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The Physics of Everyday Life

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors open 7:00pm
even begins at 7:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.
The Outhouse, 12A Broughton St Ln,
Edinburgh EH1 3LY
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From the sinking of the Titanic, to the cutting-edge medical technology in our hospitals, and even to the appealing textures of your favourite foods, physics is all around us. Join us on a whimsical journey through the world of physics, where the science of sweets meets maritime mysteries and antimatter illuminates our inner workings, as we discover the hidden role of physics in our everyday lives.

Fudge, Toffee, and the Sinking of the Titanic

Professor Wilson Poon (Professor )
Fudge and toffee are very similar, sugar-based confections; this talk will explain how the same cooking process with a minor variation can give rise to both, and how the transition between the two is related to one of the main causes of the catastrophic sinking of the Titanic. Physics enables us to perceive deep connections in underlying mechanisms between apparently unrelated phenomena. Those with a sweet tooth may want to know that samples (of fudge and toffee, but not the Titanic!) will be available for on-the-spot experimentation.

PET Imaging - Not Just Pictures of Cats on the Internet!

Dr Catriona Wimberley (Chancellor's Fellow )
PET imaging: observing function of the brain and body using antimatter.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a type of medical imaging used in hospitals, mostly to look at cancer and see how it is responding to treatment. But it can do so much more! PET is a functional, molecular imaging technique which means we can follow molecules such as glucose or caffeine through the body as they travel and interact with cells and receptor systems. We can look at the metabolism of glucose, or how drugs like cocaine affect the dopamine system, and we can also study disease. This talk will be an introductory tour about how and what we can see inside the brain and body using PET imaging!
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