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Coronavirus, Horsemeat, Blackbirds, DNA

Fri, 15 Feb 13

Duration: 28 mins

The new coronavirus; can it be transmitted between humans? How to trace the source of processed horsemeat. Using DNA to store data. And city blackbirds mating early.

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TB, SATELLITES, LAKE ELLSWORTH, ANTARCTIC BASE

Thu, 7 Feb 13

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Failures in science and lessons learnt; new TB vaccine trials and drilling in Antarctica. Also mobile phones in space. Presented by Quentin Cooper.

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Rail, Radioactive, Universe, Quantum Biology.

Thu, 31 Jan 13

Duration: 19 mins

This week we discuss the engineering of high speed rail, the storage of radioactive nuclear waste, how our evolution is linked to that of the universe and quantum biology.

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Noise & plane design, Birdflu, Dogs, Mackerel

Thu, 24 Jan 13

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Are ever stricter noise and energy consumption restrictions making plane design harder? Controversial birdflu research. Dog domestication. And why mackerel is off the menu.

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Smog, Exploding Stars, Animal Replacement

Thu, 17 Jan 13

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Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has reached levels judged as hazardous to human health. An international team of nuclear astrophysicists has shed new light on the explosive stellar events known as novae. The UKs leading humane medical research charity, the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT), and Queen Mary, University of London, have joined forces to lead the global development of human-relevant methods and alternatives to animal use in diverse areas of bio-medical research.

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Norovirus, superheroes and army underpants.

Thu, 3 Jan 13

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Winter vomiting, superhero physics and why military scientists design underpants.

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Material 27 Dec 12: Unsung Heroes of Science

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Recorded in front of an audience Quentin Cooper and guests Adam Rutherford, Mark Miodownik, Vivienne Parry, Kevin Fong and Dallas Campbell, debate their unsung heroes of science.

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IQ tests, life on Mars, Santa up a chimney

Thu, 20 Dec 12

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Why IQ tests don't test intelligence, how a broken boiler control is hampering the search for life in Antarctica, why that frozen continent is a good model for life on mars and how Santa gets down a chimney courtesy of childrenās presenters Dick and Dom.

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Material World::Prizes, Hobbits, archaeology+maths.

Thu, 13 Dec 12

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The 3 million dollar physics prizes - but is giving science prizes fair? How scientific is the home of Hobbits, Maths for the future of computing and solving the mystery of Piltdown man, who was really behind this 100 year old archaeological hoax?

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Energy; Rats; Olive Oil; Romantic Chemistry

Fri, 30 Nov 12

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Dr Dave Ray analyses the latest statement on Energy delivered by the Energy Secretary. The world's largest ever rodent eradication project is taking place in South Georgia. Olive oil could be used to preserve ancient stone buildings and there's a Romantic Chemistry exhibition at the Royal Society.

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