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Naked Scientists episode

Wed, 21st Aug 2013

Australia's First BBQ

A typical Laredo, Texas BBQ grill (c) AMAPO

This week, we have another special show from Perth in Western Australia. Chris Smith and Victoria Gill go in search of dolphins, find out how DNA sequencing technology has allowed us to find out what was on Australia's first barbecue, and give a science lesson to children in the outback. In the news, how glucose affects our willpower, why the Antarctic oceans are so different from the rest of the world, and the batteries that store power from renewable energy farms.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 19:26 - Searches for Arsenic Contaminated Water

    Can we predict where to focus water checks for the 140 million people affected by arsenic contaminated water supplies?

  • 23:00 - New model for Schizophrenia

    Scientists have found a model for Schizophrenia in macaques, which may lead to better understanding of, and treatment for, the illness.

  • 27:20 - Studying Perth's Dolphins

    Victoria finds out how scientists study the dolphins in Perth River, to better understand their lifestyles.

  • 32:49 - Australia's First BBQ

    DNA technology can be used for a huge variety of applications - from keeping birds away from airports to analyzing ancient caves.

  • 40:26 - Teaching in remote areas

    Chris and Victoria visited the Australian Schools for Isolated and Distance Education, to find out about how children receive remote lessons

  • 50:08 - Why does ice make fizzy drinks bubble over?

    We were wondering why a glass of fizzy drink bubbles over when icecubes are dropped into it? We've found a few different answers on the internet, but we only trust the Naked Scientists to give us the right one! Many thanks, Bella and Meg from Amsterdam



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