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Sun, 25th Nov 2012

Investigating ISIS - The Neutron Source

The experimental hall at the ISIS neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK. (c) Sandig

This week, join us on a tour of ISIS, the STFC's Neutron and Muon source.  We find out how neutrons can probe the properties of materials, help to protect electronic circuits from failure and shed light on the action of antibiotics.  Plus, in the news we hear how to print out perfect replacement cartilage.

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  • 01:03 - ISIS - How Neutrons Help Understand the World

    What can neutrons tell us? And how can you study them? Martyn Bull takes Naked Scientist Ben Valsler on a tour of Target Station One at ISIS in Oxfordshire to find out........

  • 09:39 - Probing the Properties of Materials

    The ISIS neutron source is used by a wide range of researchers to understand the properties of materials, and find out what's happening when they do things we don't expect...

  • 25:11 - Printing New Cartilage

    A novel printing technique can print replacement cartilage in 3d...

  • 30:55 - Longevity and Telomeres - Planet Earth Online

    DNA, life’s genetic code, can be found tightly packaged inside chromosomes. And at the end of these chromosomes are specialised bits of DNA called telomeres – which are often associated with ageing. Now, by studying Australian zebra finches, researchers can examine the relatio...

  • 50:43 - How long do fundamental particles last?

    Dear  Dr. Smith, How long do protons and neutrons survive outside an atom? Salih

  • 51:46 - How does ISIS help Earth scientists?

    In your previous life as Professor of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University, I always think of Earth sciences as being about continents and rocks and big things like volcanoes. How were you using ISIS to answer those sorts of questions?

  • 53:34 - Can we image subatomic particles?

    Can you see or accurately visualise sub atomic particles or are they known only by maths and/or inference?

  • 54:07 - Would things sound different on Mars?

    Hi Naked Scientists! I have a question about Mars: I know the atmosphere is a lot thinner than here on Earth so does that mean sound would travel slower there? I was thinking about Curiosity wanting to talk with one of his rover buddies & how they could communicate over lon...



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