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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 9th May 2010

Wash Your Hands, Think Again...

Person washing his hands (c) Lars Klintwall Malmqvist @wikipedia

We hear how Herschel witnessed the birth of stars in this NewsFlash, as well as exploring the Neanderthal genome and finding out why washing your hands can alter the way you think.  Plus, deciphering the second genetic code - how alternative splicing means the same genes can code for many products...

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:17 - Herschel sees super-massive stars forming

    The recently-launched Herschel space telescope has revealed a new way in which massive stars might form - at points where supersonic shockwaves hit clouds of dust and gas.

  • 02:29 - Meet our Neanderthal ancestors

    This week has seen the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, which helps to answer some puzzles - did humans and Neanderthals ever mate? How many genes do we share..?

  • 05:31 - Wash your hands, wash away doubt

    Pontius Pilate is probably the most famous person to have washed his hands of a problem, but new research suggests that the act goes beyond just the metaphorical: scientists in the US have found that washing hands can alter the decisions we make about something subsequently!

  • 08:24 - Taking photos through opaque objects

    Something which has always tantalised many people ranging from surveillance agencies to the more dubious parts of society is being able to see through opaque objects...

  • 10:03 - Untangling triple negative breast cancer

    New work led by Cancer Research UK researchers have discovered why some cancers may be resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as an intriguing link to the breast cancer gene BRCA1...

  • 13:49 - Deciphering the Second Genetic Code

    Researchers in Toronto and in Cambridge have made a major breakthrough in understanding how DNA works. More specifically, how the same gene can produce different gene products in different types of cells...



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