Past Meetup

Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: Silent Running

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Between the movies 2001 and Star Wars there was the classic of movie Science Fiction: Silent Running. When the future earth's ecosystem is reduced to existing only on geodesic domes attached to drifting spacecraft, their survival depends on one botanist, aided by three drones.

The 1972 movie was steeped in the counter-culture of it's era but its influence can be seen in Star Wars, Moon, Wall-E, Red Dwarf, Battlestar Galactica and many others

Mark Kermode called it ' of the greatest sci-fi films absolute masterpiece'.

Before hand we will be having a brief talk on how we are protecting the world's species of fauna from extinction in the present day by Frank Machin.

Frank Machin spoke for us back in April 2016 on Hawaiian Papaya and GMO's. He is a developmental biologist studying for a PhD in plant molecular biology at the university of Edinburgh and studies the ways that different types of cells develop as the plant grows. In the long run, Frank wants to feed the world by finding ways to make better crop plants.

Frank got his start doing public science talks after winning the Scottish Famelab final, talking about how cells organise themselves to form patterns. In his spare time, Frank is into gardening, DIY biology, and board games.