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Tissue Regenerating Plastics From Bugs – CPS Talk 02/12/14
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:11:40 +0000
-Article by Stephen Leach Out of the 10 lectures I’ve witnessed this term, this was the first delivered by a female academic. According to WISE (Women into Science and Engineering), women represent only 13% of the employees in STEM industries. Once I’d finished my Garibaldi biscuit and gotten over the gender imbalance in the CPS […]Read more...
The Chemistry of Respiratory Medicines – CPS Talk 25/11/14
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:40:51 +0000
- Article by Stephen Leach Stephen Swanson, a research and development manager of Respiratory Medicine at Glaxo Smith Kline arrived at the CPS with tales of drugs. A veteran of 32 years in medicinal chemistry, he must know the world of corporate chemistry well. Amongst the ranks were mutterings of dissent with […]Read more...
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...