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Monday, November 4, 2013

State's latest "science cafe" launches tomorrow in Manchester

The state's latest "science cafe" - Science on Tap from SEE Science Center - launches tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5) at The Shaskeen pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester.

The topic is "sustainable seafood" and what exactly that means. Excellent lineup of panlists: Jill Swasey, Marine Scientist, MRAG Americas, a fisheries consultant, and two members of New Hampshire Sea Grant, a well-respected UNH ocean/fisheries research center. These are folks who understand the science of the topic, not just the hand-wringing aspect.

Doors open at 5:30; it's free, of course, and a portion of food and drink proceeds go to SEE.

This makes four active science cafes in New Hampshire: Ours, of course (Nov. 20, why is multiple sclerosis so prevalent in New England?), Portsmouth Science Cafe (Nov. 13, a look at attempts to return oysters to Great Bay); and Science Pub at Salt hill in Lebanon (Nov. 20, "The Promises and Limits of Local Food".)

On a per-capita basis, I'd say that New Hampshire is the science cafe capital of the country.