Diffusion Science radio: Gifts, Glows and Gold

Gifts, Glows and Gold

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Platypuses and tardigrades glow by Ian Woolf,
Gifts to avoid by Ian Woolf, Marc West, Chris Stewart, Lachlan Whatmore, Catherine Beehag and Sacha Stelzer,
Michael Cortie zaps mind-control parasites with lasers,
Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf

Michael Cortie in the lab looking at a gold glowing test tube, while a glowing platypus and tardigrade float by.
Professor Michael Cortie

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Biofluorescence in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Biofluorescent Australian mammals and marsupials take scientists by surprise in accidental discovery
A blue-green glow adds to platypuses’ long list of bizarre features
Platypus should join koalas on endangered species shortlist, scientists say
Glowing blue helps shield this tardigrade from harmful ultraviolet light
Naturally occurring fluorescence protects the eutardigrade Paramacrobiotus sp. from ultraviolet radiation

November 30, 2020
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