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-FREE ICE CREAM- Ever wondered about the softer side of technology? Modern life isn't all robots and computers, hard angles and sharp edges. Soft tech gives us plastics, toiletries, paint, food, and even TV screens. Come along to find out exactly what goes in to the perfect scoop of ice cream, and the liquid workings of the displays we use every day. You'll even have a chance to make (and eat!) your own ice cream. Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
Professor Alan Mackie (Professor of Colloids Chemistry )
Many of our favourite foods are frozen as a convenient way to keep food fresh or to provide a pleasurable eating experience. How is ice cream kept soft even though its frozen? What possibilities are there for generating new textures and shapes? This talk will explain the technology behind some of today’s high tech foods.
Looking through a liquid crystal ball
Professor Helen Gleeson (Head of School of Physics)
Take a look around you and see how many flat panel displays you rely on - your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, TV, not to mention the displays in gadgets, calculators and so on. The invention of the liquid crystal display (LCD) revolutionised technology and indeed society, allowing mobile technology and changing the way information is accessed globally. This talk describes the science behind the technology and explains some of the exciting new possibilities that liquid crystals offer for the future. Science fiction or fact?