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Naked Scientists episode

Wed, 14th Aug 2013

Naked in Australia

The Kimberley (c) David Busch

This week we have a special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith finds out whether importing nitrogen fixing legumes could hold the answer to Perth's poor soil fertility and Victoria Gill heads out on a scientific fishing trip to see how Black Bream stocks could give us an insight into the health of estuaries. Plus could gardens hold the answer to preserving the native plants of the Kimberley?

In the news, the first measurement of the magnetic field of a black hole, how squid skin could help us hide from infra red cameras and what can David Beckham tell us about playing the piano?

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 01:26 - Forensic archaeology

    New research suggests that the soil around ancient human remains has much to tell us about how those people died.

  • 05:08 - Are black holes magnetic?

    Radio astronomers have made the first measurements of the magnetic field around the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

  • 15:48 - Coarticulation in piano playing

    Music is far more than a string of individually-sounded notes, and the way pianists strike the keys has similarities with how we speak.

  • 18:06 - How do near-death experiences arise?

    Patients who have heart attacks often report having strange experiences including seeing bright lights. But what causes them?

  • 44:15 - Native plants in the Kimberleys

    Sabrina Hahn talks about her work building gardens with the indigenous population of the Kimberleys...

  • 50:22 - Could diamonds be mined in space?

    "Diamonds are made deep underground when the carbon is subject to high pressure and heat. Is there any way that other elements could be used to make an even harder type of diamond? I was thinking if the elements were present in similar conditions on other planets where the pre...



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