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Chlorine and antibiotic resistance05/22/15
Olya Keen of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is studying how using chlorine to treat sewage could be contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance and the rise of the superbug.
Hugh Roberston takes us to an estuary to find the wrybill. It's the only bird in the world whose beak has a sideways kink in it, evolved to help them peck under stones on riverbeds.
Professor June Andrews of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling is the author of 'Dementia: The One-Stop Guide: Practical advice for families, professionals, and people living with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease'...
Naked Science: Paracetamol use in pregnancy
Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists on a study suggesting caution over paracetamol use during pregnancy. Also a chemical extracted from the Thunder God Vine shows amazing results in helping animals return to a normal body weight.
Lucky Iron Fish
Christopher Charles of Lucky Iron Fish came up with a simple and effective solution to the problem of iron deficiency in Cambodia; a small piece of iron shaped like a fish that gets added to the cooking pot.
Tech news: Budget 2015 and Spotify
Peter Griffin reviews how the science and technology sector fared in Thursday's budget. We're also looking at the music streaming service Spotify's plans to stream videos and podcasts, and commission its own content.
Classroom finances: Banqer
We visit a school where 10 year olds are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars using a virtual financial system called Banqer that's training them in financial literacy. With teacher Jolene Butson of Churton Park School and her class, and Kendall...
Simon Parkin enters the real and the virtual world of Eve Online, a computer game with half a million paid subscribers that's become one of Iceland's biggest exports.
The Shoe That Grows
Kenton Lee's invented an adjustable shoe that can expand up to 5 foot sizes, designed for children in the developing world.
Science: colour red and hearing
Dr Chris Smith on the colour red and its symbolic significance in social situations. Also a study in Australia looks at how our ears communicate with our brain to zone out certain sounds and tune in on others.
Megan Thoemmes is studying face mites at North Carolina State University.
Breeding New Zealand green-lipped mussels in the lab. Henry Kaspar is a mussel specialist at the Cawthron Institute, who's trying to improve aquaculture survival rates and selectively breed better mussels.
Tech: Facebook's Instant Articles
Peter Griffin talks technology, and Facebook teams up with the likes of the New York Times and Buzzfeed to put more news into your newsfeed with Instant Articles.
Age prediction websites
Nicola Twilley writes about age prediction websites for the New Yorker.
Spain: shorter working hours
Ashifa Kassam lives and works in Spain where the working day could be getting shorter. Also horses are becoming the latest casualties of the economic crisis that's hit the country,
In Africa a reusable sanitary pad is transforming young womens' lives for the better. With Sanne Bolkenstein of AFRIpads.
Naked Science with Dr Chris Smith and how newborn babies feel pain. Also Facebook gives us some solid evidence of the "echo chamber" effect online, and scientists unveil the prospect of a more personalised approach to treat cancer.
Technology news with Peter Griffin. So why is Spark protesting about possible price hikes for access to the copper broadband network? Also the rise and fall of anonymous messaging apps, and why Apple wants your DNA!
Norman Doidge: Neuroplasticity
Norman Doidge, author of 'The Brain's Way of Healing', argues that the brain is neuroplastic and capable of significant self-repair and healing.
Medical detection dogs
Using dogs to sniff out diseases like like cancer and diabetes. Dr Claire Guest is the co-founder of the UK charity Medical Detection Dogs.
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