The Science of 2017
This week, The Naked Scientists raise a glass to 2017 as they look back at their favourite science of the year, including: bees playing football, ghost busting, and removing farts from a car.
In this episode
07:03 - Football-playing bees
with Clint Perry, Queen Mary University London
Back in February, Ricky Nathvani interviewed Clint Perry from Queen Mary University in London about his discovery that ball-rolling bumblebees are capable of reasoning...
Originally from the show Conversations about climate change.
11:54 - What does space junk sound like?
What does space junk sound like?
with Cath LeCouter - Project Adrift
Artists Cath LeCouter and Nick Ryan have given sound and voice to space debris...
Originally from the show A Crash Course in Space Junk.
16:51 - Could your genes affect your job?
Could your genes affect your job?
with Professor Ellen Wright Clayton - Vanderbuilt University Medical Centre
Genetic sequencing is a technology that’s come on leaps and bounds in recent years. It is now possible to sequence our entire genome in a matter of days. But could having access to our genetic data put us at risk of discrimination? Georgia Mills spoke to Ellen Wright Clayton from Vanderbuilt University to find out...
Originally taken from the show Should I Sequence My Genes?
24:22 - Removing a fart from a car
Removing a fart from a car
with Dr Jess Wade - Imperial College London
"How do you remove a fart from a car?" Chris Smith put this stinky question to Imperial College physicist Jess Wade...
Originally from the show Why Bother Going to the Moon?
27:51 - Does pressing "delete" really get rid of files?
Does pressing "delete" really get rid of files?
with Graham Rymer - Cambridge University
2017 saw a number of significant cyber attacks across the globe - including on the National Health Service in the UK. One way to stay secure is to delete all personal data from old electronic devices, for example if you’re giving them away to someone else. But how confident can we be that deleting data means it has gone? With the help of Graham Rymer from Cambridge University, Izzie Clarke set out to discover what could be gleaned from an old, formatted hard drive...
Originally from the show Cybersecurity: When Crime Goes Online.
35:15 - What's so deadly about the Irukandji jellyfish?
What's so deadly about the Irukandji jellyfish?
with Lisa-ann Gershwin - Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services
The Irukandji jellyfish came up trumps in our office Critter of the Week poll. Izzie Clarke explains why with the help of Lisa-ann Gershwin from the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Service...
Originally from the show: Marine Month: All at Sea.
38:39 - Foraging: lunch in the park
Foraging: lunch in the park
with Antony Baggott - hobbyist forager
The park might seem an unusual place to go food shopping, but Katie Haylor took a stroll with Antony Baggott to see what could be foraged in the green spaces of Cambridge...
Originally from the show: Diet: Can we be Healthy and Sustainable?
40:24 - Remembering what didn't happen: false memories
Remembering what didn't happen: false memories
with Dr Julia Shaw - University College London
How would you feel if you sent an innocent person off to prison, or what if you confessed to a crime that never actually happened? The way in which police question individuals can lead to the creation of so-called false memories, and these can result in the wrong conviction from time to time. Izzie Clarke spoke to crime psychologist Julia Shaw from UCL...
Originally from the show: Memories: Making Them and Breaking Them.
Going on a ghost hunt
with Brad Mac - Ghost Hunt UK
As the Halloween lanterns came out and the costumes came on, The Naked Scientists team wanted to find out about the psychology of paranormal beliefs. The bravest of them volunteered one dark, eery night to creep around the supposedly haunted Madingley Hall in Cambridgeshire, on a mission to find out what might be lurking there...
Originally from the show Trick or Treat: The Science of the Paranormal.
Homo naledi's brain
with Professor Lee Berger - Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa
On a recent question and answer show here on The Naked Scientists, Chris Smith spoke to human origins expert Lee Berger from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, about his recent Homo naledi discoveries at the Rising Star Cave. He even brought skulls, hands and feet with him...
Originally from the show Paleo Ponderings: Can you Dig It?