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I highly recommend that skeptics (or anyone else) view the Rationality Rules series which debunks many notions through pointing out the fallacies (among other things) that are used to support them. Please look up Rationality Rules on YouTube if you have an interest. ... See MoreSee Less

June 22nd, 12:47 pm  ·  

Light from the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne, one of the brightest light sources in the world, reveals new insights that have allowed scientists to develop life-saving and life-enhancing drugs.

On June 22, APS users Lisa Keefe and Vincent Stoll explain how X-ray light advances the complex work of drug discovery. It's FREE, but you've gotta register in advance.
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Argonne OutLoud: Science and the future of food

July 20, 2017, 6:00pm - July 20, 2017, 8:00pm

For millennia, food has been one of life’s simpler and necessary pleasures. In our modern age, food has become increasingly complex – from farmers seeking new ways to feed a growing global population under fluctuating environmental conditions to mitigating the rise of deadly food allergies. Join us to learn how three Argonne and the University of Chicago scientists are bringing science to bear on the future of food. Jack Gilbert, Microbial Ecologist Cristina Negri, Agronomist Joshua Elliott, Research Fellow The event is free, but advanced registration is required for all guests 16 and older. Non-U.S. citizens: As additional time is required to process non-U.S. visitor access to Argonne’s campus, please register no later than two weeks prior to the event. If you have questions about the Argonne OutLoud series, please contact us at 630-252-5501 or outloud@anl.gov. Thursday, July 20 6-7 p.m. - Reception 7-8 p.m. - Lecture and audience Q&A Location: Argonne National Laboratory 9700 S. Cass Avenue Argonne, IL 60439

June 21st, 12:10 pm  ·  

The speaker for this event is currently researching how botanicals may cause harm when used in conjunction with medications. ... See MoreSee Less

Dietary Supplements: Stories of Regulation, Safety, and Evidence

June 20, 2017, 7:00pm - June 20, 2017, 8:30pm

A healthy athlete dies of complications from heatstroke during training. The medical examiner finds a legal botanical dietary supplement played a “significant role” in the death. How are regulatory agencies able to respond? What are dietary supplements and how are they regulated in the United States? How do I find information about dietary supplements I want to take? Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and many Americans take them every day. Glimpse the behind-the-scenes world of dietary supplements and learn how to arm yourself with the best available information to make informed choices about your health. Alyssa Tonsing-Carter, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist and the Program Manager for the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Tonsing-Carter received her BS in biology in 2009 from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio where she studied the use of Echinacea for breast cancer. She received her PhD in pharmacology in 2014 from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana studying the plant polyphenol, resveratrol, in combination with a common chemotherapy drug against drug-resistant breast cancer. For her postdoctoral training, she moved to Chicago to join the UIC Botanical Center studying how botanicals may cause harm when taken with other medications, and in 2016 she continued that work in her current position. Outside of the science, she enjoys reading, hiking, bouldering, cocktails, and food. This program presented in partnership with The Radler.

June 20th, 12:10 am  ·  

If you can get down to Kankakee, Dylan's good people! He knows his stuff, and there's beer for those who enjoy that sort of thing. ... See MoreSee Less

Get Your Head in the Clouds

June 20, 2017, 6:30pm - June 20, 2017, 8:00pm

: "The influence of clouds on the climate: past, present, and future" On Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm, Green Drinks Kankakee will be hosting presenter Dylan Gaeta, a University of Chicago PhD student in the department of Geophysical Sciences. He will be speaking about how clouds play a role in climate change and how they are best used in climate predicting models. Clouds are, in fact, the largest source of uncertainty in our attempts to quantify Earth’s climate sensitivity. They possess a unique quality in that they can either warm or cool Earth’s surface, depending on their composition and spatial location in the atmosphere. Dylan is taking part in StratoClim 2017, an aircraft research mission that is taking measurements of clouds without satellites, by flying into the stratosphere to take measurements of water vapor and cirrus cloud composition. At the heart of it all will be the scientific questions we're concerned about and seek answers to CO2 induced climate change. Green Drinks is an international organization consisting of local monthly meet ups to network and discuss sustainable and environmental topics. Green Drinks Kankakee meets the third Tuesday of the month at Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais. Networking starts at 6pm and the presentation begins at 6:30pm. This is a free program and open to the public. For more information contact Julie Larsen at 708-828-4325.

June 15th, 9:28 am  ·  

Are we doing anything for the solar eclipse on aug 21? ... See MoreSee Less

June 12th, 10:02 pm  ·  

Hey, hey, we missed May! Who wants to host a Skeptical Salon in June? 😁 ... See MoreSee Less

May 26th, 3:42 pm  ·