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People and Places
 

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- Jane Austen's House

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- Xiaolu Guo

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- Richard Firestone

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- Robin Coupland

Richard Firestone

Our guest is Richard Firestone, an American scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who has recently been involved in a fascinating research into an unusual meteor.

He's talking about a unique discovery - ancient animal bodies severely damaged by particles from a burst meteor. But why are scientists so excited by this find? Find out here! (Interview by our Science Reporter Neil Bowdler.)


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Vocabulary from the programme

meteor
a piece of rock or other matter from space

impact
the force of one object hitting another

an explosion or a burst
a blast; sudden expanding after a release of energy

shrapnel
small pieces of matter that cover an area in a blast, usually causing damage or death

a mammoth
a large hairy elephant type animal which no longer exists

tusks
pointed teeth which stick out from some animals' mouths



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BBC News report: Great beasts peppered from space
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