Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 29th Aug 2009

Diana and Meera's Best Bits

Milky Tea (c) Xavier Snelgrove

Diana and Meera select their favourite bits of Naked Science, including parajetting over the Himalayas, digging up Greek brothels and making the perfect cup of tea scientifically. Plus, Dr Hal blows up an ostrich egg and blasts a 'barking dog' down a seven-foot test tube. *No animals were harmed in the making of this podcast*

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 02:11 - Over Everest

    It seems that itís no longer impressive just to have been able to climb mount Everest; now the goal is to fly over it! We spoke to Giles Cardozo and Bear Grylls...

  • 09:00 - Dating by Water Clock

    There's a new method of archaeological dating in town and it doesn't involve wine or chocolate. Rehydroxylation could give carbon-14 the boot...

  • 17:53 - When to add the milk

    We were asked whether if you are going to leave your tea for a while should you add the milk at the start or end of your wait? Which way gives the hottest tea?

  • 21:37 - The Science of Sword Swallowing

    Is sword swallowing an ancient art, or just a magic trick? Dan Meyer, president of the Sword Swallowers Federation International, joins us to explain the science behind swallowing swords, and how we was awarded an IgNobel Prize...

  • Male and Female Ostriches at Cape Point (c) Andrew massyn

    Exploding Eggs - Burning Hydrogen

    Hydrogen is an extremely flammable gas, but what happens if you fill an egg with it, light the top and retire to a safe distance?

  • Barking Dog Teaser (c)

    The Barking Dog Experiment

    This is a classic chemistry experiment dating back to the 19th century with impressive, loud and sometimes explosive results.

  • The_moon (c)

    Phosphorus Moon

    Dr Hal brought along another classic chemistry experiment, the phosphorus moon, with rather beautiful results.



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