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Driverless Cars

It has been announced by the government that driverless cars will be trialled on the roads of the UK by January 2015. The Ministry for Transport has invited cities to compete to host one of 3 trials. But the UK aren't the first to allow testing on public roads- California, Nevada and Florida have all approved tests of the vehicles, and in 2013, Nissan carried out Japan's first public road test of an autonomous vehicle on a highway.

Duration: 00:02:44

Invasive Species - 13.10.17 Quick Fire Science

It's official: the UK has a slug problem. This week, researchers from the John Innes Centre in Norwich asked the public for help to help them track down the Spanish slug, a rapidly reproducing invasive species that eats crops and is not deterred by slug pellets. Here's your quick fire science on invasive species, with Matt Burnett and Simon Bishop.

Duration: 00:02:45

The Nobel Prizes - 13.10.10 Quick Fire Science

This week, the Nobel Prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry were awarded. Here's your quickfire science on the life of the prize's founder, Alfred Nobel, and past recipients of the award with Matt Burnett and Simon Bishop.

Duration: 00:02:15

Mind Boggling Bog Bodies - 13.09.26 Quick Fire Science

A mummified body known as the Cashel man was recently found to be the oldest so called 'bog body' with intact skin anywhere in the world. Here's your quickfire science on how wetlands can preserve ancient human remains with Kate Lamble and Matt Burnett...

Duration: 00:02:07

MS Costa Concordia - 13.09.19 Quick Fire Science

This week, salvage experts have been trying to raise the MS Costa Concordia, a cruise liner which partially sank near the island of Giglio off the coast of Italy in January 2012. Here's the quick-fire science on the Concordia and the salvage operation to raise it.

Duration: 00:01:58

Giant panda breeding - 13.09.11 Quick Fire Science

Zoo keepers in Edinburgh have said this week that they're uncertain whether a giant panda in the city's zoo might give birth to a cub. But why is it so notoriously difficult to get pandas to breed in captivity, and how can there be so much doubt over whether a panda is pregnant?

Duration: 00:02:22

Shooting stars - 13.08.14 Quick Fire Science

This week, star gazers have been turning their eyes to the sky to look for shooting stars, as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak. But what are meteors, and what's the best way to observe them?

Duration: 00:01:40

Organ donation - 13.07.25 Quick Fire Science

This Sunday sees the start of the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa. The games offer the opportunity for those who have undergone a transplant to compete in a variety of competitive sports at the highest level. Here's the Quick Fire Science on organ donation and transplantation.

Duration: 00:02:01

Man-powered Helicopter - 13.07.18 Quick Fire Science

This week, a team at Toronto university won the "Igor I. Sikorsky Competition" by building a man-powered helicopter and flying their machine "Atlas" within a 10mx10m box, at a height of 3m for over a minute.

Duration: 00:02:38

Helium balloons... and wifi - 13.06.20 Quick Fire Science

Dubbed Project Loon, and with the strapline "Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone", Google announces the deployment of a fleet of balloons to bring Internet access and WiFi within reach in remote places...

Duration: 00:02:11

Tornado Science - 13.05.23 Quick Fire Science

Tragedy struck Oklahoma this week, when a massive tornado at least a mile wide ripped through the town of Moore, injuring 353 and leaving at least 24 people dead. To find out how these destructive forces of nature develop, here's your Quickfire Science of tornadoes with Elena Teh and Pete Skidmore...

Duration: 00:02:00