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Foresight - The week ahead

Thursday 18 July Secrets Of The Titanic

In what was one of the most celebrated underwater expeditions of the century, oceanographer Dr Robert Ballard became the man who discovered the final resting place of the Titanic. Spooky.

National Geographic Channel, 6pm The Material World

Estimates suggest that worldwide oil production will peak somewhere between 2010 and 2020, never to rise again. The need for crude oil has led geologists to look at exploiting the deepest parts of the sea. Quinten Cooper finds out about these deep reserves and looks at how to drill for oil two miles beneath the ocean. Sounds like a big sheik up for the industry, friends. Perhaps the Far East could turn to dairy production then you could have the first milk sheik.

That's enough.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Elegant Solution

Examines the forensic engineering behind the Challenger disaster, the interior of the pyramids of Giza, and telemedicine - remote surgery for soldiers on the battlefield.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm Friday Aircraft Stories: European Airliners From the first commercial airline to the first all metal aircraft, a story of startling successes and daring failures. This programme looks at engineering developments and what the future may hold.

Discovery Wings, 6pm Saturday Summer Fun and Activities

It seems as if the summer may well have arrived, readers, so now is the time to dust down those Bermuda shorts and get out the garish, circa 1982, Tom Selleck style Hawaiian shirt you only dare wear on holiday, add sandals and hey presto! From today through to 1 September the National Railway Museum have extra activities for children of all ages. If you don't fancy the idea you can only hope that your offspring are so embarrassed by your dress sense that they refuse to go with you.

National Railway Museum, York (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk

Tuesday Why Buildings Collapse: Safe As Houses

Using state of the art graphics the programme looks at the reasons why buildings collapse.

Discovery Channel, 10.30pm Wednesday

The Detonators: Orkney The story of demolition expert John Parkes who is asked to bring down the biggest wind turbine in Europe without destroying the fragile local environment. John sets about controlling debris distribution with a revolutionary new technique. Tune in to find out, although it's on at a very pyjamas and cornflakes hour, readers.

Discovery Channel, 7am The Talking Newspaper Association

For those unable to read normal print, and for a modest subscription, New Civil Engineer magazine is now available on audio cassette. Recorded by expert readers, more than 200 national newspapers and magazines are covered by the association. What a marvellous service. Imagine if you could specify Fenella Fielding to read NCE in her most daaarling voice. Wouldn't that be nice?

(0870) 442 9590 www. tnauk. org. uk

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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