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Lynda Jackson Science 2 – Art meets Science

A working link with Hucknall U3A and Nottingham University Physics Faculty

The Silent Poetry of Paint Drying

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1. We welcomed Bob McEwen to our May 17th meeting as guest presenter. The theme of Bob’s talk was ‘Satellites’ (Do satellites rule the world?)

It was obvious that he had sussed out his audience who immediately recognised the theme from Telstar and all remembered Sputnik from 1957. He explained that in the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object that has been intentionally placed into orbit. These objects are called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as Earth’s Moon. Bob also included some ‘hard maths in his talk in order that we better understood some of the high speeds and vast distances involved when a communication satellite orbits the world in 90 minutes.

He concluded that we have come a long way in 60 years, especially so in the last 20 with the technology associated with mobile phones and sat navs.

2. Our link to Nottingham University ’Creative Reactions’ and ‘A Pint of Science’

Through attending some science based events led by post graduate students from Nottingham University we have built a working relationship with them. Creative Reactions or Art meets Science is where an artist works with a scientist to produce art work relating to the scientists field of expertise.

In the group we have talented artist Lynda Jackson who has been working with the Professor of Physics whose field of research is ‘Nanoparticles’. Lynda explained how she approached the subject in a style far removed from her usual approach to art. Her work has been on display in Nottingham and is shown in the photographs. Well done Lynda for building this link and for producing the paintings.

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At our meeting on the 15th March, Paul Brett and Harry Harve, who are conducting post-graduate research at Nottingham University, both gave presentations on their current work.

Paul is an expert on microorganisms especially the different families of living things which are fungi. He took us through the whole taxonomy of fungi families in a clear, structured, way leading to the group he is currently working on. He surprised many of us as he explained how the research, for example, may lead to a strain of fungi which is more efficient at producing Quorn, a type of protein-rich food made from an edible fungus and used as a meat substitute. As he observed, the made up word Quorn sounds better than grown from a ‘fungus’

Harry followed with a presentation of his current research on soils. He explained what soil is, what it contains and how as a member of the team funded by The Soil Research Council they hope to learn more about maximising crop production in a range of environments.

The April meeting is cancelled as it falls on Good Friday.

The next meeting is 17 May 2019

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Last month we looked at how the science behind medicine and surgery developed from medieval times to the 1950’s. We agreed that having any operation or procedure today is a much better option than one without anaesthetic and the unsterilized crude surgical instruments of the barber surgeons in the ‘good old days’.

Next Month: Friday March 15th, 2019
Postgraduate Science Students will be presenting talks about some current research taking place at Nottingham University.

If there is time left then I will present a case study of a new drug Clinical Trial that ‘went wrong’

Advance Notice: Our April meeting cancelled as it is Good Friday

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Mixed Science Groups 1 and 2

On Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, a mixed group attended a talk by Anglo American astronaut Michael Foale (Google him) at Nottingham University.
He gave an insight into astronaut selection and training and about how life was on the Space Station MIR working with Russian colleagues.

Shown in the photograph are 3 members of the audience who were talent spotted as potential astronauts. Foggy, Compo and Clegg…

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