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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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    The sanitation crisis making rural America ill

    The sanitation crisis making rural America ill

    The lack of adequate sanitation in parts of the rural US, and physicists reassess muons’ magnetism.
     
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    Coronapod: A whistle-blower’s quest to take politics out of coronavirus surveillance

    Coronapod: A whistle-blower’s quest to take politics out of coronavirus surveillance

    Rick Bright exposed former president Trump's political meddling in the US COVID response. Now he is championing a new privately funded initiative to track viral spread and combat new variants. 


    We discuss the challenges of collecting data on a rapidly spreading virus, from transmission dynamics to genomic surveillance. We also ask why a veteran government scientist like Bright, the ex-director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, would take a new path in the private sector.


    News Q&A: Pandemic whistle-blower: we need a non-political way to track viruses
    News: Why US coronavirus tracking can’t keep up with concerning variants


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    Audio long-read: Rise of the robo-writers

    Audio long-read: Rise of the robo-writers

    This is an audio version of our feature: Robo-writers: the rise and risks of language-generating AI
     
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    Coronapod: How to define rare COVID vaccine side effects

    Coronapod: How to define rare COVID vaccine side effects

    From a sore arm to anaphylaxis, a wide range of adverse events have been reported after people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. And yet it is unclear how many of these events are actually caused by the vaccine. In the vast majority of cases, reactions are mild and can be explained by the body's own immune response. But monitoring systems designed to track adverse events are catching much rarer but more serious events. Now scientists need to work out if they are causally liked to the vaccine, or are just statistical anomalies - and that is not an easy task.


    News: Why is it so hard to investigate the rare side effects of COVID vaccines?


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    Antimatter cooled with lasers for the first time

    Antimatter cooled with lasers for the first time

    Laser-cooled antimatter opens up new physics experiments, and the staggering economic cost of invasive species.
     
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    Coronapod: the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine - what you need to know

    Coronapod: the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine - what you need to know

    Since the beginning of the pandemic the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been plagued by confusion and controversy. The vaccine has been authorised in over 100 countries, tens of millions of doses have been administered, and it has been demonstrated to be safe and effective. However, over the past few weeks the vaccine has again been in the headlines.
    In this episode of Coronapod, we discuss all of these controversies and ask how they may the reputation of the vaccine, and what that could mean for roll-outs moving forward.


    News: Latest results put Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID vaccine back on track


    News: What scientists do and don’t know about the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID vaccine


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