Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Thu, 28th Feb 2013

Extreme Engineering

Proud Halley VI Project Manager - Karl Tuplin (c) BAS

This week, research at the extremes:  We find out how the new Halley VI station was engineered to withstand Antarctic conditions, and how scientists tackle some of the harshest environments on Earth to do groundbreaking research.  In the news we discover a battery you can bend, share our thoughts on open access, find out how yeast can aid in the fight against tropical disease and hear how the ozone hole is closing...

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  • 01:17 - Extracting Hydrogen from Methanol

    Hydrogen cars are limited by the problem of gas storage. Research into efficiently extracting hydrogen from methanol my provide an answer...

  • 06:03 - Hexacopter takes Sensors to the Skies

    Cambridge University researchers have tested a new way of sensing the atmosphere, using sensors mounted on a remote-controlled hexacopter...

  • 19:53 - Mum and Dad might go to Mars

    Inspiration Mars, a private company founded by former space tourist Dennis Tito, hopes to send a manned craft to fly past Mars in 2018...

  • 24:15 - Yeast Leads the Way for New Drugs

    A new screening method for potential drugs to fight parasites has been developed using yeast to help identify effective compounds...

  • 30:27 - Genes Against Ash Dieback - Planet Earth

    Eighty million trees in Britain are at risk of dying from ash dieback – a fungal disease that’s gradually spreading across the country...

  • 35:27 - Engineering in the Antarctic

    The new Antarctic research station, Halley VI, was designed with scientists in mind. But what are the challenges of Antarctic engineering?

  • 45:02 - Antarctic Atmospheric Science

    Antarctica is part of the world most affected by a changing climate. Atmospheric research there can help us understand global systems...

  • 54:56 - Is Earth's total water finite?

    Hi Dr Chris, I am curious about the amount of water on our planet. If we (and all other animals) consist mostly of water, does this mean that as animal populations increase, the amount of water on the planet has to decrease to compensate? Would love to hear your comments. ...



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