Thursday, July 07, 2016

Royal Society and David Cameron

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Sunetra Gupta
Francesca Happe, Zita Martins
To the Royal Society last night for their Soiree at their Summer Exhibition. It was great to see some old friends and to meet some new people, as well as to look at some very interesting exhibits.  I was especially impressed with:
  • CANBUILD: deconstructing cancer an attempt to build 3 dimensional models of tumors - since in fact tumors are not all composed of cancer cells and have a fascinating 3D structure.
  • The comet revealed: Rosetta and Philae at Comet 67P which had a fascinating 3D VR image of the comet including a simulation of what it would be like to stand there (except that the colour has been turned from a sooty black to a whiteish gray).
  • 4D science which is about using the Diamond X-Ray source for X-Ray tomography to investigate the behaviour and structure of materials as diverse as Ice Cream or bones.
Standing Ovation for Cameron
Then today to a big lunch with David Cameron making one of his last big UK appearances as PM. He gave an excellent speech:
  1. Be proud of the good things achieved. Not everyhing has gone right but much has.
  2. We've just got to make the new situation work. He was and is concerned about the economy and the future of the UK, but we must get on with it.
  3. We must remain friends with, and engaged with, our EU neighbours.
  4. We must remain the party of enterprise, since a strong economy is vital.
  5. We must remain a modern compassionate party.
  6. Unity is vital, it's a team enterprise.
It was great to see him and thank him again as PM.

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