Science surprises to go on show in Sheffield

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Some of the most amazing aspects of science are going to be explored at a special Discovery Night in Sheffield later this week.

The free event will take place at the University of Sheffield on Friday between 4pm and 8pm in Firth Court and the Alfred Denny Building.

Exciting demonstrations will take place as part of the event, with visitors getting to see inside a molecular biology lab, watch research robots in action and try liquid nitrogen ice-cream.

The last Discovery Night attracted 1,000 people and this year’s event is expected to be just as busy.

A spokesman for the event said: “The event is open to visitors of all ages and will feature exciting demonstrations and mini lectures from science, engineering, medicine and dentistry.

“Held as part of the Festival of Science and Engineering, the event is one of many in which world-renowned researchers will be hoping to inspire the next generation of young scientists.”

Among the attractions are a scale model of Large Hadron Collider made out of lego and a chance to tour one of the university’s high tech molecular biology labs and find out about how students are trained in genetic analysis - an important technique in diagnosing, monitoring and treating leukaemia.

There will also be displays and talks on the use of MRI machines, understanding psychology and finding out how to go about building a quantum computer.

A robotics display will feature everything from flying quadcopters to talking humanoids, with information provided on how technology is being developed to assist humanity.

For more information, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/discoverynight.