The Naked Scientists Podcast - Stripping Down Science

NAKED SCIENTISTS  |  Podcast , ±42 min episodes every 4 days  | 
The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.

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05
DEC

8 billion: an overpopulation crisis?

Last month, we were told, the 8 billionth person was added to Earth's human population. But despite many acknowledging that some of the biggest threats facing us and the planet, like climate change - stem from our impact on world, and the more of us there are, the worse those threats will be, the topic of population is mysteriously absent from the dialogue at major international fora, like the recent COP27 meeting in Egypt. Surely "living sustainably" must include, as David Attenborough puts it, not over-running the planet and destroying it in the process?So how many people can, or should the... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
01
DEC

New Alzheimer's treatment, and mussel memory

A new Alzheimer's drug shows some promise in trials, but are the risks from side effects worth it? A new contraceptive inspired by Roman history and shellfish... And the surprising discovery about ants that scientists missed for over a century... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
28
NOV

Personality testing: no wrong answers?

If you've recently applied for a job, you may have been asked to fill out a personality test. From banks and consultancy firms to fast-food outlets, they're increasingly being used as a way to improve efficiency and perceived fairness in recruitment.The most common tests used for these purposes are based on the so-called 'big 5' personality traits that psychologists have settled on as providing a good indication of just what makes us tick. Such personality tests take the form of a questionnaire in which the participant indicates their alignment with statements concerning human behaviour,... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
24
NOV

Disease breath tests, and Perseverance papers

In the news this week, we hear about the novel approach to diagnosing diseases by looking at the chemical compounds in patients' breath, a new way of attacking viruses without damaging our cells, the potential for life on Mars, successful trials prescribing heat for health conditions, and what low frequncy noises we can't even hear can do for our propensity to dance... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
21
NOV

Q&A: How did we outpace the big bang?

This week, it is time to put your questions to a panel of excellent experts in one of our Q&A shows! We are going to be investigating how we track disease outbreaks, why our ears go pop, and why neanderthal DNA makes some of us more susceptible to diseases like COVID. Plus, we have a science quiz based on the World Cup. See how you fare against our experts... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
15
NOV

Reproducibility: science's consistency issue

This week, we're talking about the so-called scientific reproducibility crisis: an alarming sounding study was released earlier this year which concluded that less than one third of breast cancer research papers had reproducible results. So who's to blame? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
14
NOV

Targeting genetic kidney disease

NBA great Alonzo Mourning returned home feeling ill after winning the gold medal from the Sydney Olympics. Surprisingly, he was diagnosed shortly after with kidney disease. His type of kidney disease is linked to genetic variants of the APOL1 gene carried by 13% of people with African ancestry. Ogo Egbuna leads clinical development researching APOL1-mediated kidney disease at Vertex, where they're investigating a small molecule therapy to target its underlying cause... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
10
NOV

Growing blood in the lab, and talking to ET

In this episode, How researchers are growing new blood in the lab, the scientists planning for potential alien communications, and why fertiliser may be fooling bees' ability to spot flowers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
08
NOV

Tuberculosis: tackling the troubling uptick

Before Covid, the bacterial infection "tuberculosis" was the number 1 infectious disease killer on the planet. Every day it claims the lives of thousands, with the impact particularly marked in lower income countries which account for 80% of the cases. But that doesn't mean that richer countries are off the hook. As people migrate, and wars displace refugees, Western countries are seeing a rising trend in new TB cases, particularly of highly drug-resistant forms of the infection. So this week we're looking at new ways to combat one of the oldest and most fearsome infections on the planet... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
03
NOV

Gene therapy for epilepsy, and beastly botany

In the news this week, the novel gene therapy for epilepsy which reduces side effects, how birdsong can provide listeners with a mental health boost, we take a terrifying tour of Cambridge University's Botanic Garden, and hear about how Aluminium formate could bring carbon capture to the masses... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
31
OCT

Clocks, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

We mark the clocks going back with a look at our circadian rhythms: that's the mechanism by which our bodies mark time and keep our biological processes ticking over. Some drugs work better at certain times of the day, so why isn't this tested in clinical trials? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
27
OCT

Charged up bees and deep, dark seas

In the news this week, a new health study of unprecedented scale launches in the UK to improve disease detection, CAR-T therapy is administered without tailoring it specifically to the patient, the shock experienced by the scientist studying buzzing bees, computer games show signs of improving cognition in youngsters, and we delve deep into the ocean for signs of evolution happening before our eyes... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

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