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November 2015

London is Wild: Wildlife

2 November, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Not far from London’s tarmac and glass is another city full of wild animals and living landscapes. Urban foxes, bats, birds of prey and other beasts are Londoners too. The wildness of our urban landscape is a joy to many but an annoyance to others and seems to be constantly under-threat. London is wild, should we just love it and leave it alone? Join Londonist at Conway Hall for this discussion and celebration of our animal, bird and plant life…

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50 Shades of Pathology with BArt Macabre

3 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 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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£14

As part of National Pathology Week, Art Macabre death drawing and Barts Pathology Museum have teamed up as BArt Macabre to bring you 50 Shades of Pathology: an exploration of colour in Pathology. Just what do colours mean in pathology and why are they important? Can colours indicate a cause of death? Why do histological slides display so many different colours? In this evening drawing workshop you can explore these themes, facilitated by Art Macabre's Raven Rouge, Anatomical Pathology Technologist (and the museum's curator) Carla Valentine and QMUL's Professor…

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Synaesthesia Cocktails 2.0

4 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Stories, 30 Broadway Market
London, E8 4QZ United Kingdom
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£20

How can you tell what you’re drinking? Can you taste colour? Join us for Art Neuro’s Synaesthesia Cocktail night and see how astute your senses really are. You will be given 3 cocktails with all visible clues obscured, can you tell what they are? Tell us what colour each drink tastes of and we will plot your data on a graph to see if you really can taste colour! Art Neuro looks at neuroscience in new light, exploring all things brain through…

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Geek Showoff

4 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Star of Kings, 126 York Way
London, N1 0AX United Kingdom
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A night of nine-minute-long nerding with these incredible acts: Steve Cross Helen Zaltzman Josh McNorton Olivia Neville Andrew Hunter Murray Lydia Nicholas Ben Meredith James Ward Kirsty Styles Cian Agnew Louise Inman Tickets £6 (plus 60p booking fee) in advance. If we don't sell out there will be some available for £8 on the door.

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Finding Unique Objects for Cosmonauts

5 November, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 6 November, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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One of the biggest challenges for the Cosmonauts curators was to find exceptional objects to tell the story of pioneering missions of space exploration. How do you find the original spacesuit worn by Gagarin during his historic flight among several identical-looking orange garments with CCCP on the helmet? And just what do you need to do in order to borrow a Soviet Moon lander? In this talk from Cosmonauts curator, Dr Natalia Sidlina, we answer these unusual questions and also discuss the objects…

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Recycling: London’s dirty past

5 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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We think of recycling as a modern idea and we think of the Victorian city as a hellish place of pollution and waste. Join us for a challenge to some of those preconceptions. Warning: may contain local government and sewage.

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BSL Discussion: Home Remedies

6 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Discover historical healing at Wellcome Collection by joining this free British Sign Language interpreted discussion. Using resources from the Reading Room, one of our Visitor Experience Assistants and one of our Librarians will lead you through some curious cures, terrible tonics and mysterious medicines. Come along and share your ideas about what home remedies mean to you.

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Natural Histories: Cockroaches

7 November, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Meet Museum curators and researchers from the BBC Radio 4 series Natural Histories. The 25-part series, presented by wildlife expert Brett Westwood and produced by the BBC's Natural History Unit, tells the stories of 25 extraordinary specimens from the Museum collections that have influenced human society and changed the way we see the world. Each Nature Live event will feature the specimen from that week's episode.

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Body Farms: Nauseating or Necessary?

11 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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People tend to be either repulsed or fascinated by the idea of dead bodies being left out in a field and allowed to rot. For some, this sounds like the ultimate indignity. For others, who appreciate the potential value of the corpses for forensic research, this presents an interesting alternative to burial or cremation. This talk will explore the use of specialist outdoor laboratories called ‘taphonomy facilities’, often referred to as ‘body farms’, for forensic research and criminal investigations. It…

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SciBar: Dying to be Beautiful

11 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street
London , EC2A 4RH United Kingdom
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Science London's Scibar is back, curated once again by the Art Necro team. Throughout history humans have sought to embellish and augment their physical appearance. As fashions change new contraptions, cosmetics and costumes are devised. There has often been little regard given to comfort and well-being when it comes to the body beautiful, and as this talk illustrates, some fashions can be fatal. Dr Kathryn Harkup is a Chemist trained in York and Nottingham (degree and PhD) with more knowledge…

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Research Showcase on Malaria

12 November, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627 000 deaths, mostly among African children. Malaria is preventable and curable. Would you like to hear more about it from Imperial College researchers? Interested in the research perspectives from the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences and the Centre for Health Policy?

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Is the Microprocessor Under Threat?

12 November, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Is the microprocessor under threat? Perhaps: certainly power consumption limitations reduce the proportion of transistors able to do useful work, fuelling a radical rethink of computational system design. Fortunately, custom hardware coupled with modern state-of-the art software design techniques may come to the rescue, potentially speeding up workloads by a factor of ten or more. A first step is hardware accelerators in a heterogeneous system-on-chip, or low-level hardware programmability exemplified by Field Programmable Gate Arrays. Once a niche area, FPGAs…

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BSL Tour: War and Medicine

12 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Join us to explore the impact of war and conflict on medicine through Sir Henry Wellcome's historic collection in this British Sign Language interpreted tour. One of our knowledgeable Visitor Experience Assistants will lead you through the gallery, exploring some of the more gory aspects in our permanent exhibition.

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Horniman Museum: Secret Late

12 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road Forest Hill
London, London SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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A night of secrets awaits... Enjoy covert prohibition performances, underground circus acts, films, artist talks about our secret stores as well as a trail through our hidden Horniman, food, drinks and more. Follow a mysterious trail around the hidden Horniman and explore some of the secrets behind our collections. Discover the links between the Horniman family and secret societies, see invisible paintings on gallery walls exposed by UV light and find out what really lies inside the belly of the…

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Are We Destined to Live in Space

13 November, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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The cultural roots of the Russian space programme were in cosmological and mystical thinking, and in the belief that humanity's destiny was to colonise the cosmos. In our own era, the motivations of nations and private companies to initiate and maintain space projects are just as varied and complex. Geopolitical positioning and colonisation, the search for extra-terrestrial life, the pursuit of materials for mining, the desire for scientific knowledge and the simple, primal urge to satisfy human desire are all incentives to travel beyond…

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The Story of a Molecule

16 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Discover how we are able to see a single molecule and what that means for our understanding of biological processes at the 2015 Ernst Chain lecture.

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Debate

16 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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James Ladyman and Raymond Tallis address the motion, ‘Human Nature is Better Understood Through Science Than Through Philosophical And Artistic Reflection’. Evolutionary biology, psychology and brain science have all made astonishing progress over recent decades.  Sociology, economics and cognitive science have become increasingly sophisticated and detailed.  Do these developments mean that we are coming closer to a scientific understanding of human behaviour, making the traditional humanities explanatorily redundant? James Ladyman and Raymond Tallis will debate the question as to whether…

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Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras

17 November, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) revolutionized algebra with his discovery of quaternions, a non-commutative algebraic system, as well as his earlier work on complex numbers. George Boole (1815-1864) contributed to probability and differential equations, but his greatest achievement was to create an algebra of logic 'Boolean algebra'. These new algebras were not only important to the development of algebra but remain of current use.

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Bubbles and Science

17 November, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Is it possible to use knowledge of bubbles to examine something as large as the global ocean? Dr Helen Czerski says that we can, and believes that there are parallels between this and how we share science with the public. Join her for a fascinating exploration of bubble physics and science communication.

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London LASER 12

17 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street
London, W1B 2UW United Kingdom
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London LASER puts on evening talks at the intersection of art, science and technology. This November, London LASER hosts project collaborators from Silent Signal, a Wellcome trust funded project that brings together six artists and six scientists to create experimental animations that immerse the viewer in the networked worlds of organic communication. Bentley Crudgington will provide an overview to introduce the central themes running through the project and how these manifest before looking at two works in more detail. Eric Schockmel will discuss his collaboration with…

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Improbable Things Always Happen

17 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month. “An unusual day is when nothing unusual happens.” But why? On 3 July 2000, the Washington newspaper The Columbian printed the Pick 4 Oregon Lottery results: 6, 8, 5, 5. Nothing surprising in that, except for the fact that the newspaper was printed before the lottery numbers were drawn. When the police went to investigate…

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Colour and cancer; Scorpions and surgery

17 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Is it possible to light up a cancer cell in the brain? Could scorpion venom be the answer? Dr Jim Olson, Paediatric Haematology Oncology Specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital and a member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, is developing a radical new technique in the field of fluorescent image-guided surgery, Tumor Paint, that has the potential to transform the way tumors are removed from the brain - by using a special paint the…

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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

18 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the chemical and physiological characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the…

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Reactive systems: a powerful paradigm for modelling and analysis from engineering to biology

18 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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A reactive system is a dynamic system that evolves in time by reacting to external events. Hardware components and software processes are reactive systems that interact with each other and with their physical environment. Computer science has developed powerful models, theories, algorithms, and tools for analyzing and predicting the behavior of reactive systems. These techniques are based on mathematical logic, theory of computation, programming languages, and game theory. They were originally developed to let us build a more dependable computer infrastructure,…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Looking for life on Mars

19 November, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Mars is our closest hope for life beyond Earth. 3.8 billion years ago, when life was starting here, Mars was habitable, with surface water and a thick atmosphere. Now, it is cold, dry and harsh. Professor Andrew Coates discusses the ExoMars rover mission and the possibility of past or present life on Mars.

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Surviving in Space

19 November, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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We are of Earth. Our bodies have evolved to work on this planet – not on the Moon, not on Mars and certainly not in conditions of weightlessness. So it is remarkable that over only a few decades of spaceflight we have learned how to combat the problems of survival in space. We use special equipment, stick to rigorous exercise routines and prepare especially for the shock to the body of returning to Earth’s gravity at the end of each mission.…

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King Solomon to Saint Mary: a journey through human retroviruses, ancient and modern

19 November, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) slips under the radar of most healthcare workers, especially compared to its distant relative – HIV. With 10 million infections globally and twenty thousand carrying HTLV-1 in the UK alone this infection is neglected even amongst neglected diseases. Whilst infection does not cause symptoms in the majority, 1 in 10 are at risk of either aggressive forms of white blood cell cancers or inflammation in many tissues. Inflammation of the spinal cord causes decades…

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What does science tell us about race and racism?

19 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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From Rachel Dolezal to the Charleston church shooting, the subject of race is never far from the headlines. Biological science tells us that ‘races’ may not even be real. but the social sciences tell us that racism certainly is. Can science help us make sense of these undeniably important yet emotive subjects? Writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford will host a panel of experts including: Richard Crisp, Kenan Malik, Aoife McLysaght and Heidi Mirza for an evidence-based discussion of an always controversial subject.

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Light and Dark Matters: The Power of Light

20 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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How does light help us understand space and time? How does it shape our material world and how do we shape light through technology, architecture, art and design? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and internationally acclaimed artist Liliane Lijn discuss the power of light, its transformative and unifying qualities, and what fascinates and fuels scientists and artists to experiment with and make advancements with this energy. Over twenty four hours at Tate…

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Light and Dark Matters: Sunrise walk and breakfast with scientist Lucie Green

21 November, 2015 @ 7:15 am - 8:45 am
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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Join Royal Society University Research Fellow Lucie Green to walk and talk about the activity and atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. Green studies the immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System. Find out what would happen if these eruptions reached the Earth and how that could drive major space weather events. The walk meets at 07.15 at the Turbine Hall entrance and ends with breakfast in the East Room on Level…

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Light and Dark Matters: Black Light with the drawing shed

21 November, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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What does society keep in the dark, and how can it be illuminated? Labern&Lloyd of the Drawing Shed, working here as The Light Collectors, collaborate with scientists hosted by The Institute of Physics. Together they invite you to engage in an afternoon of Black Light, with open conversation and research. Framed by an installation drawn from the artists’ ongoing research into the hidden at this critical point in history, ultraviolet light reveals the disjuncture between extra-ordinary scientific explorations across the full…

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Light and Dark Matters: Instagram Light Project with Oliver Lang

21 November, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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How does light transform through photography? Mobile photography has become a global medium and an established form of visual communication. In the lead up to Light and Dark Matters, Oliver Lang invites you and your mobile phone camera to capture the transformational effects of light and share them on Instagram. In a special event, a selection of London’s most active Instagrammers document leading scientific institutions’ research into the use of light, to inspire you to contribute your own experience of the…

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Light and Dark Matters: Are we darkened by light?

21 November, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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Human history has been a quest to light the dark, but today most of humanity spends more time bathed in electronic light than our primary source: the sun. What different forms of light are we exposed to, and can we ever switch off? A panel of artists, scientists and architects examine our contemporary urban experiences of light and how we understand 95% of the universe that we cannot see: dark energy and dark matter. What are the social and political implications…

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Light and Dark Matters: Sunset walk and talk with artist Susan Schuppli

21 November, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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Artist Susan Schuppli leads a walk in Tate Modern’s surrounding area reflecting on the materiality of sunsets and the politics of light. Why is the sun now setting further west in the arctic regions? How do atmospheric pollutants supercharge the colours of our sunsets? When the sun goes down our AM radio reception fade and distorts – why does this happen? The walk begins at 15.30 in the Turbine Hall commission by Abraham Cruzvillegas, which explores art, ecology, environment and…

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Light and Dark Matters: Harnessing Light

21 November, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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From gas lamps to LEDs and medical lasers, a panel of artists, scientists and theorists asks what role light plays in the discovery of new frontiers in art, design, technology and medicine? With artists Roger Hiorns and Flow Motion, professor and engineer Harald Hass and professor of physics Kishan Dholakia. This event will be chaired by Sean Cubitt. Over twenty four hours at Tate Modern leading artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists and the public come together to debate, share and uncover our contemporary experience…

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Annual Diversity Conference: Pride and Prejudice- Breaking Down Barriers in Science

23 November, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 26 November, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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This year, the Society’s Annual Diversity Conference will examine the barriers to entry and progression in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that impact underrepresented groups with a particular focus on bias. Keynote speaker: Harvard Professor Mahzarin R. Banaji, founder of Project Implicit will deliver an interactive seminar entitled 'Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People'. Project Implicit is utilised extensively in the field of unconscious bias.

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The data revolution: it just got serious

23 November, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Since the birth of the internet our ability to create and share data has step by step been reshaping our lives. In the last month the data revolution got serious, drawing the attention of leaders from around the world with the launch of a new Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data at the United Nations in New York. John Pullinger will talk about the background to this initiative and will also use some historical examples to illustrate how, as National…

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The Future of Flight

23 November, 2015 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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As the Science Museum prepares for their next major exhibition, focusing on the unique mechanical designs of Leonardo Da Vinci – one of history’s greatest curious minds – this event asks what the future of flight could look like. This one-off panel event takes Leonardo’s innovative and skilled approach to the design of flying machines, based on his observations of the natural world, as a starting point, before looking at where today’s designers are finding their inspiration and how new technological developments might change how humankind flies…

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Glass Creatures of the Sea

25 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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Created in the 1800’s by the father and son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the glass models of invertebrates housed at the Grant Museum are a unique blend of art, science and craftsmanship. Join Natural History Museum Curator Miranda Lowe and scientific glassblower Stephen Ramsey as they explore the importance and use of these scientifically accurate and incredibly beautiful models. In a live glass-blowing demonstration we’ll uncover some of the glass making techniques used to create these intricate pieces…

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Material Miracles

25 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Queen Mary University of London, People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS United Kingdom
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Much of the technology we take for granted would have seemed miraculous even 30 years ago. The majority of these technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. This lecture will highlight some examples of the ways materials have influenced he modern world and go on to explain the current research that may lead to future miracles. Meet the Professor: Professor William Gillin Professor William Gillin is the Director of the Materials Research Institute at Queen Mary…

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Interstellar: The IMAX Experience

25 November, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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November's Science Museum Lates is maths themed and includes a one-off screening of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar in IMAX 70mm (as he intended it to be seen), preceded by a discussion between the Science Museum's Director of External Affairs Roger Highfield, Science Museum Fellow of Modern Science Harry Cliff and Interstellar's Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Franklin. Roger is a noted science writer and the co-author of the acclaimed biography The Private Lives of Albert Einstein. Harry is a particle physicist at Cambridge and…

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What’s Your Angle?

26 November, 2015 - 29 November, 2015
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Discover how mathematics relates to everyday life in What’s Your Angle?, a new festival created by the Science Museum and theatre company non zero one. Take on the role of an undercover journalist for the News-a-Rama Corporation's latest channel News 24, and use your findings to make attention-grabbing headlines or record a live television broadcast in a hectic newsroom. Master the waves at surf school, investigate an archaeological dig, understand the social lives of cows or mimic the accents of…

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Life through a lens: Celebrating science photography

26 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Join the Royal Society for an evening celebrating science photography as they unveil the winners of the inaugural Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. Sophie Stafford, wildlife magazine editor and photography expert, will chair our panel comprising photographers David Maitland and Neil Aldridge, and ecologist Claire Spottiswoode. Listen as our speakers discuss their experience of capturing nature and the importance of images in communicating science to researchers and the general public. This event is part of a programme of activities celebrating 350 years of science publishing at the Royal Society.…

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils

27 November, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Fossils are like time capsules, capturing a moment of life's history in stone. They are the remains of once-living animals, plants or microbes. Join Dr Paul Taylor, Natural History Museum palaeontologist and author of A History of Life in 100 Fossils to discover how these rocky remnants of living creatures record the evolution of life, and hear the fascinating stories of the scientists who discovered them. What's more the majority of the fossils in the book are held at the museum!

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Art Meets Science Library Tour

27 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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With more than one million items, some of which date back to the fifteenth century, the Museum's Earth Sciences Library is considered one of the world's greatest natural history collections. This tour will bring the BBC Radio 4 series Natural Histories to life, with library experts explaining how art and science have transformed our understanding of the natural world. You'll see rarely displayed artwork and learn how art can allow us to see a species in a new light, as…

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Science with a million people

27 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Join Chris Lintott for an exploration of the past, present and future of citizen science and discover the power of people behind it. Scientists are drowning in data, but an increasing number are asking for help. Through ‘citizen science’ projects, volunteers have discovered galaxies, found planets, hunted for aliens and explored the Earth’s wild places. This talk, by Chris Lintott - the founder of the Zooniverse, home to all of these projects and more - will share their stories, explore the…

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BBC R4 Natural Histories- The Big Story

27 November, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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The Big Story brings Radio 4's Natural Histories series to life on stage, re-imagining the popular BBC programme live in the Museum's iconic Hintze Hall. Natural Histories has explored 25 different species and specimens across as many episodes, investigating the profound impact nature has had on Earth's history. Join the Natural History Museum and their special guests - including the Museum's ever popular Dippy the Diplodocus. With comedy, spoken word, scientific discussion and musical performances, you'll discover the surprising story behind 100 million years…

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Art Meets Science Library Tour

27 November, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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With more than one million items, some of which date back to the fifteenth century, the Museum's Earth Sciences Library is considered one of the world's greatest natural history collections. This tour will bring the BBC Radio 4 series Natural Histories to life, with library experts explaining how art and science have transformed our understanding of the natural world. You'll see rarely displayed artwork and learn how art can allow us to see a species in a new light, as…

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Art Meets Science Library Tour

27 November, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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£15

With more than one million items, some of which date back to the fifteenth century, the Museum's Earth Sciences Library is considered one of the world's greatest natural history collections. This tour will bring the BBC Radio 4 series Natural Histories to life, with library experts explaining how art and science have transformed our understanding of the natural world. You'll see rarely displayed artwork and learn how art can allow us to see a species in a new light, as…

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December 2015

Glass Delusions

1 December, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grant Museum, 21 University Street
London, WC1E 6JJ United Kingdom
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How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morganexplores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica. Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection…

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Genome regulation and the epigenome

2 December, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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Our DNA contains tens of thousands of individual genes that encode vital information responsible for the biological activities necessary for life. Most tissues in our body carry out very specialized processes which ultimately require that specific subsets of genes are used in the right place and at the right time. Join Professor Klose to learn more about his research focussed on understanding how chromatin based and epigenetic mechanisms are exploited to ensure proper gene regulation. The Francis Crick Lecture is…

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Art and Culture: Imaging Space Travel

3 December, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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The cosmos has fascinated the creative mind for centuries. In the early 20th century the artistic and the creative, the spiritual and the philosophical paved the way for engineers and scientists in their quest to achieve space travel. Cosmist Nikolay Fedorov’s ‘Philosophy of the Common Task’ inspired generations of scientists and artists alike. From the drawings of space visionary Konstantin Tsiolkovsky to early sci-fi films like ‘Cosmic Voyage’ and the propaganda posters of the space age, depictions of space have gone far beyond…

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Imperial Fringe: It is rocket science

3 December, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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Kicking off celebrations to mark British astronaut Tim Peake's launch into space, this evening provides a unique opportunity to discover how Imperial researchers and some of its Exhibition Road neighbours are uncovering the secrets beyond Earth's orbit. Come and talk to Imperial's space scientists and get hands-on with research from across the College, with opportunities to: Journey through the solar system without even leaving South Kensington in an inflatable planetarium Create your own meteorite crashes, search for fragments in the desert, and get up close and personal with real life rocky visitors from outer space with…

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Children’s Christmas Lecture

3 December, 2015 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Imperial College, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AZ United Kingdom
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The Universe and the idea that we’re not alone has captivated our imaginations for centuries. And while we’ve yet to discover life beyond Earth, this doesn’t stop us trying! With several space missions to look for alien life planned for the near future, Astrobiologist Dr Zita Martins will take us on an exciting journey to help us get to know our Universe a little better. This whistle stop tour through space and time will include a close look at different planets and moons across…

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Sunspots: Spoken Word at Kings Place

7 December, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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Is the Sun a god, a man, a woman, or simply a giant ball of hydrogen? Why does it tell fibs about its favourite painters? Is the Sun afraid of dying? Does it get depressed? And what does it really think about us? Sunspots is a poetic, musical, and visual journey from the birth of the Sun, through its longand eventful life, towards its ultimate death. Simon Barraclough(Poet in Residence at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory) is your guide to the Sun…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Cannabis: pleasure, madness and medicine

8 December, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Cannabis has been used throughout history for medicinal as well as pleasurable effects. Its 100 unique ingredients vary widely in different types of cannabis, posing a range of questions in terms of medicalisation and legalisation. This lecture will look at its effects, but also its potential.

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What is the future for beavers in Britain?

8 December, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
ZSL, Regents Park
London, NW1 4RY United Kingdom
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Could beavers be successfully re-established in Britain and what affect would they have on local biodiversity? Beavers are ecosystem engineers which, by building dams and channels, create and maintain wetlands. Through these activities, beavers have the potential to increase local biodiversity, reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality. In Britain, beavers were hunted to extinction hundreds of years ago. Recent interest in rewilding has led to a number of small-scale beaver restoration projects. The outcomes of these projects, combined with…

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Teaching excellence: Can one size fit all?

8 December, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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In its newly-published green paper (Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice), the Government has outlined its plans to boost teaching standards, increase participation in higher education by people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and ensure students get value for money from higher education. At the heart of these plans is a new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which will use measures such as student satisfaction, retention rates and job prospects to identify universities offering excellent teaching. The TEF has…

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Lunch Hour Lectures: Truth and lies: medicine in the media

10 December, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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There has never been a more confusing time to consume health information, as scientists and doctors struggle to agree and big questions are continuously debated. Dr Chris van Tulleken attempts to find a way through the confusion.

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Lifting the lid: The Royal Society since 1960

10 December, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom
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The Royal Society may be one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, but what has it done in the last 50 years? In post-war Britain science was growing and public interest was surging, but the Royal Society struggled to find a place for itself in this changing world. Its survival strategy was to look beyond itself: championing research excellence, providing the independent advice governments needed, fostering international scientific relations and inspiring public interest in science. But just…

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Science in the Media: Dodgy Science Reporting, Ghostbusting and Doctor Who

12 December, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 3:15 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Hear about the science of Doctor Who from a scientist who is also a consultant to Doctor Who's scriptwriters, find out about the credibility (scientifically and otherwise) of ghosthunting TV programme from a former ghosthunter now turned ghostbuster, and discover just how much rubbish science reporting there really is in our national press.

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Fiction Lab

14 December, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you're an interested reader who has something to say, then come along. The format of Fiction Lab is simple; read the book beforehand and then drop into the Ri to discuss it with other fiction lovers. Fiction Lab will be held in the Conversation Room this month. Admission is free and there is no need to book tickets in advance. This month's book…

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Science London: A bright Quizmas 3

14 December, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street
London, W1W 5QU United Kingdom
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‘All good things come in three,’ said some boffin once. And they were right. After two greedy years of full-on festive quizzing and comedy, Science London returns for a third helping. This one, however, promises to outdo its predecessors. Every last stop has been yanked right out; Brian Cox’s smile has been distilled into pure unadulterated Christmas smarm; a new concoction of bizarre ‘quiz rounds’ have been innovated; and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, spectacular prizes have been wrapped and – I have…

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London SciComm Social Christmas Quiz

16 December, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom
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On 16th December London SciComm Socials will be in The Bloomsbury Studio (underneath The Bloomsbury Theatre) for an AMAZING CHRISTMAS QUIZ! The doors will open at 7pm. Quiz starts at 7.30pm. They asked people who came to our first two events to set the questions, and we will be giving away incredible science prizes.* (*prizes may not be incredible) Questions will be set by: Charlotte Pike - Outreach and Impact Leader for UCL Earth Sciences, previously of GeoBus in Scotland. Dominic Galliano…

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January 2016

Dogs in Space

7 January, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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The Cosmonauts exhibition features the first canine space travellers. Visitors can see the type of Sputnik cabin Laika the dog lived in during her brief spaceflight in 1957. It also celebrates the flight of Belka and Strelka, whose safe return to Earth in 1960 paved the way for Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering human flight one year later. But from the late 1940s through to the present day all manner of plants, seeds, microbes, creatures and animals have been launched into space.…

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Dark matter and dinosaurs: The astounding interconnectedness of the Universe

11 January, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed and destroyed the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. Where did it come from, and why? And how is this connected to dark matter – the most mysterious, elusive stuff in the Universe, that interacts with gravity like ordinary matter but doesn’t emit or absorb light? Astronomers know it’s there but it is literally invisible. Lisa Randall will…

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Herding Hemingway’s Cats: How do our genes work?

14 January, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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We’ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Geneticist Kat Arney and her scientific guests will draw on stories ranging from six-toed cats to fish hips, exploring how DNA is packed, unpacked and read. Kat will be talking to epigeneticist Professor Anne Ferguson-Smithfrom Cambridge University and Dr Ben Lehner, Group Leader at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.

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Human spaceflight: Is it worth the money and risk?

15 January, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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As the Science Museum celebrates the birth of the Space Age with its landmark Cosmonauts exhibition, Roger Highfield hosts a discussion with the UK's first astronaut Helen Sharman, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, space scientist Monica Grady and The Sky at Night's Chris Lintott. Does the low cost and practicality of robotic probes now outweigh the inspirational value of seeing human beings voyage across the solar system, or does the future of our species lie in space, as Russia’s Cosmists believed more…

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Blame the brain: How neurononsense and psychobabble keep women in their place

20 January, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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There is a long history of debate about biological sex differences and their part in determining gender roles, with the ‘biology is destiny’ mantra being used to legitimise imbalances in these roles. The tradition is continuing, with new brain imaging techniques being hailed as sources of evidence of the ‘essential’ differences between men and women, and the concept of ‘hardwiring’ sneaking into popular parlance as a brain-based explanation for all kinds of gender gaps. But the field is littered with…

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Upping the Andes: The Full Story

21 January, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
The Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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The Upping The Andes team began their ambitious journey cycling up the full length of South America in January 2015. Taking on challenges and fronting situations they never expected. On Thursday 21st January, they’ll be talking at the Royal Geographical Society. You’re all welcome to come along and hear about the highs and lows of the challenge where they went hammer and tong with the Andes, whilst overcoming huge mental and physical barriers throughout their 8,000 mile adventure.

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Performing matter: Greatest hits and new findings

22 January, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Materials perform. Stuff is constantly getting up to things. Matter isdoing all of the time, just to exist and make up the world of objects. In this demo-led exploration of materials, Zoe Laughlin will show the micro becoming macro, the inanimate becoming animate, and material science performing. This is your chance to witness some of the most wondrous matter on earth; from shape-memory paperclips to magnetic liquids, non-Newtonian fluids and self healing concrete.

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A Silent Witness: Murder and the application of Environmental Science

27 January, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Institution of Environmental Science, 8 Fitzroy Street,
London, W1T 4BQ United Kingdom
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The bodies of murder victims, either whole or in pieces, often finish up in rivers and canals. For the last fifteen years or so, Carolyn Roberts has worked as an Expert Witness with various UK police forces to apply the principles of environmental science in murder investigations. In these most tragic and gruesome settings, environmental science can help to identify where bodies have come from, or gone to. Drawing on a number of macabre case studies, the talk will take you from the details of…

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Changes of state and mind: A new phase for structural biology?

29 January, 2016 @ 7:50 pm - 9:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Knowing the shape of proteins is crucial for our understanding of human health and for developing new drugs. To do this current methods require proteins to be dissolved in a solution or locked in a crystal lattice. These approaches are incredibly powerful and are the mainstay of the field of structural biology as we know it. But what about the third phase? How would proteins survive once they have gone beyond solid and solution phases and released into the atmosphere?…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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March 2016

Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum

1 March, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE United Kingdom
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Continuing the Hunterian Museum's Lunchtime Lecture series is this talk by Jack Ashby, Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. The Grant Museum is one of the country's oldest and best stocked natural history museums. Jack will tell its eclectic history, discussing both the highs ( museum's controversial founder Robert Grant introduced Darwin to evolution and became the first to teach it at an English university) and lows of the museum, perhaps mirroring the history of biology teaching.

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How Common is Life in the Universe

2 March, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The discovery of exoplanets and of Earth twins will be described, with a review of attempts to estimate the probability of finding life in the universe - for example how many stars do we need to survey to find suitable planets? How much time is needed to generate life? The FERMI paradox: where are the aliens? will be considered including water and oxygen as essential components of life, and searches for the signatures of life on distant planets. Chlorophyll could…

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Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology

15 March, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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'One day, Sir, you may tax it': Faraday's prescient quip when quizzed about the practical value of electricity in 1850 neatly demonstrates that advanced societies cannot afford to stifle scientific curiosity for its own sake - a powerful if serendipitous driver of technological and societal progress. It will be argued that fundamental research into astronomy, cosmology and particle physics is a luxury that humankind cannot do without. This cultural, technological and scientific returns of such an enterprise far outweigh the…

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The Artificial Heart: A New Ending?

16 March, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 50 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Since the development of the heart lung machine in the middle of the last century, cardiac surgeons have dreamed of developing an artificial heart to deal with the failing human heart. Those dreams have now reached reality, and the first fully implantable artificial hearts are in use. Previously considered a bridge to heart transplantation, they are now being considered as potentially successful treatments in their own right, a ‘destination’ therapy. Materials science, fluid dynamics, pump technology, advanced electronics and advanced…

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Future Debates: A robot stole my job: will automated technologies destroy British culture?

16 March, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews
London, W1G 9DT United Kingdom
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Future Debates are a series of events supported by the British Science Association. These events are part of our work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future. Recent advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine vision, and physical movement technologies have meant robotic…

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