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NSRRC Presenting Pop-Science Online at “2021 Kiss Science”
Ministry of Science and Technology organized an annual pop-science event, “2021 Kiss Science,” with the purpose of providing an interesting science-learning environment since 2019. Each year, over 6,000 people participated in the event at more than 50 learning venues. This event was turned to an online platform this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 93 venues, almost doubled than that of the previous years, were open for online learning and made it the largest scale ever.
The online platform of “2021 Kiss Science” launched on November 18. The learning venues of the year were categorized into five fields, biotechnology and medicine, digital information, sustainable development, cutting-edge scientific research, and cross-disciplinary learning respectively. These fields were highlighted as the focus of the week in rotation, and the venues were set to open in their turn.
NSRRC has presented two scientific topics in the field of cutting-edge scientific research at this platform, “the Journey of Pursuing Light: Things You Don’t Know about Synchrotron Light Sources” and “Unraveling Proteins: Analysis of Protein Structure”. In “the Journey of Pursuing Light: Things You Don’t Know about Synchrotron Light Sources”, NSRRC presented the pop-science knowledge related to synchrotron radiation by guiding through the 518-meter storage ring of the Taiwan Photon Source, introducing how the 100-micrometer electron beams pass through the bending magnets and insertion devices and then reach experimental stations. The bright light produced by a synchrotron is considered as the best sharp tool for scientific research for worldwide scientists.
The other pop-science topic “Unraveling Proteins: Analysis of Protein Structure” has offered a 360-degree panoramic image of the experimental stations for field observation. People can get to know the process of obtaining important data from the protein crystals and solving the protein structures, and then the acquired results can be used for further application, e.g. drug development. The doors of these two venues set up by the NSRRC opened online for the first time, and provided access to interesting figures and easy-to-understand scientific information to the general public. Please visit “2021 Kiss Science” website for further information.

Official website of “2021 Kiss Science”
PopSci topic of “the Journey of Pursuing Light: Things You Don’t Know about Synchrotron Light Sources”
PopSci topic of “Unraveling Proteins: Analysis of Protein Structure”