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The Daily Planet Café Announces November 2013 Science Café Events

Rocky Top Hospitality’s Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Hosts Science Talks in Conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Raleigh, NC, October 26, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, has announced that The Daily Planet Café, in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will host three science café events throughout the month of November. The talks are scheduled to take place as part of the museum’s monthly science programming events.

“The Science Behind The Sniff – What Does The Dog’s Nose Know?” the latest installment of The Daily Planet Café’s Teen Science Cafes, gives attendees a look at the drive behind working dogs – their sense of smell. Cat Warren, an associate professor at NC State and author of What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs, will give a behind-the-scenes view of the multifaceted science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie the amazing abilities of dogs who work with their noses. Teens will view videos of working dogs and explore the facts and myths of the canine nose. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

“Cemetery Science: Exhuming The Secrets Of Oakwood” explores the spooky science behind one of the Triangle’s most historic cemeteries. Robin Simonton, executive director of Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood Cemetery, gives insight into various cultural traditions of burying the dead, as well as what goes into the creation and maintenance of ground reserved for the interment of our fellow citizens. Attendees will also learn about the origins of Oakwood, including the reinterment of more than 700 Confederate soldiers, burial trends and cemetery design. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

“Can Forests Take The Heat” takes attendees through the tall tales and truths about trees, necessary to our planet for both aesthetic and environmental reasons. Steve Frank, assistant professor in the Department of Etymology at NC State, will talk about the importance of urban trees, effects of urban warming on tree health, and the implications of climate change for natural forests. Attendees will also discuss the integral role that trees play in human health, as well as the stresses of urban living that make trees unhealthy, including heat and its relation to the increase of pests that destroy trunks and limbs. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

“The Daily Planet Café’s science café events provide a chance for the community to come together for leisurely learning,” said Ogan. “We are excited about November’s slate of discussions, covering everything from canines to cemeteries to cedar trees. Whether you are a trivia novice or noted nerd, there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy.”

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About The Daily Planet Cafe:
The Daily Planet Cafe, located in the new Nature Research Center of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, features breakfast entrees and pastries, a full coffee bar, sandwiches, seasonal salads, small plate entrees, eight North Carolina beers on tap, and Childress NC wines on draft — a first for the area. The café also offers local products from farmers and growers throughout North Carolina, with a menu that is almost exclusively built on products born and bred in the Tar Heel state. In addition to great food and drink, The Daily Planet Cafe offers science cafes and other special events throughout the year in conjunction with the museum. For more information on The Daily Planet Café, visit

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 under its umbrella, such as Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, The Daily Planet Café, Twisted Fork and Rocky Top Catering, a thriving events facility and catering business. Dedicated to supporting the North Carolina economy, all Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant menus items are made with local beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce, whenever possible. Dishes are made fresh daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box, and all beef and pork used are free of growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemicals. Named one of the Triangle’s Top Corporate Philanthropist by the Triangle Business Journal, Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, and his employees are actively involved in giving back to the community and supporting its local efforts. Ogan was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). For more information on Rocky Top Hospitality, visit
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