Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Mon, 18th Apr 2016

What happened to Tutankhamun's heart?

TUTANKHAMUN (c)  Harry (Howard) Potts

This week on the Naked Scientists, we've gathered a panel of pollies, pundits and professors to answer your science questions: from how prevalent was tooth decay in the neanderthals, to how Neil Armstrong got home from the moon!

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  • 01:16 - Can a cockerel lay an egg?

    Can a cockerel lay an egg?

  • 03:06 - When did humans develop tooth decay?

    Speaking about primeval men. I have heard that the caries disease is to be found only among 1 of 100 hunters and gatherers, whereas every 2nd farmer  50 of 100) is subjected to caries. Wasn't the food that the farmers grew nutritious enough? I wonder whether today our teeth...

  • 17:22 - How did astronauts return from the moon?

    How the did astronauts return from the Moon? How did the spacecraft launch back from the Moon to Earth?

  • 20:16 - What are thunderbugs?

    What is a thunderbug? We only ever see them around harvest time, so where do they live the rest of the year? They seem to love light colours and skin to land on and they can be a pest as they are itchy especially when they stick to the suncream you wear. Lastly they crawl everywh...

  • 22:56 - Does wearing copper reduce infection rates?

    Hi from the great state of Washington. I have been listening for a few years and have a research project for you. You mentioned that some hospitals are using brass and copper to help prevent hospital aquirred infections. Does wearing a copper brass or silver bracelet reduce ba...

  • 25:57 - What happened to Tutankhamun's heart?

    Hello Naked Scientists, I have an archaeology question. I was watching a documentary about Tutankhamun. Recent forensic examinations show that he was mummified without his heart. Scientists hypothesise that he was killed by being run over by a chariot and his heart was too dam...

  • 29:32 - What are jets in black holes?

    We often hear that blackholes are so massive that even light cannot escape its grasp, therefore light bends when close a blackhole. Come to close and light enters the event horizon and its lost. Then, why do we hear that black holes spew out particles? Do the particles trave...

  • 32:46 - Why are Carribean tides so small?

    Why are Carribean tides so small?

  • 34:55 - Moves to cut yellowfin tuna fishing

    UK supermarkets back the campaign to cut tuna fishing, but is this enough?

  • 37:53 - Could CRISPR be used to fight cancer?

    I have a few questions for Kat Arney regarding CRISPR and cancer. My questions involve a lot of assumptions on my part, so I apologize in advance if they don't make sense due to the assumptions I'm making. Cancer cells have poorly or unregulated growth and reproduction. I assu...

  • 48:50 - How do bumblebees cope with altitude?

    Dave reported on a recent show that there are bumblebees high in the Himalayas. Given that air pressure is lower and air is less dense at high elevations, do bees and other insects at high elevations have flight adaptations to generate the same lift? Lift is proportional to th...

  • 51:25 - Why didn't my drink fall over?

    I dropped my coffee and while the coffee shot everywhere, the cup itself didn't fall over and stayed completely still. Why?

 

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