Category Archives: 2006

5th June 2006 – Synaesthesia

Synaesthesia – What you see is what you hear Rob Black from Liverpool University will explore with us the overlapping of senses in affected people which is Synaesthesia. What colour is a C sharp? Synaesthesia is a fascinating positive abnormality … Continue reading

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8th May 2006 – The Evolution of Brain Size

Professor Robin Dunbar from Liverpool University will lead our discussion on what caused the incredibly fast increase in human brain size in such a very short evolutionary period of time. How do we compare with other animals? What did size … Continue reading

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3rd April 2006 – How Memory Works

Dr Lee Wickham from Manchester University helped us explore. How does the memory manage to store such prodigious amounts of information, most of which we will not consciously use again? Why does the brain bother? Is that word “consciously” significant. … Continue reading

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6th March 2006 – The Sperm’s Tale

The Sperm’s Tale – The Evolution of Promiscuity Professor Tim Birkhead from Sheffield University asks whether promiscuity is favoured by evolution and why sperm have to do battle in different ways to achieve success in fertilization in lots of different … Continue reading

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6th February 2006 – Immortality and Control of the Ageing Process

Immortality and control of the ageing process – when, not if. Dr Aubrey de Grey, Cambridge University, discussed the work to make Methuselah mice that live “forever“. What is the process of ageing? Can we control it and eradicate it … Continue reading

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9th January 2006 – Nuclear Fission & Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Fission & Nuclear Fusion – What’s the difference and what’s the issue? Paul Howarth, from BNFL, has worked for some time on both nuclear fission and nuclear fusion and explained how the two entirely different processes create useable energy … Continue reading

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