The Royal Society hosts a lecture on biology-inspired technology tonight, looking at advances in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as an on-the-spot DNA diagnostic test, a wireless disposable ‘digital’ plaster that measures heart and respiration continuously, a silicon based artificial pancreas, retina, cochlear and other body sensors wirelessly connected through mobile technology. The lecturer is Imperial’s Professor Chris Toumazou, Director and Chief Scientist of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, which he himself set up. 5:45 for 6:30: free.
We normally try to feature events from as many places as possible, but the Royal Society gets its second mention in two days with a very worthy event ahead of world AIDS day: HIV and AIDS: More than 25 years on, what challenges still remain? 6pm; free but book.
For a more interactive event, the Grant Museum has A hands on history of the skull, a workshop promising to feature real skulls and evolutionary mysteries. Currently fully booked, but they advise you to watch the website for drop-outs. 6:30pm; free.
WikiLeaks comes into the spotlight at LSE tonight with a lecture on its history by Charlie Beckett, the director of media thinktank Polis and former BBC and ITN journalist. 6:30pm; free, first come, first served.
One for a specialist audience at the Royal Institution tonight: a meeting of the 14-10 club, a group exclusively for finance professionals with a background in science. Tonight’s speakers are Lord Robert May and Professor Ray Goldstein, talking on biological complexity and complexity in banking systems. 7:30pm start; £35 trial membership.
The Hunterian Society has a one day only public viewing of its collections today, with books, artefacts and more related to the eighteenth century surgeons John and William Hunter, after whom the society is named. 1:30 to 4:30pm; no booking required.
Back to the RI tonight for The Ghosts of Christmas Lectures Past, a comedy event featuring Robin Ince, Adam Rutherford and Matt Parker amongst others paying tribute to 180 years of the Christmas Lectures. 7pm start, £30 a ticket, book now.
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