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If you thought it was scary when that one nerd kid kept hitting on you during math class in high school, watch out, because it gets even scarier when nerds do Halloween. Yes, October is here, and that’s the time of the year when Nerd Nite brings you tales of all things gooey, ghastly, and gruesome. So, come steel your nerves with a shot of bourbon or some beer, and hear our nerds tell tales of head transplants, flesh eating flies, lesbian vampires, and some crazy sexual behavior (though that talk we be admittedly less frightening). So, this month, it’s Nerd Nite: Be there, and be scared.

Date: Saturday Oct 8th, 2016 A.D.
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW
Tickets: $10 at
This is a 21+ event.


Human Head Transplants
by Sam Kean

Doctors in several countries are preparing to do the ultimate in surgery, transplant a head from one human body to another. Can they possibly succeed? Several studies, including head transplants in animals, suggest yes. And if they do succeed, that’s when things could really get messy. What would it be like to wake up with a new body? Would you still feel like you? Philosophers have debated the idea for centuries – now science might provide the answers…

Bio: Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dueling
Neurosurgeons, The Disappearing Spoon, and The Violinist’s Thumb. Each of his books were named Amazon top science books of the year, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.”

Our Endless War with the Screwworm Fly 
by Josh Shiode

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been waging a war against the screwworm fly. The weapons of choice? Radioactive Cobalt, lab-raised flies, and a putrid mix of ground meat and formaldehyde. Why are we doing this? What does it have to do with Zika? And what the hell is a screwworm? These questions and more, will be answered. Also, there’s a screwworm-sniffing dog.

Bio: Josh Shiode is is an astrophysicist turned science lobbyist-ish. He learned about the screwworm fly as part of his work leading the Golden Goose Award, which honors odd, silly, or obscure sounding government funded research that has returned serious benefits to society. His friends are tired of hearing about it, so he decided to bring his act to the Nerd Nite stage.


Our Inner Ape is Human
by Tracy Duvall

People share 98+ percent of their genome with chimps and bonobos. So which represents our true human nature? Are we inevitably patriarchal and warlike, like the abstemious chimps – or possibly matriarchal and peaceable, like the randy bonobos? In short, will having sex with everyone all the time produce the new millennium? Maybe! But studying other apes isn’t the way to answer the question. I’ll explain why, to understand human possibilities, we should focus on … people. Along the way, I’ll touch on the evolution, genetics, and comparative behavior of chimps, bonobos, and humans. And in order to keep with tonight’s theme, we’ll be showing you some examples of some truly frightening human ape behaviors.

Bio: Tracy is an anthropologist, and world traveler who has spent much of the past 6 years getting to observe the often inexplicable behavior of human (and nonhuman) primates in Indonesia, Philippines, and Tanzania. He’s taught about human evolution and primatology, hung out with chimps, told jokes on the radio in Mexico, and published a novel titled, Bonobo!

Nerd Nite DC: Be There and Be Square!