SciBar 15 Nov 2017 – How to Build a Star

Since 1920, when Arthur Eddington first proposed that it was nuclear fusion powering the stars, we have come a long way on the road towards harnessing its potential here on Earth. Replicating conditions similar to those in the core of the Sun is not mean feet, but it’s something that scientists and engineers at Culham now do routinely – in particular on JET, the world’s largest fusion machine.

Come along to hear about the work happening at Culham, and how this fits into the global roadmap to commercial fusion power.

SciBar 18 Oct 2017 – Sweet Lies About Mindfulness

Thousands of psychology articles suggest that the practice of mindfulness meditation can heal mental health problems, develop compassion, and increase well-being and happiness. Can all this be true?

Join us to hear Dr Miguel Farias discussing the science and beliefs about meditation, two years after his book “The Buddha pill” (2015) stimulated a public debate.

SciBar 10 July 2017 – Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo is the original project that spawned the world’s largest and most successful citizen science platform – the Zooniverse. Galaxy Zoo has celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017! The researchers who have made it a worldwide success told us about their favourite moments from the last ten years in our July 2017 SciBar!

SciBar 12 June 2017 – Professor Anna Gloyn

Type 2 diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st Century. There are 415 million people living with diabetes worldwide, and 90 per cent of them have Type 2. It’s increasing, costly and life-changing. Diabetes is the single largest cause of amputations, stroke, blindness and kidney failure. So are we doing enough to prevent it? Can we use our understanding of genetics to improve treatment and care? Professor Anna Gloyn (Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford) shared her view in our first SciBar of June 2017.

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