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Gyles Brandreth: Word Power!

Bound & Gagged Comedy 'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic. Join wit and word-meister, former MP and star of Just A Minute, One Show, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Countdown on an…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£8 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

LateLab: Beauty by Design

Discussions of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Board Games with a Science-y Twist!

Enjoy an afternoon of science-inspired board games that will give you the chance to tackle climate change, cure diseases or prevent lab explosions. Drop in for anything from 15 minutes of dice-throwing and collecting dinosaurs, to an hour or two of solving puzzles and saving the world. Children are very welcome but must…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 12 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Jimeoin: Yeehaa!

Refining a lost art of the commonplace, Jimeoin is a comic with a delightful sense of the absurd and a uniquely low-key style.

Venue 150 @ EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Pentland Auditorium

£8.50 / 0844 847 1639

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pentland Auditorium

£10 / 0844 847 1639

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Pentland Auditorium

£12.50 (£10) / 0844 847 1639

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

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Best of the Fest

Assembly The biggest and best comedy line-ups in Edinburgh! This Festival favourite returns and maintains its status as the place to be at midnight. Stellar line-ups listed daily at www.assemblyfestival.com. Recent years featured the likes of Dylan Moran, Jimmy Carr, Adam Hills, Milton Jones, Katherine Ryan, Chris…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Main Hall

£12 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Main Hall

£12 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Main Hall

£12 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 30 Aug

Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show

Join Dr Bunhead for some serious Easter action with rainbow foam fountains, an Easter egg explosion and a bunny bazooka.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£6 / 0131 651 2189

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 11 Apr

£6 / 0131 651 2189

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Edinburgh Mela

World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas: the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone. The Mela Global Food Village is on hand to replenish your energy after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Leith Links, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

Sun 30 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

At the Fringe of Reason: Skeptics in the pub

Edinburgh Skeptics head back to the pub for Science Festival 2015. In the heart of the city that was at the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, the Skeptics will consider a selection of topics relating to science, reason and critical thinking at the Banshee Labyrinth. Join them on Tuesday 7 April to hear about Animal…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Ex Machina

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
  • UK release: 23 January 2015

Ambitious young coder Caleb (Gleeson) wins a competition to take part in a research experiment at the hmoe of his CEO (Isaac) – where he meets the experiment itself, robot Ava (Vikander). The ensuing battle of the sexes is played out through dramatic, witty and provocative discussion, making for smart, accessible and…

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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John Hinton's Ensonglopedia of Science

Expect a trip into the atomic nucleus and up to the moons of Jupiter. Expect iridescent beetles, stridulating psyllids and hermaphrodite water lilies. Expect the unexpected. And expected to rhyme. John Hinton has performed his musical comedies about Einstein and Darwin all over the world and has written songs for the…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Lost Physic Gardens of Edinburgh

In 1670 two doctors decided to create a physic garden – a herb garden of medicinal plants – in the shadow of Holyrood Abbey. It proved so successful that it moved time and time again to bigger sites in the city, ultimately becoming the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This walking tour will take you to the historic sites…

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

Abbey Strand, outside the Palace

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Pioneer

It’s 2029. The first human mission to Mars disappeared without a trace. A reclusive Indian billionaire has funded Ghara I, a new attempt to achieve this dream. Follow two Russian brothers travelling across Siberia, a Dutch marine biologist on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and two astrobiologists on the surface of Mars.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 3 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 4 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Science of Game of Thrones

A new series of dazzling skullduggery, bloodshed and frozen-zombie-warrior-creatures begins! Join us for an evening of Ice and Fire (though if we're honest about it, mostly Fire). Award-winning comedian Helen Keen and explosive science communicator *Ian Simmons *from Newcastle's Centre for Life, bring you experiments and…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Hormones

Hormones play an integral part in the balance and workings of the body. While many people are broadly aware of their existence, there are many misconceptions about the endocrine system. In this  Very Short Introduction…  physiologist Martin Luck explains what hormones are, what they do, where they come from, and how they…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Abouttimeyousaurus: Meet The Newest Dinosaurs

We are currently in the middle of a golden age of dinosaur discovery, with palaeontologists finding a new species of dinosaur somewhere around the world on average once a week! Just last year about 50 new species were found, ranging from one of the biggest long-necked dinosaurs ever discovered, to a four-winged dinosaur…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A crime has been committed; can you help us solve it? Become a forensic scientist in our special Crime Scene Investigation workshop. Study the crime scene and decipher the clues left behind by finding fingerprints, identifying soil samples and investigating blood. Can you solve the mystery and help us catch the…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

How to Build a Dinosaur!

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 170 million years, but some of their skeletons defy our understanding of engineering principles, with their vast necks and giant bodies. Join Prof Phil Manning and Dr Victoria Egerton as they build a complete skeleton of Gorgosaurus, from the ground up, in under an hour. As they assemble…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

21st Century Brain

Even in today's world of advanced technology, the human brain is still the most complex structure known to man, containing almost 100 billion nerve cells that work together to control your behaviour. Using the latest technology, computer games and hands-on challenges for children and adults, we'll explore this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 11 Apr

3 Bears

The shiny metal world of Goldilocks meets the lovely natural wooden world of the three bears… and the result is a very sticky adventure all round as Goldilocks and the bears make friends and cook up a wonderful porridge recipe together. Join Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre in the kitchen where, using simple kitchen…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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A Beginner's Guide to the Human Brain

Of all the extraordinary organs of the body, the brain is the most amazing. Find out some of the incredible things it can do, and how you can fool it! Is what you see the same as what you look at? Is flavour really just a matter of taste? And are humans really the most intelligent animals, or do we only think we…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Sense of Wonder

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the greatest scientific papers of all time, in which James Clerk Maxwell described his transformative theory of electromagnetism. This 40-minute film celebrates his life, his poetry, his creative genius as a mathematician and scientist and his love of Galloway…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Child Psychology

This  Very Short Introduction…  provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible guide to modern child psychology, from birth to early adolescence. Beginning with infancy, Usha Goswami, Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, considers the process of attachment and 'bonding'…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Coral Reefs

For centuries, coral reefs have been regarded with awe. Their scale is enormous and their ecological value is high, supporting both marine and human life. Today, the vibrancy and diversity of these fascinating ecosystems are under threat from over exploitation and they could face future extinction, unless our conservation…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Forensic Psychology

Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re-offending, the minds of serial killers are topics that fill both the news and fiction. They are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as forensic psychology.  This  Very Short…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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