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Talking Trees: Science in the Forest
This week, we're talking trees! From how they grow, to the oldest ones on Earth, to how they die, and what trees can do for our cities. Plus in the news, can you catch COVID twice? How microwaving an insecticide makes it 12 times more powerful, and the asteroid that might actually be an old Moon rocket... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
Trump's Treatments & Nobel Prizes
This week Chris is joined by top palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger and BMJ executive editor Theo Bloom to dissect the science behind the headlines. As Donald Trump recovers from his coronavirus infection, what experimental treatments has he received, and what have we learned about managing COVID since the pandemic started? The Nobel Prizes are out: who's won what? And David Attenborough's new film has launched; we talk to the executive producer... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
Menstrual Science: periods, pills, poverty
This week - we're pondering periods. With about 800 million people menstruating each day around the globe, we're re-visiting the biology, musing over menstruation and mental wellbeing, and asking why, in 2020, period poverty is such a problem. Plus in the news - Lockdown, or let rip? Are our efforts to try to stop the spread of coronavirus taking us in the wrong direction? An update on England and Wales' NHS Covid app. And with England's ban on some single use plastics now in force, why do we have so much of it in the first place? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
Should You go Vegetarian?
With an eye on World Vegetarian Day we're looking at the feasibility of a reduced meat diet: What can cutting down calories from meat do for our health, and the health of the planet? Plus, in the news, a new 20 minute test for COVID, why hybrid cars turn out to be worse for the environment than their official performance figures claim, and after hundreds of elephants mysteriously died in Botswana, researchers now think they know why... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
Big Data, Big Problems?
Do algorithms run the world? Nowadays we measure the amount of data we generate in zettabytes - that's 1 followed by 21 zeroes. This data, in turn, powers algorithms that are getting more and more sophisticated at predicting our behaviour, and are making ever more decisions for us. What does this mean for our society, privacy, and even our inner selves? Plus, in the news, the science - or lack of it - behind the latest COVID "rule of six" guidelines; the Arctic ice shelf that's lost a Manchester-sized chunk of itself; and the whales that ended up tens of kilometres up an inland river... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
Covid to Climate: Dissecting Science News
This week - a show with a difference! Space journalist Richard Hollingham and space scientist Katie Mack join Chris to probe the science behind the headlines, talk to other guests along the way, and answer questions that you've been sending in. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
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