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Research centre gets broccoli patent

Staff at the John Innes Centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norfolk research centre has won its legal battle to patent a new variety of broccoli.

The Beneforte broccoli was created at the John Innes Centre in the 1990s. Research suggests it could reduce the risk of heart disease and even some cancers.

The test case focused on whether plants could be patented under European law.

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Scientists hoping space probe will 'wake up' and communicate

Scientists in our region who helped build the first space probe ever to land on a comet are now hoping it will "wake up" and start communicating.

It is four months since Philae landed 300 million miles away. It sent a burst of scientific data back before going into hibernation because it is too cold to operate.

However today scientists started trying to make contact with it again.

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Cambridge trust received 2,000 applications for job at world's coldest post office

The Goudier Island post office. Credit: UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

More than two thousand people have applied for a summer job at one of the coldest post offices in the world - on Goudier Island in Antarctica.

The Cambridge based United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust said it had received an "unprecedented" number of applications to work at the site - alongside hundreds of gentoo penguins.

There are four jobs on offer and applicants come from 75 different countries in the world.

Workers will face temperatures of -5 degrees and may not be able to shower for a month.

21st Cambridge Science Festival hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists

Dr Peter Wothers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Budding scientists might want to make their way to Cambridge today as the city's annual Science Festival gets underway.

The aim is to make the subject more accessible and showcase the research being carried out by Cambridge University.

The two week festival is now in its 21st year and has 275 events and exhibits - in subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology.

"I was really hooked on chemistry from a really early age, probably the age of eight, and so I think it's really important to get others hooked to see the excitement of science as well.

My normal day job is lecturing to under graduates but now this is a chance to get the next generation of scientists enthusiastic about the subject."

– Dr Peter Wothers, Chemistry lecturer

Pathfinder prepares for space launch

A landmark has been reached for space scientists who want to put Einstein's Theory of Relativity to the test. They've been working for more than a decade on a space module which is about to enter its final stages of testing before being propelled 1.5 million kilometres into space.

Known as the LISA Pathfinder, its job is to measure minute waves of gravity. It's said this will open a new pair of eyes for humanity and help us undertsand more about black holes and collapsed stars.

Wesley Smith put on his protective clothing at the lab in Hertfordshire to try to explain more.

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Leading Norfolk astronomer to undertake ambitious live science show

Leading astronomer, Mark Thomson, is to undertake an ambitious live science show.

One of the region's leading astronomers, Mark Thomson, is to undertake an ambitious live science show.

In October Mark, who is from Norfolk, will be presenting a 24 Hour Space Spectacular at the Royal Institution in London. The event is in aid of the Marie Curie cancer charity.

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