So great to have the ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics from the RMIT node to showcase their high-tech optics and biophotonics. As well as their super microscope you will have a chance to see some of the amazing wonders of light and see how 3D scanning works. Head to the Alpha and Beta dark rooms on the Lower Ground Floor. We will be keeping these rooms dark for maximum impact, so look for the signs and come on in!
At the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at RMIT, we use cutting edge optics technology everyday to help use unlock the secrets of biology. Our favorite piece of equipment is the fluorescence microscope. This powerful bit of kit not only allows us to see inside cells that 1/100th of a millimeter wide, but also lets use highlight certain structures within the cell. To do this we attach special molecules known as “fluorophores” to the parts of the cell we want to light up. Fluorophores are like extremely small lamps that glow a very specific colour. We attach a different colour fluorophore to each object in the cell that we want to visualize. It’s kind of like filling in a very small colouring book. The science is serious but the pictures can be spectacular in their own right.
At the AstroLight festival, you’ll get a chance to use a research-grade fluorescence microscope to explore some beautiful biological samples. Come and check out the beauty of the nanoscale!
But wait, there’s more! You’ll also get the chance to see optics used on a larger length scale. We’ll have a 3D scanner and a 3D laser printer on display. You can even bring along a hand-sized object you’d like to scan and we’ll email you the picture! Just make sure your object is opaque, isn’t too dark and has a relatively simple shape. 3D scans take about 3-5 minutes. See you there!
Also be sure to visit the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics stand nearby to learn more about this amazing research and how advances in light microscopy are helping our understanding in nanoscale biology.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!