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Lancashire Science Festival

When I began my blog one of the first items was in a section I called “science is nearer than you think” and I featured Richard Towneley who lived at nearby Towneley Hall in Burnley. He was the first person to make systematic measurements of rainfall – in the seventeenth century.

Richard Towneley

Much more recently I discovered that Burnley College Sixth Form Centre was hosting a Lancashire Science Festival event and went along.

Lancashire Science Festival

I was pleased to see that many people had also come along to enjoy the activities and displays. The 3D printer display showed items that had been made from or for the human body.

The plastic backbone and pelvis had been made from a patient’s scan and was used to help the surgeon see inside the body and decide on a course of action.

Artificial body parts

The printer can also produce the components for making an artificial hand.

Artificial hand

Later there was a very entertaining appearance of Titan the robot.

Titan the robot

I wonder what Richard Towneley would have made of him?

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