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Freaky Sundays

Freaky Sundays: Unicorns

codex_unicorn_0.jpgMcGill University's science series, known as Freaky Fridays, begins again this coming week.

The series aims to "bust myths and clarify science." You get a lecture and a movie that goes along with it!

This year, you'll hear about conversations between rats, climate change, Sasquatch, belugas, birth control, and the first topic of the season is unicorns.

You wouldn't think they'd need to bust a myth about unicorns.  Most of us know that the white horse with the single horn isn't real. But we're still fascinated with them and have been since before the 1500s, when we thought they were real.

Emily Bamforth, a PhD candidate in biology,  leads the discussion with Eliza Rosenberg, who comes from the Religious Studies faculty. They launched the Freaky Fridays series with us and told us a bit about the myth and reality of unicorns.
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Freaky Sundays: Global Warming

earthfromspace.jpgMcGill's "Freaky Fridays" myth-busting science lecture series this week looks at global warming.  Dr Paul Hoffman's talk will focus on climate and geology. Dr Hoffman is a Canadian geologist widely known for the theory of "Snowball Earth". He's earned many awards in his long career at the Geological Survey, Harvard University and more recently the University of Victoria.  Sonali Karnick spoke to him for All In A Weekend's Freaky Sundays.

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Freaky Sundays: Nature vs. Nurture

asgoodasitgets.jpgJack Nicholson's character in the movie As Good As It Gets, Melvin, wrestles with some pretty big personality issues.

But was Melvin genetically predetermined to develop OCD? What role is played by his environment, and what the world projects back at him?

Dr. Roberta Palmour is fascinated by these questions.  She's a professor of psychiatry and human genetics at McGill University, and she's the  latest guest in All in a Weekend's "Freaky Sunday" series.

This Friday, she'll be giving the Freaky Friday lecture at the Redpath Museum, titled "Nature versus Nurture: Do genes determine your personality?"
Dr. Roberta Palmour spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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