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This Week at The Science Café

From: Dr. Brian H.
Sent on: Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:33 AM

Hello members,

Welcome to the first edition, in a while, of "This Week at The Science Café," a weekly email newsletter that we used to publish in this group a little while ago.  I'm Dr. Brian Hart, one of your volunteer hosts, and the Founder of this group.  I'm an astrophysicist.  I hope you'll come with me on the Journey of Discovery!

New discussion on nuclear power -- Is it worth the risk?

Nuclear power is in the news lately -- it powers our homes, agricultural equipment, computing technologies, and other vital human activities.  But the risks are also there -- contamination of the environment, vulnerability to natural disasters (such as the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan) and some plants seem like they are poorly managed by companies who are apparently more concerned about profits rather than safeguarding our environment.

We have a discussion board entry -- and one of the benefits of being a Science Café member is, you get to post to our discussion boards -- on this subject and I don't have an opinion one way or the other.

Track the online discussion to find out when it's getting interesting:
http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/messages/boards/view/addwatchprocess?forum=325991&thread=37858322&WatchSelector=3

This sends you an email when the discussion has a new reply posted to it.  And go to the main discussion page here:
http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/messages/boards/view/addpost?forum=325991&parent=108588252

Be sure to include detail in your argument -- why do you think the way you do?  And this is not meant to be one-sided -- I moderate flames, so speak up!  Even if you are "pro" or "against" nuclear power.

While you're talking about nuclear power, come to our Wine, Dinner, and Science event on Nuclear Fuel Processing and tour the UCI Research Reactor!

Join UCI professor, Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D, and be an informed citizen armed with solid state-of-the-art/engineering/science facts, not just yesterday's hearsay.  What's the real story? From an expert in the science of nuclear power! 

Wine, Dinner, and Science events have two part -- Aloha Chicken dinner ($25, like it doesn't cost that much anyway), and science talk (the FREE part).  RSVP either way, because they need to count how many chairs to set out!  Be sure to leave a note saying which one you are attending.

RSVP
http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/events/138548632/

And don't miss out on another great Orange County event: "Pizza & Engineering!"

So, you think you want to be an engineer?  Or you like airplanes, space, and rockets?  Then this event is for you?  Like all you can eat pizza and soda for just $5?  Then this event is for you, too!  On the same day as "Wine, Dinner, & Science."  This one is about how the Albatross flies.  Should be fun! Hosted by the Orange County Section of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

RSVP
http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/events/136749932/

Only U.S. Citizens 18 and older are allowed to come to this event, though, for security reasons, as this is held on site at the Boeing Huntington Beach complex.

That's all I have for this week!  See you here around the same date, same time this coming Wednesday!

And don't forget -- tell friends and acquaintances about The Science Café!
http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/grow/

Brian

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