Science Cafe, Adam Walton

Series 5: Prog 03: 12/04/09

Adam Walton presents your weekly guide to science.

This week Adam Walton hears about the "real virtuality" project. There's news of a science event later this month in Aberystwyth, and we hear about a firm on Deeside providing green power for a university.

Real virtuality

Science and industry are joining forces for a new project which it's hoped will be able to simulate all five of our senses and create a "virtual cocoon". Adam Walton talks to Professor Nigel John from Bangor University about the idea.

Steaming ahead

The British Steam Car team are gearing up for a trip to the States where they hope to beat a century old record for the fastest steam powered land vehicle. We'll be hearing how they have "turbo-charged" steam power to boost speed

Waste into power

A firm on Deeside in North Wales has developed a system which refines an age old process called "gasification" which allows the generation of heat and power using wood chippings and other waste which would be destined for landfill. Their expertise is now being deployed to power half a university campus in England.

Shakepearean science

We have a preview of this month's Aberystwyth "science cafe" event in which Professor Sid Thomas will be exploring the mysterious and toxic plant darnel. The event is at Aberystwyth Arts Centre at 7.30pm on 20th April.

A pressing engagement

Adam pays a visit to Techniquest at Glyndwr University in Wrexham to see an experiment that explains the atmospheric pressure on Venus.

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