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Frankenrobots, heavy metal and tech meltdowns: Reading in the news - 4 June – University of Reading

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Frankenrobots, heavy metal and tech meltdowns: Reading in the news - 4 June

Release Date 04 June 2018

Circular saw to metal

Frankenwords: An article for reproduces an article in Science which includes ‘frankenrobot’ among its neologisms. The term was coined by Emeritus Professor Kevin Warwick, who with a team created a robot that had a "brain" made of rat neurons placed on a multielectrode array in 2008.

Trade Tariffs: BBC 5 Live (approx. 1hr 52m in) spoke to Professor Rajneesh Narula (Henley Business School) about the US imposing tariffs on metals.


TSB letter error: Comments by Ardi Kolah (Henley Business School) are reported on the BBC News website about TSB potentially breaking GDPR rules after contacting customers by email.


Other coverage:

  • GetReading report on the adaptation of Beckett novel ‘How it is’ by PhD student Judy Hegarty-Lovett (FTT).
  • Further coverage of Marvellous Mums in Whitley, on BBC Berkshire (approx. 38 mins in).
  • BBC Sport look at the popularity of online football team Hashtag United, and note their recent game against the University of Reading.
  • A column in the Gazette and Herald looks at the appeal of twitching, and notes research by Prof Mark Fellowes (SBS) on squirrels stealing bird feed.
  • The Daily Mail reports from Sharia courts, and mentions research by former Law lecturer Dr Samia Bano on Sharia Councils around the UK. Breitbart also reports.
  • A repeat of Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped looked at the make-up of ice cream, and how some commercial ice creams are made from vegetable fat rather than dairy.
  • BBC 5 Live’s Under the Weather programme spoke to Prof Paul Williams (Met) about the jet stream and its importance for air travel.
  • PhD student Simon Lee (Met) is quoted in an Express Digest report on the weather at the start of the meteorological summer.
  • Newsday interviewed Denis Sartain, visiting executive fellow of Henley Business School Africa about managing boardroom dynamics.
  • Dr Nafis Alam (Henley Business School Malaysia) writes for the Malaysian Reserve on Islamic finance and financial technology.
  • Kizmom report on a research study on anthocyanin-rich blueberries, which may improve attention span in primary school children.
  • An article on improving indoor air quality for Building Construction Design notes research by former Professor Hazim Awbi (SBE).
  • GetReading cover the Thames Valley Tech awards, whose winners include Lein Applied Diagnostics based at the Reading Enterprise Centre on the Whiteknights Campus.

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