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Science 2

At our November meeting we were privileged to hear from two Post Doctoral and one Post Graduate researcher from the School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University.

There was a presentation from two members of a team doing research into friendly bacteria that feed on disease-causing ones, many of which are becoming resistant to our range of antibiotics. Using the friendly bacteria to combat disease and infection in humans is a target for this team.

The other presentation was about research into a very specific sub-group of microorganisms that thrive in extremes of temperature, salinity and at high levels of methane (natural gas). One strand of this is looking at how they might be used to break down plastics in landfill sites.

December 20th Meeting

A sideways look at science with a seasonal element with:
Presentations involving team work from:-
Christine Vincent and Alan Ratcliffe
and another double act from John Tedstone and David Rose.
As ever, the team with the most points wins a desirable prize…

February 14th, 2020 (10.30 to 12.30/1pm)

A visit to the Horological Museum at Upton has been booked.
The cost is £10.00 for a talk and a guided visit. No deposit required as the money is payable on the day.

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Science 2 – Programme

Programme September to December 2019

September 20th
Group member Alan Ratcliffe did an interesting presentation around ‘the perception gap’ of how different groups of people perceived and understood things such as resources available , resources used , income, life expectancy, population and education across the globe. This led to a lively discussion. Thank you Alan

October 18th
As I am away John Tedstone has kindly agreed to lead the meeting.
Guest speaker Terry Hill (apparently with a little help from Brian Cox) will bring us up to date with The Big Bang Theory

It would be appreciated if some members could come prepared to give a short (5 min) talk on any science based topic or news item they come across this month.

November 15th
Paul Brett PhD BBSRC DTP Fungal Biotechnology from the School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University returns with 2 PhD research students who will talk about the world of antibiotic resistance and alternative therapies which include a predatory bacterium called bdellovibrio which preys on disease-causing bacteria.

The second speaker will talk about a type of organism similar to bacteria but which lives in extreme environments. Both post-graduates work within the Medical School.

December 20th
Only five days to Christmas Day and our session will be around ‘The Science of Christmas’ (and we will forgo the biscuits for some low calorie seasonal treats…)

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Science 2

We reconvene after our August break on Friday, 20th September, 2019.

The programme will include a follow up of our visit to the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry and a presentation on the process and ethics of research into new drugs for clinical use. This will include a case study of one which went wrong.

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Science Groups 1 and 2 Visit to Green Chemistry Centre

Science Visit to the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry Nottingham University July 19th 2019

31 members from Science 1 and 2 had a most interesting visit to a unique building and research centre at the Triumph Road site (more familiar to most as the old Raleigh factory). It is a leading centre for research into Sustainable or Green Chemistry.

Our visit started with an introduction by Dr Nick Bennett, the Senior Project Manager, followed by a guided tour of the building and laboratories. The building is a unique zero carbon emission building, primarily the structure is fire resistant treated wood. Solar energy supplies most of the power and the insulation includes a living grass covered roof.

The concept of sustainable chemistry was explained as an area of chemistry and chemical engineering focused on the designing of products and processes that minimise or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The other focuses being technological approaches to preventing pollution and reducing consumption of non-renewable resources.

A presentation followed by Professor Steve Howdle (Head of School of
Chemistry) where he cited examples of some current research that include using plant material and waste products from some industrial processes instead of oil and rare resources.

Finally there was time to ask questions together with light refreshments and a last look round.

David Rose

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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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