Posts tagged Science Gallery
Creativity across every discipline is the key to economic recovery for Ireland; this was the message at the launch of the Science Gallery’s 2012 exhibition programme.
The mind of the artist and the mind of the entrepreneur are not that different, according to economist David McWilliams. Creativity and curiosity drive the artist to explore new forms of expression; the exact same forces compel the entrepreneur to explore new market opportunities. McWilliams illustrates his point by recounting how, 95 years ago, writer James Joyce and a group of investors brought the technology of cinema to Ireland – “a portrait of the artist as a young entrepreneur”.
Listen to an interview with food science expert Dolores O’Riordan:
Why was Crystal Pepsi a market failure? Why did green ketchup fail to catch on? And why did nobody like a breakfast cereal that turned the milk blue?
The answer to all of these questions is that our eyes have an enormous influence on our appetites, and the colour of food is hugely important to us. This was explained to a packed lecture theatre of secondary school students at the Science Gallery on Monday. The talk, delivered by UCD food science expert Prof Dolores O’Riordan, was the first in a series of lectures being held in Dublin all this week as part of Science Week. (For details on the remaining talks, see ScienceWeek.ie.)
In the latest episode of Scibernia we find out about the genetics of potatoes, get up close and personal with the Periodic Table of Elements and ask the question: what exactly is a psychopath? To listen just click ‘Play’ or ‘Download’ below, or catch us on iTunes.
In this episode:
- Gerard Cunningham talks to geneticist Dan Milbourne of Teagasc, head of an Irish team that played a key role in mapping the potato genome.
- We take a tour of the Periodic Table at Dublin’s Science Gallery, where the latest exhibition is titled Elements: The Beauty of Chemistry.
- And in our Culture Corner we review Jon Ronson’s new book The Psychopath Test, which takes a fascinating look at how psychopathy — and hundreds of other psychiatric disorders — are diagnosed today.
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On Sunday 28th of August, our very own Tríona (that’s me!) will be presenting a squishy circuits workshop in the Science Gallery. Suitable for everyone from twelve to a hundred and twelve, the workshop involves building circuits and electronic sculptures from conductive dough. The workshop costs four euro per person. For further details and to book, visit sciencegallery.com/events
Astronomy Ireland’s annual fundraiser, the Star-B-Q, happens on Saturday August 27th in Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. With Michelin-starred chefs and some of the most powerful telescopes in ireland, everyone is guaranteed a great evening. For further details on tickets and location, visit astronomy.ie
Yet more events for the weekend of the 27th and 28th of August! There will be a range of talks and guided walks at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin to celebrate heritage week, from woodturning to a tour of the rare and old trees that inhabit the garden. Visit botanicgardens.ie for more details.
Irish Hackerspaces week is running from the 20th to the 28th of August. The various hackerspaces will host a range of events to get you thinking about starting your next project, whether it’s scientific, crafty or electronic. For information on your local space and the events they’ll be running visit tog.ie for Dublin, 091labs.com for Galway, hackerspacecork.com for Cork and milklabs.ie for Limerick.
Gravity is an art exhibition that is running in Cork’s Crawford art gallery until the 29th of October. The exhibit explores both physical and metaphysical interpretations of gravity. Over 29 artists are presenting at the exhibition, so there will be much to admire and enjoy. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to five pm, and admission is free.
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Oh the humanity! In the fifth episode of our Irish science podcast, we mostly explore what happens when man (or woman) meets machine. Just press play below, click ‘Download’ or subscribe via iTunes.
In this episode:
- We reminisce about 70s TV series The Bionic Woman in a report on organic bionics and Gordon Wallace‘s appearance at the Science Gallery during the Human+ exhibition.
- We find out why cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick is known as “the world’s first cyborg”.
- NUI Galway psychologist Brian Hughes gives us some tips on how the communication of science can be improved.
- In our Culture Corner, we review ‘evolutionary development’ book Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean B Carroll.
- Plus news from Ireland and abroad, including new potentially life-saving technology from the Tyndall Institute and how video games can help kids with cystic fibrosis.
We also launched a new section of the show called ‘Ask A Scientist‘. If you have a burning question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to, then email us at email@example.com and we promise to get a scientist to answer your question.