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Mers coronavirus outbreak, Irritating currency, When the applause dies down

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 June 2013

Forensic entomology
We all know that dead bodies attract flies, but did you know that this can be pivotal in piecing together the time of death? Amoret Whitaker discusses some of the challenges faced by forensic entomologists.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus virus or MERS has claimed four more victims, making the global total of deaths to over thirty, most of them in Saudi Arabia. This new virus, spreads from person to person, and seems to be more deadly than SARS. Research published this week looking at its genetics sheds light on where it might have come from, the thinking is it is sporadically transmitting from animals to humans.

Views from Cassini
BBC Science correspondent explains what the spacecraft Cassini will be doing on its mission to photograph Saturn. Apparently the large composite picture of Saturn’s famous rings will include a very distant blue dot – planet Earth.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images


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