RESCHEDULED – Dr Sophie Kain – Nanotechnology: Miracle or a curse?

Nanotechnolosophiegy will touch every aspect of our lives in the next 20 years, from the mundane to the mind boggling – cancerous cells killed one at a time; food that changes flavour to suit the individual, and even clothes that adapt to temperature.

However, such advances without sufficient regulation could herald new peril. Is it harming our health? Is it possible to spy on anyone, even inside their bodies? Could it start a nano-tech war or even lead to the end of humanity? Join us to find out!

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 18th Mar 2018, in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.

NOW RESCHEDULED TO
3 – 4 pm Sunday 27th May in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury

The talk is free and unticketed.

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James Ball – The Post-Truth President: What Donald Did Next.

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Donald Trump the campaigner defied political gravity and confounded both the political establishment and the media – his trademark bombast, belligerence, and willingness to ignore niceties such as truth or accuracy, paved his way to the Oval Office.

But governing and campaigning are very different. In this talk, James Ball – author of “Post-Truth: How Bullsh!t Conquered The World” – looks at the first year of the Trump presidency, and how Trump’s relationship with truth has evolved.

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 4th Feb 2018, in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.

The talk is free and unticketed.

Alistair Coleman – Reading Kim Jong-Un :What does North Korea want?

F4ZSaoDE.jpg largeWith deteriorating relations between North Korea and US, and increased direct talk of war between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump, peace in the Far East appears to be on a knife edge.

Alistair Coleman – a 28 year veteran of the BBC’s Monitoring Service – will discuss the dark history of the Kim Dynasty, explore the complex motives behind its actions, and ask whether the slide into conflict can be stopped.

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 5th Nov 2017, in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.

The talk is free and unticketed.

Dr Chris Crowe – Star Trek & Star Wars The Astrophysics Behind Sci-Fi

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What is the probability of finding intelligent life out there? In the last few years, researchers have discovered hundreds of planets orbiting distant stars, opening up the tantalising prospect of discovering life on other worlds.

Dr Chris Crowe is Director of the Rayleigh Observatory London. Come along to hear what is and isn’t possible according to the laws of physics for phasers, life & Darth Vader, and whether we might ever find intelligent life in the Universe.

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 8th Oct 2017, in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.

The talk is free and unticketed.

Mark Stevenson – The Future (and what to do about it)

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches.

FuturologMe_20122ist Mark Stevenson set out to find alternative approaches – the story of his journey offered a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on – and a roadmap to – a different and better future.

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 23rd April 2017, in the Newbury Town Hall, Market Street, Newbury.

Andrea Sella – FREEZE! The Strange Science of Ice.

It’s mostly for keeping drinks cold, but did you know that without ice life on earth – as we know it – wouldn’t exist?

In this visual talk, renowned praandrea-sella-picctical chemist Andrea Sella takes a cold, hard look at the weird and wonderful properties of ice – how it misbehaves, its connection with climate change & how our future may be much less certain than we imagine. 

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 12th March 2017, in the Balcony Bar of the Corn Exchange Theatre, Market Street, Newbury.

Free & unticketed.

Dean Burnett – The Idiot Brain: What Your Head is really up to”

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For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is messy, fallible and disorganised.

Dean Burnett has spent two decades studying the brain, exploring the many ways in which the brain regularly does things inefficiently, illogically or just plain stupidly and how this regularly influences our everyday lives. From memory processing, to the psychology of superstition, in this Talk he will highlight how the brain’s flawed and shoddy operation impacts ourselves and the world around us in countless ways, and how it’s OK to laugh at all this regardless!

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 20th November 2016, in the Balcony Bar of the Corn Exchange Theatre, Market Street, Newbury.

Free & unticketed.