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Science communication is important in today's technologically advanced society. A good part of the adult community is not science saavy and lacks the background to make sense of rapidly changing technology. My blog attempts to help by publishing articles of general interest in an easy to read and understand format without using mathematics. I also give free lectures in community events - you can arrange these by writing to me.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

the big science of small things...

Science Talks look at the big science of small things

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 ektalks@yahoo.co.uk

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