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Malta has been participating in the largest and most powerful scientific instrument ever created by humanity, the Large Hadron Collider. It is an 8 billion euro, 27km long juggernaut buried 100m under the Franco Swiss border. Its goal is to accelerate particles close to the speed of light and collide them head on fast enough to recreate the conditions of the big bang on a much smaller scale. The collisions will allow scientists to understand what makes up matter.

On the 11th April at 18:30 Music Room, St. James Cavalier, Dr Ing. Nicholas Sammut (researcher at the University of Malta and CEO of MCST) will chair the Malta Chamber of Scientists Business and Scientific meeting. The speakers include Ms Marija Cauchi and Mr Gianluca Valentino, researchers at the University of Malta and CERN. They will be giving an overview of what CERN does and how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) works. They will talk about the critical role of the University of Malta in some of the LHC’s components. Science professionals, educators and students are all welcome. After the presentations, a discussion will be held over drinks and nibbles.

Pictures courtesy of Dr Ing. Nicholas Sammut.

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The Next Malta Cafe Scientifique talk in Collaboration with Green Drinks Malta on the 12th April 2012

 

I want to switch on my laptop, AC, and smartphone and I want to use them as much as I want: guilt-free. And, I’m not alone; Malta’s energy demand has steadily increased till it peaked at around 430MW a few years ago. Don’t despair. Malta has exciting plans to build a wind farm that would adsorb a large chunk of this demand.

Light My Lightbulb (poster: Nicole Diacono)

Interested? Come along to the next Malta Café Scientifique talk (in collaboration with Green Drinks Malta) by Dr Ing. Tonio Sant (Faulty of Engineering, University of Malta) called ‘Light my Lightbulb’ at 7.15pm 12th April, Music Room, St. James Cavalier.

The Maltese Islands are a tricky place to harvest wind energy. Space is limited and our seas are deep, so deep that large wind farms are only possible at depths of around 70 meters. Offshore wind farms already exist, but this depth presents huge technical challenges. These wind turbines need to be adapted to Malta’s unique conditions.

One major problem is storms. No one wants their multi-million investment to be swallowed by the waves. To prevent this scenario the speaker and his team are researching how to properly anchor these giant turbines.

Wind turbines also need to operate under the lightest of breezes. Its blades need to turn and provide energy on calm days, which depends on their design. This is another research area of Dr Sant, whose finding will be important for Malta to develop wind farms suited to the Island’s needs. It will let us use our AC without worrying too much about our effect on the planet.

Light my Lightbulb’ will be held at the Music Room, St. James Cavalier, at 7.15pm, Thursday 12th by Malta Cafe Scientifique in collaboration with Green Drinks Malta and supported by The Malta Chamber of Scientists and the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. The talk will be given by Dr Ing. Tonio Sant, followed by an open discussion. Email maltacafescientifique@gmail.com or find us on Facebook for further information. Entrance is free. No special science background is required.

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