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From dark matter detectors and quantum computers to Mars rovers and radical climate change solutions, Razor talks to the world’s leading scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and startup entrepreneurs to find out how they're working to build a better future for us all.

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  • Light therapy update #RAZOR

    Light therapy is having a dramatic impact on Denmark's mental health. 💡

    Emma Keeling catches up with the team at Chromaviso who are artificially recreating the changing patterns of natural light which support our circadian rhythm, and applying that technology in care homes where it's having a dr...

  • Darting drones #RAZOR

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...

  • Darting drones, light therapy and Comet Catalina: #RAZOR full episode

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...

  • Blood snow #RAZOR

    Come on a science journey with #RAZOR and find out what exactly blood snow is and how it is providing key information to scientists about global warming. 🌍

    #RAZOR is on TikTok 📱 https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMew4GC9B/

    Discover this and other stories on #RAZOR​​ Youtube channel, the science & technolo...

  • Saving Europe’s endangered eels #RAZOR

    The once-common European Eel is critically endangered. Over the past 40 years, the number of juvenile eels in European rivers has fallen by over 90%, largely due to more than million weirs and dams that block their migratory paths. In the UK, however, successful collaboration between conservation...

  • Endangered eels and blood snow: #RAZOR full episode

    In this week's RAZOR full episode, find out how successful collaboration between conservation groups, fisheries and local enforcement is starting to turn the tide for critically endangered eels. 🌊

    Also in the show, discover what exactly blood snow is and how it is providing key information to s...

  • Gray whales, space junk and carbon storage - #Razor

    🐋 Over the last two years, an unusual number of gray whales have been washing up, dead or dying on the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

    Their summer feeding season usually allows them to bulk up to over 40 tonnes before embarking on what is the longest migration of any mammal. But many of the...

  • Why are the gray whales dying? #RAZOR

    Over the last two years, an unusual number of gray whales have been washing up, dead or dying on the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico. Their summer feeding season usually allows them to bulk up to over 40 tonnes before embarking on what is the longest migration of any mammal. But many of the an...

  • UK doctors help remotely as India battles second deadly wave #RAZOR

    India is suffering from a deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections.

    For months, people have been desperately trying to find help for their loved ones amid shortages of hospital beds, drugs and even oxygen.

    Emma Keeling speaks to Dr Bharat Pankhana from the University of Exeter Medical School...

  • How do you make an orchestra COVID-19 safe? #RAZOR

    When the pandemic hit, many musicians were forced to take their work home. 🏠 🎼

    For an industry that needs both an audience and close collaboration to survive, this was particularly hard. So when Mele Willis from the Minnesota Orchestra wanted to find a safer way for musicians to return to the s...

  • Dark skies and food versus exercise #RAZOR

    Why do so many diets lead to more weight gain? Do more active people have faster metabolisms? Is exercise essential for weight loss? 🥕 🍏

    Over the past 20 years, evolutionary biologist Herman Pontzer has conducted ground-breaking studies across a range of settings, including pioneering fieldwork...

  • Dark skies #RAZOR

    Tucson Arizona is famous for its dark skies. Its three observatories attract astronomers from across the United States. 🌌

    So when the local government decided to upgrade its streetlights they made sure to consult with an astronomer. What they weren’t expecting was that the astronomer, John Baran...

  • How CO2 can be turned into fishfood - #RAZOR

    Despite the pandemic, Carbon Dioxide levels continue to rise.
    At the same time, aquaculture production has more than doubled every year since the year 2000, requiring 87 million metric tons from already over-fished stocks to be blended with grain in order to meet the feeding needs of fish farms....

  • Covid future and revolutionary microscopy - #RAZOR

    Mass vaccination programs for COVID-19 are being carried out around the world but not every country can afford vaccines and governments are following different strategies to contain the virus. So what will the future look like? Emma Keeling speaks to an epidemiologist in New Zealand to find out w...

  • The future of COVID-19 #RAZOR

    Mass vaccination programs for COVID-19 are being carried out around the world but governments are following different strategies to contain the virus. So what will the future look like? 💉

    Emma Keeling speaks to an epidemiologist in New Zealand to find out why their strategy was so successful an...

  • Cancer organoids #RAZOR

    Every year there are nearly 2 million bowel cancer cases in the world.

    Vivian Li leads the team of researchers at the Francis Crick Institute who are growing mini organs in the hope of finding new ways of fighting bowel cancer.

    Organoids, or mini-organs, are fundamental for the team's researc...

  • Vertical farming #RAZOR

    Vertical farming is a 21st-century phenomenon: a high-density application of new technologies in controlled-climate conditions, usually indoors. 🌾

    Instead of fields of crops, picture futuristically stacked trays of watercress, sage, basil and other small herbs and crops, boosted by hydroponics ...

  • Earthquake resilience #RAZOR

    Earthquakes don't kill - buildings do.

    This is particularly true in developing countries where building materials are limited by cost and availability. In Nepal, the devastating 2015 earthquake flattened whole neighbourhoods and villages when centuries-old monuments and temples collapsed.

    Shi...

  • Earthquake resilience and vertical farming: #RAZOR full episode

    In this episode of RAZOR, we explore the importance of creating earthquake resilient buildings which is a particularly pertinent issue in developing countries where building materials are limited by cost and availability. 🏢

    In Nepal, the devastating 2015 earthquake flattened whole neighbourhoods...

  • #RAZOR - Metamaterials

    🦗 What can a robot learn from a grasshopper’s leg or an earwig’s wing? 🤖

    🦾 Join #RAZOR on their deep dive into '#metamaterials' - where scientists are mimicking nature to breathe new life into state-of-the-art technology.

    Read more: https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-06/-Metamaterials-learni...

  • Progeria disorder #RAZOR

    Progeria is a rare genetic condition that results in a child's body aging rapidly and premature death at the average age of 14.

    The disease is caused by a single letter mutation that occurs in one of the 3 billion base pairs that make up the human genome. 🧬

    Frankie McCamley speaks to Leslie G...

  • Reducing plastic pollution in our waters - #RAZOR

    Every minute, the equivalent of one truck of plastic trash is dumped into the sea. That’s 1440 trucks every 24 hours or 8 billion kilos per year.

    Engineers in Australia and Amsterdam are working to tackle this problem by creating an innovative bubble screen barrier that can capture the plastic,...

  • Vitamin D and COVID19 - #RAZOR

    Since the pandemic began there’s been an ongoing debate about the link between a patient’s vitamin D levels and how badly the virus affects them ☀️ 🦠

    The problem is that, scientifically speaking, correlation and cause are not the same. Health authorities demand causal proof before recommending n...

  • Rewilding mussels, the great bubble barrier and vitamin D vs COVID-19: RAZOR

    New Zealand is famous for its beautiful coastlines and abundant sea life, but dredging has severely depleted and wiped out its mussel beds. Scientists at the University of Auckland about how they have rejuvenated the beds – by dropping empty shells to create reef-like structures. 🇳🇿 🐚

    Engineers ...