CHRISTMAS LECTURES 1998: Nancy Rothwell - Chilling out

Nancy Rothwell on how the body keeps its cool and warms itself up.

Inside us, many chemical reactions are running in order to keep our bodies healthy. But the speeds of these reactions are affected by the temperature of our surrounding environment.

In the third of her Christmas Lectures, Nancy Rothwell reveals how humans and animals alike have evolved to keep their body temperatures constant, even when the temperature of their habitats is changing.

After journeying down to the chilly depths of the ocean to tell us how sharks keep warm, Nancy returns to the warm climes of the Arabian desert to explain why some Bedouins still wear dark robes despite knowing that black absorbs more heat than white.

Brave assistant Rob then jumps into an ice bath to demonstrate how our body will maintain its core temperature, even if it’s cold outside. Plus, we hear how other creatures in the animal kingdom - from the furry chinchilla to the Arctic penguin – are equipped to deal with adverse conditions. 

Themes

Natural World, Being Human

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Type:
Talk
People:
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Location:
London, UK
Filmed in:
The Theatre
Published:
2011
Filmed:
1998
Credits:

Royal Institution, BBC

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