University of Kent

Exploring comet 67P-Churyumov–Gerasimenko - Dr Stephen Lowry - Think Kent.mp4

12:44

Dr Stephen Lowry, Senior Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Kent, examines what the Rosetta project has revealed about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the formation of the solar system.

Creating an Anthrax detector - Dr Barry Blight - Think Kent.mp4

12:26

Dr Barry Blight, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Kent, discusses the use of lanthanide phosphorescence to create a Turn OFF sensor for bacterial spores such as Bacillus Anthracis.

Mind over muscle Limits to Endurance Performance - Professor Samuele Marcora

15:23

Muscle fatigue due to limited oxygen delivery and lactic acid accumulation is thought to set the speed an endurance athlete can sustain during a competition (e.g. the marathon). This is because above that speed, muscle fatigue would develop too quickly and the athlete would reach exhaustion before the finish line. In this lecture, Professor Samuele Marcora from the University of Kent challenges this physiological model of endurance performance, and proposes an alternative model in which perception of effort and motivation are the main factors determining endurance performance. He also discusses how this psychobiological model can be used to develop innovative interventions aimed at further improving endurance performance.

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