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Thursday 18th September 2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

Description
Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
Date:
Thursday 18th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 11th September 2014

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

Description
Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.
Date:
Thursday 11th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 4th September 2014

The modern Prometheus

Description
Let me suggest an image to you: the image of the 'mad scientist'.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 28th August 2014

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health

Description
Every year approximately 18 million people, largely among the world's poorest, die of preventable or treatable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. They die because, unlike their wealthier counterparts, they lack access to even basic medicines.
Date:
Thursday 28th August 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
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