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What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Friday, 20 October

Today we’re Going Underground with a tour of the Stockport’s famous air raid shelters (Stockport Air Raid Shelters, 7pm), exploring secret tunnels and meeting microbiologists, radar engineers and nurses along the way. You’ll get an insight into WW2 nursing and pre-antibiotic techniques, the rise of antibiotic resistance, alternative therapies, the science of radar and its evolution into modern-day smart security screening.

If you prefer the city surface to its tunnels, get involved in an immersive and engaging debate about how to meet Manchester’s future energy demands with Smart Cities (Number 70 Oxford Street, 5.30pm). Discover how scientists from the European Commission are rising to the challenge of keeping Europe’s lights on and what this means for Manchester’s future as we explore a world of biofuels and next-generation batteries. Be prepared to experience interactive art and hands-on performances inspired by the science of smart cities.

We’ve got Friday feels for The Hip Hop Science Stop (University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus, 6pm), Josh Award winner Jon Chase’s high-energy introduction to science through science fiction, the technology of hip hop and how rap can help people get involved in science at home or even on the street. Hear Jon talk about how rappers and researchers are working together, and discover the urban science experiments using household waste and pound shop bargains that will show you how to be a boffin on a budget.

Alternatively, head to Manchester Museum where Video Jam are taking over the fossils gallery to create original soundtracks for specially-selected favourite flicks (Manchester Museum, 7.30pm). Watch and listen as talented musicians jam along to a blend of science films from the archives.

There’s still a chance to see Under Glass (The Lowry, 6.30pm and 8pm), equal parts medical laboratory, museum exhibit and art installation, or go deeper into the show’s themes with Under Glass: Beauty and Destruction (Manchester Museum, 6pm), where Clod Ensemble consider hoe bodies are perceived in medicine and art, and a panel continue a long-running debate about whether probing, understanding and knowing more about things expands or destroys their aesthetic value.

The dinosaurs are still rampaging around EventCity in Dinosaurs in the Wild (9am-5pm), while the Scribble Bots just as chaotic – although considerably smaller – at the Museum of Science and Industry (2pm-4pm).

Photography fans should plan two trips today – to Central Library to see the finalists in the Physics Pics competition (9am-8pm) and then to the People’s History Museum for Women of Science (10am-5pm), an impressive and inspiring showcase of the achievements, struggles and attitudes of a diverse range of female scientists.

Elsewhere in the city, discover how the truth died a death in the public eye and find out why misinformation could mean that now more than ever, seeing is no longer believing at the Library of Fake News (University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus, 10am-5pm) or experience works by Reena Saini Kallat (Manchester Museum, 10am-5pm), including her new sculpture, Chorus.

And of course don’t forget that you can visit the Museum of Science and Industry for two of the festival headliners – the intriguing exhibition Robots and the spiderweb-inspired immersive experience, Tape (all day).

Today’s timeline:

9am-8pm – Physics Pics, Central Library

9.30am-5pm – Dinosaurs in the Wild, EventCity

10am-5pm – Library of Fake News, MediaCity Campus, University of Salford

10am-5pm – Reena Saini Kallat, Manchester Museum

10am-5pm – Women of Science, People’s History Museum

10am-5pm – Robots, Museum of Science and Industry

10am-9pm – Tape, Museum of Science and Industry

2pm-4pm – Scribble Bots, Museum of Science and Industry

5.30pm-8pm – Smart Cities, Number 70 Oxford Street

6pm-7.30pm – Under Glass: Beauty and Destruction, Manchester Museum

6pm-8pm – The Hip Hop Science Stop, University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus

6.30pm-7.15pm – Under Glass, The Lowry

7pm-9.30pm – Going Underground, Stockport Air Raid Shelters

7.30pm-10pm – Video Jam Takeover, Manchester Museum

8pm-8.45pm – Under Glass, The Lowry