Science Museum Explores '5 Senses'

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Electronic noses, artificial retinas and a seaside soundscape are some of the engineering wonders being explored and tested at the Science Museum's renowned Dana Centre this autumn as part of its new series of events, '5 Senses' (through 11 Oct 2007).

The series, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, explores how advances in engineering are revolutionising sensory experience of hearing, smelling, touching and tasting and helping people with impaired senses to see. Visitors to the Dana Centre can explore sensory perception and virtual reality hands-on with some of the latest developments in neurobionics, haptic technology and micro-engineering.

Kat Nilsson, Dana Centre Programmes Manager, said, "I challenge anyone visiting the Science Museum's Dana Centre this autumn not to be surprised by contemporary engineering of the senses. In keeping with Dana Centre tradition, visitors will be able to talk to experts directly about current research and try out some of the new devices, some of which are still only in development stage. Each sense is covered at five very different free events which are fully accessible to all and offer everyone a unique night-out in London."

The series continues with 'Sight', how neurobionics and micro-engineering are providing solutions for the blind and visually-impaired; 'Touch' (2 Oct), a demonstration of tactile and haptic technology being developed to simulate touch; 'Smell' (9 Oct), an exploration of developments such as electronic noses; and 'Taste' (11 Oct), a look at nanotechnology in food. A limited number of tactile maps of the Dana Centre will be available for blind and visually-impaired visitors to the Sight, Smell and Taste events. The maps have been developed by Dawn Cliff of the University of York Centre for Tactile Images. -- www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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