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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. Produced by Right Angles.

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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. Produced by Right Angles.

    #19: How the UK got it wrong on coronavirus, mystery around chronic Lyme, Greta Thunberg’s musical debut

    #19: How the UK got it wrong on coronavirus, mystery around chronic Lyme, Greta Thunberg’s musical debut

    The UK now has the highest number of covid-19 deaths in Europe, and worldwide, the total number of confirmed covid-19 deaths is second only to the US. So how did the UK get it so wrong? We discuss why slowness to get testing seems to have been a real...

    • 28 min
    #18: Bending the curve on climate change, the era of commercial space travel, staying safe from coronavirus

    #18: Bending the curve on climate change, the era of commercial space travel, staying safe from coronavirus

    The coronavirus pandemic is a human disaster that is dominating the news right now, but climate change is going to be worse and longer-lasting. The two crises may seem to be completely separate, but there are parallels that can be drawn between the two...

    • 25 min
    #17: The truth about our appetites, the impact of coronavirus on conservation, mud volcanoes on Mars

    #17: The truth about our appetites, the impact of coronavirus on conservation, mud volcanoes on Mars

    Rather than simply eating until we are full, humans selectively try to eat the right amounts of three macronutrients – protein, carbs and fat – plus two micronutrients, sodium and calcium. It turns out we have five separate appetites that drive us to...

    • 30 min
    #16: Hints of a new force of nature; making mice with human cells; seaweed in the fight against climate change

    #16: Hints of a new force of nature; making mice with human cells; seaweed in the fight against climate change

    There are four fundamental forces that describe how everything works, from black holes to radioactive decay to sounds coming out of your headphones. But this week we discuss hints that there is a fifth fundamental force of nature.In the pod this week...

    • 26 min
    #15: Mystery of radio signals from deep space; the future of music; epidemic of bad coronavirus science

    #15: Mystery of radio signals from deep space; the future of music; epidemic of bad coronavirus science

    MIDI, the digital encoding technology that revolutionised music production in the 1980s, is getting an upgrade. We explore how MIDI 2.0 will change not only how music is made, but how sounds are produced in movies. We discuss the history and future of...

    • 28 min
    #14: Dreams, sleep and coronavirus, a new explanation of consciousness, brain-stimulation anorexia treatment

    #14: Dreams, sleep and coronavirus, a new explanation of consciousness, brain-stimulation anorexia treatment

    Is the coronavirus crisis giving you bad dreams? Anxiety and stress about covid-19 has changed our sleeping patterns and the tone of our dreams. But rest assured, bad dreams and nightmares are just a sign of the brain doing its job. In this episode,...

    • 31 min

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