Brighton Science Festival 13 Feb – 6 Mar 2011


Spiral ClockWe all dance to the Circadian Rhythm. It makes us sleep. It wakes us up. It gives us jet lag and makes us have accidents when we try to disobey it. What makes us tick? Professor Russell Foster has spent sleepless nights finding the answer. The source, he finds, is our body clock, a chemical reaction which occurs deep in the heart of the brain, where molecules dance to their own rhythm: they combine, then they fall apart again, and when they have all fallen apart they begin to combine again, and so on. One cycle of the molecular dance takes exactly 24 hours.
Thursday 17 February, 8pm, Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton


Paleolithic manCan’t stop eating chocolate? Too many hours on Facebook? Maybe evolution is to blame.
Dr Matt Pope reveals that Paleolithic Humans had many of the lifestyle quirks we associate with the modern life. Researching the lives of our earliest ancestors can help us understand the most remarkable, misunderstood and awkward life-form that has ever lived…you!
Food issues will be debated during the day. What do you think of the government’s idea that the best people to act as guardians of the nation’s health are the fast food giants? Come and let us know at Play with your Food
Saturday 26 February, 10am-5pm, Hove Park Upper School


Wet SoundsWet Sounds – an underwater deep listening experience you can feel in your bones. Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water than air and is sensed by our bones, providing a unique immersive listening experience. As part of Wet Sounds’ third UK tour, Joel Cahen will play a live sound collage of various environments, music and sound textures. Also presented is a curated listening gallery of 2011 work for underwater listening by featured sound artist.
Wednesday 2 March, 8-10pm, King Alfred Pool, Hove


MusicWhat are we saying when our music is playing? How is it that human evolution brought music along with it? What does it do to us? Dr Harry Witchel uses science and anecdotes from the history of pop culture to discover why music makes us feel so good, or so bad, and how we use it to mark our patch. Like birds, gibbons, and other musical animals, we use music to establish and reinforce social territory.  In this way music can influence what you think, what you buy, and even how smart you are.
Big Science Saturday 5 March, 10am-6pm, Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade

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