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April 8th, 2010
Science cafes see upswing in interest
Some of the points raised in this meeting's heady discussion included the role of philosophy in science, the role of public participation in scientific issues and even the role of science fiction in generating public interest. Lougheed noted how some areas of science, such as nanotechnology, got significantly more funding after the topic was featured on Star Trek.
But Star Trek also warned about the dangers of nanotechnology. In the episode, a grey cloud of nanobots tried to eat through the ship's hull. Lougheed remarked that one day, Ottawa city council will have to decide if there are enough safety precautions for handling nanobots at the University of Ottawa, all because of a Star Trek episode.
The next meeting is scheduled for April 27 at 6 p.m. The topic for discussion will be "Living well or living fair - is there an eco-balance?"
Once again, it will be held in the upstairs bar at the Fox and Feather, perhaps with extra chairs.
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