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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.

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

Dr James Wilkes joins Anne McElvoy to discuss poetry inspired by light, and in particular the work of Jackson Mac Low, who's Light Poems form the basis of one of events taking place as part of On Light, at the Wellcome Collection in London on bank holiday weekend to mark the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking at 19.30 minutes.

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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.

Fracking and National Parks

Dr Liam Herringshaw appears on Farming Today to discuss the findings of his research which shows that due to their geology, most of Britain’s national parks are unsuitable for fracking. Geologist from the Department Earth Sciences examined the rock beneath all fifteen national parks but found only four have the right conditions

BBC Radio 4 (at 8 mins 55 secs).

(The map contains OS data © Crown Copyright [and database right] (2015), British Geological Survey materials © NERC [2015], and public sector information from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.)

First potential signs suggest dark matter it is not completely dark after all

Dr Richard Massey, Royal Society Research Fellow, in Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology appears on Al Jazeera to discuss the findings of his research.

Watch the broadcast here.

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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