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10:00 am

SNAP! – THE SCIENCE AND ART OF REPEATING PATTERNS

September 2, 2016 → 10:00 am11:00 am
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Repeating patterns are everywhere – in rock crystals and snowflakes, pineapples and lichens. Dr Michael Wharmby of Diamond Light Source shows how science uses them to understand the world and design new materials. Louise Barrington of Orkney College UHI explains how artists use them to make beautiful art leading to […]

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11:30 am

A GHOST IN THE FAMILY

September 2, 2016 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Our nearest human relatives were thought to be Neanderthals. But in 2010 a Siberian cave revealed traces of a previously unknown group of ancient humans – the Denisovans. Dr María Martinón-Torres of University College London tells the story of the discovery and the many questions it raises.

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12:30 pm

The One O’Clock Toast at the Peedie Kirk today: Geologist Sir John Flett, by Dr John Flett Brown

September 2, 2016 → 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall,
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2:00 pm

LOOKING FOR MRS LIVINGSTONE

September 2, 2016 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

She crossed the Kalahari twice with her explorer husband, gave birth under the stars, and died on the mosquito-infested banks of the Zambezi. History has forgotten Mary Livingstone but writer Julie Davidson travelled in the couple’s footsteps to build up a picture of courage in the face of hardship and […]

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3:30 pm

THE GENE THAT CRACKED THE CANCER CODE

September 2, 2016 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Sue Armstrong, science writer for New Scientist and the World Health Organisation, tells the remarkable story of the discovery of the role of p53, the protein that protects our cells against cancer. It repairs DNA and kills damaged cells – but when it is itself harmed, our resistance is lowered, […]

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5:15 pm

THE SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY LIFE SHOW

September 2, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Join Dr Marty Jopson of the BBC’s One Show in this brilliant scientific tour of household science for the family, and find out: Why do soap bubbles burst? And how you get the quartz out of a clock using a hammer? Answers will be provided, electrical devices dismantled, and mess […]

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ETHICS FOR THE END OF LIFE

September 2, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Are bioethics important when someone is terminally ill? Professor Robin Taylor, a medical doctor and ordained minister, is joined by Rev. Dr Hamilton Inbadas to speak on ethics, faith and belief in the face of death. Organised by University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

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6:30 pm

ASTRONOMY EVENING

September 2, 2016 → 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Hoy Kirk,

Take the 5.45 pm ferry from Stromness to Hoy for an evening of stunning photos of the night sky by Caithness and Black Isle astronomers. Plus stargazing (weather permitting), and soup and bannocks to start the evening. Admission free. Friday evening ferry from Stromness 5.45 pm, back from Moaness in […]

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7:30 pm

HOUSES AND HEAT

September 2, 2016 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Orkney has Scotland’s highest level of fuel poverty – but produces energy surpluses that have to be dumped at peak times. Can we use this energy to make homes cheaper to heat? Stephen Kemp of Orkney Builders and Mark Hamilton of Solo Energy outline one possible approach – in-house storage. […]

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COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES AND PALLIATIVE CARE

September 2, 2016 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Medical anthropologist Dr Shahaduz Zaman of the University of Glasgow describes how volunteers are delivering palliative care to dying people in communities around the world. To be followed by a panel discussion including Kate Jackson of ehospice international. Organised by University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

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9:00 pm

POWER FROM THE SEA

September 2, 2016 → 9:00 pm10:00 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Neil Kermode of EMEC presents news of the latest developments in marine renewable devices in Orkney waters and the use of hydrogen for energy storage. Hosted by OREF and sponsored by Clark Thomson Insurance

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9:05 pm

9.00 – 11.30 pm Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 2, 2016 → 9:05 pm11:30 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall,
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