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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.

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    • 4.6, 424 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.

    Covid Science: Test, Track, Trace

    Covid Science: Test, Track, Trace

    This week, testing, tracing and monitoring. How does a covid test actually work? Do antibodies to covid mean immunity? And the tech to monitor covid symptoms from home. Plus in the news, as lockdowns go local: how are they doing it Down Under? Why planting trees to capture carbon is worse for the planet, and the sparrows changing their tunes! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 59 min
    Bail Out The Planet

    Bail Out The Planet

    Forget banks, forget airlines - can we bail out the planet? As the world begins to reopen from lockdown, we're asking whether the present 'reset' is a golden opportunity to tackle climate change. Can we cut emissions, and kill the coronavirus, and rescue the economy all at the same time? Plus, in the news: the whereabouts of the UK government's long-awaited contact tracing app; the man who can't see numbers; and the strange star that shouldn't exist... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 59 min
    Let's Get Quizzical: Summer Science Pub Quiz

    Let's Get Quizzical: Summer Science Pub Quiz

    This week, lockdown may be easing, but the pubs still haven't flung open their doors yet, so this week, we're bringing a little of the pub to you, with a Naked Scientist Pub Quiz. It's a QnA show with a difference tonight, as Adam Murphy and Phil Sansom put some science quiz questions to our expert panel; chemist Ljiljana Fruk, astronomer Matt Bothwell, AI athropologist Beth Singler, and mental health expert Olivia Remes... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 53 min
    Under Our Feet: What's Inside Earth?

    Under Our Feet: What's Inside Earth?

    This week, put on your hard hat and steel capped boots: we're journeying to the centre of the earth! From the soil at the surface to the magnetic molten iron at the core, we're delving into what's going on inside our planet. Plus in the news - How llamas can help us to combat Covid-19, archaeology on a quad bike, and Einstein is proved right again in a test of extreme gravity... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 1 hr
    The Fifth State of Matter

    The Fifth State of Matter

    Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of some Nobel-prize-winning science: the fifth state of matter, a strange quantum soup known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. What is it, and why is it at the cutting edge of physics? Plus, in the news: signs that 2 metre social distancing is twice as effective as one metre; an app that can help you avoid encountering COVID-19 when you shop; and two astronauts blast off to the International Space Station... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 58 min
    COVID-19: How to Vaccinate a Planet

    COVID-19: How to Vaccinate a Planet

    This week, the search for a vaccine for COVID-19: will we succeed, and when? Plus, in the news, the search for a chemical fingerprint for severe COVID-19, bacteria that live inside cancers, and could something in your genes make coronavirus harder to deal with... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
424 Ratings

424 Ratings

threedogsncounting ,

Setting the standard

The Naked Scientists podcast team has been sharing approachable and relatable science topics with the world for over a decade! They have truly set the bar for science podcasts. Each episode has a theme (even if that them is Q&A) but they always cover other timely or interesting tidbits. This means each episode has many different facets and is worth listening to, even if the major topic is not your cuppa tea. I started listening a couple of years ago, starting with episodes from about five years back. Great road trip podcast; listen when cleaning the house, waiting for an appointment, on a plane or completing some other mundane task on which you do not need to concentrate.

SpicyWoodfoot ,

Lottery numbers and banana skins

I head a fully incorrect statement regarding carbon content it takes to raise cattle. 80 head of cattle can be raised by two people and 6 horses on land not suitable for crops.

I know this because my grandfather did it. Natural grasses from peatland was used for the winter feed, harvested with horse drawn equipment means no tillage and this is done in a region with only a fraction of a centimetre of topsoil. Summer grazing of natural growing grass is used. The local wildlife in competition with cattle are bears as they also eat clover and a few other plants but eat the odd calf so that may be fair and with mull-deer but the deer also consume shrubs that cattle don’t eat.

However this was an era of 2.some billion roughly. Problem is factory farming today. Meat protein is undervalued monetarily because it’s over produced to feed 7.6 billion hungry people. If my grandfather was to produce the same amount of nutrients and calories with plants the deforestation would be massive and the carbon content would be massive as well. If a person wants to lesson their carbon footprint, don’t have children it’s the top of the list of what’s in your control and have 100% success.

Animal protein can be a carbon fixing process but not on the volume currently being used. Today’s practices have become the problem and today’s overpopulation of humanoids is the problem. The deforestation required to produce plant matter insect free to feed 7.6 billion people is still the problem no matter how it’s sliced. Shipping and concentrating essential nutrients for proper health with a vegan or vegetarian diet is just as problematic due to the growing population. We have become an unsustainable population for our current strategies.

Marcus517 ,

Quality is consistently great

One of two podcasts where I always know the content will be great. But then it's not fair, because people with British accents always sound smarter. The length (a bit under 60 minutes) is just right for me. Analysis is objective and the right depth. It's great.

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