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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 24th Sep 2012

Contamination from Curiosity and Beating Bad Memories

This image was taken by Mastcam: Left (MAST_LEFT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3 (2012-08-09 06:01:57 UTC) . (c) NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

In this NewsFlash, how to take the fear out of a bad memory, why Curiosity may contaminate Mars and an IgNobel Prize for the physics of ponytails, or "Hairodynamics"...

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  • 00:21 - Wiping out fearful memories

    Scientists have found a simple way to disassociate feelings of fear from the memory of a fearful situation, with potential applications for treating psychological problems.

  • 03:26 - Curiosity may have contaminated Mars

    The drill bits which the Curiosity rover will use to examine Martian rocks may be contaminated with Earth life.

  • 17:41 - Chocolate cravings, quantum computing and bumble-bee journeys

    In this week's NewsFlash, we find a new, neurological cause for overeating, a fast and cheap paper-based test for liver toxicity, a silicon-based breakthrough in quantum computing and we find out how bees find the most efficient paths between flowers.



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