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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 3rd Apr 2011

Why Biased Worms Turn Voters

Common Earthworm (c) Michael Linnenbach

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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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 06:01 - Watching the Worm May Turn Voters

    In last year’s general elections, we had the exciting spectacle of a leaders debate, and to help us get an idea of how well the speakers were doing, we could watch “the worm” - a real-time computer generated graph that showed how much a sub set of the audience approved or disapp...

  • 12:48 - Cooling with waste heat

    Fridges that are powered by heat are being improved

  • 14:47 - Life-lengthening drug to dye for

    A tissue dye, called ThT and used commonly in pathology labs to stain proteins, appears also to have significant life-lengthening effects in some species.



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