Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 20th Dec 2009

Dissecting Christmas Dinner

Roast Chicken (c) TreblRebl@Wikipedia

In a festive mood, this week the Naked Scientists meet their meat and dissect Christmas Dinner, but not with a carving knife! We also hear how scientists are able to re-create the acoustics of long-gone churches and cathedrals to appreciate how ancient musical compositions and carols would have sounded to an assembled congregation. Plus, we come face to face with a submarine volcano, dip into the story of a planet formed exclusively from water and find out why the skull is impervious to the effects of osteoporosis...

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  • 20:48 - 2009's Naked Science in retrospect

    For the final show on 2009, and the decade, the team look back on some of the year's "Naked-Scientific" highlights...

  • 30:48 - Acoustic Archaeology

    For hundreds of years composers have been creating beautiful and complex pieces of music, written to be sung by many voices in harmony. But if the buildings for which these movements were written no longer exist, it can be difficult for musical scholars and historians to predict...

  • 39:02 - Dissecting Christmas Dinner

    Dr John Brackenbury gets out his scalpel to reveal what the inner anatomical workings of a cooked chicken...

  • 47:16 - Should it not be "feed a cold TO starve a fever"?

    Regarding the saying "feed a cold, starve a fever", as I understand, that saying has been dangerously abbreviated over time. The verbose version of the saying, that reflects the original meaning, might go something like "feed a [person suffering with a] cold in order to mitigate...



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