Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition on neuropsychological tests – 105science

Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition speaks about the neuropsychological tests they develop including one designed for the easy and early detection of dementia. Their test is soon to used in a government-funded field trial. Cambridge Cognition http://www.cantab.com/

We also have you guessing whether the following are science fact or science fiction:
Does a male catfish carries itd offspring in his mouth until they hatch?
Is the North Star, Polaris, the brightest star in the night sky of the northern hemisphere?
Are the jungles of Central and South America inhabited by a beetle with headlights on its back?

Amir Amedi from Hebrew University of Jerusalem is developing a technology to help the blind see with their ears. “The vOICe”, is described in in Neuron (Volume 76, Issue 3, 8 November 2012, Pages 640–652). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2012.08.026 http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/11/seeing-with-sound.html

Events

·         A talk about Econophysics Since the economic crisis, people have concluded that economics has failed. Dr Alex Baldon, University of Manchester introduces a scientific approach to the study of financial markets called econophysics. What does it involve? What does it do right? What does it do wrong? On Monday 26 November 20:00. At Plant Sciences Lecture Theatre, Downing Site. £2 http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/40544

·         Former governmental drug advisor Prof. David Nutt will show why current drug laws limit research and he’’ll show how simple changes in drug regulation could impact on science and medicine. The talk called Time to grow up? is on Tuesday 27 November in the Pharmacology Lecture Theatre on at  20:00

·         Skeptics in the pub offer an evening about homeopaths in East Africa called “Bad Science in the Developing World”.  Martin Robbins, of the Guardian’s Lay Science reports on dangerous practices in East Africa; flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria. On Tuesday, 27th November at The Maypole in Portugal Place at 7:00PM. http://cambridge.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/1247/Bad-Science-in-the-Developing-World

 

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