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Manchester Science Festival’s #HookedOnMusicTuesday, June 17th, 2014

Hooked On Music

MOSI are running an experiment to try and work out what makes certain music so catchy using the power of neuroscience! Hooked On Music is a game anyone can get involved with to help scientists work out why some songs get stuck in our heads.

Erinma Ochu, citizen scientist-in-residence at MOSI, muses on the neuroscience behind the joys of listening to music:

“So, MOSI have launched a music experiment that people can get involved in to help scientists figure out what makes music memorable: www.hookedonmusic.org.uk. Played as a game over several rounds, players get to recognise songs by singing out loud (or in their head if they’re shy) and identify the catchiest bit in pop songs from the 50s to the 90s and the present day.

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MadLab is hiring!Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We’re pleased to announce that thanks to the Creative Employment Programme we are offering a new paid internship starting in July 2014. This six month post is open to those who have been unemployed for six months or more,  are between the age of 18-24, live in Manchester and are currently seeking Job Seekers Allowance.

If you are interested in the post, please send a CV and cover letter to jo@madlab.org.uk or give us a call at 0161 839 6324 to chat about the role.

Applications will only be considered from people permanently residing within the boundaries of the City of Manchester.  To check that you are resident within the area covered by Manchester City Council, you can see which ward you live in here: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/councillors

Events and Retail Assistant at MadLab 

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Job Specification

Events:

  • Assist with community events onsite and occasionally offsite
  • Rig and de-rig events as required
  • Supervise the space during community group usage on Monday and Tuesday evenings
  • Assist with general maintenance of the building as and when required
  • Assist with onsite promotion
  • Support the team with the day to day running of the organisation

Retail:

  • Run MadLab’s community shop ‘Inventory’ on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Provide customer service to Inventory shoppers
  • Keep the shop and displays clean and tidy at all times
  • Operate the till and accurately handle cash and credit/debit cards
  • Undergo ad-hoc stock takes
  • Assist with the promotion of Inventory online (Twitter, FB etc)
  • Assist in changing displays of shop stock
  • Maintain vigilance at all times to minimise stock loss

General:

  • To support the team on all MadLab related activities and provide assistance where required

Training:

As MadLab run a variety of courses we are able to provide WordPress and Arduino training for the successful candidate with a view to providing more training as the role progresses.

Hours

Monday-Tuesday 1pm-9pm

Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Above are the regular working hours for the post however you may occasionally be asked to work additional hours during the week or at the weekend. It is essential that the successful candidate has a flexible attitude to working hours with the willingness to work evenings and weekends where required.

Salary: National Minimum Wage

Duration: Six Months

Person Specification

Essential:

  • English and Maths GCSE A-C
  • A broadly-based general knowledge with a developed interest in digital technology and/ or science
  • Familiarity with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook
  • Keyboard skills: Excellent IT skills and an understanding of Windows/ Pages
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Interns will be required to set-up spaces for workshops which requires light (but frequent) lifting

Desirable:

  • 5 GCSEs A-C
  • Retail Experience
  • Experience of working in a community-space environment (or similar)
  • Interest in new technologies and a desire to learn about them 

Please note that the above job role and person specification is not intended to be prescriptive. If you have an interest in MadLab and what we do and feel you have valuable skills that would add to the organisation we would love to hear from you! We are more than willing to amend the role for the right candidate.

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A Ferranti evening with the Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing EnthusiastsThursday, June 5th, 2014

Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing Enthusiasts are a rather self-explanatory group. They meet on the first Friday of each month to talk vintage computers, tinker with peripherals, emulate and replicate old machines, and exchange information and ideas.

Ferranti Argus 100

Ferranti Argus 100 – Image Credit: Computer Conservation Society

On Friday 6th June, Alan Pickwick will be leading an informal talk about Ferranti Argus computers from 19:00. Alan has been researching the machines and has an update on his progress, as well a request:

“I have scanned in all the manuals relating to the Argus 100 that was stored at the Catalyst Science Centre in Widnes and is now in the hands of The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. Many thanks to Paul Meara for facilitating this. Amongst many other things, we now have listings of test programs.

One request – very unlikely, but if you don’t ask – does anyone have any paper tapes relating to Argus?”

RSVP for free via Meetup to join in this discussion and contribute to their research!

Manchester SciFi Book Club – Vote for the next round of books!Monday, May 26th, 2014

Sci-Fi Book Club

Sci-Fi Book Club


Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a different science fiction book. The meetings are free to attend so, if you’re a science fiction reader, come on down. Right now, they’re taking a vote for their next round of books to read. Below is a list of the books, and a link to the poll. Get voting!

  • Player One Ready by Ernest Cline (384 pages)
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (384 pages)
  • Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon (384 pages)
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (318 pages)
  • Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F Hamilton (320 pages)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain (272 pages)
  • Turbulance by Samit Basu (368 pages)
  • Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (400 pages)
  • Protector by Larry Niven (218 pages)
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (256 pages)
  • Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds (296 pages)
  • Shikasta Re: Colonised Planet 5 by Doris Lessing (384 pages)

Vote now or click through for more about each book…

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