Saturday was a very exciting day for me and my friend and I went up to London to see new Scientist Live. It's basically a massive Science event where we just get to listen to various lectures and then look around some "stalls". So Siân came to my house and off we went to the train station to get on the train to London.
After a long train journey, 2 tube lines and a shorter train journey, we arrived at the centre. We went straight away to our first lecture which was on life in the deepest parts of the ocean.
(All of the photos are screenshotted from my story because I forgot to take any of my own)
We learned some really cool stuff about the ocean. Mostly that life in the deepest ocean isn't actually that weird. Most of the fish look the same as "normal" fish apart from the fact they are 100% cuter. There were a lot of fish murder videos though.
The next lecture we had was on black holes. It was interesting to see how the data was collected but I must admit I got very bored in this one - sorry!
It was time for lunch which wasn't a great affair. I lined up at the River cottage place for ages and then when I got to the front, they announced that they'd run out of veggie food. So I had to settle with an "ok" salad instead. Their cake was good though!
We wanted to go to a lecture on memories but we were doing this scanner thing instead where you could see the artery valves beating and so, by the time we turned up, it was impossible to get in. Instead we did an engineering lecture and I hate engineering.
I was actually very surprised. It was really good and was talking about the way that cities could repair themselves. It turns out that the roads aren't actually solid which is crazy. Also, there are these bugs that are placed in walls and when a crack comes they eat their way out by pooping! Then they die, poor bugs.
Then we went to a talk on robotics. Personally, I'm not a big fan of robotics but it was still so interesting.
We learned about how robotics and humans should work side by side and also had a few live demos. One was a robot doing press ups and let me tell you that they could do it a lot better than me. Also, we saw a robot getting its balance right to go over difficult terrain.
I was literally falling asleep in the last lectures but it was finally time to go home.
I would highly recommend the New Scientist live and I hope to go next year. It was a great atmosphere and I loved all of the stands and seeing so much cool stuff. Next year, I'd try to have more time to look around the stalls as there was so much to see and not enough time to see it!
Hi, I'm Zoe
I'm a teenager and this is my blog. I update it roughly every other day (I'm a lazy teenager, sometimes I'm too busy wasting my life on YouTube or with fan fiction).