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Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Cafe Scientifique is currently held at Wholly Bagels, 34 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, on the last Thursday of each month starting at 6pm.

The Buzz Around Manuka Honey

New Zealand’s iconic manuka honey has recently hit international headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The limits to growth

The most important scientific question of our time is the overpopulation of the earth, and the damage done, which suggests an uncertain future.

Living In the Shadow of Angkor

Living In the Shadow of Angkor - How well archaeological practice actually records history

Vaccines for Cancer Immunotherapy

Unlike chemotherapy or radiotherapy that target cancer cells directly through their cytotoxic properties, cancer immunotherapy relies on targeting or training the immune system to kill cancer cells through endogenous or natural mechanisms.

Music From Tesla Coils - Electrifying!

Tesla coils, invented by Serbian-American Nikola Tesla in the 1890s, produce high-voltage electricity and have inspired many kinds of research, but he probably never expected them to be used to create unique sound and music. The arcs of electricity heat the air rapidly, and the movement of the air creates the sound, but slightly differently each time.

Simulating Space with Dr. Gernot Grömer - President, Austrian Space Forum

What does surviving a Saharan sand storm and exploring a giant ice cave with robots have to do with space exploration?

Cook Strait earthquakes - how likely is a big one?

Earthquake expert Russ Van Dissen discusses the effect the Cook Strait quakes are having on the chances of a big one rocking Wellington. He also talks about the behind-the-scenes work being done to minimise a potential quake’s impact.

3D Printing - Manufacturing a New World

3D printing is transforming the way we make things, all sorts of things - all the way from medical implants to guns! It’s also changing who makes things, where they’re made and who owns the designs. Eleanor Howick will talk about the technology behind it, and its strong connections with open source and open design.

Breaking the Diffraction Limit with Nearfield Photolithography

Dr. Ciaran Moore, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington - Photolithography is one of the key technologies that makes possible the myriad of electronic devices and gadgets that we use each day from engine control units in motorcars to mobile phones that take pictures and connect to the web each of these could not exist at the same size, power rating, or price were it not for the photolithography process. The pace at which new improvements and refinements are introduced to photolithography is breathtaking, too, with the minimum feature size that can be resolved shrinking by half roughly every two years since the 1960’s.

Getting on with it – the effects of genetic testing

Genetic testing for familial breast and ovarian cancer has had recent media exposure following the announcement by Angelina Jolie that she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation. In New Zealand, families can request a risk assessment through Genetic Health Services NZ. The assessment involves collection of a detailed family cancer history. Genetic testing to look for a mutation in genes associated with hereditary cancer may be offered to families assessed as high risk and who meet certain criteria.