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The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.
 
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As our environments change, so too do the sounds they make — and this change in soundscape can affect us in a whole host of ways, from our wellbeing to the way we think about conservation. In this Podcast Extra we hear from one researcher, Simon Butler, who is combining citizen science data with technology to recreate soundscapes lost to the past. …
 
"What starts in simplicity" *takes hoot* "must grow in simplicity" *blows cloud* "never forget that, dude" Episode Rating: "Sufficient Energon" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! and more. https://www.patreon.co…
 
In this episode of the Nature Podcast, we catch up on the biggest science stories from the holiday period by diving into the Nature Briefing. We’ll hear about: the latest manoeuveres from the James Webb Space Telescope; a new fossil dubbed “one of the greatest finds in British palaeontological history”; the verdicts in the trials of Charles Lieber …
 
Siege and Kal are joined by LadyGlitch from the ALPHANUMERIC! podcast for a special interview with award winning composer Bob Buckley, known for creating the music behind Beast Wars, Beast Machines, ReBoot, and more. Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly mo…
 
Cutting-edge microscopy techniques are letting researchers visualize biological molecules within cells, rather than studying them in isolation. This approach is providing new insights into how these molecules interact in this complex environment. This is an audio version of our feature: The secret lives of cells — as never seen before See acast.com…
 
The Nature Podcast team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months. In this episode: 00:51 A brain interface to type out thoughts In May, we heard about a brain-computer interface that is able to read brain signals from people thinking about handwriting, and translate them into on-screen text. The team behind it hope this techno…
 
Happy Holidays! Siege and Kal talk about Christmas in the Transformers franchise and review a two-part Christmas themed episode of Transformers Animated. Finally Siege closes out the episode with a special message. Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movi…
 
Games, seasonal science songs, and Nature’s 10. 01:12 "Oh powered flight" In the first of our festive songs, We pay tribute to NASA's Ingenuity craft - which took the first powered flight on another planet earlier this year. Lyrics by Noah Baker and performed by The Simon Langton School choir, directed by Emily Renshaw-Kidd. Scroll to the bottom of…
 
Several weeks after the Omicron variant was first identified, it has quickly spread across the world. Early data are showing clear signals that the latest variant of concern is able to evade immunity and spread at a rate faster than any other variant to date. But many questions remain unanswered about the severity of infection, the protection affor…
 
Happy Holidays! Siege and Kal play a game of Parker Bros. 1997 Beast Wars Mutating Card Game. Game Rating: "TOO MUCH ENERGON!" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! and more. https://www.patreon.com/lazorcomb Video…
 
An explanation for giant ice structures on Pluto, and dismantling the mestizo myth in Latin American genetics. In this episode: 00:46 The frozen root of Pluto’s polygonal patterns In 2015, NASA’s New Horizons probe sent back some intriguing images of Pluto. Huge polygonal patterns could be seen on the surface of a nitrogen-ice ice filled basin know…
 
Vaccines significantly reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, but scientists are now asking what effect the vaccines might have on long COVID. Long COVID is a somewhat ill-defined, but common, syndrome that can arise from even mild cases of COVID19 - with symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to breathing difficulties and even neurological deficie…
 
We sit down with award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright Ian Weir, writer of celebrated Beast Wars episodes "Possession," "Dark Designs," "Cutting Edge," and of course "Code of Hero." This interview originally appeared as part of our Beast Wars 25th Anniversary Special episode. Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus…
 
Speeding up comparisons of behavioural interventions, and what to expect from the James Webb Space Telescope. In this episode: 00:45 Identifying effective interventions with a 'megastudy' Comparing single behavioural interventions and identifying which is most effective can be difficult and time consuming, hampering policy-making decisions. This we…
 
Studying mental health in populations is not a simple task, but as the pandemic has continued, mounting concerns have mobilised researchers. Now, researchers have used data from helplines in 20 countries to assess the impacts that COVID, as well as associated political and public health measures like financial assistance programs and lockdowns, hav…
 
Designing a nutritious and planet-friendly diet, and an AI that guides mathematicians. In this episode: 00:46 Designing a healthy diet for the planet Researchers are trying to develop diets that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time providing nutrition. Some of these sustainable diets are now being tested to see if they wor…
 
A host of private companies are promising commercial fusion reactors in the next decade. After decades of promise, it finally seems that nuclear fusion is approaching commercial viability. Companies around the world are securing huge amounts of funding, and advances in materials research and computing are enabling technologies other than the standa…
 
In a quickly developing story a new variant, first detected in Botswana, is triggering rapid action among researchers. The variant - currently named B.1.1.529 has more than 30 changes to the spike protein - and the concern is that these mutations may result in increased transmissibility, severity of disease or even antibody evasion. In this episode…
 
The Nature salary and satisfaction survey reveals researchers' outlook, and NASA’s test of planetary defences. In this episode: 00:45 Salary and satisfaction survey Like all aspects of life, scientific careers have been impacted by the pandemic. To get an insight into how researchers are feeling, Nature has conducted a salary and satisfaction surve…
 
Both Siege and Kal feel like Chicken Tonight as they give their final overall thoughts of the first season of Beast Machines. Season Rating: "TOO MUCH ENERGON!" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the monthly Bea…
 
Spineless sea squirts shed light on vertebrate evolution, and an iodine-fuelled engine powering a satellite in space. In this episode: 00:45 A story of sea squirts, ancient vertebrates and missing genes When a PhD student set out to study the developmental pathways of a strange sea creature, he hoped to shed light on the origins of vertebrate anima…
 
Two new anti-viral pills have been shown to be safe and effective against COVID in clinical trials, according to recent press releases. The drugs, molnupiravir, developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, and Paxlovid, developed by Pfizer both appear to significantly reduce hospitalisation in people with early COVID. Some researchers are quie…
 
Garry Primal and Megatron go all Cuban Missile Crisis. Episode rating: TOO MUCH ENERGON! Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the monthly Beast Wars comic book show TOO MUCH GALAVAR!, and more. https://www.patreon…
 
Reassessing 24,000 years of global temperatures, and on the ground at COP26. In this episode: 01:21 Reassessing Earth’s climate over the past 24,000 years The ~20,000 year period from the Last Glacial Maximum to the pre-industrial era saw huge changes to the Earth’s climate. But characterising how temperatures changed during this time has been diff…
 
Lake Kivu, nestled between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, is a geological anomaly that holds 300 cubic kilometres of dissolved carbon dioxide and 60 cubic kilometres of methane. The lake has the potential to explosively release these gases, which could fill the surrounding valley, potentially killing millions of people. Researcher…
 
Blackarachnia uses plant jizz to awaken the spark within Thrust, and Rattrap saves the day with his giant beanstalk. Episode Rating: "TOO MUCH ENERGON!" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the monthly Beast Wars …
 
Last weekend, hundreds of young people boarded a specially chartered train in Amsterdam to travel to Glasgow ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate summit. Among them were scientists, activists and policy makers. In a Nature Podcast special, we boarded the train to catch up with some of them - to talk about their science, their motivations and t…
 
More that 3 billions doses of China's CoronaVac and Sinopharm vaccines have been administered across the globe, playing an especially important role in Latin America and South East Asia, as well as China. These vaccines use inactivated virus particles to expose the immune system to Sars-CoV-2, but they do not appear to generate the same levels of n…
 
The unexpected origins of a 4000-year-old people, protecting your ‘digital presence’ and what to expect from COP26. In this episode: 00:48 The origins of the mysterious Tarim mummies For decades there has been debate about the origins of a group of 4000-year-old individuals known as the Tarim Basin mummies. Their distinct appearance and clothing ha…
 
People that have recovered from COVID are seeing stronger immune responses after vaccination than those that never contracted the virus. Researchers are now racing to unpick what is behind this powerful 'hybrid immunity'. In this episode of Coronapod, we discuss a series of studies which are offering up some possibile explanations, and ask how this…
 
Rhinox steels some car keys and everyone gets metal. Episode Rating: "Not Enough Energon." Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the monthly Beast Wars comic book show TOO MUCH GALAVAR!, and more. https://www.patre…
 
An ancient solar storm helps pinpoint when Vikings lived in the Americas, and using magnets to deftly move non-magnetic metals. In this episode: 00:53 Pinpointing Viking presence in North America It’s well-understood that Vikings went to North America around a thousand years ago. However, working out a precise date has proven difficult. Now, thanks…
 
Hundreds of scientists have responded to a survey asking about harassment and abuse during the pandemic. The results paint a picture which is as concerning as it is shocking. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss the kinds of abuse scientists are facing, try to pick apart where it is comes from and ask what can be done about it? News Feature: ‘I …
 
343 Guilty Spark decides to kidnap Nightscream. For science. Episode Rating: "Sufficient Energon" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the monthly Beast Wars comic book show TOO MUCH GALAVAR!, and more. https://ww…
 
The neurons behind acupuncture’s effect on inflammation, and how antibiotics affect gut bacteria. In this episode: 00:54 The neuronal basis for acupuncture’s effect on inflammation In mice, electroacupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, but only when certain points on the body are stimulated. Why this is has puzzled scientists, but now, …
 
New data suggests that inexpensive, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can effectively scrub SARS-CoV-2 particles from the air in hospital COVID wards. The result validates previous studies carried out in controlled conditions. Currently, HEPA filters are not routinely used in hospital settings, but researchers suggest they could could …
 
Nightscream shoves Blackarachnia's spark back into her body, while the rest of the gang discovers that Rhinox has decided to break bad. Episode Rating: "Sufficient Energon" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie commentary show TOO MUCH COMMENTARY! the…
 
AI weather forecasters, mapping the human brain and the 2021 science Nobel prizes. In this episode: 00:52 Improving the accuracy of weather forecasts with AI Short-term rain predictions are a significant challenge for meteorologists. Now, a team of researchers have come up with an artificial-intelligence based system that weather forecasters prefer…
 
Cheetor decides that the team needs to save the Maximal sparks within the Vehicon Generals, so Blackarchnia tries to jumpstart Thurst's Silverbolt within, and Rattrap FlashHacks Tankor only to make a startling discovery. Episode Rating: "TOO MUCH ENERGON!" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows …
 
Episode 3 As newly-minted principal investigators, Ali and Dan have grand plans for their research – but science is slow, especially when other demands loom large: hiring staff, mentoring and teaching students and, of course, the race to secure funding. Read a written version of Starting up in science See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i…
 
Episode 2 Ali and Dan have landed positions as the heads of their very own labs. But how did they get to the starting line? Every scientist’s journey is different, and in this episode we hear Ali and Dan’s, which covers years, thousands of miles, and some very difficult decisions. Read a written version of Starting up in science See acast.com/priva…
 
Every year, thousands of scientists struggle to launch their own labs. For three years, a reporting team from Nature documented the lives of married couple Alison Twelvetrees and Daniel Bose as they worked to get their fledgling research groups off the ground. Frustrations over funding, a global pandemic, and a personal trauma have made this journe…
 
Australian scientists are developing new technologies to help protect coral from climate change. Earlier this year, a team of researchers used a mist-machine to artificially brighten clouds in order to block sunlight above Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The project is the world’s first field trial of marine cloud brightening and is among a number …
 
Less than 1% of those in low income countries are fully vaccinated, and that number only rises to 10% in low-middle income countries. Meanwhile more than half of the population in wealthier countries have received a double dose with several now rolling out third dosess. In this episode of Coronapod we look at the role of pharmaceutical manufacturer…
 
Garry Primal resumes command of the Maixmals and inadvertently leads them to the Killing Fields of Planet Megatron, where Blackarachnia figures some shit out about Thrust. Episode Rating: "TOO MUCH ENERGON!" Subscribe to the Lazor Comb Patreon to access hours of bonus preamble audio, exclusive shows like LAZOR COMB TONIGHT!, our monthly movie comme…
 
How tiny seed-like sensors could monitor the environment, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. In this episode: 00:45 Spinning seeds inspire floating electronics Researchers have developed miniature electronic-chips with wings that fall like seeds, which could be a new way to monitor the environment. Research article: Kim et al. Video: Seed-ins…
 
September 16, 2021 marks 25 years to the day since "Beast Wars Part 1" originally aired. To mark the occasion, we're joined by guest hosts Kelly from DorkTales and Duncan Grant to discuss our memories of the show, play a game of "Mary, Fuck, Kill" with the Beastformers, and countdown our picks for the top ten best episodes of Beast Wars. We also fe…
 
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