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Naked Scientists episode

Thu, 14th Feb 2013

What is Love?

Two hands forming a heart shape (c) Leon Brocard

Love is... neurochemistry? This week, we look at love from a scientific perspective.  We go looking for love in the brain and explore the chemistry behind falling, and staying, in love!  Plus, how ovaries become damaged with age, and the new virus strain with pandemic potential.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 09:51 - Origins of Cosmic Rays

    Since their discovery cosmic rays have been a mystery. Now, an orbiting gamma-ray telescope has managed to identify their source...

  • 15:07 - (Power) Walk This Way

    A group of US and Chinese researchers have developed a generator that can convert footsteps into electrical power...

  • 18:58 - Soft robots take a leap forward

    Soft robots can be simple and cheap but incredibly agile - powered by explosions, they can leap at least 30 times their own height!

  • 23:15 - Fish on Pharmaceuticals

    Psychoactive drugs can get into rivers in biologically relevant concentrations and may be altering the way that fish behave...

  • 25:59 - Coronavirus

    Wendy Barclay discusses the new evidence that Coronavirus can spread from person to person..

  • 32:42 - Extracting oil from algae - Planet Earth

    Some species of algae produce lipids which can be converted to biofuel. But how do we effectively extract them?

  • 37:50 - What is Love?

    Is love just a chemical reaction? We find out what goes on in your brain when you fall in love

  • 42:43 - How do male and female brains differ?

    How do male and female brains differ? Investigating fruit flies has given us an insight into the neural circuits that control courtship...

  • 49:14 - Staying in Love

    What happens in our brains during long term love and how do we react when heartbroken?

  • 55:03 - Are Humans Meant for Monogamy?

    With divorce rates being over 50%; is monogamy for humans societal concern (nurture) or natural need (nature)?



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