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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 6th Feb 2012

Untangling the Spread of Alzheimer's

Alzheimers Neurofibrillary tangle (c) National Institute of Ageing

In this NewsFlash - we find out how regions of the brain may “catch” Alzheimer’s from each other, discover a new microscopy technique that can open a window on the brain in action and talk to the Australian ecologist who thinks more introduced species, including elephants, could stabilise the Aussie ecosystem.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:17 - Untangling how Alzheimer's spreads through the brain

    Scientists at Columbia University in New York have figured out how one of the key proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease spreads through the brain.

  • 04:06 - Super Microscope Watches Living Brain Cells

    A clever “super-resolution” microscope has allowed researchers to observe changes in a single neuron in the brain of a live mouse. The exceptional level of detail even showed protrusions called dendritic spines moving and changing shape...

  • 06:47 - Elephants in the Outback

    Introducing new species has proved disasterous for the Australian ecosystem. So it's no wonder that ecologist David Bowman has met controversy with his suggestion that, to stablise the system, we may need to introduce even more...

  • 13:47 - On a Diet? Dine with Slow Eaters…

    Our eating behaviour changes to match that of the company we keep due to a subconscious mimicry response that causes us to match our dining partners bite for bite...



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