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Keep up with the latest scientific developments and breakthroughs in this weekly podcast from the team at New Scientist, the world’s most popular weekly science and technology magazine. Each discussion centers around three of the most fascinating stories to hit the headlines each week. From technology, to space, health and the environment, we share all the information you need to keep pace.

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Keep up with the latest scientific developments and breakthroughs in this weekly podcast from the team at New Scientist, the world’s most popular weekly science and technology magazine. Each discussion centers around three of the most fascinating stories to hit the headlines each week. From technology, to space, health and the environment, we share all the information you need to keep pace.

    #44: When we’ll get the vaccine; fast-expanding universe; lunar missions

    #44: When we’ll get the vaccine; fast-expanding universe; lunar missions

    Vaccine scientist Katrina Pollock answers some of the biggest questions about covid-19 vaccines: when are we going to get one, and when will life go back to normal? A clinician at Imperial College London, Katrina is working on both the Imperial mRNA...

    • 35 min
    #43: How the covid RNA vaccine works; systemic racism; origin of humans

    #43: How the covid RNA vaccine works; systemic racism; origin of humans

    Even as covid-19 cases keep going up, we’ve had some good news about possible vaccines for coronavirus. Two of the promising vaccines are mRNA vaccines, and on this week’s show Anna Blakney, an RNA bioengineer at Imperial College London, explains all...

    • 29 min
    #42: Vaccine for covid-19; origin of animals; overpopulation

    #42: Vaccine for covid-19; origin of animals; overpopulation

    There are exciting results in trials of two coronavirus vaccines. But just how excited should we be? We discuss the latest findings, the strength of these potential vaccines, and how likely it is they’ll be rolled out before the end of the year. Also on...

    • 27 min
    #41: The function of dreams

    #41: The function of dreams

    On this week’s election-distraction special, we hear about a new hypothesis which could explain an age-old mystery. Dreams could be a way of freeing our brains from the limits of normal life. Also on the pod, the team discusses the discovery of the...

    • 25 min
    #40: Halloween special: real-life vampires, the science of ghosts, deep-sea zombies, monster black holes

    #40: Halloween special: real-life vampires, the science of ghosts, deep-sea zombies, monster black holes

    What price would you pay for eternal youth? Some real-life vampires in California took part in a trial where they infused themselves with the blood plasma of young people, in an attempt to rejuvenate their brains and extend their lives.For this...

    • 28 min
    #39: Social lives of viruses; CRISPR to fight antibiotic resistance; dealing with risk; George RR Martin and the moon

    #39: Social lives of viruses; CRISPR to fight antibiotic resistance; dealing with risk; George RR Martin and the moon

    When we think about the way a virus operates, we tend to think of it as a lone assassin. But it turns out viruses have surprisingly rich social lives - perhaps richer than many human social lives at the moment. In the pod this week are New Scientist...

    • 28 min

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