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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 1st Apr 2012

A Thinking Cap for Problem Solving

Deep brain stimulation (c) Hellerhoff@wikipedia

This week, we find out how our brains can be stimulated to think outside the box when solving problems, how ancient raindrops can provide insight into our early atmosphere and how spacecraft could be soon be launched by a pint-sized rocket. Plus, how pesticides are reducing bumblebee populations and tackling antibiotic resistance with chemical compounds...

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  • 00:16 - Thinking cap makes impossible problem soluble

    A small dose of electrical current passed across their heads enabled a group of volunteers to immediately solve a puzzle they had previously judged impossible.

  • 01:14 - Pint sized rocket

    A rocket has been developed that could get a spaceprobe to the moon on just 100g of fuel

  • 05:16 - Life's building blocks found in a ring around the Sun

    Complex carbon-based molecules, including many that are important for life on Earth, could have formed in the early solar system.

  • 11:39 - The National Astronomy Meeting 2012

    This week has seen NAM2012 - the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting. Over 1000 delegates got together to discuss the latest in space science, and Ben Valsler reports on some of the highlights...

  • 16:02 - Ancient Raindrops provide Insight into our Early Atmosphere

    What was the atmosphere like on the Earth nearly 3 billion years ago? Well that's a pretty tough question to answer, but incredibly, some fossilised raindrops or rather, the patterns that they left behind when they fell 2.7 billion years ago have enabled scientists to reconstru...

  • 22:49 - Resuscitating Antibiotics and Bumblebees on the Decline

    How drug-resistant bacteria could be combatted using chemical compounds, pesticides causing declines in bumblebee populations, enormous solar tornadoes and tiny robots that mimic living organisms...



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