Nature Podcast

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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 the 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 pros and pitfalls of collaboration, with insights from researchers and beyond.
The global burden of COVID-19 has predominantly been measured using metrics like case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths. But the long term health impacts are more difficult to capture. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss one way that public heal...
An AI that designs computer chips in hours, and zooming in on DNA’s complex 3D structures.In this episode:00:46 An AI computer microchip designerWorking out where to place the billions of components that a modern computer chip needs can take hum...
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been allegations that SARS- CoV-2 could have originated in a Chinese lab. A phase one WHO investigation concluded that a 'lab-leak' was "extremely unlikely" and yet, the theory has seen...
The cross-discipline effort to work our how ancient humans learned to count.
A vaccine candidate for a neglected tropical disease, and calls to extend the 14-day limit on embryo research.
Pervasive plastic specks are of great concern to scientists – but are they really harmful?
Smouldering fires lay dormant before bursting back into flame in spring.
Over the past few weeks, India has been experiencing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, recording hundreds of thousands of new cases a day.Evidence is growing that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as B.1.617, first detected in India i...
A new neural interface lets people type with their mind, and a crafting journey into materials science.
In surprise news this week, the US government announced its support for waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, in an effort to boost supplies around the world.As fewer than 1% of people living in low-income countries have received COVID-19 v...
Uncovering the earliest evidence of deliberate human burial in Africa, and a metal-free rechargeable battery.
For more than a century, public health researchers have demonstrated how poverty and discrimination drive disease and the coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced this.In a Coronapod special, Nature reporter Amy M...
Ultra-precise measurements connect brain activity and energy use in individual fruit-fly neurons.
Despite warnings, and a number of close calls, drugmakers failed to develop and stockpile drugs to fight a viral pandemic. Now, in the wake of SARS-CoV-2, they are pledging not to make the same mistake again.Around the world, researchers are racing ...
As clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children begin, what are the key questions researchers want to answer?
The self-supporting structures that snap into place, and how a ban on fossil- fuel funding could entrench poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
Reports of rare and unusual blood clots have resulted in several vaccine roll outs being paused while scientists scramble to work out if the vaccines are responsible and if so how.The unusual combination of symptoms, including a low platelet count a...
The lack of adequate sanitation in parts of the rural US, and physicists reassess muons’ magnetism.
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 da...