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Science Cafe Cork, November 2007

The Battle of the Sexes in human development.
Please join us at the first Cork Science Café featuring discussion by Dr. Tom Moore Department of Biochemistry, University College Cork

Science Café Cork is a informal setting where for the price of a drink, you can explore some of the latest ideas in science and technology.

Date: 16th of November 2007
Location: The Long Valley Bar (upstairs), Winthrop Street, Cork.
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
In association with The Alchemist Cafe
Supported by the UCC Biochemistry and Biotechnology Society, Discover Science & Engineering and The Killarney Guesthouse Western Road.

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November 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Forensic Science: A realistic approach to its value in solving crimes.

Dr Sheila Willis, head of the Irish Forensic Science Laboratory, will discuss the use of forensic science in police investigations and its limitations.

Date: 8th of November 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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October 2007’s Second Alchemist Cafe

Planning for Future Climate Change in Ireland

Dr John Sweeney of NUI Maynooth will discuss what Ireland needs to do to cope with climate change.

Irrespective of any attempts at mitigation, Irish climate is set to change significantly over the next few decades. How can we anticipate where and by how much this is going to occur? This talk addresses the question of how global scale musings about climate change can be brought down to a regional and local level in manner in which policymakers, engineers and individuals can plan for in order to ensure that Ireland inc. positions itself to adapt to, and thus become a potential winner rather than loser from, the climate changes imminent.

Date: 17th of October 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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October 2007’s First Alchemist Cafe

Magic or Maths?

Andrew Jeffrey: Award-winning Magician and one of England’s top Mentalists. Is he magical, a mind-reader, a mathematician or just mad? Probably a bit of all four, to be honest, but why not find out for yourself? Andrew will amaze you with his seemingly impossible feats, many of which work by the use of simple but well-disguised mathematical principles. This show is fun, interactive, amazing and totally unique.

Date: 15th of October 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering
Part of Maths Week
Maths Week 2007announcement

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September 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Why some people get malaria and others don’t!
Professor Luke O’Neill from the School of Biochemistry at Trinity will explain
differences in how our immune systems work, and talk about his and others
quest to understand this deadly parasite.

A key question in immunology is why some people get infections and yet others don’t? Also, why is it that some people can fight an infection whilst others remain sick and might die? A particularly interesting example is malaria which currently kills 1 million people per year in Africa alone. It turns out that there might be a genetic answer to these questions, which not only might explain disease, but might also point the way to new therapies.

Date: 20th of September 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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July 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Science of Hypnotism
Dr Vaughan Bell of King’s College London will discuss the psychology and neuroscience of hypnosis, which is being investigated by scientists wanting to understand altered mental states, suggestion and consciousness. The talk will also cover the latest findings on differences in brain anatomy, mental abilities and genetics, in people who are highly hypnotisable.

While hypnosis has been known for hundreds of years, it is only recently that scientists have begun to seriously investigate the psychology and neuroscience of this curious effect. In some people, the effect is so strong that they can have surgical operations under hypnosis without pain killers and suffer no ill effects. It has been discovered that hypnotisability is partly inherited and that people who are highly hypnotisable show definite brain differences when compared to others. As well as investigating the psychology and neuroscience of hypnosis itself, the procedure is also being used to safely and temporarily simulate the unusual experiences that might only occur in certain disorders, giving us a better understanding of mental illness and brain injury

Date: 12th of July 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL

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June 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Keeping the Lights On! Renewable Energy in Ireland
Professor Werner Blau from the Materials Ireland Polymer Research Centre, School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin will talk about energy supply and renewable energy issues for the future prosperity of Ireland.
Date: 13th of June 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
In association with CPL

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May 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Sexual Health and Irish People – what we now know
Prof. Hannah McGee, Health Psychologist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland will discuss Irish sexuality and sexual health.
Date: 30th of May 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event
Flyer for the event.
In association with CPL

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April 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Downloading at the speed of Light
Prof Liam Barry will explain how in the future we may all have optical fibres coming into out homes that will allow us to download data 1000’s times faster than we currently can today, by using light instead of electronic signals.

Prof Barry works for DCU’s School of Electronic Engineering is the Director of the Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering (RINCE), and a Principal Investigator for Science Foundation Ireland.

Date: 26th of April 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event.
Photos of the cafe.
In association with CPL

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February 2007’s Alchemist Cafe

Grow Your Own Bones? – Future Technologies in Medicine

Dr. Fergal J. O’Brien of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and
Trinity Centre for Bioengineering will be discussing bioengineering and its
implications with the medical device industry in Ireland. He will also tell
us about his group’s work on tissue engineering, and the possible
applications of their work in replacing damaged bone tissue and treating
diseases such as osteoporosis.
Date: 22nd of February 2007
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
Time: 7:45pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
Poster for the event.
Flyer for the event.
Photos of this cafe.
Part of the STEPS (the Science, Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools) Engineered! A Week Of Wonder.
In association with CPL

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