BBC HomeExplore the BBC


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Science
LEADING EDGE
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
PROGRAMME INFO
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.
Contact Leading Edge
LISTEN AGAINListen 30 min
Listen to 29 November
PRESENTER
GEOFF WATTS
Geoff Watts
PROGRAMME DETAILS
Thursday 29 November 2007
Image of Venus [courtesy of NASA]
Venus [image courtesy of NASA]

On this week’s programme - studying the brains of paedophiles, using ultrasound in the operating theatre, results from the Venus Express spacecraft and why meditation makes you happier.

Venus Express results

In November 2005, Venus Express was launched to investigate Earth’s evil twin.

A clutch of papers in this week’s Nature magazine looks at early results from the spacecraft’s data.

From temperatures that would melt lead, to upside-down lightning, Geoff peers into the Venusian atmosphere to see what’s going on.

Inside the mind of paedophiles

Could paedophilia be down to faulty wiring in the brain?

And if so, where does this leave us in terms of responsibility and punishment for the perpetrator?

Geoff Watts talks to Dr James Cantor from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Ultrasound and bloodless surgery

Reporter Jon Stewart looks at a new medical device being tested in Seattle which cauterises internal wounds using ultrasound.

Meditation and the brain

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk from Tibet with a PhD in molecular biology.

He’s been working with Tania Singer, a neuroscientist from the University of Zurich, to find out whether meditation changes your brain activity.

Does the secret of happiness lie in controlling your brain waves?

Listen Live
Audio Help
DON'T MISS
Leading Edge
LEADING EDGE
Current Programmes
Previous Programmes
Science, Nature & Environment Programmes
Current Programmes
Archived Programmes

News & Current Affairs | Arts & Drama | Comedy & Quizzes | Science | Religion & Ethics | History | Factual

Back to top


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy