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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 14th Feb 2011

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy with Fish

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) (c) Barracuda1983

In this NewsFlash, the fossil evidence that the famous human ancestor Lucy - Australopithecus afarensis - had arched feet, a new method for seeing inside the body and how smartphones are being used to remotely track cardiac rehabilitation.  Plus, how omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, help to stave off some of the most common forms of blindness.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:23 - Lucy (A. afarensis) had arched feet

    Researchers have found that this species of early hominin had rigid, arched feet. This means that afarensis would have spent a great deal of time walking only on two feet, which is just a step away from full bipedalism.

  • 03:05 - Seeing inside the body

    A new way of seeing inside the body has been developed that uses normal light

  • 05:58 - Oily fish really does work

    Scientists have confirmed what your grandmother always told you - oily fish really can keep you healthier.

  • 12:49 - Greener method for making paint, glue, fixative...

    This week scientists from China have identified an environmentally-friendly way of making acrylic acid. Typically, acrylic acid is derived from propylene (so ultimately it comes from crude oil) and over the years its become a very important industrial material: used in everythi...

  • 14:56 - Cardiac rehab by smartphone

    Seeking to overcome the poor attendances at cardiac rehab classes by patients recovering from heart attacks and surgery, Brisbane-based scientists have brought modern technology to bear...

  • 18:01 - Bendy superconducting cables

    High temperature cables can save weight and energy, but the problem is they are brittle, and difficult to get around corners. A new design may help



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