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Pint of Science is back for 2020 and we invite you to join us for this year's free launch event. Here you will get a taste of what is to come in the main festival and get a chance to see all of the themes in one place! Expect talks, demonstrations, prizes, science and pints!
The hunt for habitable planets
Greg Cooke (PhD Student - Astrophysics)
Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than the Sun and in the past 25 years over 4000 have been found. There is estimated to be at least 1 exoplanet per star, with hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone. Do any other star systems look like our own Solar System? Are any of these exoplanets like Earth? Do they have rivers of liquid water or mountains as high as Everest? Would microbes, plants, or even humans be able to live on them? In my talk, I will discuss these fascinating questions and explore how the forefront of scientific research is attempting to answer them.
Seeing the Invisible: From Disease to Medicine
Welcome to the tiny world of proteins: the tools cells use to do their jobs. The largest protein is only 0.000000000000000005 grams and about a thousandth of a millimetre long; being so small makes them challenging to study, so why do we bother? To understand proteins is to understand how our bodies work on the smallest level possible, and on the level most relevant for designing new medicines. Find out how crystals, x-rays, supercomputers and more can be used to see the invisible tools cells use. Discover how they change in illnesses and how to design medicines to fix them!
Robotic Object Manipulation Today and Benefits for Tomorrow
Wisdom Agboh (PhD Student - Computer Science)
Robots can’t make a decent cuppa, but they help manufacture a thousand cars per day in various UK factories. Why? I will tell you a story of physics and uncertainty in robot manipulation. The story unfolds with recent advances in human-robot collaboration and robot learning from human demonstrations using virtual reality. Looking to the future, how will intelligent robot manipulation influence our society?