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October 2017

Glasgow Skeptics visit Cafe Scientifique: The Operatic Castrati

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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So we don't have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date ... but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead. This month's topic: The Operatic Castrato and his Anatomical Abnormalities The operatic castrato was one of the most popular and sought after voice types throughout 18th century Europe. Yet, the voice could only exist after a heinous operation carried out on pre-pubescent boys to ensure they maintained their soprano voice. As a…

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Crowd Sourcing Evidence Hunters: Sense About Science

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some of these claims are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us…

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Why the Compass Needle Points North

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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Magnetic compasses may have been used by the Chinese as early as the first century AD, and natural magnets were known to the Greeks in classical times. The first scientific treatise ever written is generally recognised as being Petrius Peregrinus’ geomagnetic text ‘Epistola de Magnete’ in 1269. This was followed in 1600 by ‘De Magnete’ by William Gilbert, physician to Queen Elizabeth I, who wrote (in Latin!) that ‘the Earth globe itself is a great magnet’. Among other famous names…

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Petri-Dishing the Dirt: Astrobiology down a North-Yorkshire Mine

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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Is there life on Mars? Lets go down a mine to find out!..Wait, what? Just outside of Whitby and 1,100 metres underground in the Boulby Underground Laboratory, Jennifer Wadsworth, a PhD physics student at the University of Edinburgh is researching how microbes can survive down there and how they might exist in similar extreme environments like on Mars. She's also using the Boulby caverns to test equipment that will be sent on the future 'ExoMars' Martian Rover mission to the…

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