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Rise and reign of mammals

25 November, 12:00 to 13:00, Hall Laboratory in association with Aurubis
Do not miss this fabulous talk about the sweeping and revelatory new history of mammals, illuminating the lost story of the extraordinary family tree that led to us. Though humans claim to rule the Earth, we are the inheritors of a dynasty that has reigned over the planet for nearly 66 million years, through fiery cataclysm and ice ages: the mammals. Beginning with the earliest days of our lineage some 325 million years ago, Steve Brusatte charts how mammals survived the asteroid that claimed the dinosaurs and made the world their own, becoming the astonishingly diverse range of animals that dominate today’s Earth. Brusatte also brings alive the lost worlds mammals inhabited through time, from ice ages to volcanic catastrophes. Entwined in this story is the detective work he and other scientists have done to piece together our understanding using fossil clues and cutting-edge technology.
Recording of a live talk from the Sofia Science Festival, in English.
In partnership with the British Council
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The potential for liquid biopsies to revolutionise cancer care

25 November, 13:30 to 14:30, Hall Cosmos in association with A1

We can now analyse blood samples in incredible detail. In parallel, advances in artificial intelligence mean we can make sense of these data like never before. We now have the chance to detect and track cancer through blood tests (liquid biopsies) rather than relying upon scans and samples from tumours. This is already changing how we treat cancer, and promises to affect how we diagnose the disease, how we monitor people after treatment is finished and even which drugs we use. Join Prof. Mark Middleton, Head of Oncology at the University of Oxford, to hear of the technologies his research group use, how they are being tested in the clinic and where this may lead us over the next decade.

In English, simultaneous translation into Bulgarian available
In partnership with the Science & Innovation Network of the UK and the British Embassy in Bulgaria

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Transforming Astronomy with New Infrared Eyes: The James Webb Space Telescope

25 November, 18:00 – 19:00 Hall Laboratory in association with Aurubis
Since the release of the first images obtained with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) almost a year ago (July 2022), this observatory is pushing the current state of knowledge from the farthest reaches of the Universe to some of the closest objects we can observe in the Solar System. The detection of the first galaxies beyond the Big Bang was the driver for the massive space telescope, but new discoveries are being made routinely now for extrasolar planets (planets around other stars beyond our solar system), star formation and evolution, and new glimpses and findings closer to home. We are seeing the Universe, Galaxy, and Solar System now with a whole new light. This presentation will highlight some of the new discoveries already being made with Webb its first year of science. Let Dr. Stefanie Milam deputy project scientist for planetary science at JWST guide you through the new data we are seeing.

Exclusive broadcast of a recording from the live talk at the Sofia Science Festival. In English only.
In partnership with the Embassy of USA.

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Eyes wide open

26 November, 10:30 to 11:30, Hall Laboratory in association with Aurubis

Unable to bring stars to the laboratory, astronomers study them simply by watching them. Through the light that reaches us, we understand that in some way we are very much like the stars – we are born, we live, and we die. However, are they all the same? Are they of the same age, do they have the same companions, the same signature? These are some of the questions raised by astrophysics. Explore their possible answers with Portuguese astrophysicist Alexandre Aibéo as they force us to reflect on our place in the universe, which is a fundamental process for developing a critical spirit and an educated choice that are the basis of citizenship.

This event is in English.
Recording of the live event at the Sofia Science Festival, exclusively broadcast for the audience in Plovdiv.
In partnership with the Instituto Camões Sófia.

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