Anamorphic pictures look right only when you look at them 'wrong'. To get the best of this greeting, drag it onto your desktop, then open it and zoom it to fit your screen. Now stand to the left of the screen with your eye-line slightly above the top. Look at it with one eye shut, or take a picture. Also, to make sure there aren't any reflections to spoil it position a friend on the other side of the screen.    Phew; Happy Christmas!
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We are going to be building the fiull programme while the world cavorts. Publication date at the start of January
A new Olympic sport:
The marathon high jump

As we approach the Olympics in 2016 Lord Coe, IAAF president, has a long way to jump, and a long way to fall if he doesn't make it. How would you answer: "...And you say there was no connection between your £100,000 salary from Nike and your choosing their home city for the 2021 World Athletics Championship?"
The British Pharmacological Society will be not only asking questions but giving answers over the doping scandals here in Brighton on Tuesday February 23rd.

Facebook buys friends

Mark Zuckerberg is giving up 99% of his $45,000,000,000 wealth, leaving himself with only half a billion dollars. He has a lot of friends to share it with. Or does he? How many friends can you possibly have? Professor Robin Dunbar thinks 150 is the number. This is based not only on the maths of how difficult it is to stay connected in 200 or so directions, but also the psychological, archaeological and anthropological evidence. Trust him, he's an -ologist. Professor Dunbar will be speaking on Wednesday February 24th. Read more about him here, here and here

Emotive language

How many emotions can you have? Pixar, the makers of 'INSIDE OUT' think five will do it: Anger, Joy, Fear, Sadness and Disgust. All these characters live inside the mind of Riley, a twelve year old girl recently moved to San Francisco, a new life and a new school. The film is good, and the science is excellent, so we think. But to check it we'll be diving right in with a team of experts from the University of Sussex, studying core memories, earworms, abstract thinking, and of course emotions. Guest speaker is Tiffany Watt-Smith, who has just published her Book Of Human Emotions, in which she outlines over 150 of them. So is it 150, or is it five? Or seven? Or two? INSIDE OUT will be turned inside out on Tuesday February 16th.

For instance, from Tiffany's book:
A term coined by the American novelist David Foster Wallace to describe feeling uncomfortable about leaving things open to interpretation. Eg: “His ambiguphobic recipe for yoghurted veal occupies seven pages and four schematic drawings.”


Here is the science bit: Volunteering is good for stress. Oxytocin levels rise when you do something nice, like helping presenters set up at Bright Sparks. It's also good for the pocket - you get free entry to many events. Reply to with 'vol' in the subject line. And nudge your friends.

Volunteer coordinator
Super-good for stress, obviously, is helping the helpers, so why not be a coordinator! It's also even better for the pocket, because it's paid. Reply to this email with 'vol coordinator' in the subject lineEmail 


We need someone familiar with Wordpress and HTML to help with the website in the lead up to 2016.
Yes, it's paid. 

Tentacular Spectacular 

Who's the best: Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish or the humble Nautilus?
A debate, possibly leading to a gruesome knotty death for one or more of the adversaries, will feature Simon Watt, president-for-life of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which recently called for more love to be directed towards the Blob Fish, Russell Arnott, who is blowing bubbles in Half Term Hands-on, and TV celebrity Jules Howard. At the Sealife Centre, Monday 15th February. The question is, which one of these heroes is pictured below?
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