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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 12th Sep 2010

Self-cleaning solar panels and suicidal cancer cells

Solar panel (c) George Slickers

In this NewsFlash, we hear how scientists have created self cleaning solar panels using Mars Lander technology, how modified yeast could be used to make bioethanol more efficient, and how a new model of climate change suggests it may not be too late to reverse current trends. Plus what it is about particular pieces of music that can make you laugh or cry.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:28 - Self cleaning solar cells

    A new high voltage way to clean your solar cells with less water and elbow grease involved.

  • 02:10 - A breath of fresh air in climate change debate

    A new model of future greenhouse gas emissions suggests that it's not too late to reverse predicted climate change trends. In fact, the new study shows that the main greenhouse gas threats to Earth's future climate have yet to be built.

  • 05:16 - Asteroids in the outer Solar System

    A paper published this week in the Astrophysical Journal presents the first direct observations of small asteroids in the outer solar system.

  • 08:29 - RNA-away cancer cells

    A molecular magic bullet could hold the key to selectively deleting cancer cells from the body, a new study has shown.

  • 11:58 - Variable fundamental constants

    Some evidence has been found of the fine structure constant... varying.

  • 16:00 - Music, Emotion, and Pain Control

    Also in the news this week, EPSRC funded researchers up in Glasgow have been investigating how we respond emotionally to music, and how this could lead to music being used in pain control. Sarah Castor-Perry caught up with the researchers involved to find out more ...



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