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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 23rd Feb 2009

Fat Dinosaurs and the Descent of Man

Portrait of Charles Darwin (c) Julia Margaret Cameron

In this NewsFlash we find out how to build a tolerance to peanuts and beat allergies, discover how fat the dinosaurs were and how meningitis bacteria wear a disguise to evade our immune system.  Plus, why both fish guts and tiger nuts could be an economic stimulus in Africa, and we delve into science history on the anniversary of Darwin's 'Descent of Man'.

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  • 12:34 - Meningitis in Disguise

    The bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, which is behind the most common form of meningitis, actually wears a disguise to stop itself from being detected by our immune system. Professor Susan Lea explains more...

  • 23:14 - This Week in Science History - The Descent of Man

    This Week in Science history saw, in 1871, the publication of The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin perhaps not as famous as the Origin of Species, published 12 years earlier, it was still an influential and controversial book...

 

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