Science in the News
|Convenor: Richard Winterburn||Vacancies|
|Date: 1st Thursday of the Month||No waiting list|
|Time: 2pm to 4pm|
|Venue: St Michael's Undercroft|
Aims of the Group
To Discuss and Learn about Developments in Science:-
- Items of Scientific News from newspapers, television, etc.
- Special Subjects of Interest through Talks or Recorded programmes
- Outside Trips to Local Industries or Museums
We hold regular meetings via Zoom. For more information, contact the Convenor.
The following list will give you a flavour of the topics we have covered since our inception:-
|*Plate Tectonics||*Wind Energy||*Xray Crystallography|
|*Climate Change||*Gravity Waves||*DNA|
|*Sperm Whales and Basking Sharks||*Evolution||*Fracking|
|*Treatment of Parkinsons Disease||*Nuclear Power||*Dendrology|
|*Irrigation||*Sizewell B dry store||*Mycology|
Picture of the Month
The COVID19 epidemic is still fully occupying our attention as it appears to be now well established in a second wave across the globe; the image is retained. This month we add to the display a pic of the SC Connector. This is the first ship to be purpose-built for installation of a Flettner rotor propulsion system, with the rotors being configured to fold horizontal to allow ship passage under low bridges. The ship is deployed in N.European ports.
This is being superceded by a more complete report on this page.
At many of our meetings we have presentations given by members of the group or invited speakers. These presentations span the full range of our science interests. A selection of these are available by following the relevant LINK item on this page. If you would like further details of the subject matter, please contact our Group Convenor who will pass you the relevant contact details.
With the constraints necessarily imposed on large gatherings during the COVID-19 emergency, we now hold a virtual monthly meeting using Zoom on-line technology. The most recent was held on 4th February 2021 and was attended by 18 people.
The meeting started with the Convenor, Richard W describing some new and perhaps radical ideas on enhancing the meetings. We are constrained by the limits imposed on social gatherings, to continue using virtual communications technology, on-line with Zoom. But it is recognised that this has also provided some new approaches.
We, the SITN Steering Group want to cull the interests and opinions of our regular attendees to ascertain what are the real topics of interest and also explore if there are improved ways to open up a group-wide discussion rather than listening to a speaker talk. i.e.much greater inter-action. So we are seeking your views and ideas. These have already suggested that we encourage more individuals to take responsibility for specific topic areas, much like magazine sections. For example, we have already set up a suggested reading list of science related literature; proposals have come in to hold on-line Q/A sessions to discuss the life/career paths experienced by our members; we have recurring themes looking at topics within some popular areas eg power generation and alternative energy, climate change, farming and mechanisation and so on. So please if you have some constructive ideas let the Steering Group know.
The meeting then continued with a series of quite unrelated topics. Derek Howe spoke of new developments in contact lenses; RW spoke of new applications of wind energy in ship propulsion and George F. spoke of upgraded power distribution in Suffolk.
The regular tea break included a short introduction to the BigC Cake and a Cuppa charity day.
After tea we tried a new approach to a technical talk. Jane Newbold gave a short talk on the proposed use of so-called Robobees for sustained pollination. This is somewhat contentious and so we had a controlled questioning session by Jon Roots trying to explore more of the benefits and downside of such a scientific implementation. This led to a more widespread discussion among the attendees - just what we are looking to do with our planning.
So, if you have some ideas and I hope you do, please let the SG know.
Diary of future activities:
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The next meeting for this group is scheduled for the afternoon of 4th March 2021 at 2:00pm. The topics to be addressed will be advised in due course, as will the Zoom connection details.