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Series 3: Prog 10: 30/11/08

This week - a preview of Cardiff's Hands On Science Festival. We mark the tenth birthday of the International Space Station. We hear about the importance of plankton from a North Wales marine biologist, and we test the science of pieces of muesli.

Sunday 30th November at 5.03pm

Repeated Wednesday 3rd December at 9:30pm

Hands On Science

From the 6th December, Cardiff plays host to the first Hands On Science fesitval, a week long series of special science workshops and activities. One of the events is a unique night of science-themed comedy. Adam Walton chats to festival co-oridnator Laura Janes and "the only Welsh neuroscientist comedian on the circuit" Dean Burnett.

Happy Birthday ISS

The International Space Station is marking its tenth anniversary and on the programme we hear about its first decade in orbit and what is in store for the coming years. Author and space scientist David Whitehouse and Professor George Fraser of the Space Research Centre join the programme to discuss what the ISS has achieved.

How green could the planet be?

Adam chats to Chris Goodall about his new book "Ten Technologies To Save The Planet" (Profile Books), which considers the effectiveness and feasibility of various green technologies such as wind power, solar power and carbon capture.

Muesli pieces

Have you ever wondered why all the big pieces in your breakfast muesli tend to come to the top of the packet? We visit the Techniquest at NEWI science discovery centre in Wrexham where Diane Gray shows Adam why this phenomenon occurs. Should give you some food for thought over the breakfast table!

The importance of plankton

A recent debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London pitted five species (bats, bees, fungi, primates and plankton)against each other in a verbal battle of survival. Hosted by environmental charity Earthwatch, this "balloon debate" gave five scientists the chance to argue the case for each of the five species' right to stay in the hypothetcial balloon, and become the most invaluable on the planet. Making the case for Plankton was Professor David Thomas of Bangor University's School Of Ocean Sciences, who tells Adam how the debate went, and discusses the vital role that plankton play in the oceans.


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