Science showoff

October 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Got something scientific you want to shout about? Science Showoff is the perfect opportunity – it’s an open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. Happening on a monthly basis at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell, there’s every chance that this free event will have something for everyone!

The first night takes place on 4th October, and keep an eye on www.scienceshowoff.org for future dates and more information.

7.30-10pm @ Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RL

The British Science Festival

September 8, 2011 at 8:49 am | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and this year’s event hits the streets of Bradford between the 10th and 15th of September. The theme for the 2011 Festival is ‘Exploring new worlds’ and there are lots of things to everyone entertained – from family fun experiment with the kids, DIY science workshops and lunchtime discussions to evening events for adults and trips, tours and exhibitions throughout the week.

For more information visit http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/BritishScienceFestival/

Something for the Summer – The Natural History Museum

August 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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It’s the summer holidays and those of you with children are probably already fed up with them complaining that they’re bored. Why not check out what’s going on at the Natural History Museum?

Pick up a Family Explorer Backpack – complete with an explorer hat and binoculars and filled with explorers tools, drawing materials and fun activities – kids explore one of six different areas:
Primates – meet our closest relatives and consider what similarities you share.
Mammals – follow the clues of hair and teeth to find the mystery animal.
Monsters – track down a monster that lived millions of years ago.
Birds – match the beak and feathers to identify the correct bird.
Oceans – explore life underwater and follow the clues to catch the right fish.
Wildlife garden – investigate the diverse colours and shapes of nature in the Museum garden.

Don’t fancy that? Discover how what it’s like to be a butterfly explorer on the 13th August, or take in an Animal Vision show on the 17th August to find see how animals view the world.

More information at http://www.nhm.ac.uk

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

July 6, 2011 at 11:32 am | Posted in Do, Events | 1 Comment
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Celebrate science by heading to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and see how science is shaping our world and question other UK scientists about their work. With over 20 exhibits, ranging from Airport Security and Bats & Bugs to Hearing Shapes and Rotten Fish & Fossils – there’s going to be something for everyone.

Entry is free, more information at royalsociety.org/summer-science/2011

5-10th July | 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

Stuck for something to do? Visit The Dana Centre

June 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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Looking for something to keep you entertained during the long summer evenings? Take a trip to The Dana Centre at the London Science Museum in South Kensington.

On the 14th there’s Genetically Modified Food: Where are we now? which takes a look at the developments in techniques, labelling and legislation in GM food.

On the 21st, Future World explores whether science fiction successfully predicted the future, and how the visions we watch, read and hear could actually help us create a sustainable future.

Greying Matters on the 23rd explores what happens as we grow older, and wraps up June’s event calendar.

More information can be found at www.danacentre.org.uk/events/2011/06

The ETA Aquarid Meteor shower

May 17, 2011 at 9:37 am | Posted in Events, Watch | Leave a comment
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Look up to the skies for the ETA Aquarid Meteor shower, the first of two showers that occur each year as the Earth passes through the dust released by Halley’s Comet. The Eta Aquarid meteors – visible from mid-April to late-May – appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius and will peak between 5th and 7th of May. Estimates suggest we’ll be able to see around 10 meteors an hour, but make sure you’ve got the coffee and blankets out – Aquarius tends to rise an hour or so before morning twilight.

Stuck for something to do?

April 14, 2011 at 10:00 am | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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If you’re stuck for something to do, why not visit The Science Museum. They’ve got a jam-packed schedule of exhibits to see including:

James Watt and Our World: visit Watt’s attic workshop for a change to see previously unseen objects and learn about the engineer’s working life, ingenuity and character.

10 Climate Stories: a showcase of artwork from established and emerging artists, part of the museum’s three-year Climate Changing programme.

The Time Eating Clock – a story on invention: The celebrated time-eating Chronophage clock, designed by Dr John Taylor OBE, will be displayed alongside an original Harrison clock in an installation designed to give insight into the mind of one of today’s most creative and successful inventors.

More information at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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