Shadow and light manipulation

Our species is the only one that lives knowing that it will die. Is there any other species that knows this is going to end? Paleoanthropologist María Martinón-Torres reviewed the evolution of the struggle of the human being for immortality in the last hundreds of thousands of years, thanks to the fossil record that keeps the memory of humanity and allows us to reconstruct the exploits. He stressed that this anguish to live knowing that we are going to die is a consequence of a complex intellectual capacity, an advanced society and an exuberant empathy. The human is able to live in the present, past and future.

The British physicist Sir John Pendry, on the other hand, has lectured on several techniques of light manipulation, which he has classified as exotic, that allow controlling light and achieving extraordinary effects and applications. One of the protagonists of his talk has been the negative refraction index, and the materials that have it. Indeed, thanks to that property, those materials can focus the light without limit of resolution, and allow to see objects even in the nanoscale.

From fly to human
Professor Ginés Morata focused on the manipulation of genetic information and the future of human society. Some genes that have to do with longevity have been identified. By manipulating these genes you can get a fly or a worm to live much longer. And humans have these same genes. Therefore, he pointed out that there is the possibility of a genetic intervention that gives us, through manipulations and genetic modifications, greater longevity.
Tomorrow's program

17:30 - 19:30 Plenary lectures
17:30 Nekane BALLUERKA
18:10 William FRIEDMAN
18:50 Jean-Marie LEHN

19:30 - 20:30 Naukas Passion

19:00 - 20:30 Plenary lectures, Guggenheim museum

19:00 Albert FERT
19:40 Barry BARISH

19:15 / 21:45 ON Zientzia, Leidor theater


Poetry in science, science in sung rhyme
To end the day, the stage brought together the bertsolaris Amets Arzallus, Andoni Egaña, Maialen Lujanbio and Iñaki Murua, and the great scientists William Friedman, Dudley Herschbach, María Martinón-Torres and Jean-Pierre Sauvage. Scientists showed their most poetic side, citing the transcendence of their research topics. Bertsolaris, on the other hand, sang what they take with them from what they heard in scientists’ interventions, among other topics. The wisecracks characteristic of bertsolarism were not lacking, and aroused the laughter of the public.

Chatting with the future of science
This morning was celebrated in the Eureka! Museum from Donostia the meeting top@ DIPC Zientziarekin solasean. For the tenth year, a group of high school students met with three world-leading researchers. Jocelyn Bell, Juan Ignacio Cirac and Jean Pierre Sauvage answered the questions asked by young people, and sharing their personal experiences have approached them. One of the ideas that the three transmitted was, for example, the good personal opportunity that is to go outside to see different ways of seeing and performing research.

Did you know...
that 16 world-leading researchers have gathered these days in Donostia at the Passion for Knowledge festival? Many of them have stated that here they find a response and a mobilization by people that they have not found anywhere else. Among the terms they cite to express what this special festival evokes, there are crowd, exuberance, fun, passion, public...
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