What could a granny and an astronaut possibly have in common? And is your skeleton really bone idle?
The answers to these and more will be revealed at a family orientated show being staged by the University of Aberdeen at Glasgow Science Centre this week.
The Secret Life of the Skeleton is being shown to coincide with a conference organised by the European Calcified Tissue Society – the largest organisation in Europe dedicated to promoting research into bone disease.
The conference opens at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Sunday (June 27) and runs until Wednesday (June 30) and is bringing over 2,000 bone disease researchers to Glasgow.
The Secret Life of the Skeleton is being shown three times at Glasgow Science Centre on the Saturday (June 26) and has been produced by researchers within the University of Aberdeen’s Bone and Musculoskeletal Research Programme.
Dr Alun Hughes, one of the show’s organisers, said: “The Secret Life of the Skeleton was a great hit when we put it on in Aberdeen for National Science and Engineering Week. We’re hoping it will prove just as popular at Glasgow Science Centre.
“We’ll be revealing all sorts of facts such as what makes our bones strong and what young and old alike can do to keep our skeletons in the best of health.
“There’ll be audience participation, demonstrations and 3D imagery that will bring bone to life. And those coming along will find out the surprising connection between your gran and a spaceman. It promises to be a lot of fun!”
The Secret Life of the Skeleton is supported by a grant from Research Councils UK and can be seen at Glasgow Science Centre at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.