Freeze Dried Blood! Every day the likes of probiotic “good” bacteria in yoghurts, and even the enzymes in washing powder, give us a helping hand. This week we investigate how scientists are designing new ways to protect and guard these tiny helpers, including new techniques to freeze-dry human blood. Plus, news of how sleep boosts learning, the effects of foetal nerve transplants for Parkinson's, tree-hugging koalas and why negative Facebook friends can make you moody.
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Could sleep help you boost your learning power? Nerve cells in the brains of mice grow new connections as they sleep....
Foetal nerve grafts persist in Parkinson's patients for decades...
This week, the ‘Godfather of ecstasy’,who synthesised
and tested over 200 psychoactive substances, died peacefully in
Koalas hug the trunks of Eucalyptus trees very tightly. But not just to hang on. Scientists have now found that they use it to keep cool.
Had bad day? Think twice about posting a miserable status update on social
media, because you might be bringing all your friends down too.
Bacteria can produce spores, natural packages which last for hundreds of years. Can we use these to keep drugs on the shelf for longer?
Krishnāa Mahbubani has been developing a way to put vaccines
into suspended animation so they don’t need refrigerating.
How do we protect substances we need to survive harsh environments like washing powder or even our stomachs?
So we have ways of protecting proteins, enzymes, and bacteria - but what about something infinitely more complicated - human blood!
Would cremated ashes (human or animal) have any affect on the growth of a plant?
We are thinking of starting a business where we put cremated ashes in a pot with a plant, and would like to know how this would affect the growth of the plant.