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Dr Michael Fay

When?
Tuesday, June 4 2013 at 7:30PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?
Dr Michael Fay

What's the talk about?

A brief history of nano – which goes back further than you might think – and where we are now. A story that includes scientists, futurologists, hucksters, terrorists, politicians, the media, and everyone else.  Alongside the genuine excitement in the possibilities, nanotechnology has also come with the unwelcome accompaniment of a great deal of both hype and alarmism.  How much is the reality swamped by the Hollywood plot device, and what does it tell us about the link between science and the public?

Michael is Research fellow at Nottingham Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, part of Nottingham University were he is responsible for the day to day operation of the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre microscopy suite.  He also has reponsible for the production of the worlds smallest periodic table which was written on a human hair.  This feat was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 2011.

 

 

 

Neil Denny

When?
Tuesday, May 7 2013 at 8:00PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?
Neil Denny

What's the talk about?

Neil Denny is the producer and presenter of the Little Atoms Radio
Show and podcast.  Neil was the recipient of a Travelling Fellowship
from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and in May 2012 he embarked
upon a month long, 6614 mile road trip across America. The aim of the
trip was to produce a series of podcasts which present a wide-ranging
overview of science and skepticism from an American perspective.
Driving from San Francisco to Boston and calling in at Phoenix, Santa
Fe, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York along the way,  Neil recorded
39 interviews with scientists and science writers including Ann
Druyan, Leonard Susskind, Kip Thorne, Priya Natarajan, Paul Davies,
George Church, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mary Roach, Edward Stone and Sara
Seager.  He recorded interviews at some major sites of scientific
interest, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Los Alamos
National Laboratory, and The American Museum of Natural History. He
also spent a less scientific day visiting Kentucky’s Creation Museum.
The podcasts from Neil’s trip can be found at the following website:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/littleatomsroadtrip . Find out more about
Little Atoms here: www.littleatoms.com , and follow Neil on Twitter
@littleatoms.

When?
Wednesday, April 17 2013 at 7:30PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?

What's the talk about?

After the success of the last social night we decided to have another one just after QEDCon.  So we have a chat and the few of who went to can share their memories of the event and no doubt discuss the topics of the day.  All are welcome.

The Doomsday Handbook: 50 Ways to the End of the World

Alok Jha

When?
Tuesday, April 2 2013 at 7:00PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
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NG2 1NB.

Who?
Alok Jha

What's the talk about?

From predictions of sin, fire and brimstone in ancient stories, to asteroids, viruses and climate change in films today, the human race has long speculated - and dramatized - about how it will all end. Yet no matter how creative our stories are, science, Alok Jha will tell us, offers us even weirder possibilities.

Some of them are cosmic in origin, such as a monstrously large magnetic storm from the Sun; or from the Earth itself, such as a catastrophic volcano or a reversal of our magnetic field. Others are due to the human race's own advancements: drugs, terrorism, cyborgs - or even some of these combined, such as a solar storm affecting our communications and electrical technology. Or, if we're really unlucky, we might wander too near a black hole or a (so far) hypothetical particle called the strangelet, which is able to turn all particles it encounters into a copy of itself - and could do this to everything on the Earth over a matter of hours.

Is this anything to worry about? Alok Jha has spoken to various people who think it might be. 99% of species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct - and the Sun itself will become a red giant one day. "Humanity as a whole does not invest much in improving its thinking on how to enhance its own survival," he reports. Come and hear how, if we can't put off The End, it might at least be a lot more interesting than we thought.

 

Rhys Morgan

When?
Wednesday, March 6 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?
Rhys Morgan

What's the talk about?

When Rhys Morgan was 15 years old and diagnosed with the painful condition Crohn's Disease, he logged on to a support forum - where he discovered that a "miracle" cure was being peddled, that turned out to be very dangerous.

After doing some research, he discovered that forum members were being actively encouraged to drink "miracle mineral solution" which is in fact a solution of bleach, and to continue with this treatment even when they suffered resulting symptoms such as burning. Upon challenging its promoters, Rhys was banned from the forum.

You can read how that went here at "Bleachgate", and take a look at this list of links to see the results of Rhys's determination to get more knowledge out there. It went as far as to be banned in Kenya, and Rhys got on the BBC (twice), Wales Online, and won the James Randi 2010 award for "Grassroots Activism".

Since then, he has also written about the Burzynski Clinic in the US, which claims to treat cancer with "antineoplaston therapy". This resulted in a representative issuing libel threats and, upon learning that Rhys was a teenager, threatening to inform his school and sending him an image of his house. Similar threats were made to other UK bloggers (highlighting the need for libel reform in the UK), but none have yet been followed through. Rhys asks here in the Guardian why the Burzynski Clinic is unwilling to simply publish its methodology and results, rather than threatening its critics.

Rhys, now 18, plans to continue his campaigns against unproven and dangerous "miracle cures", and will be talking to us about both these episodes and probably more. You can also catch up with him on his own blog and at theheresyclub and follow him on Twitter at @rhysmorgan

When?
Wednesday, February 20 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?

What's the talk about?

It has recently suggested we try a social night - no speaker, just meet up at the Vat and Fiddle for drinks and chats. After the talk last Tuesday, about 15 people stayed to chat after the talk, so we thought there might be a demand for such a social night.
So we have booked the Goldings Room at the Vat and Fiddle on Wednesday 20th of February. 

If there is enough interest, we'll make it a regular thing - the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We are deliberately avoiding the 3rd Tuesday of the month as that is Leicester Skeptics' regular slot.

Andrew Rae

When?
Tuesday, February 5 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
Nottingham.
NG2 1NB.

Who?
Andrew Rae

What's the talk about?

As individuals and groups, humans are very bad at both estimating and comparing dangers. We will accept different amounts of risk depending on how the question is framed. We will pay less to avoid danger than we would want to be paid to accept the same danger. More importantly, when presented with two equal threats, we will sacrifice convenience, money and liberty to avoid one, but insist that it is an inalienable right to subject ourselves to the other.

Dr Andrew Rae is a safety and risk researcher. He ponders the question of how to reasonably assess and regulate risks in a society where safety officials face more danger driving to work than they protect the public from by performing their occupations.

Drew reports for the Pod Delusion podcast on issues relating to science and skepticism.

 

Dr Peter Milligan

When?
Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 7:30PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
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Who?
Dr Peter Milligan

What's the talk about?

Scottish-born, Dr. Peter Milligan, is Business Development Executive in Nanotechnology, Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. "Creationism 101" is an introduction to Creationist views of the development of life on Earth, and will explain the differences between Old Earth Creationism, Young Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design. He is a doughty and formidable fighter for the teaching of science and scientific method in our schools and against the force-feeding of creationist 'bad-science' to children in 'Faith Schools'.

 

Mark Henderson

When?
Wednesday, December 5 2012 at 7:30PM

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12 – 14 Queensbridge Road
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Who?
Mark Henderson

What's the talk about?

There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons. 158 have a background in business, 90 have been political advisers or organisers, and 86 are lawyers. Only one of them is a scientist. Is it any wonder that politics so often lets science down, and fails to exploit its skeptical methods to design policies that are fit for purpose?

In the Geek Manifesto, to be published by Bantam Press in May 2012, Mark Henderson explores this disconnect between science and politics, and charts the emergence of a new force that is promising to mend it. From the Simon Singh libel case to the sacking of David Nutt and the Science is Vital campaign, people who care about science are starting to stand up to be counted. The geeks are coming -- and our country needs us.

 

Trailing homeopaths in East Africa

Martin Robbins

When?
Tuesday, November 6 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

1 Castle Road,
Nottingham,
NG1 6AA.
UK.

Who?
Martin Robbins

What's the talk about?

Martin Robbins, of the Guardian's Lay Science blog, reports on dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria.

As part of this talk, Martin will be showing video clips of his recent visits to homeopathic projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, shot for a film he is making with Michael Story, with support from the Wellcome Trust.

Martin Robbins is a writer, podcaster and journalist covering science, pseudoscience and evidence-based politics. Besides the Guardian, he has written for the Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and New Scientist. He also hosts the Strange Quarks podcast with Michael Marshall.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/layscience

When?
Tuesday, October 2 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

54 Canal Street,
Nottingham.
NG1 7EH.

Who?
Anyone

What's the talk about?

Since we do not have a speaker in October and the room is booked, thought we might try an experiment.  Lets have an open mic night.  Will provide projector, screen, speakers and a laptop and we see if anyone wants of get up and talk for 10-15 minutes.  If anyone wants  to take part please email us at sitp dot Nottingham at gmail dot com or make your self known on the Nottingham SITP facebook group.

 

Tannice Pendegrass

When?
Tuesday, September 4 2012 at 7:30PM

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54 Canal Street,
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Who?
Tannice Pendegrass

What's the talk about?

Autism is a fascinating subject, steeped in rumour, mystery, misconceptions and myths. Tannice firstly aims to take you through different definitions of autism, cultural representations and the results of her survey, asking over 700 people about their perceptions of what causes and treats autism (spoiler: we don't know and, currently, nothing).

The second part of the talk focuses on 'the bad' and 'the ugly'. The part most skeptics will probably be most interested in. Tannice will briefly cover the MMR scandal, but this is not the main focus of her 'bad' or 'ugly' section: the subject that Tannice reserves the most ire for is the toxic and sometimes downright dangerous treatments many children must endure. Asking the question 'what's the harm?' has never been more important.

The third part of the talk is for 'the good' - it focuses on ABA or Applied Behavioural Analysis; the gold standard in Autism treatment. Through a whirlwind journey (to fit in the format of a SitP talk) Tannice will explain what ABA is, how it's used and the evidence behind it. From Kim Peek (the inspiration for rain man) to Jenny McCarthy (an anti-vaccination campaigner), this talk will give you a broad overview of Autism, Autism treatments and why cultural representations of Autism are usually wrong. You’ll also find out why a horse died when he was being treated in a chamber normally reserved for divers suffering from the bends.