7th March, 2010

Last updated: 07 March 2010

Science Stars

Almost every week on Science Cafe we hear about some pioneering reasearch or breakthrough generated right here in Wales. So is it time we found a permanent home for our scientific heritage? Many scientists feel there should be an institution dedicated to telling the history of science in Wales and to this end the National Museum of Wales - Amgueddfa Cymru - is opening up the debate with a conference on the issue next week. John Williams-Davies, director of Collection and Research at the museum, talks to presenter Adam Walton, about why they are hosting the debate


...And on the subject of science 'firsts', the work of the unique NanoHealth Centre in Swansea is discussed in this week's programme. Co-head of the centre Prof Steve Wilks explains why small is beautiful in these matters.

Micro Marvel

We might love our microwave ovens because they bake potatoes superquick and warm our porridge without the pan. But senior research scientist Dr Andy Wright saw new possibilities in the model he used in his own kitchen. His team at Glyndwr University in Wrexham have tweaked the humble kitchen device into a low cost, chemical-free solution to killing harmful bacteria on medical tools. Dr Wright talks to Adam about the project.

Stop The Invasion

The Spring sunshine may have you thinking about your garden and what to plant this year. But before you do, listen to our final guest this week - Kylie Jones, reserves manager for North East Wales Wildlife. The group has been studying the impact of invasive, non-native plants on their reserves, with a look in particular at certain pond plants. The damage caused by these species is widespread and growing across the UK, so Kylie offers some advice what to avoid.

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