Monday, 27 January 2014

Science Feature with @smrolfe looking at growing faces on chests & sharks on twitter!

Sam Rolfe, our very own Brian Cox was in the studio today to discuss the following:

Girl Grows a new face on her chest
Seventeen-year-old Xu Jianmei, a girl from a small fishing town in China’s Fujian province, became disfigured after getting burned in a fire when she was only five years old. At the time, her parents were unable to afford treatment, which meant that Xu would miss the window where optimal healing from skin grafts could occur. For most of her life, Xu has been missing a chin, eyelids, and a portion of her right ear.
In 2012 she was offered the opportunity to have her life changed beyond all recognition. Doctors proposed that they use blood vessel fascia from her leg in order to grow enough skin needed for her face. A balloon was placed in her chest in order to expand and stretch the skin as it grew. The process of growing the skin took several months and the doctors had to ensure that the skin could stay alive in its new location before the next steps could be taken.

Sharks on Twitter

The Australian State of Western Australia (WA) has signed over 300 sharks up to Twitter.
The program sees sharks tagged with gadgets that, when they come close to floating monitors located near popular beaches, detect the beasts' presence.
When a tracker-equipped shark does so, alerts about its location are piped into the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed

Scientist of the month
Margherita Hack
Margherita Hack,12 June 1922 – 29 June 2013) was an Italian astrophysicist and popular science writer. The asteroid 8558 Hack, discovered in 1995, was named in her honour.
Born in Florence, she graduated in physics from the University of Florence in 1945, with a thesis in astrophysics on Cepheid variables, after studies made in the Arcetri Observatory. She was full professor of astronomy from 1964 to 1997 at the University of Trieste before she retired in 1998.

Night Sky this month

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