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OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Venus and sonotweezers

Updated Thursday 8th January 2015

This week, the team will be discussing the Venus mission, science highlights for 2015, sonotweezers and the tsunami 10 years on.   

In BBC Inside Science, Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

On this week's programme:

Mission to Venus: This week's announcement of the discovery of eight planets lying within the habitable zones of their stars has again raised the prospect of an Earth like planet existing outside our solar system, But if we're to understand how "earth like" these exoplanets really are, we need to gain vital clues from earth's "evil twin" Venus, argues environmental engineer Richard Ghail. Adam Rutherford hears about his proposed new mission to Venus - a planet orbiter to examine the surface and atmosphere that will allow us to understand why Venus has evolved so differently from earth despite their apparent sisterlike characteristics

2015 highlights: In the more immediate future, science correspondent Jonathan Amos looks ahead to some of the highlights in astronomy and physics we can expect in 2015 - from the switch on of the newly energised Large Hadron Collider, and the imminent results of the successful Rosetta mission to the comet 67P, to the long awaited flyby this summer to capture images of Pluto.
 
Sonictweezers: Roland Pease reports on a revolutionary method of controlling microscopic objects using sonics. As we move further into nanoscale technologies - electronic, mechanical and biological, and often a combination of all three - this could potentially offer a solution to manipulating structures, many of which are quite fragile at this scale.
 
Tsunami 10 years on: And ten years on from the shock of the South East Asian Tsunami that was to cost the lives of over 220 000 people Adam Rutherford speaks to Dave Tappin of the British Geological Survey, one of the first marine geologists who went to assess the cause of this seismic event. What have we learned in the intervening years?

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Listen to Inside Science

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 8 January at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC's Inside Science pages.   

 

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