Alien Hunters: The Search for ET
This week, is there anybody out there? We’re pushing at the boundaries of science in the search for ET. We take a magnifying glass to the big questions: what is life, where can we find it and could we ever communicate with it? Plus, the blood test that can tell you how long you’ll take to recover from surgery, a new mussel-inspired glue that even works underwater and, 76 years after penicillin was first discovered, how scientists are combating antibiotic resistance…
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Some people take a week to recovery from surgery, other months. But
why? And can we tell who will recover fastest?
Planck has published data which might contradict BICEP's claimed discovery of gravity waves from the Big Bang...
Taking inspiration from mussels, scientists have made a super-strong glue-like substance that even works underwater...
The latest in the fight against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
What's better when it comes to caterpillar camouflage, brightly-coloured, or blending in?
A big part of finding ET is understanding what life actually is.
to Nick Lane to find out how life and non-life are distinguished
Could there have been life on Mars, and if so, could we see it
in the Red Planet's geological record? Dr Lewis Dartnell
Can we measure the atmospheric composition of exoplanets?
What are the odds that there is intelligent life out there,
communicate with it?
If it's highly unlikely that we'll ever be able to detect intelligent
life, should we continue on in our efforts to find ET?
How many people have ever since Homo sapiens evolved and how do we work this out?