Enlightenment: molecules, brains, light and art

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


Discover the recent, largely untold, revolution that has taken place in the world of biological microscopy. The last 100-or-so years has told us that a 'limit of resolution' exists and until recently, this has stood. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three researchers who challenged this limit and broke through, creating new techniques that allow scientists to see inside living cells with higher resolution than they could have imagined even 5 years ago. Through presentations, demonstrations and audience participation, Prof Rory Duncan and Dr Paul Dalgarno from Heriot-Watt University will show how an unusual alliance between marine biologists, some fluorescent undersea creatures, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics allows neurobiologists to see the breath-taking beauty inside working nerve cells. We can now see the molecular protein machines that make neurotransmission happen, using tricks from astronomy to see and track thousands of single molecules moving in living cells.
Period13 Apr 2015
Event titleEdinburgh International Science Festival 2015
Event typeExhibition
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map