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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 13 May 2004
Salvador Dali

Dali – science and surrealism

This week sees the centenary of Dali’s birth and Geoff Watts visits Dali Universe to find out how he was influenced by Relativity, Quantum Physics and ripe camembert.

Sperm donation

Human sperm deliver more than just Dad's DNA to a waiting egg. They also provide the female sex cell with messenger RNAs, according to a paper published in this week’s Nature magazine.

Geoff Watts talks to the author, Stephen Krawetz from Wayne State University in Detroit to find out why this discovery may boost infertility treatments.

The sound of cells

The sounds produced by cells have been recorded for the first time by chemist Jim Gimzewski, from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Living cells make a different noise to dead ones. Molly Bentley reports on the idea that in the future, your doctor could listen in to your body to see if you're getting ill.

Mystic experience

St Teresa was a Carmelite nun who famously experienced ‘Mystical Unions’ with God through prayer and meditation.

“When the soul is in this state of suspension, the Lord sees fit to reveal to it certain mysteries - heavenly things and imaginary visions. And these are so deeply impressed upon the memory that they can never again be forgotten.”

Today, many clerics also report experiencing spiritual visitations. Psychologist Mario Beauregard from the University of Montreal has been conducting brain scans on nuns to study these mystical memories.
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