Week In Geek: 23-29 May

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Week In Geek: 23-29 May

The Birth of Stars

This new Hubble photo is but a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. Reminiscent of Hubble's classic image of the Eagle Nebula dubbed the 'Pillars of Creation' this image is even more striking in appearance. Captured here are the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and the dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

This week's best science, technology and geek events.

Monday
TECH: The Little Atoms radio show presents Which Way To Techno-Utopia, an exploration of how technology affects society. The event at the Free Word Centre on Farringdon Road features well known commentators on the subject Gia Milinovitch, Angela Saini and Ken Hollings. £5, 6.30pm

Tuesday
MUSIC: Ukelele Cabaret Gets Geeky, at the Lincoln Lounge in King's Cross, combines the might of the four-string with a spot of geek comedy. Host Tricity Vogue is joined by Helen Arney, Stefan Gaphausen and friends. FREE, 8pm

FUTUROLOGY: Panel of the week has to go to the British Library, who assemble Cory Doctorow, William Gibson, Jon Turney and others to talk about the shaping of the future. The event is part of a series to coincide with the library's sci-fi exhibition. £7.50/£5, 6.3opm

CAREERS: But a rival panel of the week assembles at the Royal Institution to discuss the problems with scientific career paths. David 'two brains' Willets MP sits alongside former MP Evan Harris (always good value) and the multi-talented Jennifer Rohn (scientist, singer, novelist, blogger, campaigner...). £10, 7pm

INTELLIGENCE: Gambling meets logic puzzles in a curious event at the Dana Centre this evening. The venue dusts off some classic IQ tests from the Science Museum's stores, then asks you to wager (pretend) money on how you'll perform. FREE, 7pm

INDIAN SCIENCE: Rising star Angela Saini visits Asia House tonight to discuss her new book, Geek Nation, with the Guardian's Alok Jha. Angela describes the rise of India as a science superpower. £8, 6.45pm

Wednesday
MUSIC: Baba Brinkman has made a name for himself by teaching evolution...via the medium of rap. He's about to launch a new series of educational videos, called The Rap Guide To Evolution. See the premiere of the first ever peer-reviewed rap show tonight at the Prince Charles Cinema. £10/£8, 8pm

FILM: Have your towel at the ready for a special screening of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy at Burlington House this evening. The Royal Society of Chemistry has invited in Science Editor of the Daily Mail Michael Hanlon to discuss Douglas Adams' cherished masterpiece ahead of the film screening. (Yes, it's the ho-hum 2005 film and not the TV series.) £6, 6pm

SCIENCE: It's Science Museum Lates night again. Booze, science and, most importantly, no kids. This month's theme is 'atoms', in honour of the centenary of Ernest Rutherford's paper describing the nucleus. Expect comedy, music, giant cockroaches, talks and...no kids. FREE, 6.45-10pm

Thursday
ASTRONOMY: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich offer up the first in a monthly series of lectures with a look at the birth of stars. UCL's Serena Viti takes control of the planetarium controls, nudging us through stellar nurseries and the giant clouds of dust where new suns are formed.  Book ahead for this and other events in the Summer Science in the Planetarium series. £10/£7, 7pm

CLIMATE: Café Scientifique returns to Clapham Picture House tonight. Imperial's Tom Dunkley will reveal what we can learn about climate change from ancient sediments. At the time of compiling, no information about the event was available on the web. FREE, 7pm

MEETUP: The Geekpub group will meet in the Slug and Lettuce, Lisle Street. Particularly aimed at coders, gamers and the techy end of geekdom. FREE, 7pm

Friday
NATURAL HISTORY: Following in its neighbour's nocturnal footsteps, the Natural History Museum tonight opens its doors until 10pm. FREE

FUTUROLOGY: Another sci-fi event at the British Library asks whether emerging developments in science and technology will make the Industrial Revolution seem like a footnote in the history of society. £7.50/£5, 6.30pm

Saturday
SCI-FI: Fortnightly meetup of the London Sci-Fi/Fantasy group in the Mad Hatter pub, Stamford Street. FREE, 7pm

Last Updated 23 May 2011