Daleks, Darth Vader and Dr. Who characters were roaming the streets of Cambridge last Saturday, 19 March, while young children were building hovercrafts and extracting DNA from kiwi!
We have seen some dramatic changes in science during the last 50 years or so that have changed our lives. From the Internet to mobile telephony to the discovery of DNA we have come to take for granted knowledge and technologies that our great-grandparents wouldn’t have imagined.
‘Spotlight on Science’ continues with two talks tonight, both taking place at the Babbage Lecture Theatre.
We have all seen it in futuristic films and wondered when Iris Recognition technologies will replace picture IDs across the board. What some of us may not know, however, is that the algorithms that form the basis of all iris recognition systems were developed by Dr John Daugman, Reader in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition at the University of Cambridge.
Konnie Huq, presenter of Blue Peter, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Professor Alison Richard will open the Cambridge Science Festival tomorrow, Saturday, 19 March at 10am.
Can you imagine the UK having high incidence of malaria and thousands of people dying because of high temperatures? Is it possible that the Gulf Stream would stop and Europe would cool significantly?