Nerd Nite X 8.13.15
Pre-Nerd Nite Periodic Table BINGO!
Amazing success and lots of fun! We played 3 rounds and each of our 3 winners received $15 Gramps gift certificates! Yum! Join us at 6pm in September for more nerdy games with the Nerd bosses.
A Look at the Uncanny Valley by Dean Lyon
A term coined in 1970 by the Japanese scientist who was involved in creating humanoid robots to describe the eerie sensation one gets when experiencing a “not quite right” representation of a human being. It turns out that it may stem from our basic primitive instincts of “fight or flight”, but it is unproven speculation. Hollywood visual effects and computer graphics filmmakers & highend computer game creators have made amazing headway in achieving onscreen digital “humans” but have consistently bumped into the “Uncanny Valley” thwarting them from the ultimate goal of believability.
The future of IVF: flirting with the limits by Amanda Butler
Butler took us on a mind-blowing journey that transforms a female skin cell into a functional, mature sperm. Science is closer than we realize to giving homosexual couples the possibility of having their own genetic offspring.
How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life by John Gulla
Over the past two decades, board games have been enjoying a significant and steady increase in overall popularity worldwide, as well as a large rise in the amount of new and different games being created and played. Gulla discussed some of the reasons behind the phenomenon, introduced us to some excellent examples of modern board games that you should try, and finally, examined why board games may be more important to humanity now than ever before. One of our best presentations so far!
Nerd Nite IX 7.9.15
* Team Trivia 7-8pm
* We love Miami Summers: Mosquitos! by Tanjim Hossain
There is a lot of misinformation out there about msoquitoes – which is bad because Miami is at high risk for mosquito-borne diseases. There is also a lot of pseudoscience out there about genetic modification about mosquitoes. Hossain, an NSF-funded UM graduate research fellow, shared the truth about mosquitos.
* We love Miami Summers: Hurricanes! by Angela Colbert
Hurricanes are a reality for Miamians every summer. Hurricane season is technically from June 1st – November 30th (you know, when you can’t stand going outside because you sweat and wonder why you bother to shower). That same humid air that makes Miami so lovely in the summer is one of the many ingredients needed to create a hurricane. Hurricanes are forever intertwined with Miami’s history.
Nerd Nite Miami VIII at Gramps Bar, Wynwood
“The E.T. Files: Move Over Men in Black!” by Derek Demeter
You may have heard of the Men In Black (M.I.B) before, but I bet you have never heard of the super-top-secret Men In Silver Ties (M.I.S.T)! M.I.S.T.’s very own Agent D took the audience on a truly scientific exploration of extraterrestrial life in the universe. He helped us understand the implications of ET for the human race as well as how we can and do search for signs of other intelligent beings!
“The Rise of Low T – The Marketing of Testosterone Past and Present ” by Vineeth Mohan
Vineeth Mohan is a clinical endocrinologist who discussed the fascinating history of testosterone, from the origins of its use in ancient times to a multi-billion dollar industry diagnosing and treating “low T.” He shared fascinating info on the marketing efforts which fueled sales of testosterone products over the past several years – even in the face of ongoing drug safety concerns.
“DNA Nanotechnology: A Breakthrough For Us All” by Felix Sosa
Felix taught us about the history, development, and possible future of the great breakthrough known as DNA Nanotechnology. He gave us a unique look into the exciting research being conducted by him and his colleagues in Orlando, as well as by others around the world. Then discussed the astounding effects this new technology may have on our lives. We are witnessing a revolution in medicine, computing, and more in our lifetime with this advent!
Nerd Nite Miami VI at Gramps Bar, Wynwood
7-9 pm April 9, 2015
One of the best so far!!
Great speakers, even better audience!!
Our nerds are the best!
“Gravity, Space & Time. Chainsaws, Fire & Friends” by Shaka Brown
Why juggling is easier than you think, and harder than most imagine. We learned about quantity, quality and quantum juggling. Shaka Brown has rubbed elbows with some of the finest jugglers and street performers in the world. He started at juggling when you did, and refuses to stop. It’s since gotten him nowhere.
“The unintended effects of using products” by Zoey Chen
A look into how people use brands and product (Apple, Louis Vuitton, etc.) to “show off” and how these brands and products may exert unintentional, and sometimes harmful effects, on the consumer.
“Wetware Programming” by Michael T. Moore
In recent years, scientists have learned new ways to program some of the first computers (our brains). We learned a few of those tricks in this brief introduction of “wetware” programming.