16 May 2019: Recoding genomes, and material from the Moon's far side
This week, rewriting the script of life, and a trip to the far side of the Moon.
09 May 2019: Urban vs Rural BMI, and the health of rivers
This week, body mass increases around the world, and river connections in decline.
02 May 2019: China's growing science network, and talking brain signals
This week, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.
REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast April 1953
This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science. Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous paper proposing a structure for DNA. Everyone knows that story – but fewer people know that there were actually three papers about DNA in that issue of Nature . In this podcast, first broadcast in April 2013, we uncover the evidence that brought Watson and Crick to their conclusion, discuss how the papers were received at the time, and hear from one scientist who was actually there: co-author of one of the DNA papers, the late Raymond Gosling.
25 April 2019: Tiny earthquakes, the genetics of height, and how US-China politics is affecting research
This week we’ve got an extended News Chat between presenter Benjamin Thompson and Nature 's European Bureau Chief Nisha Gaind. They discuss a new way to identify tiny earthquakes, new insights into the heritability of height, and how political tensions between the US and China are affecting scientists and research.