Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 14th Jan 2007

Naked Science Q & A and the World of Chemistry

With a new year comes a whole new stack of science questions to challenge Dr Chris, Dr Dave and Dr Kat. This week they explain where the sand in the Sahara comes from, whether mirrors can reflect x-rays, if it is dangerous to live near a phone mast, and whether splitting water could solve our energy problems. We are also joined by the editor of Chemistry World, Dr Mark Peplow, who talks about labs the size of a postage stamp, nanoparticles in exhaust fumes, and how putting milk in your tea might not be such a good idea, and sticking with chemistry, Dave Ansell discovers which household liquids make dirty pennies look like new. In the fourth part of our series on science and colour, Anna Lacey finds out how wearing red could turn you into a world-class sportsperson.

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  • Can we split water?

    Can we crack water into it's components of oxygen and hydrogen and then burn the hydrogen using the oxygen to create a process to turn water into power?

  • Are mobile phone masts dangerous?

    Is it dangerous to live 500 metres away from a mobile phone mast?

  • How does my body absorb the morphine form a patch?

    How does my body absorb the morphine in my dry-feeling patch?

  • The Chemistry of Coppers

    If you've ever wanted your money to have a little extra shine, you can give it a new lease on life using just ordinary stuff you can find in your kitchen! This week Dave is live in the studio, investigating what happens if you put your copper coins into various liquids. Un...



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