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Monday, 10/20/14
  • SHROUDS OF THE NIGHTDr. Kenneth Freeman of Australian National University will discuss his distinguished career studying dark matter in galaxies.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Has Motorization in the U.S. Peaked?
    I will discuss two series of studies related to the possible peaking of motorization in the U.S. In the first series of studies, I examined recent changes in the number of registered light-duty vehicles, and the corresponding changes in distance driven and fuel consumed. The units of the analyses were ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Photography Presentation: Earth as My WitnessFor almost fifty years, world-renowned photographer Art Wolfe has been capturing the beauty of the planet's stunning landscapes, wildlife, and cultures from every continent. In Earth Is My Witness, Wolfe presents an encyclopedic selection of his photography along with intimate stories about his encounters that exemplify his boundless curiosity about ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
Tuesday, 10/21/14
  • Ichthyosaurs: Their Discovery, Evolution, and Adaptation to Aquatic LifestyleSpeaker: Dr. Ryosuke Motani, University of California, Davis
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Lab and Lunch: The Edible Bay - A History of Our Relationship with Local FoodsJoin historian Matthew Booker for an exploration of why twentieth-century Americans lost faith in local food. Using the Bay's oyster fishery as a case study, Booker will discuss how this changed the way we think about the Bay.RSVP required. Emailreserve@exploratorium.edu, or call415.528.4444, and choose option 5.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • From Black Holes to Badly Behaved Metals
    Prof. Sean Hartnoll of Stanford University's Physics Dept. will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Discussing Palliative Care EarlierTimothy Quill, M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistryfocuses on end-of-life decision making and palliative care. He will pose questionsto Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a Stanford neurosurgeon, who was recentlydiagnosed and isbeing treated for lung cancer.Berg Hall Rooms
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • PLACEMAKERS Opening ReceptionJoin us for the opening reception of PLACEMAKERS exhibit and hear how the artists from the US and Switzerland are inspired by 3D mapping software.They discuss their work and share insights into their process of finding these surreal yet familiar landscapes. Program 6:30 pm doors open 7:00 pm artist talks ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  free
  • PLACEMAKERS Opening ReceptionIn the PLACEMAKERS exhibit, step inside the world of Moments in Algorithmic Places, or MAPs, and discover the surreal yet familiar landscapes of three artists using 3D mapping software as their muse: Switzerland's Regula Bochsler, San Francisco-based Jenny Odell, and Brooklyn-based Clement Valla.Through their works, follow an oil pipeline across ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Electrons and ElectricityKen Miller will treat us with his different machines that generate electricity. Families will be entertained to learn about the wonders of electricity. Reading: Night without Light
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Foraging on the Wild Side: Edible Plants, Mushrooms and MedicineSpeaker: Katrina Blair
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Summary of Workshop on Interspecies CommunicationIn this event, a group of interdisciplinaryscientists will participate in a SETI colloquium to summarize and discuss a two-way workshop held to explorenonhuman communication research. Participants for this two-day workshop include scientists who currently work in one of three areas: animal communication, information theory, or astrobiology/intelligence.The panel will explore and ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 10/22/14
  • The Bay Model Wants You!!! Become part of Sausalito's very own attraction known around the world! We have a variety of volunteer positions that are suited for people just like you! Greet visitors, lead tours, work with school groups, and more! Come and be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • How We Got to Now
    Steven Johnson is the author of eight books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in. A contributing editor to Wired, he ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Southern right whale calf mortality at Peninsula Valdes, Argentina - are harmful algal blooms responsible?
    Pennsula Valds (PV) in Argentina is an important calving ground for Southern right whales (Eubalaena australis). Since 2005 there has been a significant increase in right whale mortality at PV, with most of the deaths (~90%) being calves less than three months old. We investigate the potential involvement of harmful ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Three presentations at Romberg Tiburon CenterVariability and mass flux of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and chlorophyll-a at a restored site in Suisun Marsh; Shannon StrongEffects of wastewater on phytoplankton nitrogen utilization and community composition; Nicole TravisClimate change effects on the San Francisco estuary delta phytoplankton community: investigations into the role of temperature and salinity tolerance on ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • In the name of energy security: the struggle over the exportation of Israeli natural gasThe aim of this study is to place the notion of energy security under critical scrutiny by unpacking how different actors manipulate the term through the mobilization of existential language as aprism for creating securitization discourse. Through an examination of an Israeli inter-ministerial committee charged with developing national policy regarding ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Estuarine conservation science: Pearls of wisdom from Olympia oystersSpeaker: Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Go Wild! Nature Program for KidsEver wonder about the San Francisco Bay wetlands and the wildlife in your very own backyard? Join us for an adventure here at your local library. You'll get up close and personal with real feet and beaks of birds while you play bird games and create your very own wild ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Low-Cost 3D Chip Stacking with ThruChip Wireless ConnectionsStacking thinned chips in 3D would enable a dramatic increase in density, but so far there has been limited market acceptance with current stacking techniques. Most chip stacking so far has been for FLASH memories, where die are thinned to 40-50 microns and stacked in a staircase fashion to allow ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Science and Reason with Skeptics in the Pub, West BayIf ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the film-flam man, and if ye drink, drink with us, your friends. If ye shun the brewer's art, at least help us lay waste to bangers & mash!Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting for discussion of topics of science, ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • Pain for Cows and Pumpkins: Drought Impacts on Central Valley Agricultural Water SupplySpeaker: Douglas Charlton, Charlton International
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
Thursday, 10/23/14
  • Do WIMPs Rule? The LUX & LZ Experiments and the Search for Cosmic Dark MatterSpeakers: Daniel Akerib and Tom Shutt
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Climate and Mechanisms of Soil Carbon Stabilization: Findings from Senior Thesis ResearchA change in carbon residence times in soil has huge potential to alter global carbon cycling and atmospheric composition. Therefore, an understanding of how mechanisms of carbon stabilization respond to ecosystem changes is essential for accurately modeling global climate change. Soils as whole ecosystems and specific soil biotic conditions are ...
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • Molecular and cellular adapatations to the unique lifestyle of mammalian hibernatorsThe Stanford Neurosciences Institute hosts a weeklyseminar series to bring together members of the Stanford neuroscience community tohear about and discuss cutting edge basic and/or clinical research that is relevant to the future of neuroscience.Speaker: Elena Gracheva, Yale University
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Partial Solar Eclipse at Lindsay Wildlife MuseumJoin us in front of Lindsay Wildlife Museum to watch the partical solar eclipse. Mt Diablo Astronomical Society will be there with solar filtered telescopes and solar filtered galsses for your viewing enjoyment. The solar eclipse starts at 12:30 and is over at 5 p.m.
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Telle Whitney
    Since Fall 2002, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has hosted the Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium (SVLS). The Symposium hosts industry and technology leaders to talk about business and technology trends. It also features prominent leaders who discuss broader societal and political issues that shape our life andsociety.Speaker: Telle ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Partial Solar EclipseExperience a thrilling partial solar eclipse through solar telescopes at the Lawrence Hall of Science while learning the ins and outs of solar eclipses from Hall experts.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Partial Solar Eclipse at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and Larkey ParkPlease join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for a public Astronomy program at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and Larkey park. View the Partial Solar Eclipse safely through our solar filtered telescopes. Maximum extent occurs between 3 and 3:30.Check our web site www.mdas.net, 925-979-5694 or email outreachinfo@mdas.net
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  0
  • Partial Solar Eclipse
    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observation deck to watch as the moon 'occults' the sun! Our resident astronomy experts will be on hand to help you safely view the celestial phenomenon using special instruments and will help ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15 Viewing only, $10 w/general admission
  • Partial Solar Eclipse ViewingEarth's Moon will briefly pass between the Sun and the Earth on Thursday, October 23rd in a partial solar eclipse. As viewed from San Carlos and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, approximately half of the Sun's disk will be covered by the Moon at the time of greatest eclipse. ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Encoding of movements by Purkinje cells of the cerebellumExecution of accurate eye movements depends critically on the cerebellum, as evidenced by the deficits observed in patients and lesion studies. These observations have suggested that Purkinje cells (P-cells) predict the state of the eye (e.g. its position or velocity) during a saccade. Yet, this encoding has remained a long-standing ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's MarketsEver wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Structural Health MonitoringSpeaker: Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - LAST (Life Art Science Technology) Fest
    The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Eclipse NightlifeSet your sights on NightLife's first-ever solar eclipse after party. Once the sun sets, the museum comes to life to explore epic celestial bodies, like the Sun and the Moon.Didn't get to peep the partial solar eclipse in real-time? Watch live replays (safely) in African Hall, where you can explore ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 Members
  • Genomic and Precision MedicineJeanette McCarthy provides an overview of how advances in genomic science are affecting health care by dramatically changing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. This is an important issue for everyone in the community to understand, as it will enable all to make better and more educated decisions about ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Running Injuries: An Update on Treatment and PreventionSpeaker: Michael Fredericson, MD, FACSM Professor and Director, Sports Medicine Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Unrecognized biodiversity in Californian fungus gnats
    Peter Kerr is a fourth generation Californian who grew up in Ventura, in Southern California, with a fondness for nature and environmental conservation. Peter attained his bachelor's in Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, spending a full year in college studying Biology in Central America, at the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Science Fiction Turned FactJoin Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.Automatic doors, touch screens, using brainwaves to manipulate objects: in many cases, the stuff of science fiction is here today. Find out how the imagined technologies of yesterday have led to modern-day gadgets and scientific endeavors.18+ Only
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Friday, 10/24/14
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - The Climate Conversation You Haven't Heard
    Many of us don't want to talk about it or think about it, but extreme weather and a changing planet are a given for the 21st century. The phrase "climate fatigue" describes a public already saturated with bad news about our future.It's a daunting problem, but there are success stories. ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Behind the Scenes in the Berkeley Natural History Museums
    Did you know that UC Berkeley has 6 Natural History Museums that hold 12 million specimens and represent the most complete collection of specimens of living and extinct organisms of California? Get a behind the scenes look in the collections which are normally closed to the public, including the Essig ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - LAST (Life Art Science Technology) Fest
    The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL KICKOFF - Nerd Nite Block Party
    We're kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival in style by holding multipleNerd Nite events at once in our first ever "block party". Nerd Nite brings science, rock music, speed dating, field trips, gaming, and, of course, beer all together for a night of epic nerdery in a 3-block radius!The ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Ignite Oakland
    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are giving providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15
  • Owl ProwlVisit the California Nursery at dusk and see what birds fly in the night, bring a flashlight.
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Spokespeople - Search & Research
    Spokespeople is a storytelling and sometimes-bicycle-riding organization that promotes the art of storytelling by producing live community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. Through these events, Spokespeople embraces and empowers storytellers from all backgrounds, striving to create an inclusive performance space that celebrates the narratives in each of us. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Globular Clusters: Ancient RelicsPublic viewing nights at Sonoma State
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 10/25/14
  • Data Science Camp
    The Data Science Camp is a free unconference, where attendees can propose and present sessions, and includes a keynote on Spark. There is separate morning tutorial on Principal Component Analysis (fee required). This year, we are renaming the event to "Data Science Camp" to be more inclusive of Big Data ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Conference free, optional morning tutorial $40
  • Geology of the Golden Gate HeadlandsExplore 200 million years of geologic history and learn the fascinating story told by the rocks at the Golden Gate.Bring a lunch and wear comfortable walking shoes and a coat.Trip includes a short but strenuous walk down and up a 200-foot bluff.Meet Ranger Will Elder in front of Fort Point. ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Geology Workshop for Teachers: Hayward FaultOver the last million years, the natural beauty of Fremont has been shaped by the Hayward Fault. This teacher workshop will start at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center and include a walk to the Fremont Earthquake Exhibit in Central Park. Discover the "fault creep" and off sets as ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's MarketsEver wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Marin Wildlife Discovery Day
    The Marin Wildlife Discovery Day will be an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in Marin. There are over 150 species of birds that live and breed in Marin, our creeks support some of the best coho salmon populations in northern California, and our hills ...
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  
  • Happy Creepy HalloweenParticipate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science.Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room.Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE).
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • And the Darwinner IsDiscover how the greenhouse effect works and explore how animal and plant species adapt to a changing environment, identifying the winners and losers in our rapidly warming planet. Target Audience: 3rd grade and up.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - The Science of Bread and Cheese
    Get some science with your lunch! Bread and cheese are both ancient foods that owe their glory to microscopic magic. Stroll through quaint San Francisco neighborhoods while stopping at parks and shops to explore the role of unseen organisms in creating flavors and textures. Get your hands on some gluten, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BayMobile Visits the Bay ModelAquarium of the Bay's BayMobile is coming to the Bay Model! Visitors will experiment with the science of climate change and meet some of the Aquarium's animal ambassadors.All Bay Model visitors are welcome to stop by and participate in activities, with10-minute animal encounters at the following times:Red Eared Pond Slider ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Spiders and SnakesWhat do you fear? Find out that it doesn't need to be spiders or snakes! Hold a live snake, view live spiders, make a spider web, and join us for other fun crafts and activities as you trick-or-treat around the Museum while learning all about arachnids and reptiles! Don't forget ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Halloween Bash - A Community Arcade
    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival.Thisevent is the perfect mix of technology, creativity andHalloween celebration.Marin maker groups will create large game/activities for trick-or-treaters to play, including a large-scale Rube-Goldberg style candy delivery ...
    Where:  Greenbrae Cost:  
  • Climate Change 101How do we know the earth is warming? What do scientists have to say? Learn about the nature of science, climate change basics, how animals and biomes are being affected, and what we can all do to make a positive difference. Target Audience: 9th grade and up.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • GGRO Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    Our Hawk Talks and Banding Demonstrations occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2pm (weather permitting heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Tested The Show: Visions of Past, Present, and the Future as seen through the Eyes of Makers
    Tested.com's Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Will Smith, and Norman Chan bring to stage visions of the past, present, and future as seen through the eyes of makers. Enjoy an afternoon of fantastic homebrew projects, demonstrations of exciting new technologies, and conversations with makers about new frontiers of innovation. The show ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Medical Errors: Causes and OptionsHealth professionals generally are intelligent, conscientious, and well-trained. How then do medical errors occur? What have we learned about the frequency and causes of error? What parts are cognitive, system-based, or idiosyncratic? What promising tactics should limit harm?Speaker: Peter Rudd, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Mathematics of DoodlingDoodling has many mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more. Not surprisingly, there is often sophisticated and fun mathematics buried inside common doodles. Professor Vakil begins by doodling, and sees where it takes the class. It looks like play, but reflects what mathematics is really about: finding patterns in nature, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Back in Time at the Bay Model
    California is a brand new geological formation in a constant state of flux and at no time in its short history has it undergone as much change as it has in the last 164 years. Subject to climate change, sea level rise, and human impact, the California of the 1850s ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Last FestivalThe LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Low Tide Walk
    MSI takes to the tidepools for a treasure hunt of nature's beautiful intertidal secrets. We'll spend our time taking advantage of the low tide to reach the outer edges of Pillar Point, while taking in spectacular vantages as we slowly retreat to shore. Will we find crabs, sea stars, eels ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members
  • October 25th. Public Astronomy Program On Mt DiabloThis Saturday we will explore Earth and life: Why does Earth have abundant life, but nowhere else in our Solar System? How many planets like Earth are probably out there in our Galaxy? How are scientists finding them?Bring kids, binoculars, warm clothes (temperature can drop), snacks, water. No need for ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $10 Park Entrance Fee
  • Stargazing on Mt. DiabloWHY EARTH?Why does Earth have abundant life, but nowhere else in our Solar System?How many planets like Earth are probably out there in our Galaxy?How are scientists finding them?EXCITEMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!Participate in hands-on astronomy activities followed by supervised observing through the many different telescopes of MDAS members.Bring snacks, ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free; $10 state park vehicle fee
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck with James H. Simons
    The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute present the 2014 AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics with James H. Simons, the president of the Simons Foundation. Simons is a philanthropist, mathematician, investor, and financier who supports basic research in the sciences through the foundation he created with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Festival of Bad Hypotheses
    The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) is acelebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.Six brave speakers will present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together will determine which speaker takes home ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - the Top Tourist Sights in the Solar System
    Where Bill Gates' Great-Granddaughter will go on her HoneymoonPresented by Wonderfest,the Mt. Tam Astronomy Program, Friends of Mt. Tam, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and Mount Tamalpais State Park.Using spectacular images from space probes and the world's largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future "tourist destinations" among the planets ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Snap Judgment LIVE! Storytelling
    NPR's hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. It's an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Quiz-o-Tron 9000
    Quiz-o-Tron is the world's greatest comedic science-themed panel quiz show, hosted by Rebecca Watson and starring Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton, Survivor contestant/physicist Yau-Man Chan, io9's Annalee Newitz, local comedians Caitlin Gill and Matt Gubser, and more! Watch as talented comedians compete against learned ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  10
Sunday, 10/26/14
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's Markets
    Ever wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Wright Canyon Hike
    Join George Phillips and Jim Cartan, Save Mount Diablo's Stewardship Team, for a hike of our Wright Canyon property. This 76-acre property was a key location for Morgan Territory's rich history and offers wonderful views of Mount Diablo's peaks the summit, North Peak, Windy Point, and Oyster Point. The ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - BioBlitzing at Muir Woods
    Join Save the Redwoods League and park rangers from Muir Woods National Monument as we hike the trails and conduct a mini BioBlitz. We will identify and document as many different plant and animal species as we can. Come learn about the natural history of a redwood forest, how to ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - South Bay Wetlands Bike Tour
    Come explore and learn about the pump and lock system that keeps the sedimentation process active to help build wetlands with Park Ranger Jose Garcia. Easy bike tour from the Environmental Education Center to pond A17, near Drawbridge. Approximately 3 miles round trip flat well maintained trail. Beautiful area with ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Conflicts of Principle and How they Change PhysicsEinstein thought we should look for conflicting principles: two things which are so deeply engrained that they must both be right, but when taken together seem to lead to a contradiction. When those conflicts of principle are resolved, science makes its greatest strides. In this talk, Professor Susskind will discuss ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Happy Creepy HalloweenParticipate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science.Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room.Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE).
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    This month we celebrate Halloween with a creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seal's can dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for 2 hours at a time without imploding (!), find out how a sperm whale ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free with admission
  • The Extreme Life of the SeaThe Extreme Life of the Sea: What are the fastest creatures in the ocean? The oldest? Where are the hottest, coldest, or deepest places that life thrives in the sea? Ocean science over the past century has uncovered an amazing collection of extreme species, living in amazing ways. This session ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Tigers on Market Street
    Our walk will take a cue from the western tiger swallowtail, San Francisco's largest butterfly. This fantastic creature has taken up residence along Market Street and in the parks and plazas nearby. The western tiger, like other swallowtails, has made Market Street an unexpected habitat! The lay of the land ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Science Fiction Turned FactScience fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much-or at least, not yet. If you've ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don't yet have a robot servant, find out at Full-Spectrum Science.18+ ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    Our Hawk Talk and Banding Demonstration begins at noon, when docent Bridget Bradshaw will speak about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the GGRO. Midway through, she will present a newly banded hawk, talk about the banding program, show everyone the hawk, and let it go ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Marin Headlands Native Plant Science
    Come to the beautiful Marin Headlands to get involved in real-life botany! We will tour the native plant nursery and take a short hike. You will learn how genetic diversity is being protected in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, gain the skills you need to contribute to national citizen ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Invented in San Francisco
    Long before the silicon chip, some of the world's most influential inventions were dreamed up by San Franciscan tinkerers. Explore seven surprising stories of innovation from tech to tunes to treats that exemplify San Francisco as a hotbed of creative thinking for nearly two centuries. We'll investigate the science behind ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Triple CCRMALite - 40,50,80
    Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced "karma") has been on the scene of electronic and computer-generated sound, since, well, before there was a scene. We are proud in 2014 to be celebrating three important moments in the history of CCRMA and of computer music: ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  $20
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Celebration of Mind
    Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner onSunday, October 26, 25 pmat the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, located at 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.Why the Celebration?Martin Gardner was a prolific author who pursued a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - SF State University's Bayside Marine Laboratory
    Visit SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, the only academic marine lab located on the shore of San Francisco Bay. The Center is normally closed to the public, so this is a very unique opportunity to see what goes on in the laboratories dedicated to studying the health ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Virtual Reality in the Social Sciences
    At Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, researchers use virtual reality (VR) to study the behavioral effects of immersive media. Visitors should be prepared to walk a virtual plank, fly around a virtual city, and travel to virtual Spain.Requirements/RestrictionsAll ages are invited. Not recommended for users that experience regular symptoms of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Wonders of the Parasite World a Global Tour
    You are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of our Parasitology Lab where you'll have the chance to see parasitic worms and protozoa! You'll also get to hear about our research to discover drugs to treat parasitic diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. We are located at the Mission Bay ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Paleontology and Geology at New Brighton State Beach
    Come take a closer look at the sea cliffs at New Brighton State Beach. The rocks forming these dramatic cliffs are part of the Purisima Formation, which is exposed along the California Coast from Point Reyes to southern Santa Cruz County. The rocks at New Brighton Beach were deposited under ...
    Where:  Capitola Cost:  Free, Parking $10
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Snap Judgment LIVE! Storytelling
    NPR's hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. It's an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 and up
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