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  • Brazil: Indigenous tribes protest against Amazon dam 

    Kaiapo Indians dance in front of the National Congress

    Brazil: Indigenous tribes protest against Amazon damKaiapo Indians make their voices heard outside the National Congress in Brasilia

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  • February Book Sale

    I have changed the books in the book-sale today. Come along and have a look. They are situated just inside the doors to the Study Hall, on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.

    These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations.  This month’s sale comprises mainly Philosophy, Engineering and some donations.

    Lynne Tithecott

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  • February Science Cafe: Marine Toxins

    The Swansea Science Café offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the café typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30 pm.


    Poisons from the sea – or when to avoid the fish course!

    Jim Ballantine, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Wednesday 23rd February at 7:30 pm


    Jim Ballantine is an analytical organic chemist who taught chemistry for 40 years at Swansea University.  During that time he became interested in marine organisms and was for a time Director of the Institute of Marine Studies at Swansea.

    His talk will provide a series of light-hearted case histories of selected marine toxins, which are some of the most poisonous materials known to mankind.  It will discuss their occurrence, the way in which these materials impinge on the folk-lore, local customs and dietary habits, and a little about their chemistry and mode of action, where this is known.

    The topics included for discussion will be selected from the following:

    1.         Puffer fish poisoning and how to choose a restaurant in Japan;

    2.         How to produce a zombie in Haiti;

    3.         What is Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning and where in the world you can catch it,

    4.         What is ciguatera, and how to avoid getting it when visiting the Polynesian islands;

    5.         How chemistry helped Polynesian islanders to make themselves invincible in battle;

    6.         Why no-one swims near Cairns in Queensland, Australia from September to March.

    1. Why not to pick up pretty snail shells near the Red Sea.
    2. How a green worm uses chemistry to control the sex of its children  -after their birth!;      
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  • SURF seminars / social

    SURF seminar series / SURF’s “Beat the Winter Blues” Social

    Seminars are held in the SURF room in Fulton House. Lunch is served at 12, and we warmly invite all staff and post graduate students to come and meet people from across campus in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Talks will be from 1pm, and will have plenty of time for the lively Q&A sessions that SURF has become known for. All you have to do is sign up online, and turn up on the day ready to be inspired by the research happening right here at Swansea.

    22nd February ‘Bridging gaps, changing landscapes: the Lower Swansea Valley Project at fifty’ An historical perspective of our local environment from Huw Bowen.

    Thursday 17th February 2011
    at 4pm in the SURF Room SURF’s “Beat the Winter Blues” social. See you there!

    SURF is Swansea University’s community of research activists committed to improving the research environment and encouraging interdisciplinary research. Our aim is to inspire research!

    All best wishes, SURF Board (Huw Bowen, Ele Fisher, Rich Johnston, Suzy Moody, Tavi Murray, Paula Row, Harold Thimbleby, Steve Williams)

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