Science NewsFLASH

Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 8th Aug 2011

How do Vampires Go for the Jugular?

Vampire Bat (c) Dr. Pascual Soriano

We'll find out how vampire bats home in on hot blood in this week's NewsFlash!  Also, we explore the idea that Earth once had two moons, find out how researchers are making functioning brain cells from adult skin cells, and celebrate the first men to visit Jupiter, as NASA launches the Juno mission with its crew of three Lego men...

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:30 - Earth's Multiple Moons

    A paper published in this week's issue of the Journal Nature presents evidence that the Earth might once have had a second moon, based on a puzzling problem with the geology of the Moon's surface...

  • 05:40 - Lego men going to Jupiter

    Nasa has launched 3 lego men on their way to Jupiter

  • 08:45 - Homing In With Heat - How Vampire Bats find Blood

    How do blood thirsty vampire bats home in on the best place to bite and therefore guarantee achieving a trouble-free feed? Well the answer is that they've evolved their own built-in infrared detectors to pinpoint where the best blood vessels are...

  • 16:21 - Making brains from skin

    A new way to turn skin cells directly into functioning brain cells has been announced by scientists in New York.



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