Nerd Nite: Paper Airplanes, Blood, and Sewers!

Event has passed (Wed Dec 19, 2012 - Wed Dec 19, 2012)
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Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. This month, grab yourself a stiff drink and get ready for a record-setting paper airplane saga, examine the bleeding edge of universal blood research, and frolic in the sewers of San Francisco. Be there and be square!

"Plane Crazy: The Unexpurgated Tale of the Record-Breaking Paper Airplane Guy" by John Collins

John Collins, a.k.a. The Paper Airplane Guy, smashed the Guinness World Record for paper airplane distance in February. Learn how he did it and how NASA snubbed him, the previous record holder tried to sabotage him, and people plied him with ideas both weird and wonderful.

"Breaking the Blood Bank: The Path Toward Universal Blood" by Ahnika Kline

Blood donor? Getting surgery? Wouldn't it be nice to know what's in that blood stuff, anyway? Ahnika will describe what happens to blood after donation, examine the different blood types, and consider the risks associated with receiving blood. And we'll delve into the development of safer, universal, and synthetic blood.

"Combined Sewerage: Where the Shit Hits the Fan" by Karen Kubick

Every day in San Francisco, hundreds of thousands of toilets are a-flushing, showers a-flowing, and washing machines a-spinning. That's a whole lotta water and a whole lotta flow, but where, oh where, does that water go? Karen will share with us the marvels of the SFPUC's combined sewer system.

DJ Alpha Bravo mans the decks, spinning vinyl and tweeting along to the presentations' themes. Find out what you're listening to by following @djalphabravo.


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