Radio Astronomy in the Australian Outback

Radio Astronomy in the Australian Outback

The SKA will soon be the world’s most sensitive radio telescope, able to view some of the most distant objects ever seen. In a special edition of Naked Astronomy this month, we follow Perth-based astronomer Kirsten Gottschalk on a visit to one of the two sites where it will be built, hundreds of kilometres from civilisation in the Western Australian outback. Kirsten also catches up with progress on the two precursor instruments – the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder – which are already being constructed on the site.

Beautiful otherness – autism genetics – Naked Genetics 13.03.14

Beautiful otherness – autism genetics

Speech (c) Njallis

It’s thought that around one in a hundred children in the UK is somewhere on the autistic spectrum – a complex range of disorders that can be challenging to understand and live with. But recent advances in genetics are bringing hope for new therapies that might help. Plus, we look at the genes underlying Specific Language Impairment, find out why cancer has the X factor, and meet a hopeless-sounding gene of the month.

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  • Small cell lung cancer (c) Nephron@wikimedia

    10:49 – Cancer gets the X factor

    Scientists have discovered that the X-chromosome inactivation gene Xist may be involved in cancer

  • Diagram 3 From DNA to amino acids (c) Courtesy of Equinox Graphics

    15:54 – Reading the genome

    Scientists in the US have made a major step forward in understanding how the information in our DNA is read

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