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Material World

Weekly science conversation, on everything from archaeology to zoology, from abacus to the antipodean rodent zyzomys, by way of meteorites. Presented by Quentin Cooper, and airing every Thursday, 4:30 pm.

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    Inside Science:Bovine TB:Coral Sunscreen;Space Junk

    The government have announced a plan to rid England of ...

    The government have announced a plan to rid England of bovine TB within 25 years. Corals could save us from sunburn in summers to come. Why we need to tackle the problem of space junk....

    Jul 4, 2013 Read more
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    Material: Ancient Horses; Uncertainty; Cutlery and Taste

    How 700 000 year old horse DNA could change the ...

    How 700 000 year old horse DNA could change the way scientists study evolution; why scientists are seldom certain of their findings and how cutlery changes the taste of food....

    Jun 27, 2013 Read more
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    MRC; Snails; Applause

    Pioneering work in the treatment of TB set the gold ...

    Pioneering work in the treatment of TB set the gold standard for future clinical trials. Geneticists at the University of Nottingham have confirmed a unique and close relationship between the snails of Ireland and those of a small region in the...

    Jun 20, 2013 Read more
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    Digital spying;Dornier 17;Germination;Cheetahs

    Monitoring information has become much simpler in the digital age. ...

    Monitoring information has become much simpler in the digital age. Encrusted sea-life helped protect the Dornier 17 from the worst ravages of the sea. Understanding the process whereby seeds control germination might one day help in the battle against...

    Jun 13, 2013 Read more
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    Cheltenham Science Festival

    Professor Elspeth Garman commemorates a century since the publication of ...

    Professor Elspeth Garman commemorates a century since the publication of an idea that made discovering protein structures possible: The Bragg Equation. How can we better understand and perhaps control the spread of drug-resistant HIV? FameLab, started...

    Jun 6, 2013 Read more
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    Multiverses;Culture-driven Evolution;Lee Smolin-Time

    Have Planck’s observations proven that there could be millions of ...

    Have Planck’s observations proven that there could be millions of universes beyond our own or is the evidence far from proof? Could culture, rather than random genetic mutations, have driven the evolution of humans? Throughout history the concept of...

    May 30, 2013 Read more
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    Tornado;Tree health;Vaccine;Radar

    What is it about Oklahoma's geographical location that causes increased ...

    What is it about Oklahoma's geographical location that causes increased susceptibility to tornadoes? How can residents of ‘tornado valley’ better protect themselves against these rampant acts of Mother Nature?The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity...

    May 23, 2013 Read more
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    Quantum computer; Ancient water; Stem cells; Dambusters

    One of the world's most powerful, commercially available, "quantum" computers ...

    One of the world's most powerful, commercially available, "quantum" computers is to be installed at NASA's Ames research centre.Scientists have discovered the oldest fluid water system in the world, buried deep beneath Ontario, Canada.A technique...

    May 16, 2013 Read more
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    EU science funding;Pear-shaped nuclei;Hyades

    With scientific research in the UK receiving an estimated 4.9 ...

    With scientific research in the UK receiving an estimated 4.9 billion euro from the European Research Council’s FP7 program, what would happen to this funding if the UK were to leave the EU altogether? The discovery of pear-shaped nuclei in radium...

    May 9, 2013 Read more
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    Bees;Petal Shapes: Heart gene therapy

    EU states have voted in favour of a proposal to ...

    EU states have voted in favour of a proposal to restrict the use of certain pesticides that have been linked to causing serious harm in bees. Patients in the UK have begun being enrolled into trials to see if an engineered virus can be used to heal...

    May 2, 2013 Read more
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