The Synchrotron View- New BBC Radio Science Documentary - cheops
Science enthusiast Dave Dodd visits the UK's biggest and brightest new experimental facility, the Diamond Light Source.
Diamond Light Source is a new scientific facility in South Oxfordshire on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. This giant machine, called a synchrotron, can be described as a series of "super microscopes". It is housed in a futuristic doughnut-shaped building which covers the area of 5 football pitches. Diamond will ultimately host up to 40 cutting edge research stations, called beamlines, supporting the life, physical and environmental sciences.
Five episodes of approximately 15 minutes each.
Fragments of the comet Wild-2 returned to Earth by Nasa's Stardust mission are examined under the dazzling light.
Conservation scientists bring samples of pigment from watercolourist Turner's studio and the walls of Pompeii. Something is turning the brilliant red colour to a grimy black, but what is it?
Unusual iron deposits are implicated in both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Exploring the mysteries of earthworms. How are they able to survive in the copper and arsenic-laced soil of an abandoned Devon mine?
A sample cell is loaded with hydrogen under terrifying pressure and then moved to Diamond, where it is squashed with unimaginable force.
See the Diamond Light Source website at http://www.diamond.ac.uk
First broadcast in March 2009 on BBC Radio 4.
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