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SCIENCE FESTIVAL SERVICE

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Words, music and images from St Magnus Cathedral for a Sunday morning, with Rev. Fraser Macnaughton and the Cathedral Choir and organ.

SET FAIR FOR SWONA

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An opportunity to find out more about Swona, its seals and shipwrecks, as Katy Firth of Stromness Museum introduces an exhibition of 360 degree photospheres of the island, with the help of some of the people close to its wildlife and history.

WORKSHOP : BLACK GOLD – THE ART OF COMPOSTING

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It’s a way of recycling your own household and garden waste into some of the finest fertiliser and soil conditioner for your plants. The work is carried out by many, organisms and out of it comes something rich and alive – a mix of nutrients, bacteria and fungi mycelia. ...

WALK: ORPHIR’S WARD HILL

”Although the path is rough and steep in places, the walk is at a leisurely pace so we can take in the views and keep an eye out for wildlife. This is a beautiful area and the views from the top are well worth the effort. Walking can be rough and wet underfoot. Please bring a picnic.“

THE POWER OF THE WIND AND THE SCIENCE OF SAILING SHIPS

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Schooners, brigantines and barques, and the clippers which could reach speeds of over 17 knots – the tall ships sailed the world’s oceans, carrying cargoes from one continent to another, the fastest of them sometimes covering several hundred miles in a day.

WORKSHOP: CHEMISTRY AND COOKING

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Much of cooking is about chemical reactions, says Kalina Dimitrova, engineer and science communicator in Aberdeen. Chemistry starts with reactants and transforms them into products with different properties. Cooking transforms ingredients to provide new textures ...

JOIN US FOR LUNCH

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... with details of today’s guests coming soon … Today we’re having oatcakes and cheese for lunch. The oatcakes are in triangles thick or thin, or smaller cocktail-size; and beremeal oatcakes as well. We've a choice of cheeses, smoked or wash-rind matured, with a touch of rhubarb and pineapple chutney.

TILLEY LAMPS, WELLSTOOD STOVES, AND WATER FROM THE WELL

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In the 1950s and 1960s the North Isles of Orkney lacked mains water and electricity and good piers for shipping. Mechanisation was driving agriculture forward, with the main crops still oats, bere and turnips, with a thriving egg industry, and houses were warmed by Wellstood stoves and lit by Tilley lamps ...

WORKSHOP: PHOTO-MICROSCOPY MADE SIMPLE

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Miniature digital cameras have opened up opportunities to capture and share both still and video images through a microscope. This workshop will introduce a range of low-cost DIY options for both formal education settings and as …

ORKNEY BROCHS TO IRON AGE VILLAGES – HOW JOHN HEDGES CHANGED BROCH RESEARCH

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John Hedges transformed our view of Orcadian prehistory. His discoveries of buildigs around the broch at Howe led to a much wider understanding of Iron Age Orkney. His work, together with more recent work on brochs in Orkney and Shetland is described by archaeologist Dr Beverley Ballin Smith.

THE NESS IN ROCK AND STONE

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The archaeologists are back in action at the Ness of Brodgar this summer, with an audience worldwide wondering what may emerge next from the site. Meanwhile some fascinating insights are coming from the study of the finds, including the various stone artefacts, as excavation director Nick Card of the UHI Archaeology Institute team at Orkney College ...

WORKSHOP: RECORD ORKNEY BIRDSONG

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You need a parabolic microphone but, as Holly Peek of the RSPB in Orkney shows, you can make one for yourself out of simple materials. And then a whole range of Orkney birds can be listened to more closely and recorded.

THE GREAT ENGRAVER

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Born 300 years ago in Kirkwall, Robbie Strang loved to draw and dreamed of going to sea, and went to the grammar school, where the master was Murdoch Mackenzie, later to become the great mapmaker. Then came apprenticeship to an engraver in Edinburgh, and a romance which led to him joining the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie and etching a plate ...

EXTRATERRESTRIAL: WHAT WAS ‘OUMUAMUA?

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It wasn’t an asteroid: they’re dull and rocky, and often round, and it was shiny and elongated. It didn’t have a comet’s bright gassy tail. And it seemed to accelerate away from the sun as it left us, propelled in a straight line. Astronomers called it ‘Oumuamua, meaning ‘scout’ – and, says Prof. Avi Loeb ...

COMPOSING BY NUMBERS: JOHN CLERK OF PENICUIK

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The great Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who established the nature of light and laid the foundations for much of modern physics, came from a glitteringly talented family. His great-great-grandfather was Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, lawyer and judge, architect and landscape gardener, and accomplished composer ...

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