Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Tue, 17th Jun 2014

Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

Cascade (c) Fayju / Wellcome Trust

Alois Alzheimer, who described the first case of the disease now named after him, would have been 150 years old this week. But what have we discovered about the disease since he presented the first Alzheimer’s case over 100 years ago? And how can fruit flies, arm hair and video games untangle the most significant threat to our generation? Plus, in the news, how making mosquitoes male could reduce malaria, protecting astronauts from solar radiation, and why is beetle sex a sticky situation...

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  • 00:54 - Modified mosquitoes that only make males

    In the fight to tackle the spread of malaria, could the answer lie in warping the gender balance of the mosquito population?

  • 05:54 - Radiation shields in space

    One of the biggest dangers of long distance space travel are flares of radiation bursting from the sun. Have scientists created a solution?

  • 12:32 - The Turing Test

    This week a computer reportedly passed the ‘Turing test’. But what does this actually mean for artificial intelligence?

  • 15:05 - Beetle sex is a sticky situation

    Amorous beetles stick together underwater while mating, which has given scientists an idea for underwater sticky tape...

  • 19:17 - 3D print shows king had scoliosis

    A 3D print of the spine of King Richard III has shown that the monarch probably wasn't a hunchback...

  • 24:52 - What is Alzheimer's?

    This week marked the 150th birthday of Alois Alzheimer. But what happens in our brains when the disease he discovered strikes?

  • 45:40 - Using arm hair to grow brain cells

    Scientists have grown neurons from arm hair which could help in the battle against Alzheimer's Disease...

  • 58:18 - Do brains get tired like muscles do?

    When we exercise our legs we feel tired, and the muscles burn from lactic acid. Is it the same with brain exercise? If brain fatigue is due to low blood sugar, is there a case to be made for homework candy? What would be the optimal rate for popping M&Ms in your mouth while...



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