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Nerd Nite Ithaca

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:30pm

Big Red Barn

Its that time again. What time you ask? Time to be there and be square because on Saturday, April 6th there is another installment of Nerd Nite Ithaca.

What is Nerd Nite? Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event that strives for a laid-back, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. Three people each give a 20-minute lecture about something (often about science or technology, sometimes about art, history, law, or something entirely different). There are Nerd Nites around the world, and this will be our 5th in Ithaca. Check out for more info.

Being the Big Red Barn and all, there will of course be snacks and dollar beers!

Our three nerdy talks for this month are:

Talk 1 – (Longhaired) Whippet, Whippet Good

Did you know that whippets do in fact come in a long-haired variety? Better yet, do you even know what a whippet is? Who was Walter Wheeler, Jr., and what exactly was his role in the creation of this versatile yet rare breed of dog? (SPOILER ALERT: nobody really knows for sure.) Veterinary student and whippet enthusiast Erica Burkland discusses the controversial origin of the Long Haired Whippet as a breed and the 2 competing theories regarding its genetic origin.

Talk 2 – Haunted by Science!

Do you believe in ghosts? Traditionally, the only evidence of ghosts were the stories told about a haunted house on a hill or a cursed hotel room. Today's ghost hunters are using more and more sophisticated methods of revealing ghostly activity.  From EMF and EVP to infrared and thermal imaging, ghost hunters are using technology like never before to prove and disprove the existence of ghosts.  Veterinary students Michelle White and Adam Townsend will delve into the science behind ghost hunting in the 21st century.

Talk 3 -- Saving Money, the Planet, and Having a (fire)Ball with Biomass Powder Combustion

What is better than saving money? Saving the planet while saving money.  What is better yet? Saving the planet and money with FIRE. Physics postdoc Matt Warkentin will describe his efforts to save the planet by harnessing the destructive power known for laying waste to flour mills and grain elevators

This event is sponsered by the GPSPB and open to the Cornell Community 

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