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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 13 September 2007
Exploring the ColourDome in Parliament Street, York
Exploring the ColourDome in Parliament Street, York

The annual British Association Festival of Science is in York this week, and so is the Material World.

Quentin takes a whistle-stop tour around some of the many events and activities taking place in the city and around the university campus.

Karen Spencer from the University of Glasgow tells us what a babbling child has in common with an adolescent sparrow; York's David Howard shows us about the future of synthetic speech; Tim Wess from Cardiff describes how synchrotron radiation – very high quality electromagnetic rays – can be used in dating and preserving ancient parchment.

Quentin also meets ColourDome creator Peter Jones and Saxophonist Evan Parker.

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