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Bones of Contention – CPS Talk 12/11/13
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:08:21 +0000
-Article by Jack Humprey This week the CPS went on a trip out – but just round the corner. The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only zoological museum in London. We were given a lecture on its history by the curator Mark Carnall. The Grant Museum first started life as a teaching collection for [...]Read more...
Damn Dirty Apes – CPS talk 05/11/13
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:48:03 +0000
- Article by Jack Humphrey And now for something completely different. The CPS welcomed the geneticist and award winning science writer Professor Steve Jones whose talk was entitled “Is Man Just Another Animal?”. This question has been present since the creation of modern evolutionary theory by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Humanity sharing [...]Read more...
Calculated Chemistry: Nobel Prize 2013
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:58:57 +0000
Article by Enrico Berardo This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, who played a crucial role in the development and application of methods for the simulation of complex chemical reactions. The Nobel laureates have been recognized for their effort in developing computer programs that simulate the [...]Read more...
Tarred and Feathered – CPS talk 29/10/13
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:39:56 +0000
- Article by Jack Humphrey Bitumen has been used by the Egyptians for mummification, by the French to cure vine rot, by the newspaper industry for ink and by BMW for soundproofing. It has a wide range of uses thanks to its curious balance of properties. This week our talk was given by Dr Ian [...]Read more...
Plastic Passion – CPS talk 15/10/13
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:24:43 +0000
- Article by Jack Humphrey After last week’s journey into the world of beer we shrug off our hangovers to ponder the environment and the future of plastics. Professor Andy Abbott from the University of Leicester is interested in the novel chemistry of ionic liquids and their applications in renewable materials. The Plastic Problem Oil [...]Read more...