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The Sword of Damascus, cutting covid isolation

We look at the science behind cutting covid isolation to 5 days
Vets declare the largest ever outbreak of bird flu across Europe, but why now and how should we respond…
We’re looking into the microscopic world of nanotechnology: the science of the very small, including the incredible story of the sword of Damascus; it turns out that the blacksmiths of centuries ago knew a thing or two about carbon nanotubes and how to make metal incredibly tough.

Good News Science Stories from 2021

Sally Le Page from the Naked Scientists presents some of the best good news science stories from 2021. Including how we may have solved train delays caused by leaves on the line, and the mystery of how wombats make their poos cubed shaped. Plus how scientists have made breakthroughs in wiping out malaria this year.

A Christmas Quandary

Something mysterious is a foot at The Naked Scientists office... It would seem that Dr. Chris has been playing the part of a very naughty Santa. Join the gang as they attempt to solve some of our biggest festive questions ever! Working together perhaps they'll be able to bring about some Christmas cheer and save the day.

Life in plastic, is it fantastic?

As the UK government moves to Plan B, introducing new restrictions, what actually happens when people catch the new Covid variant? Can wearables like watches predict if you’re incubating a coronavirus infection?

Plus, plastic is used in many different contexts… but should we be looking to replace it with a new material?

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Festive Q&A: Rubies, Robots and Christmas 'Rapping'

This week, your Christmas science questions and a sprinkling of festive fun as Julia Ravey hears about a planet where it rains rubies, robots that feel pain, a crab with a hairy chest, and how to make a top science rap hit!

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Covid, NASA, and Wood!

Put on some safety goggles as Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team ignite your bunsen burners with the hottest science news stories, analysis and breakthroughs.

We investigate the rising number of Covid cases across Europe, why’s it happening, and where does the UK stand? Plus, why is NASA on a collision course with an asteroid?

And as we strive for better sustainability, we investigate the strengths of one of our oldest, and most environmentally-friendly building materials… wood!

Climate Change and Covid

As pressure on the NHS intensifies, are covid vaccine passports on the cards? Plus, the scientists using nanotechnology to make silk shirts that cool you down when the sun shines on them! And We look back on what was and wasn’t said at the COP-26 climate change summit, and ask how is climate change already taking its toll on all of us.

Malaria, Mars, and Monstrous Ducks!

This week, it's Q&A time and we find out if there's an end in sight for malaria, how female vultures can have chicks without any males, what it's like to live on Mars for two weeks, and the flesh-eating ducks in Antarctica.

Climate Change, Dating and Spiders

In this week's 5 Live Science, we go behind the scenes at the Glasgow COP-26 climate summit, hear about a new discovery into what makes two people click, and explore the science of spiders, including the world's most venomous ones.

To Plan B, Or Not To Plan B

Scientists turn antibiotics into double edged swords that also activate the immune system to fight superbugs, and should the government turn to Covid Plan B now?

And as the World Health Organisation convenes a new team to investigate the origins of COVID-19, and whether it in fact did come from a lab, we look at why scientists would want to engineer deadly viruses in the first place.

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