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The Space Boffins look forward to ExoMars

The Space Boffins look forward to ExoMars

Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are joined by new Mars Society president Jerry Stone and aspiring astronaut Kate Arkless-Gray. Sue reports from the UK control room of the Mars SAFER field trial as scientists operate an ExoMars rover prototype; there’s a revealing interview by Kate with Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, and shield your ears if you want to hear how Richard got on in QinetiQ’s centrifuge. Warning: it’s not pretty…

Come together – Naked Genetics 13.11.14

Microtubukes (c) Michael Linnenbach

All living cells are made up of protein molecules – but how do they organise themselves into structures? Plus bee sex, tough mice, and a happily married gene of the month.

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  • Pollen viewed under electron microscope (c) Source: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility. Artificial colouring by Medium69.

    00:58 – Prof Buzz Baum – Genes to shape

    This month the Genetics Society had their Autumn Meeting,
    “Genes to shape”. I spoke to co-organiser Prof Buzz Baum to
    find out more.

  • Actin microfilaments (c) Y tambe

    08:26 – Prof Andreas Bausch – Making shapes

    Professor Andreas Bausch is trying to understand how simple
    molecules come together to create complex, self-organised
    biological structures.

  • HIV-1 particles assembling at the surface of an infected macrophage. (c) Reconfirming the Traditional Model of HIV Particle Assembly. Gross L, PLoS Biology Vol. 4/12/2006, e445. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040445

    14:35 – Uncovering HIV resistance

    Swiss scientists have made a step forward in understanding how
    resistance to HIV could be encoded within our own genes.

  • This scorpion is black when viewed under normal lighting. Here it is seen illuminated by an ultra violet light. (c) Jonbeebe at wikipedia

    18:10 – Mice resist scorpion stings

    Researchers have found that little grasshopper mice are resistant
    to the painful effects of the highly toxic venom of bark scorpions.

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