Thursday, 27 September 2007
Small here means really small – 1000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Nanotechnology is expected to hit big times in the next ten years or so with the industry worth $2000 Billion. Nanotech is not just about making things smaller. Matter behaves differently at the small scale of atoms and molecules. This leads to new properties that can be used to benefit mankind in many different ways. It has applications in medicine, energy, smart materials, consumer goods, defence, electronics, computers, communications…to mention a few.
Nanotech is not science fiction – living systems have perfected nanotechnology over the past 3 billion years. Humans are hoping to reach there in the next few decades. Whereas biological systems are water-based and temperature-sensitive, molecular nanosystems will be able to operate in a far wider range of environments and should be much faster.
The science of nanotech is fascinating. Dr Singhal will explain the science behind nanotech. The talks are part of community science education programme that Dr Singhal has pioneered in East Kilbride. They are aimed at the general audience covering the age groups from 10 to 100 years and no prior background in science is required. The presentation promises to be visually attractive, entertaining and thought-provoking.
Dr Singhal will also discuss the serious ethical and risk issues associated with nanotech. These are not well understood. There is urgent need for more public involvement as nanotech develops – understanding the science is a vital first step.
The talks are free to attend.
The series of six talks start on Saturday 20 October at 11 am. The venue is James Watt Auditorium in Technology Park, East Kilbride and affords ample free parking. Glasgow University and Scottish Enterprise support the programme. More details may be found at http://ektalks.blogspot.com or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Dr Ravi Singhal
No Science Background Needed
11 am – 12 noon on Saturdays
20, 27 October, 3, 10, 17 & 24 November 2007
James Watt Auditorium, E.K. Technology Park, G75 0QD
(Ample free parking on site)
Nanotechnology (NT) promises to be the next big thing. Nano-industry is estimated to be worth over $2000 billion by 2015. NT is engineering at the level of atoms and molecules involving dimensions 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair - truly the science of the small! It has applications in medicine, energy, smart materials, consumer goods, defence, communications…to mention a few.
Dr Singhal will explain the science behind NT. The talks are aimed at the general audience and no prior background in science is required. The presentation is visually attractive, entertaining and thought-provoking. Dr Singhal will also discuss the serious ethical and risk issues associated with NT. There is a need for more public involvement as NT develops – understanding the science of NT is a vital first step.
In Partnership with: Glasgow University
Scottish Enterprise, Lanarkshire
Further Information: ekTalks@yahoo.co.uk
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Science talks start in October…
Got around to setting up the blog. Now we can also keep up to date with climate change and cosmology.
Opening up of the northwest passage this summer was unexpected – arctic ice is melting many times faster than in the past years. The minimum for 2007 falls below the minimum set on 20-21 September 2005 by an area roughly the size of Texas and California combined, or nearly five UKs. Does this mean that we have been grossly underestimating the rate of global warming?
Other interesting news is about more evidence for dark matter in the universe – matter that we cannot directly detect with our instruments. More on this later.
From October 20, we shall look at how matter behaves at the tiny scale of atoms and molecules and the rapidly expanding discipline of nanotechnology. Nano is Greek for dwarf. This is supposed to be the next big thing and very interesting science indeed.
Pass on the blog address to your friends and neighbours!