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.
2 Nov 2012
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?’
24 Oct 2012
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.
14 Dec 2012
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.
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?
6 Nov 2012