Locals March For Science

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The aquarium is one of more than 100 scientific groups that have endorsed the official march, joining as one of the first sponsors past year.

Breakthrough with Astro Kerala and Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad had brought together various science enthusiasts and formed a March for Science Organising Committee. "I think the repercussions are going to be huge". Park followed by a march to the Rochester Riverside Hotel, where the organization will hold a science expo and career fair. "The last budget of the Central government doles out lavish increases for space, biotechnology and renewable energy but very little for research in other scientific areas", he said.

The impetus for the March for Science 2017, came when US President Donald Trump called global warming a hoax and signed an executive order that rolled back climate change and environmental policies put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Prof S Mahadevan form IISc, Prof Ramesh Londonker from Gulbarga University, Dr Sudha, a senior plastic surgeon, Prof Sharbari Bhattacharya from Bangalore University and Nagesh Hegde, science writer were present at the event.

"Back in my mom's day when (chickenpox) used to be common, they just thought, 'Oh it's just part of growing up, '" she explained.

About 100 people gathered to hear a program of speakers and folksingers, including HowStuffWorks.com founder Marshall Brain, wildlife researcher Luke Dollar and science comedian Brian Malow.