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* Our next talk – 18:15 Tue 28 Feb, Winstanley Lecture Theatre *

Prof Simon Baron-Cohen
Zero Degrees of Empathy

Empathy is the drive to identify another person’s thoughts and feelings and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. Empathy comes by degrees, with individual differences evident in the traditional bell curve. We now know quite a lot about which parts of the brain are used when we empathize and how empathy develops in children. We also know that early experience affects empathy, but so does biology: hormones in the womb, and specific genes. There are several ways in which one can lose one’s empathy, clearly seen in psychiatric conditions such as the personality disorders including the psychopath. However, there is one condition, autism, which not only entails difficulties with empathy but can lead to a talent in ‘systemizing’: the aptitude to spot patterns in the world. Prof Baron-Cohen will discuss how people with autism and psychopaths show opposite empathy profiles and how the discovery that there may be ‘genes for empathy’ implies that empathy may be the result of our evolution.
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Dear Science Society,

My are going to have four swaps (or rather two pairs of formals - I find the nomenclature very ambiguous) with other Cambridge scientists this term - from St. John's and Pembroke Colleges! The dates are scheduled to be:

ST. JOHNS COLLEGE (The Larmor Society):

* 20/01, Friday - at St. John's
* 4/02, Saturday - return swap at Trinity

PEMBROKE COLLEGE (The Stokes Society):

* 18/02, Saturday- at Pembroke
* 3/03, Saturday - return swap at Trinity

As you can see, the first swap is going to be next Saturday, so we really need to be quick!

Tickets at St. John's cost £10.59 if drinking and £7.19 if non drinking. At Pembroke the price is £12 and everyone can bring a bottle of wine (no corkage) - it's slightly more expensive but keep in mind that the food is awesome. And it's the best possible opportunity to meet other scientists from Cambridge!

To sign up, please send me an e-mail (fts21). The number of available places is limited, so it's strictly on a first-come first-served basis with the exception of people signing for both swaps with one College (i.e. for the whole pair) having priority. Please state whether you would prefer a vegetarian option or have any other dietary requirements.

Best wishes and see you all there!
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Dear Science Society,

Our next talk will be given by Dr Philipp Holliger – from MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology – on the topic of "Replicating RNA with RNA".

The talk starts at 18:15 in Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. Epic refreshments (including cheese, biscuits, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, smoothies, etc.) will be provided from 18:00 in the Blue Boar Common Room.

See you all there!

More details on our website: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/tcss

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A critical event in the origin of life is thought to have been the emergence of an RNA molecule capable of self-replication as well as mutation, and hence evolution towards ever more efficient replication. As this primordial replicase appears to be have been lost in time, we are using synthetic biology to build modern-day “Doppelgangers” of the ancestral replicase to reconstruct and study life’s first genetic system.

I will discuss our progress in the engineering and evolution of an RNA replicase as well as future challenges such as the integration of RNA self-replication within protocellular structures with a view to build simple quasicellular systems with life-like properties.
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Dear Science Society,

Our next talk will be given by Prof. Bob Nichol – awesome speaker from our COSMOLOGICAL DEBATE last year! – on the topic of "Dark Energy: A Lot of Fuss About Nothing".

The talk starts at 18:15 in Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. Epic refreshments (including cheese, biscuits, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, smoothies, etc.) will be provided from 18:00 in the Blue Boar Common Room.

See you all there!

More details on our website: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/tcss

*** Abstract ***

About a decade ago, astronomers and cosmologists were shocked to discover that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating, contrary to expectations that gravity would lead to a decelerating Universe. This discovery has lead to the introduction of "Dark Energy"; a proposed energy field potentially associated with the vacuum energy of space itself.

In this talk, I will begin by reviewing the observations of the Universe that have forced us to accept Dark Energy. I will then outline the next steps in understanding the strange phenomenon including testing our fundamental assumptions of General Relativity and exploring how dark energy may change to time. Time permitting, I will conclude with a look at the next decade of dark energy experiments.
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Dear Science Society,

Our next talk will be given by Prof. Sir John Pendry - from the Imperial College London - on "The Science of Invisibility".

The talk starts at EARLIER this week (Tuesday, 7/02) - 18:00 in Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. Epic refreshments (including cheese, biscuits, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, smoothies, etc.) will be provided before the talk the Blue Boar Common Room.

Also - do not forget to sign up for our SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM: http://tcss.soc.srcf.net/symposium.php

See you all there!

More details on our website: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/tcss

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Electromagnetism encompasses much of modern technology. Its influence rests on our ability to deploy materials that can control the component electric and magnetic fields. A new class of materials has created some extraordinary possibilities such as a negative refractive index, and lenses whose resolution is limited only by the precision with which we can manufacture them. Cloaks have been designed and built that hide objects within them, but remain completely invisible to external observers. The new materials, named metamaterials, have properties determined as much by their internal physical structure as by their chemical composition and the radical new properties to which they give access promise to transform our ability to control much of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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For all our members - some nice photos from the String Theory talk given by Prof. Michael Green. Yes! The Lucasian Profesor of Mathematics!

Don't forget about our next event - this Tuesday, 18.15, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College: Prof. Bob Nichol on "Dark Energy: A Lot of Fuss About Nothing".
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Trinity College Science Society is the most active science society in Cambridge, providing a rich programme of seminar series, panel discussions, film nights, and other social events. 

While based in Trinity College, all talks are free and open to all members of the university and the general public, and are accompanied by generous refreshments. 

Browse through our programme for the coming year to see the remarkable speakers and events we have lined up.