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Date night: Dark Matters

Date night

Date night: Dark Matters

Channel your inner geek or crazy scientist for a night of 18+ explosive chemistry

March has arrived, and so has the promise of warmer and brighter days and slowly rising temperatures. Although here in Edmonton it may look like another month of winter, there are ways to turn up the heat on your outings without taking a vacation.

If you are looking for a truly explosive night, Dark Matters offers you exactly that, in a very literal sense. From DIY mini-explosions to liquid nitrogen ice cream, science has never looked more fun — or delicious.

Dark Matters is an adult-only, interactive event that is held every two months at the Telus World of Science. With a different theme for each event, Dark Matters presents its participants with a range of immersive experiences, all the while introducing fascinating facts about the world around us.

If you have ever sought to recreate a DIY experiment or cool science trick you’ve seen online, Dark Matters is the right event for you.

This month’s theme is “Laboratory.” Whether you are looking to indulge in explosive DIY experiments, build your own cocktail, or feel a real meteorite in your hand, there is something for everyone.

Laboratory will offer a series of activities and demonstrations for its audience, such as the chemistry of food, molecular gastronomy, IMAX presentations, and DIY gummy bear fireballs.

You will get a chance to extract and dissect DNA from a strawberry to build your own cocktail, pick apart a piece of real meteorite and view it through a microscope, and try out a thermochromic dye that changes colour when exposed to heat.

For all the foodies out there, the molecular gastronomy workshop will let you explore the ingredients in your favourite food, what makes a meal delicious (or inconsumable), and the transformations it undergoes in the process of being cooked.

Dark Matters promises to indulge more than your visual senses, as you will also be able to try liquid nitrogen ice cream, a cold treat engulfed in a white, foggy vapor that makes the delicious dessert look it was taken straight out of a volcanic crater.

However, Laboratory is not a class, so there is no sitting still behind a desk. Rather, it is designed to be an interactive social event.

For each of its Dark Matters events, Telus World of Science invites a DJ and sets up a bar (several of them, in fact) for guests. Experts are invited to speak to the guests and coordinate the experiments and demonstrations.

Guests will have an opportunity to interact with each other and the experts, and can join in on any of the experiments that capture their attention.

All the experiments are meant to be hands-on, so finish your drink and get ready to participate. Or you can watch the presenters perform the experiments for you as you sit back and observe up close the wonders that chemistry has to offer.

Tickets are general admission and give you access to all the activities and workshops. The event is held on March 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is an 18+ event. Details about the event can be found on the Telus World of Science website and official Facebook page.

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