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Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 28th Mar 2010

Can you Steer a Hurricane...?

Cyclone Catarina (c) NASA

Can you steer a hurricane? In this week's weather-focused Naked Scientists, we find out how aeroplanes are creating clouds, get the low-down on how insurance companies size up storm risks and hear how a hurricane works and whether it's possible to control its course.  Also, news of how the Asian monsoon sends pollutants skyward, the world's smallest desalination system, why swine flu spared the older generation and where your coronary arteries came from.  Plus, in a weather-related Kitchen Science, we explore the workings of a rainbow.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 01:37 - Monsoon Season Spreads Pollutants Skywards

    A paper published in the journal science shows that pollution in Asia gets pushed up into the stratosphere by hitching a ride on the monsoon...

  • 04:25 - Electrical Desalination

    A new way of delsalinating and cleaning water has been developed electrically rather than using hight pressure or temperature.

  • 06:29 - Why Age offers Protection from Pandemic Flu

    Research looking at the shape of the H1N1 pandemic flu virus has revealed why seasonal flu vaccines don't offer any protection, but also suggests why the older generation are more likely to have immunity to the pandemic virus.

  • 08:55 - Snail inspired coatings

    A way of learning from snail shells to make stronger tougher materials

  • 10:38 - How the Heart got its Arteries

    Researchers have overturned a 100-year-old misunderstanding about how the arteries that supply the heart with blood first develop, and this could be used to re-grow the damages that give rise to a heart attack...

  • 15:23 - Contrails Creating Clouds

    Most of us are familiar with the long trails left behind by airplanes as they pass overhead. But those trails or contrails as they're called can actually give rise to clouds, which can give us cooler days and warmer nights...

  • 19:55 - Do aircraft contrails negate global warming?

    Hi Just listened to your last Sunday's broadcast and heard at the end that you're talking about planes vapour (or con) trails as cloud formers. Some time ago, I heard on one of the World Service's broadcasts that, thanks to the 9/11 attacks (when they grounded all flights) ...

  • 24:09 - Forecasts Insure Against Bad Weather

    Adverse weather causes billions of pounds worth of damage every year. Eurotempest, a spin off from the University College London’s Climate Extremes group help European insurers to prepare for the billions of pounds of weather damage that may be coming their way...

  • 48:46 - Is a human bite worse than a dog bite?

    Hi, My name is Page. I am a student at the University of North Texas in the US and I love the podcast of the Naked Scientists. Is it true that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a humans? Or is it that the normal flora of a human more virulent than a dog's normal flora? Tha...



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