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Counterfeiting1999051319990728is 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.

Digital Detectives1999042219990707In 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?

Precision Farming1999042919990714and 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.

Virtually Healthy1999050619990721Health 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.

011998040919980927A 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.

0120051221Quentin 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.

01A Noise Annoys20040630Tonight'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.

A Noise Annoys

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.

01Boxing Up20000712Quentin 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.

01Humanity And Technology20011107Quentin Cooper explores the relationship between humanity and technology.

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

01Let Us Spray20070822Far 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.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

1/6. Let Us Spray

01Liar Liar20060927Quentin Cooper looks at how current lie detection technology and psychology is helping in many spheres, from serious crime to marital infidelity.

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

01Monsters In The Mouth20010718How 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.

01On The Shelf20021030Quentin 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.

01Pastures New20030625Vast 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.

01The Sweet Smell Of Success20001129Quentin Cooper investigates the fragrance industry and uncovers a world of designer science.
021998041619981004A 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.

0220051228Every 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.

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.

02A Perfect Performance20011114Science magazine.

`A Perfect Performance'.

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

02Battery Power20070829New technology technology is allowing batteries to become smaller, hold a charge longer and able to charge faster.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

2/6. Battery Power

02Bridges To The Future20010725A 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.

02Dust20040707is 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.

02Every Breath You Take20030702Every 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.

02Pitch Perfect20061004Quentin 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.

Pitch Perfect

02The Healing Power Of Light20021106Scientists are only now beginning to understand how light controls our biology and how it can be utilised for medical purposes.
02This Won't Hurt...20001206Quentin Cooper investigates new technologies that could provide an alternative to needle injections.

But will the best ideas make it into NHS surgeries?

02Virtual Reality20000719Quentin Cooper investigates the reality of virtual reality - a phenomenon that was, until recently, only science fiction.
03Diamonds Are Forever20011121Quentin Cooper explores the relationship between humanity and technology.

`Diamonds Are Forever'.

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

03Footsore Britain20030709An 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.

03Hazard Resistant Homes20021113With Quentin Cooper.

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

03In Stitches20060104Quentin 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.

In Stitches

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.

03Keep The People Moving20070905Quentin explores the science that helps to keep transport moving in extreme weather.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

3/6. Keep the People Moving

03My Space?20061011Quentin Cooper looks at how we manipulate awareness of our surroundings by managing ergonomics through architecture, design and planning.

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

03Reasssembling Assisi1998042319981011A 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.

03The Future Of The Past20010801Quentin Cooper asks how high-tech digital archaeology will affect how we view the past.
03The New Front Line20001213He visits scientists who are trying to defend Europe from diseases and pests from all over the world.
03The Scientific World Of Art Fakes And Forgeries20000726As 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.
03Up, Up And Away20040714Helium 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.

04Bumper To Bumper20010808A 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.

04Children Of The Computer Revolution20000802Quentin 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.

04Concrete's Comeback To The Jungle20061018After 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.

4/6. Concrete's Comeback to the Jungle

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.

04Every Breath, Every Heartbeat20021120Computers are changing how we monitor our health.
04Glue20070912Advances 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.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

4/6. Glue

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.

04Groundwater20040721is 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.

04It Falls From Heaven20001220He 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?

04Metals20030716In 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.

04Prescription On A Plate20011128Science 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.

04Spondulectronics1998043019981018Quentin 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.

04Technology Fights Terror20060111Last 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.

Technology Fights Terror

05Artificial Schmartificial?1998050719981025Up 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.

05E Noses20060118Quentin 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.

E Noses: 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.

05Fire. Fire20030723Each 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.

05Queue Here Please20061025Quentin Cooper explores the theory and practice of queueing and the technology being developed in order to reduce queue sizes in the real world.

5/6. Queue Here Please: Quentin Cooper explores the theory and practice of queueing and the technology being developed in order to reduce queue sizes in the real world.

05The Design Of British Sea Power20040728Strange 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.

5/6. The Design of British Sea Power

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.

05The Modern Canaries20070919Human 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.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

5/6. The Modern Canaries

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.

06 LASTDemolition And Disposal20070926Quentin examines the latest science and technology behind the art of demolition and discovers that there is no substitute for experience.

Quentin Cooper presents the series exploring the application of technology to solve problems on a human scale.

6/6. Demolition and Disposal

06 LASTDown The Pan20030730Quentin 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.

06 LASTInjection Of Cash1998051419981101The 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.

06 LASTMagnetic Fields Of Medicine20040804Quentin 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.

6/6. Magnetic Fields of Medicine

06 LASTPutting On A Coat20061101Coatings 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.

Putting on a Coat

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.

06 LASTSwalk20060131With 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.

Swalk

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.