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RTE One 8.30PM, Monday, October 27, 2014


The Science Squad is back!! In the first episode, Aoibhinn travels to Uganda to find out about an Irish-led water purification project which could save the lives of millions, Kathriona gets up close and personal with a deadly parasite that poses a serious threat to Irish farms, and Jonathan takes to the seas to hang out with the Irish Navy!



Part 1 : A View From Above...

With the European Space Agency launching the most ambitious civilian earth observation project to date, Jonathan investigates how this type of data is being put to use in Ireland: from advances in environmental observation for flooding and coastal erosion, to the monitoring of our coastal borders and homeland security.

Part 2 : What Lies Beneath...

Ireland is renowned for its lush green grass… but lurking between the blades is a dangerous threat. Liver flukes are a parasite present on most Irish farms and they’re estimated to cost Irish farmers up to €90 million a year. Kathriona meets Riona Sayers from Teagasc to find out exactly what liver fluke is and the intrepid duo snap on the latex gloves to analyse a cow’s liver that has been home to flukes. It’s not for the faint hearted!!

Part 3 : Weird Science - Magnetic Flip?

Ever feel like your world has been turned upside down? You might be more correct than you think…

Part 4 : Saving Lives With Sunlight

Prof Kevin McGuigan in RCSI in Dublin has been working for 20 years on a deceptively simple solution which can convert dirty water into clean water with no chemicals or additives of any kind. Aoibhinn travels to Uganda to meet Kevin and to find out about his latest Solar Disinfection (SODIS) project which is being funded by RCSI and the Higher Education Authority through Irish Aid.