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 will be of 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.
A Monthly Report for the month June is in preparation and will be uploaded here shortly.
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 2nd July 2020 and was attended by 15 of our members. .
The July meeting featured a broad mix of items of scientific interest including:
- An update on the current state of play with the global epidemic of COVID19 by Mike Lloyd. Well illustrated with detailed diagrams, this discussed in detail the current known levels of contagion and some aspects of the recovery..
- This was followed by another well illustrated presentation by John Loftus, our in-Group botanist. He highlighted how UK grasses are a major source of hay fever, a Summer problem for a large number of people and showed various diagrams and photographs of these.
- After a short break for coffee etc, the meeting resumed with a complete change of topic. John Humpherys brought details of recent work in a South American laboratory looking at the use of aerial drones to identify and track whales in the ocean.
- John Blakesley came next to tell us of recent news stories concerning the arrival in the UK of the so-called Super Hornet from Europe. He feels this story is being somewhat exaggerated at present, yet the problem is being closely monitored as it may develop into a much greater threat. This is of particular concern to UK beekeepers, as this hornet is partial to our bees.
- Finally we concluded with a news item brought in by Graham Wilkinson detailing the use of infrared-light in reversing deterioration in the colour perception in humans, specifically those over the age of 40.
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 planned Monthly meeting for this group is scheduled for 6th August 2020. Full details will be published nearer the event. As is now our norm, this meeting will be a virtual meeting and connection details will be circulated in due course.
Keep the news items coming, please.