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The Naked Scientists Science Radio Show Podcast

Stripping Down Science

by Dr. Chris Smith

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The Naked Scientists - interactive science, medicine and technology weekly live radio show with Dr. Chris Smith. We strip down science and lay the facts bare answering your science questions, interviewing top scientists and catching up with the latest top science news stories.

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Reviewer J.E.
 February 17, 2006
The Naked Scientists Science Radio Show is an excellent podcast. It's a regular radio show broadcast by the BBC in England, and they've made it available in mp3 format. There is one main topic for each show, but the host, Dr. Chris Smith, sometimes goes off on tangents or fields questions on unrelated subjects from listners who call in.

Dr. Smith does a wonderful job of distilling complex scientific processes, theories, and issues into language that regular people can understand. That's not to say that this is a dumbed-down show; quite the opposite is true. But it is very understandable.

I like how they pick some hot-button political issues to discuss. For instance, one show was about stem cells. Stem cell research is a big debate in the U.S. these days, but how many people truly understand the science involved in this issue? Dr. Smith and his two guests did a great job of explaining many aspects of stem cell research. I am much more informed now than I was before listening to the show.

This podcast is definitely a keeper. I'm sure I'll learn lots of interesting things from the Naked Scientists.

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  • Q and A: Disney, Dark Matter, and Deja Vu
    Mon, Jun 11, 2018

    What is dj vu? Why do I get angry when I'm hungry? Why do I remember every Disney lyric, but can't remember how to set my oven? Materials physicist Jess Wade, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold, animal behaviour expert Eleanor Drinkwater, and physicist Francesca Day join Chris Smith, to answer a brilliant barrage of scientific questions...

  • Football Under the Microscope
    Mon, Jun 04, 2018

    This week we're taking a look at the science of football, from physics to psychology. And in the news, can being social stave off dementia and what new features have been found on the surface of Pluto?

  • Planet B: Can we colonise space?
    Mon, May 28, 2018

    This week we're leaving planet earth in search of a new home. Is there a Planet B? How could we get there? And presenter Izzie Clarke takes a spin at astronaut training.

  • Allergy Science: from antibodies to anaphylaxis
    Mon, May 21, 2018

    Hayfever causing you havoc? Is asthma proving to be an annoyance? This week, we're talking allergies. What causes them, and can we reverse them? We talk to one specialist who's making great strides in doing just that. Plus, in the news, a possible cure for the common cold, and are longer legs really more attractive?

  • QnA: Martian Sunsets and Submerged Sloths
    Mon, May 14, 2018

    Why don't we get invisible animals on land? What's at the centre of a gas giant? Did we really land on the moon? Astronomer Matt Bothwell, marine biologist Kate Feller, palaeontologist Jason Head and geneticist Diana Alexander join Chris Smith to shoot the scientific breeze in this month's question and answer spectacular.

  • Water: Drips, Drains and Droughts
    Mon, May 07, 2018

    This week, The Naked Scientists are dipping their toes into water; where does it come from, could we ever run out, and we take a stroll through a local sewage plant. Plus, in the news, scientists look for Malaria's achilles heel, why our coral reefs are being silenced and a microscopic laser which can sit on the human eye.For full transcripts, paper references and more, head to thenakedscientists.comWith thanks to music from Bensound.com

  • Senses Month: Tackling Touch
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    This week, The Naked Scientists' senses month comes to a close as we tackle touch: how we develop a sense of touch, getting tactile when shopping and the secret to the perfect hug. Plus, making greener concrete and why bird populations are dropping in the South of England...

  • Senses Month: Scents and Scent Ability
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    This week, The Naked Scientists get right up your nose! We find out how smells work, explore if stenches could help people give up smoking and sniff out the scent of nightmares. Plus, the science of running a marathon, a secret use for spleens and we go bananas over some dodgy science.

  • Senses Month: A Taste of Science
    Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    This month we're exploring the science of our senses. So far we've heard how our ears work, looked the visual system in the eye, and this week, we're getting our teeth into the science of taste. Plus news of a discovery that could re-write the story of human origins, how some antibiotics can also block viruses, and how ants keep infections at bay in their colonies.

  • Senses Month: The Science of Sight
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018

    From ancient fossils to cutting edge surgery, we're bringing you the lowdown on the science of vision. Plus in the news, a drug that might aid stroke recovery, and what you can learn from taking a DNA test...

  • Senses Month: Can you Hear Me?
    Mon, Apr 02, 2018

    Are we headed for a hearing-loss epidemic, and can science step in when the world starts to go quiet?This week, The Naked Scientists go on an odyssey into the science ofhearing, listen in to find out the strange ways our ears decode sounds,get baffled by some auditory illusions and meet someone who can see with their ears.

  • QnA: Greedy Guts and Useless Numbers
    Mon, Mar 26, 2018

    It's QnA Time! The Naked Scientists gathered a panel of experts to tackle your sci-curious questions; geneticist and food neuroscientist Giles Yeo, biologist and insect expert Chris Pull, material scientist Rachel Oliver and mathematician Bobby Seagull. So if you have any foodie thoughts, mathematical musings or an insect-ious thirst for knowledge, then this is the show for you. For full transcript visit thenakedscientists.comMusic from AudioNautix.com

  • A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018

    On Wednesday March the 14th, the world was shaken by the death of one of our greatest scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking. Joined by some of his Cambridge colleagues and the new generation of scientists he inspired, this week we celebrate his life, his science and his legacy...

  • What Is Inside Your Computer?
    Tue, Mar 13, 2018

    This week - we use them everyday - at work, at home, to chat to our friends or listen to music - but how do computers actually work, what's inside them, and what will the computers of tomorrow look like? We'll be navigating through the past, present and future of computing, and lifting the lid - literally - on a PC to peek inside and see how it works. You can find transcripts and more information at www.nakedscientists.com and the music this week is from www.bensound.com.

  • Before they're Gone: Fighting the Illegal Wildlife Trade
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018

    It's one of the largest criminal industries in the world, worth billions and responsible for thousands of murders, but can we win the fight against the illegal wildlife trade? We speak to the foot soldiers of this battle: a scientist whose new techniques led to the capture of some dangerous criminals, a member of Border Force who intercepts ivory as it enters the country and the man with a gun facing off directly with the poachers. We also hear about the animals at risk, and why time is running out. Plus, a revelation from the early Universe which might change how we do physics today, why unexpected rain was a course for celebration for some scientists and the crickets who have been found to use tools to amplify their songs.See more information at www.nakedscientists.com

  • What The Heck Is Xenobiology?
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018

    The Naked Scientists meet the biologists who are inventing a new form of genetic information: this strange science is called xenobiology. Plus, in the news, a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, the video game that tackles fake news and scientists make progress with Parkinson's.With music from JukeDeck and Free Sounds. For more information, interview transcripts and references, visit www.thenakedscientists.com

  • How High Can we Build?
    Tue, Feb 20, 2018

    This week, we put your questions to our expert panel of scientists - What's the tallest possible building? Do female animals flirt? And what can we do if an asteroid ends up heading for earth?

  • The Art of Science
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    The Naked Scientists ditch the lab coats for artistic overalls. From coding musical compositions to the jeans that remove air-pollution, we take a look at how art has helped science. Plus, in the news, the most powerful rocket ever built takes to the skies, we breakdown Bitcoin and there's evidence that vaping could give you a chest infection.

  • Turning the Tide on Plastics
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018

    This week, The Naked Scientists probe the plastic problem: can science help turn the tide on our rising consumption? Plus, the killer whale that can talk, and some groundbreaking research reveals why the USA is experiencing shakeups.Find transcripts and more information at www.nakedscientists.comMusic this week from audionautix.com and jukedeck.com

  • Why Bother Being Nice?
    Tue, Jan 30, 2018

    This week, we're asking would you risk your life to save someone else? Plenty of people do, and so do other animals and even bacteria. But why? And how did altruistic actions like this evolve? Plus in the news, scientists clone monkeys, the modified cold virus that selectively attacks pancreatic cancer, and why bees might be bad for other pollinators.

  • James Webb: Gazing at Early Galaxies
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018

    This week, how astronomers are planning to see the beginning of our Universe: we talk to the team behind the telescope that's about to be blasted into deep space to make it happen. Plus, scientists announce a blood test to detect the most common cancers, a round-up of flu past, present and future, and the mini drug-factories produced by 3d printing...

  • Why Does Snoring Exist?
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018

    Is it possible to stop snoring? Is there a difference between running outside and on a treadmill? Which food group really is the worst for us? Chris Smith is joined by exercise expert Dan Gordon, sleep specialist Nick Oscroft, dietician Sian Porter and wellness guru Tom Mole to answer all the health-related queries and quandaries people have been sending in.

  • Criminal Chemistry: What's Your Poison?
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018

    This week - from adrenaline to arsenic, The Naked Scientists delve into the sinister science of poisons! Plus, what space tech is on the horizon in 2018, and the science of New Year's resolutions.

  • The Science of 2017
    Tue, Jan 02, 2018

    This week, The Naked Scientists raise a glass to 2017 as they look back at their favourite science moments of the year, including: bees playing football, ghost busting, and removing farts from a car.

  • A Very Naked Christmas
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    This week, The Naked Scientists are spreading festive cheer as they get ready for Christmas, all in one hour! Joined by psychologist Philipe Bujold, tech expert Alex Farell, vibrations engineer Hugh Hunt and Plant development researcher David Hanke, Chris Smith and Georgia Mills tackle the physics of carol singing, firing up the christmas snacks - literally - and, whether you like them or loathe them, the biology of brussel sprouts.

  • Social Media: Bad for our Brains?
    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    Social media use is more common than ever, with over 2 billion of us signed up, but do we know what it's doing to our brains? We're exploring how this exploding trend is influencing our opinions and our wellbeing, and also how it could be used as a tool to diagnose mental illness. Plus, news of a breakthrough in Huntington's Disease research and a celebration of 50 years since the spooky radio signals that changed astronomy forever.Find more episodes and transcripts at www.nakedscientists.com

  • Star Wars: The Science Strikes Back
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017

    This week we delve into physics in a galaxy far far away as we probe the science of Star Wars! Plus in the news, evidence that London air is stunting the growth of developing babies, and scientists use AI to decode what dolphins are saying.

  • Can a shrimp punch through glass?
    Tue, Dec 05, 2017

    Are black holes really holes? Is there such thing as a genetic love match? Why do clouds move? The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Kate Feller, astrophysicist Matt Middleton, geneticist Patrick Short, and chemist Phillip Broadwith to tackle the science questions sent in by you.

  • Forever Young: Can Science Reverse Ageing?
    Tue, Nov 28, 2017

    Is ageing inevitable, or can science help stop or even reverse the process? From young blood to diet fads, and stem cells to dancing, we explore what the experts think will keep us healthier for longer.

  • Tomorrow's Tech: Biomedical Breakthroughs
    Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    This week, new ways to spot cancers much sooner, repair nerve injuries and fix hip arthritis: we're looking at four major medical breakthroughs waiting to happen. Plus in the news, how advertisers can profile your personality online to boost their sales, and scientists dig up evidence of winemaking from 8000 years ago.

  • Palaeo Ponderings: Can You Dig It?
    Tue, Nov 14, 2017

    Did dinosaurs live in herds? Why are mountains pointy? And what's the best preserved mummy? Plus we had a giant snake, a few skulls, a couple of "feet" and one of the oldest rocks on Earth in the studio. Scientists Lee Berger, Meghan Strong, Jason Head, and Owen Weller team up for an Early Earth QA show

  • Are we Working Ourselves to Death?
    Tue, Nov 07, 2017

    We devote up to 50 years of our life to it, yet it might just be getting us down. This week The Naked Scientists programme examines work, hearing how our behaviour and our buildings can change to boost our health and productivity. Plus, news of how gut bacteria can control our response to cancer treatment and how a rare opportunity allowed scientists to 'get inside' the human mind.

  • Trick or Treat: The Science of the Paranormal
    Tue, Oct 31, 2017

    This week, The Naked Scientists delve into the paranormal. We'll be asking why so many of us have supernatural beliefs, exploring the scientific origins behind our favourite monster legends, and bravely embarking on a ghost hunt... Plus in the news, what dinosaurs and zorro have in common, why swearing could do you some good, and how sugarcane ethanol could help cut global carbon emissions.

  • Under Your Skin
    Mon, Oct 23, 2017

    This week, The Naked Scientists get under the skin of skin. Hear about the new method to treat burn victims, the electronic tattoo that can tell if you've got flu and how to keep your skin in good shape. Plus, in the news this week, the diabetes drug that's treating leukaemia, how bird feeders are affecting beak length, and how the challenge of landing space probes now keep your crisps crunchy.

  • The Countdown to Artificial Intelligence
    Mon, Oct 16, 2017

    The Naked Scientists are joined by an expert panel to discuss the seven most significant questions people are asking about AI. We explore the risks and positive outcomes of AI, and Chris finds out an artificial podcast presenter may be after his job.

  • DNA Decoded: Past, Present and Sausage
    Mon, Oct 09, 2017

    This week we delve into DNA and what it can tell us about our past, present and future. And, what happened when we decided to read the DNA sequence of a local sausage. Plus, in the news, what won Nobel Prizes, the world's largest HIV survey, and why doing exercise you don't like makes you more likely to binge on junk food.

  • What Makes the Best Breakfast?
    Mon, Oct 02, 2017

    Can your intestines grow back? How can you measure your own stress levels? How do electric eels work? Scientists David Rothery, Sarah Madden and Gareth Corbett team up to answer an eclectic and electric selection of questions.

  • Is the future bionic?
    Mon, Sep 25, 2017

    This week a look at enhancements for future humans: wearable robots, an artificial pancreas, and a replacement retina, as well as limb and head transplants. Plus, in the news, a new hope for global warming, a new therapy to halt MS, what a shock from an electric eel feels like, and how much alcohol remains in food after cooking...

  • Memories: Making Them & Faking Them
    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    This week, we take a trip down memory lane. How scientists can implant false memories, wipe memory away, and the link between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Plus, in the news, farewell to Cassini, the science of hurricanes, and how scientists are now able to see what's in the atmospheres of remote planets hundreds of light years away.

  • Drug Discovery: The Future of Pharma
    Mon, Sep 11, 2017

    This week; from Big Pharma to Little Pharma, we look at how new drugsare discovered. Plus, in the news - what powers the Northern Lights onJupiter, why cuckoos have the last laugh, and 3 decades of a telescopethat's changed our view of the Universe.

  • Fidget Spinners in Space?
    Mon, Sep 04, 2017

    In the latest Q and A show from The Naked Scientists, we answer your questions with the help of an expert panel - plant scientist Beverley Glover, mathematician James Grime, physicist Jess Wade and Angel investor Peter Cowley. What makes plants carnivorous, what's the highest prime number we know of, and how do WWII coding machines work? Plus, how long would a fidget spinner spin for in space, what's the best way to water a plant, and what happened to Google Glass?

  • Can Science Mavericks Save the World?
    Mon, Aug 28, 2017

    This week, we're exploring the end of the world. From robotic AI takeovers to global floods, when it comes to the extinction of our species, is science really set up to predict or prevent such events? Plus, how gutbugs might be key to keeping healthy for longer, a holodeck for flies and why Pythagoras was beaten to his own theorem.

  • Diet: Can we be healthy and sustainable?
    Mon, Aug 21, 2017

    This week, food is on the menu! Do any of the diets that you hear about actually work? What's best to eat for the health of the planet? And will the steak of the future grow in a test tube? Plus, scientists fix cells with the wrong numbers of chromosomes and how birds use magnetic fields to navigate.

  • Black Holes in Sight
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017

    This week we're exploring the cosmos through your senses. How scientists are attempting to see a black hole for the first time, what Saturn sounds like, and what will the surface of Mars feel like. Plus how to make the immune system attack cancer, artificial intelligence invents a magic trick, and how goldfish swap oxygen for alcohol to get through the winter.

  • Will Machines Take Over the World?
    Mon, Aug 07, 2017

    The science questions that you've been sending in get scrutinised and analysed by biologist Sarah Harrison, statistician Simon White, mental health expert Olivia Remes and machine learning guru Peter Clarke. Find out why smaller dogs live longer than bigger breeds, why some people are more susceptible to hayfever, whether machines are destined to take control of the world, and what science says will make you happy...

  • Can Nature Clean up Nuclear Contamination?
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017

    Chernobyl was 31 years ago, but as nuclear power is one of the few reliable and low carbon energy supplies, how long before it happens again? We meet the scientists who are are preparing for when the worst happens, looking for ways to use nature to clean up nuclear spills. Plus, news of a slug-inspired glue and the science behind the fastest bicycles.

  • Marine Month: In too Deep
    Mon, Jul 24, 2017

    This week we round off Marine Month with a trip to the bottom of the ocean, meeting underwater robots and using maths to hunt for sunken treasure ships. Plus, a way to predict organ failure in hospital, and why size really does matter when it comes to speed.

  • Marine Month: All at Sea
    Mon, Jul 17, 2017

    Our marine month continues as we swim out from the reef into the open ocean, where we'll be meeting one of the deadliest creatures on Earth. Plus, some good news about the Zika virus, how the cordless drill intended for space found its way down to earth, and the real-life spidermen of Cambridge University!

  • Marine Month: Making Waves
    Mon, Jul 10, 2017

    Marine month continues with the Naked Scientists as we move out from the beach to the coastal waters in search of the world's biggest fish and the corals that glow in the dark to survive. Plus, in the news this week a new personalised cancer vaccine, how to programme human morals into self-driving cars and we investigate the science at work on the courts of Wimbledon...

  • Marine Month: Life's A Beach
    Mon, Jul 03, 2017

    Here at The Naked Scientists HQ, it's marine month! Throughout four programmes in July, come dip your toes into all things aquatic as we work our way down to the bottom of the deepest ocean. From building superior sandcastles to the Mexican clam that's invading Europe, we kick things off with a trip to the beach. Plus, how scientists have created the brightest light on Earth, new news on fake news and a drumming bird, nicknamed Ringo.

  • Would You Trust a Robot?
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017

    Would you trust a robot to grow your food, to operate on you, to fight a war on your behalf, or to save your life in an emergency? We look at how robots are on course to alter our lives. Plus, new insights into how the Sun works, and climate change: why we need to wake up and smell the coffee: scientists are saying that warmer weather will affect the flavour of the world's favourite beverage.

  • Hearts in the Extreme
    Mon, Jun 19, 2017

    The Naked Scientists report back from the British Cardiovascular Society's annual conference, finding out how our tickers deal with extreme exercise and environments, from deep under the sea right into outer space.

  • Can We Talk To Dolphins?
    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Danielle Green, physicist Stuart Higgins, psychologist Duncan Astle and astrophysicist Carolin Crawford, to tackle your questions. This week, find out whether you can hear screams in space, how to clean a beach, and just how giant is a Giant Squid?

  • Cyber Security: When Crime goes Online
    Mon, Jun 05, 2017

    As life moves increasingly online, so do crime and fraud. This week, we uncover some personal secrets from a supposedly blank hard drive, find out how hackers can use baby monitors to spy on people and hear about the next generation of passwords. Plus, news of how Zika virus could be used to combat brain cancer and plans to build a bigger, stronger particle accelerator.

  • Biology's Biggest Mystery: The Origin of Life
    Tue, May 30, 2017

    Journey back 3.7 billion years to the young earth, as we try to findout how life first began. Was it in a soup of colliding chemistry, adeep-sea hydrothermal vent or did life rain down on the earth from thecosmos? Plus, the microbial meal that changed the world.

  • Why Bother Going to the Moon?
    Mon, May 22, 2017

    The Naked Scientists are joined by biologist Kate Feller, physicist Jess Wade, biochemist Andy Holding and Space Boffin Richard Hollingham, to field your science questions. This week, find out what happens to muscles in space, how to rid a car of flatulence, and whether any animals can become invisible. Plus, cyber security expert Paul Harris talks to Chris Smith about the recent cyber attacks - what happened, and how we can protect ourselves.

  • Would Aliens Understand Maths?
    Mon, May 15, 2017

    Love it or loathe it maths is everywhere... from counting bees to interstellar trade with aliens, we explore how maths earned the title of the language of the universe. Plus, getting to know our new ancestor Homo naledi, how a good nights sleep can help to ease your pain and do cats really like milk?

  • The Lowdown on Language
    Mon, May 08, 2017

    This week, The Naked Scientists go global as we explore language - can speaking more than one exercise our brain?; and is our ability to save money purely down to the way we talk? Plus, the rodents that provide new information for stroke therapy and how very hungry caterpillars could solve our plastic problem...

  • Zooming in on Cancer
    Mon, May 01, 2017

    Cancer is a devastating disease, and one of the largest killers in the Western world. This week, in a special show, Kat Arney investigates how scientists are fighting back, from building tumours in the lab to a Google Earth for cancer.

  • Gut Bugs: Friend or Foe?
    Mon, Apr 24, 2017

    The Naked Scientists go on a tour of the intestine, from top to bottom, in search of the good and bad germs that lurk there and what they mean for our health. Plus, why touchscreens may be harming toddlers' sleep and why scientists all over the world are putting down their pipettes and picking up placards.

  • Should I Sequence My Genes?
    Mon, Apr 17, 2017

    What surprises might you find lurking in your DNA, and can that information be used against you?

  • From Stem Cells to Brain Cells
    Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    We speak to scientists turning embryonic cells into nerve cells to treat Parkinson's disease and growing an entire system of organs in the lab. Plus, how antibiotics taken during pregnancy may affect your child's behaviour and why climate change will lead to bumpier flights.

  • Do air pollution masks actually work?
    Sat, Apr 01, 2017

    The Naked Scientists are joined by cosmologist Andrew Pontzen, biologist Sarah Shailes, neuroscientist Philipe Bujold and biochemist Sarah Madden to pit their wits against your science questions. This week, find out how venus fly traps work, whether psychologists can read your mind and why there is so much variation in herbivore poo.

  • Inside the Atom: 100 Years On
    Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    100 years since Rutherford split the atom, we investigate the secrets of the building blocks of our Universe. How can we harness the energy locked inside these particles, how have scientists been engineering brand new elements, and are we all the children of starlight? Plus, news of an anti-aging protein, a dinosaur family tree shake up and a new technique which can create millions of stem cells.

  • Is Modern Life Reducing our Fertility?
    Tue, Mar 21, 2017

    Are trends in modern living helping or harming our ability to reproduce? And how do factors affecting fertility differ between men and women? Plus, fighting brain tumours with artificial antibodies and are internet filters really keeping children safe?

  • A Crash Course in Space Junk
    Tue, Mar 14, 2017

    There is a floating museum above our heads: millions of fragments from pastspace missions are hurtling round the earth and could destroy our current satellites. We find out how spacecraft are coping now, and how we might be able to clean up space in the future. Plus, news of a synthetically engineered yeast genome, a breakthrough in OCD and a new ebola vaccine for gorillas.

  • What causes Brain Freeze?
    Tue, Mar 07, 2017

    Why are we looking for earth-sized planets? Can I unshrink a woollen jumper? What does a black hole actually look like? Chris Smith is joined by David Rothery, Anna Ploszajski, Aimee Eckert and Michael Conterio to answer your science questions.

  • Conversations about Climate Change
    Tue, Feb 28, 2017

    This week, a crash course in climate change: we meet one strange fishalready feeling the pinch, ask if humans are wired to ignore the threat,and look at one way we could all reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, whyalcohol consumption can come back to bite you, the seven new planetsdiscovered by NASA and the bees that have been trained to score goals.

  • Preventing HIV with PrEP
    Tue, Feb 21, 2017

    This week, we investigate the HIV preventative measure PrEP, which could be turning the tide on new infection rates - but is it safe to buy online? Plus, the toughest ever spider's web, a journey back through the history of language and the plant that could help clean up our oceans.

  • Meteor, Comet or Asteroid: What's the Difference?
    Tue, Feb 14, 2017

    What's the difference between a meteorite, meteoroid, a comet and an asteroid? We tell you how to find your own space rock here on Earth, and hear from a scientists tracking where space rocks come down in the Australian outback. Plus, why quinoa could feed the world in future, and is vaping safer than smoking, or a gateway for a fresh legion of teen smokers?

  • Can we Create Artificial Gravity?
    Tue, Feb 07, 2017

    Do giraffes get struck by lightning? What's the highest number a personcould count to? How do animals have sex underwater? Chris Smith teams upwith Tim Revell, Richard Hollingham, Chris Basu and Danielle Green totackle your science questions, which range from the bottom of the oceanto outer space!

  • Optogenetics: Lighting up the Brain
    Tue, Jan 31, 2017

    Could a light in your brain cure epilepsy, or send you to sleep? The NakedScientists investigate the mysterious field of optogenetics, and thetreatments it promises to bring. Plus, news of a cancer-detecting artificial intelligence anda vaccination to fight fake news.

  • The LED Lighting Revolution
    Tue, Jan 24, 2017

    The light bulb is a hundred-year-old technology whose time is finally up. This week, we shine a little light on its replacement to find out what makes it such a compelling alternative and look to the next revolution in lighting. Plus, how scientists are turning to robotics to treat heart failure, the death of NASA astronaut and last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan and do you really eat spiders in your are sleep?

  • The Science of Laughter
    Tue, Jan 17, 2017

    This week, The Naked Scientists take a look at the science of laughter, asking why we like to laugh, hearing what babies find funny and meeting a joke-building robot. Plus, news of a gene editing technique taking on a deadly disease and a record-breaking knot.

  • Are more crimes committed during a full moon?
    Tue, Jan 10, 2017

    Does being angry increase your risk of a heart attack? What's a psychopath? And how much does a single cell weigh? This week, Chris Smith answers your questions with Stuart Higgins, Maud Borensztein, Kyle Treiber and James Rudd.

  • 2016: A Year in Science
    Tue, Jan 03, 2017

    The Naked Scientists celebrate the dawn of 2017 with a look at theirbest bits from 2016, including: the science breakthrough of the year,how to use psychology to get a date and why it pays to look on thebright side.

  • Humanity's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
    Tue, Dec 27, 2016

    This week: is there anybody out there or are we alone in the Universe? Graihagh Jackson ponders one of the fundamental questions of humanity, from flying saucers and UFOs to why we haven't found any evidence and what it would mean to find ET.

  • The 12 Scientific Days of Christmas
    Tue, Dec 20, 2016

    The Naked Scientists celebrate the holidays with the 12 scientific days of Christmas. From why 9 ladies like to dance to making those 6 geese eggs into bouncy balls...

  • What's the Healthiest Way to Eat an Entire Cake?
    Tue, Dec 13, 2016

    Chris is joined by Giles Yeo, Roger Buckley, Andrew Pontzen and Kerstin Goepfrich, and they enjoy a mince pie or two while answering listener questions, including: why isn't love blinding; are glasses or contacts better for your eyes and what would happen if you brought a thimble of neutron star to earth? Plus, the team discuss the supposed benefits of the Mediterranean diet and debate the worst science movie mistakes.

  • When The Drugs Don't Work...
    Tue, Dec 06, 2016

    Antibiotics are chemicals that kill bacteria but leave us unharmed. However, bacteria are evolving so that our drugs no longer kill them. If this trend continues, the treatable are going to become untreatable... How serious would this scenario be, though? We'll be putting the problem under the microscope this week. Plus in the news, the UK's new Snooper's Charter, the man modelling vascular diseases in a dish, and what happens in your brain when you talk to God...

  • Is DNA the Basis for all Life in the Universe?
    Tue, Nov 29, 2016

    This week: alien hunting! Life here on Earth uses DNA, but why, and would aliens be made of the same stuff? Plus, news of how your gut microbes are controlling your genes, a new way to fight phobias, and we get a sneak peek at where the first human colonists of Mars might live...

  • Navigating the Future
    Tue, Nov 22, 2016

    This week the show comes to you from the Royal Institute of Navigation's annual International Conference, with a look at the future of navigation. From the trousers that can track your every move to the spacecraft charting their way through the Universe. Plus, how does GPS work, and are we ready for driverless cars?

  • What's between my internal organs?
    Tue, Nov 15, 2016

    This week on the Naked Scientists, we've gathered the bright and the brainy to answer your science questions, from why ants are stealing your toenail clippings to what's between your internal organs and could you survive being eaten by a snake?

  • The History of Hominins: Are Humans Special?
    Tue, Nov 08, 2016

    This week on the Naked Scientists we're exploring our human story, from the use of tools and fire, to ritualistic behaviour. Where did we come from and what makes us special? Chris Smith is joined by some of the world's best fossil experts including one man who's discovered two of our caveman ancestors, and a scientist who can get the original tissues out of remains that are millions of years old.

  • Your Brain on Horror
    Tue, Nov 01, 2016

    Have you ever wondered why some people enjoy being absolutely petrified by horror films? This week, The Naked Scientists investigate the spooky science of the genre: what does fear look like in the brain, how do you compose the most terrifying soundtrack and can we use psychology to engineer the perfect scare?

  • The End of Night
    Mon, Oct 24, 2016

    Kat and Chris are turning the lights down low in search of darkness. 80% of Europeans and Northern Americans now can't see the Milky Way. But does this extra light pollution matter? It doesn't harm anyone, or does it? Plus in the news, with the US presidential elections fast approaching, we see what we can learn from animals when it comes to picking a leader. And, do you really lose most of your heat through your head?

  • Hospital Health Check
    Mon, Oct 17, 2016

    This week we step out of the lab and into the hospital to celebrate one of our most treasured institutions. We find out about the technology that could be changing the future of healthcare and Connie tries her hand as a medical student. Plus, a potential treatment for Sickle Cell disease and do ice baths really soothe sore muscles?

  • Will We Beat Alzheimer's Disease?
    Mon, Oct 10, 2016

    Alzheimer's: A third of the population may be destined to develop this form of dementia, which robs people of their memories and independence. So what causes it, and what can we do about it? Plus in the news, NICE approves a new drug for an aggressive form of lung cancer, we've got the lowdown on the Nobel prizes, and how a computer code has been released online that could be using your devices to launch cyber attacks.

  • Why do Cats Have Vertical Pupils?
    Mon, Oct 03, 2016

    Why do cats have vertical pupils? Do clouds defy gravity? What is the brain basis of road rage? The Naked Scientists team tackle these and many more science questions, with help from an all-star guest panel.

  • A Little Light Relief
    Mon, Sep 26, 2016

    This week we're in for a little light relief, as we explore how light-based technologies are delivering a brighter future, in medicine and beyond. Plus, in the news, a new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, scientists make sonic holograms, and the most accurate reconstruction of a dinosaur yet.

  • Mapping the Milky Way
    Mon, Sep 19, 2016

    This week - Cambridge's key role in the mission to map the milky way! We learn how the Gaia space telescope is pinpointing the positions of a billion stars in our galaxy.Plus, news of a net which will leave mozzies dead or infertile, the DNA double-double helix discovery, and can the moon cause earthquakes?

  • Moulding the Minds of Tomorrow
    Mon, Sep 12, 2016

    This week, we don our uniforms for a lesson in the science of education:what's the best way to mould the minds of the future? Plus, a new drug that could cure malaria with a single dose and we find out what happened to the ice bucket challenge.

  • How Old is the Average Atom?
    Mon, Sep 05, 2016

    Can we see the lunar landing sites with a telescope? Why is it cooler at altitude despite being closer to the Sun? Why is there no salt in sea ice? Was it windier when the Earth turned faster? What will end life on Earth sooner, the cooling core or the Sun becoming a red giant? Is modern medicine damaging the gene pool? How old is the average atom? This week David Rothery, Caroline Steel, Andrew Holding and Adam Townsend join Kat Arney to answering the science questions that you've been sending in...

  • Scrutinizing Science
    Mon, Aug 29, 2016

    This week, The Naked Scientists are celebrating their 15th birthday and so Graihagh Jackson puts science under the microscope and questions its importance in today's world.

  • Animation: The Reel Deal
    Mon, Aug 22, 2016

    This week, we find out how science can help you get from script to screen in animated movies, from the physics of balancing a giraffe on a tightrope to the researcher putting voice actors in a brain scanner. Plus, news of why we're more prone to viral infections when we're jet-lagged, how a common technique to prevent premature birth could actually cause it and did campfires kill the Neanderthals?

  • Drugs: Time for a Change?
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016

    100 years since the first UK drug law, we explore the controversial and confusing science behind the drugs debate. From the brain basis of addiction to how ecstasy could treat anxiety, what are the implications of the world's war on drugs?

  • Do Fish Fart?
    Mon, Aug 08, 2016

    From farting fish to the link between diet and cancer, Kat Arney and Chris Smith take on your questions with Matt Middleton, Giles Yeo and Eleanor Drinkwater...

  • The Science Too Hot To Handle
    Mon, Aug 01, 2016

    The Olympics is finally upon us and from going for gold in the tropical Rio climate to boosting the efficiency of jet engines, our ability to cope in high temperatures could make the difference between falling or flying. This week on The Naked Scientists we're exploring the many ways in which humans, and machines, can handle the heat. Plus, which country tops the charts when it comes to height? Also, we'll hear how tomatoes hold the key to fending off a deadly parasite.

  • Fuels Of The Future
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016

    This week we'll need you to fasten your seatbelts because we're taking a trip into the future of fuels. We're asking if biofuels are really that brilliant and finding out how one lab is attempting to reinvent diesel.Plus, new research that could help unclog arteries and the data storage solution that operates at the scale of individual atoms.

  • A Dog's Life: Intelligence and Inbreeding
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016

    The Naked Scientists bring you a 'ruff' guide to dogs! We chart the ancient origins of our favourite pets, examine how smart dogs could provide clues into human disease and explore the science behind the problems caused by years of inbreeding. Plus, news of why it's not just redheads who are more at risk from the sunny weather, and does Pokemon Go mark a new frontier in gaming?

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