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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 3 July 2008
African Penguins (credit: Adrian Pingstone)

Geoff Watts looks at the top science stories of the week with Daily Telegraph science editor, Roger Highfield.

Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Leading Edge kicks of the science summer season with a visit to the Royal Society Summer Exhibition.

Amongst the many exhibits on offer, Geoff Watts gets an insight into phantom limb syndrome and is convinced into thinking a plastic hand is his own.

He also tries out a new computer technique designed to monitor penguins in the wild, without the need for tagging.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

A new study linking low levels of serotonin to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is discussed this week.

Although the study has only been done in mice at this stage, its findings suggest that serotonin levels may be important in some cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Mountain Gorillas

Anna Lacey reports from Rwanda on the difficulties of rehabilitating orphaned Mountain Gorillas.

The sounds of Earth

The first thing an alien race is likely to hear from Earth is chirps and whistles.

The European Space Agencies Cluster mission has recorded the radio emission generated high above the Earth, by the same shaft of solar particles that then causes an aurora to light the sky beneath.

Geoff Watts talks to Professor Robert Mutel from the University of Iowa about how these sounds could help us discover other Earth-like planets elsewhere in the Universe
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