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'Science: The Final Frontier' Comes to Western Dec. 3

November 19, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – See how "science takes us where no man has gone before" during the annual Science Demonstration Show at Western Illinois University Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The WIU Departments of Chemistry and Physics will host "Science: The Final Frontier," in Currens Hall, room 205. The show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is open free to the public.

The show will feature demonstrations, including gravity and anti-gravity, light, reactions, space, the chemistry of life, the limits of hot and cold and radiation.

"We will have an astronomy presentation on the search for earth-like planets," said WIU Physics Professor James Rabchuk. "The show is fun for all ages; it's informative, as well as a chance for our students to demonstrate their creativity, enthusiasm for science and a passion for learning and sharing their understanding."

Guests are invited to dress as their favorite Star Trek characters. There will be special appearances by James Kirk, Mr. Spock and other Star Fleet officers.

"The theme of our show is based on the hopeful, and sometimes fanciful, way that the Star Trek series envisioned our future science and society," Rabchuck said. "One highlight of the show will be a special presentation on NASA's search for habitable planets in our galactic neighborhood."

Rabchuk said special "crispy" treats will be provided at the end of the 90-minute show, and commemorative t-shirts will also be for sale.

For more information, contact Rabchuk at (309) 298-2577 or via email at

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