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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 27th May 2012

The Tastiest Tomato

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What makes a perfect tomato?  In this NewsFlash, we discover the compounds that comprise the tastiest tomato, and why modern agriculture is getting it wrong.  We'll also hear why working shifts can alter fertility, and how to store data in DNA.  Plus, the world's biggest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, will be shared between South Africa and Australia, we find out what it means for the future of science in Africa.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:17 - Fertile findings from pregnancy and shiftwork study

    A shiftwork-dominated lifestyle ruled by the clock could significantly affect fertility, new research has revealed

  • 03:00 - A new DNA-based memory chip

    Researchers have developed a DNA-based memory chip for storing information inside cells that could allow us to track cell divisions to study cell processes like development, ageing and the changes that occur in cancer.

  • 05:59 - Perfecting the Tastiest Tomato

    Professor Harry Klee discusses the cocktail of chemicals that constitute a much more flavoursome fruit of a tomato..!

  • 13:23 - The Square Kilometre Array

    This week the decision was finally made about where the most powerful telescope has ever been conceived will be built starting in 2015. We speak to Bernie Fanaroff, Director of the South African bid.....

  • 17:31 - Butterflies on the move with climate change

    Increasingly warm summers in the UK have allowed a species of butterfly to expand their range by using a wider range of host plants, showing climate change can change things for the better for some species.

  • 21:48 - Private Space Missions, Atlantic Swims and Jubilee Diamonds

    We explore a future of private space missions, how swimming the atlantic can provide insight into the state of our oceans, how gardens can be designed to avoid allergies and the construction of the World's biggest Diamond...

  • Chemical solution to the perfect tomato

    Widespread public dissatisfaction with "supermarket-perfect" tasteless tomatoes could soon be a thing of past now scientists have discovered the chemical combination the constitutes a flavoursome fruit.



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