Radio Verulam Science Feature 22/02/20
Sam Rolfe was our guest tonight.
Can you survive on potatoes alone?
In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily.
In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year. But is this approach likely to work, or will he run out of nutrients? And could he have chosen a better single food to live on?
Dmitri Mendeleev - scientist of the month
In the 1860's, Dmitri Mendeleev noticed recurring trends in the chemical and physical properties of different elements. Drawing on his understanding of element characteristics, Mendeleev arranged the known elements in a grid. He presented this periodic law to the Russian Chemical Society in 1869.