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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 08 March 2007
Woman sleeping next to clock
Researchers released the aroma of rosewater onto sleeping subjects to reactivate memories.

Smells and slumbering aid memory

Research this week confirms the theory that reactivating memories during sleep helps to consolidate them.

Professor Jan Born from the University of Lubeck in Germany explains.

The trouble with physics

Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin tells Geoff why in the last three decades of trying to find a complete unification of the laws of physics, this area of science is in danger of losing its way.

Space station justification

Richard Hollingham reports from the Japanese Space Agency where the latest module for the International Space Station is being built.

But will it all be worth it?

Birds behaving badly

Mafia-style intimidation by cowbirds gives them the reproductive edge.

Jeffery Hoover of the Florida Museum of Natural History tells how it’s survival of the most brutal in the world of birds.
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