The Researchers’ Night 2012 will be held in Girona on 28th September at the courtyard of the Casa de Cultura (Plaça de l’Hospital, 6).
You’ll find workshops such as the following:
- We con the brain.
This is a fully interactive workshop in which you’ll find several optical illusions and paradoxes of perception such as the one you see in the figure below. You’ll be able to find out the reason for several optical illusions and paradoxes of perception. Geometric enigma, scientists who disappear, dragons chasing you with their eyes, 3D holograms and amazing spinning tops.
Depending on the hemisphere of the brain that you are using, it will seem to you that the dancer rotates clockwise or away.
When you are watching her rotate in one direction, concentrate on one foot and imagine it rotating in the opposite direction. Can you see that the dancer changes direction?.
“Shepard Effect”(auditory illusion). It is a scale of “pips” which is always the same but, every time you re-play it, it seems to grow indefinitely into higher tones. You can try it.
- Hydrogen: is it the fuel of the future?
You’ll see how a scientist generates hydrogen(H2) in a very easy way and how this hydrogen can release a lot of energy that could be used, for example, to run a car engine. We’ll also discuss about the need to control the generation of this gas to prevent fatal accidents such as the Hindenburg disaster(in the picture). Hindenburg was a luxurious and huge blimp that used H2 as a lifting gas and that was used as a means of transport. It went up in flames with 97 people on board in 1937. We’ll explain you the reason for this accident and the way it can be prevented through a reasonable release of the energy from the H2. You’ll see the problem of storing H2 as a challenge in terms of sustainable energy. We’ll show you a hydraulic motor.
- The neuroscience of magic. How we con our brain.
You’ll be a wizard or magician. You yourself will be the one to lead a game that will surprise you. Because our brain sometimes makes us believe things that are not what they seem. You’ll see mathemagic and neuromagic experiments that will make you think. All this led by scientists of the University of Girona and young students who have stepped into this world.
- Providing Energy with things from home.
You will be able to light a bulb using natural materials from home such as a lemon or a potato. You will also be able to make a battery of a pencil sharpener and a pencil. Do you want to know how and why?
- Photosynthesis: can we control it?
You’ll see how we could imitate plants and use sunlight to turn water into a fuel substitute for petroleum, which is polluting and emits CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Magic colours?
There are different ways of changing colours: not always white and red will give you pink. Is that magic?
- Chocolate! Why it is so special?
You’ll play with chocolate and will understand why chocolate is
- Movie about Ramon y Cajal.
- Drawing Contest: How does a scientist look like?
You’ll find more information here.
All this and more on 28th Septembre at Casa de Cultura.
As follows you’ll find some pictures from The Researcher’s Night 2011. You’ll find more pictures and a video in our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nit.delarecerca
Sílvia Simon Rabasseda
Plaça de l’hospital, 6
17002 – Girona