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Mined over dark matter at Café Scientifique

(15 October 2004)

Recent observations have revolutionized understanding of what makes the universe tick. One question remains unanswered — what is actually holding it together?

A wide range of experiments have shown that the normal matter, which makes up the stars, planets and ourselves, accounts for only a small fraction the universe's total mass. There’s an opportunity for interested people to come and hear about the work taking place in their local university, which aims to reveal the dark side of the universe.

“Mined Over Dark Matter” is the title of the next Café Scientifique session by Dr. Pete Edwards who is the Co-ordinator of the Science and Society Programme at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, University of Durham.

The event takes place on at Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, on Tuesday 19th October at 7.45 pm for 8.00pm. The Arc bar has a wide range of drinks including coffee and soft drinks. Admission is free, simply collect a ticket at the box office. Café Scientifique is a monthly conversation about current issues in science and technology in a relaxed café setting, where anyone, from sixth formers to senior citizens, can engage with an expert about the latest ideas and trends. Speakers are leaders in their field, many from the North-east. Stockton Café Scientifique is one a growing network of Cafés Scientifiques throughout the UK and Europe aimed at bringing together a range of specialist speakers and the general public in a relaxed café setting.

Other speakers lined up in the Café Scientifique programme which runs until July 2005 include the University’s Vice Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman who will discuss the evolution of medical ethics over the last 50 years. (January 18th 2005)

Martin Dancey, Development Officer at John Snow College, said :“The whole aim of Café Scientifique is to give people from all walks of life and all age groups a chance to think about how science and technology impacts on all aspects of life. It is done in an informal and relaxed atmosphere with all the jargon and technical talk stripped away. We want to encourage more people from within Stockton and surrounding communities to come along and join in the discussions.”


For further information : contact Tom Fennelly, Public Relations Office, University of Durham, Tel 0191 334 6078 or e-mail :

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