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How Earth’s rotation could predict giant quakes, gene therapy’s new hope, and how carbon monoxide helps deep-diving seals

This week we hear stories on how the sloshing of Earth’s core may spike major earthquakes, carbon monoxide’s role in keeping deep diving elephant seals oxygenated, and a festival celebrating heavily researched yet completely nonsensical theories with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi interviews staff writer Jocelyn Kaiser about the status of gene therapy, including a newly tested gene-delivering virus that may give scientists a new way to treat devastating spinal and brain diseases. Listen to previous podcasts.    [Image: Robert Schwemmer, CINMS, NOAA; Music: Jeffrey Cook]  

Nature Podcast: 2 November 2017

This week, squishy sea creatures, evolving verbs, and Earth's microbiome.

Ep. 463: Pareidolia and the Moon

The man in the moon, the pyramids on Mars. Every cloud, ever. Humans have a tendency to pattern match when they're looking around the Universe - it's called pareidolia. What causes this behaviour, and how can we use this to debunk some hilarious conspiracy theories?

Building conscious machines, tracing asteroid origins, and how the world’s oldest forests grew

This week we hear stories on sunlight pushing Mars’s flock of asteroids around, approximately 400-million-year-old trees that grew by splitting their guts, and why fighting poverty might also mean worsening climate change with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi talks with cognitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene of the Collège de France in Paris about consciousness—what is it and can machines have it? For our monthly books segment, Jen Golbeck reviews astronaut Scott Kelly’s book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. Listen to previous podcasts. [Image: NASA/Goddard; Music: Jeffrey Cook]​

Nature Podcast: 26 October 2017

This week, undead cells, the strain of PhDs, and the traces of Antarctic instability.

Ep. 462: Modeling the Weather

Have you noticed that weather forecasting has gotten much better in the last few years? Thanks to weather satellites, weather stations, and better forecasting techniques. How do scientists predict the weather with any kind of accuracy days or even weeks in the future.

LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are better team players than dogs

This week we hear stories about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s latest hit, why wolves are better team players than dogs, and volcanic eruptions that may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Sarah Crespi interviews contributing correspondent Lizzie Wade about the soon-to-open Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Can it recover from early accusations of forgeries and illicitly obtained artifacts? Listen to previous podcasts. [Image: Public Domain; Music: Jeffrey Cook]  

Nature Podcast: 19 October 2017

This week, neutron stars that are making waves in the physics world, and taking a look at the past to understand the future of work.

LIGO: Event observed in #GravitationalWaves and all bands of EM: gamma-ray, optical, UV, IR, x-ray, radio
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LIGO: Combination of #GW170817 and #GRB170817A provides 1st direct evidence that colliding #NeutronStars produce short #GammaRayBursts
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LIGO: EM and GW observatories around the world used #GravityAndLight to probe the #GW170817 event!
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Laura Baudis: Most of xenon and all of the radioactive radon is made in merging neutron stars.
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Katie Mack: MASSIVE amount of information in this kind of signal for fundamental physics. So far all fully consistent with general relativity. #GW170817
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Ep. 461: Measuring the Weather with Satellites

What’s the weather doing? Is it going to rain today? How much? What about temperatures? We depend on modern weather forecasting, thanks, in part to the vast network of weather satellites. What instruments do they have, what orbits do they use.

Evolution of skin color, taming rice thrice, and peering into baby brains

This week we hear stories about a new brain imaging technique for newborns, recently uncovered evidence on rice domestication on three continents, and why Canada geese might be migrating into cities, with Online News Editor David Grimm.   Sarah Crespi interviews Sarah Tishkoff of University of Pennsylvania about the age and diversity of genes related to skin pigment in African genomes.   Listen to previous podcasts.   [Image: Danny Chapman/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
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