As our online world seems set to last for a while, we have been posting interesting science stories in our Facebook Group, where people can comment, discuss etc. But lots of our members are not keen on Facebook, so this is an alternative way to share some topical science stories.
You can reply to posts (subject to moderation) and suggest content by email. Regular contributors will be given direct access
Like this one about immunoevasion and trained immunity in Covid-19 https://www.frontiersin.org/…/fimmu.2020.580641/full
Since we went online with Zoom, we simultaneously started streaming our talks on YouTube, for people who wanted a simpler experience. It has been fraught with trepidation after the first event when the stream dropped and people on YouTube were missing the talk.
The stats show that the bandwidth for the stream drops perilously low at times and we have an Admin permanently watching in case it needs restarting.
We have been trying to get Zoom to look into this for best part of a year and they finally seem to be getting somewhere, at least in understanding the problem. It appears that when we are showing static slides, rather than cameras and faces, there is far less data to send from Zoom but Youtube thinks it is not getting enough.
Hopefully they will find a fix soon to end the headache. Probably by the time we can resume live events…
Following this weeks fascinating virtual tour of historic science books in the Fellows Library at Winchester College, the College has supplied some useful links:
Info on the Fellows’ Library: https://www.winchestercollege.org/explore/archives-libraries-treasury/fellows-library – details of how to search the collection under ‘Catalogues’ at the end.
Info on Treasury (the school’s museum): https://treasury.winchestercollege.org
A recently published book about the College’s collections: https://treasury.winchestercollege.org/new-design/pages/forms/50-treasures-of-winchester-college-order-form-
Information on some highlights of the Science School collection: http://winchestercollections.co.uk/?collection_cat=science-collection
If you missed the talk or would like to see it again, go to youtube.com/w
Fascinating article on how organisms can influence natural selection by modifying their environment, with a focus on earthworms as an invasive species in N America
Some promising research findings on genetic susceptibility to severe Covid19 cases. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-03065-y