Nanotechnology in Christchurch

The study of a world so small, we can’t see it – even with a light microscope. That world is the field of nanotechnology, the realm of atoms and nanostructures. (How stuff works)

Christchurch is playing host to a Nanotechnology Festival. It includes a range of interesting events. The University of Canterbury website has full details, and bookings for the Don Eigler and Kim Hill events (they are free to attend, but require booking).

Events include:

  • Don Eigler, IBM, USA, “Playing with atoms” – Wednesday 1 September
    Don is a pioneer of nanotechnology and the winner of the 2010 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.
  • Kim Hill hosts “A big discussion about small things” – Wednesday 8 September
    Views on nanotechnology from across the spectrum of scientists, Maori, government regulators, and more.
  • The Art of Nanotechnology – Wednesday 11 August to Friday 10 September
    An exhibition at Our City O-Tautahi featuring intriguing nanotechnology images, and art inspired by nanotechnology.
  • Nanotechnology at Science Alive – from 28 August
    The science behind nanotechnology, with a Christchurch flavour.

If you want to know more about nanotechnology, there’s a range of Nanotechnology material (non-fiction and fiction) at Christchurch City Libraries.  How Stuff Works has a useful explanation on what nanotechnology is all about.

Darker, 1930s Spiderman appears

CoverA recent addition to the graphic novel collection is a variation of the Spiderman series.

Spiderman Noir is set in the prohibition era of the USA. Interestingly, there are new slants on the same old characters. For instance, Peter Parker is still bitten by a spider, but it is a venomous spider from South America. His web-spinning fluid is actually now secreted from glands within his wrist.

Parker is taken under the wing of one of the best reporters for the Daily Bugle, Ben Ulrich. Avid graphic novel readers will recognise Ulrich as a great friend of Matt Murdoch (aka Daredevil) in the current editions of the series.

The artwork is a crucial component here; the drawings are edgy and gritty, not colourful and detailed as in the traditional version. This is important as it draws the reader into this new environment more easily.

All in all, it is good to see that time honoured characters can still be given a new lease of life, and hopefully this trend will continue.

First stone church in Canterbury – Image of the week

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Durham Street, Christchurch. Circa 1921.

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Durham Street, Christchurch

Durham Street church is a Victorian Gothic building which was opened on Christmas Day 1864, the first stone church built on the Canterbury Plains. The church was built from local stone, in a mixture of Halswell and Port Hills basalt. The lighter facings are Charteris Bay sandstone.

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