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Inspiring a love of the meaning of everything?

Published on 03 March 2020

Inspiring a love of the meaning of everything?

British Science Week takes place from 6 to 15 March this year and is a nationwide celebration of the world of science and engineering.

British Science Week is, rather oddly, a 10-day showcase of science, technology, engineering and maths within Britain. Events take place nationwide and a quick flick through those already listed show the Zoo in Colchester, the National Space Centre in Leicester, the Roman Baths in Bath, the museum in Tiverton, and Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh showcasing events – among many others.

British Science Week has been running since 1994 and is one of the largest national science weeks held each year to celebrate STEM subjects. Science weeks take place in nine other countries, each focused on inspiring the general public – and the next generation in particular – to enjoy the world of science and engineering.

One of the great scientific discoveries of the modern era is the discovery of the structure of DNA, credited to Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953 and recognised with a Nobel prize nine years later.

The famous double helix of the DNA molecule is made from two sugar-phosphate backbones and rungs of nitrogen bases CG and AT. Only 20 amino acids – used to create proteins – are encoded by DNA. Only 20, across all forms of life from daisies to dragonflies and bananas to border collies. The simplicity of this storage medium means we have been able to take DNA from mammoths and Neanderthals and decode it and even, as we wrote about a couple of months ago, look at it as a medium for storing business and academic data – eventually. 

You can read a case study about the Francis Crick Institute’s move to their current premises here; and if you’d like to know how we can help you with streamlining your records management, just give us a call on 0333 060 9082.

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