It's about chemistry in Gladstone

BEAUTIFUL flowers possessing the hidden power to kill insects will be one of eight interesting showcase topics presented by a travelling chemistry display at the Gladstone City Library today.

Nature’s ability to provide useful properties for chemistry will be at the forefront of information provided by Gladstone City Library from April 20 to June 5.

Library visitors will be able to wander through a large, static touring display celebrating the International Year of Chemistry.

Nature’s Chemical Diversity has been developed by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and is sponsored by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – Questacon.

Gladstone Regional Council Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe welcomed the touring exhibition as a well-presented educational tool for regional areas.

“It is wonderful for regional residents to have access to touring exhibitions of this calibre,” Cr Brushe said.

“The exhibition is valuable in providing informative and educational displays which are more commonly seen in metropolitan areas.

“The travelling showcase not only highlights the International Year of Chemistry but draws attention to the incredible contributions this field of science has made to modern society.”

The showcase consists of 11 pull-up banners indicating the importance of nature in providing known, new and yet to be discovered chemicals.

Topics promoted include the wide range of use for seaweed, the ability of bubbles to separate minerals from unwanted materials and the contribution of jellyfish to medical research.

Residents can also learn about the value of emu droppings to land rehabilitation, venomous paths to painkillers, the origins of aspirin and the enhancement of natural properties to develop the thinnest and strongest known material.

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