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January 2015

Fiction Lab

12 January, 2015 @ 7:00 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.

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“Particle Fever” screening

13 January, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Particle Fever: a film about the Large Hadron Collider, screened at the Royal Institution, followed by a talk by Dr Harry Cliff, particle physicist

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Good listeners and smooth talkers

20 January, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Join researchers from seven European countries at the Royal Institution for talks and interactive demonstrations, exploring speech and communication

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Things to see and hear in the fourth dimension

27 January, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker on a journey through narcissistic numbers, at least two different kinds of infinity and more in this family-friendly event.

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Quantum biology: An introduction

28 January, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

In the first of three guest-curated events on Quantum Biology, Jim Al-Khalili invites Philip Ball to introduce how the mysteries of quantum theory might manifest themselves at the biological level.

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Revenge of the microbes (Friday Evening Discourse)

30 January, 2015 @ 7:50 pm - 9:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£17

Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we would reign supreme. But now the bacteria are gaining ground.

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February 2015

Fiction Lab

9 February, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Free

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.

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The oldest light in the universe

12 February, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

In the International Year of Light, join astrophysicist Roberto Trotta to discover what the oldest light in the cosmos, the luminous echo of the Big Bang itself, can tell us about the fundamental nature of the Universe

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Andrew Szydlo’s Blaze of Steel

17 February, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Photo credit: Katherine McAlpine/Royal Institution After the storming success of his family-friendly talk at the…

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Acoustics and Loudspeakers

18 February, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

Acoustics play an enormous role in our society and we are never far from an acoustic device. In this Family Masterclass with Jon Constable we will explore the concepts that underpin modern acoustics and even have a go at making and testing loudspeakers.

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Periodic Success

19 February, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

The periodic table has been an emblem of science for over 100 years. Explosions, poisonings, space exploration and novelty Victoria parlour games are all contained within the chemist's favourite poster.

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Family Fun Day: Sparks will fly

21 February, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Learn to hack your home and take control at this Family Fun Day with opportunities to play, create and transform things around you.

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Quantum biology: Does life depend on quantum mechanics?

24 February, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Johnjoe McFadden and Hans Westerhoff will debate the merits of quantum biology and whether it has any significance to our world.

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March 2015

Birth of a Theorum

9 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani will combine passion and imagination to take us on a fantastical adventure through the beautiful, mysterious world of mathematics.

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The Anthropocene – the human epoch, and how it shapes our planet

11 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

We live at a moment of deep change, between one geological time and another. We are moving from the Holocene to new era, the Anthropocene.

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Quantum biology: A Revolution in Science

17 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

To end Jim Al-Khalili’s series of guest-curated events, three researchers will explain how quantum theory is being applied to their own work in this cutting-edge field of scientific discovery.

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Dinosaurs, Epigenetics and the Higgs

23 March, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£20

The University of the Third Age once again teams up with the Ri for an afternoon of fascinating science talks.

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Convergence: Information, evolution, and intelligent design

25 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

The concept of information is fundamental to all areas of science, and ubiquitous in daily life in the Internet Age. However, it is still not well understood despite being recognised for more than 40 years. In this talk, Daniel Dennett will explore steps towards a unified theory of information, through common threads in evolution, learning, and engineering.

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Telescopes of the future: Bringing the Universe into focus (Friday Evening Discourse)

27 March, 2015 @ 7:50 pm - 9:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£17

As our exploration of the cosmos continues apace, the observatories of the future, in space and on the ground, will cast light on some of the biggest scientific questions we face today: how the Universe came into being, how it evolved into its present state, and whether life could exist on other planets.

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May 2015

How to clone a mammoth: The science of de-extinction

21 May, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, takes us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

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Water: The strangest molecule in the Universe

28 May, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

Water is the most every day of substances, but on closer examination it also one of the strangest. To celebrate the launch of his latest book, Alok Jha will tell the story of this fascinating molecule which takes us back to the beginning of the Universe.

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June 2015

If you can spray phlogiston, is it real?

1 June, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

In the first of three guest-curated talks by Michela Massimi, Hasok Chang discusses how we should understand cases from the history of science in which scientists were confident that they were directly manipulating entities which modern science considers nonexistent. The chemistry of “phlogiston” from the 18th century provides an excellent example.

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Designing Nature

3 June, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Biology appears to be less law-like than its sister sciences, but could we change this with design? Jane Calvert and Alistair Elfick discuss synthetic biology, an emergent discipline that aims to rationally design and fabricate biological devices; and how applying engineering principles to living systems might help us harness the power of the natural world. This is the final of three guest-curated talks by Michela Massimi.

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The Story of Life

11 June, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£8

How was the code of DNA cracked? How did it confirm the theory of evolution? And why did life evolve the way it did? To celebrate their ground-breaking new books, Matthew Cobb and Nick Lane will come together to unravel the tangled story of DNA and answer the vital question: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all?

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July 2015

How not to be wrong: The power of mathematical thinking

1 July, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Maths touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. Maths is the a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

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A beautiful question: Finding nature’s deep design

6 July, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Nobel laureate, Frank Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to…

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Ri Lates: Life and death

10 July, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

How did life first begin, and could it be found elsewhere in the Universe? What…

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Fiction Lab – July 2015

13 July, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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…

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The Dark Universe

14 July, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

We now think the Universe is packed with invisible materials – dark matter and dark…

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Go8Bit presents… WiFi wars (smartphone required)!

21 July, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Go8Bit is a live comedy/videogaming phenomenon, appearing on Videogame Nation, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES and their…

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Human Error

28 July, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

After a popular talk at the February Family Fun Day, Sarah Wiseman is back to…

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To infinity and beyond: the story of the spacesuit

30 July, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Planning a trip into space? Want to remain alive? You’ll need the right outfit. From…

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August 2015

Fiction Lab

10 August, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Free

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science…

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September 2015

The Sense of Style

3 September, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Does writing well matter in an age of instant communication? Drawing on the latest research…

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Black Box Thinking

10 September, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Using gripping case studies and practical takeaways, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce Matthew Syed will…

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Good psychopath, really?

15 September, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Several years ago, University of Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton invited former SAS soldier Andy McNab into his lab…

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Great Moments in Science

21 September, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

What makes you forget why you entered a room? Why does rum and diet cola…

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Friday Evening Discourse: Light and the Quantum

25 September, 2015 @ 7:50 pm - 9:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£17

The properties of light which could not be explained through classical physics helped to kick-start…

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October 2015

Fiction Lab

12 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Free

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science…

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Synthetic life: how far could it go? How far should it go?

13 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Synthetic biology is a new, intriguing technology that could have a huge impact on humans…

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The ocean debates

14 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

To celebrate the Royal Research Ship Discovery’s visit to the Thames, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski presents a night…

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Under the Sea

26 October, 2015 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

From shell-stealing octopuses to snails that suck sharks’ blood, molluscs are a weird bunch. Join…

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Portraits of photosynthesis: Meet the artist

28 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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Join Odra Noel for a drink and discuss her new exhibition 'Portraits of photosynthesis', at this informal…

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Kitchen Chemistry

29 October, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£12

Stephen Ashworth will show how everyday items can be seen in a new light to illustrate…

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November 2015

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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£12

Is it possible to light up a cancer cell in the brain? Could scorpion venom…

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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…

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The Tsar’s Cup (Friday Evening Discourse)

27 November, 2015 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£17

One of the last acts of Tsar Alexander I before his death in 1825 was…

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December 2015

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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Free

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science…

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January 2016

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…

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