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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 30th Apr 2012

Farming, Flying and Inflamed Hearts

A feral rock pigeon (Columba livia), taken in Santa Barbara, California, USA. (c) Dori @ wikipedia

In this NewsFlash, we hear how farming migrated across Europe, how distant supernovae affect diversity of life on Earth, and the role of DNA and inflammation in heart failure.  Plus, we home in on the parts of the pigeon brain responsible for sensing magnetic fields...

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:17 - Farming moved with ancient migrants

    One of archaeology's greatest questions, "did farming move across Europe with knowledge or people?" is now closer to being answered.

  • 02:55 - Diversity of life down to distant supernovae

    The timings of supernova explosions close to Earth marry up with epochs in the planet's history when the diversity of life altered dramatically, suggesting that we may owe our existence to the deaths of nearby stars...



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