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Would you like to learn about the ins and outs of how science affects the world around us? A taste of everything from Geology to Maths, we’ll delve into ‘The ups and downs of sea level’ and ‘Making Liverpool’s air quality great again’, and explore the maths behind ‘Why beer mats make bad frisbees’ – it’s going to be a great night!
Make our Air-Quality Great Again!
For the past few centuries our need for technology, development and growth has led to our skies being polluted with a concoction of invisible chemicals and particulates. Liverpool is leading the way in understanding these pollutants; with his team Dr Higham from the University of Liverpool has been installing connected pollution monitoring devices across Liverpool providing sources of invaluable information. Jonny will talk about what insights these data give us into the mixing of pollutants in the city and also how we might use these data to help us reduce pollutants and our exposure to them.
It's all relative: the ups-and-downs of sea-level over geological time
Sea level has risen and fallen over geological time; 100 million years ago it was 150m higher than present; 20 thousand years ago it was 120m lower than present. Evidence of this change can be seen in ancient rocks which contain a record of sea-level change over millions of years. Sea level is now changing due to changing climate. In his talk Peter will explore why, as the planet warms and sea level is rising once again, deciphering the rock record to understand how, why and especially how fast sea level changes is increasingly important if we are to mitigate and survive climate change.
Beer Mats make bad Frisbees
Dr Johann Ostmeyer (Research Associate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences)
Have you ever tried to throw a beer mat and hit a target? You failed, right? Don't worry. It's not you, it's the beer mat. Science has recently discovered why beer mats don't fly stably in horizontal orientation, why they change direction mid flight and how you can improve your aim without actually practising. Hear the whole truth about the discovery of the beer mats' secret ambition (backspin) involving guns (shooting beer mats), special effects (a high speed camera) and the mandatory likeable computer nerd (at your service).
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