Hear the latest science news, brought to you by Nick Howe and Benjamin Thompson. This week, why stress makes mice turn grey, and how to think about climate change.
In this episode: 00:45 Going grey
Anecdotal evidence has long suggested stress as a cause of grey hair. Now, a team of researchers have showed experimental evidence to suggest this is the case.
Research Article: ; Zhang et al. News & Views: How the stress of fight or flight turns hair white 08:39 Research Highlights
Ancient bones suggest that giant ground sloths moved in herds, plus an atomic way to check for whiskey fakes.
Research Highlight: ; A bone bed reveals mass death of herd of giant ground sloths Research Highlight: Nuclear-bomb carbon unmasks fraudulent luxury whisky 10:40 Climate optimism
To tackle climate change, the former UN secretary for climate change argues that the biggest change needs to be mindset.
Comment: Paris taught me how to do what is necessary to combat climate change 18:09 News Chat
The latest on a new virus from Wuhan in China, and insights from ancient African genomes.
News: ; China virus latest: first US case confirmed Research Article: Lipson et al.
Listen to the latest from the world of science, brought to you by Benjamin Thompson and Nick Howe. This week, observations of objects orbiting a black hole, and rethinking how we measure screen-time.
In this episode: 00:45 Observing the centre of the galaxy
Researchers have uncovered a population of dust-enshrouded objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy.
Research Article: Ciurlo et al. 06:34 Research Highlights
A London landmark’s height lends itself to a physics experiment, and generous behaviour in parrots.
Research Highlight: ; An iconic structure in London moonlights as a scientific tool Research Highlight: Parrots give each other gifts without promise of reward 09:00 The human ‘screenome’ project
To understand the effects of online media consumption, researchers argue that the way it’s measured needs to change.
Comment: Time for the Human Screenome Project 17:26 News Chat
A decline in human body temperature, and a new report on research culture.
News: ; Not so hot: US data suggests human bodies are cooling down News: Stressful, aggressive, damaging: huge survey reveals pressures of scientists’ working lives
In this episode of the podcast, Nature reporter Davide Castelvecchi joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2020. We’ll hear about multiple missions to Mars, a prototype electric car, efforts to prevent dengue, and more.
Hear the latest science news, brought to you by Benjamin Thompson and Shamini Bundell. This week, exploring two very different issues surrounding genomic sequencing, and the latest results from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.
In this episode: 00:45 The GenomeAsia 100k project
Researchers have released the first data from an ambitious project to sequence the genomes of 100,000 people from populations across Asia.
Research Article: GenomeAsia100K Consortium 08:56 Research Highlights
Bare riverbanks make meanders move, and human activity affects picky penguins.
Research Highlight: ; The meandering rivers that speed across barren landscapes Research Highlight: Climate change splits two penguin species into winners and losers 11:18 Curbing the rise in genetic surveillance
Concerns are growing around the use of commercial DNA databases for state-level surveillance.
Comment: Crack down on genomic surveillance 20:02 News Chat
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sent back the most detailed information yet about the birthplace of solar wind.
News: Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind
Listen to the latest science updated, brought to you by Nick Howe and Shamini Bundell. This week, delving into the results of the latest graduate student survey, and assessing ageism in science fiction literature.
In this episode: 00:45 The graduate student experience
The results of
Nature’s 2019 PhD survey are in. David Payne, Nature’s Chief Careers Editor, takes us through them. Nature’s PhD survey collection 06:45 Research Highlights
Giant tortoises are quick learners, and colour-changing magic mushrooms.
Research Article: ; Gutnick et al. Research Highlights: Why magic mushrooms turn dark blue when picked 08:52 Where are the older women in sci-fi?
Author Sylvia Spruck Wrigley has been looking into the number of older women that appear in sci-fi novels, and the roles they play.
Essay: Space ageing: why sci-fi novels shun the badass older woman 16:45 News Chat
A trove of mummified remains causes excitement in Egypt, and Italy plans a new science funding body.
News: ; Rare mummified lions add to Egyptology buzz News: Italy’s plan to create €300-million research agency draws fire
Benjamin Thompson brings you the latest science news. This week, an antibiotic that targets difficult to treat bacteria, and a roundup of the latest science news.
In this episode: 00:49 Discovering darobactin
Researchers looked inside nematode guts and have identified a new antibiotic with some useful properties.
Research Article: Imai et al. 05:45 Research Highlights
Using urine as a health metric, and sniffing out book decay with an electronic nose.
Research Article: ; Miller et al. Research Article: Veríssimo et al. 07:54 News Chat
Adding an element of chance to grant funding, a continental butterfly-sequencing project, and tracking endangered animals via traces of their DNA.
News: ; Science funders gamble on grant lotteries News: ; Every butterfly in the United States and Canada now has a genome sequence News: Rare bird’s detection highlights promise of ‘environmental DNA’
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Hear this week’s science news, with Nick Howe and Shamini Bundell. This week, a new 3D printer allows quick shifting between many materials, and understanding the link between gut microbes and liver disease.
In this episode: 00:46 A new dimension for 3D printers
A new nozzle lets a 3D printer switch between materials at a rapid rate, opening the door to a range of applications.
Research Article: ; Skylar-Scott et al. News and Views: How to print multi-material devices in one go 08:07 Research Highlights
The slippery secrets of ice, and cells wrapping up their nuclei.
Research Highlight: ; Viscous water holds the secret to an ice skater’s smooth glide Research Highlight: Super-thin layer of ‘bubble wrap’ cushions a cell’s nucleus 10:17 Linking bacteria to liver disease
Researchers have isolated a bacterial strain that appears to play an important role in alcoholic liver disease.
Research paper: ; Duan et al. News and Views: Microbial clues to a liver disease 17:10 News Chat
‘Megaconstellations’ of satellites concern astronomers, and a report on the gender gap in chemistry.
News: ; SpaceX launch highlights threat to astronomy from ‘megaconstellations’ News: Huge study documents gender gap in chemistry publishing