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Science Museum Lates: Crime

30 November, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 10:00 pm


Join in a collaboration between the Jill Dando Institute, University College London and the Science Museum to investigate the world of crime.

Visit the scene of a crime via virtual reality and learn how experts use science to get the full story and stop crimes before they happen.

Attend hacking and surveillance demos and, while you’re watching closely, ask yourself if you’re sure you’re not the one who’s being watched. Be surprised when you learn that your most prized possessions have secrets too. And – if we haven’t caught you already – go underground on a dark web safari.

You don’t have to be a full-fledged CSI to get to the truth, so let’s go beneath the surface and see what traces are left behind on a night of Crime Science.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Science Museum Lates are adults–only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

On this month


Mannequin Challenge – 20.30 – Making the Modern World
Join everyone in the iconic gallery to freeze time and take part in the fad that is sweeping the world.

The Science Museum Comedy Club
Punk Science presents the Science Museum Comedy Club
Come bear witness as a gang of the usual suspects break your funny bones and steal your laughs at the Science Museum Comedy Club.  Punk Science will be exhibiting their incredible demonstrations and welcoming three great guests: Mock the Week’s Ed Gamble, Science Museum curatorial assistant Jack Mitchell, and chemist and author of A is for Arsenic Dr Kathryn Harkup.
Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person

Why everything you’ve been taught about crime is wrong
Do you think the police know about crime rates, that the criminal justice system keeps crime in check, or that crime is caused by criminals? Are you baffled as to whether crime rates have fallen and why, or concerned about how you might be victimised tomorrow? Ex-Crimewatch presenter / sleuth Nick Ross romps through the urban myths promoted by the movies and the media, and applies a little science to show things aren’t what they seem to be.

How safe is the internet?
The Internet has brought many benefits that have transformed our lives. On the downside it has also provided many new opportunities for individuals to commit crimes. How does the Internet contribute to crime and what can we do about it?

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object related events)

  • How to destroy a laptop with secrets
  • What lies beneath
  • Can we eliminate crime?
  • How safe in the internet?
  • DNA, the silver bullet for solving crime…or is it?
  • What do crime and disease have in common?
  • The Dark Web side of Bitcoin
  • Witless witnesses
  • Can touch this
  • Hidden gems

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Extracting strawberry DNA
  • Drone On!
  • 10 Myths
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Lady of the Night
  • The scent of death
  • Animal assassins
  • Virtual forensics
  • Designer drugs
  • Body scan
  • Home-made high tech
  • Are you a super-recogniser?
  • Horizontal humans
  • Fingerprinting: the manual of fingerprint development techniques

Create (Hands-on creative workshops)

  • Screen grab – Print your own poster
  • Shake it like a Polaroid – #smlates your photos and print them
  • Snapped – Get a mug shot
  • Phone safe phone
  • Light up – DIY UV torch
  • I.D. UV – get your prints processed


30 November, 2016
6:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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