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Sleep Disorders Linked to Preterm Birth

Women who suffer from sleep disorders are at increased risk of delivering their baby early, new research suggests. Shipping on the Black Sea was disrupted by GPS spoofing signals last week. The captain realised and now the shipping industry is developing back-up systems based on old World War II radio technology. But what are the implications for the navigation systems that we all rely on? The earliest life forms on Earth were bacteria, but three billion years ago, life was suddenly...

Duration: 00:49:21

Increased Deadly Heatwaves

Europe’s been hit with temperatures exceeding 40°C and it’s proving lethal. Up to 74% of the world’s population will have to endure life-threatening heat like this for 20 days a year, thanks to climate change. Reported incidents of medical fraud are on the rise and it’s the patients who are feeling the effects. From the world of tech, political bots are on the rise, programmed to manipulate social media and create fake news in an attempt to sway voters. Both France and the UK are going to...

Duration: 00:49:23

Gene-editing Human Embryos

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the heart condition that can lead to seemingly fit and healthy people collapsing with heart failure. Scientists using the precise gene-editing technique, Crispr CAS 9, have identified one of the genes responsible for the disease, and attempted to repair it in very early stage human embryos in the lab. How good are we at reading facial expressions? Can you tell the difference between anger and disgust just from the face? It turns out it is harder than you...

Duration: 00:50:39

Biggest Explosions in the Universe

Adam Rutherford speaks to Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Bath, Carole Mundell, who explains how she and other astronomers captured the most complete picture yet of the most powerful type of explosion in the universe - Gamma Ray Bursts. Could future treatments for HIV be revolutionised by an injection? HIV/Aids researchers from around the world have been meeting in Paris this week. Anti-retroviral drugs have transformed HIV into a manageable long-term condition....

Duration: 00:49:01