Technology and science

The January talk on ‘pain’ by Bob was excellent. He described how our bodies sense pain and how we react to stimuli. Discussion then turned to pain relief and dependency.

Future topics are:

Feb. 14th    Cancelled – room required
Feb. 28th    ‘Gut instinct’ – the brain/gut biome

Mar. 13th    The Manchester ship canal’
Mar. 27th    TBA

All welcome at Kensington House at 2.30

Tech and science – November

Topics for November will be:

Nov 08 – The Abbeystead disaster
Nov 22Christmas chemistry

No meetings in December. Have a good break.
We resume on January 10th.

We have had a good response to ‘the future topics’ request so we will be looking at Mars rover, pain, plate techtonics, canal systems, home security, chemical disasters and slide rules. Dates TBA

Tech group reopens

The Tech and Science group will restart another season in September at the usual venue of Kensington House from 2.30 pm.   All welcome.

If you are not already a group member then please contact Colin to be included in the email list.

Sep.  13  Radio astronomy with Phil
Sep.  27  History of medicine with John

We have covered over 100 subject in the last 15 years. An updated list is here.
If you fancy doing a presentation on a subject you think we might enjoy, or would like a topic presented then please contact us with your ideas.

Tech and science – Testing AI

Further to the presentation on AI, given last week, we decided to try out the ChatGPT system with some searching questions. Sandy kindly gave me 7 sample queries and the results for the first one are here.

What were the most significant scientific discoveries made in the 20th century ?

The 20th century witnessed numerous groundbreaking scientific discoveries across various fields. Here are some of the most significant ones:

  1. Theory of Relativity: Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, published in 1905
  2. Quantum Mechanics: early 20th century, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr
  3. DNA Structure and Genetics: In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick
  4. Antibiotics: The discovery and development of antibiotics in the early 20th century,
  5. Theory of Plate Tectonics:
  6. Big Bang Theory:
  7. Space Exploration:
  8. Genetic Code and Human Genome:
  9. Nuclear Energy and Particle Physics:
  10. Computing and Information Technology:

This is just an extract from the resulting query which gave 1000 words in great detail within seconds. Thanks to Sandy for the interest and input.

If you would like to try out the system then login to