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October 2015

Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink

15 October, 2015 @ 10:00 pm - 3 January, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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This new installation by Ann Veronica Janssens explores light and colour as she invades the gallery with coloured mist. Colour is caught in a state of suspension, obscuring any detail of surface or depth. Instead, attention is focussed on the process of perception itself. Janssens’s work is both disorienting and uplifting as the daily wonder of conscious experience is given renewed emphasis.

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Aiming for the Moon

22 October, 2015 @ 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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Lunch Hour Lectures: Love and war, the mathematical way

29 October, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm
UCL, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that mathematics doesn’t sit naturally in a sentence alongside either love or war. However, mathematics is uniquely placed to describe the hidden patterns of human behaviour. Join Dr Hannah Fry as she demonstrates the potential of mathematics to understand the most talked about subjects in our history. This event is held in the Darwin Lecture Theatre in the Darwin Building.

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November 2015

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 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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£5

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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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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£12

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£12.50

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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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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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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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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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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