Science Café Las Vegas
Science Café Las Vegas, supported by the UNLV College of Sciences, is an organization geared towards bringing fascinating science discussions to the public of Southern Nevada.
We invite scientists to give short (~10-15 minute) presentations to the public at our fantastic venue, McMullan's Irish Pub, and then have roundtable discussions about anything you could possibly wish to know. Science Café Las Vegas is on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.
Come on down to the pub for lively science discussion, delicious brews, fantastic food, and a great time! Family friendly (under age 21 allowed).
Next Science Café: Wednesday, May 3
Speaker: Dr. Henry Sun, Desert Research Institute
"Marble decay at the Forbidden City Mausoleum: Why the chemists may have got it wrong"
Marbles are comprised of carbonate minerals, which are soluble in acid. Thus, in a city that frequently experiences acid rain, its outdoor marble surfaces will undoubtedly be damaged. This café will show that the converse is not necessarily true, i.e. not all rapid marble dissolution is caused by acid rain, including in smog-choked cities like Beijing. This is because exposed marbles are often colonized by microscopic, photosynthetic cyanobacteria that grow below the translucent stone surfaces. These organisms do not secrete acid. They consume carbonate minerals as a source of inorganic carbon. Colonized stones are, in essence, being eaten from the inside out.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.