28th March, 2010

Last updated: 28 March 2010

To Infinity.....

It's been a good week for space exploration and astronomy. Cardiff-based Dr Edward Gomez, of the Los Cumbres Observatory, joins the programme to talk about the implications of the UK getting its very own Space Agency. It could mean that Britain might someday soon be launching its own satellites, like the French CoRoT which has recently discovered a new temperate exoplanet. Dr Gomez explains exactly why this new planet - CoRoT-9b - could be so useful to scientists. In the meantime, amateur astronomers have been thrilled by the sight of a comet breaking up, courtesy of the Faulkes Telescope, which is operated by experts at Cardiff University.

More than packaging

Not manu of us will be aware of the important role of glial cells, found in abundance in the human brain. That's likely to change in the next few years after two significant grants have been awarded to further the research of leading Welsh scientist Prof Arthur Butt. Originaly from Port Talbot, but now working at the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science at the Universityof Postsmouth, Prof Butt has been pioneering research on glial cells which were once regarded as simply the packaging around nerve cells. Prof Butt tells Adam that the research could hold the key to treating brain disease like MS and Alzheimers.

Delayed Daffs

Those cheery yellow flowers have been pretty elusive so far this Spring. Nigel Ajax Lewis, senior Conservation Officer for the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales, joins the programme to talk about the impact the harsh winter has had on our flora and fauna.

Espresso Science

Finally, if you're planning an Easter outing with the children you might want to do what Adam did this week and head out to your nearest Techniquest. John Griffiths gives our presenter some can-crushing inspiration.

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