The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham

Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures 2014-15

The Thomas Hardye School Community Lecture series has some great talks this year: The full programme of events through to April 2015 is now on the calendar here. Venue: All lectures will take place in the School Theatre Time: All lectures start at 7.00pm Admission: Free of Charge, tickets available from school reception from 9.00
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Illustrations of self-assembled colloidal structures. (a) Highly ordered regions with hexagonal symmetry extending over assembled from functionalized (patchy) colloidal silica particles. The colloidal structure exhibits a photonic band gap in the visible light range. (b) Regions showing co-existing hexagonal and square symmetry, from [13]. (c, d) Confocal microscope images illustrating highly-ordered self-assembled structures in 'ionic' colloidal crystals of oppositely charged particles assembled from positive (red, ) and negative (green, ) polymethylmethacrylate spheres. (e, f) Electric field induced structures in the same system: stationary bands perpendicular to the field directions (e) and lanes of oppositely moving particles parallel to the field direction, emerging for larger amplitudes of the applied electric field (f).

Institute of Physics lectures in Salisbury; Making small machines, from millimetres to molecules – Dr Jack Cohen

The South West Branch of the Institute of Physics regularly have events in Salisbury. The next one will be in November (18th) with Dr Jack Cohen of the University of Warwick talking about his research on very, very small machines. In this talk I will give a broad consideration of methods and examples of making
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Wiltshire Countryside

Wessex-BESS survey on the benefits of Wiltshire green places

Wessex BESS are undertaking a community survey to gather information regarding outdoor places and the benefits you get from your local countryside. They need your help! The research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and results will contribute towards future land management in the county. It is studying different ways that biodiversity
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LCD Screen by Dome Poon

Autumn Season starts tomorrow evening – Tuesday 2nd September

The new season of talks for 2014-15 begins tomorrow evening with a humdinger from Prof. David Dunmur on Liquid Crystals: the fourth state of matter and today’s flat-screen displays. His Oxford University Press book is also on promotion at present; David will have some copies with him, so it can be snapped up for the
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Festival of Learning 2014

Festival of Learning 2014

This week at Bournemouth University, there are over 150 free events taking place as part of the Festival of Learning – which is open to the public. Fancy going on a kitchen safari to see what bacteria lurk in your food? How about unleashing your inner monkey, uncovering the history that lies beneath Hengistbury Head,
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The sound of science by Ahd Photography

Sense about Science

The December talk will be given by Dr. Chris Peters, who will be talking about his work as the Campaigns and Policy officer for Sense about Science, “a charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.” There will be an opportunity for the audience to hunt down
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GKN Gyrodrive

GKN Hybrid Power

The November talk will be given by Tim Rumney (New Product Introduction Manager) and Glen Pascoe (Project Engineer) both of GKN Hybrid Power, a subsidiary of GKN Land Systems. They will be talking about their innovative vehicle hybrid drive system called Gyrodrive that uses flywheel technology as the energy store in place of batteries. The
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MIlk Sculpture by Grant

Milk: Friend or Foe…?

The October talk will be given by Prof. Ian Givens, professor of Food Chain Nutrition at the University of Reading. Milk and dairy products have had a mixed press in recent times, from being blamed for cancer, diabetes, allergies and even acne, to being praised for their benefits as ‘superfoods’. Dairy products are an important
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Liquid Crystals: the fourth state of matter and today’s flat-screen displays

Liquid Crystals: the fourth state of matter and today’s flat-screen displays

The September talk will be given by Prof. David Dunmur, visiting professor at the University of Manchester in the Liquid Crystal Group and co-author of Soap, Science and Flatscreen TVs (with Tim Sluckin). Although liquid crystals were discovered 125 years ago, they might have been forgotten as a scientific backwater had not a little known
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Wildlife and Human Health Interactions by USGS

Med-Vet-Net – Co-ordinated research on Zoonotic Diseases in Europe

The July talk will be given by Prof. Dianne Newell of the Food-borne Zoonoses Consultancy. Amongst her many achievements, including an OBE for services to science, Dianne was the driving force behind the Med-Vet-Net project about which she will be speaking: Dianne initiated, designed, planned, implemented and directed the EU-funded Network of Excellence Med-Vet-Net. This
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