In collaboration with The Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science (UCL), Science Museum Lates be answering such questions as: How safe is the Internet? What is a super-recogniser? And is DNA evidence really the ‘silver bullet’?

Lates-goers will be able to visit a virtual reality crime scene, test the accuracy of their eyewitness accounts and discover the perfumery of death. All that and a whole host of other things to create, contemplate and experience including our intergalactic silent disco and the Punk Science Comedy Club, which this month features Mock the Week’s Ed Gamble.

How to destroy a laptop with secrets

Can you be certain that your data won’t get into the wrong hands? Inspired by the leak of documents by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, Privacy International look at what steps the authorities took next. Come along to learn how to best to protect your information.

Why everything you’ve been taught about crime is wrong

Join ex-Crimewatch sleuth Nick Ross on a romp through the urban myths about crime as he applies a little science to show that things in the movies and media aren’t always what they seem.

Can we eliminate crime? 

Most crime rates have reduced massively over the past 20 years. Do you know why? Come to find out and discover how we need to deal with the new crimes that are starting to emerge. The answer is not necessarily more police, tougher sentences or bigger prisons….

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The dark web side of the Bitcoin

Understand the risks and dangers of the dark web, where all manner of things are for sale and Bitcoins can buy you anything. But can it guarantee anonymity?

10 myths

Think you know the causes and consequences of crime? The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science is the first Institute in the world devoted to Crime Science and are here to debunk some myths. Find out more about their work at this drop in trail.

Drone on!

Meet the Centre for Applied Science and Technology’s (CAST) collection of drones and see what they’re doing to leverage this uniquely useful technology.

Witless witnesses

Eye-witness accounts of crimes are notoriously inaccurate. Think you can do better? Join memory expert Julia Shaw and science presenter Simon Watt as they compete to mess up your memory.

The scent of death

This month Professor Anna Williams will join I, Science to explore the Perfumery of Death. Join us to experience the smells of decay and discover the media portrayal of crime.

Virtual forensics

How can we use Virtual Reality and gaming technology to learn more about forensics? From crime scene reconstructions to teaching and practising advanced techniques, learn how tech is shaking up forensic science.

DNA: The silver bullet for solving crime…or is it?

TV shows would have us believe that forensic scientists all look like models and DNA found at crime scenes always comes from the offender. Come and find out why advances in DNA profiling technology are actually making it harder to solve crimes.

What do crime and disease have in common?

Advances in mapping techniques allow us to examine patterns in crime problems. There is evidence that sometimes crime clusters in time and space in a way that suggests a ‘contagious’ element, similar to the spread of, for example, a common cold. How can we use this to help us in predicting future crime patterns? 

Punk Science presents the Science Museum Comedy Club

Come and bear witness as a gang of the usual suspects break your funny bones and steal your laughs at the Science Museum Comedy Club. Punk Science will be exhibiting their incredible demonstrations and welcoming three great guests. Mock the Week’s Ed Gamble, Science Museum curatorial assistant Jack Mitchell and as chemist and author of A is for Arsenic Dr Kathryn Harkup. Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person – available from any ticket desk.

Need to Know:

A Night of Crime

Wednesday 30 November 18.45 – 22.00

Over 18s only

Entry to Lates is FREE, for ages 18+ and no booking is necessary

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