The Science of Lasers, Light, Kung fu and Archimedes

02 October 2005
Presented by Chris Smith.

In this show Symon Cotton joins us to discuss how Raman Spectroscopy can be used non-invasively to diagnose malignant melanoma, Russell Cowburn describes how laser scatter effects can be used to genetically fingerprint a banknote, Sam Reay chops his way through a 3-inch block of concrete to highlight the physics of Kung fu, and Uwe Bergmann describes how synchrotronic x-rays are helping him to read the 1000 year old Archimedes Palimpsest.


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