This month, as part of our special on the future of education, PopSci presents 10 labs where students do serious research (and career training) by blowing stuff up.
Lab: The Center for Defense Chemistry at Cranfield University
Career: Forensic explosives scientist, intelligence officer
Of the hundreds of forensic science programs that currently exist in the U.S. and United Kingdom, only a few train their students to analyze the aftermath of bombings. Undergrads with a science degree may apply to become one of two dozen U.K.-based masters students in Cranfield University’s defense-chemistry department. There, they’ll learn how to lift traces of explosives from debris and uncover the causes of detonation.