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Podcasts 2007

December edition

In December's edition: a new treatment for those who can't stand up for falling down, twenty first century medical training and Imperial through the eyes of its student media

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01.30 Christopher Mathias on a drop in blood pressure that causes dizziness and fainting
09.43 Headlines from around the College 
12.02 Trainee doctors face crises in a controlled environment 
19.40 The history of College controversies through the eyes of Imperial student media

November edition

In November's edition: new technologies to make sure air travel remains safe, and miniature in-ear body sensors to help train the athletes of the future

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01.20 Cranfield's Professor Peter Brooker - fresh from delivering a special lecture at Imperial - on the future of safe air travel
10.13 Headlines from around the College
12.19 Imperial engineering students help to restore historic steamship 'SS Robin'
20.21 Intelligent in-ear body sensors: Dr Benny Lo on how a new technology could be used to monitor sports performance

October edition

In October's edition: Investigating the biggest animal health disaster of the year and spotting the heavenly bodies of Imperial academics

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01.30 Professor Brian Spratt on his experience of investigating the foot and mouth disease outbreak
09.28 Headlines from around the College
12.55 Imperial academics tell how it feels to have asteroids named after them
19.44 Brian Spratt interview part two - what he found at Pirbright

September edition

In September's edition: Coming closer to the cosmos with Queen's guitarist and unravelling the impacts of congestion charging

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01.18 Brian May explains why he swapped his guitar for a telescope to chase zodiacal dust
10.02 Headlines from around the College
11.45 Tejinder Virdee on what the biggest experiment on Earth can tell us about the building blocks of the universe
19.48 Bob Noland uncovers the unforeseen effects of traffic policies

August edition

In August's edition: Evidence of the mega-flood that made Britain an island and a new centre for talkative sensors

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01.18 Dr Sanjeev Gupta explains how catastrophic flooding split the UK from Europe
10.00 Headlines from around the College
11.45 Writing the official history of Imperial College Lond on
19.40 Intelligent electronics - Professor Eric Yeatman on developing sensors that talk to each other

July edition

In July's edition: Celebrating Imperial's Centenary with voices from the past and present

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01.25 Interview with Rector Sir Richard Sykes on Imperial's past, present and future
08.40 Headlines from around the College
10.20 Exploring the archives - Imperial's greatest innovators uncovered
21.46 Sir Richard's interview - part two

June edition

In June's edition: Finding the unique identity of everyday objects, reintroducing wolves to Scotland and taking blood the cleaner way.

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01.03 Physicist Russell Cowburn on anti-counterfeiting technology that reads the 'fingerprint' of objects such as paper
14.10 Headlines from around the College
16.18 Tim Coulson on why wolves could be the answer to Scotland's red deer population explosion
22.04 Medical graduate Christian Fellowes on his newly-invented alternative to the reusable tourniquet

May edition

In May's edition: Wiping out polio in northern India and searching for clues to the Solar System's origins.

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01:38 Nick Grassly on a new polio vaccine that protects 30% more susceptible children in northern India
10:27 Headlines from around the College
13:59 Phil Bland on what his special delivery tells us about the Solar System's early days

April edition

In April's edition: Bringing Stardust down to Earth, sampling Imperial's Centenary ale and will London 2012 be worth it?

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01:30 Interview with economist Stefan Szymanski on whether London will benefit from hosting the Olympics 
07:40 Interview with Head of Sports Neil Mosley on what Imperial is offering London 2012
11:20 Headlines from around the College
13:15 Bringing comet dust from NASA's Stardust mission to Imperial's labs
18:50 Rector Sir Richard Sykes pulls a pint of Centenary ale, brewed especially to celebrate Imperial's 100th birthday

 

March edition

This month, March: 'Ethical drugs' for Hepatitis C, rocks on Mars and life on Earth.

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01:10 Interview with Sunil Shaunak on 'ethical drugs' for Hepatitis C (part 1)
07:20 Headlines from around the College
09:10 Interview with Randall Perry on rocks on Mars and what they could tell us about life on Earth
20:15 Part 2 of interview with Sunil Shaunak

February edition

February: the computer that can paint, breakthroughs in reducing heart attack risk and a day on the road with Imperial's 1916 fire engine.

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01:22 Professor Peter Sever and new drugs to reduce the risk of heart attacks
07:58 Headlines from around the College
09:59 Say hello to Jezebel, a vintage fire engine at the College maintained by students
16:24 Dr Simon Colton and his painting computers