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THE YEAR WE ALL WENT BACK

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ONLINE What will it be like living with Covid? If a new variant appears, what should we do? Will things ever get back completely to what they were? “I don’t think they will,” says epidemiologist Prof. Mark Woolhouse of Edinburgh University, “but that may not be all bad news.” He explains the case against lockdown made earlier this year in his book The Year the World Went Mad. “We have to do better next time, so let’s start thinking about future pandemics, the challenges they may present and how we should prepare.”

DNA FOR VACCINE TARGETS HOMING IN ON EPSTEIN-BARR

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall The recent success of the novel mRNA vaccine for covid-19 highlights the potential of this technology to develop vaccines for other viruses. One of these is Epstein-Barr virus, a common virus known to cause certain types of cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, it is not currently clear why certain people are more likely to get the infection than others. Postgraduate researcher Marisa Muckian is working in a group at the University of Edinburgh who are aiming to use DNA to help determine who is more at risk of

GENETIC FINDINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall Each of us differs from everyone else by about four million letters in the DNA code. But which of these are important for our risk of disease and which should we be told about? Which are common in Orkney? Prof Jim Flett Wilson of the University of Edinburgh investigates using information from the ORCADES and Viking Genes studies.

WALK: BRODGAR WILDLIFE WALK

A short circular walk around the RSPB reserve surrounding the Ring of Brodgar. We will enjoy a leisurely stroll around this beautiful area which takes us through grasslands and along the shores of Stenness and Harray lochs. We will watch out for ducks and swans on the lochs, waders along the shore or in the fields, and any insects taking advantage of the wildflowers.  Easy 3 hours, Easy, £33pp Megan’s aim with the Festival walks is to take you off the beaten track where you can see some different wildlife and enjoy Orkney scenery. The

AFTERNOON TEAS

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall The Peedie Kirk are back in action and look forward to welcoming you. Come along and enjoy the company and the opportunity to catch up, with a story as well at 3.30 pm. Admission £8.

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THE CLOCK, THE FAX AND THE CAITHNESS GENIUS

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ONLINE The technology of the fax machine was invented and patented in 1843 by a crofter’s son from Watten in Caithness who had left school when he was 12. Alexander Bain was a clockmaker’s apprentice in Wick when he was inspired by a scientific lecture in Thurso on electricity. He went to London to seek opportunity, and there he created the first electric clock and a series of other inventions. His fax machine scanned images and sent them by telegraph to be printed on electrochemically sensitive paper. John Mellis, author of Scotland’s

TUNE THE CAT’S WHISKER TO 2LO

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
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Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall It’s 100 years since public service broadcasting got under way with the BBC’s transmissions from 2LO in London. Prof. Tom Stevenson tells the story of early radio with its powerful transmitters sending signals for reception on crystal sets with cat’s whiskers and early thermionic valve wireless sets. He highlights examples of early radios which can be seen on display at the Orkney Wireless Museum in Kirkwall and the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, Fife. This event will also be livestreamed.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF GARDEN

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall Our garden’s health is connected with our own – and here’s why. A healthy gut contains a world of micro-organisms; and so does healthy soil – and thereby also the plants that grow in it. Their micro-organisms contribute to their vitality, and to their ability to nourish other lives. Recent research suggests that the microbiomes may have evolved closely together – so looking after our soil has a deep connection with looking after ourselves. Ecological gardener Elizabeth Woodcock describes how we can help our soil restore a healthy microbiome. The

VOYAGE TO THE FUTURE

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall ‘You must rely on reason and science,’ she said, ‘and be guided by a likewise rational ethic of human concern. You must do your utmost as individuals to improve your understanding, ability and compassion. As a species you must maintain and extend your presence in space, and from that vantage do what you can to repair the Earth. Whether or not you succeed, you must never give up.’ Are current global crises taking us into the territory where science fiction

RISING TIDES

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ONLINE Caroline Wickham-Jones Memorial Lecture The great iconic Neolithic monuments of Orkney are not the beginning of the story of people in the islands. It’s now recognised that this began with the arrival of hunter-gatherers some 10,000 years ago. The discovery of this long-lost part of Orkney’s past is due in particular to the immense commitment and ability of Caroline-Wickham Jones. Through her own research and with the encouragement of others we have a far richer understanding of the early history of Scotland. The legacy of her work, including investigations in the Bay of

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