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Christmas Science Lectures

Join the hundreds of school children from around the country taking part in the annual Oxford University Christmas Science Lectures, where world renowned scientists aim to entertain and inspire the next generation with their (often explosive) insights into science.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Carrots, spiders and red salt – a fascination with light capture in biology Using physics, chemistry and biology, the fascination with light capture in nature will be explained in a multi-coloured and animated well – prepare for six-eyed spiders, purple carrots and red salt. Anthony Watts 15 Dec 2015
2 Creative Commons The Chemistry Show 2015 Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut are back again with their highly entertaining flash bang lecture! Let Santa and his elf take you on a discovery journey from cold to hot chemistry! Malcolm Stewart, Fabrice Birembaut 14 Dec 2015
3 Creative Commons Social Media: The use of your online information for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! Social media, everyone uses it, whether it is to connect with long lost friends on Facebook, or to share selfies on Instagram or Twitter! In this talk, I consider the positives & negatives, security & privacy and how it can be used supportively. Jason Nurse 14 Dec 2015
4 Creative Commons Radiotherapy: What is it? How does it work? And how will it change? Radiotherapy has been going on since 1896, only months after the discovery of X-rays.  We will explore what it is, how it works, and examine the change from X-ray beams to particle guns. Martin Christlieb 11 Dec 2015
5 Epigenetics: What Makes You "You"? Have you ever wondered why identical twins aren’t, well, actually identical? Do you want to blame your parents for something about you that is different from everyone else in the family? Then you need to find out about Epigenetics. Jane Mellor 11 Dec 2015
6 Creative Commons Can Machines Think? Can machines think? How can we test computers for intelligence? Edward Grefenstette delivers a lively presentation about artificial intelligence. Edward Grefenstette 17 Dec 2013
7 Creative Commons Prime Numbers Dr Richard Earl of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford presents a talk about prime numbers. What they are and their role in internet security. Richard Earl 17 Dec 2013
8 Creative Commons The Chemistry Show Join Dr Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut to find out just how much fun chemistry can be. Young, or not so young, you'll be entertained and educated by the sort of chemistry you never get to see at school: baffling, tantalising and LOUD! Malcolm Stewart, Fabrice Birembaut 03 Feb 2012
9 Creative Commons Hot Stuff: How Volcanoes Work Professor David Pyle (Department of Earth Science) presents an illustrated tour of some of the world's most active and dangerous volcanoes, and an exploration of what we have learnt about how volcanoes work. David Pyle 03 Feb 2012
10 Creative Commons The Accelerate! Show Get up close and personal with the exciting world of particle and accelerator physics. Learn how particle accelerators can do everything from recreating conditions just after the Big Bang to finding new ways to treat cancer. Andrew Steele, Suzie Sheehy 03 Feb 2012
11 Why Should Robots Play Football? Dr Stephen Cameron (Department of Computer Science) explains why thousands of people from across the world are busy trying to teach robots to play football. Stephen Cameron 03 Feb 2012
12 Creative Commons Tripping the Light Fantastic 2010 Light illuminates and gives life. It also reveals, enlightens, and brings understanding. Jonathan Wood shows us the inspiration and fascination to be found in the use of light, from Harry Potter's invisible cloak to killing cancer cells. Jonathan Wood 18 Dec 2010
13 Why Beckham chose the 23 shirt Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Marcus duSautoy sheds light on the so-called 'masculine' numbers, explains why prime numbers will help you survive, and opens our eyes to the fascinating world of mathematics. Marcus du Sautoy 21 Dec 2009