A series looking at how technology and culture intertwine.

The ongoing sowing of millions of anti-personnel mines is one of the greatest scourges facing humanity, and finding the right technology to destroy them is one of today's most urgent challenges.

Quentin Cooper tries to find the way forward among the possible solutions.


A series looking at how technology and culture overlap.

Quentin Cooper visits Darlington to see where a river in the urban centre has had its bends put back, complete with reed- and iris-covered banks.

He looks at the technology that makes this kind of river restoration possible.

Quentin Cooper goes to Darlington to see where a river in the urban centre has had its bends put back and its banks covered with reed and iris.

He looks at the technology that makes this restoration possible.

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A series looking at how technology and culture intertwine.

Quentin Cooper looks at the tools now available to facilitate the restoration of churches and monuments.

Quentin Cooper looks at the technology at the disposal of restorers, from the Albert Memorial in Kensington and the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi to a country church in Sussex.


Quentin Cooper looks at the future of cash as smart cards, internet trade and electronic purses take over.

Over the next few years there will be less and less cash in circulation as smartcards, internet trade and electronic purses take over.

Quentin Cooper looks at this technology and asks how it will change what we think of the pounds in our pockets.

198B05Artificial Schmartificial?1998050719981025

Up until now, computers have been seen to do well what humans do badly, but a new generation of smart machines is aimed at bettering what we already do well.

Quentin Cooper asks what the implications are.

198B06 LASTInjection Of Cash1998051419981101

The last of a six-part series exploring science and technology.

Malaria is a growing problem which kills millions each year.

The technology exists to create a vaccine, but does the way resources are allocated mean that more effort is going into tackling much rarer diseases which afflict the more wealthy? Quentin Cooper investigates.


is one of the fastest growing economic crimes in the world.

It costs governments billions of dollars a year and not only destroys jobs but threatens health and has wrecked lives.

Quentin Cooper investigates whether new technological advances can stop the counterfeiter and protect the consumer.

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In the early 90s, a detective in Canada invented a computer programme which he hoped would lead police straight to a serial killer's doorstep.

It proved so successful that he now helps solve serial crimes around the world and is training an officer from the British police.

Are computers better than detectives at solving crime?

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and huge technological advances are rapidly changing our traditional methods of cultivation.

How accessible is it, and will the benefits help preserve our agricultural heritage? Quentin Cooper investigates.

Precision farming and huge technological advances are rapidly changing our traditional methods of cultivation.

Will the benefits help preserve our agricultural heritage? Quentin Cooper investigates.

199BVirtually Healthy1999050619990721

Health care via the telephone has been little more than a tantalising prospect - until now.

Britain's biggest trial of tele-medicine has just started.

Quentin Cooper discovers what patients and doctors will make of the virtual appointment.

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Quentin Cooper presents an eight-part series exploring the relationship between technology and humanity.

1: `Boxing Up'.

He investigates how technology is facilitating far-reaching developments in container shipping.

These changes are not only increasing the range and diversity of products available to us, but also bringing developing countries into global markets.

200C02Virtual Reality20000719

Quentin Cooper investigates the reality of virtual reality - a phenomenon that was, until recently, only science fiction.

200C03The Scientific World Of Art Fakes And Forgeries20000726

As well as relying on skill and experience, technology is playing an ever-increasing role in helping collectors, dealers and the public differentiate between the genuine article and forgery.

200C04Children Of The Computer Revolution20000802

Quentin Cooper presents an eight-part series exploring the relationship between technology and humanity.

4: `Children of the Computer Revolution'.

A look at how the computer revolution is affecting young children.

200D01The Sweet Smell Of Success20001129

Quentin Cooper investigates the fragrance industry and uncovers a world of designer science.

200D02This Won't Hurt...20001206

Quentin Cooper investigates new technologies that could provide an alternative to needle injections.

But will the best ideas make it into NHS surgeries?

200D03The New Front Line20001213

He visits scientists who are trying to defend Europe from diseases and pests from all over the world.

200D04It Falls From Heaven20001220

He explores the hi-tech solutions available to megacities in the developing world which are running out of drinking water.

Is an ambitious approach appropriate, or would simple water-saving measures be more practical?

201C01Monsters In The Mouth20010718

How science and technology affect our lives.

Quentin Cooper discovers that the latest research into oral bacteria is changing dentistry and offering us potentially perfect teeth.

201C02Bridges To The Future20010725

A look at how science and technology affect our lives.

Quentin Cooper discovers how the latest technology and scientific thinking are helping to build new bridges and maintain the old.

201C03The Future Of The Past20010801

Quentin Cooper asks how high-tech digital archaeology will affect how we view the past.

201C04Bumper To Bumper20010808

A look at how science and technology affect our lives.

Quentin Cooper finds out about the latest research into easing traffic jams, taking a ride in a 'smart' car that can sense the traffic flow around it and adjust its speed accordingly.

201D01Humanity And Technology20011107

Quentin Cooper explores the relationship between humanity and technology.

He finds out how secrets of short-sightedness are being revealed.

201D02A Perfect Performance20011114

Science magazine.

`A Perfect Performance'.

Quentin Cooper wonders if conductors, musicians and composers will ever accept help from the digital world.

201D03Diamonds Are Forever20011121

Quentin Cooper explores the relationship between humanity and technology.

`Diamonds Are Forever'.

He looks at how essential diamonds have become in science and technology.

201D04Prescription On A Plate20011128

Science series with Quentin Cooper.

`Prescription on a Plate'.

He explores the latest thinking on how foods might be able to prevent major killers such as cancer and heart disease.

202D01On The Shelf20021030

Quentin Cooper explores how technology affects our lives.

`On the Shelf'.

Food preservation is one of the oldest sciences known to man, but still subject to commercial pressures.

202D02The Healing Power Of Light20021106

Scientists are only now beginning to understand how light controls our biology and how it can be utilised for medical purposes.

202D03Hazard Resistant Homes20021113

With Quentin Cooper.

In Bangladesh, efforts are being made to build hazard resistant homes offering practical protection to vulnerable communities continually threatened by floods.

202D04Every Breath, Every Heartbeat20021120

Computers are changing how we monitor our health.

203B01Pastures New20030625

Vast areas of land in the UK are still heavily polluted even though the factories that caused the contamination have long since disappeared.

Scientists want to use plants and bacteria to clean up the land for development, but contractors are still relying on the traditional practise of digging up dirty soil and dumping it in the nearest landfill.

How long it will be before the dirty remains of our industrial past are disposed of? Presented by Quentin Cooper.

Produced by Alison Ayres.

203B02Every Breath You Take20030702

Every single day we take around 20,000 breaths.

For most of us, this happens automatically and we don't give it a second thought.

But what exactly, are we exposing ourselves to? And what is is the link between air pollution and respiratory disease? Quentin Cooper takes a looks the air we breathe from the atmosphere to the lung.

He monitors the pollution which he is exposed to, in and around LONDON, and talks to ASTHMA sufferers who have dramatically reversed their symptoms by practicing a method which re-teaches them how to breathe.

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An average person takes up to 18,000 steps every day.

In Footsore Britain, Quentin Cooper asks whether our shoes could do more to protect our feet from the strain of daily life.

Technology can improve our understanding of how the shoe and foot work together, and Quentin soon discovers that flat arches and frayed trainers could be the root cause of his recent knee surgery.


In 1700 there were only 12 known metals.

Today there are 86 and counting.

That's because new ones are continually being developed and old ones improved.

Quentin Cooper reviews the evolution of metals since the discovery of copper in pre-biblical times, and looks at the way science and technology are continually upgrading what many of us take for granted.

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Each year around 600 people die in house fires and many more suffer from disfiguring burns.

Quentin Cooper discovers how firefighters, scientists and technologists are working together in the increasingly complex battle against fire in the home.

203B06 LASTDown The Pan20030730

Quentin Cooper investigates how scientists are redesigning the traditional sewage treatment works, as pressure increases to clean up our beaches and save water.

We flush it away and forget about it, but sewage is a dangerous substance and millions of pounds are spent every year to dispose of it.

Fundamental changes in our approach to human waste could lead to re-using the water we flush down the toilet and paving roads with bricks made from sewage.

204B01A Noise Annoys20040630

Tonight's Connect looks at and listens to how acoustic technology is helping to control interior and exterior noise, how the technology of new materials is providing solutions to a baffling problem, and how noise engineers can create not just a quieter but a 'better' noise.

Quentin Cooper visits Bradford University's Acoustic Group who are taking a kitchen sink approach to the problem - literally - by baking industrial waste carpets into environmentally friendly acoustic absorbers.

All of which is helping to make the soundtracks to our lives altogether quieter.


is composed of everything - bits of detritus of all description - but most of all bits of human skin of people living or dead.

There's dust you can see, and dust you can't.

Dust from the ice caps and dust from space - over 4 million years old.

Quentin Cooper explores the universe through these tiny particles, and discovers what it can tell us about our past as well as our future.

204B03Up, Up And Away20040714

Helium is the second most abundant element in the entire Universe, yet it is running out on Earth.

Quentin Cooper looks at the reasons why this inert gas is so useful in a variety of scientific fields, especially in MRI scanning, NUCLEAR fusion and lighter-than-air travel, and how new technology is allowing us to recycle and conserve the gas for the future.


is a vast, mystical resource that is stored beneath the ground, supplying most of the world with water.

Although hidden from view, groundwater plays a central role in our environment, and many communities in the United Kingdom and many other parts of the world, are totally dependant on it.

But groundwater resources are under pressure from increased use, contamination, pollution and over abstraction.

Quentin Cooper explores how the latest science and technology is not only helping us to understand how groundwater behaves, but how we can better protect this vital, natural resource.

204B05The Design Of British Sea Power20040728

Strange that in a country surrounded by the sea, it is only been very recently that we have been able to tap into this as a potential source of clean energy.

Quentin Cooper investigates the technology that is finally allowing Britannia to rule both the waves and the tides.

He visits Lynmouth in DEVON to see how Marine Current Turbines' device has overcome technological challenges to harness the power of the tide.

Whilst in Orkneys, Ocean Power Delivery's Pelamis takes a different approach by tapping into wave energy.

204B06 LASTMagnetic Fields Of Medicine20040804

Quentin Cooper explores the attraction of magnets in new areas of healthcare and medicine - from sophisticated forms of investigating and monitoring what goes on inside the body (such as magnetic resonance imaging) to new approaches for tackling DIABETES, arthritis and treatment of the blood supply.


Quentin Cooper reflects on the latest technology in mirrors, and visits the Steward Mirror Lab in Arizona to see some of the problems faced in creating giant mirrors for the world's largest telescopes.

Plus, how the enormous parabolic mirrors in the French Pyrenees are helping scientists to harness and focus the intensity of the sun.


Every year 17 million tonnes of waste food is thrown away in the UK.

Most of this - along with other biodegradable materials - gets tipped into landfill sites producing methane, a gas that is over 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Quentin Cooper investigates the problems associated with methane in landfill but how new solutions are able to turn this grennhouse gas to our advantage by extracting and turning it into green energy.

205D03In Stitches20060104

Quentin Cooper explores how embroidery and stitching techniques are being adapted for use in some unusual areas.

Using needle, thread and traditional embroidery sewing machines, the latest textile technology is finding its way into the automotive and aerospace industry as well as being used in surgical implants.

205D04Technology Fights Terror20060111

Last July's devastating bomb attack in London, and the similar one in Madrid, might have been thwarted had there been an ability to detect potential bombers before they were able to enter the subway system.

Quentin Cooper look at how different technologies are being developed that may help prevent such attacks in the future.

205D05E Noses20060118

Quentin Cooper explores how electronic noses are being taught to mimic the very complex human olfactory system and discovers how they are being put to the test in industry.

205D06 LASTSwalk20060131

With 115,000 postboxes to collect from and 82 million items of mail to deliver daily, our postmen walk hundreds of miles every working week to get our post to all 27 million addresses in the UK.

Quentin Cooper explores how the latest science and technology is beginning to take some of the legwork out of the postal system and into the hands of the consumer.

206C01Liar Liar20060927

Quentin Cooper looks at how current lie detection technology and psychology is helping in many spheres, from serious crime to marital infidelity.

206C02Pitch Perfect20061004

Quentin Cooper goes in search of the latest science and technology involved in creating the perfect grass for sports pitches - and discovers just how complicated the process is.

206C03My Space?20061011

Quentin Cooper looks at how we manipulate awareness of our surroundings by managing ergonomics through architecture, design and planning.

206C04Concrete's Comeback To The Jungle20061018

After water, concrete is the most widely consumed substance on earth - more than 10 billion tons is produced annually.

It is the ubiquitous stuff of pavements, roads, utilitarian structures such as power plants, houses, schools and garages and despite its negative press, new technologies are now enabling it to assume any colour, shape, texture or pattern.

Concrete is going through an extraordinary revival, and is now the material of choice for architects, engineers and artists.

Quentin Cooper explores how developments in science and technology have turned this once despised material, into one of the most popular.

206C05Queue Here Please20061025

Quentin Cooper explores the theory and practice of queueing and the technology being developed in order to reduce queue sizes in the real world.

206C06 LASTPutting On A Coat20061101

Coatings on existing materials are widely used in medicine.

They are used to induce healing, to prevent cells and bacteria from sticking and to release drugs into the body.

Some can even be induced to change their properties when exposed to external stimuli.

Quentin Cooper explores how the latest technology in biomaterials has helped to develop some of the most sophisticated coatings in science.

207C01Let Us Spray20070822

Far from being merely a device for dispensing deodorant, the spray has become a versatile tool for creating everything from multi-storey buildings to microscopic electronic components.

207C02Battery Power20070829

New technology technology is allowing batteries to become smaller, hold a charge longer and able to charge faster.

207C03Keep The People Moving20070905

Quentin explores the science that helps to keep transport moving in extreme weather.


Advances in research and developments in chemistry have enabled tremendous progress to be made in adhesives.

Quentin explores how glues are increasingly being used in every area of our lives and discovers just how reliant we have become on it to hold us together.

207C05The Modern Canaries20070919

Human beings have always watched other animals for signs of danger.

Modern researchers are still monitoring living creatures but technology is allowing them far more insight, detecting far more subtle signs of trouble.

207C06 LASTDemolition And Disposal20070926

Quentin examines the latest science and technology behind the art of demolition and discovers that there is no substitute for experience.