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Naked Scientists episode

Tue, 10th Dec 2013

Diving into Ocean Conservation

Pufferfish (c) Abigail Golden

The bid to create the world's largest marine reserve, diseases threatening corals in the Caribbean, what is the best way to conserve coral reefs in Fiji, and why fish microbes matter too. Plus news of DNA sequences extracted from a 400,000 human ancestor in Spain, contraceptive pills for men, pain-free injection patches and the brain basis of dyslexia...

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 14:08 - Microplastics compromise marine worms

    Plastic particles pose a hazard for marine worms, cutting their food intake and slowing growth, with knock-on effects for the food chain

  • 18:21 - Brain scan insight into dyslexia

    Dyslexia is down to a connectivity problem between different parts of the brain that decode language, scientists in Belgium have shown.

  • 22:18 - The Pitcairn Islands marine reserve

    Pitcairn inhabitants are lobbying to create the world's largest marine reserve, of nearly a million square kilometres, in their waters

  • 29:26 - Caribbean corals under threat

    One of the most endangered marine ecosystems are Caribbean coral reefs that have seen a massive die-off of the main reef-building species

  • 46:10 - How do marine microbes affect fish?

    Different environments harbour different micro-organisms. So how does this affect fish species?

  • Which animals sweat?

    I was at the CBSM 2013 seminar last Friday and I just wanted to say thank you for such an exciting (!) presentation. Some of my colleagues and I were going to ask you what animals, apart from horses, sweat? Kind regards, Nikki



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