Author Archives: auntygillian

May SciBar: Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line

Monday May 13th 2019 Graphene is the world’s first 2-dimensional material and the subject of the Nobel Prize winning research led by Prof. Geim and Prof. Novoselov at The University of Manchester. Graphene was first isolated in Manchester in 2004 … Continue reading

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January SciBar: Building Brains

Monday 14 January Understanding the brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all so critically depend perform its function as an information processing system? The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network … Continue reading

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12 November Science Pub Quiz

SciBar on November 12 will be a science pub quiz! The questions are of the ‘general science / science in the news’ type rather than needing a science education or science career. The questions will span 50 years of scientific … Continue reading

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Bollington Festival periodic table scarecrows

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table and 150 years since Mendeleev first published his influential periodic table. As part of the 2019 Bollington Festival in May 2019, scarecrows depicting the discovery and uses of different chemical elements … Continue reading

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Delivering the genomic revolution in health

Monday 10 September Genomics is the study of an individual’s entire genetic make-up, used within healthcare to tailor treatment, make prognoses and diagnoses. Technologies now allow the rapid decoding of DNA sequence, enabling the sequencing of a genome in a … Continue reading

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Our changing rivers and the menace of microplastics

This talk will explore our changing relationship with the rivers of Manchester from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. It will look at historical records of river environments and consider the implications of very recent research by a team … Continue reading

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New CAMERA (Chemistry at Manchester Explains Research Advances) video out

Steve Liddle who gave us the May SciBar (Uranium: A case of Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?) thought we would be interested to learn that his group has just released the next video in the CAMERA (Chemistry at Manchester Explains … Continue reading

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Uranium, A Case of Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?

Uranium has largely been relegated to nuclear energy and weapons development, but researchers from the University of Manchester think it could do so much more. The scientists discovered that it’s capable of new unprecedented reactions. “What makes uranium unique is … Continue reading

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Investigating poisoning

Monday 11 June 2018 Dr Ian Watson will give a presentation on laboratory support in poisoning, from a clinical toxicology perspective. This will cover an historical perspective, the analytical methods and examples of cases. Dr Watson is now retired, but … Continue reading

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Made to be measured: The revolutions in analytical science for the real-time analysis of the human body

Monday 8 October 2018 Analytical science has made an enormous impact on the understanding of the biological and chemical processes within the human body. This has been achieved via the application of a vast range of techniques. However, many of … Continue reading

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