Nerd Nite Reykjavík #4: Exploding Stars, Racoons, BDSM

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https://www.facebook.com/events/821142971570818/

Thursday 7th March 2019 20:00 @ Studentakjallarinn

PRESENTATION #1 “Our past as massive exploding stars”
by Kasper Elm Heintz

Get your mind blown by stellar explosions! In this talk we will go on a journey to some of the furthest regions of the Universe, illuminated by the cataclysmic death of massive stars exploding as supernovae. The presentor will describe how astronomers are currently trying to hunt down these stellar explosions and what we can learn from them. Some have been identified even within the first few minutes after exploding (plus the up to 13 billion years it took the light to get here) and some even before they were visible to us on the sky by wiggles in space. While watching stars explode all around us is fun in itself, it turns out that studying their remains can actually tell us where all the heavy elements we know from Earth, such as iron, gold and platinum, originated from.

Bio: Kasper is a PhD student working at the astrophysics department at the University of Iceland. He is from Denmark and did undergraduate studies there. Kasper’s PhD project is about exploding stars (supernova and gamma-ray bursts) and how we can study them to understand the origin of the heaviest elements in the Universe. His hobbies includes cursing at the Sun for outshining the beautiful night sky.

PRESENTATION #2 “Raccoons Lurking in the Night: North America’s Most Notorious Trash Bandit”
by Madison MacKenzie

In North America raccoons are considered large, dirty rodents that eat your garbage. Madison wants to educate people about the true nature of the cutest trash-eating monsters in the world. In this talk she will discuss their natural habitats, natural diet, as well as their significance in other cultures. And by the end of this presentation, you will all agree that the North American raccoon, aka the trash panda, deserves a special place in all of our hearts.

Bio: Madison is a Masters student at Reykjavik University studying geothermal geology. Like many college students her favorite activity is watching true crime documentaries on Netflix and surviving long periods of time eating only instant noodles from Costco. She is brought to you by the United States of America to educate the Icelandic public about the wonderful lives of the cutest animal in North America; raccoons.

PRESENTATION #3 “BDSM in current Icelandic pop-culture: A look at Hatari’s Spillingardans and other kinky things”
by Brynjar and Jess

Hatari is Iceland’s Eurovision Rep this year.

Bio: Brynjar is a kink activist that has been active in the local BDSM scene since 2011/2012, boardmember of The Icelandic national BDSM organization since 2014 ,represented The Icelandic national BDSM organization at the national queer organization Samtökin ‘78 representatives council from 2016-2018 and is currently an elected member of it’s “trúnaðarráð” since 2018. He started assisting with educational events in 2013 and has been an educator in his own right since 2015 and has co-hosted a nearly monthly semi-open play event since 2015 or 2016.

Jess is a queer student in leisure studies here at HÍ and in her leisure likes to produce events that push at the edges of what is acceptable. She has been involved with the BDSM community on and off since 2007. Currently Jess is a director of the Reykjavík Fringe Festival, co-produces The Poetry Brothel Reykjavík and has co-produced the Smut Slam. She’s passionate about where kink and art intersect, has a background in theater and activism and can talk your ear off about it!

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