It is all around us; it fills the universe and yet we cannot see it, touch it or even define what it is. Astronomers the world over are still trying to explain this elusive presence in the Universe - a presence with nothing except its weight to prove its existence. So far all it has is a name: dark matter.
From the rarest metal, to the planet beneath our feet, everything around us is made up of elements. John Emsley, Science Writer in Residence at Cambridge University's Department of Chemistry, will be exploring some of these elements in his National Science Week talk, Elements of Surprise which will take place today (20 March 2002) at 7pm in the Lady Mitchell Hall.
Fire performers Feeding the Fish will provide an explosive start to National Science Week 2002 at the University of Cambridge. Along with the BBC's Dr Adam Hart Davis, Feeding the Fish will be launching the popular Science on Saturday programme tomorrow (16 March), at the University's New Museums Site, in Downing Street.
It is now six months since the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. How should academics respond to these dramatic events? The challenge has been taken up by the University's Centre of International Relations who are developing a research programme to address the issues.
For the climax of Japan 2001, the national festival of Japanese culture that began in May 2001, the ADC Theatre in Cambridge is staging a production of the composer Alexander Goehr's Eastern masterpiece, Kantan and Damask Drum for three nights from 6 - 9 March 2002.