UCL in the media
Professor Amitava Banerjee (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) discusses factors that may increase a person’s risk of developing long Covid, such as having asthma or type 2 diabetes.
Professor Tim Colbourn (UCL Institute for Global Health) says countries where stricter restrictions are in place, such as the Netherlands and Spain, have still seen high numbers of cases, and suggests we need to accept it’s a virus we are all likely to catch at some point.
Marta Jenkala (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) offers a tip on pronouncing the name of Ukraine's capital city: "It helps if you smile a little bit to say it, especially on the first syllable."
Dr Phil Symonds (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on findings of an American study, saying that UK gas hobs may well be just as likely to leak methane as American gas hobs.
Professor Philip Schofield (UCL Laws), Director of the Bentham Project, is interviewed about the life and work of 19th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham, whose auto-icon, housed at UCL, is also mentioned.
Professor Richard Ellis (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comments on the James Webb Space Telescope reaching its 'parking spot' in space, saying he is especially excited as, given the success of the launch, the scientific lifetime of the mission is likely now longer than planned.
Professor Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) answers listeners’ questions about batteries, explaining that batteries’ complex chemistry makes extending their life difficult.
Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) and Professor Russell Viner (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) comment on the reasons behind a slow uptake of vaccinations among children in the UK.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that travel restrictions are harmful, and largely useless at this stage of the pandemic," says Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute), adding that mask requirements on airplanes will probably remain for a while.