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On the Road  -  Brighton Science Festival  -  February 2 - 28
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One half-term workshop has sold out already: Minecraft dinosaur workshops are extinct. Ian B. Dunne and Marty Jopson are getting audience bookings by the coach--load.
Bright Sparks are always well booked up, so waste no time. There will be tickets available on the door, but there are always bigger crowds in the middle of the day, so if you are not buying in advance you are advised to get up early to miss the crush.
Brighton Science Festival kicks off the first week with some theatre, a poetry night, a music show and a pub quiz. "Wait a minute, where’s the science in that?”, you may very well ask. That’s all part of our mission – there’s a whole lot more to science than a chap in a lab coat heating a test tube over a Bunsen burner. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just in case any chemists are reading this…) So let’s do some poetry, go see a musical (below), head down the pub for a quiz, and indulge in some mathematical music.
Brighton Science Festival kicks off the first week with some theatre, a poetry night, a music show and a pub quiz. "Wait a minute, where’s the science in that?”, you may very well ask. That’s all part of our mission – there’s a whole lot more to science than a chap in a lab coat heating a test tube over a Bunsen burner. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just in case any chemists are reading this…) So let’s do some poetry, go see a musical (below), head down the pub for a quiz, and indulge in some mathematical music.


What a journey we're on.
We know so much nowadays that we forget how little we knew just a short while ago. My great grandparents 
didn't know about evolution. My grandparents had never herd of germs. My parents were astonished at the idea of atoms. When I was born nobody knew the structure of DNA. My son was born as we began to understand continental drift - how mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes happened. My grandson was born before the Higgs boson was discovered. Perhaps by the time my great grandchildren are born we will have worked out what the remaining 95% of the Universe - dark matter and dark energy - is all about.  
Meanwhile enjoy the relatively tiny jaunt through February! 
- Richard Robinson, Festival director.

Richard's talk 'Life, The Universe and Everything' explains everything from the Big Bang to Bognor Regis (except Bognor Regis)  at Bright Sparks Sunday on February 14 .

What a journey we're on.
With today's news that the NHS is tooling up to perform hand transplants, the interchangeability of body parts is moving from science fiction to fact. Homes of the future will have body part cupboards next to the wardrobes, so you can pick a shirt AND the right chest to wear it on.  You can print your own prosthetic now. To see more of the uses go here.
To speculate on where this will all lead join Simon Watt, Robin Ince, Kat Arney and Jules Howard for Level Up Human on Wednesday February 17, and if you want to live for ever, The New Immortals from Saturday February 20.
Your suggestions for gene editing please.
For instance, could we create a real squirrel for Donald Trump.
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(in exchange for a bit of your time) 
Fancy coming to some Brighton Science Festival events for free? Volunteer with us! Many of the event organisers have offered free tickets, knowing what treasures our volunteers are.

BETTER THAN SWEEPING CHIMNEYS
If you’ve got kids aged 11+, get them involved as well. Bring them along to Bright Sparks for free on Sunday February 14, Then help us clear up at the end of the day, and you and your youngsters will get paid for your time.
To apply for either (or both) of these opportunities, reply to this email with "VOL" in the subject line. 

Love them or hate them, here is the next in our string of interesting emotions from Tiffany Watt-Smith's Book of Human Emotions:
Brabant
You know it's not a good idea, and it's likely to backfire, but you just can't resist wondering what would happen if...
As Douglas Adams and John Lloyd put it in The Deeper Meaning of Liff:
Brabant: 'very much inclined to see how far you can push someone'.

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