Premature Burial, Entomophagy, and Alcohol-Inspired Science

  • July 9, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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This edition of NerdNite has some macabre topics. Details on topics below.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Philadelphia-Science-Society/events/186927422

$5 Cover charge that will be collected by Nerdnite team as you enter.

Come by 6:30 else you will not be able to get a seat. We cannot hold seats unless we have a large enough group assembling there by 6:00. So if you want to sit together, let me know if you can get there by 6pm. 

Frankford Hall is a great Starr restaurant in N. Libs. German Beer hall style with excellent beer selections. A block from Girard MFL station and free parking all around the area.

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“The Dead Alive: The Victorian Fear of Premature Burial” by Megan Rosenbloom

Librarian Megan Rosenbloom, director of Death Salon, takes you on an exploration of the Victorian obsession with premature burial based on books from the era, and how those hilariously lurid books inspired the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Megan will delve into some of the purported tales of live burial, the entrepreneurs who made safety coffins, the societies formed to protect against this primal fear, and how this fear trickles down into our modern culture.

“Alcohol Induced Science” by Cole Smith

Alcoholic beverages aren’t only good for drinking, in fact they’ve lead to some interesting science.  I’ll be discussing three discoveries during this talk: the use of beer foam to model atomic motion, making diamonds out of tequila, and which wine makes the best superconductor.  I’m hoping this talk will not only entertain but inform people on the benefits of these experiments, and maybe make some home-brewed atomic modelers in the crowd.  Please clean up your beer if you decide to do so. 

“Eat Bugs, What?” By Isa Betancourt

A year ago the United Nations stated that we ought to be munching and crunching on more 6 legged critters. Say what? For many people, the FDA limit of 4 insect larvae per 1lb of frozen berries adds more than enough bugs to their diet. We’ll explore why we should increase the number of bugs in our diet. Let’s flip that around… Why aren’t we eating bugs? About 2 billion people on the planet eat bugs normally and our primate relatives chow down bugs. So what happened to us?

Plus! Local singer-songwriter Kerry Justine will provide the musical interludes.




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  • Girish

    Talk on the Victorian obsession with the fear of live burials. Extraordinary tactics including a tobacco smoke enema! And then the talk by Drexel material sconces was even more mind bending. The cheapest tequila can make the best artificial diamonds and the fine French wine can increase super conductivity properties of certain ceramics. We had a table to ourselves. Thanks to Jacqui, Tom and Lidia for coming early to snag primo table.

    July 10

  • Lidia A.

    Fun! Thank you Girish!

    1 · July 9

  • Girish

    Our group is on third table from screen. Sign on table. Football on big screen for now. Hope it's not a long drawn out overtime. Want the event to start!

    July 9

  • Lidia A.

    I am here. Want me to hold the seats?

    1 · July 9

  • Girish

    My guests are members from the Science Society meetup group

    1 · July 7

  • Ahngelique D.

    this looks fun but ill have to wait until the last minute to see if my life will let me have some down time.

    June 20

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