February 21st – Our twisted Universe – from Galaxies to Thalidomide

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    When:
    21 February 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    2019-02-21T20:00:00+00:00
    2019-02-21T22:00:00+00:00
    Where:
    Greenbank Pub, Easton, Bristol
    Cost:
    Free
    Contact:
    Bob Foster
    07989412319

    Exactly what does the thalidomide drug have in common with sea shells, spiral galaxies and your left and right hands? Prescribed as a relief medication for morning sickness in the 1960s, thalidomide afflicted thousands of new-born babies the world over with severe birth defects. Such havoc was wreaked because scientists overlooked one of its crucial properties: its molecules can have either a left- or right-handed structure, each type exhibiting wildly different properties – and thalidomide was produced as a mixture of the two.

    This handedness seems to be a fundamental characteristic of our universe, was responsible for the emergence of life on Earth, and now drives a myriad of technological advances, from perfect lenses to nano-robotic propellers. We look forward to sharing its history, present research and future directions.​

     

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