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    • 4.6 • 536 Ratings

The Naked Scientists flagship science show, includes the latest science news, interviews with top scientists, hands-on science experiments and answers to your science questions.

    What does the future hold for AI?

    What does the future hold for AI?

    We're coming back to the topic of generative artificial intelligence, asking how this potentially gamechanging technology is going to be integrated into our society. We'll hear an explanation of neural networks from Geoff Hinton, one of the founding fathers of AI, and some of the most promising avenues for maximising the strengths of machine learning systems with tech journalist David McClelland. After a brief update on the debate around AI sentience from the foothills of the Himalayas from Nicky Clayton, we explore why chatbots might be about to stop advancing as rapidly as before, and how... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 36 min
    Caesarean stops measles jab response, and quantum navigation

    Caesarean stops measles jab response, and quantum navigation

    In the news pod, geneticist Henrik Salje tells us about the relative ineffectiveness of the measles vaccine for infants born via c-section. Also, the incredible memory-making abilities of Eurasian jays with Nicky Clayton, and Ramsey Faragher relates how quantum-based navigation can overcome the vulnerabilities of GPS. Then, Ulf Buntgen explains how tree rings have revealed that the summer of 2023 was the hottest in 2000 years in the northern hemisphere, and Toby Wiseman explains the marvel of our working theory of everything. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 33 min
    From sounds to syntax: The science of language

    From sounds to syntax: The science of language

    Linguistics - the scientific study of language - is our topic for today. Chris Smith learns about the potential origins of human language with David Crystal, and how we assimilate vocal sounds into sentence structures with the University of Cambridge's Mirjana Boziv. Then, a fascinating finding about the way apes layer their communication is described by Adriano Lameira, before Cambridge's Regina Karousou Fokas gives Chris a lesson in Greek... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 32 min
    Vaccines, squirrels with leprosy, and exoplanet atmospheres

    Vaccines, squirrels with leprosy, and exoplanet atmospheres

    In the news pod, the nanotechnology enabling the production of a new vaccine to immunise against future coronaviruses. Then, how we can use psychedelic treatments without giving patients an unwanted trip, and how it was discovered that squirrels and humans were both living with leprosy in medieval England. Plus, what does the latest exoplanet discovery tell us about how far the closest habitable planet might be? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 33 min
    AI and immunotherapy: The cutting edge of cancer research

    AI and immunotherapy: The cutting edge of cancer research

    Today, we turn our attention to cancer. With several high profile cases in recent weeks, we look at the broader picture across the UK as of late. Then, the mechanisms by which cancer takes hold of its host, before we explore recent innovations helping to combat cancer: AI screening programmes and precision medicine show particular promise... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 32 min
    AstraZeneca Covid vaccine clots, and self eating plastic

    AstraZeneca Covid vaccine clots, and self eating plastic

    This episode of The Naked Scientists: AstraZeneca acknowledges its Covid vaccine is linked to a rare blood clotting side effect; also, whether scientists are getting closer to cracking nuclear fusion; and how adding bacteria to plastic could be the key to making the stuff break itself down! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
536 Ratings

536 Ratings

Lauren Rentz ,

Diverse bites of good science

What I love most about this podcast is the diverse range of topics you get from episode to episode and the ability to dive into a consolidated view of that scientific area.

Groß traveller ,

Great show, year after year!!

I have been listening to this show for a few years, and it’s as good as ever. Fascinating topics with great delivery.

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Wonderful Podcast

Generally easy to understand. Not boring. Fun. Chris is great.

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