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Radio telescope boost for Science Week
Declan Cratchley and Abbey Waters take a close look at the telescope at Scitech. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Ever wondered what happens in a taxidermist's workroom or what goes through the mind of an elite athlete before a race?

Or wanted to know the chemistry behind a perfect brew or if forensic scientists are just like on CSI?

The science of almost everything will be under the microscope in National Science Week.

Launched yesterday at Scitech, the celebration will see hundreds of public events across the State.

They will include a film festival, comedy shows and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people participating in a chemistry experiment.

The week has been billed as a joint celebration for WA, with the announcement in May that the Murchison will co-host the international Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.

Science and Innovation Minister John Day said WA had many exciting science projects such as the SKA, the world's most accurate atomic clock and renewable energy research.

Federal Science and Research Minister Chris Evans said that with the SKA telescope people needed to understand that Perth and the Murchison were going to be at the centre of a 50-year major science project.

National Science Week starts today and WA has more events planned than any other State.

For more information about events see

The West Australian

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