In R.Science this month we find out how plastic solar cells may give people in the developing world easier access to electricity. We explore the role of pancreatic beta cells in diabetes and how this may help to better treat the disease. We also discuss the relationship between science and science fiction and try to discover the use of quantum mechanics.

00:27 Professor Neil Grenham, Kavli Medal winner, on new plastic solar cells
04:02 Professor Ian Stewart FRS on the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for science fiction
07:15 Professor Jonathan Oppenheim  on quantum information theory
10:05 Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS, Croonian Prize lecturer, on the role of pancreatic beta cells in diabetes
16:30 Professor Ashcroft – why science?

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