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Creating and Detecting "Life" with Tech

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17 May 6pm to 7pm
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Robotic materials? Sensors which can "live" in our bodies in order to understand them better? The boundaries between life and technology are blurring in fascinating ways. Anton Souslov and Victoria Riddell from the University of Bath tell tales from this intersection.

Using Technology to Diagnose Autoimmune Disease

Victoria Riddell (Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath)
Autoimmune diseases affect millions of individuals in the UK and can have severe consequences, including chronic pain and life-long disabilities. These diseases are difficult to diagnose and are often diagnosed too late for effective treatment. With the advancement of technology, it may be possible to design an electronic system that can provide earlier and easier diagnosis. This could relieve short term symptoms and prevent any progression of the disease.

A Chat-Show Interview with a Water Molecule

Peter Harper (Independent Environmentalist)
Tara Johnson (Teacher)
What would that be like? Peter Harper, a veteran environmentalist, takes the role of chat-show host and interviews his guest, Hydra, a water molecule from Wales, impersonated by Tara Johnson. Contrary to expectations, she is not wet; more like an elemental Miss Piggy.

Peter Harper teaches courses in environment and sustainability at the University of Bath; Tara Johnson is a teacher with a background in archaeology and hands-on science education.

Between Materials and Robots

Dr Anton Souslov (Department of Physics, University of Bath)
We think of robots and materials as being distinct areas of science, with exciting and world-changing advances in both areas. A recent research direction aims to bridge the gap between these two concepts by developing so-called mechanical metamaterials. These robotic materials are composed of simple, repeated parts put together in a designed pattern, giving them a decentralised and modular architecture. I will talk about exciting developments in designing materials that move themselves and how I see recent advances in their fundamental science leading to future technologies.

Hosted by Jazz Ghatora

Jazz is a 2nd year PhD student in biological sciences in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry. His research is focused on using synthetic biology to generate bacteria which can be used to monitor as well as remediate toxic heavy metals from the environment.

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