Comvita Science Challenge 2011

  1. We put a young woman under the microscope and examine a common molecular interaction that occurs in her body to create oxidative stress. We illustrate the process and common causes of oxidation before going on to introduce antioxidants. We then explain how antioxidants work and look at some antioxidant rich foods as a natural source of antioxidants.

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  2. A brief story outlining the cardio-protective properties of grape and grape seed extracts, where we show the actions of grape extracts on fat build up and immune cell aggregation in blood vessels, on platelet aggregation, and vessel dilation.

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  3. Propolis is a sticky brown substance bees use to protect their hive from the elements and from microorganisms. Humans have used propolis for its health benefits since the days of ancient Greece and scientists are now exploring exactly how this "bee glue" boosts our immune system. Watch as American science rapper, Tom McFadden (a.k.a. "The Rhymebosome") explores the history and science behind this fabled remedy.

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  4. There is no doubt that honey has been used for centuries and is a valuable produce. This short animation delves into the depths of honey. With the help of our mascot ‘honey blob’ we uncover the scientific mysteries surrounding honey. Its unique properties and its medicinal and nutritional benefits.

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  5. The video takes you through a night where a broccoli is alone in his house checking his facebook page. As the vegetable reads his messages we are taken inside his mind to see what this friendly vegetable has been up to. During the time of flashbacks, messages that inform the audience of the benefits of broccoli will be displayed. At the end we invite people to become friends with this vegetable either by eating it or becoming facebook friends.

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Comvita Science Challenge 2011


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