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Nottingham element: Green's Windmill

Nottingham’s working windmill in Sneinton. George Green was 14 years old when his father built the windmill and for most his life he worked in the windmill. But George was also a brilliant mathematician and physicist. He devised new ways of doing mathematics which he used to make many discoveries about such things as electricity, magnetism, light, sound and wave motion. At the age of 40 he became a student at Cauis College Cambridge where he published research.

The Windmill is now a popular science centre telling George’s story, it also hosts baking workshops and a range of family activities throughout the year.

Scientific element: Gadolinium

Gadolinium compounds are also used for making green phosphors for the tubes in colour TVs.

Gadolinium contrast medium is used in about 1 in 3 of MRI scans to improve the clarity of the images or pictures of your body's internal structures. This improves the diagnostic accuracy of the MRI scan, particularly for cancerous tumours.


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