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Thursday 18 September 2014

Forget about the cat, curiosity is cool

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

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Five year old Mary McGoey from Renelagh pictured with Fritz the Robot ,which is part of the Festival of Curoisity which opened at Smock Alley Theatre.

CURIOSITY may have killed the cat, but scientists hope to use natural inquisitiveness to encourage both adults and children to explore the "wonderful world of science".

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Not in its second year, 'The Festival of Curiosity', which runs until Sunday in Dublin and Cork, is getting curioser and curioser. Attractions include musical trees, a two metre tall remote controlled duck and an ever expanding Lego City. There will also be lectures and talks from among others comedian Dara O Briain, marine biologist Tierney Thys and Nobel Prize Winner Professor Bruce Beutler.

"I'm looking forward to telling everyone about chasing a giant ocean sunfish around the world," said Thys. "The importance of curiosity cannot be undervalued – it is the fire that drives exploration."

Performer Niamh Shaw and Science Gallery astrophysicist Dr Joe Roche, who is on the shortlist to win a one-way trip to Mars, will discuss their interest in going to space at 'My Place In Space' in Smock Alley on Saturday.

"The word science can often intimidate people," festival spokeswoman Ellen Byrne said. "But the word, 'curious' is much more accessible.

"Every single person is curious; we wanted to create a festival that was fun, interesting and engaging. We want people to learn something but most of all have a great time."

Irish Independent

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