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Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 15th Mar 2009

The Cambridge Science Festival 2009

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Get festive with the Naked Scientists at the Cambridge Science Festival!  We sniff out the sizzling science of our food, explore the workings of a mobile phone and hear the songs of the Cavendish Society for the first time since the 1930s.  Plus, insights into the neurological basis of dyslexia, toxic airborne copper dust and paint that heals its own scratches.  Dr Ben Goldacre joins us to explain why abuse of statistics could make you a suspected terrorist or falsely suggest you have HIV.  In Kitchen Science, Dave plugs a pickled gherkin into the national grid!

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 13:31 - Scratches that Self-heal in the Sun

    A new surface material could heal it's own scratches simply by being left in the sun! Professor Marek Urban explains the clever chemistry behind self-healing...

  • Gherkin teaser (c) Dave Ansell

    17:59 - The Gherkinator

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you passed mains electricity through a gherkin? It is an illuminating experience.

  • 20:07 - Sizzling Science - The Science of Food

    The science of what we eat featured highly in the Biology Zone at the Cambridge Science Festival. Meera followed her nose to find out more...

  • 27:50 - The Use and Abuse of Statistics

    You've heard the saying "lies, damned lies and statistics", now Ben Goldacre joins us to talk about how statistics and screening can be used and abused...

  • 35:37 - How a Mobile Phone Works

    Diana O'Carroll meets Dr Chris Cox to find out how a mobile phone compresses data, and why we could soon be calling home from the sky...

  • 42:14 - The Post Prandial Proceedings of the Cavendish Society

    Post Prandial simply means "after dinner" - as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science played host to an historic evening, recreating the songs of the Cavendish Physical Society - their first performance since the 1930s!

  • 47:52 - Do people moult seasonally?

    Do humans moult like other hairy animals such as cats and dogs? In other words, does our hair get thicker in winter while we moult in the summer? If we don't moult, did we once have this function and have we since lost it through evolution?

  • 56:02 - How do homing pigeons find their way home?

    How is it that homing pigeons find their way home?



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