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10:00 am

PULSARS TO PORRIDGE

September 6, 2016 → 10:00 am11:30 am
William Shearer’s, Victoria St, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

The World Porridge Making Champion, Dr Simon Rookyard, shows how to make a perfect pot of porridge, and along the way tells Liz Ashworth about his work in radio astronomy at Jodrell Bank.

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FROM THE MOUTHS OF EWES AND HEIFERS – The John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture

September 6, 2016 → 10:00 am11:00 am
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

Dr Ingrid Mainland of the UHI Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, shows how analysis of animal teeth from ancient sites gives clues to early farming in Europe and Asia, and in the North Atlantic and Orkney in Iron Age and Norse times.

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11:30 am

ANCIENT STONES AND COMETS

September 6, 2016 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

Prof. Mark Bailey, Emeritus Director of Armagh Observatory, outlines evidence for the arrival of a giant comet around 20,000 years ago. Could its later reappearances have been a motive for ancient societies to erect astronomically-linked stones?

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2:00 pm

THE MATHEMATICS OF THE NEOLITHIC

September 6, 2016 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

Stone circles of 5,000 years ago were laid out in mathematical patterns, aligned to sun, moon and stars. Why was mathematics so important then? Howie Firth says that a key clue is an ancient picture of the universe as alive: that leads into number theory.

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3:30 pm

FROM OUT OF THE FIRE

September 6, 2016 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

It was several hundred thousand years before the blazing sea of energy from the Big Bang cooled sufficiently for the first particles of matter to start to form. Dr Arjun Berera of Edinburgh University describes the picture that is building up.

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5:15 pm

GENES, DIET, HEALTH

September 6, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

More than 90% of health conditions have a genetic link – but genetic make-up never works alone, says Prof. Jun Wei of UHI’s Centre for Health Science. The interactions between genes and diet play a crucial role in diseases such as diabetes, coeliac disease, obesity and some mental disorders, with […]

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PARTICLES WAY BEYOND

September 6, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

The discovery of the Higgs particle has so far confirmed the Standard Model of the ‘particle zoo’. But there are now hints from CERN of something else that may not fit – as Dr Victoria Martin of Edinburgh University, newly back from CERN, explains.

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7:30 pm

ARCS & SPARKS – THE MUSICAL!

September 6, 2016 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

Twenty years after its debut at the Festival, the Arcs & Sparks electricity show is back with a bang! The pace is faster and the sparks are longer, and more lyrical – now featuring Scotland’s largest musical lightning generator! An unforgettable not-to-be-missed experience for all ages. Presented by Dr Ken […]

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FARMING GIN AND VODKA

September 6, 2016 → 7:30 pm9:00 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall
£8

The Stirling brothers who farm the Arbikie Highland Estate in Angus have added value for their potatoes with an on-farm distillery. Its manager, Kirsty Black, describes the background and the process, with samples to compare. Booking essential. Over-18s only. Tickets £8. Organised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

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9:00 pm

100 YEARS UNDERWATER

September 6, 2016 → 9:00 pm10:00 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall
£2 - £4

This spring the first licensed diving expedition for fourteen years went down to HMS Hampshire. It used the latest recording techniques including 3D photogrammetry. Expedition organiser and dive team member Emily Turton of Huskyan Charters shows some of the spectacular images obtained, while Andrew Hollinrake sets the scene.

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9:05 pm

9 – 11 pm Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 6, 2016 → 9:05 pm11:30 pm
The Reel, Kirkwall
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