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Cosmologist Stephen Hawking died this week. We celebrate his life, and profound contributions to the knowledge of our Universe. John B. Goodenough - When you next plug in your laptop, hearing aid or mobile phone to charge , spare a thought for Professor John B. Goodenough. He is widely credited with the identification and development of the Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. At 95, he’s still full of energy and ideas. Roland tried to keep up with him when he visited his labs recently and finds out what John has in store for the next generation of energy storage.Picture: Cosmologist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) in NASA’s ‘Vomit Comet’, Credit: NASAPresenter: Roland PeaseProducer: Fiona Roberts
President Vladimir Putin has just announced a whole new suite of strategic nuclear systems being developed in Russia. One of these is a worrying nuclear-powered cruise missile. Worrying - because back in the 1960’s the US tried something similar with their Project’s Pluto and SLAM and it turned out the missiles were too dangerous even to test. We find out how likely experts in the field think these claims are.International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March 2018) Around the world, more and more women are becoming farmers and responsible for small holdings. Climate change is impacting women globally more than men, a good example is women tend to fetch water and water sources are becoming more scarce, so they have to travel further each day. Agriculture is first in the firing line when it comes to the negative impact of climate change. Is anyone doing anything to mitigate this double-whammy impact on women around the world?In May 1961 the world’s first nuclear ramjet engine, mounted on a railroad car, roared to life for just a few seconds at the Nevada Test Site’s Pluto Facility at Jackass Flats. Credit: Federal Government of the United States