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OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Homo floresiensis and snails

Updated Thursday 23rd October 2014

The show marks 10 years since Homo floresiensis was discovered and also looks at the wonderful diversity of snails.

In BBC Inside Science, Dr Lucie Green and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

On this week's programme:

Homo floresiensis: The show marks 10 years since Homo floresiensis was discovered with Chris Stringer at the Natural History Museum talking about the discoveries and controversies. He also discusses the earliest modern human at 45,000 years old and discovers the DNA has the same percentage of Neanderthal DNA as modern Eurasians.

Genetics of height: The new study into the genetics of height is investigated as Professor Tim Frayling at Exeter University and others have found hundreds of genes linked to our height.

Surface of the Sun: As a solar scientist, presenter Dr Lucie Green was very interested to hear about the latest findings from the IRIS mission to study the Sun. Professor Bart De Pontieu and Dr Paola Testa tell her all about the complex physics that go some way to explain why the surface of the sun (the Corona) is so hot. 
Snails: Finally, the team dig in at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge with Dr. Helen Scales to discover the wonderful diversity of snails in the British Isles.
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Listen to Inside Science

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 23 October at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC's Inside Science pages.


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