Chile Miners Rescue Efforts
The 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine in Chile have been told they may not be rescued until December. Quentin speaks to Alan Baxter, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, about what is involved in drilling a bore hole large enough to rescue the men.BBC News: Chile’s Miners told of long rescue
Conker Tree Science Results
Back in June, scientists investigating the leaf-mining moths infesting the country's Horse Chestnut Trees asked Material World listeners for help to monitor the spread of the pests. Michael Pocock from Bristol University reveals the results of the survey.Conker Tree Science
Massive star challenges black hole theory
• Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, European astronomers have for the first time demonstrated that a magnetar — an unusual type of neutron star — was formed from a star with at least 40 times as much mass as the Sun. Simon Clark from the Open University led the team that made the discovery and he tells Quentin what it means for astronomy.OU: How Much Mass Makes a Black Hole?
Image: Artist's impression of the magnetar. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada
So You Want to Be a Scientist Roskilde Results
Back in early July, So You Want to be a Scientist finalist Sam O'kell, his mentor Geoff Lawday and a group of researchers from Bucks New University, visited the Roskilde Festival in Denmark to test Sam's theory about crowd pressure at gigs. They're now analysing the results, and Sam and Geoff join Quentin to discuss what they're finding.Facebook: Sam O’kell’s research diary
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