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Below are some links to lectures and interviews featured on other sites. These videos and audio files are not uploaded by us so unfortunately we can’t guarantee the quality, but we hope you find them of interest.

The Evolution of Human Languages  –  March 2013

Format: Audio
Length: Approximately 1 hour in 6 parts 

Mark PagelIn his public lecture, Mark Pagel, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Reading University, UK, explored the origins of our unique language capability and highlighted its remarkable features that allow languages to evolve and adapt much like genes do, meaning we can trace its evolution back thousands of years into our past.


Mind Reading? The science of imaging the brain – 14 March 2012

Air Date: 14/03/2012
Air Time: 7:00 PM NZST
Length: 1 Hour 30 minutes (approx)

Scientists Associate Professor Brett Cowan and Dr Donna Rose Addis from The University of Auckland showcase the incredible technology of MRI and provide a behind the scenes glimpse of cutting-edge brain research.


Royal Society of New Zealand Public Lecture – 8 February 2012

Air Date: 08/02/2012
Air Time: 5:00 PM NZST
Length: 1 Hour 22 Seconds

Professor Robert GlennonAcclaimed author and expert Professor Robert Glennon discusses the tragedy—and irony—of water in America. His acclaimed book Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It has revealed the heady extravagances and everyday waste that are sucking the nation dry.


Royal Society Sir Charles Fleming Lecture – 25 May 2011

Air Date: 25/05/2011
Air Time: 5:30 PM NZST
Length: 1 Hour 32 Minutes 19 Seconds

Professor Sir Alan Mark “Mountain tops to ocean tops: involvement with a range of ecological/environmental issues, mainly in the south”.