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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 8 March

Grease, Grime and Graft

As part of National Science Week the museum has organised some special events for children and families. Youngsters are invited to take part in 'Material Mayhem' and 'Rust Buster', activities aimed to encourage young and inquisitive minds to solve problems and test materials. Meanwhile, grown ups can have a chat with volunteers involved in the restoration of the museum's Bull Engine. Grease, Grime and Graft may be an unappealing moniker to some, but it is one which will create stirrings deep within the souls of those who love engineering.

Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Brentford, Middlesex Tel: (020) 8568 4757 www. kbsm. org

Wednesday

Thinking Allowed

A look at the relationship between economic prosperity and happiness, including the example of Japan where, despite a 500% rise in GDP, joie de vivre levels have been static during the last 50 years. This is the age old money doesn't buy you happiness adage as told by sociologists - if you think you need a lofty treatise on the subject.

BBC Radio 4, 4pm

Grand Designs

The design-your-dream-home programme this week features piling work carried out by the good people at Roger Bullivant.

The modern design includes glass walls and a wing shaped roof. Fancy or what?

Channel 4, 9pm Behind

The Superficial On the surface - no pun intended - the deepest mine in Europe is just a source of potash and salt for roads. However, 1km underground it is also home to a laboratory and scientists including professor Neil Spooner of Sheffield University. Their quest?

Astrophysics and to find out what dark matter is made of.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm

Thursday

Crossing Continents

More mines, readers, this time coal mining in the Ukraine where large-scale tragedies are commonplace. Mines closed for reasons of safety often reopen illegally and miners are put at great risk to provide a dependent steel industry with the cheap coal it desperately needs. A tale of vested interests and corruption.

BBC Radio 4 11am

Material World

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Science Week, Quentin Cooper speaks to people who are trying to make science cool by taking the subject out of the lab into the pub. What an appealing idea.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

Since this week's Foresight has been a little Radio 4 heavy, let's go the whole hog and give a mention to the following series: Home Planet, Tuesdays at 3pm; Mapping The Town, Mondays at 11am and Room With A View, Mondays at 3.45pm.

Thanks to John Gray who deemed them worthy of note. Nice one, John.

If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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