Dive into National Science Wee
Dive into National Science Week and see what it’s like to be an atom inside Australia’s only reactor
For the first time, Australians can use the power of VR to take an amazing journey to the scale of an atom and go inside Australia’s only multi-purpose nuclear reactor, OPAL.
Once inside, people of all ages will be able to see how neutrons, which are found in the nucleus of every atom, help to create nuclear medicine, irradiate silicon for industry or enable experiments.
The new VR experience is available to freely download from the App Store or Google Play. In addition to being able to download the app, ANSTO will be at selected events in Melbourne, Canberra and at the Sydney Science Festival at the Australian Museum.
ANSTO welcomes over 17,000 visitors to its campuses in Sydney and Melbourne each year, and now all visitors will be able to take part in this immersive experience.
The OPAL multi-purpose reactor is located at ANSTO’s Sydney campus in Lucas Heights. OPAL is used to produce nuclear medicines that one in two Australians on average need in their lifetime.
Nuclear medicines are used for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of heart, lung and muscular skeletal conditions, as well as a range of cancers.
OPAL is also used to irradiate silicon used in high-end electronics such as hybrid cars, and for research into advanced superconducting materials like the next generation of batteries.
All this is made possible by the OPAL reactor’s use of the atom. Invisible to the human eye, the atom makes up everything around us.
ANSTO’s new VR experience enables you to follow three possible journeys of the neutron, in the multi-purpose reactor.
The free VR application can be downloaded on both the Apple App Store and on Google’s Play Store, and can be viewed in in 2D or 3D VR.
“ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research,” Rod Dowler from ANSTO’s Discovery Centre said.
“Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access this OPAL for its neutrons for analysis and other state-of-the-art instruments every year, and they use in many different ways, for a variety of applications.
“From health, to researching our environment, supporting industry and helping create new technologies that help us live more sustainably, nuclear science is vital to our futures.
“This VR experience means that everyone will be able to experience the amazing technology from their home or their school.
“There’s no better time than National Science Week to take a virtual dive into the OPAL reactor pool, and find out more about this amazing technology and facility.”
Search ‘ANSTO VR’ in the App Store and Google’s Play Store to download onto your mobile device, or visit the Australian Museum on William St, Sydney during National Science Week for the live VR experience.
For more information see, www.ansto.gov.au
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ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.