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Lunch Hour Lectures - Autumn 2012 - Audio

Autumn 2012 - UCL's Lunch Hour Lecture Series is an opportunity for anyone to sample the exceptional research work taking place at the university, in bite-size chunks. Speakers are drawn from across UCL and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications. Lunch Hour Lectures require no pre-booking, are free to attend and are open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson: Latest news from the energy frontier - Audio

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is using proton-proton collisions to explore physics at higher energies than ever before. This is the region where the weak and electromagnetic forces unify, where mass originates, and where a new particle – looking very much like the Higgs boson – has just been found. The talk will give an account of the discovery and an update on progress since.

41mins

2 Nov 2012

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To Boldly Go - Audio

In the 100 years since Scott's expedition to Antarctica, we have redefined the way we explore the physical world. Parallel advances in our understanding of the human body have allowed us to extend human exploration across the globe on into the endless frontier of space. But with the space shuttle fleet now in retirement, the question for this new century is what have we learnt and how should we continue ‘to boldly go?’

37mins

24 Oct 2012

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Presymptomatic treatment for Alzheimer’s disease: feasible or fanciful? - audio

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 400,000 people in the UK – that number will double over coming decades without treatments to delay or prevent disease. We are now able to ‘see’ the earliest brain changes of Alzheimer’s disease, which can appear years before first symptoms, opening up the possibility of presymptomatic trials. With serial imaging and videos of patients and at-risk individuals this lecture considers the potential and problems for such trials.

30mins

14 Dec 2012

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What is modern slavery? - Audio

Is slavery confined to the past? Sadly not. Instances of grave labour exploitation exist in present-day Europe and elsewhere. This lecture will discuss abuses of labour conditions suffered by domestic workers, victims of trafficking and others. It will explain why their situation is akin to slavery, and will set out the steps that have been taken in law to protect the human rights of these workers.

37mins

6 Nov 2012

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Art for science’s sake - Audio

For centuries, scientists have sought help from artistic practice as a visual aid. This lecture will explore case studies from the 18th to the 21st century, to show that artists have often participated in the growth of scientific knowledge by disturbing and questioning concepts that scientists take for granted. Would current artist in residence programmes benefit from adopting a more sustained critical role, in light of this history?

41mins

6 Nov 2012

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