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Out of the labs, into the pubs

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-The audience sits attentively, absorbing every word.

The speaker, a visiting doctor of particle physics, is discussing the effects of libel laws on science publishing.

But this isn't a university lecture hall or a scientific institution - it's a crowded pub on a Tuesday night in Glasgow city centre.

The organisers of Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub have been arranging monthly meetings since November last year.

Each event features a guest speaker addressing issues related to science, rationalism and critical thinking.

Organiser Ian Scott said the events were becoming increasingly popular.

"When we first started we only had a handful of people, but the group has been growing," he said.

"Lately it seems as though we're getting about 20 new people each month."
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