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Being able to speak is what makes us human. Neanderthals may have had some form of protolanguage and birds can mimic speech, but only mature humans have that killer combination of anatomy and cognitive ability to hold conversations. As we chat we give away cues about ourselves, as our voice is part of our identity. …

Now You’re Talking: the Story of Human Conversation for Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence Read More »

Monday 25th February 2019 Speaker: Dr Ingo Dierking, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manchester. We are all familiar with 1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional geometric objects like lines, circles, triangles, cubes or spheres, and their use in the description of many simple structures such as streets, football fields, houses or cars. But how would you …

Fractals Everywhere! Read More »

We live in a world which is largely shaped by organic compounds. Some of them are found in nature in microorganisms or plants and some others are synthesized by chemists, such as insecticides or plastics. The usual procedure for the synthesis of organic compounds is the stepwise formation of the individual bonds in the target …

The Art of Organic Synthesis: Cascade Reactions Read More »

Seb is an organic chemist who works at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology as a postdoctoral researcher. His interests lie in the use of new technologies for small molecule synthesis, with a particular interest in using engineered enzymes as catalysts and running reactions under continuous flow conditions. Flow is the continuous pumping of chemical reactions …

Go with the flow – the future of organic chemistry Read More »

We exploit fungi for brewing and enjoy them as food, but this incredibly versatile group of organisms is capable of much more. Fungi can effectively recycle dead plant material, an impressive achievement since plant cell wall structures consist of complex polymers that evolved to be strong and difficult to break down. In this talk, I’d …

Beer, Mushrooms and Biofuels Read More »

Hayley is a trained Canine Massage Therapist and works alongside Vets and other therapists to provide holistic care for her doggy clients… Here she teaches us how to use our science and intuition to spot the pain signals in your dog and how new therapies are emerging that can help!

The NHS has recently started treating patients in the UK with proton therapy, which is widely seen as the future of high-precision radiotherapy as it can offer certain patients reduced side-effects. Dr. Owen is a physicist specialising in the development of future technologies for proton therapy, and will talk about the development of the NHS …

The Physics of Proton Therapy Read More »

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is truly a General Purpose Technology (GPT) and will be become embedded into everything we do in our personal and work lives – nothing will be untouched by AI. It is often compared to electricity as being so ubiquitous, disruptive and revolutionary. But what really is AI and what it is not? …

How Artificial Intelligence compliments Human Intelligence Read More »