The Pint of Science vol.3

The third edition of PoS was again fun and memorable. The good thing is that such event is becoming regular at our Department. Great thanks to our sponsor Plzeňský Prazdroj and all invited speakers.

Speakers

Filip Matějka is a behavioral economist at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute. His findings reveal how our built-in information filter – what he calls “rational inattention” – helps us in dealing with the flow of everyday information, but also gives rise to discrimination and other types of market failure. Click here to see the lecture.

 

Pavel Hobza is a physical chemist at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences. Noncovalent bonding determines the structure of water, of biomolecules and of DNA – in short; it sets the chemical rules for the building blocks of life. Pavel highlights recent developments in our understanding of the astonishing complexity of hydrogen- and halogen bonding. Click here to see the lecture. Click here to see the lecture.

 

Jana Hajšlová is an analytical chemist at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. Jana examines potential health risks in our every-day food products, and she traces pesticides, toxins, molds, and other “bad boys” from the producer, via stores to our kitchen table. She provides answers to questions such as “What fish is good for us?” and “Is your Bordeaux from France, or actually from China?”. Click here to see the lecture.

 

František Štěpánek is a chemical engineer at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague. Humanity has sent robots to the most remote corners of the solar system – can we send robots into the human cells, too? František shows how to conceive such microscopic chemical robots that can be controlled remotely. Click here to see the lecture.

 

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