28 November 2011
You've got questions? We've got answers
How big is a nanometre? What determines interest rates? How does the United Nations work? Why does acupuncture help our bodies?
The world is full of puzzles. It's not always obvious how technologies or concepts that we hear about every day actually function.
And who can we trust to give us the right answer, in a way that's accessible?
That's the thinking behind the launch of a new RMIT University video series - How Things Work.
In it, RMIT academics use their expertise to give curious people everywhere an introduction to some common topics:
Nanotechnology, with Dr Kay Latham, from the School of Applied Sciences.
Interest rates, with Dr Ashton de Silva, from the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing.
The United Nations, with Dr Binoy Kampmark, from the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning.
Acupuncture, with Dr Zhen Zheng, from the School of Health Sciences.
University Communications sourced the topics by checking some of the most commonly asked questions, according to Google. Now people following RMIT on social media will be asked to suggest further questions.
Cratis Hippocrates, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, said the series reflected RMIT's strengths as a global, urban and connected university.
"We know that people all around the world are curious about the science or thinking behind everyday technology and institutions.
"An RMIT video explaining how hydrogen engines work has already been seen almost 75,000 times - from India to the USA, Brazil and Spain and beyond.
"This new series builds on this experience, offering concise, reliable and authoritative information that will be useful to viewers - particularly young people - and that will keep RMIT front of mind.
"We think people will enjoy the animations within the videos, which help bring a light touch to some relatively heavy topics."