The current pandemic has emphasised the key role that statistics play in understanding what is going on around us. But how reliable are all these numbers? How much should we trust what we hear and read? I will look at the way that statistics can be used to try and persuade audiences to think or act in a certain way, and contrast this with efforts to make communication 'trustworthy'.
Contracts T2 and T3 of the new Line C of Roma underground are under construction in the historical centre of the city, in an area of great archaeological, historical and artistic value. Significant problems connected to the presence of archaeological remnants, the geotechnical characteristics of the soil, excavation below the water table, and the necessity of minimising the effects on the historical and monumental heritage subsist. This presentation illustrates the methods adopted to evaluate the effects of tunnelling and open excavation on the existing monuments and historical buildings, with particular reference to contract T2.
Globally, obesity-associated diseases such as Type 2 diabetes cause over 3 million deaths annually. The rising prevalence of obesity is driven by the consumption of high calorie foods and reduced levels of physical activity, which contribute to a persistent imbalance between energy intake and expenditure leading to weight gain. However, within a given environment, some people are particularly susceptible to severe obesity, whilst others remain thin. In this lecture, I will describe how genetic studies have shaped our understanding of the pathways that regulate eating behaviour and body weight. I will share insights into how the brain regulates behaviours such as eating, that were previously considered to be under voluntary control.
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