2nd November 2020 (Zoom 7pm) – Tribology of Spacecraft Mechanisms: 48-million Miles Without an Oil Change

Following on from our September 2019 talk on tribology on earth by John Anderson, Dr Michael Buttery Snr. Project Scientist, ESR Technology, Engineering Safety and Risk will talk about tribology in space.

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5th October 2020 (Zoom 7pm) – How Our Genome Affects Our Health

Dr. Arijit Mukhopadhyay, Reader in Human Genetics, University of Salford will be talking about the relationship between our genome and our health.

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7th September 2020 (Zoom 7pm) – Geo-Thermal Energy

John Midgely, recently retired Technical Manager, UK Geoenergy Observatories, BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, will give a talk on the subject of Geo-Thermal Energy focussing on:

  • Subsurface activities re. decarbonisation and cover;
  • An update of UKGESO projects, including the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site (CERFS);
  • Recent projects on Geothermal energy
  • Risks and Challenges on working in the ‘dark zone’ (below aquifer, above hydrocarbons)
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2nd March 2020 – SecREEts Project

Georgia Macey and her team from the Prospex Institute will give a presentation on rare earths and the SecREEts project. This project is aimed at establishing a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.

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3rd February 2020 – Astronomy in Flatland

Dr Colin Steele, from the Manchester University School of Mathematics will talk to us about how a two dimensional universe – known as Flatland – would work. This is an extract from Dr Steele’s website:

“In 1885, Edwin Abbott published a book called ‘Flatland’ which was about a two-dimensional world. The ‘hero’ was Mr A Square and other inhabitants included triangles, hexagons etc. Other authors have produced different variations on a two-dimensional universe. Such universes can be extended to include astronomy and this talk considers what astronomy would be like in a 2-dimensional universe. One significant change is that gravity is not inverse-square but is instead simply inversely proportional to distance. The shapes of orbits are different as a result. This talk will consider many aspects of astronomy in a 2-dimensional universe including orbits, seasons, eclipses, meteors, aurora etc. The talk will conclude by considering universes with alternative numbers of dimensions, 4-dimensional, 1-dimensional and 0-dimensional. It can be concluded that, other that the 3-dimensional universe, the two-dimensional is most interesting.”

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6th January 2020 – Multisensory Perception and Synaesthesia

Dr Clare JonasDr Clare Jonas has a PhD in psychology and used to be an academic who researched human perception. She is now a Science Communicator which she describes as “taking the complicated world of academic science and making it accessible to the general public.

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