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Robert Angus Smith, Acid Rain and the ‘Monster Nuisance of it All': CPS talk – 18/11/14
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:15:39 +0000
-Article by Stephen Leach This week the CPS-ers were delivered a portrait of Robert Angus Smith, courtesy of independent researcher and science historian Peter Reed. Robert Angus Smith is credited to be the first person to use the term ‘acid rain’ and he was one of the first people to straddle the political scientific […]Read more...
Arsenic in Drinking Water: a Global Problem – CPS talk 11/11/14
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:36:02 +0000
- Article by Stephen Leach This week the CPS was fortunate enough to be visited by Professor Neil Ward; an analytical chemist from the University of Surrey, newly invited Fellow of the Royal Society and recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. All round great guy, (who’s definitely not Australian). So what has […]Read more...
Energy and matter at the Origin of Life – CPS Talk 4/11/14
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:26:15 +0000
- Article by Stephen Leach LIFE IS A SIDE REACTION OF SOME OTHER MORE EXOTHERMIC PROCESS Tackling the origins of life was never going to be trivial but oh my, did the CPS audience get pebble-dashed with science last Tuesday night. At the altar was Dr Nick Lane of UCL genetics; author of “Power, Sex […]Read more...
The Science of Magic: Why Magic Works – CPS Talk 28/10/14
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:37:42 +0000
- Article by Stephen Leach VISUAL COGNITION TAKES 0.1 SECONDS, SO READING THIS WON’T TAKE YOU LONG. The Chemistry Auditorium is no stranger to magic, I’ve had a few lectures in there that have been really memorable. However, last Tuesday evening a bona fide entertainer graced the stage: Dr Gustav Kuhn; Magician and Psychologist […]Read more...
Careers Talk – CPS Talk 21/10/14
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:38:02 +0000
- Article by Stephen Leach The CPS invited some professionals of industry to describe their experiences and the progress of their career. Pre-talk I spoke to a year 3 CPS member for whom this was the first CPS event they had ever attended. The reason was the simmering urgency found in the autumnal years […]Read more...