Big Picture Science – The Fix Is In

by Gary Niederhoff on August 2, 2015

Big Picture Science – The Fix Is In

The moon jellyfish has remarkable approach to self-repair. If it loses a limb, it rearranges its remaining body parts to once again become radially symmetric. Humans can’t do that, but a new approach that combines biology with nanotechnology could give our immune systems a boost. Would you drink a beaker of nanobots if they could help you fight cancer?

Also, materials science gets into self-healing with a novel concrete that fixes its own cracks.

Plus, why even the most adaptive systems can be stretched to their limit. New research suggests that the oceans will take a millennium to recover from climate change.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Lea Goentoro and Michael Abrams / Re-Symmetrizing Jellyfish
Part 2: Sarah Moffitt / Marine Biodiversity
Part 3: Mark Miodownik / Self-repairing Concrete
Part 4: Shawn Douglas / Cancer Fighting Nanbots

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