Author Archives: auntygillian

March SciBar: A Ranger’s Perspective

11 March 2019 We welcome Ed Pilkington, a Cheshire East Ranger. Ed says: The talk will be about how the ranger service manage their sites and specific habitats, I will be looking at the Middlewood Way, Poynton Coppice, Jacksons Brickworks … Continue reading

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April SciBar: The Air We Breathe: experience investigating occupational and environmental causes of “asthma”

Monday 8 April 2019 Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in the UK outnumbering all other lung diseases combined. More than 8 million people have been diagnosed with asthma and currently more than 5 million people are on treatment. … Continue reading

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Bollington Festival science scarecrows

2019 is the official International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Having obtained a small grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry for the creation of a Periodic Table themed Scarecrow Trail for the Bollington Festival, the organisers now … Continue reading

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February SciBar: The Antikythera Mechanism

Monday 11 February 2019 Maurice Rushby, a retired chemical engineer with a strong interest in mathematics, will talk about the Antikythera Mechanism, which is (quoting directly from Wikipedia): “an ancient Greek analogue computer and orrery used to predict astronomical positions … Continue reading

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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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