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Podcasts 2008

December edition

In December's edition: exploring the moons of Saturn, debating Heathrow expansion and ending discrimination against HIV positive teachers in Africa

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02:23 Professor Hans Michels on solutions to London's demand for more air space
11:00 Headlines from around the College
13:10 Dr Michael Beasley and Alice Woolnough on a scheme to keep HIV positive teachers in Africa in schools
23:50 Professor Michele Dougherty on the Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons

November edition

In November's edition: UNAIDS chief on his new role as Imperial's global health leader and finding novel ways to reduce limb amputations

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01.15 Professor Peter Piot on why tackling global health is the key to international development
06.01 Headlines from around the College
10.15 Professor Roger Greenhalgh on why too many limb amputations are taking place
16.55 Peter Piot interview part two - why non-infectious 'lifestyle' diseases are the big challenge of the future

October edition

In October's edition: scientists get passionate about particles, polymers and perfect landings

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02.20 Professor Jordan Nash, based at CERN, explains what the LHC will tell us about the universe
08.49 Headlines from around the College
11.07 Professor Dame Julia Higgins on her career in polymer science and plastic bags
19.50 Dr Varnavas Serghides on how Imperial's flight simulator can help to build a better aeroplane

September edition

In September's edition: using computer simulations to predict the unexpected, foretelling the future of the internet and the human side of organ donation

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01.30 Erol Gelenbe on how computers can help protect Europe from catastrophic infrastructure failures
09.33 Headlines from around the College
11.41 John Darlington on how future internet technologies could transform our lives
17.08 The poetry of organ transplantation with Anthony Warrens and Nadey Hakim

August edition

In August's edition: genetically enhanced athletes, understanding group behaviour in the animal kingdom and Imperial's Olympic Ambassador

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02.03 Professor Dominic Wells on why 'gene doping' could be the next big thing in athletics
10.02 Headlines from around the College
12.58 Using maths to understand animal behaviour
21.15 Olympic Ambassador Steve Trapmore on sport at Imperial and how the College will support London 2012

July edition

In July's edition: Imperial's new Rector on landing the top job and a Nobel-winning scientist on the fight against CJD

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01.24 Sir Roy Anderson on becoming Rector
11.25 Headlines from around the College
13.55 Prion discoverer Professor Stanley P rusin er on keeping BSE out of the food chain
21.42 Sir Roy interview part two

June edition

In June's edition: how to fix climate change, robots in surgery and searching the sky for Big Bang ripples

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01.10 Brian Hoskins on scientific solutions for climate change
12.56 Headlines from around the College
15.30 Brian Davies on the latest advances in robotic surgery
20.30 Understanding the physics of the early universe - part two of an interview with David Clements

May edition

In May's edition: how to tackle the credit crunch, labs are alive with the sound of music and the space telescope that will tell the story Hubble misses

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01.18 William Perraudin on how to contain an economic crisis
07.56 Headlines from around the College
11.24 Paul Chauncy on the technology of music
17.07 David Clements on detecting some of the coldest objects in the universe

April edition

In April's edition: helping hearts to rebuild themselves, why coal may be coming in from the cold and the future of innovation in India

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01.02 Michael Schneider on new therapies to fix heart damage
12.12 Headlines from around the College
15.03 The pros and cons of coal
19.17 Gerry George on innovation in India

March edition

In March's edition: The materials that bend light in odd ways, what noise is doing to your blood p ressure and the science of smell

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01.14 Lars Jarup on why aircraft noise can raise blood pressure even while you sleep
09.20 Headlines from around the College
11.49 Analysing the science of smell
18.58 Sir John Pendry on metamaterials and the 'perfect lens'

February edition

In February's edition: making th e strongest materials on Earth, music and medicine and the science of translating Chinese literature

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01.41 Bill Lee on a new centre developing the next generat ion of super durable materials
09.38 Headlines from around the College
11.15 Treating autism with music therapy
18.43 Nicky Harman on the challenges of translating Chinese literature

January edition

In January's edition: a special report on reducing the carbon footprint of power stations with elephant grass

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