EDINBURGH SCIENCE FESTIVAL
part of the show explore women's desire for physical perfection. (‘ontinuing the theme. the Fruitmarket w ill have a new installation. Sui-nir. Ri'li'm’r e! Fixer ( ‘c Qui list Sublime I It) Know. '1‘“ Reminumi To Fix 'I‘liul Which Is Sublime). which explores the ideal of the female.
A number of events have been organised to coincide with the exhibition. Sun 16 April, 3pm: Introductory tour. Assemble at front desk. Sat 22 and 29 April, 3pm: Dramatic response to Lafontaine's latest work by Frace (iarven and Alexandra (‘entinayer entitled (.’Iiguurdi'i1Moments. Fri 5 May, 6.159111: Willem Vellhoy cn. laditor of the European art media inaga/ine .lleili’umulii' gives an illustrated talk on the videoculture.
Workshops are also planned and the gallery welcome visits by womens groups. (‘ontact venue for details.
I Language and Learning 1 my crsity' of Edinburgh. l)ay id llume Tow ei‘ ( venue 42). l'ntil S Apr 9am 5pm. Free. ( )pen access to I'iiiversity Learning (‘entre-demonstrations of the use of live satellite broadcasts and video in language teaching. I Discovery Dome (British Telecom) Royal Botanic(iarden (venue 43). l'ntil l2Apr. ‘).3l)ain b.3llpm. £1.51);('hild £1 : Family £4. British 'l‘elecom‘s Discovery Home is for explorersol' all ages. flow are rainbows produced'.’ Why do mirrors reflect'.’ Answers to these and many more scientific puzzlers (see 'l)iscovery l)ome‘ panel ). I Edinburgh Science Walks From Royal Museum of Scotland (venue 23 ). l)aily until 12 Apr. Walks start out at lpmand 2.3llpin and last approx l’.‘ hours. £2.(iuided tours to lidinburgh's scientific past and present. I Communications—The Future Royal Museum of Scotland (venue 23 ). 9.3llam 12.3llpm. Free. Five top ltalian scientists from lidinburgh's twin city of - Florence will be contributing to the discussions of the future of ‘ communications. Sir(‘live Sinclair will ' also be speaking at the conference. I Lothian Egg Race St l,L‘Uil;lILlS i .and. llolyrood Road (venue 45). Free.( )pen to all secondary schools in l.othian Region. 1.15 3.3llpm. Iivent open lllani 3.3llpm. The racing is scheduled to start at 1.15pm. Teams from Secondary schools from all over the region will compete to carry their eggthc furthest. I science Fair Stev enson College. Sports Dome (venue 32) and neighbouring NapierPolytechnie Building. lllam 4pm. Free. Two-day event. see also Sat S. Exhibitions by l.othian Region Primary Schools; projects by Young lingincers (lab on the theme of communications. Also on show . once they have finished racing. will be the l.othian Izgg Race entrants. I Molecule Theatre/Discussions .‘ylorriy House Science Lecture Theatre ( v enue to). 2.3llpm. Free. The Roles in the Sky. Dr John (iribben takes up the topical subject of the hole in the ozone layer. explaining why and where the hole appears and giving us the latest news from the stratosphere. I Communications— the Future Merchants Hall. The Merchant ('ompany (venue 45). 2.3llpm. Free. An afternoon of talks by four Florentine scientists on the subjects; 'l)id Antonio Maucci contribute to the invention of the tclcphonel". "Technology Innovation in Florence'. ‘( ~eiitrodi Iiccelenza()ptronics'. ‘lidinburgh
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Florence Telematics Experiments by ()lympic Satellite‘.
I Wildlife in the City Royal Botanic (iarden. Lecture Theatre (venue 43). 3pm. Admission to lecture £1 (Slip).
I Science, Technology and Communications. The Story of the Earth t'niversity of Edinburgh. Kings Buildings. James (‘lerk Maxwell Building. Lecture Theatre A (venue 4(1). b.3llpm. Free. Short talks. exhibitions and demonstrations concerning the origins of the planet illustrating the new perspectives provided by the satellite's view from space.
I Living on the Land The Royal Botanic (iarden (venue 43). (1.30pm. Free. This tour of the gardens departs from the Plant llouse Reception area and lasts 1 hour. It w ill look at the native plants ourancestors knew and used to heal and sustain.
I Edinburgh— Powerhouse ol Invention Royal Museum ofScotland (venue 23). 7pm. Free. A round upoflidinburgh's impressive stable of eminent scientists including Alexander (iraham Bell.James Hutton. James (‘lerk Maxwell and many others.
I Ancient Scottish Technology: A Prehistoric Brew Royal Botanic (iarden. Lecture Theatre (venue 43). 7.3llpm. Admission to lecture £1 (Slip). lncludesa tastingof Honey Beer.
I Forensic Science Portobcllo Library (venue 47). 7.30pm. Free.
I Earthquakes and Space Weather- Predicting the Future British (icological Survey (venue 1). Spin. Free tickets from British (ieological Survey (()_31 667 1()()()) or lidinburgh Science Festival. A talk in two parts starting with how the activity on the sun affects us here on earth. in particular the earth's magnetic field. followed by earthquakes both natural and man-made (the latter being a not too uncommon occurence in Edinburgh).
I Festival Club l'niversity of Edinburgh. Student l'nion. Bristo Square (venue S). Spm— lam. Orkney and Shetland Night with Zetland Fiddlers and Bill
McFarlane‘s Band. £2 (or£1() for ten-day Festival Club Pass).
I Language and Learning University of Edinburgh. David ltume Tower (venue 42). Until 8 Apr. 9am—5pm. Free.
See Fri 7.
I Discovery Dome (British Telecom) Royal Botanic Garden (venue 43). Until 12 Apr. 9.3(lani—6.3()pm. £1 .50; Child £1 ; Family £4. See Fri 7.
I Edinburgh Science Walks From Royal Museum of Scotland (venue 23). Daily until 12 Apr. Walks start out at 1pm and 2.3(lpm and last approx 1": hour. £2. See Fri 7.
I Goethe. Artist and Scientist: The Italian Journey 1786—88 English Speaking Union Hall (venue 7). lllam-lpm. 2—4pm. £1() including coffee and tea. (‘onc £7.51).
I Science Fair Stevenson College. Sports Dome (venue 32) and neighbouring Napier Polytechnic building. 1(lam—-4pm.Free.See 7 Apr for exhibition details. Try your hand at solving a crime using forensic evidence. matching up paint types. fragments of plastic etc. on a ‘\\'hodunnit'." trail run in association with the Lothian and Borders Police (this event Ilium-3.30pm only).
I Edinburgh's Men of Science University of Edinburgh (Dept of Extra-mural Studies. Music Room) (venue 3S ). ll)am—4pm.Free. A study day. profiling some of the interesting characters whose work in Edinburgh contributed much to our understanding ofscience.
I Science and Communication: Beyond Tomorrow Royal College of Physicians (venue 22). 1().3()am~4pm.Free. Organised by (ilobal Cooperation for a Better World. This is a chance for the public to share the thoughtsand conclusions drawn from a roundtable discussion held the previous day. chaired by Howard Firth . Directorofthe Science Festival.
I Open House at the British Geological
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OZONE AND CFCS
Ozone is a molecule made up at three oxygen atoms. Using energy from sunlight, it is produced in the upper atmosphere from oxygen molecules containing two oxygen atoms. In the ozone layer, which lies about 20km up, there is a balance between the amount of ozone created from 02 and the amount that returns, by natural processes, to 0;, molecules. This maintains an adequate concentration at ozone in the atmosphere to absorb the harmful UV light from the sun. Pollutants like Chloroiluorocarbons
(CFCs) have upset the balance between j
the creation and destruction of ozone by speeding up the destructive processes whilst leaving the rate 01 production largely unchanged. The breaking up of an ozone molecule by a CFC starts with a chlorlne atom breaking away from the CFC (1), and an oxygen atom leaving the ozone. Then
the chlorine joins with the loose oxygen
atom (2). Finally the chlorine rejoins with the CFC but leaves the ozone molecule broken in two. Alarmingly, the CFC is now ready to attack yet another ozone molecule, and can go on doing so for many years, progressively diminishing our protection from UV light.
Survey British Geological Survey (venue 1). Sat 8 and Sun 9 Apr. 1(lam—4.3()pm. Free. An opportunity to glimpse the mode rn-day methods used by geologists to survey the Earth. including demonstrations of the use ofsatellites to ‘remotely sense' the ground below them. I Festival Club Bristo Square (venue 8). lt).3()am. A concert for children by Edinburgh's very own Mr Boom. . . witha scientific flavour'.’
I History of Photography Royal Museum of Scotland (venue 23).Free. A seriesof three lectures: 11am lllustrated lecture by Sarah Stevenson. curator of Photography. National Portrait (iallery.1.30pm lllustrated lecture on Thomas Annan by William Buchanan. 2.30pm lllustrated lecture on early French photography by M. (iilles Mora of (‘ahiers de la Photographic. France.
I Poetry Reading Scottish Poetry Library (venue 31). Lunchtime. Free. Areading of poetry related to science.
I Geological Guided Walk 1 lolyrood Palace (‘ar Park 1 (venue 15). Walk starts 2pm. finishes 4pm approx. Free with illustrated leaflet.
I The Litmus Test. parts 3 and 4 Royal Botanic (iarden (venue 43). b.3(lpm. Free . A chance to hear recordingsof programmes 3 and 4 of the LitmusTest. the new science quiz. from BB(' Radio Scotland.
I Edinburgh Lecture and presentation of Edinburgh Medal Signet Library (venue 35). 7.30pm. Free. The inaugural presentation of the Fdinburgh Medal will be to Professor Abdus Salam. winner of the Nobel Prize for his work in fundamental physics and founder ofthe International (’entre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. ltaly. which was established to bring together scientists from the developed northern hemisphere and those from less developed countries. Professor Salain will give the first Fdinburgh Lecture.
I Royal Institute Lecture. A Little Light Relief Royal Museum of Scotland (venue 23). 7pm. Free. Professor David Phillips will be casting an eye over the many healing properties of light. from laser surgery to phototherapy of young babies with jaundice.
I Tours of the Royal Botanic Garden Royal Botanic (iarden (venue 43). Tours departs from the Plant llouse Reception and last one hour. They're all free but bookingis advisable as places are limited. Dut ofthe Dark Ages-9.30pm: Search for plants to cure our ills. Across Europe in Search of Plants (io on a journey high into the Alps and Pyrenees. Friends. Romans. Countrylile—11.30pm Trees. herbs and garden flowers of the Mediterranean The Fertile Crescent-12.300mlournev from Turkey to the Yemen and discover the economic and medicinal plants from the Arabian Peninsula and the deserts. With Livingston through Africa—1.30pm Arrow Poisons. Aloes. African Violets andother riches from the ‘1)ark (‘ontinent‘. ACape of Many Colours-2.30pm l’lants first brought to Scotland from the ( ‘ape of (iood l lope. Land at Eastern Promise—3.3me Food plants. spices. dyes and other useful plants from Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent. ATrek inthe Himalaya—4.30pm A plant collector's paradise see those collected by hunters such as Frank l.udlow and ( icorge Sheriff I Festival Club Bristo Square ( venue S). 8pm~ lamII‘he Balerno Folk ('lub £2 (or £lilforten day Festival(‘lubl’assl
I SUNDAY 9
I Discovery Dome (British Telecom) Royal Botanic (iarden (venue 43). l'ntil 12Apr. 9.3llam- b.3llpm. £1.51);(‘hild £1 ; l-aniily £4. See Fri 7.
I Edinburgh Science Walks l-rom Royal Museum of Scotland (v enue 23) Daily until 12 Apr. Walks start out at lpmand 2.30pm and last approx 1‘: hours. £2 Sec
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