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Science in the Media: Dodgy Science Reporting, Ghostbusting and Doctor Who
12 December, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 3:15 pm£10
Meet the Real Ghostbusters
Welcome to the weird world of modern ghost hunting. A world inspired by reality paranormal TV shows where only the brave dare tread… but what is it that goes bump in the night? And why are the ghost hunters actually scarier that the ghosts they claim to hunt down? Join Hayley Stevenson this whirlwind tour of the ghost hunting subculture, the nonsense that comes with it, and how it all came to be in the first place.
12.15-1.15 Follow the formula: the fake science behind real headlines
All too often we see stories which seem to be based on science turn out to be nothing more than marketing and PR. By highlighting and dissecting examples from the recent press Michael Marshall will show who is behind these stories, who benefits from them, and who can be said to be at fault when even legitimate science gets distorted in newspaper print.
The Science of Doctor Who Travelling to alien worlds is one of the regular features of Doctor Who. But how could the TARDIS travel there and what would those alien worlds really be like? During this talk Edward Gomez will discuss what we currently know about the several thousand alien worlds we’ve discovered in the last 20 years and if any of the worlds the Doctor has travelled to look familiar.