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Forgotten actor, robotics and bubbly - Reading in the news Mon 14 Aug – University of Reading

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Forgotten actor, robotics and bubbly - Reading in the news Mon 14 Aug

Release Date 14 August 2017

A glass of prosecco a day keeps the doctor away?

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


Remembering ‘hellraiser’ actor: Dr Conor Carville (English Literature) shared his knowledge of the life and career of Northern Irish actor Patrick Magee in a three-part interview BBC Radio Berkshire (2hrs 8mins 33 secs), and explained how the University of Reading was part of a campaign to have him commemorated with a blue plaque outside his former home. Read our news story.

Prosecco health benefits: Elle magazine in Poland runs a story on Reading research (Food and Nutritional Science) suggesting drinking prosecco might improve our cardiovascular health. This research was also mentioned on Magic FM London

Roman Empire debate: Lines from a blog written by Dr Matthew Nicholls (Classics), with reference to research carried out by Dr Hella Eckardt (Archaeology), are quoted in The Hindu, as coverage of the debate surrounding a BBC cartoon and its depiction of an ethnically diverse Roman family. Read Dr Nicholls’ post for the University’s Connecting Research blog.

Other coverage


  • A BBC World Service interview with Ed Hawkins (Meteorology) about the health risks associated with rising global temperatures was repeated overnight on Saturday
  • The University of Reading’s ‘Begin Robotics’ MOOC, which teaches students about the history and use of robotics, is featured in a Wonderful Engineering list of free robotics courses members of the public can take.
  • Texas news site KCBD runs a story on Reading research (Meteorology) showing severe air turbulence will affect aeroplanes more often in the future due to climate change. The coverage by Washington Post has also led to several other publications using their story, such as the Calgary Herald and Young Post. Read our news story here.
  • The Iskandarian reports on the role EduCity is playing in Malaysia, mentioning the University of Reading as the most recent institution to open a campus there.
  • uses a research paper involving Henley Business School associate professor Dr Liang Han to show that the youngest child in a family has a greater chance of becoming a millionaire.



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