Category Archives: 2012

11th June 2012 – The Brain’s Roles in Memory

Dr. Penny Lewis from Manchester NARU (Neuroscience of Aphasia Research Unit) will talk about memory and the brain. What role does sleep play and what does the brain do when it is neither storing nor retrieving memories?     

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14th May 2012 – Water: Weird or What?

Dr Jichen Li from Manchester will talk to us about the strange properties of one of the most common materials we see around us (particularly in the Manchester area). Liquid water has importance as a solvent, a solute, a reactant … Continue reading

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2nd April 2012 – The Brain: the Impact of Tea and Coffee

The Brain – the impact of tea and coffee + plasticity: “What shall I be today?” It’s not just Quantum Mechanics which is complicated, is it? The human brain is probably the most complex object in the universe. Come and … Continue reading

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5th March 2012 – The Quantum Universe

Quantum Mechanics is complicated, isn’t it? Before you answer that question, come and listen to Professor Geoff Forshaw from Manchester University tell you about it in English – no maths (well, very little). You may still not believe it but … Continue reading

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6th February 2012 – Stem Cells and Embryology

How can a single cell contain the instructions on how to make a whole human being and how does each cell decide whether it should be a toenail or a brain cell? Looking around you can probably see where they … Continue reading

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9th January 2012 – Neuronal Analysis is just Modern Phrenology

Is MRI brain scanning any more useful than phrenology was? We’ll have a quick look at both techniques and compare the data available from each. Professor Raymond Tallis of Manchester University will explain his view on Neuronal Analysis. Is it akin … Continue reading

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