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
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
Generally every month we update this home page with an image related to an item of news in Science. The current image is a view of the launch of Endeavour, the first manned Tesla funded space vehicle. And the COVID19 epidemic is still fully occupying our attention; the image is retained.
This is being superceded by a more complete report on this page.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 meeting was held on 6th August and was attended by 18 of our members and the major contribution from an invited speaker.
The September meeting focussed on the future development of the Sizewell C power generation complex. We were pleased to virtually host Mr Tom McGarry of the Sizewell project who gave us a detailed presentation of the planned works. This covered not only the power station itself but also the enormous and complex supporting infra-structure planned. This includes new roads, rail lines, beach landing facilities, worker accommodation and supporting shops, pubs etc and large scale vehicle parking sites. The impact on the surrounding landscape and population is clearly very significant and one can expect a lengthy period of cross-consultation before detailed plans can be agreed. Mr McGarry followed his talk with an open question and answer session, which demonstrated clearly the interest among our members.
We followed this with what has become a very welcome unbiased update on progress in the fight against the COVID-19 virus epidemic by our own Dr Mike Lloyd.
Diary of future activities:
FOR THE LATEST ON THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON U3A ACTIVITIES, PLEASE LOOK AT THE BECCLES U3A HOME PAGE.
The next meeting for this group is scheduled for 1st October 2020 at 2pm. At this meeting we are planning something different. As our experience of using the ZOOM communications software grows, we plan to extend its use ( or at least to try). We will be setting up small breakout groups during part of the session. Our focus is to be the problem of disposal of plastics, single and multi-use. There will be an overview prepared by our late founder Dr Rod Parker. He started this late in 2019 and Richard W has completed this into a short but neat summary of the problem. This will be followed by Jane Newbold with a detailed look at the numbers of this problem - a real eye-opener. Then we will set up the breakout rooms of up to 5 members to discuss those aspects of how to deal with the challenges faced by the quantities and content of plastics disposal. Only around 15 minutes, but it will give everybody the opportunity to air their views on the topic.
Following this Jane will endeavour to bring each group's views into a single coherent picture.
There will also be a regular update on news of developments in dealing with the COVID19 pandemic by Dr Mike Lloyd.
As is now our norm, this meeting will be a virtual (Zoom) meeting and connection details will be circulated in due course. There will be a 10 minute break while the breakout groups are linked in. We'll explain more on the day, but if chaos evolves from the breakouts then we will simply revert to a normal full member discussion and try agin another time. Should be fun.
The future programme for the remainder of the year is also being planned. Please save your science news items for this. We need your ideas and articles on any science topic .