Scientists explore the sweet taste of chocolate

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A FESTIVAL in Yorkshire exploring the world of science and engineering is setting out to answer key questions among them just why chocolate tastes so good.

Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, led by the city’s universities and museums, includes more than 200 school events across South Yorkshire, as well as a packed programme of free public activities from murder mystery evenings to looking at how robots will influence our lives.

The event, which runs from Friday until Sunday, March 23, includes an event explaining our sweet tooth and another outlining the science and technology of cooking as seen on TV.

There will also be a chance for people to isolate and analyse their own DNA and an invitation for visitors to become forensic scientists and crack a crime.

Richard Walton, from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Science Education, said: “The aim of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering is not just to celebrate the achievements of the past but to see, in the research and development of the present, a vision for the future in all areas of science and technology. This festival demonstrates the enormous richness of scientific and technical talent that can be found in South Yorkshire, not only in the universities but in schools and industries across the region.”

All events are free but places must be reserved. For more information go to