobiology. Plus, in the news, a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, the video game that tackles fake news and scientis...Show More

How High Can we Build?

57:24 | Feb 20th, 2018

This week, we put your questions to our expert panel of scientists - What's the tallest possible building? Do female animals flirt? And what can we do if an asteroid ends up heading for earth?

The Art of Science

1:06:50 | Feb 13th, 2018

The Naked Scientists ditch the lab coats for artistic overalls. From coding musical compositions to the jeans that remove air-pollution, we take a look at how art has helped science. Plus, in the news, the most powerful rocket ever built takes to the...Show More

Turning the Tide on Plastics

1:05:15 | Feb 6th, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists probe the plastic problem: can science help turn the tide on our rising consumption? Plus, the killer whale that can talk, and some groundbreaking research reveals why the USA is experiencing shakeups. Find transcript...Show More

Why Bother Being Nice?

1:05:08 | Jan 30th, 2018

This week, we're asking would you risk your life to save someone else? Plenty of people do, and so do other animals and even bacteria. But why? And how did altruistic actions like this evolve? Plus in the news, scientists clone monkeys, the modified ...Show More

James Webb: Gazing at Early Galaxies

1:06:06 | Jan 23rd, 2018

This week, how astronomers are planning to see the beginning of our Universe: we talk to the team behind the telescope that's about to be blasted into deep space to make it happen. Plus, scientists announce a blood test to detect the most common canc...Show More

Why Does Snoring Exist?

1:02:50 | Jan 16th, 2018

Is it possible to stop snoring? Is there a difference between running outside and on a treadmill? Which food group really is the worst for us? Chris Smith is joined by exercise expert Dan Gordon, sleep specialist Nick Oscroft, dietician Sian Porter a...Show More

Criminal Chemistry: What's Your Poison?

1:06:42 | Jan 9th, 2018

This week - from adrenaline to arsenic, The Naked Scientists delve into the sinister science of poisons! Plus, what space tech is on the horizon in 2018, and the science of New Year's resolutions.

The Science of 2017

1:08:26 | Jan 2nd, 2018

This week, The Naked Scientists raise a glass to 2017 as they look back at their favourite science moments of the year, including: bees playing football, ghost busting, and removing farts from a car.

A Very Naked Christmas

1:06:40 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This week, The Naked Scientists are spreading festive cheer as they get ready for Christmas, all in one hour! Joined by psychologist Philipe Bujold, tech expert Alex Farell, vibrations engineer Hugh Hunt and Plant development researcher David Hanke, ...Show More

Social Media: Bad for our Brains?

1:08:57 | Dec 19th, 2017

Social media use is more common than ever, with over 2 billion of us signed up, but do we know what it's doing to our brains? We're exploring how this exploding trend is influencing our opinions and our wellbeing, and also how it could be used as a t...Show More

Star Wars: The Science Strikes Back

1:06:01 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week we delve into physics in a galaxy far far away as we probe the science of Star Wars! Plus in the news, evidence that London air is stunting the growth of developing babies, and scientists use AI to decode what dolphins are saying.

Can a shrimp punch through glass?

1:08:55 | Dec 5th, 2017

Are black holes really holes? Is there such thing as a genetic love match? Why do clouds move? The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Kate Feller, astrophysicist Matt Middleton, geneticist Patrick Short, and chemist Phillip Broadwith to ...Show More

Forever Young: Can Science Reverse Ageing?

1:04:03 | Nov 28th, 2017

Is ageing inevitable, or can science help stop or even reverse the process? From young blood to diet fads, and stem cells to dancing, we explore what the experts think will keep us healthier for longer.

Tomorrow's Tech: Biomedical Breakthroughs

1:04:44 | Nov 21st, 2017

This week, new ways to spot cancers much sooner, repair nerve injuries and fix hip arthritis: we're looking at four major medical breakthroughs waiting to happen. Plus in the news, how advertisers can profile your personality online to boost their sa...Show More

Palaeo Ponderings: Can You Dig It?

1:08:39 | Nov 14th, 2017

Did dinosaurs live in herds? Why are mountains pointy? And what's the best preserved mummy? Plus we had a giant snake, a few skulls, a couple of "feet" and one of the oldest rocks on Earth in the studio. Scientists Lee Berger, Meghan Strong, Jason He...Show More

Are we Working Ourselves to Death?

1:08:46 | Nov 7th, 2017

We devote up to 50 years of our life to it, yet it might just be getting us down. This week The Naked Scientists programme examines work, hearing how our behaviour and our buildings can change to boost our health and productivity. Plus, news of how g...Show More

Trick or Treat: The Science of the Paranormal

1:08:27 | Oct 31st, 2017

This week, The Naked Scientists delve into the paranormal. We'll be asking why so many of us have supernatural beliefs, exploring the scientific origins behind our favourite monster legends, and bravely embarking on a ghost hunt... Plus in the news, ...Show More

Under Your Skin

1:04:21 | Oct 23rd, 2017

This week, The Naked Scientists get under the skin of skin. Hear about the new method to treat burn victims, the electronic tattoo that can tell if you've got flu and how to keep your skin in good shape. Plus, in the news this week, the diabetes drug...Show More

The Countdown to Artificial Intelligence

1:03:37 | Oct 16th, 2017

The Naked Scientists are joined by an expert panel to discuss the seven most significant questions people are asking about AI. We explore the risks and positive outcomes of AI, and Chris finds out an artificial podcast presenter may be after his job.

DNA Decoded: Past, Present and Sausage

1:06:13 | Oct 9th, 2017

This week we delve into DNA and what it can tell us about our past, present and future. And, what happened when we decided to read the DNA sequence of a local sausage. Plus, in the news, what won Nobel Prizes, the world's largest HIV survey, and why ...Show More

What Makes the Best Breakfast?

1:00:14 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Can your intestines grow back? How can you measure your own stress levels? How do electric eels work? Scientists David Rothery, Sarah Madden and Gareth Corbett team up to answer an eclectic and electric selection of questions.

Is the future bionic?

1:06:10 | Sep 25th, 2017

This week a look at enhancements for future humans: wearable robots, an artificial pancreas, and a replacement retina, as well as limb and head transplants. Plus, in the news, a new hope for global warming, a new therapy to halt MS, what a shock from...Show More

Memories: Making Them & Faking Them

1:05:42 | Sep 18th, 2017

This week, we take a trip down memory lane. How scientists can implant false memories, wipe memory away, and the link between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Plus, in the news, farewell to Cassini, the science of hurricanes, and how scientists...Show More

Drug Discovery: The Future of Pharma

1:06:34 | Sep 11th, 2017

This week; from Big Pharma to Little Pharma, we look at how new drugs are discovered. Plus, in the news - what powers the Northern Lights on Jupiter, why cuckoos have the last laugh, and 3 decades of a telescope that's changed our view of the Univ...Show More

Fidget Spinners in Space?

1:03:02 | Sep 4th, 2017

In the latest Q and A show from The Naked Scientists, we answer your questions with the help of an expert panel - plant scientist Beverley Glover, mathematician James Grime, physicist Jess Wade and Angel investor Peter Cowley. What makes plants carni...Show More

Can Science Mavericks Save the World?

1:07:45 | Aug 28th, 2017

This week, we're exploring the end of the world. From robotic AI takeovers to global floods, when it comes to the extinction of our species, is science really set up to predict or prevent such events? Plus, how gutbugs might be key to keeping healthy...Show More

Diet: Can we be healthy and sustainable?

1:08:23 | Aug 21st, 2017

This week, food is on the menu! Do any of the diets that you hear about actually work? What's best to eat for the health of the planet? And will the steak of the future grow in a test tube? Plus, scientists fix cells with the wrong numbers of chromos...Show More

Black Holes in Sight

1:08:32 | Aug 14th, 2017

This week we're exploring the cosmos through your senses. How scientists are attempting to see a black hole for the first time, what Saturn sounds like, and what will the surface of Mars feel like. Plus how to make the immune system attack cancer, ar...Show More

Will Machines Take Over the World?

1:08:57 | Aug 7th, 2017

The science questions that you've been sending in get scrutinised and analysed by biologist Sarah Harrison, statistician Simon White, mental health expert Olivia Remes and machine learning guru Peter Clarke. Find out why smaller dogs live longer than...Show More

Can Nature Clean up Nuclear Contamination?

1:05:49 | Jul 31st, 2017

Chernobyl was 31 years ago, but as nuclear power is one of the few reliable and low carbon energy supplies, how long before it happens again? We meet the scientists who are are preparing for when the worst happens, looking for ways to use nature to c...Show More

Marine Month: In too Deep

1:03:37 | Jul 24th, 2017

This week we round off Marine Month with a trip to the bottom of the ocean, meeting underwater robots and using maths to hunt for sunken treasure ships. Plus, a way to predict organ failure in hospital, and why size really does matter when it comes t...Show More

Marine Month: All at Sea

1:04:52 | Jul 17th, 2017

Our marine month continues as we swim out from the reef into the open ocean, where we'll be meeting one of the deadliest creatures on Earth. Plus, some good news about the Zika virus, how the cordless drill intended for space found its way down to ea...Show More

Marine Month: Making Waves

1:09:20 | Jul 10th, 2017

Marine month continues with the Naked Scientists as we move out from the beach to the coastal waters in search of the world's biggest fish and the corals that glow in the dark to survive. Plus, in the news this week a new personalised cancer vaccine,...Show More

Marine Month: Life's A Beach

1:06:56 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Here at The Naked Scientists HQ, it's marine month! Throughout four programmes in July, come dip your toes into all things aquatic as we work our way down to the bottom of the deepest ocean. From building superior sandcastles to the Mexican clam that...Show More

Would You Trust a Robot?

1:04:34 | Jun 26th, 2017

Would you trust a robot to grow your food, to operate on you, to fight a war on your behalf, or to save your life in an emergency? We look at how robots are on course to alter our lives. Plus, new insights into how the Sun works, and climate change: ...Show More

Hearts in the Extreme

1:00:25 | Jun 19th, 2017

The Naked Scientists report back from the British Cardiovascular Society's annual conference, finding out how our tickers deal with extreme exercise and environments, from deep under the sea right into outer space.

Can We Talk To Dolphins?

1:03:40 | Jun 12th, 2017

The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Danielle Green, physicist Stuart Higgins, psychologist Duncan Astle and astrophysicist Carolin Crawford, to tackle your questions. This week, find out whether you can hear screams in space, how to c...Show More

Cyber Security: When Crime goes Online

1:04:32 | Jun 5th, 2017

As life moves increasingly online, so do crime and fraud. This week, we uncover some personal secrets from a supposedly blank hard drive, find out how hackers can use baby monitors to spy on people and hear about the next generation of passwords. Plu...Show More

Biology's Biggest Mystery: The Origin of Life

1:05:11 | May 29th, 2017

Journey back 3.7 billion years to the young earth, as we try to find out how life first began. Was it in a soup of colliding chemistry, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent or did life rain down on the earth from the cosmos? Plus, the microbial meal that ...Show More

Why Bother Going to the Moon?

1:03:48 | May 22nd, 2017

The Naked Scientists are joined by biologist Kate Feller, physicist Jess Wade, biochemist Andy Holding and Space Boffin Richard Hollingham, to field your science questions. This week, find out what happens to muscles in space, how to rid a car of fla...Show More

Would Aliens Understand Maths?

1:05:57 | May 15th, 2017

Love it or loathe it maths is everywhere... from counting bees to interstellar trade with aliens, we explore how maths earned the title of the language of the universe. Plus, getting to know our new ancestor Homo naledi, how a good nights sleep can h...Show More

The Lowdown on Language

1:05:14 | May 8th, 2017

This week, The Naked Scientists go global as we explore language - can speaking more than one exercise our brain?; and is our ability to save money purely down to the way we talk? Plus, the rodents that provide new information for stroke therapy and ...Show More

Zooming in on Cancer

1:05:38 | May 1st, 2017

Cancer is a devastating disease, and one of the largest killers in the Western world. This week, in a special show, Kat Arney investigates how scientists are fighting back, from building tumours in the lab to a Google Earth for cancer.

Gut Bugs: Friend or Foe?

1:05:08 | Apr 24th, 2017

The Naked Scientists go on a tour of the intestine, from top to bottom, in search of the good and bad germs that lurk there and what they mean for our health. Plus, why touchscreens may be harming toddlers' sleep and why scientists all over the world...Show More

Should I Sequence My Genes?

1:06:41 | Apr 17th, 2017

What surprises might you find lurking in your DNA, and can that information be used against you?

From Stem Cells to Brain Cells

1:08:11 | Apr 10th, 2017

We speak to scientists turning embryonic cells into nerve cells to treat Parkinson's disease and growing an entire system of organs in the lab. Plus, how antibiotics taken during pregnancy may affect your child's behaviour and why climate change will...Show More

Do air pollution masks actually work?

1:05:37 | Apr 1st, 2017

The Naked Scientists are joined by cosmologist Andrew Pontzen, biologist Sarah Shailes, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold and biochemist Sarah Madden to pit their wits against your science questions. This week, find out how venus fly traps work, whether ...Show More

Inside the Atom: 100 Years On

1:08:34 | Mar 27th, 2017

100 years since Rutherford split the atom, we investigate the secrets of the building blocks of our Universe. How can we harness the energy locked inside these particles, how have scientists been engineering brand new elements, and are we all the chi...Show More

Is Modern Life Reducing our Fertility?

1:07:50 | Mar 21st, 2017

Are trends in modern living helping or harming our ability to reproduce? And how do factors affecting fertility differ between men and women? Plus, fighting brain tumours with artificial antibodies and are internet filters really keeping children saf...Show More

A Crash Course in Space Junk

1:05:08 | Mar 14th, 2017

There is a floating museum above our heads: millions of fragments from past space missions are hurtling round the earth and could destroy our current satellites. We find out how spacecraft are coping now, and how we might be able to clean up space i...Show More

What causes Brain Freeze?

1:09:51 | Mar 7th, 2017

Why are we looking for earth-sized planets? Can I unshrink a woollen jumper? What does a black hole actually look like? Chris Smith is joined by David Rothery, Anna Ploszajski, Aimee Eckert and Michael Conterio to answer your science questions.

Conversations about Climate Change

1:04:36 | Feb 28th, 2017

This week, a crash course in climate change: we meet one strange fish already feeling the pinch, ask if humans are wired to ignore the threat, and look at one way we could all reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, why alcohol consumption can come bac...Show More

Preventing HIV with PrEP

1:09:28 | Feb 21st, 2017

This week, we investigate the HIV preventative measure PrEP, which could be turning the tide on new infection rates - but is it safe to buy online? Plus, the toughest ever spider's web, a journey back through the history of language and the plant tha...Show More

Meteor, Comet or Asteroid: What's the Difference?

1:09:45 | Feb 14th, 2017

What's the difference between a meteorite, meteoroid, a comet and an asteroid? We tell you how to find your own space rock here on Earth, and hear from a scientists tracking where space rocks come down in the Australian outback. Plus, why quinoa coul...Show More

Can we Create Artificial Gravity?

1:06:27 | Feb 7th, 2017

Do giraffes get struck by lightning? What's the highest number a person could count to? How do animals have sex underwater? Chris Smith teams up with Tim Revell, Richard Hollingham, Chris Basu and Danielle Green to tackle your science questions, w...Show More

Optogenetics: Lighting up the Brain

1:06:50 | Jan 31st, 2017

Could a light in your brain cure epilepsy, or send you to sleep? The Naked Scientists investigate the mysterious field of optogenetics, and the treatments it promises to bring. Plus, news of a cancer-detecting artificial intelligence and a vaccina...Show More

The LED Lighting Revolution

1:04:51 | Jan 24th, 2017

The light bulb is a hundred-year-old technology whose time is finally up. This week, we shine a little light on its replacement to find out what makes it such a compelling alternative and look to the next revolution in lighting. Plus, how scientists ...Show More

The Science of Laughter

1:07:04 | Jan 17th, 2017

This week, The Naked Scientists take a look at the science of laughter, asking why we like to laugh, hearing what babies find funny and meeting a joke-building robot. Plus, news of a gene editing technique taking on a deadly disease and a record-brea...Show More

Are more crimes committed during a full moon?

1:04:11 | Jan 10th, 2017

Does being angry increase your risk of a heart attack? What's a psychopath? And how much does a single cell weigh? This week, Chris Smith answers your questions with Stuart Higgins, Maud Borensztein, Kyle Treiber and James Rudd.

2016: A Year in Science

1:06:38 | Jan 3rd, 2017

The Naked Scientists celebrate the dawn of 2017 with a look at their best bits from 2016, including: the science breakthrough of the year, how to use psychology to get a date and why it pays to look on the bright side.

Humanity's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

1:03:12 | Dec 27th, 2016

This week: is there anybody out there or are we alone in the Universe? Graihagh Jackson ponders one of the fundamental questions of humanity, from flying saucers and UFOs to why we haven't found any evidence and what it would mean to find ET.

The 12 Scientific Days of Christmas

1:03:49 | Dec 20th, 2016

The Naked Scientists celebrate the holidays with the 12 scientific days of Christmas. From why 9 ladies like to dance to making those 6 geese eggs into bouncy balls...

What's the Healthiest Way to Eat an Entire Cake?

1:07:54 | Dec 13th, 2016

Chris is joined by Giles Yeo, Roger Buckley, Andrew Pontzen and Kerstin Goepfrich, and they enjoy a mince pie or two while answering listener questions, including: why isn't love blinding; are glasses or contacts better for your eyes and what would h...Show More

When The Drugs Don't Work...

1:12:02 | Dec 6th, 2016

Antibiotics are chemicals that kill bacteria but leave us unharmed. However, bacteria are evolving so that our drugs are no longer kill them. If this trend continues, the treatable are going to become untreatable, and relatively simple infections wil...Show More

Is DNA the Basis for all Life in the Universe?

1:11:50 | Nov 29th, 2016

This week: alien hunting! Life here on Earth uses DNA, but why, and would aliens be made of the same stuff? Plus, news of how your gut microbes are controlling your genes, a new way to fight phobias, and we get a sneak peek at where the first human c...Show More

Navigating the Future

1:06:33 | Nov 22nd, 2016

This week the show comes to you from the Royal Institute of Navigation's annual International Conference, with a look at the future of navigation. From the trousers that can track your every move to the spacecraft charting their way through the Unive...Show More

What's between my internal organs?

1:04:35 | Nov 15th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, we've gathered the bright and the brainy to answer your science questions, from why ants are stealing your toenail clippings to what's between your internal organs and could you survive being eaten by a snake?

The History of Hominins: Are Humans Special?

1:06:15 | Nov 8th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists we're exploring our human story, from the use of tools and fire, to ritualistic behaviour. Where did we come from and what makes us special? Chris Smith is joined by some of the world's best fossil experts including...Show More

Your Brain on Horror

1:03:38 | Nov 1st, 2016

Have you ever wondered why some people enjoy being absolutely petrified by horror films? This week, The Naked Scientists investigate the spooky science of the genre: what does fear look like in the brain, how do you compose the most terrifying soundt...Show More

The End of Night

1:08:50 | Oct 24th, 2016

Kat and Chris are turning the lights down low in the search of darkness. 80% of Europeans and Northern Americans now can't see the Milky Way. But does a little light pollution really matter? It doesn't harm anyone, or does it? Plus in the news, with ...Show More

Hospital Health Check

1:05:35 | Oct 17th, 2016

This week we step out of the lab and into the hospital to celebrate one of our most treasured institutions. We find out about the technology that could be changing the future of healthcare and Connie tries her hand as a medical student. Plus, a poten...Show More

Will We Beat Alzheimer's Disease?

1:08:29 | Oct 10th, 2016

Alzheimer's: A third of the population may be destined to develop this form of dementia, which robs people of their memories and independence. So what causes it, and what can we do about it? Plus in the news, NICE approves a new drug for an aggressiv...Show More

Why do Cats Have Vertical Pupils?

1:06:00 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Why do cats have vertical pupils? Do clouds defy gravity? What is the brain basis of road rage? The Naked Scientists team tackle these and many more science questions, with help from an all-star guest panel.

A Little Light Relief

1:06:14 | Sep 26th, 2016

This week we're in for a little light relief, as we explore how light-based technologies are delivering a brighter future, in medicine and beyond. Plus, in the news, a new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, scientists make sonic holograms, an...Show More

Mapping the Milky Way

1:10:49 | Sep 19th, 2016

This week - Cambridge's key role in the mission to map the milky way! We learn how the Gaia space telescope is pinpointing the positions of a billion stars in our galaxy. Plus, news of a net which will leave mozzies dead or infertile, the DNA double-...Show More

Moulding the Minds of Tomorrow

1:05:43 | Sep 12th, 2016

This week, we don our uniforms for a lesson in the science of education: what's the best way to mould the minds of the future? Plus, a new drug that could cure malaria with a single dose and we find out what happened to the ice bucket challenge.

How Old is the Average Atom?

1:03:53 | Sep 5th, 2016

Can we see the lunar landing sites with a telescope? Why is it cooler at altitude despite being closer to the Sun? Why is there no salt in sea ice? Was it windier when the Earth turned faster? What will end life on Earth sooner, the cooling core or t...Show More

Scrutinizing Science

1:06:37 | Aug 29th, 2016

This week, The Naked Scientists are celebrating their 15th birthday and so Graihagh Jackson puts science under the microscope and questions its importance in today's world.

Animation: The Reel Deal

1:07:39 | Aug 22nd, 2016

This week, we find out how science can help you get from script to screen in animated movies, from the physics of balancing a giraffe on a tightrope to the researcher putting voice actors in a brain scanner. Plus, news of why we're more prone to vira...Show More

Drugs: Time for a Change?

1:07:38 | Aug 15th, 2016

100 years since the first UK drug law, we explore the controversial and confusing science behind the drugs debate. From the brain basis of addiction to how ecstasy could treat anxiety, what are the implications of the world's war on drugs?

Do Fish Fart?

1:08:17 | Aug 8th, 2016

From farting fish to the link between diet and cancer, Kat Arney and Chris Smith take on your questions with Matt Middleton, Giles Yeo and Eleanor Drinkwater...

The Science That's Too Hot To Handle

1:05:14 | Aug 1st, 2016

The Olympics is finally upon us and from going for gold in the tropical Rio climate to boosting the efficiency of jet engines, our ability to cope in high temperatures could make the difference between falling or flying. This week on The Naked Scient...Show More

Fuels Of The Future

1:04:59 | Jul 25th, 2016

This week we'll need you to fasten your seatbelts because we're taking a trip into the future of fuels. We're asking if biofuels are really that brilliant and finding out how one lab is attempting to reinvent diesel. Plus, new research that could hel...Show More

A Dog's Life: Intelligence and Inbreeding

1:08:36 | Jul 18th, 2016

The Naked Scientists bring you a 'ruff' guide to dogs! We chart the ancient origins of our favourite pets, examine how smart dogs could provide clues into human disease and explore the science behind the problems caused by years of inbreeding. Plus, ...Show More

Concrete Jungles

1:04:41 | Jul 11th, 2016

The 11th of July was world population day and at current figures there are over 7.4 billion of us living on the planet. That number continues to grow and at the same time the proportion of people living in urban environments is also increasing. This ...Show More

Can toads predict earthquakes?

1:02:57 | Jul 4th, 2016

This week, we're answering the science questions that you've been sending in, including: is the Earth's core cooling down, how do messages from space probes get back to Earth and why sleeping on your front might increase your risk of Alzheimer's Dise...Show More

Science meets MasterChef!

1:08:49 | Jun 27th, 2016

The Naked Scientists are hosting their very own dinner party, and the guests include a master distiller, a Masterchef finalist and a master of chocolate, all on hand to help reveal the science behind the perfect dinner party. Plus, the world's fastes...Show More

Autopsy: A Matter of Life and Death

1:06:12 | Jun 20th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, we observe a post-mortem. The patient was in his seventies but the coroner ordered an autopsy because the cause of death wasn't clear. Chris Smith observes pathologist Alison Cluroe conduct the procedure as she trie...Show More

How to Keep your Heart Healthy

1:14:18 | Jun 13th, 2016

This programme comes to you from the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester, where leaders in the field have been presenting their latest research on preventing heart disease: one of the leading causes of death. We explore the radioa...Show More

Your Home in 2050

1:08:51 | Jun 6th, 2016

A growing global population, means we are facing a considerable housing shortage and it has been estimated that by 2025, as many as 1.6 billion individuals will face crowded substandard housing. But, the need to build more homes comes at a cost as in...Show More

Stressed? You're not the only one...

1:09:09 | May 30th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, are we more prone to struggle with stress and if so why? Graihagh Jackson is probing the state of our mental health by taking a stress test to unearth how the human body responds and why; we'll be seeing whether hav...Show More

The War on Salt

1:09:59 | May 19th, 2016

This week we delve into the science of salt: what does it do in the body, how can it cause problems for farmers, and what avenues are scientists exploring to desalinate sea water and keep us all refreshed? Plus, one in ten adults have ADHD, the conta...Show More

Does Telepathy Exist?

1:04:48 | May 16th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, your questions go under the microscope. Do women have a superior memory? What is the evidence for climate change? Can plants get cancer? Why do we sometimes see stars? And has the universe been through multiple big ...Show More

Phosphorus: Essential to All Life But Are We Running Out?

1:08:57 | May 9th, 2016

If you've followed environmental stories over the years, you'll know this tune. Scientists have long been singing off the same songbook when it comes to fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution. But drum not often banged is the dwindling supply of p...Show More

Can Science Prove Whodunnit?

1:04:50 | May 2nd, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, we've got science on trial! We look at real case studies, finding out how forensics can both help and hinder criminal investigations, including the insects who are first on the scene, how your phone can tell tales, ...Show More

The Secret World of Shipping

1:11:28 | Apr 25th, 2016

This week we're taking a look at the industry that transports 90% of global trade but most of us know very little about - Shipping! We're all at sea as we navigate our way through driverless ships of the future and how to make an industry that is cur...Show More

What happened to Tutankhamun's heart?

1:05:34 | Apr 18th, 2016

This week on the Naked Scientists, we've gathered a panel of pollies, pundits and professors to answer your science questions: from how prevalent was tooth decay in the neanderthals, to how Neil Armstrong got home from the moon!

Conflict in Conservation

1:05:22 | Apr 11th, 2016

Would you care about conserving an animal if it threatened your job, your food supply or even your life? This week, we unpick the hidden conflicts and controversies inside conservation, including the tragic fight to save the mountain gorillas, how to...Show More

Can You Boost Your Memory?

1:04:36 | Apr 5th, 2016

Exam season is around the corner, so this week the Naked Scientists take a walk down memory lane to find out what's going on upstairs when you learn and remember things, and investigate if it's possible to boost your brain power. Plus, in the news, p...Show More

Will an artificially intelligent robot steal your job?

1:10:07 | Mar 29th, 2016

With the recent rise of the machines and robots - could an artificially intelligent robot take your job any time soon? And could they then take over the world, terminator-style? Join Graihagh Jackson as she journies into the world of cyborgs to see i...Show More

Do you burn more calories when thinking?

1:00:21 | Mar 22nd, 2016

This week: you asked the questions, we have the answers. Our expert panel take on queries like: why don't whales get the bends, does chloroform work like it does in the movies, and would a spinning spaceship simulate gravity? Plus, the week's science...Show More

Cambridge Science Festival: Battle of the Brains

1:08:50 | Mar 15th, 2016

This week is a Cambridge Science Festival special with the Naked Scientists coming straight from the Cambridge Science Centre alongside a very lively audience! But that's not all, it's battle of brains as six of Cambridge's finest researchers strut t...Show More

The A - Zika of viruses: Preventing Pandemics

1:11:36 | Mar 8th, 2016

With infectious diseases wiping out millions each year, we look at how we can predict pandemics, whether scientists should be allowed to engineer super viruses, and how war and politics could prevent us from winning the fight against polio. Plus, ne...Show More

Gravitational Waves: Discovery of the Decade?

1:09:59 | Mar 1st, 2016

This week, the discovery rocking the world of physics: gravitational waves! But what are they, and why are they set to change how we see the Universe in the future? Plus we take a look at the week's leading science breakthroughs, including a new way ...Show More

Could The Internet Die?

1:04:35 | Feb 23rd, 2016

From why spicy isn't a taste, to how long it takes a comet to form, we've gone in search of the answers to the questions you've been sending in. We investigate whether the Internet is immune to a breakdown, if a person dreams under anaesthetic, why d...Show More

Rules of Attraction: The Science of Sex

1:06:45 | Feb 16th, 2016

The Naked Scientists have turned the lights down low for a stimulating odyssey through the science of dating and romance, including; which chat-up lines are most likely to get you talking, what statistics can tell us about our sex lives and lessons...Show More

Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

1:07:15 | Feb 9th, 2016

Caffeine is one of the only legal psychoactive stimulants but is it good or bad for our health? This week, the Naked Scientists are delving into the science to find out. Plus, the latest on Zika virus, bed bugs get their genomes sequenced, and will g...Show More

Food Security: Insects for Dinner?

1:10:22 | Feb 2nd, 2016

By 2050 the global population is set to rise to more than 10 billion people. But right now, 1 in 10 people are suffering from chronic hunger. So how do we reconcile a rising population with an already hungry world? Plus in the news, why scientists ar...Show More

Black holes: the inside story...

1:04:30 | Jan 26th, 2016

What's dark and so massive that not even light can escape its clutches? The answer is one of the most enigmatic phenomena known to physics: the black hole. And this week we explore the workings of these mysterious entities from how they distort time ...Show More

The Hidden World of Hibernation

59:18 | Jan 19th, 2016

Does midwinter make you want to eat all the food in your fridge, curl up in a duvet and sleep until spring? You're not alone, many plants and animals feel the same way, but you might not be so keen when we tell you just what it would do to your body!...Show More

Why do we have pubic hair?

1:03:03 | Jan 12th, 2016

In this week's podcast, we're taking on your questions! From how we make decisions to why do we go temporarily deaf when we yawn and if light wears out, these are some of the many conundrums you asked and we answered with the help of an expert panel....Show More

Do You Have Skinny Genes?

1:07:42 | Jan 5th, 2016

With the New Year, there's often a resolution or two to make a new you. But what makes you, you? Given that we share over 99.9% of our genes with each other, there's a lot of variety in that 0.01%. Just look around you now - no two people are alike! ...Show More

Top Scientific Moments of 2015

1:09:55 | Dec 29th, 2015

Remember that time that Ginny made Kat eat chocolate spread from a nappy? Or when Georgia broke the drone? It's the end of 2015 and what a year it's been for science! Whilst Chris and Kat take a well deserved break, producers Connie Orbach and Graiha...Show More

Cracking the science of Christmas

1:04:31 | Dec 22nd, 2015

The Naked Scientists have Christmas unwrapped with a look at the science behind our favourite festive traditions, including how to pick the perfect present, the psychology behind board games and how to avoid hangovers. Plus, Star Wars science, a choc...Show More

Dishing the Dirt on our Soils

1:06:57 | Dec 15th, 2015

This month, the United Nations published its much-anticipated report on the state of the world's soils and the results are not good. We'll be asking why, and taking a down-to-earth look at the consequences to see what we can do to reverse the trend. ...Show More

Music Technology: Do or Die?

1:05:25 | Dec 8th, 2015

How will you be receiving your presents this year - a CD, a voucher for iTunes or maybe even a Spotify membership? In 2014, streaming services made more money than CD sales for the first time ever and that trend is continuing. But it's not just the d...Show More

Fighting Floods: Who Gets Hit?

1:07:05 | Dec 1st, 2015

Extreme weather events are becoming more common, and sea levels are set to rise. So could we be about to find ourselves in very deep water? This week we're exploring how to spot where and when floods will occur, and how to avert disaster. Plus, in th...Show More

Sugar Tax: Answer to Obesity?

1:05:00 | Nov 24th, 2015

This week, is sugar the enemy? Difficult as it is to digest, one person in every four in the UK is obese, and treating the condition as well as its knock-on effects, costs the health service 5.1 billion per year. Some say sugar is to blame, but is it...Show More

Big Data, Big Deal?

1:04:54 | Nov 17th, 2015

More pieces of data have been produced in the last five years than in all of human history put together before then. But what's driving this big data revelation? We'll discover what opportunities it opens up, and we'll uncover the pitfalls we might b...Show More

Do squirrels ever forget where they hid their nuts?

1:01:32 | Nov 10th, 2015

The Naked Scientists and some special guests team up to tackle your science questions head-on. Do squirrels ever lose their nuts? Is cracking your knuckles bad for you? And could your gut bugs turn you to crime? Plus, a look at this week's science ne...Show More

Electric Cars: Pollution Solution?

1:05:18 | Nov 3rd, 2015

London and many other European cities face the prospect of a 300 million penalty every year over bad air. Engineers say part of the solution lies with electric transport, so this week the Naked Scientists are getting under the hoods of a new generati...Show More

Should I Stay, or Should I go... to Mars?

1:04:46 | Oct 27th, 2015

The Naked Scientists have been on a trip to Mars but we forgot to ask one BIG question, should we even be going at all? We complete the series with a debate featuring a space politician, a geologist, an astronomer and a would-be Mars pioneer. Plus, i...Show More

Could We Ever Colonise Mars?

1:04:42 | Oct 19th, 2015

In episode three of our series Destination Mars, we finally arrive at the Red Planet - but what is waiting for us when we get there? We examine possible solutions to the challenges of building a home on an alien planet, including a Star Trek-inspired...Show More

Mars: Are we nearly there yet?

1:01:32 | Oct 12th, 2015

To rocket engineers, the idea of transporting humans to Mars is a one colossal headache. Compared to inert satellites and probes, humans are highly unpredictable, needy and fragile. Radiation is our body's kryptonite; microgravity renders the bones t...Show More

Could you be an astronaut?

1:05:42 | Oct 5th, 2015

Destination Mars: this month we're launching a series of programmes to probe what it's going to take to send people to the Red Planet. We'll be looking at rocket technology, how to keep people fed and watered away from Earth and whether we really can...Show More

Why don't spiders get stuck on their webs?

1:00:19 | Sep 28th, 2015

We take on your science questions: Can animals feel guilty? Could drones detect landmines? What's the furthest a paper plane could fly, and why don't spiders get stuck on their webs? Plus, a look at this week's science news - a development for Europe...Show More

How to Save a Life

1:05:02 | Sep 21st, 2015

This week we find out what it takes to save a life, from doctors performing open chest surgery in the street to helping people recover in the longer term from severe brain injuries. Plus, news of a real invisibility cloak, how caffeine gives us a boo...Show More

Climate Change: Making Waves?

1:08:21 | Sep 14th, 2015

Climate change - and concerns about rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - are often in the headlines. However, looking back in the history of the earth, it's clear that this isn't the first time carbon dioxide levels have risen. So why ...Show More

Hands-on, Minds Open: The Changing Face of Science

1:03:57 | Sep 7th, 2015

This week we're asking whether scientists and technologists are in short supply, and how the way that we teach science in schools is changing: some classrooms are pumping out published papers! Plus, in the news, a 2 metre-long scorpion, seabirds with...Show More

Pluto, at Long Last...

1:08:24 | Aug 31st, 2015

This week is a very special, edition of the Naked Scientists as we dedicate a whole hour to the world's favourite dwarf planet - Pluto. But how did it get there in the first place? What has the New Horizons probe uncovered? And what's beyond Pluto? G...Show More

Truth and Beauty: The Hidden World of Symmetry

1:06:52 | Aug 22nd, 2015

On the face of it, symmetry may seem simple, but diving beneath the surface reveals a whole new world. Over the last 100 years, the mathematical idea of symmetry has proved to be a guiding light for the world of physics. But what does a mathematician...Show More

The Yuck Factor: Why We Find Things So Disgusting

1:08:09 | Aug 17th, 2015

We delve into the disgusting to discover the emotion of disgust and how it affects our lives. From cockroaches dipped in juice to the importance of sanitation, no topic is off limits as we find out about the psychology of this most powerful of emotio...Show More


1:08:35 | Aug 10th, 2015

Hundreds of times stronger than steel, transparent, an excellent electrical conductor, and weighing next to nothing, graphene is hailed as a wonder material. But what is it doing for us now? And where will it take us in future? This week graphene goe...Show More

Meet your Sex Hormones

1:07:53 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Hormones are the driving force behind reproduction and are what make us keen to go make babies. We follow some of these hormones to hear how they have an influence from birth to death, and also the unexpected consequences they have on society, includ...Show More

Why do Scientists say "So"?

1:02:54 | Jul 28th, 2015

From why scientists so often use the word "so" to the feasibility of charging a human by USB, how much Silly Putty it would it take to cover the entire Earth, and whether we could genetic engineer super-abilities into humans, we answer your burning s...Show More

The Seven Million Dollar Maths Mystery

1:04:20 | Jul 20th, 2015

This week, we're investigating the Millennium Prize Problems - a set of mathematical equations that, if solved, will not only nab the lucky winner a million, but also revolutionise the world. Plus, the headlines from the world of science and technolo...Show More

Make it Digital!

1:07:50 | Jul 13th, 2015

This week, broadcasting live from the centre of Cambridge, the Naked Scientists delve into the digital age we live in. We look at new, exciting ways to get kids into coding, how big data is changing the world of healthcare, and we take to skies to go...Show More

BOOM! The Bang behind the bomb, and how to stop it

1:07:44 | Jul 6th, 2015

Things get a little dangerous as we don our body armour and head out into the battlefield. How do explosives work and what can we do to protect against them? We take a sneak peek at AnUBIS, a device that uses donated human body parts to help to under...Show More

Caesium: The Element that Redefined Time

1:04:17 | Jun 29th, 2015

It's 60 years since the world's first atomic clock was created. But what is time? When did time begin, and how accurate is timekeeping today? We'll be asking why we need leap seconds, we cook up a Big Bang with lasagne and hear how planet Earth is a ...Show More

Bring out your Dead: Plague and Fire

1:03:12 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Tens of thousands of Londoners developed painful, apple-sized, pus-filled boils before dying from the dreadful disease within days. But just as the ordeal of the Black Death seemed to be subsiding, the Great Fire struck the city. But did the conflagr...Show More

What does Falling into a Black Hole Feel Like?

1:02:55 | Jun 15th, 2015

What's the point of mosquitoes? Do your eyes pop out if left open when sneezing? Is the Universe infinitely big? Are birds really related to dinosaurs? What is quantum entanglement? If the space station is held in orbit by gravity, why do things floa...Show More

Behind Blood donation

1:06:20 | Jun 8th, 2015

For World Blood Day we've been delving into the history of blood letting, getting stuck into blood donation and exploring exciting new possibilities for making blood that's safe for everyone. Plus, a new test to reveal every virus infection you've ev...Show More

Dark Matter: A Massive Mystery

1:04:05 | Jun 1st, 2015

Are we on the verge of solving one of the longest standing puzzles in physics? Physicists think we're close to discovering the identity of Dark Matter, the mysterious, invisible substance that accounts for nearly a quarter of the mass of Universe. So...Show More

How many geckos to hold up a human?

1:11:29 | May 25th, 2015

Colour-switching sticklebacks, geckos with enough adhesive power to hold up a human, bats with built-in sonar and moles with amazing noses - this week we go in search of the world's most incredible animals. Scientists passionate about their species p...Show More

Can astronauts shower in space?

1:05:57 | May 18th, 2015

This week, can we colonise Mars? What's causes that smell after it rains? Can genetics inform skin care? And how do astronauts shower in space? Chris Smith, Richard Hollingham and Max Sanderson join Kat Arney to take on your quandaries, and also disc...Show More

Safety at 40,000 Feet

1:03:29 | May 11th, 2015

This week, endoscopies for jet engines, how the aviation industry could have us cruising for an infectious bruising, the workings of radar, and whether cheap flights actually cost the Earth. Plus, in the news, why doctors could soon be culturing your...Show More

Violent Volcanoes

1:09:19 | May 4th, 2015

Celebrating two hundred years since the devastating eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora, this week, accompanied by music from Michael Levy, we explore the science of volcanoes. We find out what causes volcanoes, we ask whether eruptions can be pred...Show More

Game on! The Science of Video Gaming

1:08:45 | Apr 27th, 2015

This week, the science at play in an industry that dwarfs both Hollywood and the music world: computer games. We hear how video games are altering the brains of players, why lovers of the shoot-em-up could be carving out a niche for themselves in the...Show More

Could Earth be Knocked Out of Orbit?

57:15 | Apr 20th, 2015

This week, you pit your wits against the Naked Scientists team and challenge us to answer your science questions. Is there an evolutionary reason why humans have rhythm? Do people sneeze in their sleep? Why do crabs walk sideways? And how do stinging...Show More

Defying Death...

1:04:10 | Apr 13th, 2015

The impact of modern medicine is drastically changing our concept of death. Increasingly, people are being resuscitated successfully, sometimes hours after they first died. So this week we toe the line between life and death, learn lessons from those...Show More

Egg-cellent Easter Science

1:03:41 | Apr 6th, 2015

The Naked Scientists take a special holiday look at some egg-cellent Easter science, including a breakthrough in how to unboil an egg, the genetically modified chickens that can't catch bird flu and why the Easter bunny might be knocked off his perch...Show More

Whodunnit? Fascinating Forensics

1:09:30 | Mar 31st, 2015

From crime scene to court room and all the evidence in between. Join Chris Smith and Ginny Smith at our reconstructed crime scene to find out how science is used to help solve a forensic investigation, including dissecting pig organs, testing for dru...Show More

Brain on fire

1:05:24 | Mar 24th, 2015

This week, how rogue antibodies turned one woman's existence into a living nightmare of delusions, hallucinations and paranoia, we examine the evidence that ME - or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - might be an autoimmune disease, and why the blues mi...Show More

Chasing Rainbows: The Quest to Understand Light

1:03:51 | Mar 17th, 2015

Is it a particle? Or is it a wave? This week we're looking at light. From its earliest origins and what it can reveal about the Big Bang, to why Newton prodded his eye with a needle to probe the origins of colour, how the brain decodes the visual wor...Show More

The Life Parasitic

1:05:53 | Mar 10th, 2015

This week, the world of parasites. We find out what's living in you and on you, how these invaders hijack your immune system and how they can even control the behaviours and body shapes of their hosts. Plus, in the news, the oldest remains of our fir...Show More

Eureka Streaker: Experiments that Changed the World

1:09:23 | Mar 3rd, 2015

From Archimedes leaping from his bath shouting Eureka, to Isaac Newton's falling apples and Volta's piles that produced electricity on tap, this week we recreate some of the scientific experiments that changed the way we view the world. Join Ginny Sm...Show More

Marijuana: Risk or Remedy?

1:08:00 | Feb 24th, 2015

Cannabis is as controversial as it is complicated. Does smoking it cause schizophrenia, and can chemicals from the plant cure cancer? Plus in the news, the new breed of chemicals that are putting our ozone layer at risk and why teenage sperms are mor...Show More

Your Smartphone: What's it Saying to Cyber-Criminals?

1:04:47 | Feb 17th, 2015

This week, how we're haemorrhaging personal information through our smartphones. We hear how snoopers can eavesdrop on your mobile signals while you're out in public to track down your home address. A computer scientist tells us what he discovered on...Show More

Meet the Doctors of Love!

1:07:01 | Feb 10th, 2015

This week, how to hack online dating, the way to maximise your chances on that crucial first date, what makes couples compatible, and the giveaway signs of fertility in the female voice. Plus, in the news, how late-night texting and Facebook-checking...Show More

Outnumbered: Are your bacteria controlling you?

1:05:48 | Feb 3rd, 2015

This week, why we're passengers in our own bodies, outnumbered by our resident bacteria. We explore how these bugs can alter your brain and behaviour, and "trans-poo-sion": the poo-transplant process that might save your life! Plus, why the chances o...Show More

Lifting the lid on Plastic

1:06:53 | Jan 27th, 2015

Last year, 100 million tonnes of plastic were produced by industry. At the same time sufficient waste plastic was found floating in the world's oceans to make a string of bottles long enough to make it to the Moon. This week we find out what plastic ...Show More

The Secrets of Sleep

1:04:43 | Jan 20th, 2015

Most people spend around a third of their lives asleep, and yet we know almost nothing about what goes on in the land of nod. So this week we're going "under the covers" to investigate the science of sleeping including hearing from sleep talkers, pro...Show More

Fighting Fat with Science

1:09:13 | Jan 13th, 2015

Are you sitting comfortably? You might want to stand up, because we'll be hearing why, in health terms, sitting is the new smoking! We're also taking a look at the science behind weight loss and why shedding extra pounds is so difficult. Plus news of...Show More

Dissolving teaspoons: Naked in Wellington

1:00:16 | Jan 6th, 2015

Dissolving teaspoons, plants that sunbathe, stopping multiple sclerosis, the ARGO floats that monitor the oceans, global warming in Antarctica, and using computers to find Kiwis. Chris Smith and Simon Morton meet some of Wellington's finest researche...Show More

Voices in the Dark

1:02:53 | Dec 30th, 2014

We all have an inner voice. Most of us know they're not real. But, for up to 15% of the population at some points in their lives, they can take on a different tone, as a terrifying experience that cannot be distinguished from reality. Where do they c...Show More

The Science of Christmas

1:04:57 | Dec 23rd, 2014

Seasons Greetings from the Naked Scientists! We invite you to spend the next hour with us as we explore the Science of Christmas. We'll be looking at why crackers are, or aren't, all that funny, the chemistry of Christmas and what makes the ultimate ...Show More

Total wipe out: Mass Extinction

1:08:38 | Dec 16th, 2014

Mass Extinction! 250 million years ago nearly all life on Earth ended. Back from the brink, history then repeated itself with the disappearance of the dinosaurs 60 million years ago. So are we next? Plus news of how a comet smash could have kick-star...Show More

Good Vibrations

1:09:28 | Dec 9th, 2014

From the honking of cars to music blaring out of someone's bedroom window, the world around us is saturated with sound. But what exactly is sound, and how do we hear it? From mimicking an owl's wing for quieter aircraft to creating more effective coc...Show More

The Internet: the good, the bad and the ugly

1:07:01 | Dec 2nd, 2014

This week we delve into the Dark Web, a hidden arm of the Internet where Google doesn't dare to search and where drugs, guns and hitmen are offered up for sale. We explore how the World Wide Web works, and ask whether it can remain unregulated, free ...Show More

Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer?

1:03:51 | Nov 23rd, 2014

Travel by air has increased by over 60% in the last decade and annual global air traffic is expected to reach 3.6 billion passenger journeys by 2016 meaning that there are at least 1 million people airborne aboard planes at any moment in time. But, a...Show More

Inside the Ebola Epidemic

1:08:37 | Nov 18th, 2014

Ebola has rocked the world in 2014, but why has this outbreak been so devastating? This week we get inside Ebola to find out about the virus itself, and how it causes disease and spreads. We talk to healthcare and charity workers on the ground in Wes...Show More

Combating Cancer

1:07:09 | Nov 11th, 2014

This week, the latest breakthroughs in cancer including blood tests to pick up the disease much earlier, new genetic treatments to trigger tumours to kill themselves, and a laser technique to zap cancers in hard-to-reach places. Plus, in the news, wh...Show More

Supernatural Science

1:08:56 | Nov 4th, 2014

Do you believe in ghosts? For Halloween the Naked Scientists take a look at the spooky science of the supernatural. Is there evidence that paranormal beings exist and why do so many people believe in them? How do out-of-body experiences happen? What ...Show More

Transport of Tomorrow

1:03:12 | Oct 28th, 2014

Over the next 50 years, getting to work on time or heading out to the hinterlands for your family holiday will become much, much easier - and perhaps, even pleasurable. We're journeying into the not so distant future, to a world where cars drive them...Show More

The Cities of Tomorrow

1:07:39 | Oct 20th, 2014

Continuing the theme of the future of humanity, this week we take a look at what we can expect from our towns and cities in the years to come. Will we be living in wooden skyscrapers, amongst crime fighting lampposts or have our own personalised poll...Show More

Will Climate Change Cost the Earth?

1:03:52 | Oct 13th, 2014

What does climate change have in store for the future? What will it mean for the man, or woman, in the street? How will it hit the global economy, and what can businesses do to fight back? This week, we hear the perspectives of a climate specialist, ...Show More

Powering the Future

1:09:17 | Oct 6th, 2014

For years we have relied on fossil fuels to produce the light, heat and energy we need to live and work. But these supplies are diminishing, and polluting our environment. So can renewable resources step into the breach annd produce enough energy to ...Show More

Alien Hunters: The Search for ET

1:02:46 | Sep 27th, 2014

This week, is there anybody out there? We're pushing at the boundaries of science in the search for ET. We take a magnifying glass to the big questions: what is life, where can we find it and could we ever communicate with it? Plus, the blood test t...Show More

Can you 3D-print me a new kidney?

1:03:34 | Sep 20th, 2014

This week, are we on the verge of being able to print a new kidney or liver? And will every home soon have a machine in it to make medicines so we don't need to head off to the chemist for a dose of antibiotics? This is the world of 3D printing and w...Show More

Hack Attack!

1:08:46 | Sep 15th, 2014

Have you been hacked? This week we examine the risks from public WiFi, why the Internet of Things is jeopardising the security of your home, the threats frequently lurking inside innocent-looking documents, what your mobile phone says to cybercrimina...Show More

Does nature do it better?

1:04:32 | Sep 8th, 2014

This week we're looking to nature to solve some of today's biggest problems - from climate change to water shortages. We hear how spiders hold the key to making the strongest material known to man and how insect ears have inspired the world's smalles...Show More

Nuclear Fusion

1:05:32 | Sep 1st, 2014

This week, we're exploring Nuclear Fusion, the power source of the sun. What is it and how can it help us on Earth? We visit the JET fusion facility to watch a test firing, we hear how lasers can be used to kickstart the process and how a new spheric...Show More

Personalised Medicine

1:03:49 | Aug 18th, 2014

This week we're talking about gene sequencing and how to keep that information safe.

Food for Thought!

1:03:46 | Aug 11th, 2014

The Naked Scientists have food on the brain this week, as we hear about how sound can affect taste, why our mood can be changed by what we eat, and we try out some unusual flavour combinations. And in the news; why grizzly bears may help us in the fi...Show More

The brightest light in the Universe

1:07:31 | Aug 4th, 2014

This week, we hear how one of the brightest lights in the Universe is helping scientists to build better jet engines, fight off antibiotic resistant bacteria and read the biochemical make-up of long-dead dinosaurs. Plus, how fears and phobias can pas...Show More

A trip to the seaside

1:13:03 | Jul 28th, 2014

This week why whales get dandruff, what seabirds think of wind farms, the plight of coral reefs, we take a look at some giant sea spiders and look at water that can stay liquid below freezing temperature. Plus, we use science to perfect the recipe f...Show More

The End of Extinction?

1:05:20 | Jul 21st, 2014

Will wooly mammoths roam the tundra once more? This week we ask whether improvements in genetic technologies mean extinction is no longer the end, as well as meeting moss that came back to life after 2000 years buried in permafrost, and the million-y...Show More

Returning to the Moon - A giant leap for mankind?

1:04:37 | Jul 14th, 2014

We celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by asking, should we return to the moon? We discover what scientific knowledge is still to be gained by going back, what robot missions are being planned as part of the Google Lunar X prize, ...Show More

Saddle Up: The Science of Cycling

1:09:49 | Jul 7th, 2014

Chimps use gestures, climate change stops fish finding friends, gut cells reprogrammed to make insulin, and people prefer shocks to thoughts! Plus Saddle Up! - we look at the science of cyling as the Tour de France comes to the UK, including seeing h...Show More

Engineering the Impossible

1:09:14 | Jun 30th, 2014

From levitating trains and humans to giant, climate-altering balloons, super-steels and earthquake-proof buildings, this month's live show panel reveal the latest advances in extreme engineering. Plus, we get engineering for ourselves, including taki...Show More

Ready for Kick Off...

1:04:27 | Jun 23rd, 2014

England might be out of the World Cup this week, but thousands of fans are still cheering their teams on across Brazil. But how does chanting change the behaviour of a football crowd? Why do free kicks and penalties still come down to good old physic...Show More

Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

1:12:06 | Jun 16th, 2014

Alois Alzheimer, who described the first case of the disease now named after him, would have been 150 years old this week. But what have we discovered about the disease since he presented the first Alzheimer's case over 100 years ago? And how can fru...Show More

Freeze Dried Blood!

1:05:09 | Jun 9th, 2014

Freeze Dried Blood! Every day the likes of probiotic "good" bacteria in yoghurts, and even the enzymes in washing powder, give us a helping hand. This week we investigate how scientists are designing new ways to protect and guard these tiny helpers, ...Show More

Learning to Learn

1:09:51 | Jun 2nd, 2014

Making brainwaves: from how babies' brains develop, to how children learn language and even unravelling the adolescent mind, this month's live show panel of guests walk us through how we learn to learn! Plus, popping balloons shows why teenagers take...Show More

The Cost of a Life

1:04:05 | May 26th, 2014

We often hear about amazing new medical developments which could improve disease treatment. But what about the ethical considerations involved in deciding how to use these advances? Hannah Critchlow and Ginny Smith discuss how we decide which drugs w...Show More

Natural born cleaners

1:03:51 | May 19th, 2014

This week we investigate green clean ups. Can nature's recyclers, bacteria and fungi, help us clean up man-made environmental problems from oil spills to mining slag heaps? Plus in the news, how the Gemini Planet Imager is helping astronomers 'see' e...Show More

Powering up the National Grid

1:03:46 | May 12th, 2014

This week we look at how our power grids are going to be transformed. From technology which hopes to reduce our energy prices to new ways to include wind and solar power in the grid. Plus, in the news, what Google have up their sleeve for their next ...Show More

Fascinating Fossils

1:09:51 | May 5th, 2014

In front of a live audience at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by three paleontologists to discuss fascinating fossils! Alex Liu explains where the first animals evolved from, Stephanie Pierce describes how animals first crawled o...Show More

Building the Future

1:03:36 | Apr 28th, 2014

With the demand for new homes ever increasing, we ask what will the buildings of the future be like? Will new materials like bamboo or plastic take a bigger place in our houses? And how can we make our accommodation greener? Plus, in the news, the fi...Show More

Huntingtons Disease

1:02:48 | Apr 21st, 2014

In a special show from Cambridge and New Zealand, Hannah Critchlow investigates the research into Huntington's Disease. How has the search to correct a single gene enhanced our understanding of how the brain functions? How are sheep helping to unpick...Show More

Why do we laugh when tickled?

1:01:51 | Apr 14th, 2014

In this question and answer special, the Naked Scientists get stuck into your queries, like why are planets round? Why do we laugh when tickled? Does wearing glasses make your eyesight worse? And how many trees could offset carbon emissions? Plus, in...Show More

Power to your Elbow: Better Batteries

1:03:48 | Apr 7th, 2014

Bigger, better and longer lasting - this week we go in search of the battery technology that will power the future as well as consider the shortcomings of our present technologies. We also try to tune-in to our own broadcast on a radio powered by mos...Show More

Right Hand, Left Hand

1:02:19 | Apr 1st, 2014

How handedness spans the scientific world, from the smallest particles in the Universe to the drugs that cure disease and even the way you hold a pen, goes under the microscope this week as we explore the realms of asymmetry. Plus, in the news, the w...Show More

Devouring Raspberry Pi

1:03:47 | Mar 25th, 2014

2014 is the Year of Code, with the UK even becoming the first major economy to introduce computer programming to the school timetable. This week we investigate why coding, and getting kids into computer science has become so important. Plus, in the n...Show More

Pit your Wits...

1:03:16 | Mar 18th, 2014

Pit your wits against the combined brain power of the Naked Scientists, in this question and answer Special as the team try to find out the truth behind the age of the Milky Way? Whether plants die of old age, and how cats make their fur stand on end...Show More

Turning the tide on flooding

1:05:07 | Mar 11th, 2014

With climate change expected to bring more bouts of extreme weather and longer periods of drought and flooding, this week we take a look at ways to turn the tide on the looming water crisis. Plus, in the news, the schoolboy who's become the youngest ...Show More

AUTOMATE: The World of Robots

1:09:45 | Mar 4th, 2014

Robots are under examination this week. Engineer Blaise Thomson, from Vocal IQ, designs speech systems for smartphones, Neil Bargh builds robots for science labs, and Airbus systems engineer Paul Meacham, who is building the next rover that will expl...Show More

The Noro Show

1:03:48 | Feb 25th, 2014

Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, affects 1 million people each year in the UK. But what is it, and how can you best protect yourself? Plus, in the news, how stress hormones depress the stock market, brain training that can improve vision on the ba...Show More

Brainy Babies!

1:04:47 | Feb 24th, 2014

Should you raise your baby to be bilingual? Are video games rotting or rejuvenating children's brains? We find out! Plus in the news, personalised breast milk, modelling the brain with computers, how crude oil spills affect tuna and the next step tow...Show More

David Willetts AAAS Audio Blog

43:30 | Feb 20th, 2014

UK Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, becomes his own radio presenter; here, on a tour organised by the UK's Science and Innovation Network, he charts his meetings with scientists and entrepreneurs in Chicago, including discovering ho...Show More


1:06:25 | Feb 14th, 2014

Do scientists resort to propaganda to defend climate change? How do we deal with evolution unbelievers? How do governments and policy-makers decide what science should be funded? Where will the next generation of communicators come from? Why are west...Show More

Green Food

1:04:49 | Feb 11th, 2014

We're chewing over the topic of food footprints: How green is your lunchbox? What's the environmental impact of your weekly food shop? Plus, in the news, the prosthetic hand that has allowed an amputee to feel for the first time, a new fatal strain o...Show More

Nanosized Science

1:03:44 | Feb 4th, 2014

This week we we zoom in on the subject of nano-particles to examine how tiny objects, smaller than the wavelength of light, can be making such large waves in the fields of health, optics, and electronics. Plus news of purple tomatoes on their way to...Show More

Exorcist, or Exercise: what's healthier?

1:09:55 | Jan 28th, 2014

Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by exercise scientist Dan Gordon, who also holds the world record in tandem cycling, epidemiologist Nita Forouhi, who studies diet, and David Ogilvie, who investigates how our en...Show More

And now for the weather, in space...

1:06:15 | Jan 21st, 2014

This week we investigate why the UK is investing in space weather forecasts. Plus how could changes in the Sun's activity affect us here on Earth? In the news, conservationists supporting the sale of a hunting licence for the endangered Black Rhino, ...Show More

Are old habits hard to break?

1:08:49 | Jan 14th, 2014

This week we want to hear how you're doing with your New Year's Resolutions as we investigate the psychology of willpower and how long it takes to form a new habit. In the news, does drinking a cup of coffee after studying help students remember...Show More

Why don't microwaves spark off themselves?

1:10:01 | Jan 7th, 2014

The Naked Scientists tackle your questions, from how hail storms come about to why the Mediterranean Sea has such small tides. And why do people often favour walking on one particular side of the road? Plus, we look at what science might hit the head...Show More

Hydrogen-powered Party Poppers

1:03:46 | Dec 24th, 2013

It's Christmas, and we're celebrating in style with a look at the science behind the things that grace the festive period. In a special programme recorded live in the kitchen, we produce our own home-made ice cream, hear about the brain-basis of the ...Show More

Super-shape me!

1:06:28 | Dec 17th, 2013

How balls of cells assemble into a baby, why cell shape is crucial in cancer, telling cells where to go in an embryo, and getting a handle on how limbs develop: this week's Naked Scientists explores the science of structure. Plus, does classical musi...Show More

Diving into Ocean Conservation

1:03:52 | Dec 10th, 2013

The bid to create the world's largest marine reserve, diseases threatening corals in the Caribbean, what is the best way to conserve coral reefs in Fiji, and why fish microbes matter too. Plus news of DNA sequences extracted from a 400,000 human ance...Show More

Life, The Universe and Everything

1:09:58 | Dec 3rd, 2013

Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by guests Didier Queloz, who discovered the first exoplanet, Alan Tunnacliffe who investigates organisms which might be able to survive in space, and Gerry Gilmore, who is aiming...Show More

Sniff! Sniff!

1:03:38 | Nov 26th, 2013

This week, smells, pheromones and anosmia. We talk to a patient with no sense of smell, hear why odours might be more down to the way molecules vibrate that how they are shaped, we look at the role that genes play in what we can smell and hear how ph...Show More

Restore, repair, retain!

1:04:20 | Nov 19th, 2013

This week we discover how we repair and restore everything from ancient manuscripts to the human heart! The team visits the BBC to find out how recently re-discovered episodes of the classic sci-fi series Dr Who were restored and find out about th...Show More

Stopping Multiple Sclerosis

1:08:04 | Nov 12th, 2013

What is multiple sclerosis (MS), what causes it, why do some people suffer from it, and how can we treat it? This week we hear about a drug that can halt the disease in its tracks for some patients, and how scientists screening chemicals that trigger...Show More

Cutting Edge in Cancer

1:05:01 | Nov 5th, 2013

From detecting tumour DNA in our bloodstreams to making cancer cells stand out in an MRI scan, this week, coinciding with the NCRI Cancer Conference, we explore how best ways to detect cancer and monitor tumours during treatment. Plus, in the news, w...Show More

Extreme Geology

1:09:59 | Oct 29th, 2013

Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests James Jackson, an Earth Scientist, Tehnuka Ilanko, a volcanologist, and Arwen Deuss, a seismologist, pit their wits against the assembled public as th...Show More

Stopping Superbugs

1:04:14 | Oct 19th, 2013

What is the scale of the superbug problem? How much is antibiotic resistance costing? Can new antibiotics be made that cannot be bypassed by bacteria? And what new drugs are already in the pipeline. In this infectious episode of the Naked Scientists,...Show More

Tunnelling Under London

1:04:21 | Oct 14th, 2013

How do you dig a 26 mile tunnel beneath a city and below the water table? This week we drop in on Crossrail, who are busy constructing a new commuter line below the UK capital, to discover how massive tunnels are made in the modern era. Plus, we take...Show More

Science Centre Showoff

1:04:44 | Oct 7th, 2013

Live on location at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith, Dave Ansell, Ginny Smith and guests Rod Jones, an atmospheric chemist, Margaret Stanley, an HPV cancer researcher, and Caroline Goddard, jet engine metallurgist, pit their wits against t...Show More

Science of Sleep

1:06:41 | Sep 30th, 2013

What's the best way to catch 40 winks? We investigate the science of sleep, including why we need it and why do some people fall asleep at the wrong times? Jason Rhiel tell us how he investigates what makes us sleepy using zebrafish and Mick Hastings...Show More

Citizen Science: Research You can Do

1:07:32 | Sep 23rd, 2013

What's the best way to get involved in scientific research from home? Chris Smith and Dominic Ford investigate some of the best citizen science projects which are looking for your help. From categorising galaxies to hunting spiders, mapping your happ...Show More

Shedding Light on the Brain

1:03:46 | Sep 16th, 2013

We expose how electricity powers the nervous system. Chris Smith and Hannah Critchlow speak to a panel of experts about why chillis taste hot and mint feels cool, how ion channels could tackle diabetes and the new technique that uses algae could shed...Show More

Get the Frack Out of Here...

1:04:57 | Sep 11th, 2013

Will fracking bring down energy prices and keep our lights on, or could it be an environmental disaster? Kate Lamble and Ginny Smith speak to a panel of experts about whether fracking could really contaminate water supplies or cause earthquakes. Plus...Show More

Can you dehydrate in a bath?

1:03:45 | Sep 4th, 2013

Another special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, cna you dehydrate in a bath? What is tinnitus? What chemicals leak from batteries? Why does water freeze from the top down? Are solar ph...Show More

Shark Camouflage in Australia

1:03:35 | Aug 28th, 2013

This week, we have a final show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill find out how camouflage wetsuits might help protect surfers from sharks, hear about a new development in muscular dystrophy treatment, how sea sponges can ...Show More

Australia's First BBQ

1:03:47 | Aug 21st, 2013

This week, we have another special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill go in search of dolphins, find out how DNA sequencing technology has allowed us to find out what was on Australia's first barbecue, and give a scie...Show More

Naked in Australia

1:03:47 | Aug 14th, 2013

This week we have a special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith finds out whether importing nitrogen fixing legumes could hold the answer to Perth's poor soil fertility and Victoria Gill heads out on a scientific fishing trip to see h...Show More

Mapping out the Milky Way

1:09:32 | Aug 7th, 2013

We hear from the astronomers who are mapping out the Milky Way to work out where its stars came from.

Questions and Answers

1:03:49 | Jul 31st, 2013

A special question and answer edition of the show where the team get to grips with your queries, including, do hairs know they've cut? Is someone who sweats sooner fitter? How do noise-cancelling headphones work? How do we know what's inside Earth? W...Show More

The Science in Sport

1:04:41 | Jul 24th, 2013

How has new technology changed the face of sport? This week we delve into the science behind the tennis rackets that professional players use, the diets that top athletes follow, and how systems like Hawkeye are revolutionising the way that rules are...Show More

The Science of Schizophrenia

1:05:58 | Jul 17th, 2013

What do sufferers of schizophrenia experience, and why? Might the immune system be to blame? And could an avatar be the answer to treatment? This week we delve deep into the brain circuitry behind this psychiatric condition to uncover the causes, hea...Show More

Souping up Solar

1:09:50 | Jul 10th, 2013

This week, the latest innovations in solar power technology including a Cambridge team racing from Darwin to Adelaide in a solar car, community co-operatives empowered by solar panels, and how algae harvest the Sun's energy. In the news, how wobbles ...Show More

The Last Organism Alive on Earth

1:10:35 | Jul 3rd, 2013

This week, the latest from the UK's National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews Scotland including what will be the last organism living on Earth when the end-of-life Sun swells, why space science projects are getting larger, and the amateur astronomer ...Show More

Modelling Diseases in Dishes

1:03:48 | Jun 26th, 2013

Miniature lungs, breasts and other organs are being grown in dishes so scientists can study how they form, why they succumb to disease and how toxins, drugs and poisons affect them. Organ models like these are rapidly replacing animals for many lab e...Show More

Fascinating Fungi

1:03:42 | Jun 19th, 2013

Fungi go under the microscope this week as we explore how they barter minerals and carry chemical messages in return for sugars from plants; we also hear from someone who nearly died after consuming a deadly fungus, find out why fungi make the toxins...Show More

Extreme Physiology: Everest to Ocean Floor

1:06:07 | Jun 12th, 2013

How can an ascent to the top of Everest help to save lives in intensive care? This week we're exploring physiology at the extremes: altitude, depth and cold. How does the human body adapt and cope under these conditions? Also, news of improved gene t...Show More