March 30, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, April 6 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Bird Researcher & Best-selling Author Scott Weidensaul with “A World on the Wing,” FREE!

Come fly with us! Secret Science Club presents Bird Researcher & Author Scott Weidensaul

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, April 6 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

High over our heads, billions of migrating birds perform mind-blowing feats of navigation and endurance each spring. Some species forgo sleep for weeks or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch. Others complete ultra-marathon migrations in record time, winging over 3,000 miles in mere days. To find their flight paths, they use Earth’s magnetic field and a form of quantum entanglement that would make Einstein’s head spin.

At the next Secret Science Club, bird researcher and author Scott Weidensaul jumps off from his new book A World on the Wing to explore the rapidly evolving science behind bird migration and the amazing diversity of birds that make these epic journeys.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the Goldfinch… (recipe below!)
--Flit, flutter & fly to grooves that soar
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Scott Weidensaul’s high-flying new book, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds here or wherever you buy books!


Scott Weidensaul
is a writer and active field researcher, specializing in birds and bird migration. He is the author of nearly thirty books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind and The Ghost with Trembling Wings. He is co-director of Project Owlnet, a collaboration among nearly 125 banding and research stations across North America studying owl migration, as well as co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, which uses cutting-edge tracking technology to study snowy owls.

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What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for geneticist Christopher Mason & bioethicist Matthew Liao on Wednesday, April 28!

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Photo credit: Chris DeSorbo

Cocktail Recipe for the “Goldfinch” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: ¾ oz Gin, ¾ oz Crème de Noyaux, dash of Maraschino Liqueur, ¾ oz Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice, ¾ oz Simple Syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters (optional), 3 Blueberries and a Lemon Twist (reserve for garnish)
- In a bar shaker half filled with ice, combine all ingredients
- Shake well
- Strain into a coupe glass
- Garnish with 3 blueberries and lemon twist

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

March 2, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, March 16 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents the "Dana Foundation Brain Lecture" with Neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd, FREE!

Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Brain Lecture” with Neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd (in honor of Brain Awareness Week) 

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, March 16 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before. To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

It is one year into the pandemic, and there is no question that the increased stress and social isolation are having a psychological effect on our society—and perhaps even long-term effects on our brains. One area of particular concern is how the pandemic is affecting our use (and abuse) of drugs and alcohol, as well as the impact on people with existing addiction disorders.

At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd highlights these critical issues as well as discussing her own groundbreaking research on cannabis and opioids. In her talk, "The Vulnerable Brain: Pathways to and from Addiction," Dr. Hurd asks:

--What is addiction, and how does it affect and even change the brain?
--Why are some brains more vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction? What is the role of stress?
--How does marijuana use impact the developing brain? What’s the story with CBD?
--What are some pathways out of addiction? How might cannabinoids be used to treat opioid dependence?

Yasmin Hurd is a professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and pharmacological sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; director of the Addiction Institute at the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System; Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience at Mount Sinai; and a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. She has conducted pioneering research on the neurobiology of opioid abuse, the neurodevelopmental (and cross-generational) effects of cannabis, and potential treatments for opioid addiction. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Hurd and her research have been featured on NPR, ABC, and CNN, and in the New York Times, Time, and Discover.

BEFORE AND AFTER 
--Mix your own “Gray Matter” mocktail… (recipe below!)
--Groove to synapse-soothing tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Take a peek at the Dana Foundation's digital magazine, Cerebrum, for news, podcasts, and analysis on emerging ideas in brain science
--Learn how you can participate in Brain Awareness Week, the global campaign to foster enthusiasm and support for brain science

This edition of Secret Science Club - featuring Yasmin Hurd - is supported by the Dana Foundation in celebration of Brain Awareness Week. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing understanding about the brain in health and disease through research grants and public outreach.

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, partners host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives. Search the calendar of events for fun and fascinating events around the world!

This is a FREE event.

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for naturalist & author Scott Weidensaul on Tuesday, April 6!

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Recipe for “Gray Matter” Mocktail (created by Secret Science Club’s Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: Homemade Lemonade sweetened to your taste (or good quality store-bought lemonade), ⅓ cup Blueberries, Club Soda
- Reserve a few berries for later, and mash the remaining blueberries in a bowl
- Pour the mashed blueberries into a highball glass
- Add ⅓ glass lemonade
- Muddle all ingredients
- Fill highball glass with ice, and top off with club soda
- Garnish with a few whole berries

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

February 21, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Join us for a special brunch-time event! Sunday, February 28 @ 2PM, Secret Science Club presents Nobel Prize-winning Biologist & Author Paul Nurse on “What Is Life?” FREE!

Secret Science Club presents Nobel Prize-winning Biologist & Author Paul Nurse on "What Is Life?

Join us live via Zoom on Sunday, February 28 @ 2PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 1:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

Life is all around us; it's abundant, diverse, and extraordinary. But what does "being alive" actually mean? Nobel prize-winner Paul Nurse has spent his career revealing how living cells work. At the next Secret Science Club, he takes up the challenge of answering one of the most intriguing questions in science: what is life?

In his new book – What Is Life? – Paul Nurse illuminates five great ideas that underpin biology: the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information. He traces the roots of his own curiosity and knowledge to reveal how science works, both now and in the past. Using his personal experiences, in and out of the lab, he shares with us the obstacles, the lucky breaks, and the thrilling eureka moments of discovery. To survive the threats that face humanity today – from pandemics and climate change to loss of biodiversity and food security – it is vital that we all understand what life is.

Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist, and director of the Francis Crick Institute in London. He previously served as president of Rockefeller University, president of the Royal Society, and trustee of the British Museum. He is a recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. What Is Life? Five Great Ideas in Biology is his first book.

Before & After
--Mix up our brunch-time cocktail, the "Lust for Life”… (recipe below!)
--Prepare to groove to our ever-evolving playlist
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Paul Nurse’s brilliant new book, What Is Life? Five Great Ideas in Biology here or wherever you buy books!

This is a FREE event.

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for neuroscientist Yasmin Hurd on Tuesday, March 16 at 8PM (Eastern Time USA)

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Lust for Life” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: Prosecco, 2½ oz Pineapple Juice, ¾ oz Grenadine, Squeeze of Lemon, Wedge of Lemon for Garnish
- In a bar shaker with ice, combine pineapple juice, grenadine, and squeeze of lemon
- Shake well
- Then strain into a wineglass and top off with Prosecco
- Garnish with a wedge of lemon

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

January 21, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, January 27 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Sleep Researchers & Authors Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold on "When Brains Dream," FREE!

At the next Secret Science Club, sleep researchers Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold explore what happens When Brains Dream

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

All of us spend about a third of our lives sleeping and a significant portion of that time dreaming. Dreams—those melting visions of our slumbers—have long been a source of fascination. But why do we have dreams at all? Researchers Antonio Zadra & Robert Stickgold, the authors of When Brains Dream, take on these night-time mysteries at the next Secret Science Club. They ask:

--What’s going on in our sleeping brains? Does dreaming contribute to our biological and neurological well-being? How?

--What’s the relationship between dreams and memories? Why are some dreams so emotion-filled? And why do some dreams seem weighted with meaning that is just out of our grasp?

--What causes disorders such as recurring nightmares, sleep paralysis, and sleepwalking?

--How do scientists study dreaming?

Antonio Zadra is a professor of psychology at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine. Robert Stickgold is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition. Together, they are the authors of When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science & Mystery of Sleep.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, "A Midwinter Night's Dream"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to rock lullabies and other dreamy tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold's fascinating new book, When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science & Mystery of Sleep here or wherever you buy books!

This is a FREE event.

To support Secret Science Club, consider making a donation to our annual pledge drive! There are cool pledge rewards, too, like T-shirts, tote bags, and lab notebooks. Visit our secure pledge page here.

What’s coming up at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for Nobel Prize-winning biologist Paul Nurse on Sunday, February 28 at 2PM (Eastern Time USA)

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1 oz Gin, 1 oz Almond Syrup, 1 oz Heavy Cream, 3 Drops of Chocolate Bitters (Fee Brothers), a Piece of Chocolate (for garnish)
- In a shaker glass, combine the gin, almond syrup, heavy cream, and chocolate bitters
- Add lots of ice and shake well
- Pour into a small rocks glass with the ice from the shaker
- Garnish with the chocolate

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

January 6, 2021

Rocket into 2021 with Secret Science Club!

Join us in celebrating science as a vital part of culture and public life, and standing up for science as we head into the new year. 

Donate to our New Year's pledge drive and help launch Secret Science Club into 2021. (And get some cool pledge rewards!)

Thanks to all the amazing, hard-working scientists who presented at Secret Science Club in 2020, and to our fabulous partners, volunteers, and supporters. And thanks to YOU – our indomitable, wonderful, ever-curious audience members. We so appreciate your hanging in there with us through the pandemic, as we continue to present live science programs to the public via Zoom.

To make a donation and support Secret Science Club 2021 (and an all-new season of free and low-cost public science events), visit our secure pledge page. You can get fun pledge prizes, too (SSC tote bags, T-shirts, lab notebooks, secret swag, and more!). For those of you who don't want pledge rewards, click here for faster check out.

Happy New Year, everyone! 

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January 5, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, January 12 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Evolutionary Biologist & Author Daniel Lieberman, FREE!

Make it a new year's resolution! Come to the first Secret Science Club of 2021 with biological anthropologist & author Daniel Lieberman

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, January 12 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

At the next Secret Science Club, evolutionary biologist & author Daniel Lieberman takes on exercise and the human body. He asks: If exercise is so good for us, why do so many people avoid it? Are humans born to be athletes (or couch potatoes)? Is sitting really the new smoking? Can just walking keep you fit? How many calories did you burn while binge-watching Bridgerton over the holidays?

Jumping off from his new book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, Dr. Lieberman explores human physiology and the natural history of physical activity, delving into metabolism, speed vs endurance, the effects of aging, and the ins and outs of sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing.

Daniel Lieberman is a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. He studies the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and how our evolutionary history affects health and disease. The author of over 150 scientific papers, Dr. Lieberman has written three popular books, including The Story of the Human Body and (most recently) Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding. He is best known for his work on the evolution of running and enjoys running himself (often barefoot).

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the Barefoot Runner… (recipe below!)
--Groove to (r)evolutionary tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Daniel Lieberman’s new book, Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding here or wherever you buy books!

This is a FREE event.

To support Secret Science Club, consider making a donation to our annual pledge drive! There are cool pledge rewards, too, like T-shirts, tote bags, and lab notebooks. Visit our secure pledge page here.

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for sleep (and dreaming) experts Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold on Wednesday, January 27, 2021!

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Barefoot Runner” (designed by Secret Science Club’s Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: Spiced or Dark Rum, Orange Juice, Grenadine, Slice of Lime
- Into a highball glass filled with ice, pour 6 oz orange juice
- Then add 2 oz spiced or dark rum
- Add a couple splashes of grenadine, and gently stir
- Garnish with a slice of lime

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.