Day 9 Sunday 25th

Welcome to Day 9, the final day of our first virtual Midlothian Science Festival. Each day we’ve been releasing a new page of links to content about the science on your doorstep, and further afield. Every day there are things to read, videos to watch and of course experiments for you to do at home!

Only just found out about the Festival? Don’t worry, all of the content will be staying online and you can check out days one to eight of the Festival here.

As ever, the Midlothian Science Festival is all about sharing science with people in Midlothian, and we need your help! Spread the news, follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook, share our posts and most importantly. tag us on social media and add your pictures to let us know what you’re enjoying about Midlothian Science Festival 2020.

Find us on Twitter @MidlothSciFest and on Facebook @MidlothianScienceFestival and tag us using #MSFonline

feedback Thank you for participating in our first online Midlothian Science Festival.

We would really appreciate any feedback you would like to offer, Good or Bad. Feedback from our audiences helps us to build a better Festival each year and to apply for future funding.

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This year the festival has been supported by scientists and science organisations in Midlothian, across Scotland the rest of the UK, Poland and Nepal!

Please follow the link to our thank you page to visit their websites and and find out more about their work.

Thank you from the MSF Team!


Link on its way!


Roslin Institute building Lessons from the latest coronavirus – read what virus experts at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have to say about the scientific response to the coronavirus outbreak, in the first instalment of the new Roslin Institute blog. read

Coronavirus Blog


baby feet Check out this playlist of talks, organised to celebrate a series of large-scale, groundbreaking cohort studies involving people in the Lothians and across Scotland.

Find out what scientists and participants have learned so far and what’s next for the research.


Generation Scotland: Celebrating Scottish Cohort Studies


pumpkin Halloween is almost here and the Anatomy Nights team are challenging pumpkin fans to create anatomically correct carved pumpkins this October!

Submit photos of your carved creations via social media using #Anatomypumpkins and tagging @Anatomynights (and don’t forget to add #MSFonline too!)


Anatomical Pumpkin Competition


colourful sound wave “DNA is very small but we have a clever way to make music from it”

Find out how University of Edinburgh PhD student Eddie Martin uses sound to represent scientific information, and listen to the music he’s created from the DNA sequences of humans and orang-utans!


Sounds like DNA


Astrobiology Join astrobiologist Prof. Charles Cockell from the University of Edinburgh and researcher, writer and activist Rianna Walcott, for a conversation about woolly mammoths, deep sea gigantism and knowing your place in the family hierarchy.

Part of the Sharing Things podcast series.


Sharing Things Episode 2



Get hands-on with science with Wonder with Worms, part of the Science@Home series from the Easter Bush Science Centre and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

Use simple household items – and some worms! –  to carry out your own worm-friendly science investigation into whether worms prefer wet or dry places.


Wonder with Worms


a variety of biology-themed artworks Get creative and submit an entry for the Royal Society of Biology’s BioArtAttack competition!

Entries can be anything from drawings and sculptures, to models and collages of any scale, and you can enter as an individual or a group.


BioArtAttack competition


dna jigsaw puzzle Did you know that scientists in Edinburgh have been studying the genetics of animals for over 100 years? Find out more in Farm, Field and Family – three 15-minute videos about the history and future of genetics from the perspectives of farming, wildlife and medicine. watch

Farm, Field & Family: 100 Years of Animal Genetics


egg Our friends at STEAM Experiments have put together lots of experiments that you can try at home. They have also provided links to the science behind the experiments, to make the activities suitable for all ages.

Today’s activities are about osmosis, colour changing and spirals in nature.


Osmosis in Eggs

Vanishing Colour

Spirals in Nature



quantum physics







We have partnered with our friends at the Silesian Science Festival in Poland to bring the first ever international content to our festival. We have four videos for you today:

O FIZYCE KWANTOWEJ (BASICS OF THE WORLD – QUANTUM PHYSICS) Explaining the foundations of quantum physics.

NAJCIEKAWSZE ZWIERZĘTA ŚWIATA (MOST INTERESTING ANIMALS IN THE WORLD) Oceanographer and physicist presents some of the cute, deadly, weird and ugly creatures living in our oceans (in English).

I INTERNECIE (ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE INTERNET) On algorithms, creativity, decision-taking, morality and other issues related to artificial intelligence.

O PRZECIWNOŚCIACH LOSU (ADVERSITIES) Polish explorer and double amputee who reached both the North and South Pole in the same year tells his personal story of overcoming difficulties.


Quantum Physics

Most Interesting Animal

Artificial Intelligence


You may need to adjust the subtitles on these videos

Instructions for Subtitles




alien We’re excited to share a selection of activities from the University of Edinburgh and our friends at Glasgow Science Festival:

Neuron Safari – Explore neuroscience using Minecraft

Alien Passport – What do aliens look like? Make a passport for your own alien.

Game On – Learn to code and build your own computer game.


Neuron Safari

Alien Passport

Game On



climate change One of the biggest challenges of our time is the climate emergency – check out these Climate Action resources from the Dynamic Earth team to help you keep up with the science, discuss the solutions and answer your questions, plus a selection of science materials in Gaelic. do

Climate Action

Gaelic Science


fun scientist The Fun Scientists have run 12 science shows for us this year – if you missed them live, they’ve been recorded and will appear on our YouTube channel over the next few weeks – look out for links on social media #MSFonline

The first instalment is ready now – enjoy the Science of Bubbles Show!


Science of Bubbles

Thank you all for being part of our first online festival, we’ll be keeping all of our links up online, so no-one misses a thing!

Missed a day? No problem! See all of our festival content so far here

Author: Ken

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