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Last updated at 15:19 GMT, Thursday, 03 March 2011

A New Lease of Life

Surgeons performing an operation on a patient at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Many people have health problems connected with their hearts

Alice and Finn talk about an amazing scientific achievement which has changed lives - a completely artificial heart.

This week's question:

Which of these creatures has the slowest heartbeat?

a) an elephant

b) a human being

c) a dog

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

A New Lease of Life

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objects or materials which do not occur naturally, and are made by people

a new lease of life

a new, positive stage in your life


the regular movement of the heart as it pumps blood
around the body



got to a point

reached a position or time


extraordinary or amazing


powered by compressed or pressurised air


large bag for carrying personal belongings, which is
carried on the back



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