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Friday, April 28
 

17:00

CANCELLED How to Survive in the Middle Ages
Your elbow hit the chronograph in your time machine. You are now in 1350 instead of 2350. How will you survive famine, plague, war, and that other horsemen? Come find out!

18:00

Muscle Testing: Human Lie Detection and More
Come learn how to use the energy and impulses of your own body to tell if something is good for you or not. This technique can also be used fairly accurately to tell if someone is lying about something. This can be a great tool for anyone with kids or teenagers. Audience participation welcome.

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avatar for Daniel

Daniel

Muscle Testing: Human Lie Detection and More | Come learn how to use the energy and impulses of your own body to tell if something is good for you or not. This technique can also be used fairly accurately to tell if someone is lying about something. This can be a great tool for a... Read More →
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Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


18:00

Strange New Worlds
Exoplanets are a relatively new addition to the field of astronomy, but have been part of sci-fi for far longer. We'll take a look at what they are, how we find them, a few popular media examples, and things to keep in mind if you want to make some of your own for your own works.

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18:00

What's New in the Universe?
New news about old stuff! A panel discussing about recent news and discoveries somewhere in a galaxy far away (or nearby) with Volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors.


20:00

Astronomy 101
Join us as we explore size and distance in the Universe, star life-cycles, and supernovas.


20:00

Help! Someone Dissembled My 3D Printer!
I think a gang of penguins teamed up to disassemble my 3D printer. Now I have to put it back together. This is a great opportunity to talk about how they work, what can be done with them, and calibrating new machines!

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21:00

Telescope Observing- Cresent Moon
How does the man in the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it.

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22:00

Telescope Observing - Jupiter and Mizar
When do astronauts have lunch? At launch time.

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22:00

The C.U.P.S. Project - Past, Present, and Future?
No, I'm not talking about printing! This "C.U.P.S." was the "Consortium for Upper-Level Physics Software," a multi-million dollar project to develop instructional materials and software simulations for college physics in the mid-1990s. I have been working to resurrect this code base, with ultimate hopes of making it open-source. I'll talk about the history, my work-in-progress, and do some demos via emulation.

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Saturday, April 29
 

09:00

Cemetery Iconography and Why the Victorians Loved Death
For ages and ages, societies have used symbolism and iconography to decorate the final resting places of ancestors. Pervading gloom and grand-scale mourning epitomized death practices in the Victorian era. Find out how Queen Victoria made #grieving trend in the 1800's.

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09:00

How to Kill a Character, Part 1: I Don't Do Drugs, But My Protagonist Does!
Join us for a medically based primer for authors on booze, drugs and all the potentially deadly results of bad decision making.

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10:00

Astronomy 102
Join us as we explore electromagnetic radiation, Doppler shift, and cosmic microwave background radiation.


12:00

Telescope Observing - The Sun
A neutrino walks into a bar; and keeps right on going!

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12:00

Using Your Android Phone as a Sensor!
Recording tilt, audio, light, temperature, and barometer readings with Google Science Journal.

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14:00

Science as Leisure - Citizen Science, Science Pubs and Science in Other Leisure Venues
People who are working in citizen science, science pubs, or programming at leisure science venues like aquariums, museums, parks or zoo talk about how they got started and how you can help.

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avatar for Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

Graduate Student, Miami University
Grad student in Project Dragonfly thought Miami University and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. My focus is improving science literacy and engagement for adults through programming at leisure learning venues. I've been a volunteer at CZBG since I was a teen, and now work... Read More →
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David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. Author of the DIY books SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDS and JUNKYARD JAM BAND. His stories and novellas regularly appear in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and els... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Trudell

Heidi Trudell

Regional Coordinator, Washtenaw Safe Passage
Dead-bird picking-upping (for Science!) since 2003: research has included window collisions, wind farms, cars, cats, and over 130 species of birds across three states. Founder of Dead Birds (...for Science!) and The Auk-ward (Facebook groups).



15:00

E-Nable 3D Printed Hand Update
Local volunteers will update attendees on progress on 3D printed hands and arms. Soft 3D printed plastics, myoelectric integration and brain-to-machine solutions will be covered.


16:00

Ancient Egypt: Q&A
Join U of M Egyptology professor Dr. Terry Wilfong and Egyptology geek and author Paul Kemner as they answer questions and chat about one of their favorite subjects. Dr. Wilfong has published and lectured extensively on topics relating to gender, sexuality, and religion in ancient Egypt. (Hint: Stargate is not a documentary!)

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avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

I was born sometime after the last Ice Age. In school, I was a space and biology geek, keeping freshwater aquariums, playing in the band, and reading all the SF I could get my hands on. I tend to collect odd hobbies. | I first attended Penguicon 2010, and decided to finally sta... Read More →


17:00

Dead Birds for Science!
To save birds, we need to save their habitats. But birds have wings, can't read maps, and don't stay where they're safe. So how can we create a more bird friendly world beyond parks and refuges? We need to know how they die. What kills birds tells us where we can make changes to prevent bird deaths in the future. Explore the preventable causes of avian mortality that put so much pressure on the birds we know and love, and learn about how valuable dead birds are to science.

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avatar for Heidi Trudell

Heidi Trudell

Regional Coordinator, Washtenaw Safe Passage
Dead-bird picking-upping (for Science!) since 2003: research has included window collisions, wind farms, cars, cats, and over 130 species of birds across three states. Founder of Dead Birds (...for Science!) and The Auk-ward (Facebook groups).


17:00

The Great Eclipse of 2017
Aug. 21, 2017, American skywatchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show: the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. We'll explore historical solar eclipses and when, where, and how to watch eclipses safely.


18:00

How to Get a Job with NASA and What is it Like Working There
NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics, is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Once you get there, what can you expect?

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18:00

Penguicon Battery Lab
Convert pennies into make-shift batteries that can drive small current devices like LEDs and calculators. Yep! You read that right. The penny battery is a voltaic pile which uses various coinage as the metal disks of a traditional voltaic pile. Let's power LEDs, calculators, and other small devices with pennies!

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19:00

Science of SCUBA
This will be a high level overview of the basic science behind SCUBA diving, including buoyancy and gas compression, gas toxicity, affected physiology, and safety equipment.

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19:00

Space Travel Woes, with and Without Potatoes.
Obviously, life in outer space would be no vacation -- you're out there braving the final frontier, battling meteors and malfunctioning airlocks, and you'll die horribly in the abyss of space if some tiny thing goes amiss. That is what's so awesome about it -- it's an adventure, baby!


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

20:00

Telescope Observing - Cresent moon
Why does a moon rock taste better than an Earth rock? It's a little meteor.

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20:00

What Do Veterinarians Do?
Obviously, we treat animals. We are also involved in food safety and biosecurity. Be warned, some of the material may be gross!


21:00

Telescope Observing - Jupiter and Mizar
Black holes are most commonly found in black socks.

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21:00

The Future of Batteries
Finding a better battery is crucial to the green energy revolution. What does the future of battery technology look like, and what's in the pipeline?

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Sunday, April 30
 

09:00

Homemade Ghostbusters PKE Meter on Raspberry Pi 2
In time for the GHOSTBUSTERS blitz last summer, my team at work was asked to make a demo for a homemade PKE Meter. Using the Raspberry Pi 2, 3D Printing, and a program that we open sourced we created a homemade device that emulates the PKE including a big screen that gives readouts and the ability to stream data to Azure Cloud. Along the way we also learned about real paranormal places in our home area of Philadelphia, hit some tech road bumps, and we visited some haunted locations to test our device out. I'll explain how to use the code to make your own device and how we can improve on this hack in the future.

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avatar for Amanda Lange

Amanda Lange

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Technical Evangelist at Microsoft in the Philadelphia, PA area. Love game dev and IoT, and open source on Azure!


09:00

Asteroids and Planetary Defense
NASA is developing a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it into a stable orbit around the moon. Let's talk about craters, rare earth chemistry, and Chelyabinsk.

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10:00

Astronomy 103
Join us as we explore dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, relativity, and other weird cosmological stuff.


12:00

How to Kill a Character Part 2: Let's Get Weird
This talk will be a resource for authors that would like to reference bizarre, rare, and often disgusting ways to kill a character.

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13:00

Beekeeping 101: What the Buzz is About
Introduction to beekeeping covering basic knowledge, disease management, and queen rearing.

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13:00

Six Ways a Mars Rover Will Both Save Humanity and Kill You
The Mars Exploration Rovers act as robot geologists while they are on the surface of Mars. The future of humanity depends on creating exoplanetary settlements. The current version of rovers also have an amazing tool belt for scientific destruction. Let's talk about it!


14:00

Beekeeping 201: What the Buzz is About
Introduction to beekeeping covering basic knowledge, disease management, and queen rearing.

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15:00

Beekeeping 301: What the Buzz is About
Introduction to beekeeping covering basic knowledge, disease management, and queen rearing.

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