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Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 4th Jun 2011

Do My Eyes have Anti-Shake Vision?

A woman's eye (c) Petar Milošević - PetarM @ Wikipedia

What would we see at the edge of the universe? Are there long term health effects of eating spicy food? Why doesn't diesel need a spark to ignite? It's another Naked Scientists science question and answer show, where we take on your questions! Find out how a volcano makes Mars wobbly, why birds' lungs are more efficient than mammalian lungs and how a single speaker can make so many sounds at once. Plus, an outbreak of a new and lethal strain of E.coli and why increasing ocean acidification may be deafening fish.

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  • 01:36 - A New and Fatal E.Coli Outbreak

    Making very big headlines at the moment is an outbreak of a new strain of E. coli in northern Germany; it’s thought to have stemmed from contaminated salad vegetables, including cucumbers...

  • 07:07 - How Sunspots Keep Warm

    A group of Scandinavian researchers led by Göran Scharmer of Stockholm University have uncovered some clues about how sunspots stay warm...

  • 10:47 - Losing Nemo - How Acid Oceans Deafen Fish

    It is a proven fact that if you elevate the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere this will have the effect of acidifying the sea, because carbon dioxide when it dissolves forms carbonic acid. This acidification can change the way that fish react to the world around them...

  • 18:09 - Largest ever DNA computer

    The largest ever DNA computer has been built, which might help build diagnostic tests or even understand cells.

  • 21:15 - How You Use Your Handset

    Computer scientists at Cambridge University have come up with a way to make mobile phones work more intuitively in future...

  • 24:56 - How does a single speaker play many simultaneous frequencies?

    I've been an avid listener for only the past month or so when I've been listening to the podcasts on my walk to and from the library everyday to revise, and am absolutely loving it so far and have managed to get through a good 30 or 40 of the latest podcasts in this short period ...

  • 42:38 - Are bird lungs more efficient than mammal lungs?

    Hi... I have heard it said that bird lungs are more efficient than mammal lungs - the reason given was something to do with one-way flow and their hollow bones. I haven't been able to find anything understandable about it on the internet - is this true? Where would the air...

  • 45:36 - How does the sun produce photons?

    I was wondering, how are photons created in the sun, and how do they get propelled at the speed of light towards the Earth? With great thanks, Hong Shee Singapore

  • 49:52 - Why do I prefer to listen to music in my right ear?

    Hi Alison Wilathgamuwa (pronounced Wilath-gam-uwa, easy when broken down into syllables lol) from Perth Western Australia.   I use headphone ear buds for my audio devices, computer etc. Eventually over time one side of the ear bud headphones will stop working forcing me to buy ...

  • 51:20 - Do my eyes have anti-shake vision?

    Hi Chris, I recently bought a mini video camera for my bike trips to and from work. I noticed when i watch the video back that there can be considerable camera shake when i go over bumps, for example,  (I do believe some of the more expensive cameras have anti shake devices) a...



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