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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 17 January 2008
How XEUS should look (Copyright: European Space Agency)
How XEUS should look
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XEUS – A New Space X-Ray Telescope

Quentin Cooper finds out about one of the European Space Agency’s cosmic visions – XEUS – a new x-ray telescope that will explore the super-hot million degree universe. Will it be the first instrument to sheds light on the dark ages of the universe when the first galaxies and stars were formed?

Quentin is joined by Martin Turner from the University of Leicester and Paul Nandra from Imperial College, University of London.

Plant Disease Immunisation

We discover how plants defend themselves from attack by predators and disease – like having furry leaves to put off hungry grazers. Researchers are taking the idea of immunisation technology in humans and using it to pre-arm these formidable arsenal of defences. Could it lead to the protection of our crops in the future?

Quentin is joined by Gary Lyon from the Scottish Crop Research Institute and John Lucas of Rothamsted Research.

Next week: Can talking bacteria lead to cures for super-bugs and can the human circulation system inspire a new world of engineering materials which heal themselves?
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