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What does the summer solstice have to do with alien life? Reading in the News - 27 June

Release Date 27 June 2018

Long exposure shot of night sky

Sky at night: Prof Chris Scott (Met) spoke to the BBC Sky at Night magazine podcast about space weather, and how dangerous solar activity is to life.

Solstice and alien life: An article for the New York Times on the ‘slouch’ of the Earth and whether that contributes towards supporting life notes research by Prof David Ferrera (Met) on the viability of earth-like planets to sustain life based on whether they have an ocean or not.

UN Human Rights Council: Professor Rosa Freedman (Law) took part in a debate for TRT World’s current affairs debate show The Newsmakers to discuss the US withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council.


Other coverage


  • Dr Mai Sato (Law) writes for the Conversation on the case of a Japanese man who has been on death row for more than five decades.
  • The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast sees Dr Rohan Deb Roy (History) talk about his calls to decolonise science.
  • The Daily Planet have rounded up a series of climate related stories including research by Prof Paul Williams (Met) on climate-induced flight turbulence.
  • Professor Gary Stephens’ (Pharmacy) article for the Conversation on medicinal cannabis oil has been reproduced by Pharmacy News Australia.
  • An article in Pharmacy Choice looks at a new study on ‘sticky’ drug delivery systems. The paper, published in Polymers, is co-authored by Prof Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy (Pharmacy).
  • Quartz reports on a festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus design school and quotes UoR Typeface Design graduate Hidetaka Yamasaki.
  • Jon Foster-Pedley (Dean, Henley Business School Africa) will be among the judges for the All Africa Business Leaders Awards, reports the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.
  • Professor Brian Scott-Quinn (Henley Business School) is quoted in an article for Vietbao about Deutsche Bank Federal Bank stress test.










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