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Monday, 07/25/16
  • A Framework for Processing Large Graphs in Shared Memory
    In this talk, I will discuss Ligra, a shared-memory graph processing framework that has two very simple routines, one for mapping over edges and one for mapping over vertices. The routines can be applied to any subset of the vertices and automatically adapt to their density, which makes the framework ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Learn Genetic Engineering! Biohacking Academy: The logic behind DNA expressionBiohacking Academy: The logic behind DNA expressionEver wondered how GMO's are created or wanted to embrace your mad scientist side?Well, now you can! This lecture series at Counter Culture Labs, Oakland's community lab, will teach you the basics of synthetic biology then let you in the lab to try the ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  5
  • Nerd Nite East Bay #44: Peculiar Probability, Science Songs, and Juvenile Justice
     Last month's sold out show, sponsorship by the always incredible East Bay Express, and a fantastic lineup featuring everyday probability, the history of juvenile justice, and the amazing band The Ten Thousand Ways all point to why you should snatch up your tix in advance. Or, as The Ten Thousand Ways put it:We're glad you're ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8-10
Tuesday, 07/26/16
  • California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) workshopThe Coastal Commission is partnering with California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) and the US Army Corps of Engineers to offer a FREE workshop on Tuesday, July 26 from 9:30am-1pm at the San Francisco Bay Model in Sausalito. Experience a ranger-led tour of the Bay Model as well as ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Bringing Nuclear Power to MarsEstablishing a lunar base is probably a wise first first step to colonizing Mars, and colonizing Mars will be a giant leap forward for humankind to travel to the stars.  We begin our discussion by noting that the bare minimum for sustaining life on the Moon exists in the water brought by comets ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Trivia @ The TechSo you think you're down with what's up in Silicon Valley these days? Put your chops to the test at our first Trivia @ The Tech event. Bring your friends or make new ones on the spot, then settle in for a not-your-typical-trivia-night night.Food, beer and wine sold separately.Ages 18+
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $10 General Admission $7 Members
  • Ethical, legal, and societal implications of encounters with extraterrestrial life with Dr. Margaret Race (SETI)Please join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for our general meeting.  Our monthly meetings begin with a short "What's Up" presented by one of our members, followed by a speaker. This month's speaker is Dr. Margaret Race of SETI. She will discuss meeting ET : the ethical, legal, and societal implications ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 07/27/16
  • Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
    If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. 7PM  4th Wednesday each month (except November and December)
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • Sex on the Breach: A summer sizzler peeks into the reproductive practices of the oceans whales
    The giants of the ocean employ a surprisingly "different strokes" approach to sex. Some bull whales battle for their mates; some beguile with song and caress. Others may just get lucky – literally. And, where group sex is involved, "timing is everything" may apply. Size matters among certain species, but ...
    Where:  Pacifica Cost:  $5 donation
  • Climate change, sea-level rise and shoreline retreatGlobal climate is changing and has been driven in large part over the past century by the increasing anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases. As the Earth's atmosphere has warmed, ice sheets and glaciers have melted and retreated, and combined with a warming ocean, have accelerated the rate of sea-level rise. The impacts ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
Thursday, 07/28/16
  • Senior Safari Walkabout: Exclusively for ages 50 and over!!!
    Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids!Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free admission and parking
  • Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run
    Why did humans become such efficient long-distance runners? How can runners avoid injury? Join Daniel Lieberman on July 28th for Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run and learn about the evolution of endurance running.Humans and our recent ancestors have been accomplished endurance runners for more than a million years, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 Presale | $15 Doors
  • BigPicture Nightlife
    This week, NightLife is all about image. Be the first to peep the Academy's third-annual BigPicture wildlife photography exhibit and raise a glass to the best in nature and conservation photography.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Citizen Science Workshop: Introduction to iNaturalist Have you ever seen a flower, tree, bird, mushroom, or insect and wished you knew what it was? Well, now you can find out with iNaturalist! This online platform allows you to tap into a global community of naturalists, biologists, and other nature enthusiasts to help you learn about nearly ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Drought Busters: Solutions for Residents and Small Businesses Working to Reduce Their Water FootprintWater is a basic human right and we need to act now to make sure that we preserve fresh supplies of drinking water for all. While some can 'buy their way out of a scarcity', most cannot. Join us as we discuss forward thinking solutions that can go a long ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 - $25
  • Science of BicyclesDesign enthusiasts, serious cyclists, and inquisitive young professionals are invited to join the Exploratorium Lab and Shinola on July 28 to talk about creation and design and explore the science of bicycles at Shinola's beautiful San Francisco flagship location.Sky Yaeger, director of Bicycle Product Development at Shinola, will talk with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General
  • The USGS California Volcano Observatory
    It's not just earthquake country! by Margaret T Mangan, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS CalVOVolcanic Eruptions occur in the State about as frequently as the largest San Andreas Fault Zone earthquakes.California's "watch list" volcanoes are dispersed throughout the State and future eruptions are inevitable--the likelihood of renewed volcanism is on the order of ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • From Bunyips to Bush Cats - Australian Skepticism; Don Hyatt - Australian Skeptics
    Don Hyatt, an Australian Skeptic, will take you through a guided tour of Australian skepticism, looking at the Australian attitude to pseudoscience, the paranormal and religion. The fights with anti-vaxers, purveyors of CAM, chiro, the emergence of shonky university degrees, water dowsing, compulsory religious instruction in schools and those legendary bush ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 07/29/16
  • Botany Series: Advanced Plant IdentificationVanessa Stevens (Former Presidio Trust Biological Technician and current contractor for East Bay Municipal Water District) will lead this workshop focusing on the plant families Asteraceae, Cyperaceae, and Juncaceae. The lecture will briefly cover evolution and taxonomic relationships, recent reorganizational changes in the California Flora, and a brief overview of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • The University of California's Role in Confronting Climate Change and Leading the World on a Sustainable Environmental Path
    California and the University of California are leaders in confronting one of the world's most complex and daunting issues: climate change. Three distinguished UC professors from across the University system will discuss how the UC and the state of California lead and plan to continue leading the world on a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free for members, $7 Students
  • Lick Observatory Summer Lecture Series - SOLD OUT
    Speaker: Dr. Connie Rockosi is a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and researcher at UCO/Lick Observatory.Her research is on how galaxies form. She spends much of her time observing stars in our Galaxy to find out what they can tell us about how the Milky Way formed. She is ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  
  • Moth Ball!
    How much do you know about moths - the hyperdiverse (mostly) nocturnal cousins of butterflies? In celebration of National Moth Week, we'll be hosting a Moth Ball at Quail Hollow Park in Santa Cruz to draw attention to the beauty, diversity, and ecological importance of moths. Quail Hollow is situated ...
    Where:  Felton Cost:  Free
Saturday, 07/30/16
  • Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning WildlifeMeet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Family Bird Walk
    Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We'll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Register ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Reptile Day at CuriOdysseyWhen you think of a reptile, what do you picture? Do you think of something slimy and scary? CuriOdyssey will show they are neither!Reptiles are cold-blooded creatures who are covered in scales or scutes, lay shelled eggs, and breathe air. Challenge your preconceptions of these creatures and learn what makes ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free with admission
  • The Myth of Monstro and Other Whale TalesIn Walt Disney's classic film Pinocchio, Monstro the whale swallows Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, and, ultimately, Pinocchio. But, is it really possible to be swallowed by a whale? How big can sperm whales get? Join Adam Ratner, marine biologist and Guest Experience Manager at the Marine Mammal Center, to learn more ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $18 Members, $15/$12 Students/Youth
  • 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 into the fox's nature and ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Family Sundown SafariIs your family ready for a WILD campout?  Grab your camping gear, your family, a few friends, and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo.Family Sundown Safari is a unique overnight program for the whole family.  This program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $85.00 per person for non-members / $75.00 per per
  • Lick Observatory Music of the Spheres Lecture and Music Series - SOLD OUT
    Dr. Brad Holden grew up in suburban Maryland always wanting to be an astronomer. After receiving his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in Astronomy and Astrophysics, he decided to move to a place more conducive to watching the night sky, and has lived in California for most of his ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $45 General, $40 Under 16, over 65
Sunday, 07/31/16
  • Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning WildlifeMeet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Learn genetic engineering! Biohacking Academy LabEver wondered how GMO's are created or wanted to embrace your mad scientist side?Well, now you can! This lecture series at Counter Culture Labs, Oakland's community lab, will teach you the basics of synthetic biology then let you in the lab to try the techniques yourself.This series of classes is ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  20
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