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Serving A Pint Of Science In San Diego

Neva Parker, head of laboratory operations at White Labs Pure Yeast and Ferme...

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Above: Neva Parker, head of laboratory operations at White Labs Pure Yeast and Fermentation in San Diego, talking about the science of beer at a Pint of Science event held in San Diego, May 18, 2015.

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Ever sit down at a bar, order a drink and wonder what it feels like to try to breathe on the moon?

Maybe, maybe not. Curious San Diegans will have the chance to ask local scientists that and other questions Wednesday night as part of Pint of Science. The international group has teamed up with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and UC San Diego to have top-flight scientists discuss their research and answer questions at San Diego bars and breweries.

They will also be thinking about how dogs learn and what marmosets have to do with neuroscience.

Erilynn Heinrichsen, San Diego city coordinator for Pint of Science, said the event first came to San Diego last year. This year’s event started on Monday at Mission Brewery in downtown.

“We had an absolute blast,” Heinrichsen told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. “We had a really great discussion and the audience was participating the whole time. It was a really informal discussion that people got a lot out of.”

Steven Snyder, executive director of the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, said Pint of Science, which will have three events on Wednesday, gives people an opportunity to ask questions.

“It’s more formal than two people standing at a bar but it’s really about engaging everybody,” Snyder said. “This is an opportunity to get into things that we normally just brush aside.”

Midday Edition is launching a new series called Sci-Q, an interactive campaign to help more people understand and be inspired by science. Scientists will join Midday Edition to answer questions from KPBS listeners and share details about their work. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook to find out when to submit questions or tweet your questions to @KPBSMidday and use the hashtag #Sci-Q.

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