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CODI 2017: Making a Signbank Withdrawal 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Making a Signbank Withdrawal @ New Town Theatre
Aug 4 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Making a Signbank Withdrawal @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Jordan Fenlon and Andy Carmichael (Heriot-Watt University) take a light-hearted look at the British Sign Language (BSL) ‘Signbank’ – the online repository based on the BSL Corpus. Loosely inspired by the TV show Pointless, they’ll …
CODI 2017: Bring Back Child-Labour! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Bring Back Child-Labour! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 4 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Bring Back Child-Labour! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Children should work more. Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) reckons the ban on child-labour is an injustice that disempowers and infantilises children. Rather than focusing on the age at which children are allowed to work, …
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CODI 2017: Outer Space – the Next Empire? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Outer Space – the Next Empire? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 5 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Outer Space – the Next Empire? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Join space innovation researcher Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh) and acclaimed science fiction author Pippa Goldschmidt to debate the future of human activity beyond Earth. Who does outer space belong to, and are humans the …
CODI 2017: Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK @ New Town Theatre
Aug 5 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Criminologist Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) invites you to delve unashamedly into the world of pop culture behemoths The Kardashians. Should academia make more of an effort to Keep Up With The Kardashians (#KUWTK)? Gemma …
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CODI 2017: Eradicate Parkinson’s?! 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Eradicate Parkinson’s?! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 6 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Eradicate Parkinson’s?! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Is science now at a point where we can eradicate Parkinson’s? 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the essay, “The Shaking Palsy” by James Parkinson. Research is now at a point where we know major …
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 6 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Note this performance will take place on 6th August 8-9pm AND 26th August 1.50-2.50pm Your supermarket knows when you’re pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What …
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CODI 2017: The Pain Factory 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: The Pain Factory @ New Town Theatre
Aug 7 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: The Pain Factory @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. The problem is, some of us feel some losses more keenly than others do: one person might …
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 7 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts:  Is the Truth in the Archives? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Note this performance will take place on 7th August, 8-9pm AND 22nd August, 1.50-2.50pm What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an ‘interesting’ past year of political …
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CODI 2017: Start Skipping the Dentist! 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Start Skipping the Dentist! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 8 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Start Skipping the Dentist! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Jan Clarkson (pictured; University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. Now she reckons we should start skipping our routine scale and polish too. Should a dentist really be saying this?? …
CODI 2017: Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 8 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The year is… not important; this is fiction. But Susan, the last secondary school student on Earth, is deciding what to study at university. Physicist Helen Cammack and psychologist Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) …
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CODI 2017: The Robots are Coming! 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: The Robots are Coming! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 9 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: The Robots are Coming! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Should we really fear robots – whether as a threat to all our jobs, or even as possible Enemies of Humanity? What about stairs? What about batteries? Why not robots that help out at home or act as …
CODI 2017: Is Pee a Feminist Issue? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Pee a Feminist Issue? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 9 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Pee a Feminist Issue? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Elaine Miller (physiotherapist, comedian, mother and reformed incontinent) believes women’s health provision is rooted in misogyny.  The “future is female”? Statistically speaking, it’s a leaky, traumatised, depressed, inactive future for many women. Elaine’s a pelvic …
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CODI 2017: You Don’t Matter 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: You Don’t Matter @ New Town Theatre
Aug 10 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: You Don't Matter @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
You’re completely insignificant; just one out of 7 billion people on planet Earth, orbiting just one star out of 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, just one galaxy out of 100 billion galaxies …
CODI 2017: Eyewitnesses are Futile 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Eyewitnesses are Futile @ New Town Theatre
Aug 10 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Eyewitnesses are Futile @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Memory is an untrustworthy companion. It fails often and badly – people even have memory for things that never happened. And it isn’t trivial – just ask Calvin Johnson, who spent sixteen years in jail …
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CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III @ New Town Theatre
Aug 11 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
In this ‘post-truth’ era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best women.  Clare Taylor (Edinburgh Napier University), Pam …
CODI 2017: Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 11 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Is your digital footprint a good reflection of who you are? How did those tracks and traces get there? And why are younger internet users moving to anonymous online spaces? The Managing Your Digital Footprint …
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CODI 2017: Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social! 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 12 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Vaccines save lives. Yet vaccine opponents and conspiracy theorists continue to make dangerous claims that put the public in danger. Worryingly, the most prominent of these voices are using their anti-establishment platform to perpetuate myths …
CODI 2017: Doing Drugs (Policy) 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Doing Drugs (Policy) @ New Town Theatre
Aug 12 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Doing Drugs (Policy) @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
How do we do drugs? How do we do drugs policy? Do the two areas complement each other? Anna Ross (University of Edinburgh) knows that drugs are an emotive topic, with many people holding strong …
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CODI 2017: Fifty Shades of Green 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Fifty Shades of Green @ New Town Theatre
Aug 13 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Fifty Shades of Green @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Come along for an hour of delight, intrigue, and awe with Terry Huang (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) as he delves deep into the private sex lives of plants. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, …
CODI 2017: Are Aliens Coming to Eat Your Face? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Are Aliens Coming to Eat Your Face? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 13 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Are Aliens Coming to Eat Your Face? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
From the science of sterilising spacecraft to the evolution of big flappy mouths, University of Edinburgh astrobiologist Dr Adam Stevens will lead you on a tour of what we know about life in the universe. …
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CODI 2017: In Praise of Useless Languages 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: In Praise of Useless Languages @ New Town Theatre
Aug 14 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: In Praise of Useless Languages @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
We often hear people classify languages as ‘useful’ or ‘useless’ depending on how many people currently use them. However, is the value of a language determined solely by the political or economic power associated with …
CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness @ New Town Theatre
Aug 14 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these. …
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CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 15 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not. So …
CODI 2017: Can Recipes Help Gender Equality? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Can Recipes Help Gender Equality? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 15 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Can Recipes Help Gender Equality? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education – with recipes. University academic Daphne Loads is questioning whether this is a good idea. Can a symbol of domesticity …
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CODI 2017: No Copyright, No Problem? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: No Copyright, No Problem? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 16 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: No Copyright, No Problem? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright?  Without it, who benefits and who loses out? Is copyright just for corporations? Or does copyright also …
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 16 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
This show takes place on the 16th AND 25th August If mental illness is largely defined by a deviation from a norm, where does that leave us? Psychologist Matthias Schwannauer (University of Edinburgh) has looked …
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CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness @ New Town Theatre
Aug 17 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Fitness to Witness @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these. …
CODI 2017: Shiver Me Liver 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Shiver Me Liver @ New Town Theatre
Aug 17 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Shiver Me Liver @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. Why, then, is the Government not supporting better liver screening? Do they think that only ‘alcoholics’ get it …
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CODI 2017: Measuring Humanity 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Measuring Humanity @ New Town Theatre
Aug 18 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Measuring Humanity @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Someone smart once said ‘if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist’ so Dr Marisa de Andrade (the University of Edinburgh) is out to Measure Humanity! Join her as she pushes academic boundaries on her mission to …
CODI 2017: Turn to the Darknet 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Turn to the Darknet @ New Town Theatre
Aug 18 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Turn to the Darknet @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed.  Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents. Libertarians and civil liberties activists point to the technically and increasingly …
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CODI 2017: Dr Data: The answer to cancer 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Dr Data: The answer to cancer @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Dr Data: The answer to cancer @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, …
CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not. So …
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CODI 2017: Surviving the Storm 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Surviving the Storm @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Surviving the Storm @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. Ian Edwards (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) is the exception. He reckons that humans have a lot to learn from …
CODI 2017: The Romance Novel as High Art? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: The Romance Novel as High Art? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: The Romance Novel as High Art? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh) did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think. …
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CODI 2017: Dae Ye Have a Sick-Line, Ken? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Dae Ye Have a Sick-Line, Ken? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 21 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Dae Ye Have a Sick-Line, Ken? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
In elite sport the margin between success and failure can be miniscule. When the smallest gains in performance can be the difference between sporting success and competitive failure, where do we draw the line on …
CODI 2017: Hug More Thugs 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Hug More Thugs @ New Town Theatre
Aug 21 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Hug More Thugs @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that life is too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for you!  During …
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CODI 2017: Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts:  Is the Truth in the Archives? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Note this performance will take place on 7th August, 8-9pm AND 22nd August, 1.50-2.50pm What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an ‘interesting’ past year of political …
CODI 2017: Fibre Optic Sensors Can Save the World! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Fibre Optic Sensors Can Save the World! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Fibre Optic Sensors Can Save the World! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well-known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optic sensors, and Matthew Partridge (Cranfield University) is not happy about that. These wonderful, cutting-edge devices can do amazing …
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CODI 2017: How to Rebuild a Life 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: How to Rebuild a Life @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: How to Rebuild a Life @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Join Professor Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University) and colleagues as they share real life testimonies of how lives have been rebuilt after epidemics, earthquakes and wars. Find out how you counsel someone whose whole family …
CODI 2017: Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern …
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CODI 2017: Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Cows Eat Grass, Don't They? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all year round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all …
CODI 2017: A Virus to End Humanity? 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: A Virus to End Humanity? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: A Virus to End Humanity? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying …
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CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
In this ‘post-truth’ era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best women.  Clare Taylor (Edinburgh Napier University), Pam …
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
This show takes place on the 16th AND 25th August If mental illness is largely defined by a deviation from a norm, where does that leave us? Psychologist Matthias Schwannauer (University of Edinburgh) has looked …
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CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 26 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Note this performance will take place on 6th August 8-9pm AND 26th August 1.50-2.50pm Your supermarket knows when you’re pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What …
CODI 2017: Psychiatry is the Best Medicine! 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Psychiatry is the Best Medicine! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 26 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Psychiatry is the Best Medicine! @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry – his profession – is underrated. Psychiatry remains rooted in the doctor-patient relationship: psychiatrists still actually speak to patients and carers to find out what the problems are, …
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CODI 2017: Can Sustainability Ever Be Mainstream? 1:50 pm
CODI 2017: Can Sustainability Ever Be Mainstream? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 27 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
CODI 2017: Can Sustainability Ever Be Mainstream? @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Say the word ‘sustainability’ and you probably – rightly – think of keep-cup toting, yoga-stretching, bike-riding Guardian readers. How do you get the rest of us to build saving the environment into our daily lives? …
CODI 2017: Our Genes Tell Us What to Do 8:20 pm
CODI 2017: Our Genes Tell Us What to Do @ New Town Theatre
Aug 27 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
CODI 2017: Our Genes Tell Us What to Do @ New Town Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom
Our genes make us who we are. Or do they? The answer is a bit more complicated than that, and we understand far less than you might think. Jonathan Pettitt (University of Aberdeen) will take …
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