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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 06 December 2007
Just one of the UK's SSSI - The Wash
Just one of the UK's SSSI - The Wash ... (picture courtesy of Natural England)

Material World: Science Q&A
Do you have a science question you’re burning to have answered?
Contact us with your questions via this link  – hear the answers on a special Q&A edition on the 27th December 2007.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest - SSSI

Billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump’s recent attempt to develop a golf course on the Aberdeenshire coast was planned to be built on a ‘dune ecosystem’ SSSI.

SSSI stands for a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’.

But how does land become an SSSI and what scientific benefit do we get from over 10% of UK land being designated as being of special scientific interest?

Quentin Cooper talks to Tom Tew, Natural England’s chief scientific officer & John Everitt, who is responsible for The Wildlife Trusts SSSI’s.

Light Emitting Diodes –LED

They humbly wink at us from computer screens, stereos and light up our mobile phones, but light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are about to move up in the world.

Quentin Cooper will be finding out why a new generation of LEDs will purify water, mimic sunshine, and be used in the fight to keep private data immune from hackers.

Quentin talks to Jan Evans-Freeman and Rachel Oliver who are leading LED technology towards a brighter future.

NEXT WEEK:   Celebrating Lord Kelvin …
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