11 Sep 2021

Dr Matt Baker: elephant trunks and DNA data storage

From Saturday Morning, 11:35 am on 11 September 2021
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Sydney-based New Zealander Dr Matt Baker joins the show for a chat about some of the latest science news. This week he looks at elephant trunks and a recent study that shows they can suck up water at incredible speeds of around 540km per hour; how the Mars rover Perseverance managed to nab a sample from Jezero Crater and scientists hope it might hold traces of ancient microbial life; and DNA could be the answer to our digital data storage woes.

Dr Baker is the Scientia Research Fellow in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales. He has a doctorate from Oxford, where he studied Bacterial Flagellar Motor, a nanoscale rotary electric motor which makes bacteria swim.

Wild African elephant in the wilderness

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