UCL in the media
Combined vaccines mean that children are protected against disease much younger, explains Professor Helen Bedford (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) in a discussion about vaccination safety.
Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL School of European Language, Culture & Society) discusses why we mark historical anniversaries and what our commemoration means, warning that we need to make an effort to understand history if we want to make the world a better place.
A scheme offered to customers by Ryanair which allows people to pay €1 to offset the carbon impact of their flight is a “green gimmick” and would only offset 0.01% of the airline’s emissions, explains Professor Simon Lewis (UCL Geography).
Mercury will pass between the Earth and the Sun, making it visible from Earth in an event that only occurs on average 13 times each century, explains Professor Lucie Green (UCL Space & Climate Physics).
Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) discusses the launch of a new citizen science project which attempts to work out if everything which says it can be composted actually degrades in a compost heap.
Professor Gemma Moss (UCL Institute of Education) points to two factors to explain why boys fall behind girls at every level of education: less parental investment in developing boys' language skills and a reluctance among boys to ask for help.
A new UCL Culture exhibition, curated by Dr Thomas Kador (UCL Arts & Sciences) showcases famous failures and questions the concept, saying “If every activity has to end in either one or the other [success or failure], it denies the nuanced and messy complexities of life.”
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) discusses the spending plans of Labour and the Conservatives, arguing that what matters is not what you spend, but how strategically you spend it and the degree to which this stimulates growth.
Professor Helen Bedford (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) answers listeners’ questions about vaccinations, explaining that vaccinations are often combined so that children are protected as early as possible.