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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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Beak of the Humboldt squid Dosidicus gigas. [Image © Science]
Beak of the Humboldt squid Dosidicus gigas. [Image © Science]

Hydrogen biofuels

Geoff Watts examines a revolutionary process announced this week at the American Chemical Society meeting, for converting plant sugars into hydrogen, which could see sugar powered batteries for portable laptops and sugar fuel cells for vehicles within a decade.

Super strong squid beaks

How does the squid without any bones use its sharp tip to rip into prey without hurting itself?

Insights into the extraordinary properties of squid beaks could lead to better medical implants and new ways of bonding materials.

The brain circuitry in drug addiction

New research uncovers the type of changes in the brain that occur with repeated use of metamphetamines.

The work offers new insights into addiction-related behaviours such as drug craving and relapse. It could have big effects on the way we treat and manage drug addiction to a range of substances in the future.

Phoenix on Mars

As the Phoenix spacecraft – en route to the icy north pole of Mars - nears its journey’s end, Geoff Watts finds out whether this latest probe to visit the red planet, and the first probe to make contact with watery ice, will settle the debate about life on Mars.
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