The Next Big Thing @ The Science Museum, London, London [29 March]

The Next Big Thing

18:45 - 22:00

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The Science Museum, London
Exhibition Road South Kensington, SW7 2DD London, United Kingdom
Meet the experts as we takeover the Science Museum Lates for one night only.

What's on

The Turing Dancefloor

Can you tell if a human or a computer composed the tune you're dancing to. Meet the musicologists from Jukedeck to learn about how AI is taking over the dancefloor.

Bot or Not

Learn about modern speech synthesis and test your ability to detect synthetic speech. Get a personal message from a totally fake Donald Trump speech bot; will you be fired or hired?

Zebra barcodes

“A zebra never changes its stripes” and no two share the same pattern. Find out how conservationists use this ‘barcode’ to identify trends in populations and try the method yourself to find a specific individual in a dazzle of zebras.

Level Up Human

Evolutionary Revolutionary — Simon Watt — pushes the genetic envelope and thinks outside the technological box to testdrive new suggestions for human development. Tonight he meets with four Royal Society Research Fellows – Liz Tunbridge, Steven Lee, Holly Bridge and Robert Pal – aided by comedian, medic and Chase-star Paul Sinha.

Meteorite hunt

Spotting meteorites is easy when they’re hurtling through the sky. But once they’ve landed, how can we tell them from other boulders, stones or pebbles? Try out some astro-geo-sleuthing yourself here.

Resistance is Futile

Tag – you’re it! Join a museum-wide game of gene transfer tag. Find out more about how bacteria mutate to develop antibiotic resistance then share their new genes with their neighbours.

The good carbon

Draw your own heat-transmitting portrait. When we think of carbon’s relationship to electicity we think of fossil fuels, but learn how researchers at Cambridge are creating circuits and heaters using graphene.

A polarised view

See through the eyes of a cuttlefish, build your own invisible artwork, and learn how there's more than meets the eye when it comes to polarized light.

Trip the light photoelastic

Learn how the properties of photoelasticity and polarisation help engineers test structures using light alone. Be mesmerised by a beautiful photoelastic avalanche and play with some specially made birrefringent toys.

No assembly required

What if the building blocks we made things with already knew how to put themselves together? Learn how nanomaterials engineers are coming up with ways to do just that.

Solar 2.0

Tomorrow’s solar cells won’t need to sit on top of your house, they’ll be printed onto your mobile, clothes and headphones. Come race solar bugs and play with the superlight, ultraflexible next gen solar technology.

Look into your heart

Visualise your heartbeat and watch how the heart’s cells coordinate their electrical activity like a Mexican wave, then get hands-on with a pig heart to see the gross anatomy.
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