Eco-homes is the theme of this week’s The Science Show. Roger Frost visits a stunning, super-insulated city home that minimises its use of energy; has a garden for insulation on the roof but without a heat pump in sight. He talks to architect Jeremy Ashworth about the ways that his building saves energy. Thanks to Ashworth Parkes Architects Limited http://www.ashworthparkes.co.uk
We also go behind the scenes of Cambridge’s big OPEN ECO HOMES event. Over two weekends in May the public are invited on tours of 25 local properties to hear about measures taken to reduce their energy use. Roger speaks to Helen Karapandzic from the organisers, Cambridge Carbon Footprint. He hears how we can get involved and see the energy-saving options in action. Thanks to http://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/
For a map of houses, case studies and booking see http://openecohomes.org The ‘Open eco homes’ weekends are 12/13 May and 26/27 May 2012. Visit the website to choose a house and reserve a tour (e.g. 10.30; 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30). To book call 01223 301842 9am-6pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays.
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- TALK: How Intelligence Happens (Cambridge Cafe Scientifique), Can science hope to explain how brains build intelligence? Can we measure it? Talk by Professor John Duncan, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. On Tuesday 08 May 2012, 7.30-8.30 at Baroosh Bar – on the 4th floor 6 Market Passage (formerly B Bar). See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/37528
- TALK: The Science of Sporting Success – three scientists who work on the genetics, neuroscience and psychology of sport, offer their particular insights leading to an insight into what science contributes to understanding sporting performance. Talks chaired by Paul Flicek. On Thursday 10 May 2012, 6.15 till 9.15 at the Michaelhouse Centre in Trinity Street, Cambridge. See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/37625
- TALK: The Inner Beauty of Crystals – A scientist and educator, shares his passion for the fascinating and beautiful world of crystals. Illustrated talk by Ian Mercer, ex-Natural History Museum London. On Thursday 10 May at 7pm. At Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road. See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/34497