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29
JAN

Can a chatbot be a good broadcaster?

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

In today’s programme: is paying people to switch off their electricity the right strategy? We hear about bacteria that can eat ocean plastic. And find out more about the spiders that can grow back their limbs!

Plus we find out if an AI chatbot is any good as a broadcaster.
22
JAN

History of Booze

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

In this week's programme: How hair follicles might hold the key to reversing scars, but not just in skin: in hearts and other organs too; scientists crack how to grow new brain cells in the laboratory dish; and what a mutant from millions of years ago is revealing about how ancient animals mated.

As many of us are taking part in Dry January, we look at the history of booze.
15
JAN

All aboard 'Boaty McBoatface'

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs. This week we discover a breakthrough in treating type 2 diabetes, and find out why the Virgin Orbital launch failed earlier this week

Plus, we look at microplastics and the oceans at large as we go aboard the ocean research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough, which could have originally been named 'Boaty McBoatface', as they prepare to set sail for the Antarctic. And we discover how the Boaty McBoatface name lives on through one of the research submarines that is deployed on board the ship.
08
JAN

New Year's Q&A

Dr Chris Smith and a panel of experts answer your science questions for the New Year, including: how starts burn for millions of years?

How do you create a nation of mathematicians?

And how can misinformation change the shapes of our brains?
01
JAN

The Best Of 5 Live Science 2022

This week, we bring you the best of 5 Live Science from the year just gone, including the James Webb Space Telescope, clocks so accurate they can tell the time difference between your head and your feet, and science proves that teenagers tune out to their parents' voices!
18
DEC
2022

The Science of Magnetism

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

In today’s programme: A breakthrough in nuclear fusion: what’s happened and what does this mean in practical terms? A new way to stop your glasses fogging up during this cold snap. Plus why are scientists so attracted to the topic of magnetism?
11
DEC
2022

8 billion people and counting

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

In today’s programme: The old liver drug that turns out also to be able to prevent Covid-19 infection and the Artificial Intelligence systems that pass the Turing Test and can write their own computer programs. Plus, the 8 billionth person was born last month, so we ask - how many people can the planet really support?
27
NOV
2022

Putting tuberculosis under the microscope

James Tytko, Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

This week: A new rapid way to tell heart failure from a chest infection - just with a sample of breath. How the perseverance rover is getting on looking for life on Mars. And the imperceptible sounds in music that make people want to dance.

Plus... we’re putting TB - tuberculosis - under the microscope to hear why as many as one person in 3 are still being infected by a disease that’s been with us for thousands of years.
13
NOV
2022

Long Covid

Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

This week: How researchers are growing new blood in the lab, and the scientists planning for potential alien communications.

We also look at long covid, what exactly is it, and is it possible to treat?
06
NOV
2022

What happens to our bodies when the clocks change?

Chris Berrow, Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team present the latest science news, analysis and breakthroughs.

In today’s programme: A new way of tackling epilepsy, does birdsong really make you feel calmer, and we hear from scientists fight the fungus that’s targeting bananas.

Plus we find out what happens to our bodies when the clocks change.

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