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Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 3rd Feb 2008

Wet and Wild

A protected wetland landscape area CHKO Záhorie, Slovakia (c) Doronenko

Get Wet and Wild with the Naked Scientists! We don our wellies and wade into the science of wetlands, discovering the species you might see and why wetlands are vital for wildlife on land and at sea. We'll also find out how wetlands protect us from floods, and what can be done to conserve them in the face of climate change.  Also in this weeks show, how Humans are fatally infecting Chimps with the common cold, the culture of a chameleon's colours and onions that can't make you cry! Plus, in Kitchen Science we hear the radio signal from a remote control, and find out how you can answer your mobile phone before it even starts ringing!

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 19:39 - Wetlands of London

    The Barnes wetlands site in London lays claim to be the 'best urban site in Europe to watch wildlife, and is home to rare and beautiful wildlife including Bitterns, Kingfishers, a colony of endangered Water voles and this week, Naked Scientist Meera Senthilingam...

  • 27:22 - Louisiana Wetlands

    The Louisiana wetlands are the largest in the USA and amongst the largest wetlands in the world, playing a vital role in keeping the sea, and local wildlife healthy. We spoke to Robinson Fulweiler from Louisiana State University...

  • 33:43 - How much ear wax can you produce in a lifetime?

    How much ear wax can you produce in a lifetime and can you make a candle with it?

  • 34:06 - Wetlands for Flood Protection

    despite being expanses of waterlogged land, wetlands actually offer great protection against flooding. So good, in fact, that the UK's Environment Agency are generating new wetlands for just this purpose, as part of the Alkborough Flood Protection Scheme...

  • 39:50 - Conserving Wetlands

    Wetlands are disappearing faster than rainforests, and support a huge number of species as well as offering protection from flood and filtering out water before it reaches the sea. So what can we do to conserve them?

  • 45:08 - Recycling Oxygen

    How is oxygen made and recycled on the International Space Station?

  • 48:00 - Do fish always swim anticlockwise in a round bowl?

    Do fish always swim anticlockwise in a round bowl? I’ve watched my sister’s fish and they always go anticlockwise. When they’re in an oblong tank they go in every single direction.

  • 49:48 - Remote Interference

    You know you can use your remote control to save you the immense effort of getting out of your chair, but did you know you could make strange noises from it and a radio?

  • 55:21 - Should you repair a broken dish for food?

    My friend told me you shouldn’t repair a broken dish or a dish that has a crack in it for food because bacteria get in the crack and it’s not safe or sanitary. Is this true?

  • 56:26 - Where does the bacteria in our gut come from?

    We get bacteria in our gut. Where does it come from? Is it from our mums in the womb? Does it come from the environment after we’re born or is it dropped off by the stork?



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