Chaos: a turbulent story

A journey exploring one of physics’ greatest mysteries – turbulence. From the origins of our solar system to the world inside our own bodies and from supersonic planes to million dollar prizes, Neil Ashton guides us into this chaotic world – revealing its secrets and how it impacts all our lives.

Deadly clouds and volcanic flows

Pyroclastic density currents, the deadliest volcanic phenomenon, have caused over 90,000 deaths yet are extremely difficult to monitor. Rebecca Williams developed a novel technique to study the deposits left by these currents and demonstrates how we understand these fatal flows as well as other catastrophic natural events.

Saving the world with microscopic gravity sensors

A gravity sensor so accurate it is approaching the sensitivity required to detect the gravitational pull of a human being and fits in your pocket: a cheap, accessible alternative to the currently available commercial gravimeters. Join Richard Middlemiss, a key force in its development, as he explores how the invention could revolutionise our prediction of … Continued

From kings to keyholes: surgical innovation in organ transplantation

Surgery has advanced significantly over the last 100 years, especially in organ transplantation. Pankaj Chandak charts a journey of progressive innovation from the early times of Listerian surgery to the challenges facing modern day surgeons and scientists. He highlights the advances in minimally invasive surgery, 3D printing and machine perfusion technology in organ transplantation. Pankaj … Continued

Can you feel the music?

Sound is received and interpreted by our body as well as our ears. Can we bring more physicality into our musical experiences by exploring and manipulating ways in which the body interacts with and mediates sound? Enter unique listening environments with Joanne Armitage as she demonstrates her compositions through vibrating installations and bone-conducting headphones.

Life in the dark depths of the ocean

Photosynthesis is impossible in the deep ocean yet so many remarkable creatures manage to survive and thrive in the depths. Nicholas Higgs highlights how these discoveries in remote places of the planet may be more important in our daily lives than we’d initially thought.

Saving our bumblebees

Learn about the wonderful, fascinating world of the bumblebee with world expert Dave Goulson and find out what you can do to ensure a future for these endearing and vitally important pollinators.

Secrets from within the human body

Join Claire Smith, Andrew Dilley and Catherine Hennessy as they hold a live exploration of the human body using ultrasound scanning, non-human dissection and a range of anatomical resources. This rare and fascinating opportunity allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy and associated diseases of some of our most important structures.

Are mega-tsunamis real?

Mega-tsunamis are thought to be generated by meteor impacts, as well as large-scale collapses of volcanic islands and are supposedly able to catastrophically affect distant shorelines. Phill Teasdale questions these ideas and the geological evidence for such events which suggests that the effects may be confined to regions much closer to the source.

Detecting deception

Challenge the current practices used in airport security and police investigations with psychologist Thomas Ormerod. Take part in a series of mini-experiments and discover how new techniques for analysing behaviour and language are challenging prejudices and improving detection of threat, vulnerability, and deception.