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Naked Scientists, In Short Special Editions Podcast

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Probing the weird, wacky and spectacular, the Naked Scientists Special Editions are special one-off scientific reports, investigations and interviews on cutting-edge topics by the Naked Scientists team.

Latest Episodes

Is space lettuce good for you?

Space-grown lettuce may sound like something from science-fiction, but astronauts on the International Space Station, or ISS, have been enjoying their leafy greens since mid 2015, thanks to NASA's Veggie plant growth system. Megan McGregor spoke to Gioia Massa, project scientist at Kennedy Space Centre, and Howard Griffiths from the University of Cambridge... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

5 MIN1 w ago
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Is space lettuce good for you?

COVID-19: Will lock-down work?

As the UK goes into lock-down and the government announces unprecedented spending to support businesses and workers, Chris Smith rejoins Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill to discuss the scientific basis for these tactics, and how the story will end... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

32 MIN1 w ago
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COVID-19: Will lock-down work?

Seagulls prefer food touched by humans

Last year scientists from the University of Exeter discovered that staring at seagulls can discourage them from stealing your food. Not content with saving the chips of many a seaside tourist, they have now discovered that herring gulls are more likely to interact with food after it has been touched by humans. But how exactly do you test a seagull's preferred snack? Megan McGregor spoke to the study's lead author, Madeleine Goumas, to find out more... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

3 MIN2 w ago
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Seagulls prefer food touched by humans

The World's Wasted Wastewater Potential

Every household across the world produces wastewater. While usually we think of it as waste that has to be treated, a new study by the UN Institute for Water, in the National Resources Forum, conceives of wastewater as a largely untapped resource. The scientists, led by Manzoor Qadir, have estimated the total amount of wastewater in the world. This is the first comprehensive study that includes places with little recorded data. According to its result, the total amount of wastewater produced per year globally could cover the entire land in the world (minus Antarctica) by 1 metre. Melanie... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MIN2 w ago
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The World's Wasted Wastewater Potential

Covid-19: is the UK's reaction the right one?

As the focus shifts to Europe, now regarded as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Smith rejoins Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill to debate whether the UK stance, currently at odds with the reaction seen across the rest of Europe, is the right one. They ask, how effective are travel bans, why Italy has been so hard hit, why children don't seem to be getting sick, and the influence of the weather on the spread of SARS-Cov-2... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

33 MIN2 w ago
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Covid-19: is the UK's reaction the right one?

The plants with three parents

This month, new hearing tests to spot those likely to struggle with speech in noisy environments, how your DNA is at risk from hacking on a public database, plants with three parents, researchers recreate endometriosis in mice and show that cannabis might be an effective treatment, and the nerve fibres that make us like a cuddle. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

35 MIN3 w ago
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The plants with three parents

Covid-19: What's happening?

Chris Smith rejoined Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill on Saturday 29th February as New Zealand declares its first case of Covid-19. So far the novel coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and caused over 2,800 deaths. They review the on-going situation and how the world is reacting... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

36 MINMAR 3
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Covid-19: What's happening?

Cannabis and False Memories

Cannabis has all sorts of effects on the body, including - it seems - on memory. A new study has shown that questioning people who are acutely high on cannabis makes them more vulnerable to forming false memories makes them more vulnerable to forming false memories; like remembering something differently to how it happened, or remembering something that never happened at all. Here, scientists from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands put high participants in a virtual reality simulation where they either witnessed or committed a crime, and then interrogated them shortly after. Phil... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MINMAR 2
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Cannabis and False Memories

Improving zoos

Zoos are big players in conservation, investing 750 million dollars in conserving species in the wild. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin discovered, maybe unsurprisingly, that zoos with more visitors are able to contribute more to conservation projects. But what exactly gets people to visit a zoo? Megan McGregor spoke to the study's lead author, Andrew Mooney... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MINFEB 15
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Improving zoos

Pop the question with a lump of coal?

Listener Paul got in touch wondering, given that diamonds are made of carbon, how big a diamond you could make if you turned all the carbon atoms in a lump of coal into a sparkler. Would it make a worthwhile engagement ring? Getting her hands dirty to find out the answer, here's Cambridge University materials scientist Megan McGregor... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

1 MINFEB 14
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Pop the question with a lump of coal?

Latest Episodes

Is space lettuce good for you?

Space-grown lettuce may sound like something from science-fiction, but astronauts on the International Space Station, or ISS, have been enjoying their leafy greens since mid 2015, thanks to NASA's Veggie plant growth system. Megan McGregor spoke to Gioia Massa, project scientist at Kennedy Space Centre, and Howard Griffiths from the University of Cambridge... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Is space lettuce good for you?

COVID-19: Will lock-down work?

As the UK goes into lock-down and the government announces unprecedented spending to support businesses and workers, Chris Smith rejoins Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill to discuss the scientific basis for these tactics, and how the story will end... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

32 MIN1 w ago
Comments
COVID-19: Will lock-down work?

Seagulls prefer food touched by humans

Last year scientists from the University of Exeter discovered that staring at seagulls can discourage them from stealing your food. Not content with saving the chips of many a seaside tourist, they have now discovered that herring gulls are more likely to interact with food after it has been touched by humans. But how exactly do you test a seagull's preferred snack? Megan McGregor spoke to the study's lead author, Madeleine Goumas, to find out more... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

3 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Seagulls prefer food touched by humans

The World's Wasted Wastewater Potential

Every household across the world produces wastewater. While usually we think of it as waste that has to be treated, a new study by the UN Institute for Water, in the National Resources Forum, conceives of wastewater as a largely untapped resource. The scientists, led by Manzoor Qadir, have estimated the total amount of wastewater in the world. This is the first comprehensive study that includes places with little recorded data. According to its result, the total amount of wastewater produced per year globally could cover the entire land in the world (minus Antarctica) by 1 metre. Melanie... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The World's Wasted Wastewater Potential

Covid-19: is the UK's reaction the right one?

As the focus shifts to Europe, now regarded as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Smith rejoins Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill to debate whether the UK stance, currently at odds with the reaction seen across the rest of Europe, is the right one. They ask, how effective are travel bans, why Italy has been so hard hit, why children don't seem to be getting sick, and the influence of the weather on the spread of SARS-Cov-2... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

33 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Covid-19: is the UK's reaction the right one?

The plants with three parents

This month, new hearing tests to spot those likely to struggle with speech in noisy environments, how your DNA is at risk from hacking on a public database, plants with three parents, researchers recreate endometriosis in mice and show that cannabis might be an effective treatment, and the nerve fibres that make us like a cuddle. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

35 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The plants with three parents

Covid-19: What's happening?

Chris Smith rejoined Radio New Zealand National's Kim Hill on Saturday 29th February as New Zealand declares its first case of Covid-19. So far the novel coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and caused over 2,800 deaths. They review the on-going situation and how the world is reacting... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

36 MINMAR 3
Comments
Covid-19: What's happening?

Cannabis and False Memories

Cannabis has all sorts of effects on the body, including - it seems - on memory. A new study has shown that questioning people who are acutely high on cannabis makes them more vulnerable to forming false memories makes them more vulnerable to forming false memories; like remembering something differently to how it happened, or remembering something that never happened at all. Here, scientists from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands put high participants in a virtual reality simulation where they either witnessed or committed a crime, and then interrogated them shortly after. Phil... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MINMAR 2
Comments
Cannabis and False Memories

Improving zoos

Zoos are big players in conservation, investing 750 million dollars in conserving species in the wild. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin discovered, maybe unsurprisingly, that zoos with more visitors are able to contribute more to conservation projects. But what exactly gets people to visit a zoo? Megan McGregor spoke to the study's lead author, Andrew Mooney... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

4 MINFEB 15
Comments
Improving zoos

Pop the question with a lump of coal?

Listener Paul got in touch wondering, given that diamonds are made of carbon, how big a diamond you could make if you turned all the carbon atoms in a lump of coal into a sparkler. Would it make a worthwhile engagement ring? Getting her hands dirty to find out the answer, here's Cambridge University materials scientist Megan McGregor... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

1 MINFEB 14
Comments
Pop the question with a lump of coal?
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