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The Science of Lego

The LEGO group produce about 19 billion elements per year, but what makes a simple plastic construction so popular? How strong are LEGO bricks and how does plastic choice affect stability and colour? Edinburgh artist in LEGO bricks, Warren Elsmore, explores all this and more in a fun and informative lecture. Presented by…

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£7.50; Children £5; Family £32) / 0131 220 1232

Ticket includes view of the Brick Wonders exhibition. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Museum Lates: Retro-future

Put on your very best pair of steampunk specs for this 'steam-powered journey' through the NMS collections, exhibiting design and technology from across the ages. Radio 1's Vic Galloway hosts the evening, with a live performance from Withered Hand and DJ Lord Holyrude spinning vintage beats. Plus Red Door Gallery hosts…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

£12 (£10) for Lates only; £20 (£18) for Lates + jewellery workshop / 0300 123 6789

  • 19:00

Skeptics at the Science Festival

Returning for another year to Edinburgh’s spooky Banshee Labyrinth, the Edinburgh Skeptics will delve into the world of strange and unexpected science with some very different speakers providing a skeptical and insight into some surprising topics. A unique opportunity to enjoy an entertaining and relaxed evening of…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Sun 20 Apr

£18 / 01383 602302

  • 19:30

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 2 May

£15 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 27 Apr

£15 / 01392 665938

  • 19:30

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Generation Whine – You've Got It Good!

Panel debate on whether young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history or are they simply 'generation whine'.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 17 Jun

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7961 0044

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Botanics Late: Indigenous?

An after-hours event at the gardens, with live music, exhibitions, activities, a bar and a chance to view Corin Sworn's exhibition.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Cosmologies, Faith and the Environmental Crisis

How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Auld Reekie Readers

A new reading group for literary nuts and budding authors.

The City Café, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 28 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 5 May

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 26 May

Gregory Elliott: An Enduring Passion – Eric Hobsbawm and Karl Marx

The Marx Memorial Lecture is given by Gregory Elliot, analysing the scholarly record Eric Hobsbawm created, which chronicled history from the French Revolution to the fall of Soviet Communism. Both Hobsbawm and Karl Marx are buried at Highgate.

Highgate Cemetery, London N6

Tue 13 May

Chapel

£7 / 020 8340 1834

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 19:00
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ARTiculation Scotland Competition

S5 and lower sixth students vie for the the Articulation Prize, which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, by delivering ten-minute presentations to an audience of their peers and art professionals.

Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

Tue 17 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01506 889900

  • 18:00

Expert Witness

Forensic medicine is without a doubt one science’s most fascinating subjects. Join Prof Antony Busuttil, Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Forensic Medical Examiner, best known to the public as the pathologist who dealt with the horrors of the Lockerbie bombing and the Dunblane…

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back on the Agenda? Conference

A conference on the current state of racism in Britain, which follows a book and DVD under the Look How Far We've Come programme.

Abbey Centre, London SW1P

Thu 8 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7222 0303

Marcus Chown's Top 10 Bonkers Things About The World

Popular science writer Marcus Chown was set a challenge: write about everything. So he did; in his book, What A Wonderful World. Everything from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human origins to the human brain, plus all sorts of things in between. Did you know you are 1/3 mushroom? That you could fit…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Stargazing and the Universe

Astronomer Steve Owens (author of Stargazing for Dummies) shares more about the dark night sky, including what planets you can see from your back garden and what a dark sky park is.

Merry-Go-Round, Glasgow

Sat 17 May

£3 (includes wine and nibbles) / 0141 423 2299

Part of Southside Fringe.

  • 19:00
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An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl Tour

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women. Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11

Tue 8 Jul

£20 (£17.50) / 020 7223 2223

  • 20:00

Colston Hall, Bristol

Thu 10 Jul

£21.50 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Fri 11 Jul

£20 / 0131 529 6000

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Conflicting Opinions?

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, we explores the sometimes uneasy relationship between science and the defence industry. In a sadly unstable world, global security relies increasingly on technology. Although bound by complex codes and international law, research and engagement funding raises moral…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 07896 745991

Tonight's talk, 'Cryptozoology – Science, Pseudoscience or Something Else?' comes courtesy of statistical ecologist and aquatic biologist Charles Paxton.

  • 19:30

Go Uchida

Japanese view on the people, life and scenery of Scotland.

Hannah Zakari, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 5433

Opening night and poetry reading from the artist himself.

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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How British Is Scotland? Lecture Series

A series of lectures, from different perspectives, that examine Scotland's political, cultural and social landscape in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland' with Ewan Campbell and Stephen Driscoll.

Tue 20 May

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland: Celtic Perspectives on Multiculturalism' with Thomas Owen Clancy.

Iain Macwhirter: The Road to Referendum

The political columnist presents his new book, a companion to the three-part television series of the same name.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Fri 2 May

Over-18s only

£10 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:00

Laydeez Do Comics

A worldwide graphic novel forum led by women, open to all, with a focus on topics of the domestic and the everyday.

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Mon 12 May

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 11 Aug

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 10 Nov

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Sun 14 Sep

£29.50 / 01463 234234

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Richard Wiseman's Night School

Prof Richard Wiseman is on a mission to put the world to sleep. For the past year he has explored the new science of sleep and dreaming, conducted experiments into sleep-learning, and assembled the world's largest archive of dream reports. Join Richard as he uncovers the power of the sleeping mind, revealing how you can…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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