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The term ‘nerd’ is most often associated with things like a very passionate love for roleplaying games, comic books, all things Star Trek or Star Wars, and other hobbies that are considered ‘fringe interests’. And it is often synonymous with a lack of social skills and a certain awkwardness. Especially due to the last part, the term is, more often than not, still seen as a derogative. The rise of geek and nerd culture in recent years is slowly changing that perception. But even with DC and Marvel movies or TV shows like The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones outperforming their competition, there are still a lot of people who don’t really know what being a nerd really means. Take Cara Santa Maria and her podcast Talk Nerdy. You’d be hard-pressed to find discussions of the latest or upcoming superhero movie on there. Here, the science end of the broad nerd spectrum takes centre stage. Cara Santa Maria – a nerd, a science geek, a podcaster, and so much more…

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