The Science Show’s Nicola Terry spoke with Stephen Kay, MD of the Cambridge Water Company on how the city is kept supplied with water. We learn about our underground source of water and an intriguing range of pipes. We also heard about a lovely ‘Dry Garden’, containing not-so thirsty plants, which CW established at Cambridge University Botanical gardens. Find a water use calculator; tips for water economy and recommended garden plants at Cambridge Water Company www.cambridge-water.co.uk
This show also looks at new information to help students make a better choice of university. Roger Frost talks to former college admissions tutor John Green on the need for scientific data and intelligent ways to analyse it. Read more at www.myoxbridgechoice.com. Read last week’s suggestion to reform university admissions at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15492470
This being Easter, the Science Show finds research variously showing that chocolate is good for us. Roger concludes that the truth depends on what was the last thing that you read. He also tells the tale of a local restaurant offering bizarre health advice.
Chocolate: see health.universityofcalifornia.edu/category/news.
Very many thanks to the Cambridge Water Company for their support for Cambridge 105 by funding today’s show.
The next Science Show on Cambridge 105 is on Saturday 21st April at the regular time of 1.30pm
- Talk: The sharing economy: an introduction to collaborative consumption Thursday 12 April 7.30-9.30pm at St. Andrew’s Hall on St. Andrew’s Road. This talk by Cambridge Carbon Footprint is about using technology to enable new ways to access products and services. So instead of buying you might share, borrow, rent or exchange it. Attending will be representatives from ZipCar – where you can borrow a car when you need one, Lourish – a local food exchange and CamLETS which lets you trade using virtual currency. More at http://www.talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/37003
- Talk: ‘Five things an engineer should know about intellectual property’ on Wednesday 18th April at 6.30 in the University Engineering department. With so many innovative companies in Cambridge, this tells how the patent system and trade marking works. More at http://www.talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/36194
- Talk: Kodak and the Creation of Popular Photography: Explaining the Life and Death of an Icon. Dr Kamal Munir tells how Kodak brought the film camera into our everyday lives, but failed to adapt when the digital world came along. Judge Business School at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18th at the University Library. More at http://www.talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/3682