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Thursday 29 November 2012

Dr Dave Reay analyses the latest Energy Bill statement by the Energy Secretary.

An expedition of scientists, helicopter pilots, chefs and engineers embark on a four month mission to eradicate the brown rat from South Georgia. Professor Tony Martin, the team's leader, will be talking to Quentin about how his team will spread rat bait across 94,000 hectares of land.

Olive oil could be used to preserve ancient stone buildings, like York Minster. Synchrotron X-ray methods are used to understand the protective powers of olive oil for stone. Dr Karen Wilson will be joining Quentin on the line from Cardiff.

Also, Quentin talks to Professor Martyn Poliakoff about the new "Romantic Chemistry" exhibition at the Royal Society. The exhibition looks at the most unusual elements discovered by Fellows of the Society during the Romantic period (1780-1825).

  • The World's Largest Rodent Eradication

    The world’s largest ever rodent eradication project is taking place in South Georgia in a bid to save indigenous bird species like the South Georgia Pipit.
  • Romantic Chemistry

    "Romantic Chemistry" exhibition at the Royal Society.
  • Cathedral Restoration

    Olive oil could be used to preserve ancient stone buildings including York Minster

  • Energy Bill

    Dr Dave Reay analyses the latest statement on Energy delivered by  the Energy Secretary.


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