Auto, Wind, Space

2008Ep1624 mins

Car manufacturer Volvo has a long-standing reputation for building some of the safest cars on the market. Their traffic-accident research team has been working for decades to come up with ways to ensure that Volvo drivers can prevent accidents using collision-avoidance technology. The Ecotricity Green Bird and its driver, Richard Jenkins, had the perfect conditions to break a world wind-power speed record in the Nevada desert. It reached 200 kilometers per hour, breaking the record and at the same time challenging preconceived notions about wind power. Astronauts prepare for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). We look at progress in developing a mass-produced, zero-emission electric car. Research into Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) promises to reduce the cost of lighting. Finally, scientists at East Malling Research have been working with the Artemisinin plant to isolate and extract its anti-malarial properties for use in modern medicine.

Video Language: English