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Have a whale of a time at this science talk

Open Wide: Dr. Joy Reidenberg, whale expert, will entertain the Secret Science Club’s latest meeting on June 20 at the Bell House.
Courtesy of Joy Reidenberg

The secret is out about the “Secret Science Club,” a once-a-month geekfest at the Bell House — and it’s whales.

Scientist Joy Reidenberg — who has made a name for herself by dissecting aquatic beasts like sperm whales, great whites, and giant squids — will host a free lecture on June 20 at the Gowanus venue where bartenders will pour a fittingly named special “Blue Whale” cocktail.

Cutting open animals might not sound like a subject for polite conversation, but event promoters say the science lecture, and others like it, really appeal to the borough’s knowledge-hungry masses.

“We started out in a basement, so it was underground — and if you were in the science club in high school, maybe you wanted to keep that a secret,” said curator and co-founder Margaret Mittelbach. “But now we get like three or four hundred people every time.”

The club, which features snappy talks given by notable academics who work in science — has even showcased three Nobel prize winners.

And its a good way to feel camaraderie with your fellow science nerds, who come out of the woodwork for the event, Mittelbach says.

The Secret Science Club presents “A Whale of a Night” with Dr. Joy Reidenberg at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues, Gowanus (718) 643–6510 www.thebellhouseny.com]. June 20, 8pm. Free.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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