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UCL News podcast – 18 April 2012

19 April 2012

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UCL News has launched a new podcast to give you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening. 

On this podcast we have a selection of the most recent UCL headlines, along with UCL PhD student Noha Aboueldahab talking about her incredible experiences of Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring. We also went to chat to Jack Ashby, Manager of the Grant Museum, about one of their most famous exhibits. 

Part 1 - News

Researchers led by Professor Stephen Bishop from UCL Mathematics have analysed more than 45 billion Google search queries, and found that internet users from countries with a higher GDP are more likely to search for information about the future than information about the past.

We also speak to Ruth Howells, UCL Media Relations Manager, about a new study which has shed light on how pigeons’ navigate around, and we also talk about UCL’s new London page, the impending Olympics, and all the great events lined up for the next few months.

Part 2 – Tahrir Square

On the 25th January 2011 protesters flocked to Tahrir Square to protest against the rein of Hosni Mubarak. With the number of protests swelling to over 100,000 over the next few days, as a result Tahrir square, which literally means Liberation Square, became a potent symbol of the Arab Spring, and the revolution sweeping across the Gulf. UCL PhD student Noha Aboueldahab was there, and spoke to us about her experiences.

Part 3 - Thylacine skeletons at the Grant Museum of Zoology 

Of all the wonderful exhibits contained with the Grant Museum of Zoology, while not as glamorous as the more infamous 'Jar of Moles', the Grant's Thylacine skeleton has to be one of the rarest. We went to chat to Jack Ashby, Manager of the Grant museum, to find out more about this now extinct animal. 


Links: 

Grant Museum of Zoology
FuturICT
Pigeons’ homing skill not down to iron-rich beak cells
Study links Google search behaviour to GDP
UCL London site
UCL Events Calendar