Day 3 - Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home

Today’s line-up of speakers includes GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming, founder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene, NASA’s Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology and director of the AI, Mind, and Society groups at the University of Connecticut Susan Schneider.

We start the morning with our family show. Today, Maggie Aderin-Pocock leads an epic adventure through the Solar System.

Ian Deary describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers in a very short introduction to intelligence.

Suzi Gage investigates the science behind recreational drugs – debunking common myths and misconceptions, as well as containing the most recent scientific research in Say Why to Drugs.

Greg Foot takes a daily delve into one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Today, he’s joined by Bella Lack and UKRI GCRF Researcher Federica Di Palma to explore Life On Land.

Joanne Hackett and Munir Pirmohamed with Vivienne Parry consider the benefits and risks of DNA testing and how it could pave the way for personalised treatments for diseases such as cancer in DNA Testing: All In The Genes?

Susan Schneider proposes ways to test for machine consciousness and asks whether consciousness is an unavoidable by-product of sophisticated intelligence in Artificial You.

Mark Miodownik and Andrea Sella explore the science of cocktails and demonstrate how to make a magnificent margarita cocktail.

GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming gives an exclusive insight into the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic to our national security in Intelligence and Cybersecurity Today.

The day ends with Brian Greene: Until The End Of Time where Brian leads us on a spellbinding journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe’s beginning to the closest science can take us to the very end.

You can also expect a few carefully curated interludes including highlights from our school’s science communication competition FameLab Academy. Part three of our writing for wellness series with our Beyond Words writer-in-residence Caleb Parkin and a dive into the Science Festival archives with a FestCast featuring Neuroscientist Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain, who unpacks the stereotypes that we’re bombarded with from birth, shattering the myths and showing us a future beyond binary.