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BRE4TH @ DANA - A SERIES OF FUN EVENTS AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM DANA CENTRE IN LONDON EXPLORING THE ART OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT ENABLE YOU TO ‘SEE’ AND ‘HEAR’ THE HIDDEN SECRETS IN THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE!

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A SUMMARY OF ALL THE PUBLIC DANA CENTRE EVENTS: FEBRUARY 12TH - 26TH 2010

The Science Museum invited us to host a series of events at their adults only building, the Dana Centre, in order to more fully explore how the public interact with the ideas in our R&D project and the software development so far. We attracted the support of IONICON and IONIMED in Austria who provided us with the use of one of their latest Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer machines (PTR-MS), and we created a series of varied events, each using the analytical capabilities of the PTR-MS in a different context including gastronomy, pollution, music and dating. We partnered with the Molecular Physics Group at the University of Birmingham to deliver the five events and co-curated one event with the Dana Centre, which was run by Julie Freeman and Dr Ryan Pink. Anyone interested in discussing the events is invited to get in touch using the details on the 'What is the BRE4TH project?' page.



THE SCENT OF A WOMAN - February 12th 2010, 19:00-20:45 FREE EVENT

What does your perfect partner smell of? We created a Valentine’s blind date with a twist so that members of the public could try and sniff out their perfect chemical match.

** See the video summary of the Scent of a Woman event...




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TOMORROW'S BREATH - February 17th 2010, 19:00-20:45 FREE EVENT

Could your breath save your life? One day the most important piece of kit in your GP’s surgery may sample your breath and diagnose illnesses such as cancer or Schizophrenia. This event, presented by Dr Chris Mayhew, was both a demonstration and discussion of tomorrow's technology.

** See the video summary of the Tomorrow's Breath event...




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SENSING THE SELL - February 18th 2010, 19:00-20:45 FREE EVENT

Our senses are assaulted from all sides by advertisers and marketeers to try and manipulate our choices. This event set out to explore who it is that decides what goes in your shopping basket and whether is is possible to escape the sensory trap…
Event Organised by: The Pink & Freeman, The Observatories




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FOOD BY FRAUD - February 19th 2010, 19:00-20:45
c. £7.50 per person for the taster menu

Join us for an evening of food and fun to discover how good your taste buds are. We challenged our audience to try and detect hidden ingredients in a specially created menu by smell alone. Can you beat the expert tasters and the machine?

** See the video summary of the Food by Fraud event...




 

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LONDON'S LUNGS - February 24th 2010, 19:00-20:45 FREE EVENT

What is it you actually inhale when you are travelling around London? This event set out to explore what chemicals - such as benzene and toluene - could be identified and in what quantities in air specially bagged and brought to the event from different parts of London.




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THE SMELL OF THE CROWD - 26th February 2010, 19:00-20:45 FREE EVENT

Musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra were on hand to play, illustrate and discuss the art of circular breathing . This participatory event set out to explore this amazing technique in detail and featured live music and new software offering real time visualisations of the musicians' breath.

** See the video summary of the Smell of the Crowd event...




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DROP-IN BREATH ANALYSIS
17th, 19th, 24th & 26th February 2010, 14:00-16:00 FREE EVENT

The general public were invited to see and hear which chemicals could be detected in their breath at these free drop-in breath analysis sessions, and print outs of the visualisation of the chemical analysis from the Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer were made available.

 

 

 

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Dana Centre events are open to anyone aged 18 or over.
The Dana Centre is located at 165 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5HD Link to Google Map

 

 

The BRE4TH events at the Dana Centre are produced by Bee Arts Community Interest Company in collaboration with the Molecular Physics Group of the University of Birmingham, funded by the Wellcome Trust and supported by the Dana Centre, IONICON Analytik, IONIMED Analytik and Digby Trout Restaurants.

 
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