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Science at the cinema

4 March 2015

An evocative series of science-based short films will premiere at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, which starts on Monday and runs for two weeks. Part of the Cambridge Shorts film series, these films are produced in collaboration between filmmakers and University of Cambridge researchers. The three films in this...

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Making light of art and science

4 March 2015

During the UNESCO international year of light, the Cambridge Science Festival 2015, which starts on Monday and runs for two weeks, is staging a series of events that reveal what different uses of light can teach us about the history of human society, how it has helped us make sense of the world we live in and what it could...

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What can Cambridge scientists learn from Facebook?

3 March 2015

Could Facebook help to build bridges between societies around the world? Could it even hold the key to understanding our feelings of love, or really help us find our perfect match? Smart phones and social media have had a big effect on the way people interact and form relationships. At the 21 st Cambridge Science Festival...

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Do we have any chance of fixing climate change?

2 March 2015

According to one of the speakers at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival (9-22 March), “there are currently no ‘quick fixes’ on the table that can enable us to continue with the levels of industrialisation and economic growth that we are accustomed to, without this resulting in dangerous levels of climate change in the...

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Speedy science on stage

2 March 2015

The international FameLab competition has been called X Factor for scientists, giving competitors just three minutes, with minimal props, to share their favourite scientific discoveries. It’s 10 years since first FameLab competition and it has now reached more than 20 countries across the globe. This year, for the first...

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Bigger bangs and squishier squelches

26 February 2015

Families and children are in for a real treat with bigger bangs, squishier squelches, lots more snot and icecream, simulated surgery, and a few robots wandering around at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival. Kicking off the first week, on Monday 9 March, Cambridge Science Centre open their exhibition, Extreme...

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‘What does a subatomic duck say? Quark!’

25 February 2015

Once again, comedy is a big part of the Cambridge Science Festival with the likes of Ben Clover, Festival of the Spoken Nerd and Robin Ince presenting a rollicking showcase of nerdy humour throughout the two-week Festival, which runs from 9 – 22 March. What does it really mean to be human? This is the big question posed by...

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Curtain-up for science-based theatre

24 February 2015

From the intimate lives of Newton and Darwin to personal accounts of obsessive compulsive disorder and the first humans on Mars, a choice of new and profound science-based theatre brings a dramatic edge to this year’s Cambridge Science Festival (9-22 March). Isaac Newton… heretic, alchemist, genius. On Thursday 12 March in...

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Can work really make you healthier?

23 February 2015

The extent a workplace can improve health and wellbeing is the topic for an expert panel discussion sponsored by RAND Europe on Friday 13th March as part of the 21 st Cambridge Science Festival. Speakers at the event, How does work make you healthier ?, include Professor Dame Carol Black, Expert Advisor on Work and Health...

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Is there such a thing as a right diet?

20 February 2015

The population is getting heavier, not lighter. People are spending more time being sedentary, often indoors and away from sunlight. To counter these issues, how much exercise should we do? What should we eat? Can we prevent obesity? How can we combat stress eating? Diet and nutrition are food for thought at this year’s...

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