Looking for life on planets outside our solar system
The University of Warwick is taking the scientific lead in a mission to build a one billion euro planet-hunting, space telescope.
It's an extremely exciting project and you can read more about it here.
Not so long ago, the idea of being able to detect planets orbiting the stars we see in the night sky would have been firmly considered science fiction.
But then came an extraordinary breakthrough, scientists realised they were able to watch stars and observe the tiny dips in brightness as orbiting planets passed in front of them.
Then came NASA's Kepler space telescope. Kepler has used this technique to discover 961 planets along with thousands of possible planets.
Exciting new possibilities
Would you eat goat sausage or cook a Sunday goat-roast?
Journalists will eat anything but even my colleagues paused slightly before trying my goat sausages. But after a slightly suspicious start they disappeared rapidly and were declared a deliciously meaty hit.
The sausages were provided by one of just sixteen commercial goat-meat farms in the UK. Ruth and Anthony Key farm goats in Stone in Staffordshire and they are in the middle of their first major kidding.
Learning from 16 years of reporting on Midlands' floods
Here's a blast from the past, a picture of me on flood reporting duty in 2000 in Bewdley.
It was all very new and at least initially quite exciting for those not directly affected.
Worcestershire river levels due to rise until Tuesday
In the Midlands river levels are approaching or even beating records we last saw back in the floods of 2007.
But the big difference between what is happening now and what happened then is that about 1,300 properties are currently dry thanks to flood defences installed since 2007.
A revolutionary new way to store blood for transfusions
Storing blood is vital but actually quite tricky.
When you donate blood it can be kept refrigerated for up to 42 days until it passes its use-by date.
Extracting energy from underground in the Midlands
I'm standing in for Patrick Burns this week on Sunday Politics in the West Midlands.
It's fracking that gets all the attention of course but there are in fact a whole new raft of technologies looking to extract energy from hard to reach places under the ground. This week on the Sunday Politics we'll be looking at some of these new ideas and what impact they might have for bad and good on the Midlands.
The invention that revolutionised amateur astronomy
Stargazing Live is back and as part of the Brian Cox-based excitement we're looking at one of the unsung heroes of amateur astronomy - an inventor who revolutionised telescope design.
In 1971 engineer John Wall, who now lives in Coventry, published a paper in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association. You can read his original paper complete with hand drawn diagrams here.
Farming subsidies are not just for farmers these days
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is changing once again.
First of all, farmers are going to see subsidies cut, although the strength of the pound against the euro might slightly cushion the blow.
Aston University scientists invent new rat trap
Because there's no way to control how much poisoned bait a rat eats it is possible for some animals to develop a resistance over time.
Given the speed with which rats breed, that resistance can quickly be passed on to a new generation.
Labelling the Halal meat market for consumers
As the winter nights draw in my thoughts turn to my husband's delicious homemade mutton curry.
And here in Birmingham the best place to buy mutton is one of our local Halal butchers in the Bullring Market. Since I'm not a Muslim for me it's the meat that's important so I want to be sure the animal was stunned before slaughter. Most Halal meat is stunned but not all and when out shopping it can be hard to tell which is which. Now there are moves to change that.