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Episode 6: November 2013

In this episode we hear about using electrons for protein crystallography, a receptor for carbon dioxide, arthritis, how the brain responds to a missing hand, and the best shape for whiskers.
Episode 6: November 2013

Chapters

  1. 0:39
    Gently does it for crystallography
    Very cold weak electron beams have been used to collect large numbers of diffraction patterns from protein microcrystals.
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  2. 5:57
    If your blood gets too acidic you will die
    Carbon dioxide could be involved in processes as diverse as breathing, hearing and reproduction.
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  3. 11:39
    A gut feeling about arthritis
    The gut microbiota of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is enriched in microbes belonging to the Prevotella genus.
  4. 17:05
    How the brain moves on
    In individuals with a missing hand, the area of the brain responsible for that hand learns to control the remaining hand or the residual limb.
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  5. 23:37
    Why do rodents have cone-shaped whiskers?
    Conical whiskers allow mammals that live in tunnels and other enclosed spaces to learn more about their surroundings.
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