12-5pm Sunday 1st April and
10am-5pm Monday 2nd to
Wednesday 4th April, 2012
Our Dynamic Earth
From invisibility cloaks to obesity, seeing atoms and the birth of a new ocean...
try out the interactive exhibits and question the scientists themselves about your discoveries.
Does culture really separate humans from the rest of nature? No! Discover the roots of culture in apes, meerkats and other animals, and how human cultures themselves evolve. Try your hand at learning a chimp tradition, contributing to the evolution of 'spaghetti towers' or shaping a new language! [more...]
Apple or pear? Which shape are you and why does it matter? Explore the link between obesity and chronic health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Join us to discover your body shape and step inside the BodPod to find out more … [more...]
Living to over 400 years old, the marine clam Arctica islandica is helping scientists investigate climate change and ageing processes. Like tree rings, the annual layers forming the clam's shell can be used to measure its age as well as acting as a natural archive of changes in its environment. [more...]
Stem cells could provide a limitless supply of infection-free red blood cells for use in clinical blood transfusion. See how stem cells develop into red blood cells and find treatments for Stemcell Stella in our 'lab of the future'. [more...]
Geology is slow, right? Wrong! In Ethiopia today scientists are watching Africa split apart in front of their eyes. Come with us as we travel to the hottest place on Earth to see how oceans are born. [more...]
Diamond Light Source (DLS) accelerates electrons to high speeds generating bright light rays that allow scientists to see the atoms and molecules that make up our world. Meet some of the scientists using DLS to help solve scientific problems: from working towards better drugs to finding sustainable energy solutions, and much more. [more...]
Invisibility has been a subject of fiction for millennia, from the myths of the ancient Greeks and Germans to modern novels and films. Now fascinating new developments in optics have resulted in a new science of invisibility - although it will still be a long time before you can get a real invisibility cloak from your nearest shop. Meet some of the scientists doing the research and see things disappear right in front of your eyes. [more...]