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The Life Scientific - Carlos Frenk

Professor of Carlos Frenk appears on BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific to talk about his life and work with Jim al-Khalili

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Philosophy for children?

A new study shows that children as young as nine and ten, who are encouraged to have philosophical discussions around topics such as truth, fairness and knowledge, can improve their progress in maths and reading by an average of two extra months with disadvantaged pupils making even bigger strides.

Professor Stephen Gorard, School of Education, discusses his findings during Newshour on the BBC World Service (at 45 mins).

Girls and Sport, ITV Tyne Tees

Dr Stacey Pope appeared in an ITV Tyne Tees news feature on sport and girls. She discussed the reasons why females have less involvement in sport and that one of the key reasons is access to sport, especially in traditionally male-defined sports.

Watch her interview here.

Professor Fiona Measham

BBC3's Taster Project: How Safe Are My Drugs?

This short interactive video from BBC3, features Professor Fiona Measham as she shows DJ B. Traits how she and the scientific community are taking new actions to
combat drug dangers.

BBC3 Taster Projects: How Safe Are My Drugs?

Ireland votes in world's first referendum on Gay Marriage

The people of Ireland voted on the world's first constitutional referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Dr Mark McCormack, (SASS) believes one of the interesting aspects about the vote is that it pits Prime Minister Enda Kenny against the Catholic Church, which has seen its influence wane over the past few years.

Listen to his interview with TheStreet's Rhonda Schaffler.

A study in scarlet

Professor Rob Barton describes his research which shows how wearing red can alter the way people are percieved; they tend to be rated as dominant, aggressive, and even more anger-prone.

The Naked Scientist

Inside the Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made

In the 19 Century tuberculosis was one of the biggest killers in Western Europe. Professor Peter Atkins (Geography) and historian Ruth Goodman investigate how the spread of the disease was accelerated during the industrial revolution and how the introduction of the simple process of pasteurisation has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

BBC 2 - Inside the Factory.

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Professor Robin Coningham

The aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake

Whilst the crisis in Nepal following the earthquake is still very much a humanitarian one, the destruction of important temples and monuments in the Katmandu valley is a social and cultural catastrophe for the survivors.

Professor Robin Coningham talks to Edward Stourton on BBC Radio 4's Sunday show about the long term effects of the loss of these living shrines on the Nepalese people.

Dark Matter, the mystery of the missing mass

Dark matter, the mysterious and invisible substance which is believed to make up most of the Universe is the topic of discussion on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.

Joining presenter Melvyn Bragg are Professor Carlos Frenk, Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Carolin Crawford, Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy and Anne Green, Reader in Physics at the University of Nottingham.

What can science offer historians?

Professor Andy Beeby talks to Tom Holland about new research which is analysing ink on medieval parchments, providing a whole new way of reading medieval manuscrips. 

Listen to the broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Making History, at 15mins 30 secs.

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