by Dr Dionisius Agius to piece together Arabic
texts written on ostrich eggs (Reporter
486) gained coverage in the UK and abroad.
The Yorkshire Post wrote that the sample of
the writing from the medieval period is unique.
On BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Midlands and
BBC Radio Leeds, Dr Agius described
how the eggs, found on the Egyptian Red Sea
coast at Quseir al-Qadim were being reconstructed
and interpreted. The story also featured in
Arabic international newspaper Asharq
al-Awsat, Nature and
on Discovery Channel in Canada.
Professor Tony May from transport studies
joined Agenda on BBC News 24
to explain the likely impact of congestion
charges, before their introduction in London.
The formal announcement of government proposals
for funding higher education had something
in it for everyone said University Vice-Chancellor
Sir Alan Wilson, talking on the BBC
One Oclock News. He continued:
Theres a lot of pain, like the
student debt, and were all going to
have think through how its going to
work. Education correspondent James
Westhead visited Leeds and spoke to staff
and students about the proposed changes.
Biologist Dr Tom Treganzas discovery
of the first live male blanket octopus (Reporter
487) was covered by the Daily Telegraph
and the Yorkshire Post.
As tension grows between the US and Europe
over Iraq, Professor Sasha Roseneil joined
BBC Radio 4s Womans Hour
to discuss the effectiveness of peace movements
and the involvement of women in anti-war groups.
As Dr Hans Blix prepared his report on Iraqs
weapons capabilities, chemical and biological
warfare expert Professor Alastair Hay outlined
his views on the situation in the Yorkshire
Evening Post and the Guardian.
In response to suggestions that American forces
in Iraq could use chemical agents banned under
international law Professor Hay said: Surely
this war against Iraq is to stop the use of
those weapons, not about also using them.
Researchers from biomedical sciences have
identified the protein that helps sperm move.
The role of the protein dynein was published
in Nature and gained coverage in national
and local media, including the Financial
Times, the Sun, Yorkshire
Post and BBC news online.
Colour chemist Dr Jim Nobbs joined BBC
Radio 5 Live to discuss the psychology
of colour following the decision at Uplands
Manor Primary School in the West Midlands
not to use red ink for marking.