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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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Rambert Dance Company & Einstein's theory of relativity
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This week on Leading Edge - 
The fruits of the Human Genome Project, making physics sexy and a tribute to Hans Bethe

The Human Genome Project bears fruit for age-related blindness

A key promise of the Human Genome Project was to help pinpoint the genes behind common diseases, like cancer and diabetes.

Three teams of scientists deliver on this promise this week. They've found the gene that could pave the way to treatments for the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

Making physics sexy

March 14th marks Albert Einstein's birthday. In celebration, events around the country have been organised to generate interest and excitement about physics.

But how do you get people interested in arguably the most dry and difficult of all the sciences? How do you make physics sexy?

This week, Geoff Watts gets a sneak preview of the forthcoming ballet Constant Speed, inspired by Einstein's ideas, and asks how it contributes to our understanding of e=mc².

Physicist, Brian Cox and Science Communicator of the Year, Wendy Sadler discuss this and other projects geared towards getting people excited about physics.

A tribute to physicist Hans Bethe

Roland Pease pays tribute to eminent physicist Hans Bethe.

During the Second World War, Hans Bethe contributed to work on the atomic bomb and nuclear science. He was best known for his work on a theory for the production of energy in stars, for which he won a Nobel Prize.

Social control

The World Health Organisation is about to launch a new commission to tackle the role of social inequality in shaping human health.  And it's not only us who lie at the mercy of social status.

At the University of California, Wendy Saltzman has revealed some surprising behaviours among marmosets.


The BBC will be awarding a young science broadcaster the chance to spend two weeks working with the team that brings you programmes such as
  MATERIAL WORLD/ LEADING EDGE. So if you are under 25 and not working as a professional broadcaster, go to
ABSW Award Sceme
to find out how you can be considered for the BBC Radio Science Unit/ Association of British Science Writers Young Broadcaster of the Year Award. Closing date is 18th March.

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