70 years ago today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created as a way to stop the horrors of Nazi Germany from ever happening again. In this lecture, given to mark the anniversary, Professor Rosa Freedman explains what human rights are, why they matter, and the challenges we face in ensuring that individuals have their fundamental rights protected.
Could a new technology which reflects sunlight away from our planet be the answer to climate change? Or would this unregulated techo-fix create new and terrible dangers of its own? Catriona MacKinnon, Director of the Reading Centre for Climate Justice, discusses the dark side of solar radiation management in a new post for The Conversation.
Aviation turbulence can now be predicted up to 18 hours ahead, resulting in smoother flights for billions of passengers and helping to cut carbon dioxide emissions – all thanks to Professor Paul Williams’ research. His work has been recognised as runner-up for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Societal Impact award. David Derbyshire reports.
As ‘Movember’ draws to a close, Business Historian Dr Lucy Newton explores the history of facial hair in the workplace, from ‘peak beard’ in the 1850s to today’s hipster handlebars, in a new post for The Conversation.
Today is the 99th anniversary of Lady Nancy Astor’s election to Parliament in a by-election in Plymouth, becoming the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. This milestone is being marked with #Astor100: an ambitious series of public events, learning resources, and the erection of a statue in her Plymouth constituency. In this ‘diablog’, Astor100 curator Dr Jacqui Turner from the University of Reading and Dr Julie V. Gottlieb from the University of Sheffield, whose recent book features Nancy Astor as a protagonist, discuss her life, legacy and varied political career.
Today’s revelation that there is ‘no realistic prospect’ of the UK Government meeting its smart energy meter installation target has led to it being labelled a ‘fiasco’ by critics. Jacopo Torriti, Professor of Energy Economics and Policy at the University of Reading, spells out why a complete rethink could be in order if we really want to save consumers money.
Last week, a dust storm turned the Sydney skies orange and badly affected local air quality. Dr Claire Ryder explains why such phenomena occur and why more research is needed if we are to accurately forecast them, in a new post for The Conversation.
Climate change is increasing in-flight air turbulence: bad news for nervous flyers. But Dr Paul Williams has developed an algorithm to predict turbulence up to 18 hours ahead, resulting in smoother flights for billions of passengers and helping to cut CO2 emissions too. He’s recently been shortlisted for a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Impact award for the research. In this video made by NERC to celebrate the finalists, Paul explains his research and the positive impact it’s had for passengers, crew, the aviation industry and the planet.
Could electrical devices implanted in the spine help make wheelchairs a relic of the past? Dr Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias looks at recent biomedical engineering breakthroughs and where they might lead in a new post for The Conversation.
On 23 November we’re welcoming NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson to campus to tell his stories about life in space. Here at Reading, Dr Clare Watt’s research looks at space weather and how that can affect the thousands of satellites currently whizzing around in orbit above us. Here she tells us about her job and what she loves about it.