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5 Live Science Podcast

5 Live Science Podcast

BBC Radio 5 Live

5 Live's science podcast, featuring Dr Chris and Naked Scientists with the hottest science news stories and analysis.

1192 - Dengue fever, sense of humour and fish skin
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  • 1192 - Dengue fever, sense of humour and fish skin

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

    In this week's episode...a huge outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil so should we be worried here in Europe? Also scientists discover the types of microbe that drive the decomposition of animal flesh and they do it in a pretty gruesome way. And where do we get our sense of humour from? Plus we find out how fish skin is fighting infection on the battlefield and take a look at the origins of medics in conflicts.

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    Sun, 18 Feb 2024
  • 1191 - Blueberries, cancer waiting lists and assisted dying

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

    In this week's episode... why cancer waiting lists have lengthened and the importance of catching the disease early? Also how pollution is blinding insects to plants they might want to pollinate? And how do blueberries come by their colour? It’s not as simple as it sounds, squash one and you’ll see they are not blue inside. Plus we’re looking at the debate at around assisted dying after Dame Esther Rantzen told the BBC she’s decided to join an assisted dying clinic in Switzerland.

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    Sun, 11 Feb 2024
  • 1190 - Elon Musk's brain implants and the science of shipping

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

    In this week's episode...a human receives one of Elon Musk’s brain implants, but why? Also scientists unlock part of the puzzle of why fasting can cut inflammation and slow down the gaining process, and a brief history of spine – we explore a new exhibition on vertebrates. Plus The science of shipping – we go to sea on a ship of the future to hear how the industry is trying to cut it’s carbon footprint.

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    Sun, 04 Feb 2024
  • 1189 - Retinas, biological cells and pond skater insects.

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

    In this week's episode...what the structure of your retina reveals about your risk of developing a range of different diseases, have we finally cracked how the first biological cells appeared 4 billions years ago? And how pond skater insects survive potentially lethal run-ins with large raindrops. Plus we’re continuing our “Titans of Science” series, this week we interviewing Wales former Chief Scientist and Alzheimer's guru, Julie Williams.

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    Sun, 28 Jan 2024
  • 1188 - The Black Death, wine measures and pot holes

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

    In this week's episode...did the black death really kill so many in Europe that if left an indelible mark in the population’s DNA? New research suggests that might be a myth. Also could smaller wine measures in pubs help to tackle our unhealthy relationship with alcohol and later on, the Cambridge engineers who are using science to plug the gaps in the UK pot-holed roads. Plus we continue our Titans of Science series, this week featuring the cosmologist, astrophysicist and member of the House of Lords, Martin Rees.

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    Sun, 21 Jan 2024
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