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Bang Goes The Theory 1: Episode 1

Updated Friday 24th July 2009

The team try making life, destroying houses and try out a paper frying pan - and explore if we can be identified from the way we walk.

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Jem Stansfield builds a vortex cannon to pick up where the big bad wolf failed to blow over a house of brick; Dallas Campbell takes on the big brother technology that will track every one of us simply by the way we walk; Liz Bonnin confronts the controversial US scientist working to create the first generation of artificial life; and Dr Yan Wong tackles unsuspecting shoppers with a simple question: how do you cook an egg with a piece of newspaper?

More about this week's programme

Craig Venter and making life

The vortex canon

Gait recognition

The paper frying pan

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