What does the brain do when we are asleep? What is sleep for? Memories are replayed in the brain while we sleep, evidence suggests this helps us cross-link memories to other knowledge. Dr Penny Lewis will explore the possibilities, and talk about how memory reactivation relates to dreaming.
The history of the British Isles and its inhabitants, both human and canine, has long been entwined. Breed reveals the enduring and affectionate relationship between the British people and their dogs and explores the very beginnings of pedigree dog breeding in Britain.
Tony Bristow of AstraZeneca in Macclesfield will describe the use of the analytical science technique, mass spectrometry, in forensics, food analysis, space exploration, drugs in sport, environmental analysis, historical investigations and medical diagnosis.
Café Sci – Thames Valley : Food out of season – good or evil?
Monday, 8 October, 2012 - 19:30 to 20:30
Deja Vu Bar
How science can change the way we farm and prepare food Join Dr Carol Wagstaff – Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading - for a discussion on both the positive and negatives of using science to change the way we farm and prepare food. Including discussion on the use of genetically modified plants
The perfect team should be filled with selfless players all working together under great leadership towards a collective goal, right? Well – maybe not necessarily. Because it turns out that that there are examples from nature where animals – ants, birds and fish – can accomplish spectacular things as a ‘team’ but do so without a leader and just by going about with their own business.
Over the last 20 years, medical research has moved further away from unnecessary animal testing, but some experiments just can't be done without it. What are the life-changing treatments that depend on animal research? And what does the political landscape look like, both in the UK and abroad? Join scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford and cancer researcher Fran Balkwill to learn how animal research is boosting animal welfare, increasing alternatives to animal use and creating tougher regulations on animal testing while still making medical breakthroughs.
National Science & Engineering Week Information session London
Wednesday, 10 October, 2012 - 20:00 to 22:00
Dana Studio, Dana Centre
Every year over 2 million people take part in National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) events around the UK.
Lots of different organisations use the week as a platform for raising the profile of their organisation locally. Museums and other visitor venues use the Week to widen and develop audiences. Community groups might organise a family fun day with a science twist, the possibilities are endless!