Why do we die? Scibar brought to you by Art Necro

Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this talk, featuring immortal jelly fish, the world’s slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt (of Channel 4’s The Elephant Life After Death and Inside Nature’s Giants) delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. […]

Performing matter: Greatest hits and new findings

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 […]

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

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 […]

Dark matter and dinosaurs: The astounding interconnectedness of the Universe

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, […]

London LASER 12

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 […]

Are We Destined to Live in Space

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, […]