Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
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27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
27 February 2007
Professor Thomas Rademacher – UCL Infection & Immunity
In April 2003 Prince Charles was purported as using the expression ‘grey goo’ to describe the dangers of nanotechnology. These fears centred around the belief that self-replication is an essential part of the molecular manufacturing process. The idea that self-replicating robots, smaller than viruses, will one day multiply uncontrollably and devour our planet is now seen as science fiction. Five years on, emerging nanotechnologies have created an unstoppable disruptive force that will change medicine, the environment and the economy in ways we are only starting to imagine. It is no longer about miniaturisation but about creating structures which function at the quantum edge.
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