Why is snot green? Event to answer some of science’s quirkiest questions

Why is snot green? Event to answer some of science’s quirkiest questions

Why is snot green? What is space made of? Where does all the water go at low tide, and will computers ever be more intelligent than people?

These will be amongst the intriguing scientific questions answered at a free event in Aberdeenshire in May.

Best selling popular science author Glenn Murphy will take a unique look at some of science’s most baffling and fascinating subject areas at Banchory’s Woodend Barn on Tuesday May 11.

The event – which begins at 7pm - is the latest in the University’s Café Scientifique Shire series and takes place as part of Word – the University of Aberdeen Writers Festival.

From the Big Bang theory to bodily functions and human inventions – a wide range of topics will be explored over the course of the evening, which is aimed towards children and adults alike.

A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Murphy specialises in popular science books aiming to inspire children to learn more about science by tackling subjects in a funny and informative way.

He wrote his first book, Why Is Snot Green?, in 2006 whilst working at the Science Museum in London. His career has also seen him work on a monthly BBC radio show and on live science show performances.

He now lives in North Carolina in the United States.

Dr Ken Skeldon from the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit who spearheads the Café Scientifique Shire series said: “We’re delighted to welcome Glenn back to the Aberdeen area, to bring his unique brand of scientific musings to an audience in Banchory.

“This event – which is a Word Festival special – brings together science and literature, showcasing how our natural curiosity about the world around us can be explained through books which are engaging, entertaining and informative.

“From why our tummies rumble, to what causes earthquakes, a wide range of subjects will be covered in the evening which is sure to be a scientific eye opener for curious minds of all ages!”

Why is Snot Green? – a Café Scientifique Word Festival Special takes place at 7pm at Woodend Barn, Banchory on Tuesday May 11.

Booking is not required for the event which is free to attend and open to all.

For information on all of the events taking place as part of the Café Scientifique series visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/science/cafescience/ or contact Dr Ken Skeldon Head of the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit by email at k.skeldon@abdn.ac.uk .

Café Scientifique is supported by a science engagement grant from the Scottish Government.

Word 10 takes place from May 14 to 16 at King’s College, University of Aberdeen with supporting events across Aberdeen city and shire and is sponsored by Talisman Energy and Wood Group.

For more information on the full programme of events on offer at this year’s Word Festival visit www.abdn.ac.uk/word/programme.

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