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With the launch of the Manchester Science Festival 2013 website earlier today, we thought we should let you know what our plans are for this year. We've taken part in the last two festivals and we're back this year with not one but two events!


The Barometer Podcast LIVE: Is breathing bad for you?


When: Tuesday 29th October 2013. Doors open at 1830 for a 1900 start. Refreshments available from the bar beforehand. Finish at 2000.
Registration: The event is free but we ask that you register for the event via Eventbrite.


Following on from our previous live episode at the festival in 2011, which you can view/listen here, we'll be producing a live episode of the podcast in front of an audience. Our topic will be air quality and the effect it has on our health. We'll guide you through the issues surrounding this important aspect of atmospheric science combined with a mix of audience participation, demonstrations and interviews. We'll discuss how air pollution affects our daily lives, whether that is at home, at work or out and about in the city and countryside. You'll also be able to ask our panel any burning questions you might have about air quality.


Join us for what should be an interesting tour of the fascinating science of air quality.


Science Spectacular


When: Saturday 2nd November 2013. 1100-1600.
Registration: None required. Free entry.


The University of Manchester's Science Spectacular returns with a showcase of the amazing science and scientists from the University. The Barometer Podcast team are working with other colleagues from the Centre for Atmospheric Science to demonstrate some of the fundamental principles that govern our atmosphere. We'll be covering clouds, fog, ice crystals and the general weather in Manchester. You'll also be able to build your very own barometer using a straw, a balloon and a rather fetching Barometer Podcast coffee mug which you can take home with you on the day.


Join us for a fun packed day of science!

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The Barometer team are appearing at the Manchester Science Festival for the second year in a row. After our successful LIVE episode last year, we've decided to join in the fun activities at the Science Spectacular on the 27th October from 11am-3pm. We'll be based in the Manchester Museum, who kindly hosted our LIVE show last year.Our stand will include:

  • Which household item is the most polluting; talcum powder, a toaster or an air freshener?
  • Can you identify an ice crystal under a microscope? Do you know your dendrites from your columns?
  • How do you forecast the weather with a mug, a balloon and a straw?
  • bigNewLogoTitle_small.gifOn the day you'll be able to see demonstrations of the wonderful world of weather and climate, as well as being able to take part in some of the activities yourself. We'll also have a quiz where you could win some great prizes kindly given to us by the Royal Meteorological Society.Come along next Saturday and see some spectacular science!

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    Join the Barometer podcasters in a LIVE episode at the Manchester Science Festival where we discuss the differences, and similarities, between weather and climate. Come along to the Manchester Museum to hear about why it’s so difficult to predict the weather, how aerosols affect both weather and climate, and how clouds can affect climate. With live demonstrations and our version of ‘ready, steady, cook’ style voting this is an episode not to be missed!In a first for the Barometer, we have both an audio version of the live episode as well as a video edition! Both can be found below.
    The Barometer Podcast LIVE at Manchester Science... by TheBarometerPodcast

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    Thing have been a little quiet lately on the site as we've been planning something very special, which if you been following us on Twitter or Facebook, you'll have already seen it.

    As part of the Manchester Science Festival, we'll be producing our first ever LIVE edition of the podcast!!!

    You can join us in a LIVE episode where we'll discuss the differences, and similarities, between weather and climate. Come along to the Manchester Museum to hear about why it’s so difficult to predict the weather, how aerosols affect both weather and climate, and how clouds can affect climate. With live demonstrations and our version of ‘ready, steady, cook’ style voting this is an event not to be missed!

    If that’s not enough to satisfy your thirst for atmospheric science and climate change then there’s the chance to explore Manchester Museum followed by Climate Change Question Time…live!

    We really hope you can make what should be an evening full of fun and fascinating science. Let your friends and family know about the event too!

    If you’ve got any questions for us then you can post them below the line. Also, we have a Facebook event set up so you can tell us you are coming or you could let us know on Twitter @TheBarometerPod.

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