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Who enjoys shopping in IKEA? (18 Jan 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Who enjoys shopping in IKEA? Professor Alan Penn (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) Professor Alan Penn describes the way that architects use space to sell you things, showing how space creates patterns of movement, bringing you into contact with goods. In IKEA though, the story gets more interesting, here the designers deliberately set out to confuse you, drawing you into buying things that are not on your shopping list.
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A diet to treat ageing (21 Feb 2013)
Dr Matt Piper, UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing It has been known for some time that moderate dietary restriction can extend healthy lifespan in a variety of organisms. By experimenting on fruitflies, we are uncovering that only very small changes in specific nutrients are required for this effect. Importantly, these effects appear to be evolutionarily conserved, meaning these new discoveries could be applied to benefit human ageing.
Can the Eurozone crisis be solved? (19 Feb 2013)
Prof Wendy Carlin, UCL Economics There was plenty of scepticism among economists about the likely success of a common currency in Europe. The immediate problem is that peripheral countries have seen their public sectors incur large deficits and incautious private sectors incur large debts. In addition, wages in the Southern economies have grown more rapidly, and productivity more slowly, than in the North. This lecture sets out the risks this poses to full political union and explore whether there is a solution.
The origins of the 'ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy's most powerful mafia (1 March 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The origins of the 'ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy's most powerful mafia Professor John Dickie (UCL Italian) On 15 August 2007, six young men with origins in the Italian region of Calabria were ambushed and murdered in the German steel town of Duisburg. This was northern Europe's St Valentine's Day massacre, the worst ever mafia bloodbath outside Italy and the United States. Suddenly, journalists across the globe were struggling with what the New York Times called an 'unpronounceable name': 'ndrangheta (en-drang-get-ah.) In the 1990s, the 'ndrangheta placed itself in a leading position in the European wholesale cocaine market by dealing direct with South American producers. It is now thought to be the wealthiest and most powerful of Italy's major criminal brotherhoods. But how, when, and why did it first emerge?
Vermeer's Camera and Tim's Vermeer
Prof Philip Steadman, UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources In 2001, Philip Steadman published a book, Vermeer’s Camera, about the Dutch painter’s use of the camera obscura – the predecessor of the photographic camera. The book inspired engineer Tim Jenison to rebuild Vermeer’s studio and ‘paint a Vermeer’ using optical methods. The process was recorded in the Oscar-nominated film Tim’s Vermeer.
Photons, spacecraft, atomic clocks & Einstein (27 Oct 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Photons, spacecraft, atomic clocks and Einstein -- fundamental physics in the space environment Professor Marek Ziebart (UCL Space Geodesy and Navigation) Satellites designed, built and launched by humans orbit the earth to carry out a myriad of tasks, friendly and hostile, commercial and scientific. Many of these missions supply critical data to model, mitigate and predict planet-scale processes such as El Nino events, sea level rise, plate tectonics and the earthquake cycle. The spacecraft move at between 4 and 8 kilometres per second, and are between 500 and 20,000 km above the earth's surface but for scientific purposes we need to know where they are to within a few centimetres, and we need to know the time they transmit their signals at the nano-second level. This lecture explains how that is achieved using concepts from fundamental physics.
What does London owe to slavery?  (26 Oct 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: What does London owe to slavery? Dr Nick Draper (UCL History) For Liverpool and Bristol much work has been done in tracing the role of the slave-trade and slavery in shaping the cities' histories, but the scale and complexity of London's growth in the 18th and 19th centuries has obscured the contribution of slavery to the formation of the modern capital. This lecture explores the evidence for the centrality of slavery in understanding how London became what we know it as today. This lecture marks Black History Month.
Is complex life a freak accident? (24 Jan 2012)
Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) Natural selection is a kind of search engine. Given enough time, and suitably vast populations, it should find the best solutions repeatedly. So why are bacteria still bacteria? And why did all complex life on our planet share an ancestor that only arose once in four billion years? In this lecture, Dr Nick Lane suggests that everything we see around us stemmed from a freak accident two billion years ago. We are far from inevitable, and may be alone in a universe of bacteria.
Breast screening: some inconvenient truths (28 Oct 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Breast screening: some inconvenient truths Professor Michael Baum (UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences) The pro-screening lobby is locked into a mindset dating back to the late 1980s. Since then our understanding of the biology of breast cancer and its treatment has moved on whilst the screening programme continues without modification based on the results of trials reported in 1987. This lecture will discuss some of the harmful problems of this over-diagnosing system, and will look at the need for radical change to bring the entire programme up to date with modern practice based on risk assessment and risk management. This lecture marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Why do some people become psychopaths? (30 Jan 2014)
Professor Essi Viding, UCL Psychology and Language Sciences Although childhood behavioural problems are relatively common, not all problems develop for the same reason, and only a few individuals will go on to develop psychopathy in adulthood. This lecture reviews behavioural problems in children, in terms of genetics, brain function and development, and considers why some children may be at an increased risk of developing psychopathy when they grow up.
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Science meets art: investigating pigments in art and archaeology  (30 June 2011)
Lunch Hour Lecture on tour at the British Museum: Desirability and domination: Science meets art: investigating pigments in art and archaeology Professor Robin Clark CNZM, FRS (UCL Chemistry) Professor Robin Clark has used pigment analysis to reveal the secrets of the Lindisfarne Gospels, Gutenberg Bibles, Greek icons, forged papyri and the '36th Vermeer painting'. In this lecture Professor Clark explains and explores how the technique of Raman spectroscopy has helped in the restoration, conservation and dating of artwork along with the detection of forgeries.
The end of Roman Britain: what ended, when and why? (9 March 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The end of Roman Britain: what ended, when and why? Dr Andrew Gardner (UCL Institute of Archaeology) A crucial event in the formation of the culture and identity of Britain occurred 1600 years ago - or did it? While tradition has it that the Roman occupation of Britain ended in AD 410, events surrounding this year need to be seen in the context of longer processes of change and of the problems that beset archaeological and historical evidence from this period. This lecture will consider the key question of who and what was 'Roman' in 4th century Britain as a prelude to thinking about what exactly changed in the early 5th century, and why.
Deconstruction today (26 Jan 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Deconstruction today Professor Mairéad Hanrahan (UCL French) Deconstruction is now over forty years old but although the term has passed into common parlance, no consensus has yet emerged about what it means or seeks to do. Many in various disciplines extol it as one of the most significant intellectual breakthroughs ever; others dismiss it as anti scientific obscurantism. This lecture attempts to explain why, after such a long time (an eternity in academic terms), deconstruction can still arouse such passionate disagreements.
The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Prof Sir Michael Marmot - 19 Jan 2016)
Speaker: Prof Sir Michael Marmot UCL Institute of Health Equity There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries, and these health inequalities defy usual explanations. Conventional approaches to improving health only goes so far. Professor Sir Michael Marmot looks at evidence from around the world to show how we can reduce the health gap.
Cancer evolution through space and time - Prof Charles Swanton - UCL LHL
Speaker: Professor Charles Swanton, UCL Cancer Institute - Tuesday 22nd November 2016 #ucllhl While it has long been appreciated that no two tumours are identical, recent work suggests that even two regions of the same tumour can be remarkably distinct, which likely contributes to treatment failure and drug resistance. Professor Charles Swanton will explore the extent of intra-tumour heterogeneity in different types of cancer and its clinical implications. Free to attend, live stream or watch online More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLLHL
Lisbon, 1939-45: the untold story of Portugal and the Jewish refugees (27 Jan 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Lisbon, 1939-45: the untold story of Portugal and the Jewish refugees. Dr Neill Lochery (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies) During World War II, Portugal was frantically trying to hold on to its self-proclaimed wartime neutrality, but was increasingly caught in the middle of the economic, and naval wars between the Allies and the Nazis. To complicate matters further, thousands of refugees, many of them Jewish, flooded into Lisbon seeking a passage to the United States or Palestine. This talk will present the little known, and yet vitally important history of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, during World War II. This lecture marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Presymptomatic treatment for Alzheimer's disease: feasible or fanciful? (15 Nov 2012)
Prof Nick Fox, Professor of Neurology, UCL Institute of Neurology, UCL Brain Sciences 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.
Beating Cigarette Addiction - the latest evidence (19 Jan 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Beating Cigarette Addiction - the latest evidence (19 Jan 2010) Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) One fifth of adults in Britain still smoke, and half of those who do not stop will be killed by their cigarettes a typical 20 years before their time. Cigarettes deliver nicotine to the brain faster than an intravenous injection, changing the brain so that it craves cigarettes, and of the four million British smokers who try to stop this year, fewer than 5 per cent of them will succeed. Fortunately research has found ways of boosting the chances of success by some 300 per cent. This lecture will present the latest evidence on the best ways of beating cigarette addiction.
Bubbles in the blood: from the 'bends' to magic bullets (19 Oct 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Bubbles in the blood: from the 'bends' to magic bullets Dr Eleanor Stride (UCL Mechanical Engineering) The presence of bubbles in the blood stream is normally considered to be highly undesirable. Celebrated as the undetectable murder weapon in the plots of 1930s detective novels, they certainly represent an all too real hazard for deep sea divers and astronauts. There are, however, a rapidly growing number of biomedical applications in which bubbles can offer significant benefits. In this talk Eleanor Stride will describe how bubbles have transformed the state of the art in ultrasound imaging and are emerging as powerful therapeutic tools in treatments for major diseases including stroke and cancer.
The Neurobiology of Beauty - UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
Speaker: Prof Semir Zeki, Faculty of Brain Sciences, Tuesday 17th January 2017 #ucllhl Bring your lunch and your curiosity! UCL Lunch Hour Lectures, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Darwin Lecture Theatre, 1.15 - 1.55pm (term time) The experience of beauty, whether derived from perceptual sources, as in visual or musical beauty, or cognitive ones, as in mathematical beauty, correlates with activity in the same part of the brain: field A1 of the medial orbito-frontal cortex. Professor Semir Zeki discusses the questions this raises about the uses of beauty. Free to attend, live stream or watch online More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLLHL
The social brain (18 March 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The social brain Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) The brain has evolved to understand and interact with other people. We are increasingly learning more about the neurophysiological basis of social cognition and what is known as the social brain. In this talk I will focus on how the social brain develops during adolescence. Adolescence is a time characterised by change - hormonally, physically, psychologically and socially. Yet until recently this period of life was neglected by cognitive neuroscience. In the past decade, research has shown that the social brain develops both structurally and functionally during adolescence.
When technology design provokes errors (3 Nov 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: When technology design provokes errors Professor Ann Blandford (UCL Interaction Centre) Did you ever forget your chip & pin card in a card reader? Leave the original on a photocopier? Send an email to the wrong person from your address book? The way technology is designed can make errors more or less likely. Most everyday examples are just annoying; if a pilot or a nurse makes similar errors in the course of their work, the consequences can be much more serious. This talk discusses some of the causes of these errors and how the design of technology can provoke or mitigate them. This lecture marks World Usability Day on 10 Nov 2011
The lure of the Kremlin: Ivan the Terrible (31 Jan 2012)
Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies) In the sixteenth century, the rise of Muscovy was accompanied by military aggression and the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. As a result of military conflicts and cultural differences, Westerners began to see Russia as a barbarian kingdom, whose rulers kept it locked away from the outside world. However, this lecture demonstrates that the court of Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) and other tsars was actually a focus point of exchange in technology, commodities and ideas with both the East and the West, and that Muscovite regalia, court rituals and illuminated manuscripts were in fact a result of intensive global interactions.
Navigating the brain: software programming for surgical planning - UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
Speaker: Professor Sebastien Ourselin, UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Thursday 27th October 2016 #ucllhl Bring your lunch and your curiosity! UCL Lunch Hour Lectures, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Darwin Lecture Theatre, 1.15 - 1.55pm (term time) Epilepsy affects around 500,000 people in the UK, and one-third of individuals with focal epilepsy continue to have seizures despite optimal medical management. Professor Sebastien Ourselin will discuss his work developing the surgical navigation platform, EpiNavTM, which aims to increase the number of patients suitable for curative treatments. Free to attend, live stream or watch online More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLLHL
Plague Bones: how London's Black Death became a tropical disease (18 June 2013)
Dr Carole Reeves, UCL Centre for the History of Medicine At its height the Black Death claimed the lives of 7,000 Londoners every week. The Museum of London excavated a plague cemetery in the 1980s but it was not until 2011 that technology revealed the true identity of the disease. UCL researchers are examining similar burial grounds to prove that another 'English' pestilence -- 'marsh fever' -- was actually malaria, now one of the great scourges of the developing world.
Britain and the Legacies of Slavery (11 June 2013)
Prof Catherine Hall, UCL History Once abolition was secured, Britons were keen to overlook slavery and emphasise the memory of emancipation. But Britain and Britons benefitted in multiple ways from slavery. By focusing on the role of the many slave-owners who lived here, should British history be reconsidered to take slavery into full account?
Why do we give? Charity-giving through an evolutionary lens (Nichola Raihani - 9 Feb 2016)
Speaker: Dr Nichola Raihani UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment Dr Nichola Raihani will discuss how individuals might themsleves benefit from making charitable donations and how our psychology might trick us into believing that we are truly altruistic when we are, in fact, performing actions that are ultimately self-beneficial.
Philosophy and public policy (23 Nov 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Philosophy and public policy Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) Can moral and political philosophy be used to help solve problems in public life? How? Some philosophers attempt to derive theories to be applied in practice. This, it will be argued, is not a practical or desirable approach. Rather the philosopher should be to try to understand the values underlying dilemmas of public policy and to explore options for reducing or resolving them. Public policy needs the application of philosophical skills, rather than philosophical theory.
At home with the Neanderthals: Excavations at La Cotte de St Brelade
Dr Matt Pope, UCL Institute of Archaeology (7 June 2012) The Neanderthals represent a successful and distinctive experiment in being human. They occupied large parts of Europe and Western Asia, developed sophisticated tools, mastered fire and engaged in the hunting of large mammals, but what do we know about the development and ultimate fate of our closest evolutionary relative?
Scandinavian crime fiction and the end of the welfare state (7 Mar 2013)
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature, UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society Scandinavian crime fiction has in recent years enjoyed surprising success world-wide. The region, with its universal welfare states, is most commonly considered a very peaceful place, with low rates of corruption and crime and the highest levels of reported wellbeing in the world. Scandinavian crime fiction offers a bleaker and more complex image of life in these countries. This lecture explores to what extent 'Nordic Noir' tells the story about the end of the Nordic Model in a global age.
Should we experiment with the climate? (11 Mar 2014)
Dr Jack Stilgoe, UCL Science and Technology Studies Policies to tackle climate change do not seem to be working. Some scientists have begun to look into tacking climate change directly, through 'geoengineering', but the risks, ethics and politics look worrying. Should we be testing technologies now or keeping research indoors until we know more?
The end of mass incarceration?: The moral purpose of prison - Dr Jeffrey Howard - UCL LHL
Speaker - Dr Jeffrey Howard, UCL Political Science - Thursday 8th December 2016 #ucllhl The United Kingdom has doubled its prison population, twice, in the past 65 years. By outlining a philosophical account of the moral purpose of prisons, Dr. Jeffrey Howard will explain how we can transform our criminal justice system to make it fairer, cheaper, and better at preventing crime.
Did God Evolve? (20 Jan 2015)
Professor Steve Jones, UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment Many scientists are atheists. Even so, religion itself is open to scientific study and Professor Jones will discuss what science can tell us about how it may have begun. Science has no insight into its mysteries, myths and parables, but shows that from the beginning, economics has driven belief.
What goes on in the mind of a London cabbie? (21 Nov 2013)
Dr Hugo Spiers, UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience Navigating a city such as London is a challenge. How do we, and the expert London cabbies, use our brain to do this? New neuro-scientific research is beginning to reveal the secrets.
Voicing Slavery: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary Prince (18 Oct 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Voicing Slavery: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary Prince Professor Catherine Hall (UCL History) Women's voices were central to the struggle against slavery in the early 19th century. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one of Britain's greatest poets, was the daughter of a slaveowner and the family money came from their Jamaican plantations. She sympathised with the cause of antislavery - but that sympathy was complicated by her family connections. Mary Prince was an enslaved woman who was brought by her 'owner' to Britain, escaped, and recorded her narrative. It was published and provided a moving testimony of the cruelties of slavery and a significant weapon in the war against it. Both these women had close connections with Bloomsbury, and this lecture, in conjunction with the exhibition 'The Slave Owners of Gower Street' will explore their lives and writings and the place of slavery in 19th century Britain. This lecture marks Black History Month in October. There is also an exhibition in UCL's South Cloisters on the main campus entitled 'The Slave Owners of Gower Street'
Gower St to Euston Sq - a local history of the underground (15 Jan 2013)
Prof Richard Dennis, Professor of Human Geography, UCL Geography The world's first underground railway, the Metropolitan, steam-powered and running underneath Euston Road, opened in January 1863. The early history of underground travel in London was beset by the problems of asphyxiation, inadequate lighting, accidents, explosions and crime; countered by the opportunities for improved connectivity, speed and intimacy. This lecture will focus on the 19th and early 20th century history of the Underground, as seen through the lens of UCL's local station.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: understanding other people’s actions (20 Nov 2014)
Dr James Kilner, UCL Institute of Neurology Successful human interactions depend upon the verbal and non-verbal signals from one individual to another. Our ability to read and understand other people’s actions is essential, and is part of what makes humans such a pro-social species. Dr Kilner will describe our current understanding of the neural mechanisms involved.
Bones, mummies, tuberculosis and ancient DNA (Helen Donoghue 17 March 2016)
Speaker: Dr Helen Donoghue Tuberculosis is an ancient disease and is still with us today. Historical DNA tells us that 'modern' tuberculosis existed 9,000 years ago, and the fact that its different strains are found in different human populations means that it can tell us a lot about early human migration.
Does social science tell the truth? - Prof David Shanks - UCL Lunch Hour Lectures
Speaker: Professor David Shanks, UCL Psychology and Language Sciences - Thursday 13th October 2016 #ucllhl Bring your lunch and your curiosity! UCL Lunch Hour Lectures, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Darwin Lecture Theatre, 1.15 - 1.55pm (term time) There is now abundant evidence that only around half of all published findings in the social sciences are true, and research even suggests that some entire bodies of work are based on non-existent effects. Join Professor David Shanks as he discusses a range of remedies that could make social science research more credible and robust. Free to attend, live stream or watch online More info : http://events.ucl.ac.uk/lhl Join the conversation on Twitter at #UCLLHL
What would an alien look like? (4 February)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: What would an alien look like? Dr Lewis Dartnell (UCL Centre for Planetary Science) 'Astrobiology'is a new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth. There is every expectation that a new space telescope, Kepler, will discover dozens of Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars in just the next three years. Extraterrestrial plants and animals developing on these worlds would be subject to the same laws of physics and engineering constraints as us, but may have followed evolutionary paths unexplored by terrestrial life. So what might alien life really look like? And more importantly for the science of astrobiology, how will this understanding help us to actually detect signs of life on another world? This lecture marks 2010 as the Year of Science
Are we waking up the sleeping Arctic Ocean? (Dr Michael Tsamados)
Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at more than twice the global average rate. As the sea ice cover retreats, there is a radiation imbalance and a modification of the Arctic Ocean circulation, and as the atmosphere and ocean come into direct contact, exchanges of heat and momentum will potentially be transformed. Dr Michel Tsamados will discuss the implications for the Arctic climate system and beyond.
Venomous Women: Poison murderesses in nineteenth-century Germany (23 Feb 2010)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Venomous Women: Poison murderesses in nineteenth-century Germany Professor Susanne Kord (UCL German) Women and poison have long been thought of as elective affinities: poison is presumed to be a 'woman's weapon', and poison murder as quintessentially 'female'. An example documenting these assumptions is the case of Germany's most famous serial killer, Gesche Margarethe Gottfried (1785-1831), convicted of murdering fifteen people, including her entire family. This lecture offers an analysis of her interrogation records, her psychological profile (one of the earliest in Germany) and of contemporary fiction about the case. The focus will be on Gottfried's motives, which she refused to reveal and which have remained mysterious to this day. Can these motives be seen not only as those of a female killer, but as more generally 'female'?
Antibiotics: ever diminishing returns (3 Dec 2013)
Professor Peter Taylor, UCL School of Pharmacy Antibiotics are among the most beneficial drugs ever introduced into clinical practice. However, eighty years on from the discovery of penicillin, the overuse and abuse of antibiotics have led to the evolution of multidrug-resistant pathogens, increasingly responsible for severe infections in our hospitals and communities. New ways of thinking about bacterial infections and their control may provide society with the means to face up to these urgent threats.
'A mass of obscenity'?: the prosecution and banning of D.H.Lawrence (Hugh Stevens - 24 Nov 2015)
Speaker: Dr Hugh Stevens UCL English The Rainbow is recognised as one of the major works of British modernism. However, following its initial publication in 1915, the novel was judged obscene and banned in the UK. Dr Hugh Stevens explores the reasons behind its banning and the disastrous consequences for its author.
Against nature? Homosexuality and evolution (17 Nov 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Against nature? Homosexuality and evolution Professor Volker Sommer (UCL Anthropology) Same-sex sexual behaviour is often condemned on the grounds that it is "against nature". Indeed, biology tells us that selection favours those who leave more offspring. But then, homosexual behaviour is widespread - not only amongst humans, but other animals alike, be they flamingos, gorillas, dolphins or bisons. Doesn't this constitute a paradox for Darwinian Theory? And is there a connection between what goes on in nature and what is morally desirable? This talk addresses these controversial topics.
The triumph of Human Rights: dream or nightmare? (26 Jan 2012)
Colm O'Cinneide (UCL Laws) Since 1945, the language of human rights has acquired great potency and resonance. Human rights law plays an ever-greater role in national legal systems, and states are now expected to respect an ever-growing range of basic rights. However, a growing backlash can now be detected against the apparently ever-expanding scope of human rights guarantees. Has the concept of human rights been stretched too far? Has it departed from its core mission? This lecture addresses some of these questions, and makes the case for an expansive conception of rights.
On the origins of life: a chemist's perspective (Matt Powner 15 March 2016)
Speaker: Dr Matt Powner Over the past 150 years, great advances have been made to elucidate the molecular basics of evolution and the evolutionary trajectory of life, but the origins of life remain a mystery. Join Dr Matt Powner as he attempts to shed more light on the subject by exploring the self assembly of metabolites.
A world with this much CO²: lessons from 4 million years ago (13 Feb 2014)
Dr Chris Brierley, UCL Geography In Spring last year, carbon dioxide concentrations passed 400 parts per million in the atmosphere -- a level not seen since the Pliocene era (3-5 million years ago), and perhaps not even then. We know that the Pliocene was a warm world without glacial cycles, and that the climate of the tropical Pacific was also structurally different. This lecture discussed the causes and implications of this discrepancy.
Agriculture and elephants: wiriting in rural Babylonia (Eleanor Robson - 1 Dec 2015)
Speaker: Professor Eleanor Robson Archaeological excavations at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq are revealing exciting new insights into Babylonian life in the mid-second millennium BC. Join Professor Eleanor Robson as she shares her latest findings and explains why there is still so much to learn about the ancient past.
Designing for students (6 Dec 2011)
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Designing for students Professor Sir Peter Cook (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) Sir Peter Cook and his CRAB STUDIO have two new University buildings under construction : in Austria and Australia. He designs from the experience of more than 40 years' teaching and weaves 'stories'; in and out of the designs. The title can also be read as designing the curriculum...which he sees as being very similar to designing a building. The lecture is illustrated by drawings and cartoons.

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