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Dec 17, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, we find out how gene therapy can engineer a biological pacemaker, and discover the surprisingly simple solution to Box Jellyfish stings. Plus, remnants of 7000 year old cheese and solving the mystery of ultra-luminous x-ray sources.
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Dec 10, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, we hear how parenthood can extend your lifespan and discover the genetic recipe for a red blood cell. Plus, repairing damaged hearts with micro RNA, and a new way to share scientific information...
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Dec 3, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we find out how the Grand Canyon may be older than we thought, why hagfish can provide future fibres and we discover the icy ecosystem in an Antarctic lake...
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Nov 26, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this week's Naked Scientists NewsFlash we find out why general health checks are generally unhelpful, how nanotech can make steam from sunlight and the discovery of "white noise" for your nose. Plus, how a new technique can print replacement cartilage in 3D...
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Nov 19, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how DNA sequencing identified an unsuspecting carrier of MRSA, why light at night makes mice depressed and a lonely rogue planet. Plus, a potential gene therapy cure for epilepsy...
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Nov 12, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash - Ancient Arrowheads in Africa, a working lung-on-a-chip disease model and the disease attacking european Ash trees...
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Nov 5, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Can Koshik the elephant speak Korean? How have fireflies inspired better LEDs? How can medical tape be made less dangerous? Find out in this Naked Scientists' NewsFlash! Plus, a new technique to watch cancer cells spreading, and the pros and cons of breast cancer screening...
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Oct 29, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this week's Naked Scientists NewsFlash, how 3-parent IVF can correct mitochondrial faults, why dung beetles stand on their balls and a bacterial cocktail to see off C. diff.
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Oct 21, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how fish defy the laws of physics, a new vaccine strategy against herpes, and how the brain responds to hunger. Plus, the affect of pesticides on bees, a roundup of science headlines and we chat to Matt Parker, the Stand Up Mathematician, about the Festival of the Spoken Nerd...
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Sep 30, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we hear why Eunuchs live longer lives and how a laundry detergent additive could convert clothes into pollution busting air filters. Plus, finding foetal DNA in a mother's brain and the neurological basis for positive bias.
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Sep 23, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how to take the fear out of a bad memory, why Curiosity may contaminate Mars and an IgNobel Prize for the physics of ponytails, or Hairodynamics...
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Sep 16, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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What is the brightest object in nature? In this NewsFlash, we discover how an African fruit outshines the competition. Plus, stem cells restore hearing to deaf gerbils, how facebook alters voting behaviour, and why so many supernovae are obscured by clouds of dust...
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In this NewsFlash, we look at improving wheelchair design for paralympic wheelchair basketball players, the link between movement and the perception of time, and uncovering the earliest Arctic settlements. Plus, we go to the 'other' BSA, the British Society of Audiology Conference in Nottingham, to hear all about what's new in auditory science.
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Aug 12, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we explore evidence for the earliest lumberjacks, discover the dark matter lurking in our location, and find out how a nano-scaffold can help repair a broken heart. Plus, an electrical trick to stop a seizure in its tracks...
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Aug 5, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we uncover the violent history of hot Jupiters and shed light on Black Holes. Plus, we ask if Elephants can purr, find out why females live longer, and discover the robot with a tail!
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Jul 15, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Do your eyes give you away when you lie? In this NewsFlash, we'll explore the evidence for the idea that gaze direction can be used to spot a falsehood, as well as discover the dark, starless galaxies of the early universe. Plus, locating the cellular compasses needed for magnetic navigation and why cocooning drugs in silk can keep them active for longer, without the use of a fridge...
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Jul 8, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we hear how a breath of bicarbonate might cut infections related to Cystic Fibrosis, discover a nano-technological solution to dangerous blood clots, and examine the astronomical mystery of the disappearing dust cloud. Plus, a new way to think about explosives and, of course, the potential discovery of the Higgs boson!
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Jul 1, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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How can you communicate when you can't move a muscle? In this NewsFlash, we discover a new way to communicate with patients suffering "locked in" syndrome, ask if one heart attack begets another, and examine the evidence for warm-blooded dinosaurs...
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Jun 25, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how microbes make for a healthy immune system, how pitcher plants use raindrops to trap their prey and a new way to block degenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease. Plus, we go online to identify the most influential people in the World around us and discover the transmission potential of H5N1, how natural selection is being used to compose music and the world's first 50 gigapixel camera!
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Jun 17, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we wave goodbye to Voyager as it leaves the solar system, and say hello to the first replacement vein engineered from a patient's own stem cells. Plus, evidence that the western Amazon basin has always been wild and empty, and how exam boards are pushing improve education.
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Jun 11, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how a fetal genome can be sequenced before birth, how pregnant women protect their babies from immune attack and how rainfall can be used to map seasonal Malaria and improve drug treatment programmes. We also hear how stems cells could cause vascular disease, discover a digital way to improve reading for people with dyslexia and explore the colourful personality of the Gouldian Finch!
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May 28, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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What makes a perfect tomato? In this NewsFlash, we discover the compounds that comprise the tastiest tomato, and why modern agriculture is getting it wrong. We'll also hear why working shifts can alter fertility, and how to store data in DNA. Plus, the world's biggest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, will be shared between South Africa and Australia, we find out what it means for the future of science in Africa.
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May 20, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, the deep-sea dwelling bacteria that are still eating a meal that dates from the times of the dinosaurs, a new system for saving satellites and how a brain interface device can allow paralysis patients to control robotic arms, giving them the freedom to move again.
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May 14, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week we hear how ants and plants are combining forces to help each other survive, how monkeys are cheekily planning for their future and how boosting brown fat in the body can help control our weight. We also investigate the matchmaking process of cells during meiosis, how the pathology of a virus could be predicted by analysing proteins in cells and how dinosaurs could have warmed the earth...with their flatulence!
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Apr 29, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we hear how farming migrated across Europe, how distant supernovae affect diversity of life on Earth, and the role of DNA and inflammation in heart failure. Plus, we home in on the parts of the pigeon brain responsible for sensing magnetic fields...
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Apr 22, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Cells grafted into the eye restore sight to blind mice, three genes can convert scar tissue back into beating cardiac muscle following a heart attack and electrical stimulation that returns movement to limbs paralysed by spinal injury. Plus nanoparticles to deliver drugs to treat cerebral palsy and a new technology to boost the reach of RFID tags for real time long-range tracking...
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Apr 15, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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How can we hear a conversation in a noisy room? In this NewsFlash, we find out how a robot can tell us how moving your head alters the way the brain interprets sound, and we discover the epigenetic signature of colon cancer. Plus, a magnetic mystery - why iron rich cells in the beaks of homing pigeons are not the guiding compass we thought they were...
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Apr 2, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, we find out how our brains can be stimulated to think outside the box when solving problems, how ancient raindrops can provide insight into our early atmosphere and how spacecraft could be soon be launched by a pint-sized rocket. Plus, how pesticides are reducing bumblebee populations and tackling antibiotic resistance with chemical compounds...
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Mar 26, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this week's NewsFlash, we find out how blood tests could predict an imminent heart attack, investigate what the Mercury Messenger probe has revealed about the planets environment one year on from its launch, discuss how sewers can provide insight into drug use within a population and discover how scientists are seeing around corners in 3D. Plus, a new drug target in the fight against male pattern baldness and how bears can heal wounds as they hibernate...
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Mar 19, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we find out why some astronauts' sight suffers in space, explore the pressure for better prostate cancer screening and discover that nanoparticles may turn bacteria into superbugs! Plus, how your gut learns to tell food from foe..
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Mar 12, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Can a healthy diet change your skin colour? In this week's NewsFlash, we hear how getting your 5 portions of fruit and veg each day can make you noticeably more yellow! Plus, how gut bugs make you grow new blood vessels, analysing antimatter with microwaves and how to type your way to happiness...
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Mar 5, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Astronomers have discovered evidence for life in the universe - but only down here on Earth. In this NewsFlash, we'll find out how light from Earth bounced off the Moon could pave the way to look for life on other planets. Plus, can we trust the upper classes? New research shows that increasing wealth and social status may also increase selfishness and dishonesty!
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Feb 27, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this newsflash, we discover the micro MRI machine that can probe individual atoms, find out why brain training computer games may help sufferers of schizophrenia, and how Russian researchers have resurrected a 30,000 year old plant. Plus, how nutrients in a mother's diet can alter gene expression in her baby and a roundup of other science headlines...
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Feb 20, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we boot up computers at the smallest and the largest scales. We'll find out how the newly upgraded HECToR (High End Computing Terascale Resource) helps science & research, and why the new, pocket size & wallet friendly Raspberry Pi should inspire a new generation of computer programmers...
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Feb 13, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we'll hear how disguising cancer cells as salmonella could hold the key to producing anti-cancer vaccines, explore a link between the Y-chromosome and heart disease, and discover a new drug that can knock the cause of Alzheimer's on the head. Plus, a new Olympic effort to get school children to understand exercise and the body...
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Feb 6, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash - we find out how regions of the brain may "catch" Alzheimer's from each other, discover a new microscopy technique that can open a window on the brain in action and talk to the Australian ecologist who thinks more introduced species, including elephants, could stabilise the Aussie ecosystem.
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Jan 30, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how induced stem cells help us to understand Alzheimer's disease, while embryonic stem cells can help restore patients' sight. Plus, why a graphene oxide filter can make self distilling vodka, how magic mushrooms affect the brain, and the magnetic soap that cleans the parts other detergents can't reach!
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Jan 23, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash we hear how modified e.coli could make seaweed a source for biofuels, find out why losing sleep can help to reduce bad memories, and how an important step in the evolution of life on Earth could have happened quicker than expected!
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Jan 16, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we discuss the scientific research that can't be published - a "recipe" for an H5N1 flu virus with pandemic potential that has scientists and governments concerned about biosecurity and terrorism. Plus, the deepest deep sea vents ever found, and a round up of other scientific headlines.
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Jan 9, 2012 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, we hear about the new spacecraft in orbit around the moon, an implant that can generate electricity inside the body of a cockroach and the scientific way to sound out a Stradivarius. Plus, a promising new vaccine against Hepatitis C, and a roundup of the other science hitting the headlines...
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Dec 19, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we hear how the reality of Finding Nemo might be Not Finding Nemo, as a new survey looks at just how endangered the species in Disney's film are, and we discover the trillion frame per second camera - fast enough to catch a pulse of light as it moves across a scene...
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Dec 12, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how cancer cells spread to new areas, the discovery that ancient man built anti-insect beds, and ways to reduce your cancer risk. Plus, how a taxi driver's brain change as they acquire the knowledge of London's streets and the fishy way to deter unwanted attention...
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Dec 5, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, we hear how the Voyager missions can now detect radiation given out by the birth of stars, discover a new vaccine for HIV that can completely block infection in experimental animals, and explore the computer programme that can spot when a photo's been "photoshopped". Plus, we meet some clever birds and ask if heading a football can cause brain damage.
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Nov 29, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, we learn how nerve cells can be transplanted to correct metabolic disorder, investigate the long terms safety of statins in the fight against heart disease and find the coldest point water can reach whilst remaining a liquid. We also discover unearth the World's oldest fish hooks revealing the existence fisherman 40,000 years ago as well as bionic lenses, night vision materials and the effects of stress on the brain...
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Nov 21, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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Neutrinos, Neuroscientists and Nutrition fill up this week's Naked Scientists NewsFlash! We'll hear how repeated experiments bear out the idea that neutrinos may travel faster than light, find out why thousands of neuroscientists have decended on Washington DC, and how to protect cells from radiation. Plus, how the brain responds to different diets!
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Nov 14, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, a new fat-busting injectible that selectively destroys adipose, evidence that only single strains of HIV are transmitted between partners and the discovery of two pristine primordial gas clouds produced by the Big Bang. Plus, the Flu Survey: a new citizen science initiative to gather data on the incidence of influenza like illnesses in the European population...
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Nov 7, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we get the latest from the National Cancer Research Institute's conference in Liverpool, find out why removing genes can help repair neurons, and why clearing out old cells can help reduce diseases of old age. Plus, how nicotine primes the brain for cocaine addiction, and how the lion got it's roar.
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Oct 31, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This NewsFlash comes from the British Society for Gene Therapy and European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Conference in Brighton. We hear how cancers, retinal degeneration, spinal cord injury and liver disease can all be targeted using gene and stem cell therapy techniques. We also explore a variety of methods to deliver genes to a desired location within our bodies...
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Oct 24, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week we hear how seaweed is making coral sea-sick, how anti-virals could be used to treat Alzheimers disease, get new insight into the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and discover the possibility of water on another Solar System. Plus, how a kitchen could help you learn French, the opening of the World's first Spaceport, new hope for a Malaria vaccine and new insight into how the Giant Panda survives on a diet of Bamboo!
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Oct 16, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, why a high protein diet stops you from snacking, the protein "restraining order" for gut bugs, and how Plague hasn't changed in 600 years. Plus, we discover the DNA scalpel technique that can repair single mutations leaving no trace...
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Oct 9, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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We explore the neurological basis of boundless optimism in this Naked Scientists NewsFlash, so fill your glasses to the top! We'll also hear how Earth got its water, how a bacteria-busting chemical keeps injured arteries open, and get a run down of this year's Nobel prizes!
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Oct 3, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how analysing tweets can gauge the mood of people around the world, a new way to predict someone's risk of a heart attack, the new field of 'designer plastics' and how Mercury is providing a window into our early Solar system. Plus, the launch of a Chinese Space Station, using glowing bacteria to encode secret messages and the results of this year's Ig Nobel awards including dizzy discus throwers, beetles mating with beer bottles and a drastic way to stop illegal parking...
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Sep 26, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, the hunter becomes the hunted in a new discovery with beetle larvae and we find out how computer simulation can be used to image what someone is seeing. Plus, how T cells can be taught to tolerate friendly bacteria, using water to produce limitless supplies of hydrogen, neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light and the benefits of promiscuity!
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Sep 18, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we hear how computer gamers can help to solve scientific puzzles, why you not be as good as you think you are, and how the brain takes control of the immune system. Plus, how a new CT scanning facillity offers super-fast 3D x-ray vision!
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Sep 11, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how computer design helps surgeons reconstruct breasts, why mammalian cells modified to contain a single set of chromosomes can help us understand the roll of individual genes, and the Bling from Outer Space - why our Earthly gold has less terrestrial origins. Plus, infra-red camoflague that can hide a tank, and Australopithecus sediba - why an incredible fossil find may be the missing link in human ancestry.
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Sep 4, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, a computer model of the heart that could test new cardiac drugs, ancient evidence of antibiotic resistance and the tiny gold rods that may give us control over light. We find out how friendly bacteria, probiotics, can alter brain chemistry and calm anxiety, and Meera Senthilingam joins us for a quick flash of other science news.
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Aug 21, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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We discover diamonds in candle flames in this week's Naked Scientists NewsFlash, but sadly, only a few atoms across! In other news we hear about a new technique for discovering which old drugs will treat existing diseases, how artificial chromosomes may help to treat a type of muscular dystrophy, and why solar seismology can forecast sunspots.
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Aug 15, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we meet the deep-sea microbes that feed on the hydrogen from hydrothermal vents, and discover a cheap new catalyst that can generate hydrogen ten times faster than methods found in nature. Plus, how reprogrammed immune system cells can kill cancer, and nature's stock exchange - how plants and fungi develop a free-market economy for shared resources.
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Aug 7, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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We'll find out how vampire bats home in on hot blood in this week's NewsFlash! Also, we explore the idea that Earth once had two moons, find out how researchers are making functioning brain cells from adult skin cells, and celebrate the first men to visit Jupiter, as NASA launches the Juno mission with its crew of three Lego men...
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Jun 26, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this week's Naked Scientists NewsFlash, a new TB vaccination that stands out on it's own, how babies make sense of broken toys, and why flying in a flock may be exhausting for pigeons. Plus, how a nap in a hammock leads to deeper sleep.
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Jun 19, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, scientists spot a black hole tearing a star apart, the confusion caused by Comet Hartley 2, and how ancient flying lizards could inspire new aircraft. Plus, we hear about the Square Kilometre Array, planned to be the world's largest radio telescope, and the bid to house it in South Africa.
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Jun 13, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week a new source of cells to repair damaged hearts as well as a way to tailor make hearing aids according to an individual's needs. Plus, new insight into how nicotine causes weight loss and more evidence for the theory that life originated from outer space.
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Jun 6, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how increasing CO2 levels could stop fish from finding a home and new insight into how sunspots keep warm. We also discuss the recent E.Coli outbreak in Europe as well as discover the world's largest DNA computer!
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May 31, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how humans locate themselves using echolocation, an attractive new prospect for magnetic materials and a new method of unclogging arteries. Plus new insight into the shape of an electron and how a bit of culture could bring a lot of happiness!
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May 22, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash - how we learn geometry without ever entering a classroom, how gossip changes the way we look at the world and a sweet solution to water purification. Plus, regulating the immune system to avoid transplant rejection!
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May 16, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, tailor made proteins that bind to 'flu viruses, the largest gathering of whale sharks in the world, and how induced stem cells may be rejected, even by genetically identical animals. Plus, how a laser technique has shed new light on a common process that leads to cancer.
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May 9, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how box jellyfish navigate by seeing the shape of the objects above them, why researchers have trapped anti-hydrogen for an extended stay and how a changing climate has reduced global corn and wheat crops. Plus, how the very first exposure to nicotine causes changes in the brain's reward system, potentially strengthening future addictions.
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Apr 18, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In NewsFlash this week, how ums and ahs can boost a baby's learning power, how mankind talked his way out of Africa, and how life on land evolved earlier than we thought. Plus, how scientists are viewing schizophrenia in a Petri dish and an insight into how a rider-less bicycle remains upright.
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Apr 10, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how gut bugs alter your risk of heart disease, increasing efficiency by adding flaps to wind turbines, and how clutter causes prejudice. Plus, how a population of stem cells that spontaneously organise themselves into the right shape for the retina could be used to restore sight after injury or illness...
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Apr 3, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, why the Pioneer anomaly is not so anomalous, how a dose of cortisol can cut fear of heights, and how a common dye used to colour cells in the lab may increase lifespan. Plus, in televised debates, how a biased "worm" can seriously skew the results.
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Mar 27, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, how wind speeds over the oceans are changing, successful synthesis of sperm cells and getting under the skin of melanoma. Plus, the science of the blooming lily and how reprogrammed stem cells could restore sight for macular degeneration patients.
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Mar 21, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we discover the role quartz plays in making mountain ranges, celebrate MESSENGER going successfully into orbit around Mercury, and explore the reasons why birds fly into obvious objects. Plus, how progesterone excites sperm - we explore the role of a sperm-specific protein that could lead the way to a new contraceptive!
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Mar 14, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, how nano-diamonds can help fight cancers, co-operating elephants and tiny digital cameras. We bring you up to speed on the recent earthquake in Japan, and explore the genetic changes that make us who we are!
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Mar 7, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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This week, a new discovery suggesting that the chemistry of life could have come to Earth in a meteorite, how foetal immunity protects the expectant mother, and why we need to be careful with stem cells - a new study has found that they have an above average chance of carrying cancer-causing genetic changes. Plus, a new technique to etch graphene sheets with single-atom precision.
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Feb 28, 2011 Dr Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists
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In this NewsFlash, we find out what a rare, self-healing skin tumour can tell us about more common cancers, explore the capacity for self repair in the mammalian heart, and discover the new laser based tool for diagnosing melanoma. Plus, how the bones of people who died up to a hundred years ago are being used in the development of new treatments for chronic back pain...