Highlights of new research being presented include:
Breakthrough isolating embryo-quality stem cells from blood (embargoed)
A major breakthrough in stem cell research a new tool that could allow scientists to harvest stem cells ethically - will be announced on Tuesday. Professor Josef Ks and Dr Jochen Guck from the University of Leipzig have developed a procedure that can extract and isolate embryo-quality stem cells from adult blood for the first time. This new technique could unlock the stem cell revolution and stimulate a boom in medical research using stem cells.
Optical computer made from frozen light (embargoed)
Scientists at Harvard University have shown how ultra-cold atoms can be used to freeze and control light to form the "core" or central processing unit of an optical computer. Optical computers would transport information ten times faster than traditional electronic devices, smashing the intrinsic speed limit of silicon technology.
"Einstein would side with opponents of the War on Terror", says expert
Famous physicist Albert Einstein would stand "side by side" with those opposed to Bush and Blair's war on terror, according to the world's leading Einstein expert Professor John Stachel. In a public lecture in honour of Einstein Year on Wednesday 13th April, he will explain how Einstein's experience as a witness to Germany's growing militarism during the First and Second World Wars led him to predict with "uncanny accuracy" the contemporary situation in the US and in Britain.