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Join Dr Steve Scott of the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, to discover how genomics is revolutionising our world. Rapid reading of genetic code is enabling big advances in diagnosing disease and tracking deadly outbreaks. We’re even analysing bacteria in space – but what does it mean for our future?
Old Norse Night at the Festival Club at The Reel.
Orkney and Shetland have the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. Edinburgh University postgraduate researcher Katie Barnes looks at the genetics behind the disease – and what her current research has discovered about it in Orkney.
Dr Peter Joshi of Edinburgh University describes his recent discoveries of genes that influence lifespan, using the ORCADES health study along with various other studies from around the globe.
The One O’Clock Toast at the Peedie Kirk today: Rev. Dr Charles Clouston, scientist and physician, by Kathleen Ireland
Polar historian Dr Maria Pia Casarini tells of the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s ships Erebus and Terror and the implications for Arctic history, and looks back at Lady Franklin’s 1849 visit to Orkney and Shetland on the quest for information about the expedition’s fate.
Nikola Tesla brought electricity to the world through his many inventions from AC power to fluorescent light. Slovenian physicist and inventor Andrej Detela tells the story of the man – and the mysteries he left behind.
Prof. Clive Greated, co-author of The Musician’s Guide to Acoustics explains – with some practical demonstrations – how sounds are formed in different types of wind instruments, and how insights into their acoustics can help when playing them and choosing them.
Meet up in The Reel for some tunes and Festival chat.
With Aff The Kuff, and Lewis Hou’s fiddle and dance steps, for would-be and why-not dancers of all ages. Tickets (including light supper) £10.
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