BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Science
THE MATERIAL WORLD
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
PROGRAMME INFO
Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
Contact Material World
LISTEN AGAINListen 30 min
Listen to 26 May
PRESENTER
QUENTIN COOPER
Quentin Cooper
PROGRAMME DETAILS
Thursday 26 May 2005
The molecules of a nanotube
Molecules forced into a straight chain by nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes

These novel forms of carbon have generated huge publicity in recent years even though real-life applications are still at prototype stage.

Professor Angus Kirkland from Oxford and Professor Alan Windle from Cambridge talk us through the bizarre behaviour of these tiny tubes and their applications as tiny test-tubes, bullet-proof jackets and a serious challenge to silicon technology.

Parasites Manipulation of Host Behaviour

Across the animal kingdom, a host of unusual and often downright suicidal behaviour is due to parasitic infections.

Beetles become fearless, rats become friendly, male woodlice become female. Humans are no exceptions.

Parasites can make us more aggressive, more intelligent and more likely to crash cars.

Joining Quentin Cooper on this week's show will be Professor Hilary Hurd from Keele University and Dr Greg Hurst from UCL.

They'll be talking through the gruesome ways in which parasites control the animals they live in.
Listen Live
Audio Help
DON'T MISS
Leading Edge
The Material World
Current Programmes
Previous Programmes
Science, Nature & Environment Programmes
Current Programmes
Archived Programmes

News & Current Affairs | Arts & Drama | Comedy & Quizzes | Science | Religion & Ethics | History | Factual

Back to top


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy