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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 13th Jun 2010

Sharks, Sleep and Soccer

Goalkeeping (c) U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung

In this NewsFlash, we discover how sharks sniff out a snack, the genes that stop you from waking up to eat and the honey trap for surveying viruses carried by mosquitoes.  Plus, we explore the technology used in South Africa to make the World Cup safe and accessible, and look at the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana's wetlands.

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  • 00:17 - How Sharks Sniff out a Snack

    Sharks are known for their ability to follow a scent in the water to their next meal – and now researchers in Florida have discovered how they do it.

  • 03:32 - Eat or sleep?

    It's the Homer Simpson dilemma – is it more important to eat or to sleep? New research sheds light on the genetic basis of the sleep/hunger balance...

  • 06:56 - Honey Trap to Detect Mosquito Pathogens

    Collecting mosquito saliva in honey can help to track the pathogens they carry, according to researchers in Australia...

  • 10:10 - DNA ends could hold key to leukaemia

    Now new research from scientists in Cardiff, funded by the charities Cancer Research UK and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, have discovered that a certain type of leukaemia may actually develop if the protein telomerase not being active enough...

  • 13:11 - World Cup Technology

    This week saw a historic moment in football, the kick-off of the First World Cup ever to be held in an African nation. Meera Senthilingam spoke to Kelvin Kemm from Pretoria in South Africa to find out what things are like over there and how science and technology is being used ...

  • 16:11 - Evaluating the Impact of Oil on Louisiana's Wetlands

    As well as blanket football coverage, it’s been very hard to miss news about the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Estimates vary widely but it’s thought that millions of gallons of oil have leaked into the ocean. But what impact will this have on the local environment? Dr. Rob...



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