Nerd Nite SF #90: Scurvy, Neurogenesis, and More!
Feelings of malaise? Lethargy? Whether it's scurvy or just boredom, we have the cure for you! Grab yourself a nice gin gimlet and hear the convoluted saga of scurvy. Then have your mind blown with a tale of atomic testing and neuroscience. Plus one more talk to be announced. All this plus the musical stylings of DJ Alpha Bravo, grilled cheese sammies, and awesome people like you. Wednesday, 11/15/2017 Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street @Van Ness $8, all ages Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1572876?utm_medium=bks --------------------- "Scurvy: Lost and Found. And Found. And... Found (Again)" by Laura Lanford Do you think pirate talk was all "Avast, ye miserable scallywags!" and "Shiver me timbers!"? Likely you'd also hear mutters along the lines of "Ow, me teeth hurt!" and "Argh, me aching bones!" Life on the sea was more scurvy than it was swagger, in no small part because we kept losing the ubiquitous yet elusive cure for this dreaded vitamin deficiency. From the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Horn, from Greenland to Antarctica, come and hear tell of the convoluted tale of the Scourge of the Seas! Laura Lanford is on loan from Nerd Nite Chicago. She talks a lot about a lot of things, mostly Extinction Level Events but sometimes medical esoterica as well. --------------------- "Nuclear Testing and Other Things That May or May Not Damage Your Brain" by Whitney Heavner Prior to the 1960's, scientists believed that the adult brain has no capacity for regeneration. A few classical experiments in 1965 changed everything. Yet, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America continues to link drugs, your brain, and fried eggs. Just how resilient is the human brain? Learn how above-ground nuclear arms testing helped us answer this question through carbon dating, and see how radioactive tracers in rodents show when a baby neuron has sealed its fate. Whitney Heavner is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford biology department deciphering the genome's blueprint for building the 100 billion neurons that make up your brain. --------------------- We're awaiting promo copy for the third talk - stay tuned! --------------------- With: Alpha Bravo, who'll be spinning tunes specially selected to match the presenters' themes. Follow the setlist on Twitter @djalphabravo. Food: Delicious grilled cheese from the master of the sammie, Grilled Cheese Guy.