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Monday, 02/19/18
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • THINGS ONE CAN LEARN BY PUTTING A QUADCOPTER IN A VACCUUM CHAMBERQuadcopters (also known as “drones”) do not fly in vacuum. This is obvious enough that experimenting on one in a vacuum chamber would seem rather uninteresting, but there is one question that Eric J Ayars will address by such an experiment: the mechanism for yaw control. Quadcopters control yaw (rotation ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 02/20/18
  • A few topics in gravitational-wave astrophysicsSpeaker: Daniel Holz (KICP)
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Our Plastic Ocean - An Unnatural Journey
    A photography talk with Mandy Barker, an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. The motivation for her science-based photographic works is to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans whilst highlighting the harmful effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. She ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Zoo Animal Behavior and Welfare: Observations, Ideas and ExperimentsSpeaker: Dr. Jason Watters, San Francisco ZooRescheduled from April, 2017.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of Little hFor over four decades, the dimensionless Hubble constant (or little h) has been a constant presence in distances, times, masses, and luminosities for cosmologists and extragalactic astrophysicists, baffling the uninitiated to no end about the interpretation of these values. But one theorist dared to submit a paper to Publications of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Think Like an EngineerIn science, we research, explore and analyze in order to understand our environment.  In design, we create our environment, and then research and analyze to justify our creation.  While the skill sets in science and mathematics are core competencies for engineering, in practice these activities are often derivatives of the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Sloppy Models, Differential Geometry, and How Science WorksApplied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker:James Sethna, Cornell Univ.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our ForestsThe earth is warming -- but what do we know about how that may affect California's varied plants and animals, including humans? Learn about recent findings, including what is known so far of impacts of the recent North Bay fires, from Dr. David Ackerly, UC Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology. ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
  • Flares and Fireworks from Black Holes
    Black holes are some of the most exotic and extreme objects in the universe. Though they sound like the stuff of science fiction, they are real and much more common than you might think. Every galaxy has a black hole lurking at its center! Black holes are not actually black, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Wonderfest: Mission: MarsThe first human mission to Mars will be the greatest adventure of the 21st-century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way: achieving longer spaceflight missions, planning for deep space journeys beyond the Moon, and exploring extreme terrestrial environments as Mars ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 02/21/18
  • Technology Development for the Field of Regenerative Medicine
    The fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare. Immunotherapy is giving terminal cancer patients a second chance at life, gene therapy can cure rare diseases, and living stem cells and other cell and cultured tissue therapies are beginning to ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Information and Pricing on Residential Electricity Consumption
    Residential electricity prices do not generally respond to wholesale prices and thus are disconnected from the marginal cost of generation. This study examines a field experiment in Texas that includes both pricing and informational interventions to encourage energy conservation during summer peak load days when the marginal cost of generation ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?Does the truth matter anymore? For the past several years - but especially since the 2016 US presidential election - Russian hackers, the mainstream media, social media platforms, conspiracy theorists, Twitter bots, U.S. intelligence agencies, and unscrupulous businesses have all been blamed for polluting our information sources with fake news ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Three lectures at the Estuary & Ocean Science CenterDive Patterns Behavior of White Sharks Chacharodon carchariasSpeaker: Bianca BahmanTBASpeaker: Salma Abdel-Raheem (Hines lab)Spatial Patterns in the Aragonite Saturation Horizon for the North Central California ShelfSpeaker: Ryan Anderson
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The How and the Now: Situating Sustainability in a Moment of Danger
    Drawing from her forthcoming edited collection, Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power and her current project Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger, Sze asks how do we “situate sustainability?” How does the ways in which sustainability is conceived and researched matter now, in the most anti-environmental Federal ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Town Hall Meeting Seminar: Measure Z, Monterey County (dramatization)The vast Salinas River Groundwater Basin flows Northwest following the Salinas River where it empties into Monterey Bay. This area was made famous by author John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden. Besides providing drinking water it irrigates the rich agricultural region of the Salinas Valley (“Americas Salad Bowl”). ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Cloudy Days for Solar?When the United States slapped 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels, headlines heralded bad times ahead for clean energy in this country. But the stock prices of solar installers increased, because the hit could have been worse. Solar entrepreneur and advocate Jigar Shah said it was “good news.” But ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • An evening with Michael Aw
    Michael Aw is a wildlife photographer, explorer and conservationist. He has authored 35 books of the ocean. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and he was named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. Michael Aw’s essays and pictures have been ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Big Astronomy Begins: Searching for Exoplanets with AITo uncover the mysteries of the universe, astronomers are becoming greedy, making more observations than they can possibly analyze manually. Large photometric surveys from space telescopes like Kepler and the future TESS are no exception and today modern astronomers use artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to help them reveal the existence of exoplanets hidden ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  
  • Nerd Nite SF #93: Lost Venues, Folkpocalypse, and Hybrid Instruments!“Bring The Noise, Bring Defunct: A Personal History of SF’s Deceased Music Venues” by Dan StrachotaYou’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: The San Francisco music scene is dead! All the cool venues are getting shut down! Everything used to be so much better here! Is it ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $8
  • Wonderfest: Mission: MarsThe first human mission to Mars will be the greatest adventure of the 21st-century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way: achieving longer spaceflight missions, planning for deep space journeys beyond the Moon, and exploring extreme terrestrial environments as Mars ...
    Where:  Castro Valley Cost:  Free
  • Writing Applications that are Easier to Defend than AttackConventional wisdom says that the attacker has an enduring economic advantage over the defender. After all, the good guy needs to fix all the vulnerabilities, while the attacker only needs to exploit one of them. Conventional wisdom is right if we keep developing software the way we always have. Fortunately, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  
Thursday, 02/22/18
  • The Continuing Mystery of the Anomalous Microwave EmissionThe anomalous microwave emission (AME) is emission in the 20-60 GHz range that is correlated with interstellar dust. Discovered in 1996 by the COBE DMR experiment, the AME is a "foreground" that needs to be removed to study the CMB, but it is also an astrophysical puzzle:  the emission process ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Thinking Green
    Your views on nature depend largely on how you were nurtured.There’s a common view that, if people knew more about climate science, they’d accept it. But that view is wrong. What people believe about climate change depends largely on their backgrounds: a complex swirl of emotions, social ties, morals, experiences, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The State of Green Business: Aligning Prosperity, Security and Sustainability
    Part of the Sustainability Leadership Speaker SeriesThis series explores the connections between great leadership and the actual achievement of sustainability and wellbeing for everyone, across generations.Speaker: Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group Inc
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence When we think about the future, we need to think deeply about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Historically, the world has been able to advance new and unknown science and technologies. Is AI in a different category, or can we trust that the experts are making good progress and that there are ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Conversion of Biomass to biobased-para-Xylene (A Formal Synthesis of Biobased-Polyethylene Terephthalate, bio-PET)Speaker: Mako Masuno, Origin Materials
    Where:  Albany Cost:  $10 General, $5 Students
  • The Last Doubling | Drink Lab: Rapid Infusion
    The Last Doubling,   Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman @ 8:00Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.Is growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18/$15/free for AD members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Ethnobotany of CannabisEthnobotany is the study of the relationship of plants and people across cultures and time. Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how we might explore those uses in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Hardcore Natural History: How tagging animals helps us see the ocean through a new lensJoin us as we learn about how technology is changing how we are able to look beneath the ocean’s surface. We will discuss what we have found out, what we are studying and how these amazing new tags will help us learn more about the ocean and the creatures in ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $10 General, $5 Members, $15 at door
  • Living with Mountain LionsWe live in mountain lion territory! No matter where you live in the Bay Area, it was once a home to our native cats. The Mountain Lion Foundation has protected lions for 30 years, and is beginning a new program in the East Bay. Get ready for some amazing rescue ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 - $30
  • 2018 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Energy Summit + ExpoInnovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and ReceptionPart of two day conference, 2/22-23
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $18 - $275
  • The USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory: Research, monitoring, and the science of preparing society for low-probability, high-consequence events
    Volcanoes in the Cascade Range erupt twice per century on average, with eruptions often lasting for years.Although eruptions are generally not as high-consequence as large earthquakes, they are still high-consequence events.When a volcano wakes up there can be intense public interest - which requires crisis management, even if the eruption ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Friday, 02/23/18
  • 2018 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Energy Summit + ExpoThe BERC Energy Summit, in its 12th year, is the premier and largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. The event draws around 600 students, researchers, clean technology entrepreneurs, policy makers, and industry leaders to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges each year. It will feature four panels ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $18 - $275
  • Alcatraz Gardens Class Series: Garden Tour & Propagating SucculentsJoin Shelagh Fritz, Gardens of Alcatraz horticulturist, on a historic garden tour to explore the succulents that thrive on the island. Participants will then learn how to make cuttings and propagate their own plants.Please plan to check in at Pier 33 (Alcatraz Landing) no later than 8 am to take ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $40
  • Gamma ray emission from a back hole spark gapSpeaker: Amir Levinson, Tel Aviv University
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • 'The Commodore Story '
    The Commodore Story is a two-hour documentary film that takes audiences through Commodore's world-changing evolution from the 1970s to the 1990s; from the PET, Vic20, and C64 to the Amiga and beyond. The film includes interviews with legends from the Commodore and Amiga years. You will also see footage of the ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  free preregistration is required
  • Grounds for Science: Cell Choreography and Energy GridsEmbryonic development: how cell choreography shapes animalsJust as the collective movements of many dancers are needed to perform the choreography in a ballet, the collective behavior of many cells is required to perform the movements that shape our bodies during embryogenesis. Amazingly, the complex shapes and patterns of many animals ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  Free
Saturday, 02/24/18
  • Davis Park and Wildcat Creek BioBlitzJoin our friends at WhollyH20 a fun half day citizen science BioBlitz Wildcat Creek Trail around Davis Park in San Pablo, CA. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation.Bring your camera, sunblock, water to stay hydrated, snacks, your kids, and water shoes for doing ...
    Where:  San Pablo Cost:  Free
  • Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. You’ll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Guided Walk at Ano NuevoAño Nuevo State Park’s rich variety of natural and cultural resources draws visitors from around the world. The park’s Natural Preserve offers an extraordinary wilderness experience, where every year up to 10,000 elephant seals return to breed, give birth, and molt their skin amongst the scenic dunes and beaches.Groups will ...
    Where:  Pescadero Cost:  $20
  • 2018 Spare the Air Youth's YES (Youth for the Environment and Sustainability) ConferenceBay Area middle and high school students are invited to attend the Spare the Air Youth YES Conference!!!!The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission invite you to the award-winning: Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference.Students interested in transportation and climate change issues, clean ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Animal AthletesThis highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell. Join us for crafts, activities, and science as we sprint, jump, and dive into ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Bay Trail Walk to Bird Overlook, Hamilton FieldWear comfortable shoes, bring your binoculars and bird books, and let’s walk to the bird overlook and see what wildlife we can discover.  Hike is approximately a 1.5-miles round trip on a fairly easy part of the Bay Trail. Rain cancels. Meet at the parking lot at the end of ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
  • Ship Operations in the BayJoin Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine as he provides a better understanding of commercial shipping operations and movements in the Bay. The program includes the types of ships, ship construction and layout, commercial considerations, types, and locations of terminals in the Bay Area, manning requirements including careers and International, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Indicators That Fox Are in Your Area
    Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Arts + Craft Beer...with a side of mustard!Join us for a fun afternoon to celebrate Bay Area sculptor Ned Kahn's new solo show at Bedford Gallery!Ned Kahn: Seed Vortex showcases the artist's lifelong fascination with art and science in a series of kinetic sculptures that bring the physics of granular matter, magma flow, and natural systems to life. ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $7 adults; $3 youth; Free for kids 12 and under
  • The Moon and Stars: Astronomy Hike & CampfireAmazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15
  • Jazz Under the StarsCome peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly. Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. Directions are available on the Maps, Directions & Parking page.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • San Francisco City Star PartyCome join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Sunday, 02/25/18
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and PupsIn preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.FREE Classroom ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Last DoublingIs growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids - it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and the conclusions we can draw from it.Speaker: Ron HipschmanPresentations at 1:00 and 3:00.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with Admission to the Exploratorium
  • Wonderfest: Pleasure vs. Happiness - Hacking the American Mind
    The Declaration of Independence proclaims our right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," but not to the pursuit of pleasure. What is the neurological difference between these two positive emotions of happiness and pleasure? Has society's exploitation of pleasure systematically weakened our grasp on happiness? What has caused the ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
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