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This could be interesting! And it's at a brewery in Ravenswood. ... See MoreSee Less

ChiTown Bio September Meeting

September 21, 2017, 7:00pm - September 21, 2017, 10:00pm

We're proud to announce our second event at Empirical Brewery as we build steam on our mission to create a public biolab in Chicago. Our second meeting is going to include a quick demonstration of some hacked hardware as well as continuing discussions from our first amazing meeting. Get excited to share ideas, participate in actual science, and hopefully learn a bit about biotechnology. We also plan on continuing our illustration of how to design and work on a project suggested at the first meeting. Plan on a crash course in one of the fundamental techniques of biotechnology: Polymerase Chain Reaction.

September 20th, 10:12 pm  ·  

Astrophiz 42: ‘Cassini’s #GrandFinale’. For our feature interview this week we talk with Glen Nagle from the CSIRO/NASA Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla near Canberra in Australia. This amazing earth station communicates with the Cassini spacecraft throughout its fateful, final dive into Saturn. soundcloud.com/astrophiz/astrophiz-42-glen-nagle-cassinis-grandfinale

Glen takes us through the genesis of NASA missions and the astonishing achievements and expansions of the Cassini mission since the original launch in 1997. He explains how the CDSCC establishes two-way communication with about 40 spacecraft, how command sets from JPL are transmitted to Cassini and how science data and images are received. Glen then tells us why and how Cassini will be smashing into the atmosphere of Saturn next week on Friday 15 September, and how the Tidbinbilla dishes will be capturing the final science data from Cassini. Watch this amazing event live on NASA TV at nasaDOTgov/ntv

For astrophotographers and observers, Dr Ian Musgrave in ‘What’s up Doc’ tells us what to look for in the morning and evening skies and covers this week’s fabulous discoveries about Asteroid Florence and how amateurs can track this asteroid with its two moons. Yes, asteroids can have moons, and Ian explains all.

In the News:
1. New understanding of novae explosions from backyard astronomy
2. Repeating FRB’s (Fast Radio Bursts) from distant galaxy
3. New kind of Gravity Waves detected
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September 7th, 3:49 pm  ·  

Is there a Skeptics in the Pub meet scheduled for July? ... See MoreSee Less

July 10th, 3:03 am  ·  

Krauss, Harris, Dillahunty ... See MoreSee Less

September 6th, 7:33 pm  ·  

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Skeptical Salon: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

September 21, 2017, 7:30pm

We return to the Curiosity Triangle for September's Salon! Bring a snack, a beverage, or both and join our discussion of The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. www.goodreads.com/book/show/56465.The_Gift_of_Fear From Goodreads: "In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US's leading expert on violent behaviour, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger - before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including: how to act when approached by a stranger; when you should fear someone close to you; what to do if you are being stalked; how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls; the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person; and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life." To get there: Nearest bus routes are the 78 Montrose and 53 Pulaski. Parking can be a challenge. This is a private residence; there are a few steps up to the porch. The home has two cats and some birds.

August 25th, 3:49 pm  ·  

Beth Voigt created an event for Chicago Skeptics. ... See MoreSee Less

Skeptical Salon: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

September 21, 2017, 7:30pm

We return to the Curiosity Triangle for September's Salon! Bring a snack, a beverage, or both and join our discussion of The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. www.goodreads.com/book/show/56465.The_Gift_of_Fear From Goodreads: "In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US's leading expert on violent behaviour, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger - before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including: how to act when approached by a stranger; when you should fear someone close to you; what to do if you are being stalked; how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls; the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person; and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life." To get there: Nearest bus routes are the 78 Montrose and 53 Pulaski. Parking can be a challenge. This is a private residence; there are a few steps up to the porch. The home has two cats and some birds.

August 25th, 1:35 pm  ·