4th October 2009

Last updated: 07 October 2009

This week, the spacecraft designed to crash into the moon. A new institute for Wales to develop computer imagery, and an insight into our insides.

Presenter Adam Walton talks to regular contributor, the astronomer Dr Edward Gomez, about NASA's LCROSS Lunar Impact Mission. A spacecraft has been sent to specifically crash into the moon and to create as big an impact as possible. But there's a very good reason for attacking the moon...the debris thrown up by the impact will be analysed to see if there's water ice locked below the surface.

The Welsh Assembly Government recently launched a brand new institute which will be at the cutting edge of research and development of computer imagery. Dr Jonathon Roberts of Bangor University joins the programme to explain its aims.

It's an unpalatable, but inevitable, fact that if we want to properly understand how the a human body works we have to cut it open. There was a time when bodies used for dissection were not ethically sourced - think of Burke and Hare. This Thursday Bangor University 's Dr John Delieu will be giving a public lecture on the history of the practice - From Grave Robbers to Surgeons: Origins of the Human Issue Act. But first he joins Science Café to give an insight on the subject.


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