The Science Too Hot To Handle
The Olympics is finally upon us and from going for gold in the tropical Rio climate to boosting the efficiency of jet engines, our ability to cope in high temperatures could make the difference between falling or flying. So this week on The Naked Scientists we're exploring the many ways in which humans, and machines, can handle the heat.
Plus, which country tops the charts when it comes to height? Also, we’ll hear how tomatoes hold the key to fending off a deadly parasite.
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New research shows the possible scale of Zika virus infection.
The Olympics are only just beginning but stories of doping have been filling the papers for months. So what's the science behind the test?
Kat Arney is back with her mythconception and this week she’s been busy researching in the pub...
A parasitic plant that devastates crops in some parts of the world may have now met its match thanks to the household tomato...
A new study shows how height has changed over the last hundred years.
The story behind a mysterious super material and the man that refused to give it away.
The inside of a jet engine can get up to 1600 degrees Celsius, so how do the materials survive this intense heat?
The Solar Orbiter is going closer to the sun than we've ever sent anything before, but how do you design it to withstand the intense heat?
The human body has its own mechanisms for handling the heat but how can we optimise them at the Rio Olympics?
If we could slice the Earth in half and leave the inner or outer core intact (like cutting an avocado), what would it look like from space?
Miami, Florida, USA.