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Tickle your taste buds AND brain cells at this event
If you look at things in a strictly scientific sense they can be a tad uninteresting. Wine, for instance, is 'a beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes, containing between 10% and 15% alcohol by volume', while chocolate is 'a processed, sweetened food produced from the seed of the cacao tree'. Boring. Most people would prefer the explanation of writer Robert Louis Stevenson who said wine is 'bottled poetry' or subscribe to the popular theory that 'a day without chocolate is a day without sunshine'. So, where's the common ground? You can find out all about wine and chocolate in a happy blend of science and indulgence at After Dark: Radical Wine and Chocolate at Queensland Museum on Friday 9 August.
You can tickle your taste buds and your brain cells at this decadent event which will launch Queensland's celebrations for National Science Week 2013. It's presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology. If you're not up to speed with the science of free radicals and antioxidants then here's the (very) short version. Free radicals are molecules that can contribute to heart attack, stroke and cancer. Powerful antioxidants are present in both wine and chocolate, and they protect against the free radicals which can damage cells.
At After Dark: Radical Wine and Chocolate you will have the opportunity to sample the wares of local wine producers and nibble on chocolates while you chat with the chocolatiers. Sounds more delicious than scientific so far, doesn't it? But wait, there's more. Participants will also be engaging in discussions, and performing simple experiments with wine and chocolate. Queensland Museum will be throwing open the doors of the Sciencentre for their new exhibition, Science Fiction, Science Future, opening on 20 July, which includes experiences with holograms, robots, mind control, and invisibility. Why should the kids have all the fun?
Come along to Queensland Museum at South Bank from 5.30pm to 9pm on Friday 9 August to find out why wine and chocolate are actually good for you, and have some scientific fun at the same time. Only those aged 18 and over may attend. Tickets cost $18 and include entry to the Sceincentre. They are available online here.