Nature, Nurture & Noise; How chance events in brain wiring shape who we are.
Dr. Kevin Mitchell of Trinity College Dublin will be discussing the roles of genes in shaping who we are, and the limits of genetic determinism, especially in regard to the development of the brain.
Date: 7th of December 2006
Venue: The Mercantile, Dame St
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Bioethics Busybodies?! What Does Bioethics Offer Now & in the Future?!
Dr. Dónal O’Mathúna of Dublin City University will discuss whether bioethics is a help or a hindrance to advances in biotechnology, looking at both its current impact and its potential implications in the future. affect us in the future.
Biodiversity-The Science Behind the Slogans!
Dr. George Smith of BIOFOREST project, Trinity College Dublin will be discussing biodiversity; what it really is, how it is affecting us all now, and will affect us in the future.
Feel The Noise! Smell The Rainbow?
Dr. Fiona Newell of Trinity College Dublin discusses Synaesthesia the condition which means people “taste” sounds, “hear” odours and even “smell” colours.
Prof. John Kelly of Trinity College Dublin will be discussing nano-particles, in particular silver nano-particles of all types of different colours. Possible applications for these materials range from modern optoelectronic materials, to biosensors and antibacterials.
Wolfgang von Kempelen (1734-1804) Technology, Illusion and Alchemy!
Prof. Annraoi de Paor, Professor Emeritus of University College Dublin discusses the life and fascinating work of Wolfgang von Kempelen, creater of the infamous hoax automatic chess-playing machine known as The Turk.
Cannabis – a therapeutic or drug of abuse?
Dr Veronica Campbell from Trinity College’s Instituite of Neuroscience discusses the use and abuse of the popular “recreational” drug.
Will a worm a day keep asthma away?
Dr Padraic Fallon of Trinity College Dublin discusses the use of parasitic ‘worms’ to cure disease
Did dinosaurs have feathers?
Dr Gareth Dyke of University College Dublin discusses the links between modern birds and their ancestors the Terrible Lizards
Weather Forecasting – Science or Black Art?? Bringing Credibility to the world of Uncertainty.
Gerald Fleming of RTÉ and Met Éireann will bring the insights of a weather forecaster to bear on the problem of communicating scientific ideas and information to the public.
He will examine the tensions between the worlds of Meteorology and Media, and how these can be positively resolved to merge the strengths of both.