January 10, 2018

Secret Science Club North presents Physicist Daniel Whiteson and Cartoonist Jorge Cham, Monday, January 29, 8PM @ Symphony Space

Adjust your trajectory … Secret Science Club is blasting off to Symphony Space for a special edition!

Monday, January 29, 8PM, Secret Science Club North presents We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe with Physicist Daniel Whiteson and Cartoonist Jorge Cham @ Symphony Space (Use code SECRET15 to get $15 tickets.)

Scientists know only about 5 percent of what makes up the cosmos. The rest? It’s still a mystery. Experimental Physicist Daniel Whiteson and Cartoonist Jorge Cham take us on a whirlwind tour (with live drawing) through everything we don’t know about the Universe—from dark matter and dark energy to what happened before the Big Bang. Why does time only move forward? How come there's so much space in outer space? Is there life beyond our own planet? Explore these mind-bending questions and more at the next Secret Science Club North!

Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics) and a recovering roboticist. Daniel Whiteson is an experimental particle physicist at the University of California at Irvine, who conducts research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Jorge and Daniel have created wildly popular and viral videos on gravitational waves and the discovery of the Higgs Boson. We Have No Idea is their first book together.

Before & After
--Contemplate the Universe with cosmic cocktails at our Space Station bar
--Groove to music of the spheres
--Stick around for the far-out Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Jorge and Daniel’s brilliant new book, We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe.

Get $15 tickets for “We Have Know Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe” here with code SECRET15 and enter the code at checkout. You can also use the code at the Symphony Space box office (call 212.864.5400 or visit in person).

This starry-eyed edition of Secret Science Club North meets Monday, January 29, 8PM @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. Doors open at 7:30pm. This is an all-ages event.

January 5, 2018

TUESDAY, January 9, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Biologist, Snake-ologist, and Explorer Frank T. Burbrink

Frank T. Burbrink has traveled the world, researching snakes and discovering new species. On the island of Madagascar, he and his colleagues have studied an astonishing array of snakes, occupying every ecological niche, from freshwater to treetops. And these snakes have a variety of beautiful forms: A few have noses shaped like leaves. Others have skin the color of bumblebees. Still others are dusty red and cat-eyed.

Around the globe, snakes exhibit mind-boggling variation, from garter snakes to reticulated pythons. Some live off little termites. Others can kill and devour an antelope. Dr. Burbrink asks: How does an animal with a seemingly simple head-and-tube body have so many different forms? What exactly are “species” and how do they diversify? And what threats—even existential ones—are facing snakes in the wild?

Frank T. Burbrink is associate curator in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, principal investigator at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, and associate professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. The author of over 100 research papers, he has conducted fieldwork in Madagascar, Brazil, Panama, Japan, and the United States. He studies the evolutionary history of reptiles and amphibians, their ecology, and genetics. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Gizmodo, BBC News, and on The Limit Does Not Exist podcast.

Before & After
--Try our exploratory cocktail of the night, the Sidewinder
--Twist & slink to serpentine tunes
--Stick around for the sssssscintillating Q&A

The next biodiverse edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, January 9, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th Street.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

December 20, 2017

Dark Days for Science? Let's Light It Up! Secret Science Club is on a Mission

You can help launch science out of the darkness and into the light. Donate to SSC's end-of-year pledge drive and support Secret Science Club 2018.

In the wee hours before dawn on the longest night of the year (14 hours, 44 minutes, 42 seconds in NYC), we were reflecting on 2017 while preparing to launch Secret Science Club's 2018 season.  

At this year's SSCs, we've gone on an amazing ride from the farthest galaxies to the nanoscale - and into the depths of the human mind. We've plumbed the deep structure of the Earth and taken data-driven dives into the world of ants, viruses, biomechanics, black holes, and the nature of time.
No matter the season, no matter the political climate, Secret Science Club remains a place where science steps out into the night and shines.

You can help light it up in 2018!  

SSC people, you are our rocket fuel. From the energy you put into coming to our live science events to the engaged listening and incredible questions, we are awed by you every month. When we see you coming out - braving all weather - to hear a talk on astrophysics, microbes, or ocean life, it inspires us to keep going and do more.  

Please join us in celebrating science as a vital part of culture and public life and standing up for science as SSC heads into the future.

To make a donation and support Secret Science Club 2018, visit our secure pledge page. You can get cool pledge prizes, too (T-shirts, totes, secret SSC swag, and more!). For those of you who don't want pledge rewards, click here for faster check out.

Thanks to all the brilliant scientists who presented at SSC this year, the amazing people at the Bell House, our talented friends at Symphony Space, our kind & dedicated volunteers and advisors, and our wise partners at both the Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation and EST/Sloan. And thanks to our indomitable, wonderful, curious audience members.

Cheers to everyone for supporting SSC's mission!

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