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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 provide in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.


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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 provide in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.


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    Why skin grows bigger as you stretch it

    Why skin grows bigger as you stretch it

    Skin's unusual response to stretching is finally explained, and the latest in a huge effort to map DNA.


    In this episode:


    01:06 Stretching skin
    For decades it’s been known that stretching skin causes more skin to grow, but the reasons why have been a mystery. Now, researchers have uncovered a mechanism to explain the phenomenon. Research Article: Aragona et al.; News and Views: Stretch exercises for stem cells expand the skin


    07:49 Coronapod
    We discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected scientific meetings and how the learned societies that organise them are adapting. How scientific conferences will survive the coronavirus shock; How scientific societies are weathering the pandemic’s financial storm; 
    A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research


    18:18 Research Highlights
    A genetic trait for pain-resistance, and the accessibility-aware ancient Greeks. Research Highlight: A gene helps women in labour to skip the painkillers; Research Highlight: This temple was equipped with accessibility ramps more than 2,000 years ago


    20:42 ENCODE updates
    The ENCODE project aims to identify all the regions in the human genome involved in gene regulation. This week, data from its third iteration has been published and we examine the highlights. Research Article: Snyder; News and Views: Expanded ENCODE delivers invaluable genomic encyclopaedia


    28:50 Briefing Chat
    We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we look at how smallpox may be much older than previously thought, and how the Earth’s atmosphere rings like a bell. Nature News: Smallpox and other viruses plagued humans much earlier than suspected; Physics World: Earth’s atmosphere rings like a giant bell, say researchers


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    When did people arrive in the Americas? New evidence stokes debate

    When did people arrive in the Americas? New evidence stokes debate

    New evidence may push back the date on human arrival to the Americas, and an examination of science’s flaws.


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    00:59 Ancient Americans
    Two papers suggest that humans were present in the Americas thousands of years before many people have thought. We examine the evidence. Research Article: Ardelean et al.; Research Article: Becerra-Valdivia and Higham; News and Views: Evidence grows that peopling of the Americas began more than 20,000 years ago


    10:44 Coronapod
    We discuss the latest results from vaccine trials around the world, and controversy in the US as COVID-19 data collection moves out of the CDC. News: Coronavirus vaccines leap through safety trials — but which will work is anybody’s guess


    24:38 Research Highlights
    How being green makes things easy for some frogs, and how waves will be affected by climate change. Research Highlight: How frogs became green — again, and again, and again; Research Highlight: Extreme Arctic waves set to hit new heights


    27:11 How can science improve?
    A new book highlights some of the flaws of how science is done. We caught up with the author to find out his thoughts on how science can be cleaned up. Books and Arts: Fraud, bias, negligence and hype in the lab — a rogues’ gallery


    35:54 Briefing Chat
    We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss a puzzling new insight into the expansion of the Universe, and an update to Plan S that will allow open-access research to be published in any journal. Nature News: Mystery over Universe’s expansion deepens with fresh data; Nature News: Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal


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    Graphene’s magic angle reveals a new twist

    Graphene’s magic angle reveals a new twist

    Probing the superconducting properties of graphene and bacteria that can use manganese to grow.


    01:15 Magic angle graphene
    If you sandwich two sheets of graphene together and twist one in just the right way, it can gain some superconducting properties. Now, physicists have added another material to this sandwich which stabilises that superconductivity, a result that may complicate physicists’ understanding of magic angles. Research Article: Arora et al.


    08:22 Coronapod
    With evidence mounting that SARS-CoV2 can spread in tiny aersolised droplets, researchers have called on the WHO to change their guidance for disease prevention. News: Mounting evidence suggests coronavirus is airborne — but health advice has not caught up; Research article: Morwaska et al.; WHO: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions


    19:27 Research Highlights
    Repairing human lungs by hooking them up to pigs, and a new form of carbon. Research Highlight: How to use a live pig to revitalize a human lung; Research Highlight: This material is almost as hard as diamond — but as light as graphite


    21:46 Manganese munchers
    For decades it’s been thought that microbes that use manganese as an energy source must exist. Now, for the first time, researchers have found evidence that they do. Research Article: Yu and Leadbetter


    29:12 Briefing Chat
    We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss DNA evidence of contact between ancient Native Americans and Polynesians, reintroduction of bison to the UK, and the first extinction of a modern marine fish. Nature News: Ancient voyage carried Native Americans’ DNA to remote Pacific islands; The Guardian: Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 years; Scientific American: Smooth Handfish Extinction Marks a Sad Milestone


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    Coronapod: Massive coronavirus outbreak strikes iconic Californian prison after it rejected expert aid

    Coronapod: Massive coronavirus outbreak strikes iconic Californian prison after it rejected expert aid

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    01:47 Disaster in San Quentin
    San Quentin prison is facing a massive outbreak, we dig into how they got there. The crisis has arisen despite warnings from experts, and offers of free tests, which were declined. We ask why? And what can be done now?
    News: California's San Quentin prison declined free coronavirus tests and urgent advice — now it has a massive outbreak


    29:51 One good thing
    For the last episode of Coronapod, our hosts pick out ways that the pandemic has changed them for the better, including professional flexibility, a renewed focus on the power of reporting and time with family


    36:07 Lockdown and children's health
    Reporter Stewart asks if lockdowns could have any lasting impact on her young children - what evidence is there on the effect of isolation on young minds?
    Survey: Co-Space Study: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics
     
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    The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars

    The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars

    On this week’s podcast, an ambitious Mars mission from a young space agency, and how crumbling up rocks could help fight climate change.


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    00:46 Mars hopes
    In a few weeks the UAE’s first mission to Mars is due to launch. We speak to the mission leads to learn about the aims of the project, and how they developed the mission in under six years. News Feature: How a small Arab nation built a Mars mission from scratch in six years; News Feature: Countdown to Mars: three daring missions take aim at the red planet


    09:53 Research Highlights
    Pluto appears to be losing its atmosphere, and solving the mystery of a pitch-black prehistoric mine. Research Highlight: Goodbye, Pluto’s atmosphere; Research Highlight: Why ancient people pushed deep into Mexico’s pitch-black caverns


    12:12 Climate rocks
    Researchers have assessed whether Enhanced Weathering – a technique to pull carbon dioxide out of the air – has the potential to help battle climate change. Research Article: Beerling et al.


    18:41 Briefing Chat
    We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we talk about an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria in Australia, and how flatworms can regrow their nervous systems. The Atlantic: Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem; The New York Times: A Worm’s Hidden Map for Growing New Eyes


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    • 24 min
    Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic ‘war-game’ simulations

    Coronapod: Lessons from pandemic ‘war-game’ simulations

    Next week, we’ll be wrapping up Coronapod in its current form. Please fill out our short survey to let us know your thoughts on the show.


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    02:15 Simulating pandemics
    Researchers have run numerous military-style simulations to predict the consequences of fictitious viral outbreaks. We discuss how these simulations work, what recommendations come out of them and if any of these warnings have been heeded.


    24:08 One good thing
    Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including audience feedback, the official end of the Ebola outbreak in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and an enormous t-shirt collection.


    News: World’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak ends in Democratic Republic of the Congo


    28:50 The latest coronavirus research papers
    Benjamin Thompson takes a look through some of the key coronavirus papers of the last few weeks.


    News: Coronavirus research updates
    Cell: A SARS-CoV-2 Infection Model in Mice Demonstrates Protection by Neutralizing Antibodies
    Cell: Generation of a Broadly Useful Model for COVID-19 Pathogenesis, Vaccination, and Treatment
    Clincal Infectious Diseases: The natural history and transmission potential of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection
    Nature: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo’
    medRxiv: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance


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A Lucky Idiot

A LUCKY IDIOT .

A reasonable degree of intelligence should be a prerequisite for working for the prestigious science journal Nature . However considering Noah Baker went on holiday to Morocco when there was already 20,000 cases of COVID 19 in neighbouring Spain and considering the number of people travelling between Spain and Morocco everyday it was obvious that Morocco would initiate travel restrictions . Therefor Noah Baker was very lucky to be able to return home but a complete idiot to go to Morocco when he did .

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