August 10, 2017

MONDAY, August 14, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Biologist Brooke Flammang

Sharks, Robots, Lasers, Locomotion in the Ocean!

Secret Science Club presents biologist, comparative physiologist, and biomechanics expert Brooke Flammang of the Fluid Locomotion Lab.

MONDAY, August 14, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE!

How do fish sense the fluid dynamics of the ocean around them? Why do fish have different shapes? Explore mysteries of walking cave fish, propulsive shark tails, and why the hitchhiking remora fish sucks (or doesn’t).

Before & After
--Try our cocktail of the night, the Fin & Tonic
--C’mon and swim to undersea grooves
--Stick around for the salty Q&A!

Brooke Flammang is a professor of biological sciences and director of the Fluid Locomotion Lab at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She researches functional morphology, comparative biomechanics, fluid dynamics, bioinspired robots, and cool fish stuff. She has been a featured scientist on the BBC and Discovery Channel and in Wired, Scientific American, Gizmodo and the New York Times.

This fin-tastic edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, August 14, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St. 

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

July 9, 2017

MONDAY, July 17, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Geologist & Geophysicist Maureen Long

Are you standing on solid ground? Beneath the surface, our planet pulses with heat and motion. Processes deep in Earth’s interior shape everything from the magnetic field and plate tectonics to earthquakes and volcanoes. Yet, much of what lies below remains a mystery. At the next Secret Science Club, prepare to go deeper than ever before with Maureen Long as she takes us from the lithosphere to the core-mantle boundary.

Geophysicist Maureen Long uses recordings of earthquakes from all over the world to study the deep structure of the Earth, how Earth’s mantle is like a lava lamp, and how plate tectonics shape the geology of our planet. A professor of geology and geophysics at Yale University and an observational seismologist, she has conducted fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes, the High Lava Plains of Oregon, the Appalachians of West Virginia, and on the Research Vessel Endeavor in the Atlantic Ocean. The author of over 60 scientific papers and winner of the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union, she also works with Earthscope—a program of the National Science Foundation that has deployed thousands of geophysical instruments to study the deep structure of the North American continent and the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Dr. Long has been a featured scientist on NPR and CBS News, and frequently speaks about seismology, plate tectonics, and natural disasters to the public.

Before & After
--Try our cocktail of the night, the Seismic Wave… We’ll put some temblor in your tumbler
--Shake, rattle, and roll to tunes from Earth’s basement tapes
--Stick around for earthshaking Q&A!

This molten edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, July 17, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd aves) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St. 

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

June 16, 2017

Secret Science Club is on hiatus for the month of June. We'll be back at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Monday, July 17.  See you then! 

May 21, 2017

THURSDAY, May 25, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Data Scientist & Author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Secret Science Club presents Data Scientist & Author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, THURSDAY, May 25, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE!

The traces of our private thoughts are everywhere online. What we won’t share with our friends and loved ones, we just might ask Google about. The patterns of billions of searches (for information, mates, etc.) suggest a fascinating idea: the internet may be the ultimate truth serum.

Using data from Google, social media, dating, and even porn sites, data scientist and author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz asks: How much sex do people really have? What can Google searches tell us about racism in America? What do people actually care about during elections? Are boys and girls treated equally by parents? What should you say on a first date if you want a second? Which of their own body parts intrigues men most?

The results of Stephens-Davidowitz’s deep data dives reveal insights into the human psyche that are by turns surprising, dismaying, funny, and disturbing.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a former Google data scientist, New York Times contributing writer, and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Stephens-Davidowitz and his research have been featured on the BBC, CNN, NPR, Freakonomics Radio, and Buzzfeed. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are is his first book.

Before & After
--Try our survey—wait.. no, our cocktail of the night—the Not-So-Random Sample
--Groove to soul-searching tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book, Everybody Lies

This searchable edition of the Secret Science Club meets THURSDAY, May 25, 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!

April 27, 2017

Secret Science Club North presents Microbiologist Martin Blaser & "Marvels of the Microbiome," Tuesday, May 16, 8PM @ Symphony Space

Secret Science Club is heading to Symphony Space for another special event!
 
Tuesday, May 16, 8PM, Secret Science Club North presents Biologist Martin Blaser on "Marvels of the Microbiome!” @ Symphony Space (Shh... use code SECRET15 to get $15 tickets.)

Say hello to your little friends—all 100 trillion of them. Each of us harbors about 1,000 microbial species in our noses, mouths, and guts & on our skin. Together, they weigh an astonishing 2 to 6 pounds. If you’re worried about the aliens within, don’t be. A torrent of new medical and genetic research shows that your microbiome is essential to your survival. These itty-bitty bugs help you metabolize food and build your immune system. They make vitamins and protect you from getting sick.

Join us at the next Secret Science Club North as microbiologist Martin Blaser explores:      
          -- the human microbiome (and the fact that all the microbes in your body can fill a container the size of a soup can!)
          -- the health benefits conferred by your inner ecosystem
          -- the dangers of overusing antibiotics and what we can do to protect ourselves
          -- how obesity, asthma, diabetes, and even mood swings may be linked to changes in our microbiota.
          -- new microbial medicines that may be in our future

Martin Blaser is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Translational Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. At the forefront of new research on the jungle of microorganisms inside us, he researches the relationship of the human microbiome with health and is the author of more than 500 scientific papers. In 2015, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and his work has been featured on the Daily Show, CNN, and NPR, and in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and New York Times. Dr. Blaser is the author of the award-winning book Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. He serves as chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Before & After
--Try our cocktail of the night, the Scientific Method (created by the mixologists in our pop-up lab)
--Sway to multicellular tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
 

Get t$15 tickets for Martin Blaser 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 special edition of Secret Science Club North meets Tuesday, May 16, 8PMSymphony 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.