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February 2016

Aiming for the Moon

4 February, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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In 1989 Soviet authorities admitted publicly for the first time the existence of a formerly secret programme to land a cosmonaut on the Moon. The space race between the USA and USSR, so well established in the lexicon of the 1960s, had indeed been real. Even as the Americans were preparing for their final Apollo Moon landing in 1972 the Soviets were still working towards their own first mission. One of the star exhibits in the Science Museum’s Cosmonauts exhibition is the LK lander…

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Jane McGonigal: Super Better

8 February, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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£9

What's the single most productive way to become healthier, braver and more resilient? Games. Bestselling author Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned game designer whose debilitating concussion in 2009 led her to discover the powerful science behind gaming and its life-changing ability to aid trauma recovery, improve health, and overcome challenges. After suffering a brain injury, Jane McGonigal came up with a game to help aid her recovery and battle the ensuing depression she experienced. A quarter of a million people have now…

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Ian Morris: Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels – How Human Values Evolve

8 February, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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£9.50

The majority of people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But until the nineteenth century the opposite views prevailed. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology and history, Ian Morris presents a compelling new argument about the evolution of human values that has far-reaching implications for our understanding of both the past and the future.

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An Evening of Lust, Sex and Brains

8 February, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street
London , EC2A 4RH United Kingdom
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£20

Join Guerilla Science  for a multisensory exploration of human attraction. Discover how your senses, brain and body react when you meet a special someone, and investigate the science behind those magical moments.  You will be guided through a series of sensational challenges based on cutting-edge research in psychology, neuroscience and genetics, as we deconstruct dating and analyse attraction and attempt to uncover how you really choose a lover. Over two sultry hours in the Book Club basement, discover what the smell of sweat tells us about…

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What’s killing the killer whales?

9 February, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZSL, Regents Park
London, NW1 4RY United Kingdom
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Join expert's from the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) to discuss the results of a 25-year long study into the causes of whale and dolphin strandings. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are known to bioaccumulate in food webs and are potentially toxic to birds, fish and mammals.  Although the impact of POPs on whales and dolphins remains largely unknown, a recent study led by ZSL scientists showed that very high PCB concentrations still occur…

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How Adlerian Psychology Offers Effective Treatment for Common Mental Health Issues

9 February, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£7

Mental Health (MH) issues have a vast range of impacts for those affected, their relationships and the economy. Economically, MH costs the UK £100 billion a year and clearly this is unsustainable. The professional views in MH are conflicting and confusing in terms of causality, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment and many professionals are calling for a paradigm change in the way we view mental health and the holistic elements that make up our psychological and emotional well-being. Adlerian Psychology offers…

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Science on Screen: The Social Network

9 February, 2016 @ 8:40 pm - 11:00 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London , EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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£9.50

Network pioneer Michelle Girvan asks how her field of research reflects and is reflected in our social lives. Girvan discusses how social media websites like Facebook, which have dramatically transformed the nature of human interactions, are invaluable to scientists because they generate and store massive amounts of Big Data which can be used to gain new insights into human behavior. The true story of the man who invented Facebook, Harvard computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), and the legal battles, destroyed…

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Oil on Troubled Waters: The Industrial Legacy and Britain’s Groundwater

11 February, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Groundwater is an important source of drinking water in London and elsewhere, but the legacy of the UK's industrial revolution includes contamination at an extreme and increasingly widely-realised scale. Drawing on research in the English Midlands, the lecture will explore how mining, metal-based manufacturing, and the oil industry have produced an environmental conundrum that is very complex to solve. How can sites that are part of our industrial heritage be prevented from polluting rivers, and poisoning local residents? Who is…

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From genes to beans

11 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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The 2015 Michael Faraday Prize for exemplary science communication has been presented to Professor Katherine Willis. Her prize lecture will be introduced by the President of the Royal Society, Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan. More details of the event will be made available  in due course.

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London is Dating: City Love and Urban Lust

11 February, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£8

It's almost Valentine's Day and the number of sex x science events are getting us hot under the I, Science events collar! Join Conway Hall to delve into the overwhelming and often humorous world that is dating in London. Discuss whether dating in London is actually different to dating in other cities and whether technology has changed the dating scene. The panel includes Charley Lester (who's responsible for 30 Dates one of London's most well-loved dating blogs and adviser to Alan Sugar), Andy…

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Valentine’s at the Grant

12 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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£6

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, so where better to do it yourself than at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Whether you’re looking for love or seeking to impress your Valentine date, join us for our After Hours Valentine’s themed late opening. Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world with our Valentines themed specimen labels. There is no need to book just drop in any…

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‘Evolution and atheism: best friends forever?’, with Jerry Coyne | The Darwin Day Lecture 2016

12 February, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Logan Hall,, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL United Kingdom
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£15

The Darwin Day Lecture 2016 will be delivered by Professor Coyne, and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins. About Jerry Coyne Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Coyne received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary. He then earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Harvard University in 1978, working in…

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New Economics as if People Mattered

14 February, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£3

How do we shift from a three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all? What will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can’t afford to burn or from the much wider linear ‘extractive’ economy that this supports? What does that mean for the UK’s wider economic strategy – and, critically, can we be better off without getting…

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Does Science Have All the Answers?

15 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
LSE, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Modern science has provided answers to questions once thought impertinent for human beings to investigate. Among them, ‘What causes earthquakes and natural disasters?’, ‘Where does human life begin?’, and ‘Do we have free will?’. But when does the triumph of science become triumphalism? What are the limits of scientific inquiry, and does it leave any questions for non-scientists to answer? Speakers include: -Jennifer Hornsby, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College - James Ladyman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol -…

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Natural gas: what role can it play in the UK future?

16 February, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Claire Carter a PhD student at SPRU, University of Sussex and member of the Sussex Energy Group last year completed a research scholarship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The research output “Future of Natural Gas in the UK” POSTnote was published in November 2015. This briefing considers potential future pathways for the sourcing and use of natural gas in the UK. Claire will be visiting to present her research at the seminar. This event is hosted by…

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The Art of the Image: Leonardo da Vinci and medical imaging

16 February, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE United Kingdom
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Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived. He personally dissected more than thirty human corpses to explore every aspect of anatomy and physiology, and recorded his findings in drawings of unparalleled beauty and lucidity. This talk will show his concepts as imaged today with the most up-to-date technology in the radiology departments across the world

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London LASER

16 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross
London, N1C 4AA
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Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology. LASER is a series of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER was the first of the series to take place in Europe, starting in February 2014. Each evening event presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, etc), plus a platform for announcements from audience members and an…

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Feeling the pressure in sedimentary basins: the periodic venting of hot fluids from within the Earth

17 February, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BG United Kingdom
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Incredible amounts of water are trapped in the Earth's subsurface, invisible even to regular surface-based observational techniques. In this  talk (given twice on the same day- once at 3- and once at 6pm) Joe Cartwright, Professor of Earth Sciences at Oxford will show how some of this water flows beneath the surface from its repositories in sedimentary basins and upwards to the surface. Professor Cartwright will show how 3D seismic imaging can be used to show the uneven and highly focused flow of…

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Applying the Molecular Principles of Engineering

17 February, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Engineering creates innovations and solutions using empirical data, models, analysis, and properties of materials. Properties of solids, liquids, and gases represent a need that bridges all engineering disciplines, whether the property is the state of matter, its strength, thermal stability, conductivity, refrigerant performance, bioaccumulation, or binding strength of a drug to a cellular receptor. Engineering 'molecular principles' help us to correlate measured properties with substances and, increasingly, to predict them. In this lecture Phillip R. Westmoreland, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor and…

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How to Choose a Doctor or Surgeon

17 February, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Various governments have promoted ‘patient choice’ as part of NHS reforms. Yet few people know how either to make that choice or how to exercise it. This lecture will consider the criteria one might use to differentiate one doctor from another or one surgeon from another, and whether you should be judging the individual, the team they work in or the organisation that houses them. We will also consider whether the promises of patient choice are either real or implementable…

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Hampstead Scientific Society: Puzzles & Paradoxes in Science & Mathematics

18 February, 2016 @ 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
St John’s Church, Church Row, Hampstead
London, NW3 6UU United Kingdom
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Why is the sky dark at night? This talk will explore the differing roles of puzzles and paradoxes in science and in mathematics. Thought experiments like Maxwell's Demon or the EPR Paradox have been used to illustrate or question new ideas in physics; the Olbers Paradox has challenged our understanding of the universe, while mathematical paradoxes can entertain or perplex. A variety of examples will be demonstrated and discussed, and we will see water fall upwards! What's more is that…

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How (not) to give policy advice: Modelling Bluetongue

19 February, 2016 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street
London, WC1E 7HT United Kingdom
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Bluetongue is a viral disease of cattle and sheep transmitted by Culicoides biting midges, which has recently emerged in Europe. This talk will describe the modelling work done at Pirbright to understand the spread and control of this disease, considering some of the pitfalls involved in using models to give policy advice when the models themselves are in the process of being developed. It will also present recent work in which the models were used to disentangle the roles of…

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Thinking on Sunday: How should we use unproven treatments during an epidemic?

21 February, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£3

Dr Annette Rid discusses the key points of using unproven treatments during an epidemic, the ethical controversy and draws some important lessons for how we should use unproven vaccines and treatments during future epidemics. In 2013, the world began to witness an unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa that is now smoldering. Ebola virus disease has a fatality rate of up to 90%, and there are no proven vaccines or targeted treatments for the disease to date. However, several interventions…

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Utilising adult stem cells to treat liver disease – from basic science to clinical trials

22 February, 2016 @ 11:15 pm
Imperial College – Hammersmith Campus, The Commonwealth Building, The Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road
London, W12 0NN United Kingdom
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Professor Newsome's laboratory focusses on trafficking and role of both adult and embryonic stem cells in the context of liver injury. This has allowed identification of the key molecular interactions that regulate the successful engraftment of such cells into the liver. In the largest randomised controlled trial of stem cell therapy so far,  he is treating patients with liver cirrhosis. This has the potential for major impact in the NHS given the rising levels of liver cirrhosis in the UK and…

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Darwin, Evolution and God: The Present Debates

23 February, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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This lecture sets the scientific and religious context for Darwin’s theory of evolution, before considering this theory and the challenges this raised for traditional religious beliefs. In particular, we will consider some issues raised by Richard Dawkins in his Blind Watchmaker (1986) and The God Delusion (2006). The lecture will then conclude by looking at “social Darwinism”, particularly the controversial question of eugenics. If we understand how evolution happens, can we – and should we – take control of the process? Alister McGrath, Professor…

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Packed Lunch: Insomnia

24 February, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Feed your curiosity as well as your stomach at the Wellcome Collection's Packed Lunch. Drop in on your lunch break and listen to scientists in conversation about their latest research, why science matters to all and general life in the lab. This latest offering is all about insomnia. Most of us will experience insomnia at some point in our lives but we still know very little about sleep regulation. Güliz Özcan's research explores the implications between sleep disturbances often experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease. Her work investigates the…

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From Mars to the multiverse: life, space and the cosmos with Martin Rees

24 February, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society Lord Martin Rees presents the 2016 Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture. Unmanned spacecraft have visited the other planets of our Solar System (and some of their moons), beaming back pictures of varied and distinctive worlds - but none propitious for life. But prospects are far more interesting when we extend our gaze to other stars: most stars are, like our Sun, orbited by retinues of planets. Our home galaxy contains a billion…

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Stroke in the Elderly: Slowly Retreating

24 February, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The risk of stroke steadily increases with old age, but in relative terms both the risk of having a stroke and disability as a result of stroke are decreasing. It remains one of the most feared, and common, serious medical results of aging but incremental improvements in prevention and treatment of stroke including reduction in hypertension, use of blood thinning and clot-busting drugs whilst stroke units and rehabilitation have reduced its impact. Join Professor Chris Whitty in discussing stroke in the…

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Dead, Life Drawing

24 February, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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£6

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Ticket costs also include a free glass of wine. Materials will be provided.

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Britain-Nepal 200: celebrating Nepal’s success stories in biodiversity conservation

26 February, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
ZSL, Regents Park
London, NW1 4RY United Kingdom
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£50

The rich biodiversity of Nepal is a tribute to its diverse climate, altitudinal variation and geography. In total 118 ecosystems have been identified, and the country is home to some of the world’s most remarkable plant and animal species. Over the past 40 years the government of Nepal has been at the forefront of conservation in South Asia, with the introduction of effective ‘Conservation Areas’, and implementation of robust environmental legislation and anti-poaching measures. These initiatives have proven highly successful…

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‘Stuff and Nonsense’ Valentine Taxidermy

27 February, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bart’s Pathology Museum, 3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield
London, EC1A 7BE United Kingdom
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£54

What says love quite like a stuffed animal? Bart's Pathology Museum regularly hold taxidermy classes for the beginner who likes to chat and listen to music whilst 'creating their piece' and this month there's a Valentine's theme (of course). Arrive at noon and be whisked through the taxidermy process before getting started. Refreshments will be provided at lunchtime and an opportunity to wander around the museum. This time to continue the theme, Bart's are encouraging attendees to bring along Valentine themed clothes or props for your…

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