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25-year-old Brandon Moore is an eccentric PhD student at Vanderbilt University on a national TV show called "King of the Nerds."
When he's not analyzing data or competing in a nationally televised nerd-off, you might find him rapping at a Nashville karaoke bar.
Moore's latest research revolves around understanding how the human eye turns light into images in the brain, but he has a history of less than orthodox projects.
"I tried setting up a camera with a computer to see if it could identify the gender of a person walking into my room with me," Moore said.
If he walked in with a male, it would do nothing, but if he walked in with a female, the system would dim the lights and play romantic music.
Of course experiments don't always go as planned.
"Often times when some of my guy buddies would come in it would dim the lights," Moore said. "That wasn't exactly expected so that was very short lived."
The last few years have seen nerdiness skyrocket in pop culture.
From hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" to pro athletes like LeBron James even giving press conferences in full nerd attire, the once maligned moniker is now a popular pronoun.
But Moore says to be a real nerd, takes a whole lot more than just wearing the uniform.
"You may lose sleep, forget to bathe or something while conducting data analysis or something like that but you do it because you love it," Moore said. "And that's really at the core of what being a nerd is."
Moore says aside from winning the competition, he hopes his research will lay the foundation to someday help cure blindness.
"King of the Nerds" airs Thursday nights on TBS.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 01:48 PM CST
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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