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Science Group 2

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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Science 2

In January we looked at the discovery, properties and uses of metals through the ages. David Wormall added an interesting and entertaining talk on metals in vehicle manufacturing. Much of this was based on his many years in the motor trade and it initiated several interesting questions from the group.

Next Month: 15th February, 2019

1. Medicine and surgery through the ages
2. How drugs are tested and developed today

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Science Group 2

At our November meeting the group attempted examples of the tasks set in selecting suitable trainee astronauts based on the book ‘Ask an Astronaut’ by Tim Peake. We also had a visual review of some of our sessions and topics over the last twelve months and shared some for suggestions for 2019.

Derek Blower then gave an interesting talk on the pioneering work of Dr. Archibald Mcindoe and the ‘Guinea Pig Club’ – Rebuilding Bodies & Souls.

In September 1939, the arrival of Archibald McIndoe in East Grinstead changed the history of the town, its hospital and the lives of those he touched, forever. The 649 Allied Aircrew treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital knew that they were, “just a guinea pig for the Maestro.” The pioneering treatment of burns patients by McIndoe and his team has gone on to underpin modern plastic surgery as we know it today. McIndoe’s interest in his men did not stop with his surgical procedures. He knew if the men were to have any future he needed to help them recover their place in the world too. More information can be found at: www.historylearningsite.co.uk

Next Meeting: Friday, December 21st, John Godber Centre, 10am to 12 noon – ‘The science of Sight and Hearing and methods of alleviating age and genetic related defects’.
Guest Presenter: Janet Archer from Specsavers

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Science 2 – From the Stars to Spiders

On Friday 19th October, 2018, we were pleased to welcome Paul Brett from the post graduate doctorate programme at Nottingham University. With Paul were two doctorate students, Francois and Charlotte – together with a few cockroaches and spiders.

However before their presentations our very own Alan Ratcliffe started our session with a very interesting talk on ‘Navigating by the Stars’.

Alan explained that we do not really know how the Polynesians in the Southern hemisphere managed to successfully complete their early long distance sea journeys but how in the Northern hemisphere the Pole Star /Polaris was used to locate position. Alan managed to make some quite complex maths understandable.

Francois is involved with research on the genetic modification of microbes that break down waste products into ethanol (ethyl alcohol) in order to maximise yields or break the ethanol down into other useful products.

Charlotte is working towards her Doctorate on spider silk in the ‘Spider Lab’. As a background to this she explained that the silk strands are stronger than steel. How they are produced inside the spider’s body is still something of a mystery.
Her research may lead to an understanding of this.

The photographs show some of the group admiring her friends from the lab.

Next Meeting: Friday November 16th 10.00 am at the John Godber Centre

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