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LEADING EDGE
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Leading Edge brings you the latest news from the world of science. Geoff Watts celebrates discoveries as soon as they're being talked about - on the internet, in coffee rooms and bars; often before they're published in journals. And he gets to grips with not just the science, but with the controversies and conversation that surround it.
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Space Travel

Ever since humans could crane their necks upward to peer at the stars they've dreamt about going there. We're now closer to that dream than we've ever been. NASA has brought together a team of anthropologists, linguists and engineers to discuss not just how to reach another planet, but how many people should go. They're also wondering what will happen to language on such a long journey.

Mendel Exhibition

The birth of modern genetics is being celebrated by a new exhibition opening in an Abbey in the Czech Republic. The basic principles on which the latest genetic research is based were first discovered in the gardens of the Abbey of St. Thomas' in Brno by an Augustinian Abbot almost a hundred and fifty years ago.  The exhibition entitled "The Genius of genetics, a celebration of Gregor Mendel through Science and Art" opens to the public on May 21st. It aims to show that the modern genetics - which may revolutionise medical treatments in the future - all started in the gardens of an Abbey in a Moravian town in the Czech republic. In 1856 Mendel - then a young monk started to experiment with breeding garden peas. After many years of work he established two fundamental Laws of Genetics - which still hold true today.

Nutcracker Chimpanzees

Biologists have discovered that chimpanzees in the African rainforest transport stones to specific sites to crack nuts with them.  The stones are similar to mankind's earliest stone tools, which the researchers suggest were also used to crack nuts.  Geoff Watts talks to Dr Julio Mercador and Dr Melissa Panger from George Washington University in Washington D.C. about their findings.
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