Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 23rd Apr 2011

Diamond Light Source Special

Engineering Synchrotrons (c)

For Easter this week, we explore how synchrotron radiation can be used to probe and find answers to a variety of scientific questions as we bring you a special programme of highlights from the Diamond Light Source podcast. We hear how changes to key proteins can cause hypertension and pre-eclampsia, how green rust could provide a greener future and discover a new type of magnetic material which could make data storage faster, cheaper and more compact. Plus, we explore a new form of solar cell which could make solar energy more affordable in the future.

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  • 02:28 - The proteins behind high blood pressure

    New insights into protein shape may provide novel treatments for serious diseases of the circulatory system, including high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.

  • 08:48 - Repairing our DNA

    Scientists solve the structure of a protein pivotal for repairing damaged DNA. Due to various factors such as UV in sunlight, our DNA is constantly being damaged and organisms need to repair that damage on a regular basis in order to survive. There are many proteins involved in ...

  • 13:58 - Multiferroics for Magnetic Data

    A class of material known as 'multiferroics' respond to both magnetic and electric fields. The latest research hopes to utilize this feature to make new electronic devices that are smaller, faster and more energy efficient.

  • 20:04 - Green rust could start a green revolution

    A special type of rust, called 'green rust', could be used to scrub contaminants from the environment to make for a greener future.

  • 25:10 - Making solar energy more accessible

    A new form of solar cell that uses plastic instead of silicone may make solar panels a cheap and effective way of producing electricity.



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