The Daily Planet Café Hosts April 2013 Science Café Talks

Rocky Top Hospitality Downtown Raleigh Restaurant to Host Talks in Conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as Part of Public Lecture Series.

Raleigh, NC, April 06, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that The Daily Planet Café will host a series of science-based discussions throughout the month of April in conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Guest lecturers from a variety of fields will be featured at each of these Science Café Talks.

Plague: New Lessons From An Ancient Disease, will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The discussion, geared toward teens, will address the deadly disease that changed the course of European history during the Middle Ages. Dr. Bill Goldman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as the evening’s expert, offering an explanation of why scientists continue studying this disease. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m., and the first 50 teens to arrive will receive a voucher for free food from The Daily Planet Café. For more information, visit

Rational Comedy For An Irrational Planet will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will hear science comedian Brian Malow dispel myths and misconceptions about science and scientists, explore the science in science fiction films, and will have the opportunity to exercise their brains as well as their funny bones. Malow has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has worked as a consultant for NASA educational outreach and is the regular host of Thursday night Science Cafés. For more information, visit

ANTS! will be held Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature author Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice, who will dive into a discussion about ants – specifically those common to North Carolina. Dr. Rice will share her knowledge of the tiny insects, followed by a question and answer session where audience members can learn even more about insects and ants. For more information, visit

Corn Deconstructed: Kernels Of Truth will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be led by Drs. Jim Holland and Peter Balint-Kurti, maize geneticists with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, based at NC State University. These experts will share information on their current research involving corn plants, and share what the future holds for a product found everywhere in our modern lives, from sweeteners to biofuels. As an extra treat, popcorn and corn dishes will be featured in the café that evening. For more information, visit

Each of these events is free and open to the public. The museum carefully selects topics and speakers that will have a significant impact on their patrons, with the goal of igniting a lifelong love of science.

“It is a privilege to have such distinguished speakers providing insight into many important current topics,” said Ogan. “We are honored to host these evenings of learning, fun and food for local community members. These discussions are valuable learning opportunities for anyone interested in science, and it is an important part of The Daily Planet Café’s mission to further the goal of science education for all of our patrons.”

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About Rocky Top Hospitality:
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts, such as The Daily Planet Café, The Twisted Fork Grill, Market & Bar, and Rocky Top Catering & Events, a thriving events facility and catering business. All Rocky Top restaurant menus provide items not found anywhere else, and focus on using local North Carolina beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce. Pastas and desserts are made daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box. Rocky Top beef and pork have had no growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemical feed. Owner Dean Ogan is known for actively giving back to the community and was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA).

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