[ASC-list] Can nanoparticles really cure alcoholism?

Marina Hurley info at writingclearscience.com.au
Fri Aug 13 01:04:19 UTC 2010


Just a thought,

In this email there is a notice for a talk that includes the statement that
nanoparticles "..can even be used to cure us of alcoholism!"  Is this
actually true? This is a strong statement to make. Perhaps it should be
explained with further brief context, otherwise it is in danger of being
viewed as yet another news item that uses the word 'cure' loosely.

my regards

Marina

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Today's Topics:

  1. From Slime to Dinosaurs: National Science Week Show at    Monash
     Science Centre (James Hutson)
  2. NSW - True Logic at the Ultimo Science Festival - FREE
     tickets (derekjw at iinet.net.au)
  3. Nano measure for measure: NSWk event Brisbane Wed 18 Aug
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From: James Hutson <james.hutson at gmail.com>
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Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:22:36 +1000
Subject: [ASC-list] From Slime to Dinosaurs: National Science Week Show at
Monash Science Centre
*Posted on behalf of Brains Matter*

The Brains Matter Podcast and the Monash Science Centre have joined
forces to bring to the public a special National Science Week event on
Sunday the 15th of August.

PhD student Corin Storkey will give a presentation on the Chocolate,
brazil nuts, antioxidants and the fight against free radicals - you
may know Corin from television’s “Beauty and the Geek Australia”.

Clive Weeks will be providing live music for a great atmosphere

Internationally renowned palaeontologist Professor Patricia
Vickers-Rich will then be interviewed by the OG from Brains Matter.
Join the live audience to ask questions, win prizes and enjoy a
wonderful and lively discussion.

This exciting event is followed by “Lunch with the Palaeontologists”
in which you will have to opportunity to informally discuss palaeo
research, dig sites, field trips and more.

11:00 am Centre Opens. Screening of Monash University Science
Communication Documentaries.
11.30 am Corin Storkey - Chocolate, brazil nuts, antioxidants and the
fight against free radicals
12:00 pm Podcast Interview with Patricia Vickers-Rich
1:00 pm Lunch with the Palaeontologists
3:00 pm Centre closes.

Throughout the day visitors will be able to explore the exhibitions
and children will be able to participate in hands-on activities.

Bookings for The Lunch are essential and will cost between $12-14 per head.

The event will be held in the main hall at Monash Science Centre,
Building 74, Normanby Rd, Monash University, Clayton Campus, VIC 3800.

Contact (03) 9905 1370 via phone, or email msc at sci.monash.edu.au

Full details here:
http://www.brainsmatter.com/?p=283
or here:
http://www.sciencecentre.monash.edu.au/natsciwk.html



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Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:23:10 +0800
Subject: [ASC-list] NSW - True Logic at the Ultimo Science Festival - FREE
tickets
Canberra based Boho interactive bring their science theatre performance to
the Ultimo Science Festival for a limited Sydney Season.

Australian stage online said "As theatrical experiences go, this is among
the most enjoyable I have ever had.’

"True Logic of the Future is compelling, confronting and intellectual
intriguing in its construct, imaginative in its staging, and prophetic in
its pronouncement of the global and national issues that will determine the
future prosperity and security of the nation.’ - *Lowdown Magazine
*
"...they have simply produced a fine piece of drama that explores some of
our bigger challenges as a society: the loss of anonymity, of power, and
control of our environment.’
- *Canberra times.*

More information and bookings via the Ultimo Science Festival website
http://www.ultimosciencefestival.com/usf10/?p=167

And I have double tickets for the the first four people who can email derekw
at phm.gov.au with the year Stanley Jevons arived in Australia?

True Logic is proudly supported and hosted by the Powerhouse Museum.


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Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:08:47 +1000
Subject: [ASC-list] Nano measure for measure: NSWk event Brisbane Wed 18 Aug
*Nano measure for measure - sizing up Nanotechnology*

Seminar by Nanotechnologist Jan Herrmann

Wed 18th August
6pm for 6.30 start

Nano particles can physically penetrate our brains, our bodies and our
phones. They are revolutionizing many aspects of modern life - from
sunscreen to computers. They can even be used to cure us of alcoholism! But
do we fully understand the risks associated with such tiny technology. Jan
and the NMI Nanometrology team are currently designing and building an ultra
precision atomic force microscope which will be able to make images
of objects at the nanoscale and measure their dimensions accurately. Jan
Herrmann talks about how we can use these images to better understand
nanotechnologies and gauge the risks.

Presented by the Australian Science Communicators and National Science Week

Luck door prize to be won and may be followed by nibbles.

*Where:* Westpac Auditorium, Level E, the Bancroft Centre
*Queensland Institute of Medical Research*

300 Herston Road, Herston, next to the Royal Children's Hospital.
**
*Map:* http://www.qimr.edu.au/page/Map_of_Location/

*Parking:*
The nearest parking complex is the Wilson Parking station opposite the Clive
Berghofer Cancer Research Centre on Herston Road.
**
*Public transport:*
*Bus:* The nearest bus stop is the Royal Children's Hospital bus stop on the
Northern Busway. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital bus stop on the
Northern Busway is a 10 minute walk from our entrance.
Train: Bowen Hills or Brunswick Street (Fortitude Valley) train stations are
a 20 minute walk from the Institute.

*Map:* http://www.qimr.edu.au/page/Map_of_Location/

Any questions please contact Sophie Baker.
*Sophie.L.J.Baker at gmail.com*


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