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From Africa, for Africa, on Channel Africa - A special weekly 30 minute edition of the Naked Scientists for Africa and the international community.

From Africa, for Africa, on Channel Africa - A special weekly 30 minute edition of the Naked Scientists for Africa and the international community.
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From Africa, for Africa, on Channel Africa - A special weekly 30 minute edition of the Naked Scientists for Africa and the international community.




Dr. Chris Smith The Naked Scientists 36 West Green Barrington Cambridgeshire CB2 5SA +44 (0) 7092 01 96 9


Indigenous Medicine - 10.10.08 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we discover a plant indigenous to South Africa that is being used to create stress-relieving drugs worldwide and how more of these native plants could be made use of in the future. We also find out about superior solar cells, how our brains choose which hand we should use and discover a new way to catch drug traffickers in the act! Plus, we investigate if it's possible for a ball to roll uphill, in Question of the Week!


Tackling Tuberculosis - 10.10.08 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we hear about a clinical trial in Kenya that could offer hope for a vaccination against Tuberculosis. We also discover how the Malaria parasite spread into humans, how nerve repair has provided insight into the spread of cancer and get a new insight into how we perceive pain. Plus, we find out if it's safe to eat the core of a fruit, in question of the week!


Evading Extinction - 10.09.24 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we investigate the falling population numbers of the Giant Sable in Angola and find out how conservationists are trying to fight their extinction. We also hear how light pollution is affecting bird breeding habits, find a vital clue in the workings of anti-depressants and reveal a new insight into the moon's craters. Plus, we find out if olive oil really is healthier, in Question of the week!


Climate Change in Africa - 10.09.10 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we explore the impact of climate change in Africa and what residents as well as scientists and governments can do to ease the problem. We also find out about a new anti-malarial drug that could prove useful in the fight against resistance. Plus, we investigate how the square kilometre array could help us see further into the universe than ever before!

African Genomes and Tuberculosis - 10.09.03 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we explore the potential of genome-wide association studies in Africa to see how this can provide information on susceptibility to diseases such as Tuberculosis but also provide insight into the human population as a whole. We also dig deep into the field of archaeology to find out what the ancient Romans had on their daily menus as well as discover what ancient faeces can tell about a population. Plus, we reveal how mosquitoes sniff out their human targets!

Crab Shell Bandages - 10.08.27 Naked Scientists in Africa

We find out how an extract from crab shells could make low cost, antibacterial bandages in this week's programme, as well as explore our oceans. We'll investigate the impact of oil spills on shorelines and wetlands, and find out how climate change is altering Antarctica. Plus, in Question of the Week, Diana O'Carroll finds out why we struggle to remember our dreams...

The Rift that's Splitting Africa - 10.08.20 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we discover the rift in Ethiopia that's expanding and spliiting Africa apart. We'll find out what the future holds and the opportunities for Ethiopians to use it to their advantage. Plus, we meet our oldest walking ancestor, explore some of the latest satellite technology and, in Question of the Week, we find out why copper compounds are so colourful!

Invasive Species and Nanotechnology - 10.08.06 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we explore the invasion of the parthenium weed which has overtaken millions of hectares of land in Ethiopia and is spreading rapidly across the continent. We also go down to the nanoscale to investigate how nanostructures could enable safe hydrogen storage as well as provide better batteries in the future. Plus we burn calories, literally, in question of the week!

Southern African Genomes - 10.07.30 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we get an insight into southern African genomes as scientists have sequenced the DNA of members of the Khoi San to see what genes they have preserved. We also find out how researchers in South Africa have developed a new microbicide gel that could significantly reduce HIV numbers and in the news, we discover how moss spores travel on mushroom clouds and reveal a new, more efficient way to convert carbon dioxide back to carbon. Plus, we calculate how much gas a human would need...

Laser Technology - 10.07.16 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we explore the latest in laser technology, including how a team in South Africa have developed a way to remotely seal cracks in industrial pipes and how lasers are being used to treat cancers in medicine. We also hear about a newly identified chemical that promotes the growth of brain cells and how a shrinking proton is changing the laws of physics! Plus, we investigate the development of the New World, in Question of the week!

Attacking the African Army Worm - 10.07.09 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we discover the genes behind a longer life and the earliest remains of complex life here on Earth. We also investigate how drilling into a volcano could tell us more about its activity and we hear how pheromone traps are being used in villages across Africa to forecast and control outbreaks of the African army worm. Plus, we investigate why an electric toothbrush can make things a bit distorted, in Question of the week!

Balancing Biofuels in African Agriculture - 10.07.02 Naked Scientists in Af

This week, we look at ways to balance the demand for biofuels against the other needs of African farmers. We find out why size matters when it comes to bird beaks, how plant roots cope with competition and what astronomers can learn about neutrinos. We hear from researchers who are building new lungs in the lab, and in question of the week we ask why the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body!

Putting Africa on the Genomic Map - 10.06.25 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we discover the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Project, H3Africa, which hopes to utilise new genetic techniques to better understand disease in African populations. Also, how researchers have caught swine flu in the act of mutating, how migrating humans carried parasites out of Africa, a new gene therapy for HIV and why females are more likely to suffer the effects of stress. Plus, bomb proof curtains that expand when they're stretched!

Oil Leaks and Malaria Control - 10.06.22 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we discover how disease control and intervention, not climate change, could determine the future prevalence of Malaria across the world and how the oil leak in the gulf of Mexico is affecting wetland ecocsystems in the US. We also investigate if it's more important to eat or to sleep, how a honey trap could detect the pathogens in mosquitoes and how DNA could hold the key to leukeamia. Plus, we find out what happens to light, at light speed, in question of the week!

The World Cup and Astronomy in Africa - 10.06.11 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we find out how science and technology are improving security as well as television coverage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as reveal South Africa's winning bid to host the Office for Astronomy Development, or OAD, to bring astronomy to the developing world. We also discover how brushing your teeth could prevent a heart attack, find out when our ancestors first began eating meat and investigate if our genes code for our memories, in Question of the week!

Climate Change in Africa - 10.06.04 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we find out about a new initiative bringing together scientists, policy makers and development agencies across Africa to address the effects of climate change on agriculture in order to provide a sustainable future. Plus, in the news, we investigate the threats faced by the bluefin tuna, a newly discovered way that blood vessels in the brain clear a blockage and how channels on Mars reveal secrets about the Martian climate. All that plus in Question of the Week, we reveal if the...

Synthetic Cells and Fighting Poverty with Technology - 10.05.28 Naked Scien

This week, we find out how scientists in the US have created a synthetic, man-made organism which could benefit the field of vaccine production and how the government in Zimbabwe are hoping to pass a new information and communications bill in order to improve the countries economic situation through technological development.We also investigate the science behind the human pappiloma virus, or HPV, a virus which causes the majority of cases of cervical cancer, one of the main cancers...

News and Nowcasting - 10.05.21 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we bring you the latest news including how brains recognise faces and how GM crops are increasing certain plant pest populations. We also hear how new radars in South Africa are helping predict more accurate weather forecasts to benefit the economy. Plus we investigate why humans have different blood groups in Question of the week!

Ancestry and African Research - 10.05.14 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week we find out how our ancestros may have interbred with Neanderthals and get a new insight into the way our stars may form. We also hear how scientific research in Africa isn't being fully appreciated or utilised and how governments across the continent are hoping to improve the situation. Plus, in question of the week, we investigate the evolution of crocodiles!

Satellite Navigation - 10.05.07 Naked Scientists in Africa

This week, we explore the science behind satellite navigation to find out how our global positioning system, GPS, works to identify our location and how it may be possible to hack into these signals and dupe our receivers into thinking we're elsewhere! We also reveal a new finding into why HIV infected adults are more prone to infection with salmonella and in question of the week we investigate if the doppler effect can be heard through a radio!

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