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Making the Invisible Visible

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team with the latest science news stories, analysis and breakthroughs.

In today’s programme: How researchers know the time of the year dinosaurs went extinct, the device that boosts your solar panel power and gives you water for free, and we take an in depth look at the science of microscopes and making the invisible visible.

The Father of Viagra, and a man with an asteroid named after him!

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists answer your science questions. This week the Nobel prizewinner who made Viagra possible, a space science writer with his own asteroid, how fungi have evolved to give us beer and bread, and where AI will take us in the future. Plus a mystery sound to identify (we don't think you'll get it), and a fun quiz to test your mettle.


In today’s podcast:

We look at the Lassa Fever outbreak in the UK.

How constant is time? Scientists are developing incredibly accurate atomic clocks that can measure tiny distortions.

And, we hear about the amazing case of a man who received a pig’s heart… as we look at the science of what's called "xenotransplantation"

Put on some safety goggles as Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the hottest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

The Origins of Covid 19

The latest science news with Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team. This week: A breakthrough in the treatment of people paralysed by spinal injuries, and what colours not to wear, if you want to fly beneath a mosquito’s radar.

We also look at what we know about the origins of Covid 19 … was it a leaked lab experiment, or a spillover from nature?

Would Saturn Float?

Solving the science questions you've been sending in, Naked Scientist Julia Ravey talk astrophysics, black holes, shrinking squid and ways to bust anxiety.

Why do we lose our sense of smell?

The week's science news with Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team. This week:

How close are we to being able to grow complete new arms and legs? New research looks very promising in this direction. And a breakthrough in sight restoration: we take a look at the patient who’s received a bionic eye

Plus, in the wake of Covid-19, millions of people have suffered smell and taste loss; for some it’s never returned, and others are left living in a world that doesn’t smell, or taste quite right; how can we help them?

5 live science

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists look at why the government thinks now is the right time to ditch Covid Plan B?

Also, how can your brain tell the difference between noises it can ignore, and ones that should be alarming when you are asleep?

We’re exploring the world of robotics, what does it involve and how can we use the technology to improve our lives?

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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