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LEADING EDGE
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
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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Thursday 8 January 2004
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Welcome to the new series of Leading Edge.

Climate Change
We start 2004 with news of a study predicting that climate change threatens over a million species with extinction. 

Geoff Watts hears from the team of researchers and examines how they came to this dramatic conclusion.

Solar system
The success of last weekend's Stardust space mission's encounter with a distant comet has revealed stunning new images of comet activity. 

Geoff Watts hears how this mission and the iminent European Rosetta mission look set to reveal insights into the origins and evolution of our solar system.

Beetle Combustion
A species of beetle that squirts its predators with a high-pressure spray of boiling liquid is inspiring combustion engineers at Leeds University. 

The bombardier beetle’s jet-based defence mechanism may help to solve a problem that aircraft engines occasionally suffer from at high altitude. 
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