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Series 4: Prog 10: 07/12/08

This week - does pregnancy affect the brain? Scientists in Wales & Australia discuss this phenomenon. We hear about the evolution of snake venom from a Bangor zoologist, and visit India where thousands die each year from snakebites. There's a trip to Techniquest in Wrexham, and we meet the author of a new book about some bizarre science experiments.

Sunday 7th December at 5.03pm

Repeated Wednesday 10th December at 9:30pm

Snake bite science

Across the world over ninety thousand people a year are dying from snakebites according to new figures published by a group of researchers based in Sri Lanka. On Science Cafe we hear from Dr. Wolfgang Wüster of Bangor University, a world authority on venomous snakes We also have a report by Jeremy Grange who has been to the southern state of Tamil Nadu meeting the patients and doctors at the sharp end of the snakebite epidemic. While he was there he went in search of venomous snakes with the Irula - who are famous for their skill in catching snakes.

Pregnancy brain?

Our reporter Nan Pickering is expecting a baby, and has been speculating about the effect of pregnancy on the brain. Some academics have dismissed any effects as a myth, but now researchers in Wales and Australia are trying to find out exactly what happens to a woman's brain during and after pregnancy. The Welsh research is being conducted by scientists from Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and is based at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). The project received funding from Wales's Waterloo Foundation. Any pregnant women wishing to take part in the research should contact the team at CUBRIC.

All you need is glove

Adam visits Techniquest @NEWI science discovery centre in Wrexham, where Dr Diane Gray creates a gas to inflate a rubber glove - all in the name of science.

Bizarre experiments

"Elephants On Acid" is a new book by Alex Boese (published by Boxtree) which explores some of the most bizarre experiments ever carried out, including the biggest ever dose of LSD ever administered, which was given to the poor elephant that gives the book its title.

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