Dr Karl and the Naked Scientist

Dr Karl and the Naked Scientist

Dr Chris Smith aka The Naked Scientist with the latest news from the world of science and Dr Karl answers listeners' science questions on Radio 5 live's Up All Night programme. Dr Chris Smith broadcast on Mondays at 1:30am and Dr Karl broadcast live on Thursdays at 3am.

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  • DrKarl:17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl talks about soap alternatives, Why putting a living "Russian Brown Frog" into a bucket of fresh milk will keep it fresh, and cow's stomachs

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  • NakedScience: April 14th 2014

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Dr Chris Smith discusses cures for jetlag, moons orbiting planets outside our solar system, a trip to the most remote marine protected area on Earth and the Heartbleed bug.

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  • 10 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to talk about food intolerances, the endocrine system and the science behind fat cells.

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  • NakedScience: April 7th 2014

    Sun, 6 Apr 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Dr Chris Smith looks at how using eye contact on cereal packaging can influence sales, how water has been found inside one of Saturn's moons and why young smokers are more prone who have sons who grow up obese.

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  • 3rd April 14

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

    In a short episode because of breaking news, Dr Karl discusses why 1959 Cadillacs had the biggest fins ever, reflecting eyes, and seaweed as fuel.

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  • 31 MAR 14: NAKED SCIENTIST

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    New insights into the structure of bones, the solar system gains a new dwarf planet, and the biological equivalent of scaling Mount Everest.

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  • 27 Mar 14

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    The science of Laryingitis, God versus Luciferase and whether a venomous creature can die from its own bite

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  • NakedScience: 24 Mar 14: Big Bang and Smells

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scienctists talk about gravitational waves from the Big Bang, the UK announces a powerful new supercomputer and we find out why it's impractical to attempt air travel by just hovering above the ground and letting the Earth turn beneath you.

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  • 20 Mar 14

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Quasars, lack of sleep killing brain cells and immature handwriting

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  • Naked Sci: 17 Mar 14 Fast food and contagious yawns

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists look at contagious yawning (you either do or you don't), the hidden fast food peril on your route to work and what goes "Crash Bang Squelch"?

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  • 13 MAR 14

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Karl talks to Dr Dotun about Great White sharks, black holes, and red hot showers.

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  • Naked Scientist: Gene therapy & Nuclear Fusion

    Mon, 10 Mar 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Dr. Chris Smith presents science news, including a new gene therapy technique to protect the immune systems of patients with HIV, and the thirteen year old boy who achieved nuclear fusion.

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  • Homemade Nuclear Projects 06 Mar 14

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Homemade nuclear projects, noise-cancelling headphones and why do apples go funny when you cut them open?

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  • Naked Scientist: Google Glasses and Wind Turbines 3rd Mar 14

    Mon, 3 Mar 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists discuss Google glasses, wind turbines and why sunburn is even more dangerous than we thought

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  • 27 Feb 14 The Eyes Have it

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Vision's the thing tonight. Dr Karl and Dr Rhod are talking eyes and sight in this edition.

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  • Naked Scientist: 24 Feb 14: a test for depression

    Mon, 24 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week: a chemical test for depression, how brain-training can boost the vision of baseball players. Plus, a way to make blood transfusion products in the test tube.

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  • 20 Feb 14 The Curious Case of the Tick Bite

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss unintended consequences; vitamin C keeping you awake and what can happen if a tick's been eating bandicoot.

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  • Naked Scientist: climate change & sustainable power

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith aka The Naked Scientist investigates climate change and whether weather is getting more extreme, designing a smarter power grid to integrate sustainable power, and the eight great science technologies Britain is good at according to the Universities and Science minister David Willetts.

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  • 13 FEB 14

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Static electricity and storms

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  • Naked Scientists: 100 yrs of radio & the Milky Way 10 Feb 14

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    In this podcast, new research shows that the sensation of powerlessness makes us judge things to be much heavier than they really are, 100 years of radio gets celebrated at Cambridge Wireless and the Gaia space mission is hoping to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way.

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  • 06 Feb 14

    Thu, 6 Feb 14

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to discuss the "smart bolt" for a car, 10 new technical terms for 2014, the lack of women in science and why you can't use a mobile phone at a petrol station.

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  • Naked Sci: 03 Feb 14 Peanuts, sponges and smog

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists look at peanut allergies, marine sponges and Beijing air.

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  • 30 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    A new way to produce stem cells and the electrical conductivity of underwater welders

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  • Naked Scientist Jan 27th 2014

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to discuss Rolls Royce, polio and sharks.

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  • Phones, radios and baldness 23 Jan 14

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Chris joins Dr Rhod to talk radio waves, baldness and phonecall quality.

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  • Naked Scientists: 20 Jan 14: Spaceweather

    Mon, 20 Jan 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to talk weather in space, the potential benefits of shooting rhinos and managing the anger of others

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  • Heat, cold and blue lights 16 Jan 14

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Dr Chris stands in for Dr Karl once again to discuss the problems of heat, freezing carbon and why bright white lights at bedtime may be a problem.

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  • NAKED SCIENTISTS: 13 Jan 14: Slug glue

    Mon, 13 Jan 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to discuss how caffeine might help memory and how a glue inspired by slugs may help keyhole surgery.

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  • 09 JAN 14

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Chris stands in for Dr Karl to discuss bird flu, and entropy, among other science related questions.

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  • Naked Scientist: 6 Jan 14: Christmas over-indulgence

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    This week, in the wake of near universal Christmas over-indulgence, researchers have announced the discovery of the nerve cells in the brain that make us like calorie-rich, sweet things. Plus, what does 2014 have in store for us scientifically?

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  • Fruit and Veg 02 Jan 14

    Thu, 2 Jan 14

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Dr Chris Smith steps in for Dr Karl to discuss Newton's laws, plus why potatoes boil faster than they roast ...when an oven's hotter than the boiling temperature of water.

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  • Naked Scientists: 23 Dec 13

    Mon, 23 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    With a special, festively-themed Naked Scientists, Dr Chris and the crew explore some of the science of Christmas...

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  • 19 Dec 13

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr John (who's in for Dr Rhod) and they discuss the efficacy of herbal supplements, the properties of quarks and whether striking the sides of jar lids helps in opening them.

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  • Naked Sci 16 Dec 13: Mozart, brains and Xmas dinners

    Mon, 16 Dec 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Does Mozart make you brainier? The jury may be out. And what does Christmas lunch do to your intestinal microbes...

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  • Dr Karl answers listeners' questions on science 12 Dec 13

    Thu, 12 Dec 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl answers listeners' questions about the weird and wonderful world of science.

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  • 05 Dec 13

    Thu, 5 Dec 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Sweat, the build-up of lactic acid while cycling and the tale of America's quest to find a pen that works in space.

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  • Light, magnets and Vogon poetry 28 Nov 13

    Thu, 28 Nov 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss Venus' magnetic poles, the necessity of sunlight, and Douglas Adams' poetry among other things.

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  • Naked Sci: Bacteria and Fred Sanger 25 Nov 13

    Mon, 25 Nov 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the team join Dotun to discuss how bacteria can pick up DNA in the environment, the legacy of double Nobel prize winner Fred Sanger, and the smallest man-made objects in space.

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  • DrKarl 21 Nov 13: Selfies, space stations and enriching uranium

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss speeding space stations and enriching uranium amongst other things.

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  • NakedSci: 18 Nov 13

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the team join Dotun to talk about the science of Typhoons, a promising new antibiotic for combating chronic infections, and what satellites are revealing about the rate of global deforestation.

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  • DrKarl 14 Nov 13: Simon Singh joins the fun

    Thu, 14 Nov 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod are joined by Simon Singh whose new book 'The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets' has just been published.

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  • Naked Sci: 11 Nov 13

    Mon, 11 Nov 13

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun, to discuss mothers passing more than just calories to their babies in breast milk – there are stem cells in there too. Also, an examination of the origins of the meteor that landed in Russia in February, plus.....probing the red planet.

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  • Tears, Dark Matter and Cold Rooms

    Thu, 7 Nov 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod talk about why we cry happy tears, throw light on dark matter, and discuss whether being in a cold room is bad for you.

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  • Naked Sci 4 Nov 13: Windfarms, cancer & super computers.

    Mon, 4 Nov 13

    Duration:
    23 mins

    A look at the week's science news with Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists. This week: Why windfarms aren't laid out correctly and the super computers of tomorrow.

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  • 31 Oct 13

    Thu, 31 Oct 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    The final game of this year's baseball world series meant Dr Karl was truncated this week, but he still managed to talk biomass, wave, wind and tidal power, can an opera singer break a glass by singing and why it is that when you're doing your laundry all the clothes always end up inside the duvet cover.

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  • Naked Sci 28 Oct 13: Cure for baldness & golden trees

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    A look at the week's science news with Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists. Money might not grow on trees but gold does, the most distant galaxy spotted by astronomers and a step towards a potential cure for baldness.

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  • 24 Oct 13: Squirrels, wildfires and wires

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss why birds can safely stand on power lines, strange sunrises around wildfires and do we always see the same side of the moon?

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  • Naked Sci 21 Oct 13: Superbugs, ancient mosquitos and the abominable snowman

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    A look at the week's science news with Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists. There's also the battle with superbugs, searching for the abominable snowman and a fossilised mosquito’s last meal.

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  • DrKarl 17 Oct 13: Phone calls from Mars

    Thu, 17 Oct 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to ponder condensation in bungalows, phonecalls from Mars and the case for sitting backwards on planes.

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  • NAKED SCI: 14 OCT 13: NOBELS

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to discuss the week's Nobel Prize winners, lonely planets adrift in space and the science behind why we kiss each other.

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  • DrKarl 10 Oct 13: The Glories of Hiccuping

    Thu, 10 Oct 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss, amongst other things, how to deal with hiccups.

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  • The Naked Scientist: Mice that are immune to jetlag

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week, a new breakthrough in how HIV spreads. Mice that are immune to jetlag. Also, two of Britain's leading thinkers consider the maximum human population the Earth can sustain.

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  • DrKarl 03 Oct 13: Whale ear wax and 3D printing in space

    Thu, 3 Oct 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Rhod and Dr Karl are joined by Jason Dunn, chief technology officer for Made In Space Inc, the company sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station.

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  • Naked Sci: 30 Sep 13

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week, a possible new treatment for Parkinson's Disease, a new way to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, an animal with a tide-predicting brain circuit and the plastic surgical challenges of growing new noses on foreheads.

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  • 26 Sep 13: Sailing on Hydrofoils

    Thu, 26 Sep 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss how it is that the America's Cup boats can sail at double the speed of the prevailing wind, plus how to minimise the drag on golf balls and an interlude on the Oort Cloud in our solar system.

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  • Naked Sci 23 Sep 13: The parasite that changes minds

    Mon, 23 Sep 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists explore the week's science news. This week there's a focus on the protozoan that may be affecting human brains.

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  • Sonic Booms & Onions

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss sonic booms, ageing, and why onions make you cry.

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  • Naked Scientist:15 Sep 13: Accents and Eastenders

    Mon, 16 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On this week's edition, a breakthrough in stem cell research and how BBC television programmes such as Eastenders can affect your speech.

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  • 9 Sep 13 Naked Scientists: TB or not TB

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    23 mins

    The Naked Scientists discuss bovine tuberculosis in badgers, parabolic reflectors and dropping pennies from tall buildings.

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  • DrKarl 5 Sep 13: Dr Karl's Energy Day

    Thu, 5 Sep 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    On 5 Live's Energy Day, Dr Karl & Dr Rhod take questions on energy - and lots more.

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  • Naked Scientists: Shark Camouflage 02 Sep 13

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    23 mins

    This week in the final show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill find out how camouflage wetsuits could protect surfers from sharks, hear about a new development in muscular dystrophy treatment, and how sea sponges might be used to mend fractures.

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  • DrKarl 29 Aug 13: Shortest Dr Karl ever...

    Thu, 29 Aug 13

    Duration:
    3 mins

    With Andy Murray on court at Flushing Meadows there's time for just one question for Dr Karl. Normal service will be resumed next week.

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  • THE NAKED SCIENTIST: Dolphins and DNA

    Mon, 26 Aug 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith aka the Naked Scientist investigates Australia's national science week from Perth, studying bottle nose dolphins, how DNA technology is unlocking secrets to the past, present and future, and how to educate children who live hundreds of miles from schools.

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  • 22 Aug 13 DR TIM MINCHIN

    Thu, 22 Aug 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    In this edition comedian Dr Tim Minchin joins Dr Karl and Dr Rhod. They consider the science of musical composition, sound at night and other golden nuggets!

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  • Naked Scientists: 19 Aug 13: Australia

    Mon, 19 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The team report back from down under for Australia's National Science Week

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  • 15 Aug 13: Molasses and Flu

    Thu, 15 Aug 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss the flow of molasses, flu remedies and how light from distant stars can take us back almost as far as the big bang.

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  • 08 Aug 13 Fusion energy and red light working

    Thu, 8 Aug 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    We discuss how the nuclear fusion plant in France is doing, and talk with Professor Randy Nelson about his research on which colour of light is the best for night-shift staff to work in.

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  • Naked Sci 05 Aug 13: Geysers on Enceladus and hidden gorillas

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists with the latest since news including nanoscale thermometers and the salt water plumes of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, explained.

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  • 01 Aug 13 Dark matter and seedless grapes

    Thu, 1 Aug 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod look at dark matter, some quantum physics and discuss whether seedless grapes are GM foods.

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  • Naked Scientist: 29 JUL 13: Dolphin Names

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Naked Scientists discuss how dolphins call each other by their names, why some people get allergies, and how an embryo is formed.

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  • DrKarl 25 Jul 13: Cricket balls, nitrogen and Apollo

    Thu, 25 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    In this edition Dr Karl and Dr Rhod consider boiling nitrogen in a bottle, looking for the traces of Apollo on the Moon and why a change in the weather can alter the spin on a cricket ball.

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  • The Naked Scientist 22 Jul 13

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and Dotun discuss the new surgical scalpel - dubbed the intelligent knife or iKnife, how to turn skin cells into stem cells and why medicines you're taking can stop the bugs in your gut working properly.

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  • 18 July 13: The senses

    Thu, 18 Jul 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    It's all about the inner workings of the mind with Dr Karl this week. His special guest Charles Spence discusses how the senses work and why tableware affects the taste of food.

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  • Naked Scientists: 15 JUL 13: solar powered car racing

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to talk about solar powered cars that can go as fast as 80kph, what makes the Earth move (and wobble), and a piece about the spice turmeric and tumours

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  • DrKarl 11 Jul 13: Light speed, racing galaxies and dark matter

    Thu, 11 Jul 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Andy is joined by Dr Karl and Physics Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian Schmidt to discuss the expanding, speeding universe, dark matter and black holes

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  • The Naked Scientist 08 Jul 13

    Mon, 8 Jul 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Today's episode - how cancers become resistant to chemotherapies, the threat posed by a new strain of flu in China, and a look inside the intestine at its bacterial inhabitants.

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  • 04 July 13: Postcards From Space

    Thu, 4 Jul 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    This week, how the Voyager space craft is still sending us Postcards from the Edge, after 36 years of space travel, is melting ice shifting the Spin Axis of the Earth, and why you can't exceed the speed of light.

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  • 1 Jul 13: Naked Scientist

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This week, news that plants can do molecular long division; scientists have discovered that plants calculate precisely how quickly to burn off their energy stores overnight so that they run out literally as the Sun rises so they can start photosynthesising again. Also, how a tear-powered contact lens for diabetics can measure their blood sugar.

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  • 27 June 13: Space Travel and Red Moons

    Thu, 27 Jun 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl discusses the speed of space travel, and why sometimes the moon is red.

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  • Naked Sci 24 June 13: Keeping eyes clear and cancer fighting aspirin

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists with the latest news and a focus on how eyes keep blood vessels in their right places.

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  • 20 Jun 13

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    What jabs would you have to have to travel back to the 17th century, does your body get bigger at night and do you get total darkness in the UK summer?

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  • Naked Sci 17 Jun 13: Crumbling concrete, the Tunguska Fireball and teens and tobacco

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists look at what might have caused the "Tunguska Fireball" in 1908, the use of bacteria to repair crumbling concrete and the effect of tobacco advertising on teens.

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  • 13 Jun 13

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Tom Green and our listeners ask Dr Karl why the earth's getting lighter if tens of thousands of meteor dust is landing every year, plus why do different materials feel as though they're at different temperatures while in the same room.

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  • Naked Sci: 10 June 2013 Comfort Eating and Comets

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists discuss comfort eating, what happened when a comet collided with the Sun, and why boys' names and girls' names tend to sound different in a very particular way.

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  • DrKarl 06 Jun 13: Peering thru pinholes, weighing planets and how does alcohol work?

    Thu, 6 Jun 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Phil joins dr Karl to discuss how alcohol makes us drunk, why looking through a pinhole sharpens poor vision and weighing planets.

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  • Naked Sci: 03 Jun 13 Flu ancient plants & Mars radiation

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists discuss a new way to block flu infection, treating schizophrenia with an avatar, bringing 400 year-old plants back to life, and how much radiation a person on a mission to Mars would be exposed to.

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  • Dr Karl: Hungry shopping, itching, and acupuncture May 30

    Thu, 30 May 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dominic to discuss why not to shop hungry, why we itch and whether acupuncture is no better than the placebo effect.

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  • Naked Sci: 27 May 13 Potatoes, Penguins and Itching

    Mon, 27 May 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists explore how specimens of potato leaves kept in museums for over 150 years have enabled scientists to discover the identity of the bug that caused the Irish Potato Famine. We'll also hear why penguins can't fly and how researchers have discovered the nerve cells that make us itch!

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  • Naked Science: 20 May 13

    Mon, 20 May 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Using X rays to read the unreadable; solar-powered butterflies – and why selfishness gave farming a boost 10,000 years ago.

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  • Solar Flares & Tinnitus 16 May 13

    Thu, 16 May 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to discuss solar flares, methods for dealing with tinnitus, and the extremes of pleasure that music can stimulate

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  • Naked Sci 13 May 13: Electric allergies and no toys for boys

    Mon, 13 May 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists explore an electrical vaccine for allergies, "boys toys" and "girls toys" and novel coronavirus.

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  • 09 May 13 Meteors & Reactors

    Thu, 9 May 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to discuss a meteor seen blazing over the UK, 3D printing and why coffee makes you more likely to say "Yes"

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  • Naked Sci 06 May 13: A new HELMET to fight antibiotic resistance

    Mon, 6 May 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Science news with Dr Chris Smith which includes a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistance and more on the banning of neonicotinoid pesticides.

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  • DrKarl 02 May 13: Surviving a bushfire and the mechanics of bubbles

    Thu, 2 May 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to discuss flaming tornadoes, the dao of bubbles and the what of watts.

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  • 25 Apr 13

    Thu, 25 Apr 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    On the latest edition of Dr Karl: techniques to discover bi-polar disorder, the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes and new research on baldness.

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  • Naked Science: Temporary Hearing Loss

    Mon, 22 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris explores why you suffer temporary deafness after being at a loud concert

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  • 18 APR 13

    Thu, 18 Apr 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl on efficient cars and cracking knuckles.

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  • 11 Apr 13

    Thu, 11 Apr 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    How do flies land on the ceiling and why is it that when you drink alcohol at the same time as artificial sweeteners, you get drunker quicker.

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  • Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists 08/04/2013

    Mon, 8 Apr 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    We find out what goes on inside your head when you're asleep and the science of losing weight, what makes a gastric bypass work?

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  • 04 April 2013

    Thu, 4 Apr 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Rhod Sharp talk science, including the mechanics of Vegemite and getting a car into a lorry on a motorway.

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  • DrKarl:

    Thu, 28 Mar 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl and Rhod Sharp talk science, including medical uses for chillies.

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  • Chris Smith with the Naked Scientist 25 Mar 13

    Mon, 25 Mar 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    We hear about a genetic study into the elusive giant squid, what the European Space Agencies plank probe can tell us about the creation of the universe and the latest in 3D technology.

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  • 23 March 2013

    Thu, 21 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Has Voyager 1 finally made it out of our solar system and other questions.

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  • Naked Scientist: 11 Mar 13 Does cling film aid weight loss?

    Mon, 18 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to tell us about how heading a football could trigger your immune system to attack your own nerves, and whether wrapping yourself in cling film helps you to lose weight.

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  • DrKarl 14 Mar 13: Special guest astrophysicist Dr Maarten Schmidt

    Thu, 14 Mar 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Chris, standing in for Dr Karl, and Dr Rhod are joined by Dr Maarten Schmidt whose work on quasars helped change our understanding of the universe.

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  • NAKED SCIENTIST: 11 Mar 13

    Mon, 11 Mar 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris Smith joins Dotun to tell us about how heading a football could trigger your immune system to attack your own nerves, and whether wrapping yourself in cling film helps you to lose weight.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 07 Mar 13: Light, eyes and vitamin D

    Thu, 7 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Dr Rhod's joined by Dr Chris this time to discuss eye colour, the weight of light and synthesising vitamin D, amongst other things.

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  • NAKED SCIENTIST: 04 Mar 13

    Mon, 4 Mar 13

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Hydrogen powered cars, stretchy batteries and is it true that if you wrap yourself up in cling film you lose weight?

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  • Naked Scientist: 25th Feb

    Mon, 25 Feb 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris Smith discusses how it's been discovered that bees carry an electric charge. Plus news about a new drug to fight flu.

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  • DrKarl 21 Feb 13: How much does a full iPod weigh?

    Thu, 21 Feb 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    This and other questions (like "can you get energy from nothing?") tackled by Dr Karl and Dr Andy

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  • NAKED SCIENTIST 19 Feb 2013

    Tue, 19 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the team look at new SARS like Caronavirus, where cosmic rays come from and the causes of the menopause

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  • DrKarl 14 Feb 13: Solstices, moons and planes on travelators

    Thu, 14 Feb 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod ponder the migration of the Winter Solstice, the changing face of the Moon and a plane on a treadmill.

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  • Naked Sci 21 Jan 13: Norovirus and the helical roots of tunnels

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week Dr Chris and colleagues investigate the potentcy of norovirus and new research into the genes for sociability and tunnelling (in ants and mice.)

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  • 11 Feb 13 Naked Science

    Mon, 11 Feb 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    A new invention that could see street lamps transmitting data to our cars; a ew electronic migraine treatment and building Mars in your kitchen.

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  • 07 Feb 13: Homework

    Thu, 7 Feb 13

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod in discovering that they need to do some homework

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  • 31 Jan 13 Greenland's Ice

    Thu, 31 Jan 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Jason Box, founder of the Dark Snow project, joins Dr Rhod and Dr Karl to discuss whether smoke particles from wildfires in America are quickening the rate that Greenland's ice is melting.

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  • Naked Sci 28 Jan 13: Soaking up oil slicks and DNA data storage

    Mon, 28 Jan 13

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and colleagues with the week's science news including; DNA may actually be the best option for archiving data and a new material that can selectively soak up oil slicks.

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  • 24 Jan 13

    Thu, 24 Jan 13

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl discusses why boiling water turns to steam and ice so quickly in very cold temperatures. Rhod carries out an experiment to prove it.

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  • Naked Scientist: 14 Jan 13: Restore Hearing

    Mon, 14 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On this week's edition, a drug that can restore hearing to deaf ears, and the answer to the question why transplanted organs are rejected by the immune system if they aren't matched correctly.

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  • DrKarl 10 Jan 13: Global warning and nasal products (yuk)

    Thu, 10 Jan 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod Sharp to discuss global warming and answer the really burning question posed by small children everywhere; why is snot green?

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  • 03/JAN/2013

    Thu, 3 Jan 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Andy Crane is joined by Dr Karl for the first science phone in of 2013. He tackles issues from password protecting computers, to why chickens lay different coloured eggs and where are all the transitional fossils?

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  • 27 Dec12: Top 10 Science Events of 2012

    Thu, 27 Dec 12

    Duration:
    38 mins

    This week we find out why cells in a honeycomb are hexagonal? What was before the big bang? As well as the top 10 science events of 2012

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  • Naked Sci: 24 Dec 12 Does Christmas cure cancer?

    Mon, 24 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Christmas, Dr Chris Smith and the team join Dotun for a look at the lighter side of recent scientific news, including whether the festive season cures cancer and how speedbumps help diagnose appendicitis.

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  • 20/12/12:Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

    Thu, 20 Dec 12

    Duration:
    30 mins

    On the latest edition of Dr Karl, we find out if ice conducts electricity the same way as water. We also discover if the five second rule is true, after food is dropped on to the floor. We also take a look at people who can remember every event of every day of their lives. They have HSAM - Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.

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  • 13 Dec 12

    Thu, 13 Dec 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    A british team exploring ice two miles down in Antarctica that hasn't seen the light of day for 500,000 years, are there fewer stars now than when we were younger and how could it take a week for a bruise to visibly develop on a listener's bottom.

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  • Naked Sci 10 Dec 12: Regenerating heart cells and the upside of having children

    Mon, 10 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Chris and the Naked Scientists with a closer look at some of this week's science stories including; a trigger to regrow heart cells and the prophylactic effects of having children.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 06 Dec 12: Norovirus, blood types and wandering planets

    Thu, 6 Dec 12

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Dr Chris, the Naked Scientist stands in for Dr Rhod tonight and fields questions about norovirus, why humans have rhesus positive and negative blood and wandering giant planets.

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  • DrKarl 29 Nov 12: Bacteria, teeth, the Sun and moving trains

    Tue, 4 Dec 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Bacteria on the teeth, the age of the Sun and what's it called when you're on a train and another train moves and you think it's your train that's moving? Dr Karl and Dr Rhod wrestle with your science queries. You can send your questions to UpAllNight@bbc.co.uk anytime, just put Dr Karl in the subject line.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 22 Nov 12: The Golden Hour, 4G and missing acorns

    Thu, 22 Nov 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to discuss different approaches to CPR and emergency medicine, how 4G does what it does and why so few acorns this autumn?

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • NakedSci: 19 Nov 12

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    A molecular whodunit involving MRSA, gene therapy for epilepsy, and whether women synchronise their menstrual cycles are all on the billing this week.

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  • DrKarl:15 Nov 2012 The roaming planet

    Thu, 15 Nov 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    As Chinese communist party prepares to unveil its new leaders Dr Karl discusses the discovery of the new roaming planet with no star of its own to orbit, and we find out if gravity travels at the speed of light.

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  • Naked Sci 12 Nov 12: Ash dieback and autophagia

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris and colleagues with weeks science news, a close look at ash dieback disease and the truth about autophagia.

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  • DrKarl 08 Nov 12

    Thu, 8 Nov 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl takes questions on bacterial infections, trauma medicine and HIV.

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  • 1 Nov 12: Brain Freeze explained - almost

    Thu, 1 Nov 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    In this edition: in 2010, the USA used 98 quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy - about 20% of the world's total. About 40% of that went into buildings. How this could be easily and hugely improved without loss of comfort. Why both men and women, wearing revealing attire are perceived as more sensitive, but less competent . And Brain freeze finally explained - almost

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  • Naked Sci 22 Oct 12: How the Moon was made

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    The Naked Scientists join Dotun to explain the new theories on the formation of the Moon and we meet the stand up mathematician who's currently on tour around the UK.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Sci 29 Oct 12: Fighting bacterial fire with fire

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and colleagues with science news. This week; fighting bacterial fire with fire and the plans to help the British Oyster make a comeback.

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  • Naked Sci 17 Sep 12: Shiniest fruits and online voters

    Sun, 28 Oct 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris and colleagues share the latest science news with Dotun Adebayo. This week; the shiniest fruit in nature and how your online life affects the way you vote.

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  • DrKarl 25 Oct 12: Soap and Salt

    Thu, 25 Oct 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Are the seas getting saltier and where does soap come from. Dr Karl explains.

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  • 18th October 2012

    Thu, 18 Oct 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Rhod and Dr Karl discuss the health effects on the body of ‘the man who fell to earth’ and the mystery of one callers evaporating fish tank water.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Sci 15 Oct 12: Clone Pioneer

    Mon, 15 Oct 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    On this week's edition of the Naked Scientist: a Nobel prize for a Cambridge cloning pioneer, and an analysis of a meteorite landing in Morocco from Mars shows it contains samples from the red planet's interior, surface and even atmosphere

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  • Naked Scientist 08 Oct 12: Painkilling venom and a seismic shake-up

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    A new genetic test for babies, does the black mamba's venom contain a better painkiller than morphine and a shake-up for the world of seismology.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Science 01 Oct 12: Staying young with stem cells

    Mon, 1 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can a dose of stem cells keep you youthful? And why do foetal cells trespass into the brains of pregnant women? Also; the research that could turn your clothes into pollution busting filters.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl and friends: 27 Sep 12

    Thu, 27 Sep 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl is joined by human evolution and anthropology expert Elizabeth Hagen and astronomer Simon O'Toole. They answer questions about Halley's Comet, the Mars Rover and how do we know what colour dinosaurs were?

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  • Naked Sci 24 Sep 12: Bingeing rats, pony tails and thinking thin

    Tue, 25 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists with a weeks worth of science news including: rats bingeing on chocolate, the physics of pony tails and can you think yourself thin?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 20 Sep 12

    Thu, 20 Sep 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Rhod and Dr Karl are joined by Professor Geraint Lewis, an expert on Astrophysics, Cosmology, Black Holes, Relativity and a huge number of other things.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 13 Sep 12: Science of smells and gravity waves

    Thu, 13 Sep 12

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod are prefaced, in this edition, by two science stories; gas clouds at the centre of our galaxy and a bad smell in Los Angeles. After dealing with the lingering odour Dr Karl moves on to gravity waves and radiation.

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  • Naked Science: 10 Sep 12

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris and the team tell Dotun Adebayo a little about the science involved in the Paralympics and research to be done under the Antarctic ice sheet

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  • 23Aug12: Mosquito bites

    Thu, 23 Aug 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    On the latest edition: Dr Karl looks at the advances in stem cell research. Why do some people get bitten by mosquitoes and others don't? The latest on nuclear fusion. And what's the quietest sound a person can hear?

    Download 22MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 16 Aug 12

    Thu, 16 Aug 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss string theory, why medicine can't yet replace cartilage and why kettles go quiet as they near boiling point.

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  • Naked Scientist 13 Aug 12: Healing hearts, helping epileptics and where's the water coming from?

    Mon, 13 Aug 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists find out about pacemakers for the brain, new ways to help after heart attack and find out whether the water we take out of the ground from aquifers being replaced.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 9 Aug12 Mars Curiosity

    Thu, 9 Aug 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    On the latest edition of the Naked Scientist: More on the Mars Curiosity expedition. Why we eat less food as we get older? And why does tin foil placed behind a radiator generate more heat in a room?

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  • 6Aug12: Nasa's Mission to Mars

    Mon, 6 Aug 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    On the latest edition of the Naked Scientist: NASA's mission to the red planet. Do elephants purr? And how do supermassive black holes form?

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  • 02 Jul 12

    Thu, 2 Aug 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss how much you should chew food, why some substances conduct electricity while others don't, and what's going to happen as the world's supply of Helium runs down.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Scientist:30Jul12: Sir Steve Redgrave on the 2012 Games

    Mon, 30 Jul 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    In this edition - It's the first week of the 2012 Olympics, and the Naked Scientists have been looking at what science is doing for Team GB, with the help of Sir Steve Redgrave.

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  • DrKarl 26 Jul 12: Mine! Mine! Mine! Just what are those seagulls saying?

    Thu, 26 Jul 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Rhod and Dr Karl discuss blood pressure (What affects it?), long bridges (How strong do they need to be?) and teenagers (How do you interest them in science?)

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Scientists: 23 Jul 12

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Dr Chris Smith tells Dotun about the rage of rats and new developments in our knowledge of DNA and RNA

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  • DrKarl 19 Jul 12: Energy efficiency for fun and profit

    Fri, 20 Jul 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod are on hand to answer science questions posed by our texters, emailers and callers.

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  • Naked Scientists: 16 Jul 12

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and company talk trout snouts, galaxies with no stars and discuss a very surprising new use for silk.

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  • 13 Jul 12 : The God Particle

    Thu, 12 Jul 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Rhod Sharp and Dr Karl are joined by Steven Goldfarb from CERN to answer questions about the search for the Higgs Boson.

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  • Naked Scientist 09 Jul 12: Life after Higgs and explosive secrets

    Mon, 9 Jul 12

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists with the week's science news. Do we have the Higgs Boson and why were Cambridge scientists sending a detonation inside a tube seven times around an auditorium?

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 05 Jul 12: The Higgs Boson and all that

    Thu, 5 Jul 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    The discovery of the Higgs Boson is the focus of the debate. Dr Karl tells us it could take anytime between 10 and 100 years for the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle to be put to practical use. But he admits he has no idea what practical use that could be. David from Birmingham asks if the discovery is just going to raise more questions than it answers. Dr Karl is emphatic. Yes. And says that makes it an exciting time to be a scientist! You can also the learn the difference between an asteroid and a meteorite.

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  • 28 Jun 12: Rifling and salty water

    Thu, 28 Jun 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Andy Crane sits in for Rhod Sharp, and he and Dr Karl discuss why rifle bullets fly more truly when they rotate, and whether salt water floats over fresh.

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  • Naked Scientist: 25 Jun 12

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The Naked Scientist describes how to win friends and influence people, how to halt Huntington's disease, and finds out about a camera with five times the resolution of the human eye.

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  • 22 Jun 12 the Multiverse

    Thu, 21 Jun 12

    Duration:
    47 mins

    On the latest edition of Dr Karl -why we need the Multiverse, why the earth's core is so hot and new discoveries about breast milk.

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  • 18 JUN 12 Plants that punish animals

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    On the Naked Scientists this week...why ministers say A levels aren’t up to scratch and what one exam board are doing about it, and a plant that punishes animals that eat its seeds but rewards those that spit them out!

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  • DrKarl 14 Jun 12: Lengthy hairs, monatomic gold and breathing in particles

    Thu, 14 Jun 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Giles explore questions about hair length, the existence of monatomic gold and whether you should breathe through your mouth or your nose in a dusty environment.

    Download 21MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Scientist: 11 Jun 12

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A look at ways to predict where Malaria may strike, and a way to help dyslexics read more easily.

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  • DrKarl 07 June 12: Tastebuds, Water and Tracking Venus

    Thu, 7 Jun 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl discusses the transit of Venus. We discuss the quirky characteristics of water, find out why the taste of food differs from person to person and why it might be more important to wash your feet than your face.

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  • Naked Scientist: 04 Jun 12

    Mon, 4 Jun 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    This week Dr Chris Smith has spent time finding out about the science being done in Norway including some intriguing news about the speed of sperm in different species...

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  • 31 MAY Botany Bay

    Thu, 31 May 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    This week find out how Botany Bay increased our understanding of the world and whether hoping is better than jumping?

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  • Naked Scientist 28 May 12: Tasty tomatoes and giant diamonds

    Mon, 28 May 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This week Dr Chris Smith and his Naked Scientist colleagues report on the chemical recipe for making tomatoes taste great, and the world’s biggest diamond that’s being built in Britain.

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  • 24 May 12: what mircowaves can do to wifi

    Thu, 24 May 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    On the latest edition of Dr Karl, how your microwave oven can interfere with your home Wi-Fi. How to control the Flow of Heat, with layers just atoms thick. And does caffeine dehydrate you?

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  • 17 May 12: Walking with coffee

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    How can you walk without splilling coffee, and can actor Anne Hathaway affect the world economy?

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Naked Scientist 14 May 12: Windy Dinosaurs and the Missile Chimp

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Science news with Dr Chris Smith and colleagues. This edition; burning up body fat, the reason why dinosaurs with wind may have "wreaked" havoc with the cretaceous climate and the chimp that plans missile attacks on zoo visitors.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 10 May 12: Where do seeds come from?

    Thu, 10 May 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to answer your science questions. This week; where do all the seeds come from and an eyewitness to ball lightning joins us to describe his experience.

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  • DrKarl 03 May 12: Food special as Prof Charles comes on board

    Tue, 8 May 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Rhod and Dr Karl are joined by food specialist Professor Charles Spence to deal with such tricky questions as; where does the skin on the porridge pan come from?

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Hairy women and homing pigeons 30 APR 12

    Mon, 30 Apr 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists explore..: why women have evolved out of having beards and hairy chests, and scientists have discovered how homing pigeons’ brains respond to the Earth’s magnetic field enabling them to navigate.

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  • DrKarl 26 Apr 12: Helium balloons, marsupials and coffee cup physics

    Thu, 26 Apr 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss the scarcity of helium, the peculiarities of marsupials and the physics of coffee cups.

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  • Underground water 24 APR 12

    Mon, 23 Apr 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Why there's so much water underground, a new way to work paralysed body parts by reading brain activity, and a way to heal injured heart tissue by converting scar tissue back into healthy cardiac muscle. They're issues occupying the Naked Scientists this week.

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  • Diesel engines and Dr K's new planet 19 APR 12

    Thu, 19 Apr 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Why aren't humans more hairy? How does a diesel engine work and what exactly is Dr Karl's new planet. That's all on the agenda this week for Dr Karl and Dr Rhod.

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  • Sinking of the Titanic 16 APR 12

    Mon, 16 Apr 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    On the weekend of the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we're taking a look at a NATO technology being delivered by Rolls-Royce to rescue people from an equally tragic situation - a sunken submarine.

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  • Bird and dinosaur eggs 12 Mar 12

    Thu, 12 Apr 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl answers listeners' questions about the weird and wonderful world of science, including; the similarity between bird and dinosaur eggs. How can we know the universe is seventy billion light years wide. And do humans burn carbon like coal?

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  • 05 Apr 12

    Thu, 5 Apr 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Why it would take 42 minutes to fall down a hole through the centre of the Earth.....can we be harmed by fish excrement ......and is it possible that a man's headache goes away whenever he gets close to his wife?

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  • Naked Scientist: Earth's Early Atmosphere

    Mon, 2 Apr 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This week we learn how some 2.7 billion year old fossilised raindrops have revealed what Earth's early atmosphere was like, and the reason why your body still wants that cheese sandwich despite the scales saying it shouldn't!

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  • DrKarl 29 Mar 12: Aspirin, the cold and taste

    Thu, 29 Mar 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss aspirin for daily use, why some people don't seem to feel the cold and why do some people like some tastes and not others?

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  • Naked Scientist: 26 Mar 12: Heart Attack Predictor

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This week on the Naked Scientist - a way to predict heart attacks that are about to happen, a way to block baldness, and we know there's an absolute zero for temperature, but is there an absolute maximum that you can't exceed?

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  • DrKarl 22 Mar 12: Frozen eyeballs and Einstein's off the hook

    Thu, 22 Mar 12

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod try to answer your science questions. This week we ponder why animal eyeballs don't freeze in the Arctic and the relief of the Einsteinian Relativists.

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  • DrKarl 15 Mar 12: Making rain and miraculous LEDs

    Thu, 15 Mar 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to answer your science questions. Counting calories, making rain and LEDs making more light than they should are just some of the mysteries delved into.

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  • Naked Scientist 12-Mar-12: Antimatter

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    30 mins

    On the latest editon of the Naked Scientist - Antimatter, the rules of physics say there should be at least as much antimatter in the Universe as there is matter, the material that we are made from. But scientists can't find it, suggesting either that we've got something wrong, or something else very exciting and important must be happening. Also, why the hand you type with can affect how you feel. As well as a look at some of this week's other leading science breakthroughs

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  • Solar flares 08 MAR 12

    Thu, 8 Mar 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod join forces to examine solar flares as one heads towards the earth. Microwaves and electromagnetic pulses are also under the spotlight.

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  • Naked Science: Gentlemen, hippos and silence. 5 Mar 12

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Why the working classes are more gentlemanly than the upper classes, how hippos can select the sex of their offspring, and the discovery of a device which stops people talking.

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  • Dr Karl 01 Mar 12

    Thu, 1 Mar 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Is the moon moving away from us and what could that mean...how much salt is too much...and why are water molecules like boomerangs?

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  • Naked Scientist 27 Feb 12: Frozen flowers, feeding foetuses

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and colleagues talk us through the week's science news including the recreation of 30 thousand year old flowers and the importance of what mothers eat before conception.

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  • Spherical planets 23 FEB 12

    Thu, 23 Feb 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Why juicing greens might not be the best idea, exactly what sound is and why planets are spherical are all under the microscope as Dr Giles joins Dr Karl.

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  • Naked Scientist 20 Feb 12: Computers; from the biggest to one of the smallest and self medicating fruit flies.

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and colleagues explore one of the biggest computers that's getting bigger and one of the smallest computers that'll be with us soon. Also, what do some fruit flies use alcohol for?

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  • Migraines 16 Feb 12

    Thu, 16 Feb 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Dotun joins Dr Karl this week. They discuss exactly what causes a migraine, how plants work and give a definitive answer to the question "if a tree falls in a forest and there's no one to hear it, does it make a noise"?

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  • Naked Scientist 13 Feb 12

    Mon, 13 Feb 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris discusses vaccines for cancer thanks to a gene from the gut bug Salmonella, and Sir Steve Redgrave pops in to launch a new science and sport initiative ahead of London 2012.

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  • google earth and fishing? 09 FEB 12

    Sun, 12 Feb 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Chris Smith from the Naked Scientists joins Rhod to find out what google and fishing have in common and what makes planets spin. Plenty of other questions answered too!

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  • DrChris 02 Feb 12: The Cold; Norovirus and Aeroplanes

    Thu, 2 Feb 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Chris joins Rhod for the science phone-in this week. The cold weather is on our minds so; how do aeroplanes behave in the cold and why does the norovirus do so well?

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  • Naked Science: 30 Jan 12

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dr Chris & The Naked Scientists with the latest science news

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  • DrChris: 26 Jan 12

    Thu, 26 Jan 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Dr Chris sits in for Dr Karl and discusses the Northern Lights, global warming and microwaves among other things

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  • 19 Jan12: Nature's Best Painkillers

    Thu, 19 Jan 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl answers listeners' questions about the weird and wonderful world of science, including; why there are groupings of metals in space. What are nature's best painkillers. And is it really alright to eat food you've dropped on the floor, if you pick it up within seconds.

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  • Naked Scientist 16 Jan 12: Undersea vents, saying no to nicotine patches and bird flu

    Mon, 16 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and colleagues with the latest science stories. This week; the deepest undersea vents ever discovered, why nicotine replacement therapies don't work and the controversy over making H5N1 jump species in the lab.

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  • Does electrcity flow? 12 JAN 2011

    Thu, 12 Jan 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Does electricity flow and why do we get referred pain? Dr Chris Smith from the Naked Scientists sits in for Dr Karl who is on his holidays.

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  • Naked Science: 09 Jan 12: Silk Worms & Deafness

    Mon, 9 Jan 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In this weeks Naked Scientists Dr Chris Smith looks at silk worms that spin spider silk, and a gene linked to human deafness.

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  • DrChris 05 Jan 12: Looking at Moon, the longevity of birds and the truth about vitamins.

    Thu, 5 Jan 12

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Chris of the Naked Scientists joins Rhod to answer our callers science questions. Will NASA's new mission to the Moon silence Apollo 11 doubters? Why do rats have such short lives and parrots such long ones and what's the point of vitamin tablets?

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  • DrChris 29 Dec 11: Cataracts, wheels spinning backwards and how many colds can you have at once?

    Thu, 29 Dec 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Chris from the Naked Scientists is in the chair this week answering our caller's science questions. Chief amoung the queries; how do you treat cataracts, why do wheels seem to spin backward and how many colds can you have at once?

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  • Pain, pleasure, viruses & the North star, 22 Dec 11

    Thu, 22 Dec 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Chris stands in for Dr Karl talking to Dotun about self-destructive viruses, the North star, pain & pleasure receptors & the sense of smell.

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  • Naked Scientist 19 Dec 11: Brussels sprouts, a mystery explained

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris and colleagues explore what happens when stars collide, the tricks mosquitos use and the reasons why serving Brussels sprouts can be a risky business...

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  • Is it Dr Karl? No, it's Dr Chris! 15 DEC 11

    Thu, 15 Dec 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Of course we have some Higgs Boson questions and a host of other queries including are bubbles good for the washing up? Dr Chris Smith deputises for Dr Karl who is still on his hols.

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  • NakedScientist 12 Dec 11: Bed bugs return and taxi drivers brains

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris and colleagues explain why bed bugs are making a come back; and how taxi-driving boosts the size of certain bits of your brain. Also the world’s oldest bed has been found.

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  • DrChris: 08 Dec 11: How do pies burn?

    Thu, 8 Dec 11

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Dr Chris stands in for Dr Karl, and among the questions he fields is.... why do pies in the oven burn from the outside in?

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  • Naked Scientist: Headers and doctored pics. 5 Dec 12

    Mon, 5 Dec 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The naked scientists ask if taking headers can cause brain damage, how to spot digitally doctored pictures, and they go voyaging into outer space.

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  • 01 Dec 12 : Jim Lovell's Calculations

    Thu, 1 Dec 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    A look at Jim Lovell's life-saving calculations on board Apollo 13 a few hours after they got auctioned off.

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  • DrKarl 24 Nov 11: On the road with Dr Karl

    Thu, 24 Nov 11

    Duration:
    36 mins

    This week Dr Karl is in the back of a car speeding north to a book signing. Undaunted, and slightly truncated, the good doctor offers his thoughts on Cherenkov radiation, cold fusion and neutrinos travelling faster than light.

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  • Nakedscientist: The brain and the diet 21 NOV 11

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Scientists have discovered a network of nerve cells that signal what's in what we've eaten and news of neutrinos that still appear to be travelling faster than light.

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  • Naked Scientist:14 Nov 11 : Flu Jabs and primordial gas

    Mon, 14 Nov 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Details of a UK study called the Flu Survey aiming to work out how effective the flu jab is. Dr Chris and the team also look at a step forward in examining the primordial gas hypothesised by the Big Bang theory.

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  • DrKarl 10 Nov 11: Dance, parasites and flues

    Thu, 10 Nov 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss the power of interpretative dance, parasites that could make you take risks and why gas cookers don't have flues.

    Download 23MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • DrKarl 03 Nov 11: Umami, napping and perfect vacuums

    Wed, 9 Nov 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod discuss the fifth flavour, the ideal nap duration and the impossibility of perfect vacuums.

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  • What's the good of multi-vitamins? 27 OCT 11

    Thu, 27 Oct 11

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod are joined by Alastair Reynolds, a sci fi author and former European Space Agency scientist. Topics under the spotlight are: the science of toenails, how being in space affects astronauts and what's the good of multi-vitamins?

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  • The Naked Scientist 24 Oct 11: Carving and Microgravity

    Tue, 25 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    The new Christmas must have gadget – a kitchen that teaches you to cook and carve correctly... and in French. And a question answered about microgravity.

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  • 20 Oct 11: Upside down rainbows

    Thu, 20 Oct 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl answers listeners' weird and wonderful questions about the world of science, which include - why woodsmoke can cause asthma? What causes upside down rainbows? And more on the mysteries of black holes.

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  • 13 Oct 11 Medium wave radio signals and more

    Thu, 13 Oct 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl and 'Dr' Rhod once again answer all your science questions

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  • Naked Scientist: 10.10.11 The Oscars of the Sciences

    Mon, 10 Oct 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    This week's edition of the Naked Scientist - how Earth came by its water - scientists think they've found the place in outer space where it all came from. Why people always tend to look on the bright side, often in spite of the odds - and scientists line up for the research equivalent of an Oscar

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  • DrKarl:Science phone in 06 OCT 11

    Thu, 6 Oct 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to answer all your science related questions.

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  • The Naked Scientists: Plastic fantastic 03 OCT 11

    Mon, 3 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Find out more about the amazing powers of plastics, china's increasing space programme and how bacteria could be used for the latest type of encryption. Dr Chris Smith and his team have the answers.

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  • 29 Sept 11 Particles and the speed of light

    Thu, 29 Sep 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer all this weeks science questions.

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  • The Naked Scientist 26 Sep 11

    Mon, 26 Sep 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The slipperiest substance ever made, and the workings of DEET – the world’s best insect repellent

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  • 22Sept11: Why birds are modern day dinosaurs?

    Thu, 22 Sep 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Can viruses be used as medical cures? Why birds are modern day dinosaurs?And how good is a fish's memory? just some of the weird and wonderful questions asks in the latest edition of the Dr Karl Phone-in

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  • The Naked Scientist: X-ray vision 19 SEP 11

    Mon, 19 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    This week, scientists with superhero x-ray vision... well almost, the CT scanning system capable of handling some very large specimens and why playing computer games has led to a breakthrough in understanding HIV.

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  • And the case of the gravitational diet 15 SEP 11

    Thu, 15 Sep 11

    Duration:
    52 mins

    Are copper bands copper bottomed? Do you weigh less in the day than you do at night? Plus our old favourite String theory. Just some of the conundrums for Dr Karl this week. Dotun is ringmaster as Rhod is away.

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  • DrKarl 12 Sep 11: MIssing Links

    Mon, 12 Sep 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In this special edition Dr Chris visits Lee Berger, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to see the fossils which could revolutionise our understanding of the evolution of our species.

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  • The Naked Scientists: Pro or anti biotic? 05-SEP-11

    Fri, 9 Sep 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris and his team discuss the virtues of yoghurt on the brain. Flat lenses and ice cold bacteria are also on the agenda.

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  • Supernovas and an atom bomb detonates 08 SEPT 11

    Thu, 8 Sep 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    The benefits of biting your nails, supernovas and what happens when an atom bomb detonantes are all put under the scientific spotlight of Dr Karl and Dr Rhod.

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  • Why rocket thrusters work on the moon 01 SEPT 11

    Thu, 1 Sep 11

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Dr Karl and Dr Rhod tackle why rocket thrusters work on the moon, what makes night fall, why rain doesn't hurt us and what causes tinnitus.

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  • The sun always shines in Scotland 29 AUG 11

    Mon, 29 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    This week Dr Chrs and the naked scientists go to the University of Aberdeen to meet a scientist who's exploring the depths of the ocean and a look at Thalidomide 50 years on.

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  • Stars and Supernovas 25 AUG 11

    Thu, 25 Aug 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod and as always tackles all your science questions.

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  • The Naked Scientist: 22 Aug 11 Muscular Dystrophy

    Mon, 22 Aug 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Chris takes a look at work being done in Italy that may create a new treatment for muscular dystrophy

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  • Peppermints, Chillies & Receptors

    Thu, 18 Aug 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl answers all your science related questions.

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  • how many bubbles in your bath? 15 AUG 11

    Mon, 15 Aug 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    which is warmer, a bath with bubbles in it or one without? Just one of the stranger science stories tackled this week by Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists!

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  • 11 Aug 11

    Thu, 11 Aug 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The effects of adrenalin, the length of time tannins stay in the body and how long does the air last if someone's stuck in a one-metre-cubed airtight box?

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  • TheNakedScientist: 8 AUG 11 Vampire bats

    Thu, 11 Aug 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How vampire bats home in on the jugular, why some depressions look like expressions and the world's scientific healdines of the week.

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  • 04 Aug 11 Rainbows and Spiders' Webs

    Thu, 4 Aug 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Dr Karl explains "Mackerel Skies", discusses a UFO sighting by a 5 live sportreader and discusses how spiders can link their webs to objects several feet in the air and several feet apart.

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  • How do you tow an iceberg?

    Thu, 28 Jul 11

    Duration:
    40 mins

    The fate of matter that gets sucked into a black hole, the genetic implications of organ transplants, and the use of desalination techniques to help combat drought are all explored with Dr. Karl. And he answers the question: how do you tow an iceberg?

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  • DrKarl 21 Jul 11: Moonshine and waves

    Thu, 21 Jul 11

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Dr Karl joins Dr Rhod to explain why the moon glows, how waves wave and how sound is heard in the ear.

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  • noise quenching curtains, 14 Jul 11

    Thu, 14 Jul 11

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer your science questions. This week includes a look into curtains that 'quench' noise and an explanation as to why researchers spend so much time proving the obvious.

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  • The Naked Scientist: 11 JUL 11 Dr Chris discovers the identity of Stem Cells!

    Mon, 11 Jul 11

    Duration:
    20 mins

    In this week's fascinating look at all things science, Dr. Chris explains why some scientists subjected volunteers to sunburns, the prospect of a universal flu vaccine and how the identity of blood cells has been discovered in Canada.

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  • 8 Jul 11 The Strange Sound of the MRI Scanner

    Thu, 7 Jul 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer all your science questions

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  • 30 Jun 10: hard water and a cuppa

    Thu, 30 Jun 11

    Duration:
    41 mins

    This week Dr Chris Smith stands in for Dr Karl to answer listeners'weird and wonderful questions about the world of science, which includes what gives atoms mass? Can asteroids skip through the atmosphere? And how hard water ruins a nice cuppa.

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  • Why do birds suddenly appear? 27 JUNE 11

    Mon, 27 Jun 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Birds of a feather flock together, but why? Hear how GPS and a pigeon have found the answer. Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists take a look at that and the rest of the week's science news.

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  • Australia's 10th most trusted man 23 JUN 11

    Thu, 23 Jun 11

    Duration:
    51 mins

    Dr Karl who has been voted Australia's 10th most trusted man joins Rhod to answer your science questions, which this week include; can a blind eye ever be made to see again?

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  • The Naked Scientist:20June11: Dinasour Inspired Planes

    Mon, 20 Jun 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Dr Chris with all the latest science news.

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  • The multiverse and beyond 16 JUN 11

    Thu, 16 Jun 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    This week Dr Karl takes you into the mysterious world of the multiverse and beyond! Plus how old before bald? The genius that is Dr Karl has all the answers to your science conundrums.

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  • The Naked Scientist: 13 June 11 The Next Generation Of Hearing Aids

    Mon, 13 Jun 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Dr Chris with this weeks science news.

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  • 9June2011. Keeping those cards safe

    Thu, 9 Jun 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins 'Dr'Rhod to answer all your science related questions

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  • 6 Jun 11: hard of hearing fish

    Mon, 6 Jun 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week's edition of the Naked Scientist looks at how rising carbon dioxide levels are deafening fish to the sounds of predators, and a new way to design better phone handsets by logging how people actually use the phone - sounds obvious but, believe it or not, this sort of data is really hard to come by; thankfully scientists at Cambridge University have come to the rescue.

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  • Fracking 02 JUN 11

    Thu, 2 Jun 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Looking into a transparent world, the truth about fracking and the REAL difference between cats and dogs. Those are the subjects under the spotlight as Dr Karl joins Dr Giles.

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  • The shape of things to come 30 MAY 11

    Mon, 30 May 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    On the Naked Scientists this week find out how to measure the shape of something very very very very small, and we go all magnetic with a new substance!! Dr Chris and his team reveal all to Dotun.

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  • The Naked Scientist: 23 May 11: Organ Transplants

    Mon, 23 May 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    A look at a possible breakthrough in organ transplantation ...plus what is the optimum amount of petrol to have in your car?

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  • Climate Change Special 19 MAY 11

    Thu, 19 May 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Climate change is on the agenda this week. Dr Karl and Rhod are joined by speical guest Professor Naomi Oreskes. Also this week we get to the bottom of how likely it is to produce identical twins.

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  • The Naked Scientist 16 May 11: A Highland postcard

    Mon, 16 May 11

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Dr Chris has been taking the Highland air and speaking at the University of Aberdeen's Word festival this week. But that hasn't stopped him from visiting the University's biomedical campus and chatting to researchers there.

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  • Former smokers and the smell of cigarettes: 12 May 11

    Thu, 12 May 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Why do former smokers still want to smoke but hate the smell of cigarettes? Are black sheep more likely to be struck by lightning than white sheep and the best thing for car fuel economy. That's all in this week's edition with Dr Karl.

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  • The Naked Scientist 09 May 11: One puff gets you hooked.

    Mon, 9 May 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Dr Chris and colleagues with the latest science news, question of the week and the results of work done at the University of Chicago into the power of nicotine.

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  • Electrocution can be good for you. 05 May 2011

    Thu, 5 May 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl explains how passing electricity through your brain can make you more creative, examines prehistoric giant ants and discusses how radio waves are affected by weather.

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  • The Naked Scientist 02 May 11: American Special

    Mon, 2 May 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Dr Chris with snapshots from his recent trip to America. He's been speaking to the amputee who controls his prosthetic arm by thinking about the fingers he lost and the scientist heading up the international fusion reactor programme amongst others.

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  • Why does the moon always face us? 28 APR 11

    Thu, 28 Apr 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer all your science related questions

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  • Walking through bands of warm air how? 21 APR 11

    Thu, 21 Apr 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl and Rhod answer all your science related questions

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  • The Naked Scientist: The power of conversation: 18 APR 11

    Mon, 18 Apr 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How conversation carried early man out of Africa, what keeps a bike balanced and how to study schizophrenia in a petri dish.

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  • Compression socks good idea? 14 APR 11

    Thu, 14 Apr 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer an array of science questions.

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  • The eyes have it! 11 APR 11

    Mon, 11 Apr 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    We head to Japan this week to find out how retinas are being grown in dishes which could hold the key to restoring some people's vision. Also find out why Dolly Parton never gets bags under her eyes. Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists have the answers.

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  • under the sea and beyond the stars 07 APR 11

    Thu, 7 Apr 11

    Duration:
    37 mins

    How deep under the sea can you dive, and what shape should your submarine be? When you boil water for a second time, why does it seem to be hotter? Just two of the questions answered by Dr Karl this week. Plus do you know about the healing power of dog saliva? It's chic to be geek on the science phone in!

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  • The Naked Scientist: 04 Apr 11: Slowing space probes

    Mon, 4 Apr 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Are the “worm” graphs displayed during live televised political debates biasing voters? Is there a chemical cure for a fear of heights and why is the Pioneer Probe going slower than it should?

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  • A special look at radiation 31 Mar 11

    Thu, 31 Mar 11

    Duration:
    46 mins

    How serious to health are the leaks from the Fukishima nuclear plant? Dotun and Dr Karl are joined by Professor Dr Dale Bailey who's an expert in medical radiation science at the University of Sydney.

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  • The Naked Scientist 28 MAR 11

    Mon, 28 Mar 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week we hear about a breakthrough in the skin cancer melanoma, how scientists have managed for the first time to produce sperm in a culture dish and a possible future treatment for macular degeneration.

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  • Have you heard about the bird? 24 MAR 11

    Thu, 24 Mar 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    How do birds hear if they have a hole through their heads? Where does matter come from? Just some of the questions put to Dr Karl this week for the Up All Night science phone in.

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  • A turn for sperm, 21 Mar 11

    Mon, 21 Mar 11

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Dr Karl discusses a breakthrough in how sperm get turned on: scientists have discovered how the female hormone progesterone activates sperm so they can fertilise an egg. The findings could also lead to new treatments for infertility and help to develop the next generation of contraceptives.

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  • 17 MAR 11 Nuclear questions, nuclear answers.

    Thu, 17 Mar 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility seems to be on everyone's mind tonight. Dr Karl endeavours to answer those atomic questions.

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  • 14 Mar 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami

    Mon, 14 Mar 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    The Naked Scientist this week analyses how big the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been, asks how diamonds can help treat cancer and slices through to the truth about the humble potato peeler.

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  • Stale Cake Hard, Stale Biscuits Soft, Why?

    Thu, 10 Mar 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Karl joins Rhod to answer all the latest science questions.

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  • The Naked Scientist: Key to the next generation of computer chip, 07 Mar 11

    Mon, 7 Mar 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    On the latest edition of The Naked Scientist - a new technique that could hold the key to the next generation of computer chips based on a brand new material. What is the popular painkiller that's just celebrated its 112th birthday? As well as all the latest news from the world of science.

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  • Jamie Oliver's Yorkshire puds, 03 Mar 11

    Thu, 3 Mar 11

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Jamie Oliver asks our very own Naked Scientist, Dr Chris why his yorkshire puddings are better than those made by his wife. Other matters up for discussion include diamonds, the four minute mile and mushroom clouds.

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  • The back bone's connected to the....28 FEB 11

    Mon, 28 Feb 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    How ancient bones are about to help us to treat modern bad backs and breakthroughs in heart disease and melanoma detection. Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientists have the answers.

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  • Exoplanets and the universe 24 FEB 11

    Thu, 24 Feb 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Chris sits in for Dr Karl and the universe is the main topic of conversation. The origins of the first exoplanets, the creation of the moon and why a vacuum didn't cause the Big Bang. Plus, why living in colder climates makes you colder.

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  • Science news in Washington with Dr Chris

    Mon, 21 Feb 11

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Dr Chris Smith with news from the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington.

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  • Solar flares and upside down rivers 17 FEB 11

    Thu, 17 Feb 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    How could solar flares disrupt global communications? Have you ever heard of upside down rivers? Dr Karl and for a special bonus week, Dr Chris have the answers to another weeks of science conundrums.

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  • The latest science news with Dr Chris Smith

    Mon, 14 Feb 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Evidence that eating oily fish can reduce the risk of developing some common forms of blindness and a clever new way to see inside the body.

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  • The number of stars in the sky, 10 Feb 11

    Thu, 10 Feb 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Dr Dotun sits in with Dr Karl as they discuss the shadows of the sun, why snow keeps you warm and the different uses for urine.

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  • This weeks science news with Dr Chris Smith

    Mon, 7 Feb 11

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Dr Chris Smith and the team are here with all the latest science news.

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  • Science phone in 03-02-2011

    Thu, 3 Feb 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Once again Dr Karl attempts to answer all your science related questions.

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  • 310110

    Mon, 31 Jan 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    On this week's edition of Dr Chris Smith looks at Leprosy Day, which is intended to raise awareness of the 250,000 new cases of leprosy that are still occurring around the globe every year. Also Ben Valsler and Diana O'Carroll have been taking a look at some of this week's top science stories including some science that's straight from the horse's mouth or rather the cow's rumen - researchers have been reaching into a cow's stomach to discover the secret of making better biofuels!

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  • The Great Dividing Ridge, 27 Jan 11

    Thu, 27 Jan 11

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Karl journeys across the spine of the Great Dividing Ridge in Australia plus other adventures in science.

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  • The mouse and the immune system. 24 JAN 10

    Mon, 24 Jan 11

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The Naked Scientists take a look at how a mouse with a human immune system is helping treat HIV sufferers. Cancer that affects dogs and this weeks big question - why the journey home appears to be faster than the journey out?

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  • Science phone in

    Thu, 20 Jan 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Chris, The Naked Scientist joins Rhod to answer all your science questions.

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  • THE NAKED SCIENTIST The science of drumming - 17 JAN 11

    Mon, 17 Jan 11

    Duration:
    23 mins

    A new technique that makes the production of computer chips a piece of cake, the science of drumming and all of the week's other science news with Dr Chris.

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  • The affect of music 13 JAN 11

    Thu, 13 Jan 11

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Dr Chris keeps Dr Karl's chair warm and looks at why music affects us so much, why when you dunk biscuits in your tea the crumbs always stick to edge of the mug and why it gets windy whenever the sun goes behind the clouds.

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  • The latest science news with Dr Chris Smith

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Amongst this weeks topics why going topless can harm your hearing and more about a new IVF study

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  • Dr Chris and 1,000 dead birds falling from the sky

    Thu, 6 Jan 11

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Dr Chris explains the flu vaccine, tackles the phenomenon of dead birds falling from the Arkansas sky and gives us the answer on how information is saved on a memory stick.

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  • Naked Scientist; In Oz, part 2. 3 Jan 11

    Mon, 3 Jan 11

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Tracking sharks, gladiatorial bees and giant radio telescopes in a second special Australian edition of the Naked Scientist.

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  • How much a whale can eat. 30 December 10

    Thu, 30 Dec 10

    Duration:
    47 mins

    How much a whale eats, the real reason behind England's Ashes victory, how the human body reacts to the extreme cold and why Jupiter the planet was never destined to be a star are all under Dr Karl's science spotlight this week.

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  • 23/12/10

    Thu, 23 Dec 10

    Duration:
    50 mins

    In this edition Dr Karl answers your weird and wonderful questions from listeners about the world of science.

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  • Science phone in 16 Dec

    Thu, 16 Dec 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Dr Chris sitting in for Dr Karl with Giles answers all your science related questions.

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  • The Naked Scientist - 13 Dec 2010

    Mon, 13 Dec 10

    Duration:
    26 mins

    This week we're taking a look at a breakthrough in understanding Alzheimer's Disease. We also find out why someone sent a cheese into space this week!

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  • Science phone in

    Thu, 9 Dec 10

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Dr Karl answers all your science questions.

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  • The Naked Scientist: 6th Dec 2010

    Mon, 6 Dec 10

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Under the microscope this week we've got the bacteria that made headlines by using arsenic instead of phosphorus; so is this a tantilising sign that life evolved on Earth more than once? We also hear how a patient with an inflammatory bowel disease treated himself with a dose of worms.

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  • The mole rats are coming!!!. 02 DEC 10

    Thu, 2 Dec 10

    Duration:
    49 mins

    Run for your lives the mole rats are coming! Well maybe not, but they don't drink water and do eat their own faeces. Nice! The perfect dinner guests. Dr Karl also tells us how a trick of the brain could cause obesity and how the desalination of sea water is pretty tricky. Plus has anyone ever found a magnetic monopole? Err...no.

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  • Naked Scientist: Aids, Forgetful Flyers and Saturnian Moons

    Mon, 29 Nov 10

    Duration:
    23 mins

    This week Doctor Chris and colleagues look at the latest Aids research ahead of the 30th anniversary of the identification of HIV, the blood test that predicts a person’s age and the moon of Saturn with an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

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  • The formula for gripe water

    Thu, 25 Nov 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Why the earth is pear-shaped, Newton's first law and the formula for gripe water occupy Dr Karl and Dr Rhod this week. They're joined by Brian Dunning who takes a look at what makes a quadrillion.

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