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The Science Hour

The Science Hour

The Science Hour

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Adam Rutherford talks to Alzheimer’s researcher Dr Tara Spires-Jones about news of a failed drug clinical trial into Alzheimer’s Disease treatment by the drug company Eli Style Transfer on Facebook Anand Jagatia talks to Facebook’s Yann LeCun, about Style Transfer, a new technique enabling users of smart phone cameras to produce an image in the style of a famous painting. Smart Bandages British researchers have developed a “smart” bandage that could help burns sufferers in spotting infections earlier. Roland Pease investigates. Automatic Speech Analysis Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis and John Quinn describe how the UN initiative Pulse Lab Kampala is developing a prototype that makes it possible to conduct analysis of public discussions on the radio across Ugandan English, Luganda and Acholi. Mind Reading Could it be possible to broadcast our thoughts directly from our brains without the need for speech? Gaia Vince meets the scientists who say they’re getting close to being able to read minds. From Supernovae to Hollywood The Science Hour talks to Nathan Sanders the astrophysicist who gave up studying exploding stars to apply his maths to Hollywood stars in the movie business and who leads the Quantitative Team at Legendary Pictures. (Photo caption: Alzheimer’s brain. Computer graphic of a vertical (coronal) slice through the brain of an Alzheimer patient (left) compared with a normal brain (right) © Science Photo Library) The Science Hour was presented by Gareth Mitchell with comments from Melissa Hogenboom of BBC Earth Producer: Colin Grant

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