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The Invisible Observer is a newsletter created by Scale Free Network, art-science collaborative.
Scale Free Network – Art-Science Collaborative
Issue No.10 — August 2016
The Invisible Observer is a newsletter created by Scale Free Network.
It focuses on our exploration of invisible microscopic worlds and collaborative adventures in the world of art, science, education and publishing.

The Invisible War: Launch at the Royal Society of Victoria

Melbourne readers of The Invisible Observer are invited to attend the launch of The Invisible War at the Royal Society of Victoria from 3-6pm on Saturday August 20.

We're especially excited that former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu will be launching our book and ABC Science Show's Robyn Williams (who also recently interviewed us on The Science Show) will be hosting our panel discussion.

Secure your free spot at the launch while tickets are still available!

MICROSCOPIC METROPOLES

More than meets the eye...

While on recent holiday in Western Australia, we visited Yalgorup National Park to see the thrombolites in Lake Clifton.

Thrombolites might look like rocks, but much like the Stromatolites of Shark Bay (1000km to the north) each mound is actually a massive metropolis of microbes!

These lithifying (rock-building) communities are thought to have dominated the Earth for 80% of its history, yet we still have so much to learn about them. It's life Jim, but not as we know it...

SYMBIOSIS STORYTELLING

Art & Science at ArtPlay
 
Storytime for young and old!
Over two successive weekends at ArtPlay Ailsa, Aviva, Briony and Gregory facilitated workshops for parents and children  drawing on The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon.

The session began with a story reading, followed by an engaging discussion between the authors, the parents and the children.

Many beautiful water-colour paintings were subsequently created, depicting squids, seals, lizardfish, protozoa and bioluminescent Vibrio fischeri bacteria.

UPCOMING
EVENTS

The Invisible War
Small Friends on tour
(August 15 - 26)
Gregory & Aviva will tour the Small Friends Storytelling program with Regional Arts Victoria.

School Holidays: Melbourne
(September 27 - 28)
Gregory, Briony & Aviva will present all-day holiday workshops ($90) at the Royal Society of Victoria. Bookings for ages 6-10 and ages 8-12.
 
School Holidays: Mullum
(October 5 -7)
Jacqui will be running a series of free Microscope Drawing Laboratories in Mullumbimby, NSW. Bookings: email or call Jacqui on 0402 129 811.

There is an immense amount of warfare and extermination going on amidst various species … there is, at the same time, as much, or perhaps even more, of mutual support, mutual aid, and mutual defense … Sociability is as much a law of nature as mutual struggle.

 
Excerpt from the 1902 book 'Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution'
by the Russian Naturalist, Peter Kropotkin

 
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