This Way Up
Microbes and premature birth08/28/15
Professor David Relman of Stanford University is looking at the link between microbes and premature birth.
Science: flu vaccines
Dr Chris Smith on an artificial form of photosynthesis that can turn carbon dioxide into methane gas and Dutch scientists think they've found a vaccine that can protect from all sorts of different strains of flu.
Nick Davies' cuckoos
The English naturalist Nick Davies has been watching the cuckoo for over 30 years and his book 'Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature' is published by Bloomsbury.
This Way Up 29 August 2015: Part 2
Cuckoos, flu vaccines and and the potential link between microbes and premature birth.
Peter Griffin with technology news and You Tube launches its own gaming channel. Also the Government wants to explore 'digital convergence' and Facebook will start using real people to help you find products and services.
Bronwen Connor and her team at the University of Auckland are looking at ways of reprogramming human cells with the aim or treating brain injuries and diseases like Parkinson's and Huntington's.
The role of dance in helping people who suffer from stroke, Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. Rachel Horwell offers Dance for PD classes. Cheryl Cameron and Ian Jenkins add a Latin flavour with their Therapeutic Tango for...
This Way Up 29 August 2015: Part 1
Therapeutic dance, reprogramming human cells and tech news.
Tsetse fly traps
Scientists are fighting tsetse flies and the sleeping sickness they spread using the colour blue. Professor Steve Torr from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is using this knowledge to design better flytraps.
Israel: startup nation
Peter Griffin's in Israel looking at how it's become a 'start up nation'.
The Triumph of Seeds
'The Triumph of Seeds' is the name of Thor Hanson's book describing how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses and pips have shaped human history.
This Way Up 22 August 2015: Part 2
The Triumph of Seeds, Israel startup nation, and fighting the tsetse fly using the colour blue.
Animals and drones
Mark Ditmer is a researcher at the University of Minnesota who's using heart rate monitors to study the reaction of black bears to drones.
China's streaming stars
The BBC's Celia Hatton enters the world of China's performance websites, where singers and other performers can earn big bucks and attract millions of online viewers every day.
Hens in rest homes
How keeping chickens is making people happier in retirement homes. Douglas Hunter's the director of a charity called HenPower that's set up hen houses at 23 rest homes in the UK.
The US Food and Drug Administration has just approved a drug to treat female sexual dysfunction. Dr Ray Moynihan has been studying the research and the marketing surrounding the subject for more than a decade.
This Way Up 22 August 2015: Part 1
'Female Viagra', hens in rest homes, China's streaming stars and animals and drones.
Chris Pires of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri is tracking an evolutionary battle between caterpillars and plants that's made our wasabi, mustard and horseradish even hotter.
Matthew Vincent is a 'cyber archaeologist' working on ProjectMosul.org. He's using photos and images to recreate 3D representations of historical objects and ancient artefacts destroyed in ongoing violence in the Middle East.
Catherine Price looks at the multi-billion dollar global vitamins and dietary supplements industry in her book 'Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection' (Scribe).
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