June 29, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist & Author Priyamvada Natarajan, FREE!

At the next Secret Science Club, we’re blasting off with astrophysicist and author Priyamvada Natarajan on a mission to explore black holes and dark matter—two of the most mysterious entities in the Universe.

In this mind-blowing talk, coinciding with the release of her new book Mapping the Heavens, Dr. Natarajan examines the most recent breakthroughs in cosmology—from mapping invisible dark matter to the discovery of gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Einstein.

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, specializing in dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. A fellow of the American Physical Society, Royal Astronomical Society, and Explorers Club, she is the author of over 100 scientific papers and has written for The Huffington Post, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, and Discover Magazine. She has just published her first book, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos, which brilliantly explains advances in our understanding of the heavens from ancient times up through the most pressing questions at the frontier of astrophysics today.

Before & After
--Imbibe our starry-eyed cocktail of the night, the Cosmic Explorer
--Sway to groovitational tunes and stick around for the celestial Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Dr. Natarajan’s fantastic new book, MAPPING THE HEAVENS

This out-of-this-world edition of the Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 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 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

June 2, 2016

Monday, June 13, 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Roboticist Hod Lipson @ the Bell House, FREE!

A roboticist who works in the areas of artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing, Hod Lipson designs cool, biologically inspired machines—and he sees a future where robots are not only autonomous but creative. He and his colleagues build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even come up with their own ideas. 

At the next Secret Science Club, Hod Lipson asks: Can robots ultimately design and make other robots? Can machines be curious? Will robots ever be truly self-aware? Can they evolve? Dream?

Hod Lipson is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. His work on robots and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and on CNN and NPR. He has co-authored over 200 technical papers, the recent book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, and the forthcoming book, Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead.

Before & After
--Sample our self-replicating cocktail of the night, the Drinkbot
--Groove to algorhythmic tunes
--Stick around for the all-too-human Q&A!

This rock’em, sock’em robots edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, June 13, 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.