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Visualising the Invisible: Atomic Molecular Models in 19th Century Chemistry
Tue, 21 May 2013 11:11:00 +0000
- Article by Kathryn Ashe This week’s CPS saw the return of Hasok Chang to UCL. Prof Chang currently works with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, but has spent 16 years of his career working at UCL and has been the speaker at CPS meetings many times. This time [...]Read more...
The Social Brain in Adolescence: CPS Talk
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:45:51 +0000
- Article by Jack Humphrey The human brain is the most complicated and enigmatic structure that we know of and neuroscience hopes to understand how it is wired together, how it functions and (importantly for this talk), how it changes over time. You can approach the problems of the brain from any level you like; [...]Read more...
Wax: a Lesser-known but Vital Component in Domestic and Industrial Products – CPS Talk
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:03:10 +0000
Article by Jack Humphrey A quick pre-blogging brainstorm on “wax” led to a selection of things appearing in my mind: 80’s classic “The Karate Kid”, that terrible Paris Hilton film “House of Wax”, how terrible Madame Tussaud’s is, hair wax, leg waxing, that time I waxed my own leg. Thankfully a lot of (if not [...]Read more...
Silicones in Industry – Flexible and Diverse Polymers: CPS talk
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:45:04 +0000
- Article by Abigail Mountain Silicones have had a lot of media attention in the last year owing to the PIP implant scandal. We’ll return to this issue later but first let’s talk about the other uses of silicones and why they’re cropping up everywhere. As I’m a chemist, my mum thought it was apt [...]Read more...
Strange Ice: CPS talk
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:51:09 +0000
-Article by Abigail Mountain For many, Professor Andrea Sella’s lectures are the highlight of the CPS calendar. And with good reason too! Renowned for his explosive (literally) demonstrations and electric charisma, there’s no wonder he’s the media maverick of the chemistry department. Last year he wowed us with “Spooklights”, a talk which I found incredible. [...]Read more...