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Are eggs as bad as cigarettes? -
Reading in the news Mon 7 aug

Release Date 07 August 2017

A vegan film claims an egg a day is as bad as five cigarettes for reducing life expectancy

Here is today's round-up of media coverage featuring the University of Reading.


Eggs as bad as smoking?: Dr Gunter Kuhnle (Food and Nutritional Sciences) is quoted in a story in The Times, discussing whether the claim in a new vegan film that eating an egg a day is as bad as smoking five cigarettes a day in terms of life expectancy.

Solar stormwatchers wanted: The imminent return of citizen science project Solar Stormwatch was discussed on BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 7 mins 45 secs) by Professor Chris Scott (Meteorology). The scheme invites members of the public to study footage of solar eruptions recorded by spacecraft.

Diversity in Roman Britain: The recent Twitter debate sparked by a BBC cartoon featuring a racially diverse Roman family rumbles on. The University of Cambridge’s Classics website has published a statement which refers to a post written for the University’s Connecting Research blog by Reading’s Dr Matthew Nicholls (Classics) which sought to clarify the issue. Dr Hella Eckardt's Archaeology research on Roman Britain is also referenced by Cambridge. Read Dr Nicholl’s blog post here.

Nutrition research ‘crisis’: Food Manufacture quotes Professor Christine Williams in a report on a new research partnership, set up in response to a review suggesting more food industry involvement is needed in nutrition research. 

Other coverage

  • A feature on the history of homosexuality on BBC Radio 4 (2 mins 20 secs) mentioned the University of Reading’s former Vice-Chancellor, Lord John Wolfenden, who chaired the committee which published the report which brought about its decriminalisation in 1967. Read our news story.
  • The Iskandarian reports on the inaugural graduation held at the University of Reading Malaysia. Read our news story.
  • Pan European Networks and Cambridge Network reports that industrial research, supported by the University of Reading, on the use of insect-derived feeds for farmed salmon has received almost £900,000 of funding by Innovate UK.
  • Bumpy flights will be one result of climate change, reports New Indian Express, based on research by Professor Paul Williams (Meteorology). Read our news story
  • Researchers at the university of Reading have helped develop a robot that seeks out and destroys weeds, reports Farming Portal
  • The University of Reading is one of 21 partners to have signed a memorandum of understanding with a developer in Malaysia, reports New Straits Times



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