Helen Scales

  • Inside of a shell showing mother of pearl
    Podcast

    Nacre

    2015-05-20T00:00:00

    From a glamorous necklace to cutting edge body armour - Helen Scales investigates the properties of nacre

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    Podcast

    Nacre

    2015-05-20T00:00:00

    From a glamorous necklace to cutting edge body armour - Helen Scales investigates the properties of nacre

  • Mussels
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    Mussel adhesive proteins

    2015-05-06T00:00:00

    How do mussels stick tight and weather the constant ocean waves? Helen Scales discovers mussel adhesive proteins

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    Mussel adhesive proteins

    2015-05-06T00:00:00

    How do mussels stick tight and weather the constant ocean waves? Helen Scales discovers mussel adhesive proteins

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    Goethite

    2015-04-16T00:00:00

    It’s the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments - Helen Scales discovers goethite

  • Shells on the beach
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    Goethite

    2015-04-16T00:00:00

    It’s the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments - Helen Scales discovers goethite

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    Antifreeze glycoproteins

    2014-08-06T00:00:00

    Why don’t fish freeze in sub-zero seas? Helen Scales introduces the compounds that protect them - antifreeze glycoproteins

  • Antartica
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    Antifreeze glycoproteins

    2014-08-06T00:00:00

    Why don’t fish freeze in sub-zero seas? Helen Scales introduces the compounds that protect them - antifreeze glycoproteins

  • A man working on pressure washer to cleaning boat hull barnacles antifouling and seaweed at the harbor
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    Tributyltin

    2014-07-16T00:00:00

    Helen Scales investigates tributyltin, banned from use as anti-fouling paint for causing ‘imposex’ in marine life

  • Shark
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    Squalene

    2014-07-02T00:00:00

    It helps keep sharks afloat, but may be partly responsible for their declining numbers: Helen Scales introduces squalene

  • Great white sharks by watersurface view from bottom
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    Squalene

    2014-07-02T00:00:00

    It helps keep sharks afloat, but may be partly responsible for their declining numbers: Helen Scales introduces squalene

  • Leech
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    Hirudin

    2014-02-26T00:00:00

    Helen Scales investigates hirudin, a powerful anticoagulant found in leech saliva

  • Hirudin leech close up
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    Hirudin

    2014-02-26T00:00:00

    Helen Scales investigates hirudin, a powerful anticoagulant found in leech saliva

  • Cone snail, Cyprus
    Podcast

    Conotoxins

    2014-01-08T00:00:00

    Helen Scales finds out how unique toxins found in deadly cone snail stings could herald the next generation of painkillers

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    Spanish fly

    2013-10-10T00:00:00

    Helen Scales looks at cantharidin, the active ingredient in this famous aphrodisiac

  • Spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria)
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    Spanish fly

    2013-10-10T00:00:00

    Helen Scales looks at cantharidin, the active ingredient in this famous aphrodisiac

  • Sperm whale
    Podcast

    Ambergris

    2013-09-18T00:00:00

    How can whale waste make you a fortune? This week, Helen Scales searches for Ambergris

  • Humpback Whale in Hawaii
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    Ambergris

    2013-09-18T00:00:00

    How can whale waste make you a fortune? This week, Helen Scales searches for Ambergris