We went to see if we could find any signs of wolves, but first we went to see a presentation about wolf research.
It was fascinating to see how wolves are migrating south through Sweden and the research that is being done to make sure the population is healthy and able to live easily with the human population.
I asked the researcher, if he had any views on our badger problem. He would not have any common ground with Brian May on the cull.
On the other hand, the wolf research will hopefully lead to the understanding of how wild animals and people can live together in harmony.
BBC Radio 5 had a discussion this lunchtime about back pain. The most amazing part was a statement by Brian Saunders of the School of Materials at Manchester University. He talked of how they were developing a jelly-like polymer, which could be injected into the body. Things are apparently going well!
Couple this with work, I know of at Liverpool University, where engineers have been analysing the gait of humans, dogs and horses, to get greater insight into problems and I get the feeling that over the next decades engineers and physical scientists will make great process in helping us to live longer and better. These two examples are probably just two of many similar ones.
As an engineer, I have come to some conclusions about fracking.
There is certainly a lot of gas and possibly oil, buried in the ground, that can be accessed using advanced techniques like fracking in the UK.
Countries like the United States have certainly benefited from fracking with low gas prices and increased manufacturing activity.
There have been problems, as there were in Blackpool in the UK with fracking.
But are we throwing the resources of our great engineering universities, like Newcastle, Surrey, Southampton, Aberdeen, Manchester and Liverpool at the problem? I’ve left out universities that aren’t close to oil and gas reserves.
I doubt it!
Knowing engineering and engineers as I do, I suspect they could come up with better methods, that would benefit the UK and perhaps other countries, who have large difficult gas reserves and are nervous of using fracking and other methods.
So should the major oil and gas companies, be spending a few hundred millions investing in the future?
This report on the BBC, about research by Paul Aylin at Imperial College, says that you are more likely to die, if you have your operation towards the end of the week.
Some years ago, my software Daisy, was used to examine the outcomes of surgery in a Regional Health Authority. They found, that the longer a patient was in hospital, the more likely there would be complications.
This data needs a lot more analysis.
There are more CERN photos uploaded here to Flickr by other visitors from our Liverpool University Alumni Relations group.
Research establishments are serious places, but it doesn’t mean they are humourless ones.
When I worked at ICI’s Research Establishment on Runcorn Heath, the big joke was signs using the newly discovered Dymo machine in mock German.
When I was at Liverpool University in the mid-1960s, the old cyclotron that James Chadwick had built pointed towards the mound on which the Catholic Cathedral has now been built. One wag told me, that they weren’t going to floodlight the cathedral, as it would glow in the dark.
I heard a similar remark on Saturday.
This T-shirt was worn by one of our guides to CERN.
When it was first proposed, it got this reaction from the author’s superior/supervisor.
So who proposed the idea and what is it now called?
These pictures show the plant, where the various sections of the LHC were assembled.
Although, the media portrays the LHC as a circle, it is in fact a series of straight sections.
I just had to enquire about the bottles amongst this array of computer screens.
Each of the empty bottles is now identified with the event, they celebrate.
Civil Engineering is one of the major disciplines, that must be applied to a high level at CERN. The engineer had previously worked on tunnels under London.