Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
The principles of computer science can help you become a master of mindreading and thought control. This session will help you understand the science of superpowers through computational thinking, helping you learn new skills in mathematics. Presented by Flummix.
Beneath the world's oceans and permafrost lurks a deadly threat, methane hydrates. Immense stores of frozen methane which if released could cause super global warming. Were there ‘burps of death’ in the past which changed global climate and caused extinctions? Prof Mark Maslin of the Department of Geography at University College London takes a critical look at methane hydrates and their role in both past and future global change.
Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break, this time serving up Prof of Geography at UCL, Mark Maslin. Get your science fix this lunchtime with a bite-sized helping of easily digestible knowledge from Mark as he considers the global climate system, including the processes that allow energy to reach the Earth; the relationship and differences between climate and the weather; how climate has affected life on Earth and human settlements; and the issue of climate change and our approaches to tackling it.
What DO scientists read? And what role does literature play in contemporary scientific thought and practice? Drawing on results from the ongoing What Scientists Read project, acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds and BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Sarah Dillon will be joined by two of the project’s interviewees to discuss scientists’ reading habits. Submit your ‘bookshelfies’ in advance to email@example.com and join the discussion!
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
Ever wondered how Triceratops trotted or Spinosaurus sprinted? If you’re an aspiring palæontologist, or just curious about the locomotion of long extinct beasties, join Dr Phil Manning (BBC One’s Walking With Dinosaurs) one of the UK’s leading dinosaur detectives to unpick how dinosaurs made their moves! Presented by The University of Manchester and The Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Did you know that mobile phones contain a small amount of almost all the chemical elements? Sourced from rare earth materials, their extraction and production has serious human and ecological impact. Join curator Dr Rachel Walcott and Prof Simon Harley from the University of Edinburgh to find out more.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
So you’ve found a healthy, fertile mate, you’ve fought off your rivals and you’ve convinced them that you are what they were looking for. Sorted! But the reproductive race is far from over, my friend. We have entered the realms of Sperm Warfare. Join biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter Simon Watt (Inside Nature's Giants) to learn about the devious tricks used by cells, organs and bodies to win the race to fertilisation.
In the Far North of Sweden, Laponia is one of the best preserved wilderness areas in Europe but also home to the Sami People. How are conflicting interests between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists being resolved? Film and discussion chaired by anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold, with live music from Jarnna.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
MaKey MaKey is a clever invention kit that lets you transform everyday objects into computer touchpads. This fun interactive session will show you how to build games controllers with everything from Play-Doh to pencils and grapes to grown-ups. Presented by ComputerXplorers SEScotland.
Our Healthy Lunches series continues with an exploration of Alzheimer’s disease. The most common cause of dementia, and one for which there is as yet no cure, little is currently known about its causes but we do know that Alzheimer’s Disease has far-reaching impacts on patients, their families and carers. Dr Gayle Doherty from the University of St Andrews will give an insight into recent research on the origins and ways to treat the disease while Puppetry in Dementia Care author Karrie Marshall will explain her interesting and intriguing belief in the role of creativity in caring for people with dementia.