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Group News

Cambridge hears tales from the brewhouse


The Cambridge & Great Eastern Regional Group hosted a joyful event on Thursday 10 September 2009 when Richard Naisby (founder and manager of Milton Brewery, Cambridge) gave a fascinating, informal talk about the science and history of beer.

All in the best possible taste, an Ig Nobel approach to food

Len Fisher under Isaac Newton’s original apple tree

Speaker Dr Len Fisher from the University of Bristol (pictured, with apple) is one of very few scientists to have won an ‘Ig Nobel prize’ for work that could or should never be repeated. Dr Fisher won his prize for work done on the science behind dunking a biscuit. He is also credited with inventing flammable jelly and with deducing the optimum width of cheese in a sandwich.

Molecules of Murder with Dr John Emsley

Dr John Emsley

Dr John Emsley led the Cambridge Regional Group on a jolly romp through the grisly world of poisons on 9 October 2008. He described five natural and five man-made poisons, then anecdotes about how they have been used - successfully and otherwise

Back to the future

Peter Lillford

In the mid-1990s, the UK's Office of Science and Technology published a series of recommendations about the future of British science and technology. Expert panels from fifteen business sectors produced recommendations and identified futuristic scenarios for life in 2015.

Exploring a symphony of flavours

Wine tasting

‘A Scientific wine tasting’ with Luke Webster took place on 26 April 2007 following the annual general meeting of SCI’s Cambridge & Great Eastern Regional Group.

Understanding the shrinking Arctic

Elizabeth Morris - hands on in the field

At a Cambridge and Great Eastern regional meeting Professor Elizabeth Morris OBE, gave a fascinating and topical talk: ‘Arctic Science in the International Polar Year 2007/8’.

Improving Outcomes For Cancer Patients

Rebecca Fitzgerald presents 'Norman'

Levels of oesophageal cancer in the UK are amongst the highest in Europe, with over six thousand people a year dying from the disease.

Obesity: A growing problem

David Haslam

While the US is the fattest nation on earth, the UK is just ten years behind the US, and the increase in obesity is rising at almost exactly the same rate as in the US.

Fireworks and waterworks: spectacular sights and sounds


On 6 November 2008, SCI's Cambridge and Great Eastern Regional Group held a spectacular lecture titled 'Fireworks and waterworks'.

SCI Seligman Fellowship Report - Prabhat Kumar Nema

Prabhat Kumar Nemawa was awarded a Seligman Travel Bursary in 2007, here he shares his experience visiting UK Universities and Research Organisations.