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Thanks to improvements in our understanding of health, we can all expect to live well into old age. While long life has benefits, it also means we are likely to suffer from the diseases of ageing. What if we could understand the biology of ageing, could we develop treatments that address its causes and in so doing, treat all of the diseases of ageing?

Remarkably, recent research has found genetic and dietary treatments that extend healthy lifespan in lab animals. What’s more, the same treatments appear to work in very different organisms from worms to mice, indicating that these findings could be relevant to humans. Dr Matthew Piper will give an overview of the current state of knowledge of ageing research, with a focus on his field of expertise: flies and their food.

Matthew graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He then moved to Delft, in the Netherlands, to work in an industrial fermentation lab where they developed yeast to make high value scents and flavour compounds, such as the rose scent in perfumes. In 2003, he moved to UCL in the UK to work on ageing, using the fruitfly as a model organism. In 2010 he started my own lab with funding from the Royal Society and the BBSRC. My interest lies in how we can use nutrition to improve lifelong health in to old age.
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Using Diamond Nanotechnology to repair our bodies.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend apparently, but are they far more valuable in biotechnology? Diamond is not only a sparkler it has some extraordinary physical properties, which are used widely in engineering and technology. It’s extremely hard, has high thermal conductivity and its electrical properties make it very useful in high performance electronic devices. One lesser known quality is its bio-compatiblity, making it perfect for devices to be used within the body.

Professor Richard Jackman from the London Centre for Nanotchenology will tell us why wearing diamonds is only the beginning of our uses for these versatile gemstones.
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Science London is seeking 20 guys and 20 girls who are straight, single and aged between 20-34 to come and participate in our speed dating experiment. So if you are open-minded, up for a laugh, looking for someone special and curious to learn about the science behind the dating game then this is the event for you!

Cost: £8 (including a drink on arrival)
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We’ve been invited back to Drink Shop & Do, and this time it’s for the entire day.
On Sunday the 14th of October Science London will be bringing Space (and the science that entails) to Kings Cross. We are still working on the full details but we will have crafty things, activities, talks, films and real scientists on the day to help you learn and play all about the inky blackness beyond our blue planet.
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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.

This phenomena – known as emergent behaviour – has been observed in human setups ranging from giant games of pong to Barcelona’s footballing style and has been the subject of much interest by the academic community in recent years.

Dr Hannah Fry from University College London will be talking about how by harnessing what we know about the patterns created by emergence, we could help to improve our society, with everything from crime to healthcare.
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What do you know about Quantum Physics? You may have heard about being in two places at once, “spooky action at a distance”, “God playing dice”, entanglement and teleportation. What a strange theory, crazy physicists!

Quantum Theory is true, it has been tested over and over again. It is used in technology, and there are many amazing experiments around the world exploiting Nature’s guilty little secret. Whether scientists are watching molecules being waves and particles at the same time, making balls of ultra-cold levitated trapped atoms, trying to make things you can see be in two places at once, or even just sending your bank details 100% securely, they are using Quantum Physics.

Have you ever seen a Quantum experiment? It’s likely not, and The Quantum Workshop team will show you real experiments that are used to probe the odd nature of this most enigmatic of theories, in an interactive way. Who knows, we may even find some new science on the way!
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Loads of great dino facts from the crown at origami dinos Wednesday. Some true, some not so true. Can you tell which is which?

Dino Fact 1: The largest claw of the velociraptor was 8 inches long and retractable
Dino Fact 2: Homeopathy works because it is highly diluted reanimated dinosaurs, which can cure any disease
Dino Fact 3: Dinosaurs were warm-blooded and some had more than 1000 teeth
Fact 4: Dinosaurs were made extinct by a mammoth, sloth and sabre tooth tiger as described in the documentary Ice Age 3
Dino Fact 5: The Crystal Palace was the 1st theme park and featured dinosaurs!
Dino Fact 6: Dinosaurs aren't really made from folded paper
Dino Fact 7: Due to the small size of the Stegosaurus' brain it was once believed they had a 2nd in their tail
Dino Fact 8: A dinosaur's favourite sandwich was egg mayo
Dino Fact 9: A dinosaur won bronze in gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Olympics
Dino Fact 10: Dinosaurs have small brains and little arms so they can't scratch their heads when itchy
Dino Fact 11: The longest dinosaur name I know is Micropachycephalosaurus, which means "small thick headed lizard"
Dino Fact 12: T-Rex could't pick up basketballs due to their short arms
Dino Fact 13: Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut
Dino Fact 14: Crabsticks are not made of dinosaurs and since 1993 have had to be labelled as "crab-flavoured tricks"
Dino Fact 15: The only reason we exist is dinosaurs sacrificed themselves for mammals when an asteroid hit Earth 65 Million years ago

And the winning dino fact of the night..
Dino Fact 16: The fastest dinos were the ornithomimids (e.g. Dromiceiomimus) which could run at 60km/hr and walked like an ostrich!

(Facts 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 16 were all true! But we guess you knew that anyway..)
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Science London goes to Green Man!
Science London has been invited to take their fantastic SciCraft team to the Green Man Festival in Wales. For three days the guys and gals from Science London will be coding necklaces, building organs and playing with patterns in the Einstein’s Garden. We won’t be alone the lovely people from Okido will also be there probably having just as much fun as us.

Date: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2012
Time: 13:00 to 15:00 each day
Place: Einstein’s Garden Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park, Wales
Cost: Free, once you have a ticket to the festival.
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Large scale aspects of the climate system are generally very well understood. This means that we can make good projections of things like temperature and wind patterns on a global and regional scale. However, when we want to look at the details things become more difficult; Dr. Russell’s research focuses on storms in a changing climate which is one of these tricky areas.

In this SciBar, we’ll have a look at the things we know very well – Climate science 19th Century style – and then bring things up to date to look at the way that we can begin to learn more about the details and particularly thinking about whether we are looking at a stormy future!

Dr. Andy Russell is a lecturer in climate science at Brunel University, London. His research focuses on the European storm environment and Antarctic climate dynamics. He is an Associate Editor of Atmospheric Science Letters and a Fellow of Royal Meteorological Society. He often comments on weather and climate issues in the media.
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