Durham University in the media
The hunt for dark matter
Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University's world-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) explains his quest to find dark matter, a mysterious substance that makes up a large part of the Universe, to The Guardian's Science Weekly podcast.
Cannibal and vampire expert Dr Richard Sugg from the Department of English Studies appeared alongside Tony Robinson in a new series on gods and monsters on Channel 4 to recreate a selection of cannibal recipes, which historically were believed to cure and re-vitalise people. Dr Sugg’s research in medical history has revealed that European royalty and eminent scholars swallowed parts of the human body as medicine, including its flesh, blood and bones, right up until the 18th Century.
Taking a look at the sky at night
Dr Peter Edwards, Director of Science Outreach and Science and Society Officer, Department of Physics, joined Tyne Tees weather presenter Philippa Tomson to look at the night skies and to explain the recent appearance of the northern lights (aurora borealis). You can watch Pete and Philippa here at 22.30 on the player.
Durham University re-affirms commitment to openness in animal research
Durham University has joined other members of the scientific community in signing up to a national pledge of openness in animal research, launched at London’s Royal Society. Listen to Professor Chris Higgins discussing the matter here (at 1.12.27) on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.
Red is the colour of success
Scientists have unlocked the hidden power that colours can have over your life - how red can make you a winner, how blue makes time speed up, and more. Dr Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, appeared on the Horizon programme, BBC Two, to explain the amazing effects of the colour red.
How to build a volcano
Dr Ed Llewellin, Department of Earth Sciences, and three other volcanologists team up with Hollywood to recreate a volcano four stories high. There's a preview of the programme on the National Geographic Channel here. The programme will also be shown on Channel 5 in November 2011.