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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 13th Dec 2010

Sending Cheese into Space

Cheese in Space (c) Cheese from Dominik Hundhammer

In this NewsFlash, we find out how graphene has been used to build a new high density ultracapacitor which could allow electric cars to charge in minutes.  We also discover how bees' see the world, how slow clearence of a protein in the brain may lead to Alzheimer's disease and why glider pilots should be paying more attention to falcons.  Plus, we learn about a new exoplanet that has led astronomers to question theories of planetary formation and we celebrate the first chunk of cheese to make it into space.

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  • 00:25 - New High Density Ultracapacitors

    A new extra high density ultracapacitor has been built with a similar energy density to batteries.

  • 02:57 - An Insect’s Eye View of the World

    A new database could help to establish how bees see flowers, helping researchers understand more about bees, one of the world’s most important pollinators...

  • 05:46 - What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?

    Alzheimer's disease is a common cause of cognitive decline among elderly people. An estimated one in every five adults over the age of 80 is affected and will develop a range of symptoms including memory loss. The cause of the disease is a build up in the brain of a protein cal...

  • 12:54 - Glider Pilots Should Learn From Falcons

    The strategies uesd by falcons may be useful for glider pilots and unmanned air vehicles

 

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