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  • science weekend at KXFS

    August 2012

    a weekend of science-leaning events at the King’s Cross Filling Station, a stunning new public space and pop-up restaurant on the Regent’s Canal designed by architects Carmody Groarke. behind a series of undulating panels, the existing kiosk has been being transformed into Shrimpy’s while the former forecourt hosts a bar, pizza oven and lecture theatre which will play host to a series of talks, installations, screenings and live demonstrations centered around the future of the humble filling station in a post-petroleum future. where will our energy come from, what will power our vehicles and what will we use these urban spaces for in years to come?

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    on show throughout the weekend, Patrick Stevenson-Keating’s Future Filling Station installation takes its cue from KXFS’ history as a working petrol station and asks ‘what will power the fuel pumps of tomorrow?’

    using the former forecourt as a fitting backdrop, the installation comprises four futuristic fuel pumps which use far-out but hopefully not far off energy sources which could power tomorrow’s vehicles

    events

    join us at this amazing space on the Regent’s Canal for talks, demonstrations and screenings – plus frozen margaritas, prosecco on tap, wood-oven pizzas and live music every evening from Bistrotheque’s legendary synth maestro Xavior…

    Friday 17 August

    7pm: urban air / though we’ve made progress on other forms of pollution, urban air quality remains a big problem. one beautiful suggestion for how to tackle it comes from fashion designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan, who propose a range of ‘Catalytic Clothing’ which actually neutralises pollution. join us for a discussion and screening with project collaborator and air quality expert Dr Frank Kelly from King’s College London

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    Saturday 18 August

    12pm onwards: hydrogen fuel cell exploration / Arcola Energy’s Feimatta Conteh and Ben Todd will demonstrate their radio-controlled hydrogen fuel cell tugboat. after a 12pm talk about their work making Arcola Theatre greener, we’ll cast off to explore the Regent’s Canal using this small but mighty zero-emission vessel. the tugboat will then available for you to pilot throughout the day – with short breaks for hydrogen refueling!

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    2pm: high altitude wind / the breeze is much stronger in the upper atmosphere – but wind turbines would need to be massive to take advantage of it. Imperial College London’s Dr Stefano Longo (himself a glider pilot) will discuss a radical redesign of the turbine which would omit the tower and the inner parts of the blades to keep these ‘wings’ flying with help of automatic controls and long cables to transmit power back to us on earth

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    4pm: thin film solar cities / join George Dibb from Imperial College London’s Centre for Plastic Electronics in the forecourt for a talk about thin film solar: a new technology which could one day be coating our cars and cities with a power-generating layer – turning the city itself itself to a massive energy source!

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    7pm: green nuclear nite / first pioneered in the 1960s, molten salt reactors were a promising breed of safer, cleaner and greener nuclear power plants – able to run on an abundant element called thorium. today, in the face of climate change and resource wars, organisations like The Weinberg Foundation are pushing to get such designs back on the agenda. come find out why in this unmissable talk and film screening

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    Sunday 19th August

    12pm: urban farming workshop / Andrew Merritt of Something & Son will discuss the lessons they’ve learned creating FARM:shop – London’s first urban farming hub and now a thriving workspace, café and events venue packed to the rafters with living and breathing food – and their most recent project, the Barking Bathhouse

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    2pm: biofuel under the microscope / join Slavina Georgieva from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London for a discussion about the promise and pitfalls of the next-generation biofuels, and an update on the latest research in the field

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    4pm: urban wildlife / join award-winning architect Catherine du Toit for a talk about 51% Studios’ Urban Birds Nestworks, and a look at how disused structures like filling stations could be used to provide habitats for urban wildlife

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    7pm: laser fusion nite / nuclear fusion is what keeps the sun shining, and for decades scientists have dreamed of harnessing its power here on earth. now, using lasers, we may be getting closer to the point we can tap into this clean, green source of unlimited energy. join Dr Ceri Brenner from the Central Laser Facility for a magical evening of discussion and laser light in the forecourt

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    the KXFS cultural programme is supported by Vauxhall

     

     

     

    space age

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    following on from two successful gallery exhibitions, the Vintage NASA Photographs project has just released a new set of photographs for sale, including this one of the Gemini-7 spacecraft as seen from Gemini-6. other highlights of the collection include orbital tests high above the Earth, various Apollo astronauts on the Moon and even some shots from the Voyager probes taken in the 70s and 80s

    so what makes these prints worth so much? as curator Henry Little explains: “the photographs on the website are guaranteed as vintage NASA prints, processed by NASA’s photographic laboratories shortly after the date of the scene depicted. contemporary, original prints of pictures taken by astronaut-photographers such as Neil Armstrong are very rare and difficult to find, especially in good condition. generally speaking, vintage NASA photographs were printed on fibre-based 8×10 photographic paper, mostly on “A Kodak Paper”

    we’ll be publishing more images on our Instagram, and super/collider readers can enjoy a 10% discount on Vintage NASA Photographs until 13 November – just enter SUPERCOLLIDER2017 in the promo code box

    all that glitters

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    from the ancient Aztecs to Versace’s new Spring 2018 collection, gold has transcended fashion and culture to remain relevant across millennia. it’s one of humanity’s most enduring precious metals, but it’s taken science until this week to finally pin down exactly where it comes from

    the short answer is that gold and other heavy elements are formed by the explosions created by merging neutron stars – super dense suns that weigh twice as much as ours but are only about 10km across. the long version of how we figured this out is an amazing story of cutting-edge physics, astronomy and some timely international cooperation.

    read more in our new post for AnOther

    exploring the invisible

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    Monday 20 November 2017

    join super/collider at The Collective to explore the invisible with Dr Simon F Park, Senior Teaching Fellow in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Surrey. through his talk, Simon will reveal a hidden universe which sheds light on the microscopic processes happening beyond our field of vision. Simon will also talk about his research on bacterial bioluminescence and light sensitive materials

    8pm – 9.30pm
    The Collective
    Old Oak Lane
    London
    NW10 6FF
    free – but please RSVP here

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    deep space

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    deep down in the depths of the Earth’s oceans lies a world in many ways more mysterious than outer space. blanketed by darkness and the crushing weight of billions of tons of seawater, this alien abyss is the focus of the Parley Deep Space Program, which we recently profiled for a special insert inside Dazed Magazine…

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    Cassini: a spectacular end

    Wednesday 22 November 2017

    after two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has completed its remarkable mission to Saturn. orbiting the planet and its many moons, the probe captured incredible images and made a number of new discoveries before being deliberately plunged into the gas giant to keep its moons pristine and uncontaminated. although the spacecraft is gone, researchers will be studying the rich trove of data from the mission and its grand finale for years to come

    join us hear Professor Michele Dougherty, the Principal Investigator for the magnetometer instruments for Cassini, discuss what new discoveries came from the probe’s long journey and ‘end of mission’ science

    7-9pm
    Second Home
    68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
    free for Second Home members
    £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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    magic mushrooms

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    the complex and mutually-enriching interaction between soil, plants and fungi is similar to the fertile relationship between mushrooms, mankind and art – a dynamic explored in a new show curated by Francesca Gavin that opens tomorrow night in Paris. as she explains, “this simplest of organism has been at the core of ritual, power and ideas around immortality and strength for thousands of years. contemporary artists are continually drawn towards the mushroom for its references to nature, the psychedelic and the spiritual”

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    seeing science

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    launched in September last year, Seeing Science is a year-long project at the University of Maryland that examines and documents the ways in which science is represented through the visual medium of photography

    with online platforms, essays, events and exhibitions, the project looks at the ways in which science is represented as an industry and as an academic subject; the people involved and its myriad interactions with our everyday life. from Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering studies of animal locomotion to NASA’s rich photography archive through to augmented reality goggles for surgeons, Seeing Science seeks to examine the various forms scientific images take, what they reveal and how they transform the disciplines they serve. Bobby Jewell spoke with the project’s curator and producer, Marvin Hieferman, to find out more

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    THE PLANT

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    a beautiful magazine exploring all things botanical, THE PLANT is ‘a curious observer of ordinary plants and other greenery’ put together by and featuring creative people who love plants

    Issue 9’s cover and monograph is dedicated to the humble yet irresistible geranium, with illustrations by Mélanie Dautreppe-Liermann, Ken Kagami, Jean Jullien, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Tim Lahan and Okamura Yuta. elsewhere in the issue, Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx talks gardens, designer Antoni Arola details his passion for seeds and seed pods, photographer Mark Borthwick explores the flora of Jamaica and super/collider provides text to accompany Kuba Ryniewicz’s incredible photos of the Danakil Depression – an arid, alien landscape in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia

    Issue 9 / £12
    SOLD OUT

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    deep impact

    Meteor Crater by Joe King

    in the first in a series of articles, we explore some of the places we’ll be visiting on our upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Expedition this August. first up is Meteor Crater, a massive hole in the ground in Arizona that helped scientists establish techniques for identifying meteor strikes…

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    ✺ solar eclipse expedition

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    14-22 August 2017

    join a small group of creative explorers as we travel across the spectacular deserts, forests and mountains of Western America to witness one of nature’s most incredible sights: a total solar eclipse

    click here to be the first to hear about upcoming fieldtrips and expeditions

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    a planet of oceans

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    from the depths of the Marianas Trench to the remote beaches of the Chagos Archipelago, we’ve rounded up five incredible places from around the planet in honour of World Oceans Day

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    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles

    L'Indifférence Des Etoiles

    88 pages / 26 × 19 cm / hardback
    41 photographs / full colour offset
    first edition of 500

    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles (The Indifference of the Stars) is French photographer Julien Mauve’s first book. filled with juxtaposed images of deep space and our world, it is about the quest for meaning and the difficulty to live with the knowledge that we exist. somehow, the stars become a shelter for the mind and help us bear the briefness of human life

    £25
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    the cosmic desert

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    stretching more than 7000 square kilometres across the barren deserts of Western Tunisia, Chott el Djerid is a vast salt lake that extends to the stars. an ‘endorheic’ basin, it floods in winter with rainwater and run-off from the distant Atlas Mountains, with dissolved minerals forming delicate pinks, soft greens, baby blues and other subtly beautiful colours. as spring turns to summer, crystalline structures emerge as the fierce Saharan heat turns the shallow waterways into glittering desert once more…

    read more about Chott el Djerid’s cosmic connections in our latest Where On Earth column for AnOther

    SUPER/COLLIDER X BOOK B

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    to mark the Hong Kong launch of our retrospective book, super/collider presented a two week pop-up shop at Book B, located inside the new mixed use space common room & co. in Hong Kong

    following on from this, our books have been now been added to the shop’s permanent selection, and we have more in the pipeline. next time you’re in Sham Shui Po, stop by to browse a selection of publications at the intersection of art and science…

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    Time Traveller by Seana Gavin

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    34x34cm glicée print
    limited edition of 50

    our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

    full series here

    £50
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    art and sci-fi in the Atacama

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    in one of the highest, driest and most remote landscapes on the planet, astronomers have constructed a series of megalithic devices to peer deep into space. these complex, futuristic artefacts and the strange landscape that surrounds them are what drew French artist Caroline Corbasson to the Atacama, where she’s currently shooting a new short film. you can read more about the project in our latest article for Amuse and check out this series of exclusive location scouting photos…

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    ten

    104-page retrospective book (2006-2016)
    first edition of 1000
    170mm x 240mm
    printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper made from 100% post-consumer waste

    in 2006 we published our first fanzine and began a journey into science and culture. from the depths of interstellar space to the limitless subatomic horizons of particle physics to the most beautiful places on our planet, we’ve been privileged to spend the past decade exploring the wonders and aesthetics of science from a creative standpoint

    full of short stories and facts, ten is more than just a retrospective of our work. it’s a visual record of where science has taken us all in the last decade – told through 100 beautiful images from the worlds of astronomy, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, ecology, biology… and beyond

    £10
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    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    inspired by the intersection of earthly geology and crystalline geometry, Noemi Klein crafts intricate pieces in a range of fine metals. in her Epoch 5 collection, geological structures in the form of precious mineral clusters crystallise the natural environment and provide a sharp physical alternative to the ethereal and sensory world of the eye

    £189
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    the in sound from way out

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    researchers at Queen Mary University in London are inviting filmmakers and creatives to experiment with sounds from space, as part of a new competition launched today. to find out more about these cosmic noises, we caught up with project lead Dr Martin Archer…

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    islands of ice

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    in our latest column for AnOther we overfly the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which is about to unleash one of the largest icebergs the Earth has ever seen

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