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Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March

Sex, food and smell

Why are we attracted to certain perfumes? The links between smell and attraction are well documented, indeed people spend large sums of money on making themselves smell attractive. It is not just humans that can find certain smells irresistible. Pheromones are an integral part of a life cycles from...

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Discover the world of cancer research

Take a short (500 m) walk from the Clinical School to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Along the way, look out for our exciting wall of images and try to answer our tricky questions about cancer research! Join scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, MRC Cancer Unit...

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Addenbrooke’s 1766-2016: celebrating our past and caring for your future

This year, Addenbrooke’s 250th Anniversary Open Day shares the last day of the Cambridge Science Festival. On 13 October 1766, Addenbrooke’s Hospital opened its doors on Trumpington Street thanks to Dr John Addenbrooke who left £4,500 in his legacy ‘to hire and fit up, purchase or erect a small...

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An evening of silent shorts and live music

A special evening of rarely screened silent science, medical and experimental films about human reproduction with live musical accompaniment by Robert Stillman (Canterbury Christ Church University). Put on by the Generation to Reproduction programme with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Introduced...

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Technology revolution: it’s in our DNA

How can we decode our entire personal genetic make-up in one day? See how Illumina combines engineering, chemistry, genetics, and informatics to revolutionise the way we look at our DNA, and how we are working with the NHS to change the way we diagnose disease.

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The Physics of MRI and how it detects disease

Join Dr Martin Graves and Dr Ferdia Gallagher, scientists at Addenbrooke's Hospital, to discover everything you ever wanted to know about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr Graves will explain how magnetic fields are used to create images of your body and Dr Gallagher will show how these...

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Cambridge Junction presents The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie by Tangram Theatre Company

Marie Curie lived an extraordinary life, and made incredible scientific discoveries in the face of unbelievable odds. This is her story, replete with breath-taking breakthroughs and seriously silly songs. Tangram's internationally acclaimed peer-reviewed musical comedies about Darwin and...

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The science of archaeology

Were Neanderthals fussy eaters? Was the skeleton in your cupboard a man or a woman and did it look after its teeth? Science can help archaeologists answer these questions and many others. Learn how by enjoying displays and hands-on activities to discover the secrets revealed by pots, plants, soil...

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Attraction explained: the science of how we form relationships

When it comes to relationships, there’s no shortage of advice from self-help ‘experts’, pick-up artists, and glossy magazines. But modern-day myths of attraction often have no basis in fact or – worse – are rooted in little more than misogyny. In this talk, Prof Viren Swami, one of the world’s...

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Schools Zone

Teams of students from schools and sixth form colleges are the experts today, showing what is happening in schools either as part of their curriculum or after-school clubs. Don't miss these exciting demonstrations from the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers...

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