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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.

    #62: Synthetic life; rescue plan for Earth; muon g-2 new physics

    #62: Synthetic life; rescue plan for Earth; muon g-2 new physics

    Scientists tinkering around with the creation of synthetic life have taken a significant step forward. The team explains how synthetic cells could one day be implanted in humans. Alongside this is the news that researchers have used frog skin cells to...

    • 28 min
    #61: Worse allergies; black hole in our backyard; new flavours of vanilla

    #61: Worse allergies; black hole in our backyard; new flavours of vanilla

    Spring has sprung and… ACHOO!! Yep, hay fever is back with a vengeance. This week the team has some bad news for hay fever sufferers, as allergies are set to get worse (in every way imaginable) because of climate change. The team then ramps up the...

    • 24 min
    #60: New physics; anti-ageing human embryos; Mars update

    #60: New physics; anti-ageing human embryos; Mars update

    The Large Hadron Collider might, just might, have found something that challenges the Standard Model of particle physics. The team hears why an anomaly concerning a quark could hint at a crack in our understanding of physics. They also find out whether...

    • 26 min
    #59: Vaccine success; hibernation and anti-ageing; world’s first computer

    #59: Vaccine success; hibernation and anti-ageing; world’s first computer

    We’re tantalisingly close to resuming normal life, as promising news from Israel has shown that vaccines are swinging the fight against covid-19 in our favour. But we’re not out of the woods yet - the team explains why it’s still too risky to completely...

    • 28 min
    #58: Covid good news; cold water swimming; quantum unreality

    #58: Covid good news; cold water swimming; quantum unreality

    This week: relief and joy for people in the US, with the news that those who’ve had two doses of vaccine will be allowed to meet up inside with friends and family. The team also discusses the exciting news about how the vaccine might help people with...

    • 23 min
    #57: Moon base; Neanderthal speech; Elizabeth Kolbert on geoengineering

    #57: Moon base; Neanderthal speech; Elizabeth Kolbert on geoengineering

    Ever looked up at the Moon and thought “I could live there”? Well… this week we hear how Chinese researchers have managed to make an almost completely self-sustaining base on Earth which could be replicated on the lunar surface. They’re also joined by...

    • 28 min

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4.4 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

AjayKaye ,

A good companion to the magazine

Some of the low reviews here seem to be that people are irate about a certain piece not conforming to their current view. Perhaps they don’t know the magazine and the type of articles that are written in it. It’s to inform and educate rather than digging into deep conspiracies or holding people to account. It’s not a covid medical advice magazine, it’s general interest science. I think there’s a great place for that.

Autumn.Cloud ,

Highly Recommend!

This is my favourite podcast (joint with Jim Al-Khalili’s ‘The Life Scientific’). I find it really informative and interesting. I always look forward to listening to this on Fridays - it’s become a part of my routine and I’ve listened to every single show since the podcast started. The hosts are really good too - Rowan makes this show really engaging and it’s a pleasure to listen.

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Penny and Rowan et al are excellent, genuine and interesting hosts - sorry to hear that this great institution will now share an owner with the daily mail

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