The Synchrotron View

Science enthusiast Dave Dodd visits the UK's biggest and brightest new experimental facility, the Diamond Light Source.

Episodes

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01*20090316

Fragments of the comet Wild-2 returned to Earth by Nasa's Stardust mission are examined under the dazzling light.

02*20090317

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?

Conservation scientists examine pigment from Turner's studio and Pompeii.

03*20090318

Unusual iron deposits are implicated in both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

04*20090319

Exploring the mysteries of earthworms.

How are they able to survive in the copper and arsenic-laced soil of an abandoned Devon mine?

05 LAST*20090320

A sample cell is loaded with hydrogen under terrifying pressure and then moved to Diamond, where it is squashed with unimaginable force.