Nature Podcast

Springer Nature Limited

+13 FANS

The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results an...Show More

Looking for recently uploaded episodes
17 May 2018: Probing the proton, research misconduct, and making sense of mystery genes

28:19 | May 16th, 2018

This week, peering inside the proton, identifying the pitfalls of research misconduct, and identifying what bacterial genes of unknown function actually do.

31 January 2019: Women of the periodic table, and harvesting energy from Wi-Fi

21:46 | Jan 30th

This week, the female chemists who helped build the periodic table, and harnessing the extra energy in Wi-Fi signals.

24 January 2019: Economic downturns and black holes

23:11 | Jan 23rd

This week, the effects of recessions on public health, and simulating supermassive black holes.

17 January 2019: RNA splicing in yeast, and a walking fossil

23:16 | Jan 16th

This week, investigating introns’ roles, and reanimating a fossil.

Podcast Extra: The search for a rare disease treatment

10:52 | Jan 11th

Nick Sireau’s sons have a rare genetic disease called alkaptonuria, which can lead to body tissues becoming brittle, causing life long health issues. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh speaks to Nick and to the physician Dr Lakshminarayan Ranganath...Show More

10 January 2019: Fast Radio Bursts and new year future gazing

20:50 | Jan 9th

This week, detecting intergalactic radio bursts, and seeing what’s in store for science in 2019.

26 December 2018: Our reporters' top picks of 2018

23:17 | Dec 26th, 2018

In this special round-up episode of the Nature Podcast, a few of our regular reporters choose their favourite podcast piece of 2018, and explain why they enjoyed making it. 

20 December: Quantum physics adds a twist, and festive fun

33:33 | Dec 19th, 2018

The Nature Podcast’s 2018 end of year special, including songs, books, our annual quiz, and more!

Podcast Extra: Evidence of a ‘transmissible’ Alzheimer’s protein

09:45 | Dec 13th, 2018

New research suggests that a key protein involved in the neurodegenerative disease can be transferred between brains.

13 December 2018: The art of performing science, and chiral chemistry

24:13 | Dec 12th, 2018

This week, ‘performing’ experiments, and making mirrored molecules.

06 December 2018: Heart xenotransplants and phage fighting

24:20 | Dec 5th, 2018

This week, improving heart xenotransplants and soil bacteria versus phages.

29 November 2018: Atomic clock accuracy and wind farm worries

24:24 | Nov 28th, 2018

This week, measuring gravity’s strength with clocks, and worries over wind farms’ wakes.

22 November 2018: An ion-drive aeroplane, and DNA rearrangement.

24:17 | Nov 21st, 2018

This week, a solid-state plane engine with no moving parts, and ‘mosaicism’ in brain cells.

15 November 2018: Barnard’s Star, and clinical trials

21:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

This week, evidence of a nearby exoplanet, and clinical trials in a social media world.

08 November 2018: Designer cells, and a Breakthrough researcher

25:17 | Nov 7th, 2018

This week, building a cell from the bottom up, and a Breakthough Prize winner

01 November 2018: Mood forecasting technology, and where are the WIMPs?

22:29 | Oct 31st, 2018

This week, the role that mood forecasting technology may play in suicide prevention, and a 'crisis' in dark matter research.

18 October 2018: Cannabis horticulture and the Sun's place in history

23:48 | Oct 17th, 2018

This week, how science can help Canadian cannabis growers and a potted history of the Sun.

11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants

22:56 | Oct 10th, 2018

This week, what life is like when you've just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.

04 October 2018: Latent HIV, bird personalities and the Hyabusa2 mission

30:33 | Oct 3rd, 2018

This week, targeting latent HIV, the breeding behaviour of bold birds, and an update on a near-Earth asteroid mission.

27 September 2018: A wearable biosensor and a mechanical metamaterial.

22:01 | Sep 26th, 2018

This week, an ultra-thin, wearable biosensor and a multi-shape, mechanical metamaterial.

20 September 2018: Negative emissions and swarms under strain

25:28 | Sep 19th, 2018

This week, the ethics of sucking carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere and bee swarms under strain.

13 September 2018: The oldest drawing and the energy of data

24:37 | Sep 12th, 2018

This week, the oldest drawing ever found, and the hidden energy costs of data.

6 September 2018: Space junk, and a physicist’s perspective on life

23:06 | Sep 5th, 2018

This week, keeping an eye on space junk, and how a physicist changed our understanding of life.

30 August 2018: Gravity’s big G and the evolution of babies

23:01 | Aug 29th, 2018

This week, an early mammal relative’s babies, and new attempts to pin down the strength of gravity.

Backchat August 2018: Audio reporting, audience feedback, and Brexit

24:12 | Aug 24th, 2018

In this month’s roundtable, audio vs print reporting, returning to Brexit, and finding out about our audience.

23 August 2018: Quantum computers and labour division in ants

24:55 | Aug 22nd, 2018

This week, colony size and labour division in ants, and simulating a quantum system on a quantum computer.

16 August 2018: Bumblebees, opioids, and ocean weather

29:58 | Aug 15th, 2018

This week, more worries for bees, modelling the opioid crisis, and rough weather for seas.

8 August 2018: Fox aggression, microbiota and geoengineering

27:02 | Aug 8th, 2018

This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.

02 August 2018: Zebra finch colour perception, terraforming Mars, and attributing extreme weather

32:05 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week, how a bird sees colour, potential problems with terraforming Mars, and linking extreme weather to our changing climate.

26 July 2018: Conservation, automata, and pet DNA tests

28:51 | Jul 25th, 2018

This week, automata through the ages, problems with pet DNA tests, and a conservation conundrum.

19 July 2018: DNA scaffolds, climate-altering microbes, and a robot chemist

26:40 | Jul 18th, 2018

This week, tougher DNA nanostructures, climate-altering permafrost microbes, and using a robot to discover chemical reactions.

12 July 2018: Rats, reefs, and career streaks

31:10 | Jul 11th, 2018

This week, rats and coral reefs, charting successful careers streaks, and Cape Town’s water crisis.

A DNA computer, the koala genome, and the invisibility of LGBTQ+ researchers

30:33 | Jul 4th, 2018

This week, investigating the koala genome, the issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.

Backchat June 2018: Lab health, email briefings, and CRISPR

19:12 | Jun 29th, 2018

In this month’s roundtable, we discuss lab health, email briefings, and how science stories can affect the stock market.

27 June 2018: Air pollution, sick plants, and stress

29:12 | Jun 27th, 2018

This week, the relationship between air pollution and infant death in Africa, stressed brains, and diagnosing sick plants from afar.

21 June 2018: Pancreatic cancer, silica cages, and AI bias

27:10 | Jun 20th, 2018

This week, pancreatic cancer-related weight loss, tiny silica cages, and bias in Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

14 June 2018: Baobab tree death, zebrafish stem cells, and ice in Antarctica

33:12 | Jun 13th, 2018

This week, the mysterious death of African baobab trees, Antarctica’s past, present, and future, and how zebrafish protect their stem cells.

07 June 2018: Magnetic animal migration, cold enzymes, and mouse memory

31:07 | Jun 6th, 2018

This week, making enzymes work better in the cold, short-term memory production in mice, and magnetic detection in animals.

31 May 2018: Boosting diversity in physics, and life after an asteroid impact

24:24 | May 30th, 2018

This week, boosting diversity in physics graduate programs, and life’s recovery after a massive asteroid impact.

24 May 2018: Climate costs, cleverer cab journeys, and peering through matter with muons

31:59 | May 23rd, 2018

This week, estimating the economic cost of climate change, a new solution to the Minimum Fleet Problem, and the flourishing field of muography.

10 May 2018: AI neuroscience, liquid crystals, and depression in academia

29:20 | May 9th, 2018

This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia.

03 May 2018: Building early embryos, the fear response in mice, and ancient rhino remains

28:57 | May 2nd, 2018

This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration.

26 April 2018: Mini brains, and an updated enzyme image

20:40 | Apr 25th, 2018

This week, the ethical questions raised by model minds, and an updated view on an enzyme that keeps chromosomes protected.

Backchat April 2018: Sexual harassment, social media, and celebrity scientists

27:31 | Apr 20th, 2018

In this month’s roundtable, we discuss celebrity scientists, sexual harassment in research, and the science behind a social media scandal.

19 April 2018: Synchronised shrimp, supernova science, and spring books.

31:23 | Apr 18th, 2018

This week, tiny sea creatures with potentially big effects, the science of a supernova, and a roundup of spring books.

12 April 2018: The power of remote sensing, and watching a neutron star glitch

22:37 | Apr 11th, 2018

This week, looking for glitchy signals from neutron stars, and using remote sensing in research.

05 April 2018: Human's influence on the Mississippi and 'dirty' mice

24:18 | Apr 4th, 2018

This week, dissecting human influence on the Mississippi's floods, and getting 'dirty' mice into the lab.

29 March 2018: AI in chemistry, and liquid droplets in living cells.

22:58 | Mar 28th, 2018

This week, testing a neural network's chemistry skills, and what the physics of droplets is teaching us about the biology of cells.

22 March 2018: Mexican cavefish, the gut microbiome, and a wearable brain scanner.

30:08 | Mar 21st, 2018

This week, glucose metabolism in Mexican cavefish, the effect of non-antibiotic drugs on gut microbes, and a wearable brain scanner.

15 March 2018: Geoengineering Antarctica and increasing NMR’s resolution.

23:28 | Mar 14th, 2018

This week, geoengineering glaciers to prevent sea level rise, and using diamonds to improve NMR’s resolution.

8 March 2018: Surprising graphene superconductors, and 50 years dreaming of electric sheep.

21:38 | Mar 7th, 2018

This week, graphene’s latest superpower, and a retrospective of a sci-fi classic.

1 March 2018: Brain waves and a fingerprint from the early Universe

41:19 | Feb 28th, 2018

This week, the landscape of childhood cancers, physicists find a fingerprint from the early Universe, and brain waves cause a splash.

Backchat February 2018: Luck, debate, and the quantum internet

33:30 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become.

22 February 2018: A focus on adolescence

37:32 | Feb 21st, 2018

This week, a teenage special: defining adolescence; high school researchers; and the science of teen risk taking.

15 February 2018: Optical clocks, healthy ageing, and fieldwork during pregnancy

37:05 | Feb 14th, 2018

This week, refocusing ageing research, a transportable optical clock, and researching during pregnancy.

08 February 2018: Tough timber, magpie intelligence, and invasive crayfish

40:01 | Feb 7th, 2018

This week, crayfish clones in Madagascar, the social smarts of magpies, and building tougher wood.

01 February 2018: Stone Age tools in India, and coral reefs in crisis

31:08 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week, reframing humans' arrival in India, and the many hazards facing coral reefs.

25 January 2018: Tiny robots, 3D images, and a honeycomb maze

38:44 | Jan 24th, 2018

This week, a mini all-terrain robot, 3D painting with light, and a new maze for rats.

18 January 2018: Climate sensitivity, and the fetal microbiome

34:13 | Jan 17th, 2018

This week, pinning down the climate's carbon dioxide sensitivity, and the battle over babies' first bacteria.

10 January 2018: Conflict conservation, and the shape of a memory

42:10 | Jan 10th, 2018

This week, tabletop physics, what a memory looks like, and conflict's toll on wildlife.

Backchat December 2017: Trump, physics, and uncited papers

34:58 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Backchat’s back, with discussions of Donald Trump, papers with zero citations, and the perils of writing about physics.

21 December 2017: Earth AI, a news quiz, and sci-fi

47:34 | Dec 20th, 2017

This week, our end of year special, featuring Earth science AI, a news story quiz, and science fiction in the modern era.

14 December 2017: Volcanoes, viruses & electric eels

40:18 | Dec 13th, 2017

This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.

7 December 2017: Exoplanet geology & duck-like dinosaurs

33:16 | Dec 6th, 2017

This week, exoplanet geology and a dual-terrain, duck-like dinosaur.

30 November 2017: Unnatural DNA & worm mothers

33:47 | Nov 29th, 2017

This week, reading unnatural DNA, and young worm mothers explain a wriggly riddle.

23 November 2017: Sleep deprivation & radioactive lighning

35:54 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week, lightning gamma rays, the Internet that wasn’t, and the science of sleep deprivation.

16 November 2017: Ancient inequality & bacterial communication

33:49 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week, a bacterial communication system, and ancient houses illuminate inequality.

9 November 2017: Axolotls & treating a genetic skin condition

32:36 | Nov 8th, 2017

This week, a potential stem cell treatment for a genetic skin condition, and the disappearing axolotl.

2 November 2017: Evolving verbs & Earth's microbiome

35:02 | Nov 1st, 2017

This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.

26 October 2017: Undead cells & Antarctic instability

39:14 | Oct 25th, 2017

This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.

19 October 2017: Neutron star gravitational waves & the future of work

32:01 | Oct 19th, 2017

This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work.

12 October 2017: A dwarf planet & DNA sequencing

39:32 | Oct 11th, 2017

This week, a dwarf planet with a ring, 40 years of Sanger DNA sequencing, and the grieving families contributing to a huge genetics projects.

Nature Extra: 500th show compilation

1:10:17 | Oct 6th, 2017

To celebrate our 500th episode, the Nature Podcast asked 8 presenters – past and present – to recommend their favourite contributions to the show.

Nature Podcast: 5 October 2017

49:55 | Oct 4th, 2017

This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.

Nature Podcast: 21 September 2017

33:26 | Sep 20th, 2017

This week, Sherlock Holmes the scientist; and investigating the nanotubes between cells.

Nature Podcast: 14 September 2017

32:53 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week, writing quantum software, and predicting the loss of Asia's glaciers.

Nature Podcast: 7 September 2017

37:34 | Sep 6th, 2017

Protecting red haired people from cancer, machine learning and gravitational distortions, and peeking inside predatory journals.

Nature Podcast: 24 August 2017

34:14 | Aug 23rd, 2017

The creeping danger of slow landslides, and what worms can teach us about the wriggly problem of reproducibility.

Nature Podcast: 17 August 2017

37:48 | Aug 16th, 2017

This week, preventing genetic diseases in China, a red supergiant star's mystery, and the algal boom.

Nature Podcast: 10 August 2017

38:55 | Aug 11th, 2017

This week, ancient mammal relatives, complex brain maps, and a 19th century solar eclipse.

Nature Podcast

41:27 | Aug 2nd, 2017

This week, the first flower, gene editing human embryos, and the antimatter quest.

Nature Podcast: 27 July 2017

41:17 | Jul 26th, 2017

This week, a brain-inspired computer, the brain's control of ageing, and Al Gore the climate communicator.

Nature Podcast: 20 July 2017

39:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

This week, getting a handle on topology, and working out why the fastest animals are medium sized.

Nature Podcast: 13 July 2017

39:31 | Jul 12th, 2017

This week, defying quantum noise, looking at early signs of autism, and taking steps to assess exercise.

Nature Podcast: 6 July 2017

37:52 | Jul 5th, 2017

This week, a new kind of quantum bit, the single-cell revolution, and exploring Antarctica’s past to understand sea level rise.

Grand Challenges: Energy

35:48 | Jul 3rd, 2017

To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts discuss the challenges of transitioning to low carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode...Show More

Extra: The grey zone

27:34 | Jun 30th, 2017

Sometimes people can become trapped in the grey zone between conscious and unconscious states. Kerri Smith talks to neuroscientist Adrian Owen about communicating with patients in vegetative states.

Backchat: June 2017

33:01 | Jun 16th, 2017

Our reporters and editors respond to the UK election. Plus, the tangled taxonomy of our species, and why physicists love to hate the standard model.

Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017

39:07 | Jun 14th, 2017

This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.

Nature Podcast: 15 June 2017

39:07 | Jun 14th, 2017

This week, treating infection without antibiotics, wireless charging, and making sense of music.   

Nature Podcast: 8 June 2017

40:52 | Jun 7th, 2017

This week, early Homo sapiens in Morocco, mathematicians trying to stop gerrymandering, and going beyond the standard model.

Grand Challenges: Food security

34:44 | Jun 5th, 2017

Millions around the world are chronically hungry. Three experts on agriculture discuss how to help people grow enough food, in a world of evolving technology, global markets and a changing climate. This is episode 3 of 4 in the Grand Challenges podca...Show More

Nature Podcast: 1 June 2017

40:31 | May 31st, 2017

This week, ‘sticky’ RNA causes disease, disorganised taxonomy, and 'intelligent crowd' peer review.

Nature Extra: Futures May 2017

17:28 | May 31st, 2017

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, 'Life, hacked' by Krystal Claxton.

Backchat: May 2017

33:43 | May 26th, 2017

This month the team are chatting scientific data, scientific papers and... religion.

Nature Podcast: 25 May 2017

37:57 | May 24th, 2017

This week, E. coli with colour vision, tracing the Zika virus outbreak, and a roadmap for medical microbots.

Nature Podcast: 18 May 2017

39:20 | May 18th, 2017

This week, wonky vehicle emissions tests, error-prone bots help humans, and animals that lack a microbiome.

Nature Podcast: 11 May 2017

39:40 | May 10th, 2017

This week, fake antibodies scupper research, the diversity of cells in a tumour, and what happened before tectonic plates? SURVEY:

Nature Podcast: 4 May 2017

38:43 | May 3rd, 2017

This week, the secret life of the thalamus, how to talks about antibiotic resistance, and dangerous research. Survey link:

Grand Challenges: Ageing

39:53 | May 1st, 2017

Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we're ready for it - as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can live health...Show More

Nature Extra: Futures April 2017

17:27 | Apr 28th, 2017

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Cold comforts' by Graham Robert Scott.

Nature Podcast: 27 April 2017

40:57 | Apr 26th, 2017

This week, the earliest Americans, 2D magnets, and the legacy of the Universe’s first ‘baby picture’.

Backchat: April 2017

33:40 | Apr 21st, 2017

Science fans everywhere will take to the streets this weekend in the March for Science. Plus, biases in artificial intelligence and how scientific papers are getting harder to read.

Nature Podcast: 13 April 2017

38:52 | Apr 12th, 2017

This week, politician scientists, human genetic ‘knockouts’ and East Antarctica’s instability.

Nature Podcast: 6 April 2017

39:26 | Apr 5th, 2017

This week, easing the pressure on fisheries, protein structure surprises, and your reading list for 2017 so far.

Grand Challenges: Mental Health

37:58 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. Hear three experts discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most.

Nature Extra: Futures March 2017

16:41 | Mar 31st, 2017

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Green boughs will cover thee' by Sarah L Byrne.

Nature Podcast: 30 March 2017

39:29 | Mar 29th, 2017

This week, mapping sound in the brain, dwindling groundwater, and giving common iron uncommon properties.

Backchat: March 2017

33:16 | Mar 23rd, 2017

A sting operation finds several predatory journals offered to employ a fictional, unqualified academic as an editor. Plus, the Great Barrier Reef in hot water, and trying to explain 'time crystals'.

Nature Podcast: 23 March 2017

38:25 | Mar 22nd, 2017

This week, peering into a black hole, reorganising the dinosaur family tree and finding drug combos for cancer.

Nature Podcast: 16 March 2017

37:44 | Mar 15th, 2017

This week, making plane fuel greener, yeast chromosomes synthesised from scratch, and seeking out hidden HIV.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - March 1918

26:06 | Mar 10th, 2017

As the First World War draws to an end, astronomer Arthur Eddington sets out on a challenging mission: to prove Einstein’s new theory of general relativity by measuring a total eclipse. The experiment became a defining example of how science should b...Show More

Nature Podcast: 9 March 2017

40:37 | Mar 9th, 2017

This week, the earliest known life, Neanderthal self-medication, and data storage in a single atom.

Nature Podcast: 2 March 2017

37:19 | Mar 1st, 2017

This week, a migration special: a researcher seeks refuge; smart borders; and climate migration.

Backchat: February 2017

31:48 | Mar 1st, 2017

AI generated images, reporting with reluctant sources and space missions with out an end game.

Nature Extra: Futures February 2017

14:02 | Feb 27th, 2017

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Richard Hodson read you their favourite from February, 'Fermi's zookeepers' by David Gullen.

Nature Podcast: 23 February 2017

38:26 | Feb 22nd, 2017

This week, highlights from AAAS, the new epigenetics, and a new way to conduct biomedical research

Nature Podcast: 16 February 2017

37:55 | Feb 15th, 2017

This week, Winston Churchill’s thoughts on alien life, how cells build walls, and paradoxical materials.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - February 1925

22:04 | Feb 10th, 2017

Paleontologist Raymond Dart had newly arrived in South Africa when he came across a fossil that would change his life and his science. It was the face, jaw and brain cast of an extinct primate – not quite ape and not quite human. The paleontology com...Show More

Nature Podcast: 9 February 2017

41:14 | Feb 8th, 2017

This week, free-floating DNA in cancers, an ancient relative of molluscs and can the Arctic’s ice be regrown?

Nature Podcast: 2 February 2017

39:29 | Feb 1st, 2017

Bird beaks show how evolution shifts gear, getting to Proxima b, and have physicists made metallic hydrogen?

Nature Extra: Futures January 2017

15:38 | Jan 31st, 2017

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you their favourite from January, 'The last robot' by S. L. Huang.

Backchat: January 2017

32:43 | Jan 27th, 2017

Moonshots, frameworks, catapults – how best to name your science project? Plus, the implications for science of Trump’s first days in office, and the perils of trying to reproduce others’ work.

Nature Podcast: 26 January 2017

40:54 | Jan 25th, 2017

This week, outer space law, predictive policing and enhancing the wisdom of the crowds.

Nature Podcast: 19 January 2017

40:53 | Jan 18th, 2017

This week, communication between viruses, reproducing cancer studies, and explaining ‘fairy circles’.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - January 1896

25:34 | Jan 13th, 2017

Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn't be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.

Nature Podcast: 12 January 2017

33:09 | Jan 11th, 2017

This week, ridding New Zealand of rats, making choices in the grocery store, and what to expect in 2017.

Nature Podcast: 22 December 2016

48:59 | Dec 21st, 2016

It’s our bumper end-of-year show, with a 2016 round-up, holiday reading picks, science carols, word games and more.

Nature Podcast: 15 December 2016

39:57 | Dec 14th, 2016

This week, a spray that boosts plant growth and resilience, 3-million-year old hominin footprints, and the seahorse genome.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - December 1920

22:31 | Dec 9th, 2016

In the early twentieth century physicists had become deeply entangled in the implications of the quantum theory. Was the world at its smallest scales continuous, or built of discrete units? It all began with Max Planck. His Nobel Prize was the subjec...Show More

Nature Podcast: 8 December 2016

40:10 | Dec 7th, 2016

This week, the benefits of randomness, correcting brain waves soothes Alzheimer’s, and the DNA of liberated slaves.

Nature Extra: Futures November 2016

15:42 | Dec 1st, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from November, ’Melissa' by Troy Stieglitz.

Nature Podcast: 1 December 2016

35:58 | Nov 30th, 2016

This week, CRISPR’s rival stumbles, Pluto’s icy heart, and is mitochondrial replacement ready for the clinic?

Nature Podcast: 24 November 2016

38:30 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Tracking whale shark DNA in seawater, the human computers behind early astronomy, building materials with a microscope, and a new synchrotron starts up in the Middle East.

Nature Backchat: November 2016

30:07 | Nov 21st, 2016

Donald Trump’s impact on research and climate action, and how Nature should discuss politics.

Nature Podcast: 17 November 2016

29:44 | Nov 16th, 2016

This week, your brain on cannabis, testing CRISPR in a human, and what it might be like to live on Mars.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - November 1869

23:43 | Nov 11th, 2016

The first issue of Nature looked very different from today's magazine. It opened with poetry and was written for a general audience. We hear how Nature began, and how it became the iconic science journal it is today.

Nature Podcast: 10 November 2016

41:00 | Nov 9th, 2016

This week, CERN for the brain, modelling the effects of a climate tax on food, a brain-spine interface helps paralysed monkeys walk, and what Trump's win might mean for science.

Nature Podcast: 3 November 2016

38:47 | Nov 2nd, 2016

This week, the earliest humans to roam Australia, Werner Herzog’s new film about volcanoes, and are astronomers turning a blind eye to competing theories?

Nature Extra: Futures October 2016

18:01 | Oct 31st, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, ’The sixth circle' by J. W. Armstrong.

Nature Podcast: 27 October 2016

41:22 | Oct 26th, 2016

This week, the challenges facing young scientists, pseudo-pseudo genes, and the history of HIV in the US.

Nature Backchat: October 2016

32:37 | Oct 21st, 2016

Europe’s Mars probe loses touch, UK government proposes research funding shake-up, and science’s most bothersome buzzwords.

Nature Podcast: 20 October 2016

38:05 | Oct 19th, 2016

This week, making egg cells in a dish, super-bright flares in nearby galaxies, trying to predict the election, and the scientists voting for Trump.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - October 1993

23:22 | Oct 14th, 2016

In the early 1990s, a team of astrophysicists saw signs of life on a planet in our galaxy. Astronomy experts tell the story, and discuss how we can tell if there is life beyond the Earth. Originally aired 16/10/2013.

Nature Podcast: 13 October 2016

39:11 | Oct 12th, 2016

This week, refugee mental health, better neural nets, and changing attitudes to female genital cutting.

Nature Extra: Nobel News

18:36 | Oct 6th, 2016

Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.

Nature Podcast: 6 October 2016

33:05 | Oct 5th, 2016

This week, a limit to lifespan, AI's black box problem, and ageing stem cells.

Nature Backchat: September 2016

34:52 | Oct 3rd, 2016

The challenges of getting into science, getting a decent salary once you’re in, and getting funding through philanthropy.

Nature Podcast: 29 September 2016

36:17 | Sep 28th, 2016

This week, the chemistry of life’s origins, two million years of temperatures, and studying the heaviest elements.

Nature Extra: Futures September 2016

17:38 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Miranda Keeling reads you our favourite from September, ’Try Catch Throw’ by Andrew Neil Gray.

Nature Podcast: 22 September 2016

39:36 | Sep 21st, 2016

This week, a sea of viruses, defining social class, the human journey out of Africa and human remains found on Antikythera shipwreck.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - September 1963

25:55 | Sep 15th, 2016

When a German geologist first suggested that continents move, people dismissed it as a wild idea. In this podcast, we hear how a 'wild idea' became plate tectonics, the unifying theory of earth sciences.

Nature Podcast: 15 September 2016

37:59 | Sep 14th, 2016

This week, the ideal office environment, synthesising speech, and embryo epigenetics.

Nature Podcast: 8 September 2016

45:59 | Sep 7th, 2016

This week, solving ethical dilemmas Star Trek style, farming festivals boost yield, and three scientists on their sci-fi inspirations.

Nature Podcast: 1 September 2016

24:30 | Aug 31st, 2016

This week, famous hominin Lucy may have died when she fell from a tree, and an antibody-based drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s

Futures: August 2016

16:17 | Aug 30th, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from August, 'Interdimensional trade benefits' by Brian Trent.

Nature Backchat: August 2016

33:20 | Aug 24th, 2016

A nearby Earth-like planet, preprint servers proliferate, and the scientific legacy that Obama leaves behind.

Nature Podcast: 25 August 2016

35:53 | Aug 24th, 2016

This week, an Earth-like planet on our doorstep, dietary restriction combats ageing syndrome, and drugs for neglected diseases.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - August 1975

28:39 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Six out of ten of the world's best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine. Originally aired 14/08/13.

Nature Podcast: 18 August 2016

37:59 | Aug 17th, 2016

This week, how fins became limbs, a giant gene database cracks clinical cases, and making better opioids.

Nature Podcast: 11 August 2016

35:38 | Aug 10th, 2016

This week, the migration route of the first Americans, the bandwidth crisis, clever conductors, and the next CRISPR.

Nature Podcast: 4 August 2016

38:09 | Aug 3rd, 2016

This week, parenting tips from science, quenching a question about thirst, and a programmable quantum computer.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - July 1942

25:28 | Aug 1st, 2016

Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott's secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013.

Nature Extra: Futures July 2016

16:43 | Jul 29th, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy reads you his favourite from July, 'Revision theory' by Blaize M. Kaye.

Nature Podcast: 28 July 2016

36:58 | Jul 27th, 2016

This week, how we time our breathing, working with indigenous peoples, and using yeast genetics to build better beer.

Nature Backchat: July 2016

36:22 | Jul 21st, 2016

What’s it like having an endless supply of Brexit stories? Why do space missions always get so much attention? And why are rhinos being airlifted to Australia?

Nature Podcast: 21 July 2016

38:16 | Jul 20th, 2016

This week, the perils of tech in health, tumour fighting bacteria, and the science of what sounds good.

Nature Podcast: 14 July 2016

42:19 | Jul 13th, 2016

This week, a special issue on conflict. The psychological toll of war, how to count the dead, and predicting conflict in the 21st century.

Nature Podcast: 7 July 2016

37:17 | Jul 6th, 2016

This week, nature and landscape, the Hitomi satellite’s swan song, and reforming peer review.

Nature Extra: Futures June 2016

15:59 | Jul 1st, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. The Nature Podcast team read you their favourite from June, ‘The Memory Ward’ by Wendy Nikel.

Nature Podcast: 30 June 2016

37:20 | Jun 29th, 2016

This week, Dolly the sheep’s legacy, the trials of funding interdisciplinary research, and an ‘IPCC’ for social science.

Nature Podcast: 23 June 2016

37:48 | Jun 22nd, 2016

This week, transmissible cancer, organising the hadron menagerie, and the latest gravitational wave result and what physicists want to know next.

Nature Backchat: June 2016

32:51 | Jun 22nd, 2016

What could Brexit mean for EU research and researchers? How should reporters cover the US elections when nobody says anything about science? Plus a dramatic and dangerous Antarctic rescue.

Nature Podcast: 16 June 2016

39:09 | Jun 15th, 2016

This week, pimping proteins, adapting enzymes, and conserving coral reefs.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - June 1876

26:27 | Jun 10th, 2016

In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by 'gorilla fever'. Were these beasts man's closest relative in the animal kingdom? Getting a gorilla to Europe was a rare event, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of a young specimen.

Nature Podcast: 9 June 2016

38:04 | Jun 8th, 2016

This week, researcher rehab, the hobbit’s ancestry, and Google’s quantum plans.

Nature Podcast: 2 June 2016

40:43 | Jun 1st, 2016

This week, the genetics behind a textbook case of evolution, Earth’s core conundrum, and Pluto’s polygonal surface.

Nature Extra: Futures May 2016

16:15 | May 27th, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from May, ‘Project Earth is leaving beta’ by J. W. Alden.

Nature Podcast: 26 May 2016

39:46 | May 25th, 2016

This week, how clouds form, a Neanderthal construction project, and comparing the meerkats.

Nature Podcast: 19 May 2016

40:42 | May 18th, 2016

This week, treasures from sunken cities, new antibiotics made from scratch, and experimenting with history.

Nature Extra: Backchat May 2016

35:18 | May 16th, 2016

The endless quest to make fusion energy, virtual reality in the lab, and the biggest story of the month: a boat gets given a name.

Nature Podcast: 12 May 2016

38:24 | May 11th, 2016

This week, the Zika virus and birth defects, colliding quasi-particles, and combatting sprawling networks of spam.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - May 1985

25:51 | May 9th, 2016

Jonathan Shanklin was sifting through a backlog of data when he made the startling discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. In this podcast, he and others recall events in the mid-1980s and discuss how the 'ozone hole' became the post...Show More

Nature Extra: Futures April 2016

17:32 | May 6th, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Adam Levy and Shamini Bundell read you their favourite from April, ‘Choices, in sequential order’ by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez.

Nature Podcast: 5 May 2016

37:41 | May 4th, 2016

This week, the value of failed experiments, ketamine without side effects, and our brains’ energy demands.

Nature Podcast: 28 April 2016

38:16 | Apr 27th, 2016

This week, a language map of the brain, listening for landslides a year after the Nepal quake, and the Soviet internet that never was.

Nature Extra: Backchat April 2016

36:30 | Apr 26th, 2016

The fuss over editing human embryos dies down, the quantum expertise of Canada’s Prime Minister, and what it’s like to report for 24 hours straight.

Nature Podcast: 21 April 2016

37:26 | Apr 20th, 2016

This week, the psychology of climate change, the 1.5 degree temperature target, and what to do when climate change ruins your research.

Nature Podcast: 14 April 2016

40:02 | Apr 13th, 2016

This week, a computer game helps build a quantum computer, the brain’s built-in backup, and the history and science of hearing voices.

REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast - April 1953

24:30 | Apr 8th, 2016

Everyone knows that Watson and Crick published a seminal paper on the structure of DNA. But fewer know that two other papers on DNA were published in the same issue of Nature. Learn more in the first of a new podcast series: the Nature PastCast. Orig...Show More

Nature Podcast: 7 April 2016

38:05 | Apr 6th, 2016

This week, apps that claim to treat mental health issues, ritual human sacrifice, and supernova debris on Earth.

Nature Extra: Futures March 2016

15:52 | Mar 31st, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from March, 'Adjenia’ by Natalia Theodoridou.

Nature Podcast: 31 March 2016

41:07 | Mar 30th, 2016

This week, Antarctic-sized uncertainty, making gamers more polite, and a pocket gravity meter.

Nature Podcast: 24 March 2016

41:16 | Mar 23rd, 2016

This week, toggling brain activity with radio waves, how to build stuff that lasts, and making thrillseekers into care-takers.

Nature Extra: Backchat March 2016

34:58 | Mar 21st, 2016

Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.

Nature Podcast: 17 March 2016

41:39 | Mar 16th, 2016

This week, retrieving lost memories, nailing down China’s emissions, and is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible?

Nature Podcast: 10 March 2016

37:36 | Mar 9th, 2016

This week, the frontiers of CRISPR, chewing raw goat for science, and using the eye’s own stem cells to fix it.

Nature Extra: Futures February 2016

15:16 | Mar 8th, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from February, ‘Duck, duck, duck' by Samantha Murray.

Nature Podcast: 3 March 2016

39:36 | Mar 2nd, 2016

This week, more fast radio bursts spotted, how do you know where you are when you’re not moving, and listening in on a whale banquet.

Nature Extra: Backchat February 2016

32:13 | Feb 25th, 2016

A month of manipulation, as we look at a re-run of a famously manipulative psychology study, learn how to manipulate our own brains and minds, and nudge our societies towards better collective action.

Nature Podcast: 25 February 2016

35:10 | Feb 24th, 2016

This week, a special episode about the future. How can we future-proof our world, or fight our natural bias against planning for the future? And what does the science of today mean for the health of tomorrow?

Nature Podcast: 18 February 2016

37:22 | Feb 17th, 2016

This week, making shipping greener, AAAS conference highlights and human genes in a Neanderthal.

Nature Extra: Gravitational waves

17:27 | Feb 12th, 2016

Einstein's prediction was right: gravitational waves do exist. Scientists at the LIGO collaboration reported their discovery yesterday in Washington, DC. Reporters Adam Levy and Alexandra Witze take stock.

Nature Podcast: 11 February 2016

39:10 | Feb 10th, 2016

This week, the end of Moore’s law, religion and cooperation, and shareholders’ duty to manage climate risks.

Nature Podcast: 4 February 2016

40:12 | Feb 3rd, 2016

This week, killing off old cells lengthens life, brain-tickling comedy, and new forests make good carbon sinks.

Nature Extra: Futures January 2016

16:25 | Feb 1st, 2016

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads ‘Beyond 550 astronomical units' by Mike Brotherton.

Nature Extra: Backchat January 2016

40:00 | Jan 29th, 2016

The putative Planet X, gravitational wave rumours and how to report them, and The Selfish Gene 40 years on.

Nature Podcast: 28 January 2016

32:38 | Jan 27th, 2016

This week, the computer that can play Go, a general ‘ageing’ factor, and the stolen library of John Dee.

Nature Podcast: 21 January 2016

35:44 | Jan 20th, 2016

This week, a brain sensor that melts away after use, a 10,000 year old murder mystery, and what happens when chickens go wild.

Nature Podcast: 14 January 2016

37:26 | Jan 13th, 2016

This week, our gut bugs’ love of fibre, squeezing quantum states, and studying boredom.

Nature Podcast: 7 January 2016

31:41 | Jan 6th, 2016

This week, science predictions for 2016, the effect of extreme weather on crops, and a new phase of hydrogen for the new year.

Podcast Extra – The Psychology of Star Wars

20:50 | Dec 21st, 2015

What can the world of Star Wars tell us about psychology? Travis Langley explains all in this Podcast Extra, using examples from his new book ‘Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind’.

Nature Podcast: 17 December 2015

58:07 | Dec 17th, 2015

This week, in our final show of 2015 – we’re wrapping up the highlights of the year, catching up on the climate meeting in Paris, looking forward to psyching out the characters in Star Wars, busting some scientific myths, and playing an evolution-the...Show More

Nature Podcast: 10 December 2015

35:32 | Dec 9th, 2015

This week, the dwarf planet Ceres gets a close-up, using fetal tissue in science, and the wasting condition that worsens outcomes for cancer patients.

Nature Podcast: 3 December 2015

36:54 | Dec 2nd, 2015

This week, the origins of mysterious radio bursts, fixing the PhD system, and tracking down the universe’s missing matter.

Nature Extra: Futures November 2015

15:30 | Nov 29th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from November, 'One slow step for man' by S R Algernon.

Nature Extra: Backchat November 2015

31:22 | Nov 26th, 2015

Einstein’s theory of general relativity turns 100 years old. Will there ever be another theory like it, or another scientist like Einstein? Plus, we discuss International Years as news pegs.

Nature Podcast: 26 November 2015

35:09 | Nov 25th, 2015

This week, super-high-res ultrasound, the amazing world of soils, and five classic books about sustainability.

Nature Podcast: 19 November 2015

41:57 | Nov 18th, 2015

This week, a nursery for big baby planets, meddling with taste perception, China’s mega water transfer plan, and the 100th anniversary of general relativity.

Nature Podcast: 12 November 2015

36:03 | Nov 11th, 2015

This week, storms on Twitter over sexism in science, porous liquids, and the long relationship between humans and bees.

Nature Extra: Futures October 2015

10:30 | Nov 5th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from October, 'Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter' by Alex Shvartsman.

Nature Podcast: 5 November 2015

37:34 | Nov 4th, 2015

This week, spontaneously jumping droplets, growing an economy without trashing the environment, and dealing with an onslaught of data as all our gadgets become internet-enabled.

Nature Podcast: 29 October 2015

36:07 | Oct 28th, 2015

This week, how cancers spread, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder in the brain, and making carbon dioxide useful.

Nature Extra: Backchat October 2015

38:11 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Astronomer quits over sexual harassment investigation, reporting on the abstract world of mathematics, and science in fashion.

Nature Podcast: 22 October 2015

38:12 | Oct 22nd, 2015

This week, a dying solar system just like ours, the effect of temperature on the economy, and electricity-eating bacteria.

Nature Podcast: 15 October 2015

37:35 | Oct 14th, 2015

This week, ancient human teeth found in China, cooperating in climate negotiations, and a humble worm surprises scientists.

Nature Extra: Futures September 2015

14:25 | Oct 8th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell and Geoff Marsh read you their favourite from September, Time Flies, by Carie Juettner.

Nature Podcast: 8 October 2015

38:36 | Oct 7th, 2015

This week, an impenetrable mathematical proof, toggling REM sleep on and off, and the latest results from the Rosetta mission.

Nature Podcast: 1 October 2015

38:14 | Sep 30th, 2015

This week, the future of digital currency; a new lead for antibiotics; and 25 years of cataloguing the human genome.

Nature Podcast: 24 September 2015

34:02 | Sep 23rd, 2015

This week, looking back at malaria interventions, using private data for research, and how to twist a travelling neutron.

Nature Extra: Backchat September 2015

35:15 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Promising results from the LHC, reproducing psychology studies, and unpicking interdisciplinarity.

Nature Podcast: 17 September 2015

37:44 | Sep 16th, 2015

This week, camouflaging nanoparticles to deliver drugs, science meets theatre, and getting a global picture of air pollution.

Nature Extra - Neurotribes

24:45 | Sep 9th, 2015

Steve Silberman's new book, Neurotribes, gives a detailed history of autism spectrum disorder. In this Podcast Extra, Geoff Marsh hears from Steve about how we, as a society, should embrace those who think differently.

Nature Podcast: 10 September 2015

32:50 | Sep 9th, 2015

This week, thinking differently about autism, plankton poop in the clouds, and hack-proofing our data.

Nature Extra: Futures August 2015

16:53 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from August, The Shoulder of Orion, by Eric Garside

Nature Podcast: 3 September 2015

37:43 | Sep 2nd, 2015

This week, weather forecasting, rethinking the water cycle, and a special segment to celebrate the podcast’s 400th episode.

Podcast Extra: The Invention of Science

22:25 | Aug 26th, 2015

In his new book, historian David Wootton takes us back to the scientific revolution around the turn of the 17th Century, and asks: was this really when modern science was born?

Nature Podcast: 27 August 2015

38:01 | Aug 26th, 2015

This week, a new look at the scientific revolution, accelerating positrons on a plasma wave, and squashing the unsquashable.

Nature Extra: Backchat August 2015

29:57 | Aug 21st, 2015

Japan’s nuclear restart, summer quiet descends in the newsroom, and our special guest Geoff Brumfiel compares science reporting at Nature and NPR.

Nature Podcast: 20 August 2015

35:56 | Aug 18th, 2015

This week, China’s emissions are lower than we thought, lessons from Hurricane Katrina 10 years on, and inheriting genes… sideways.

Nature Podcast: 13 August 2015

26:21 | Aug 12th, 2015

This week, making chemists’ lives easier, updating a centuries-old sunspot record, and anti-GM activists get their hands on scientists’ inboxes.

Nature Podcast: 6 August 2015

35:35 | Aug 5th, 2015

This week, lessons to learn from the Ebola epidemic, the reproductive habits of ancient organisms, and how the nuclear bomb changed the stories we tell about scientists.

Nature Podcast: 30 July 2015

38:20 | Jul 29th, 2015

This week, the ancient art of kirigami – paper cutting – applied to graphene. Plus, mini organs in dishes, and how mitochondria power our muscles.

Nature Extra: Futures July 2015

15:11 | Jul 27th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Shamini Bundell reads you her favourite from July, Outpatient, by Dan Stout

Nature Extra: Backchat July 2015

33:20 | Jul 24th, 2015

Pluto in pictures, ways to revamp science teaching, NASA’s underwater space-training mission, and listening for aliens.

Nature Podcast: 23 July 2015

37:00 | Jul 22nd, 2015

This week, eyedrops could replace surgery for cataracts, the twists and turns of RNA, and a strain of rice that could feed more people and ease climate change.

Nature Podcast: 16 July 2015

37:28 | Jul 15th, 2015

This week, organic molecules in space, treating traumatic brain injury, and training schoolchildren to think like scientists.

Podcast Extra - A Beautiful Question

25:52 | Jul 14th, 2015

Is our universe beautiful? Do the fundamental laws that describe nature appeal to our aesthetic tastes? In this Podcast Extra, Frank Wilczek – theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate - discusses his latest book, which tackles this beautiful quest...Show More

Nature Podcast: 9 July 2015

38:32 | Jul 8th, 2015

This week, the geologists on quake alert, stopping HIV in its tracks, and a volcano that wreaked havoc on the climate 1500 years ago.

Nature Podcast: 2 July 2015

36:50 | Jul 2nd, 2015

This week, lizards change sex in the heat, a complex eye in a single celled creature, and teaching robots to be ethical

Nature Extra: Futures June 2015

16:17 | Jul 1st, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from June, Heart worm, by J. J. Roth

Nature Podcast: 24 June 2015

35:34 | Jun 24th, 2015

This week, Antarctica’s surprising biodiversity, trends in heatwaves and coldsnaps, and a new way to diagnose cancer early

Nature Extra: Backchat June 2015

36:47 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Three of Nature’s biggest paleontology fans sink their teeth into Jurassic World, which premiered this month. The team also discuss the importance of ‘dinomenclature’: why species names matter and how they are devised. Plus, DNA from an ancient human...Show More

Nature Podcast: 18 June 2015

36:40 | Jun 17th, 2015

This week, positive memories help fight depression, plant intelligence and measuring the mass of exoplanets

Nature Podcast: 11 June 2015

37:17 | Jun 10th, 2015

This week, the US military’s biology arm, a clutch of Bronze Age genomes, and protection from a deadly disease in a community in Papua New Guinea

Nature Podcast: 4 June 2015

36:07 | Jun 3rd, 2015

This week, how the immune system deals with the brain, the latest in gene editing, and the mystery of Greenland’s disappearing lakes.

Nature Extra: Backchat May 2015

34:31 | May 28th, 2015

Robots that can recover from injury by themselves, naughty scientists faking or baking their data, and the weirdest places to look for much-needed new antibiotics.

Nature Extra: Futures May 2015

15:42 | May 28th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite story from May, Tempus omnia revelat, by Tian Li.

Nature Podcast: 28 May 2015

35:17 | May 27th, 2015

This week, the ethics of killer robots, laser weapons become a reality, and the subtleties of temperature.

Audiofile: In search of lost sound

33:30 | May 26th, 2015

Are the sounds of the past lost forever? In the 1960s, an American engineer proposed that sound could be recorded into clay pots and paintings as they were created. This episode explores the science behind resurrecting the sounds of the past.

Nature Podcast: 21 May 2015

37:22 | May 20th, 2015

The oldest stone tools yet found, making opiates from yeast and sugar, and the perks of sex… for beetles.

Nature Podcast: 14 May 2015

38:45 | May 13th, 2015

This week, the latest result from the Large Hadron Collider, a memoir from neurologist and adventurer Oliver Sacks, and India’s scientific landscape.

Nature Podcast: 7 May 2015

35:50 | May 6th, 2015

This week, brain-inspired computers, scientists soldiering on past retirement age, and the origins of complex cells deduced from deep-sea samples.

Nature Extra: Futures

15:33 | Apr 30th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from April, Bread of life, by Beth Cato.

Nature Podcast: 30 April 2015

38:01 | Apr 29th, 2015

This week, a tiny bat-like dinosaur, a competitor for graphene, and the best new science books this spring.

Audiofile: Real life Dr Dolittles

39:29 | Apr 24th, 2015

Will we ever be able to talk to animals? In this episode, Geoff Marsh meets a variety of researchers and animals who persevere at the communication barrier in the name of science.

Nature Podcast: 23 April 2015

34:45 | Apr 22nd, 2015

This week, a new treatment for Ebola, the making of the Tibetan plateau, and could bees be addicted to pesticides?

Nature: Backchat April 2015

32:43 | Apr 21st, 2015

The periodic table’s fuzzy edges, the nuances of reporting on animal research, and Richard gets charged up about some overhyped coverage of a new battery.

Nature Podcast: 16 April 2015

40:28 | Apr 15th, 2015

This week, how oxytocin affects the brain, self- experimentation in science, and the wedding rings that went to Hubble.

Nature Podcast: 9 April 2015

39:27 | Apr 8th, 2015

This week, the Moon and her sister, the Sun and its personality, and the latest wonder material to hit the big-time.

Nature Podcast: 2 April 2015

38:31 | Apr 1st, 2015

This week, improving walking, pushing the boundary between quantum and classical, and the need for more social science on climate change.

Nature Podcast: 26 March 2015

37:59 | Mar 25th, 2015

This week, the role of black holes in growing galaxies, Dragon’s Den for scientists, and ice inside our bodies.

Nature Extra: Backchat

31:10 | Mar 25th, 2015

Where will NASA’s next planetary mission go? Plus, a gene editing technique comes under fire, and the American editors’ biggest language gripes.

Nature Extra: Futures

10:30 | Mar 24th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from March, Perfection, by John Frizell.

Nature Podcast: 19 March 2015

38:38 | Mar 18th, 2015

19 March: This week, bright light’s protective effect on the developing eyeball, early photography’s impact on science and the British genome unveiled.

Audiofile: Music and the making of science

34:06 | Mar 12th, 2015

Is music simply a pleasant accompaniment to thought, or a driving force behind it? This show examines music’s influence on the development of modern science and the foundations of acoustics. Lute music courtesy of Naxos Licensing.

Nature Podcast: 12 March 2015

39:15 | Mar 11th, 2015

12 March: This week, how English became the dominant language of science, carbon capture gets a boost and how to define the Anthropocene.

Nature Podcast: 5 March 2015

37:31 | Mar 4th, 2015

05 March: This week, the human family tree gets even more tangled, should universities stop investing in fossil fuels, and Ebola's impact on mothers-to-be.

Nature Extra: Futures

10:30 | Feb 27th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Noah Baker reads you his favourite from February, Good for something by Deborah Walker.

Nature Extra: Backchat

39:27 | Feb 27th, 2015

An 'intelligent' computer that can learn to play arcade games, the power of text mining, and what ancient DNA can tell us about ancient languages.

Nature Podcast: 26 February 2015

39:32 | Feb 25th, 2015

26 February: This week, preparing to meet Pluto, food additives with health risks, and measuring pain in the brain - is it ready for the courtroom?

Nature Podcast: 19 February 2015

39:50 | Feb 18th, 2015

19 February: This week, the value of museum collections, how increasing winds could cause coastal dead-zones, and redefining sex.

Nature Podcast: 12 February 2015

39:10 | Feb 11th, 2015

12 February: This week, sequencing the genomes of Darwin’s finches, financial trading nears light speed, and an ancient book of optics.

Audiofile: Health under the flight path

34:24 | Feb 10th, 2015

The sound of an aeroplane means many things. But increasingly, researchers think it may also have more sinister effects. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: find out what plane noise could mean for the health of those who hav...Show More

Nature Podcast: 05 February 2015

35:54 | Feb 4th, 2015

05 February: This week, a drought-resistance spray for plants, how tectonic plates slide around, and making lightweight steel stronger.

Nature Extra: Futures

15:53 | Jan 30th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.

Nature Extra: Futures

10:30 | Jan 30th, 2015

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from January, The Descent of Man, by Christoph Weber.

Nature Podcast: 29 January 2015

37:26 | Jan 28th, 2015

29 January: This week, Israeli skull piece could be from a human hybrid, revamping a classic physics experiment, and revolutionary archaeology.

Nature Extra: Backchat

33:32 | Jan 26th, 2015

Things lost and found in space, could cancer be 'bad luck', and our favourite "Why didn’t I think of that?" experiments.

Nature Podcast: 22 January 2015

39:34 | Jan 21st, 2015

22 January: This week, the restorative power of young blood, cosmic hard drives and improving the safety of genetically modified organisms.

Nature Podcast: 15 January 2015

37:08 | Jan 14th, 2015

15 January: This week, what hibernation could tell us about brain degeneration, a new journal all about plants, and where to go if climate change is claiming your home.

Audiofile: What is it like to be a bat?

31:12 | Jan 12th, 2015

Bat ecologists are trying to find out, philosophers argue we may never understand, and one blind woman knows better than anyone. In this episode of Audiofile, Nature’s sound science series: what bats can teach us about the limits of human perception.

Nature Podcast: 08 January 2015

36:10 | Jan 7th, 2015

08 January: This week, what to expect in 2015, including dwarf planet hunts, the reopening of the LHC, a new antibiotic and an estimate of scientists’ coffee consumption.

Nature Extra: Futures

15:09 | Dec 19th, 2014

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from December, Missed Message, by Rachel Reddick.

Nature Podcast: 18 December 2014

37:31 | Dec 17th, 2014

18 December: This week, what was hot in 2014, what cosmologists would like for Christmas, and charades - reworked for audio.

Nature Podcast: 11 December 2014

39:33 | Dec 10th, 2014

11 December: This week, spider-inspired motion detectors, scrutinizing the endangered species list, and the recipe for cell reprogramming.

Nature Podcast: 04 December 2014

38:44 | Dec 3rd, 2014

04 December: This week, highly cultured birds, shell art made by our ancestors, and will we ever make a quantum computer?

Nature Extra: The Institute of Sexology

22:13 | Dec 1st, 2014

The Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition which brings together the pioneers of the study of sex. Geoff Marsh visits The Institute of Sexology for an interview with co-curator Honor Beddard.

Nature Extra: Futures

15:55 | Nov 27th, 2014

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from November, Ice and white roses, by Rebecca Birch

Nature Podcast: 27 November 2014

37:00 | Nov 26th, 2014

27 November: This week, energy-free air conditioning, the science of sex laid bare, and scientists who peer-review themselves.

Nature Extra: Backchat

35:16 | Nov 24th, 2014

This month's Backchat comes to you from outer space, where our reporters have been sucked into a wormhole to review new movie Interstellar, trying to wake up the comet-lander Philae, and considering a crowdfunded mission to the moon.

Nature Podcast: 20 November 2014

38:38 | Nov 19th, 2014

20 November: This week, the dishonest culture of banking, an exhibition explores the Northwest Passage, and a virus which benefits the body.

Nature Podcast: 13 November 2014

36:50 | Nov 12th, 2014

13 November: This week, vegetarian diets promise a greener, healthier future, plumbing the depths of depression, and black holes on the silver screen.

Nature Podcast: 06 November 2014

36:46 | Nov 5th, 2014

06 November: This week, an ancient Madagascan mammal, the perception of taste and lab-friendly particle accelerators.

Nature Podcast: Futures

16:08 | Oct 30th, 2014

Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Geoff Marsh reads you his favourite from October, Dumpster Diving, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

Nature Podcast: 30 October 2014

37:29 | Oct 29th, 2014

30 October: This week, the most highly cited papers of all time, NASA’s plans to fetch an asteroid need a rethink, and we profile the first lady of science writing.

Nature Podcast Extra: A metre-tall mystery

35:27 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Ten years ago this month, researchers announced the discovery of a miniature, human-like fossil, with a tiny brain to match. The ‘hobbit’ transformed the story of human evolution. Four experts discuss what it means for their field.

Nature Podcast: 23 October 2014

38:11 | Oct 22nd, 2014

23 October: This week, a dinosaur called "terrible hands" finally gets a body, exocomets in a nearby solar system and a ninth oxidation state breaks a chemistry record.

Nature Podcast: 16 October 2014

39:34 | Oct 15th, 2014

16 October: This week, natural gas may not ease carbon dioxide levels, research subject mash-ups, and watching Alzheimer’s unfold in a mini 3D brain.

Nature Extra: Backchat

33:55 | Oct 14th, 2014

What do Nature’s reporters really think about the science they cover? Find out in Backchat. In this episode, Nobel Prize excitement (and frustrations), and the world’s oldest cave art.

Nature Podcast Extra: Maths in The Simpsons

22:04 | Oct 10th, 2014

Geoff Marsh interviews David X Cohen, writer of The Simpsons, about the secret maths that has sneaked its way into the show over the years.

Nature Podcast: 09 October 2014

37:47 | Oct 8th, 2014

09 October: This week, ancient Indonesian cave art, some of the brightest objects in the Universe, and hidden mathematics in The Simpsons.

Nature Podcast: 02 October 2014

36:13 | Oct 1st, 2014

02 October: This week, the bugs that call our skin their home, excessive water use in Asia, and what’s made crazy shapes on the surface of the Moon?

Nature Podcast Extra: Futures

17:37 | Sep 29th, 2014

Nature Extra: Futures is Nature's weekly science fiction slot. Kerri Smith reads you her favourite from September, The tiger waiting on the shore, by Paul Currion.

Nature Podcast: 25 September 2014

35:56 | Sep 24th, 2014

25 September: This week, how age determines how well birds migrate, using lizards to test theories of biodiversity, and explaining cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in English. Plus, the best science from outside Nature.

Nature Podcast: 18 September 2014

35:19 | Sep 17th, 2014

18 September: This week, artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance, striving for diversity in science, and a taster of new podcast, Backchat.

Nature Extra: Backchat

37:23 | Sep 15th, 2014

Backchat brings you the stories and opinion behind the science each month. On this pilot episode, Rosetta spacecraft excitement, the genetics of intelligence, and sociable scientists.

Nature Podcast: 11 September 2014

37:03 | Sep 10th, 2014

11 September: This week, the gibbon genome gives scientists something to swing about, the quest to cure blindness, and the country producing the most energy from renewables.

Nature Podcast: 04 September 2014

39:39 | Sep 3rd, 2014

04 September: This week, sustainable farming to