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How tricky is it to make a COVID-19 tracing app?
Wednesday 20th May 2020, 12.30pm

As we search for a way out of the global coronavirus crisis, there’s been plenty of discussion surrounding a potential COVID-19 tracing app. Many of us carry a mobile phone with us wherever we go, so it seems logical to use this pre-existing infrastructure in the transition towards a ‘new normal...

Changing plant chloroplasts to improve crop performance
Thursday 14th May 2020, 10.00am

Chloroplasts are tiny protein-filled units within plant cells. As well as being responsible for photosynthesis, they are critical to a plant's ability to respond to its environment (for example, to the intensity of light or the threat of disease). They do this by importing the proteins they need...

How do you fight malaria in the back of a van?
Wednesday 6th May 2020, 12.30pm

Just one mosquito bite is enough to infect someone with malaria. Tackling this serious – sometimes fatal – subtropical disease is a key priority for the World Health Organisation; but how can we move forward in the fight against it? Specifically, how could a small team of researchers, taking to...

What's in the Indian Ocean?
Wednesday 22nd Apr 2020, 12.30pm

Much less is known about the Indian Ocean than either the Atlantic or Pacific. It's also less protected. What secrets lie beneath the waves? What new species wait to be discovered…? Dr Paris Stefanoudis tells us all about the Nekton project, its past and planned missions, and the role it’s...

Should we trust scientists?
Wednesday 8th Apr 2020, 12.30pm

We’re living in extraordinary times, where graphs and statistics are splashed across newspaper front pages, and misinformation is rife. How do we know which sources of information are reliable? How do scientific researchers go from having an idea to publishing their findings, and advising on...

How garlicky is your garlic?
Wednesday 25th Mar 2020, 12.30pm

When it comes to mass-producing food, it’s important to make sure the taste is consistent, and good! But how can we detect the taste of something without eating it ourselves?