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Catch up on our lectures from the 2012-2013 season
Molecules on best behaviour
Professor Claire Adjiman (Chemical Engineering) talks about the engineering of molecular systems.
It's not oil gone
Professor Ann Muggeridge (Earth Science and Engineering) explains the need for developing new technologies in order to make the most of extracting the world’s ever-decreasing oil reserves.
Curing cancer: overcoming problems on the line
Cancer appears to be evolving as fast as scientists are getting to grips with the disease. Professor Justin Stebbing (Surgery and Cancer) looks at how our understanding of cancer has changed, as the search for a cure continues.
Metals in medicine
Professor Ramon Vilar (Chemistry) discusses discoveries that have helped shape the development of drugs and medicines.
Sleeping, breathing and inspiration
Better treatments for respiratory problems could be enhanced through improved understanding of the physiology behind sleeping disorders, says Professor Mary Morrell (NHLI).
How to make an electricity business sustainable
Professor Richard Green (Business School) analyses the ways in which electricity production can be economically and environmentally sustainable in an age of ever-diminishing resources.
Turbulence on Earth helps us stir milk into our tea, but in space it controls the paths of cosmic rays and heats the plasma, explains Professor Tim Horbury (Physics).
Small, smart turbines - a low carbon need
The growing need to harness more efficient ways of producing energy is inspiring new super-charged combustion engines, says Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas (Mechanical Engineering).
Clearing the air
Professor Terry Tetley (NHLI) talks about how airborne particles including smoke, asbestos and traffic polluction have significant effects on our lungs.
Metamaterials: new horizons in electromagnetism
Professor Sir John Pendry (Physics) explains the amazing world of metamaterials, where ideas such as invisibility cloaks have captured imaginations, in the 2012 Schrödinger Lecture.
Cardiac surgery in the recession: too good to fail?
Professor Thanos Athanasiou (Surgery and Cancer) assesses whether global austerity measures will have implications for cardiac surgery.
The doctor will sense you now
Find out how advances in engineering are leading to biomedical sensors for real-time clinical monitoring of patients, with Professor Martyn Boutelle (Bioengineering).
A mathematician's view of Asimov's psychohistory
Professor Dan Crisan (Mathematics) explains how study of the microscopic world enables us to gain insights into the working of the macroscopic environment.
Materials at their limit
Find out what happens to objects under extreme pressure with Professor John Dear (Mechanical Engineering) in his inaugural lecture.
Parkinson's disease: a car crash in the brain
Discover some of the similarities between car crashes and Parkinson’s disease with Professor David Dexter (Medicine), Scientific Director of the Parkinson’s UK Tissue Bank at Imperial.
Food and sex: intimately related, hormonally controlled
Understanding the hormones that link food and sex could lead to new treatments for both infertility and obesity, suggests Professor Waljit Dhillo (Medicine). Audio only.
Brain sex differences: the new equality
Could the subtle differences between the brains of people of different sex affect treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s? Professor Glenda Gillies (Medicine) reviews what we know. Audio only.
Tracking program footprints
Professor Philippa Gardner (Computing) explains how our understanding of what computers do has not actually kept pace with their development.
Other lectures in the 2012-2013 season
Professor Roxy Senior (NHLI) – Myocardial contrast echocardiography
Professor Anita Simmonds (NHLI) – Non-invasive ventilation: the first few millennia
Professor Robert Goldin (Medicine) – The scar that binds
Professor Amparo Galindo (Chemical Engineering) – ‘In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics’
Professor Gavin Davies (Physics) – What’s missing? Searching for dark matter and the Higgs boson