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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 01 March 2007
Devastation caused by hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina caused devastation in New Orleans

Eye of the storm

Flying an aircraft into the eye of a hurricane may sound like madness, but researchers did just that during hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

Geoff hears how the information gleaned is helping scientists to predict the intensity of future hurricanes, something that has proved very difficult in the past.

I-robot

Robots with emotions? A far-fetched plot from a Will Smith movie or a future reality?

Geoff visits the University of Hertfordshire to find out.

Champagne supernova

Author of "The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead", Marcus Chown celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first naked-eye spotting of a supernova in nearly 400 years.

It’s freezing in Bristol

Geoff visits the UK’s first cold temperature facility at the University of Bristol, where researchers are recreating the environment of polar regions to better understand them.

Secrets of the Stradivari

Scientists in Texas are uncovering the secrets of the great violin makers like Stradivari by analysing the wood used to make them.

Jon Stewart reports.
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