Science NewsFLASH

Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 19th Jun 2011

Dinosaur Inspired Aircraft

Pteradon (c)  Kenn Chaplin from Toronto, Canada

In this NewsFlash, scientists spot a black hole tearing a star apart, the confusion caused by Comet Hartley 2, and how ancient flying lizards could inspire new aircraft.  Plus, we hear about the Square Kilometre Array, planned to be the world's largest radio telescope, and the bid to house it in South Africa.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:31 - Spotting A Black Hole Swallowing a Star

    An unique astronomical event – an incredibly bright and long lived burst of gamma rays – was probably the result of a black hole destroying a star, according to research published in the journal Science this week.

  • 03:30 - Comet Hartley 2

    Comet Hartley 2 has been found to be a more varied place than was previously expected

  • 06:19 - South Africa and the Square Kilometre Array

    The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, should help us to answer some of the big outstanding questions about our universe. It will either be located in Australia or South Africa. Bernie Fanaroff, project manager for the South African SKA bid, met up with Chris Smith…

  • 12:53 - Porous Molecules By Design

    Porous molecules, useful in a huge range of applications including separating chemicals and catalysing reactions, may be designed on demand thanks to a new method published in the journal Nature this week.



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