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Lunch Hour Lecture - What happened to the hydrogen economy?

20 February 2018

In the early noughties, the hydrogen economy was touted as the next energy global revolution. Then it disappeared from view. What happened? In this talk, we’ll explore how fuel cell…


Lunch Hour Lecture - Understanding sleep and sleeplessness: can science and cultural history be used together?

22 February 2018

Sleep is an enormous part of our lives: why do we do it? And why do we sometimes struggle to do so? Biology cannot fully explain our experience of sleep. Writers have always been fascinated…


Lunch Hour Lecture - What’s your bias? Psychological insights into political conflicts

27 February 2018

This talk explores recent psychological research that offers some insight into why we disagree on topics such as inequality, nationalism and immigration. This research suggests that…


Lunch Hour Lecture - The birds and the bees: animal sex in medieval art

1 March 2018

“Birds do it, bees do it” goes the refrain of a popular song. But how different species ‘do it’ is left to the imagination. Taking in examples from illuminated manuscripts, Professor…


Lunch Hour Lecture - Tick-tock of the biological clock

8 March 2018

Globally, women are increasingly delaying the birth of their first child, as they lead very different lives to their mothers. But a woman’s fertility declines with age, significantly…


Lunch Hour Lecture - Putting the doubt into science teaching

13 March 2018

The process of science is beset on all sides by epistemic doubt i.e. how do we know that a result is right if we don’t already know the answer? Professor Sella will describe a new project…


Sex and socialism: What the Bolshevik revolution meant for the history of prostitution in 20th century Russia

15 March 2018

In 1918, the Bolshevik government ‘decriminalised’ prostitution. But, by 1932, women accused of selling sex were being sent to labour camps. What explains this apparent reversal? This…