6th July 2015 – Quantum Biology

Delivered by “The Manchester Quantum Biology Discussion Team”, comprising Professor Nigel Scrutton, Dr Sam Hay and Dr Alex R Jones.

Disappearing in one place and reappearing in another. Being in two places at once. Communicating information seemingly faster than the speed of light.

This kind of weird behaviour is commonplace in dark, still laboratories studying the branch of physics called quantum mechanics, but what might it have to do with fresh flowers, migrating birds, and the smell of rotten eggs?

leaf_medWelcome to the frontier of what is called quantum biology. Quantum mechanics is not often associated with biology but, believe me!, Life can work wonders with quantum properties of matter and sunlight – from bird navigation to incredibly efficient solar cells built into every leaf which make our own solar cells look very puny

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