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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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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.
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Thursday 18 August 2005
Red blood cells
Red Blood Cells

Fake Blood

Human blood has a short shelf life and is costly to store and screen.

"What we are looking for is the powdered milk equivalent for blood,"  says Prof Chris Cooper from Essex University.

He is part of a Europe-wide project, coordinated by Dr Ken Lowe from Nottingham University, exploring alternatives to human blood transfusions.

On this week's show, Quentin will be asking whether faking it could be better than the real thing. 

Antimatter

Antimatter is like the mirror image of matter, it has an opposite charge and moves the other way.

According to the Big Bang theory, matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts. So floating around in space there should be anti-stars, anti-galaxies and anti-planets.

But there aren't. So where has all the antimatter gone?

This week Quentin is joined by Dr Fergus Wilson from the Rutherford Appleton Lab and Dr Dan Bowerman from Imperial College London. They work on the BaBar project which aims to answer this conundrum.
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