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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 11 September 2008
Martin Conway, Quentin Cooper, Hugo Spiers and Mehmet Husseyin recording in the Cavern Club, Liverpool.
Martin Conway, Quentin Cooper, Hugo Spiers and Mehmet Husseyin recording in the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

In this special edition of Material World, Quentin Cooper reports from the British Association Science Festival in Liverpool.

Forensic Science in Fact and Fiction

Bookshops and TV schedules are full of it.

From CSI to Silent Witness, forensic science has become a hugely popular part of crime fiction.

Advances are also revolutionising real-life detection.

Quentin is joined by forensic science expert Lorna Dawson from the Macaulay Institute and crime fiction writer Margaret Murphy to discuss the latest advances and how accurately they are portrayed in fiction.

In particular, they hear how soil samples from shoes can reveal regional geology, local vegetation and micro-organisms and even characteristics of an individual garden.

A Musical Memory Tour

Quentin goes on a musical memory tour to the famous Cavern Club, successor to the Beatles' first venue, to find the links between memory and music.

For many of us, songs by the Beatles trigger vivid and specific memories.

What's going on in our brains when this happens and what makes a tune 'catchy'?

Can music help us to hang on to their cherished memories?

University of Leeds psychologist Martin Conway and UCL Neuroscientist Hugo Spiers join Quentin at the Cavern Club along with musician Mehmet Husseyin.

Next week:  Distilling seawater to re-vegetate the desert ...

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