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.