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Saturday, 08/29/15
  • Science Saturday: FossilsScience Saturdays are family friendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages to participate in. Admission for all is FREE on Science Saturdays.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Coyote Full Moon Hike
    Join us on a fairly strenuous six-mile hike to a nearby ridge where, weather permitting, we will watch a spectacular sunset on the Pacific Ocean while listening for local coyotes greet the rising full moon. We'll make several stops along the hike to learn more about the species and find ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse
    Join park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand carved tunnel and out to the Lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Weather or NotEvery time we amateur astronomers plan to go out with our scopes we face the same question: What will the conditions be like? Our very own Jim van Nuland will present his experiences on predicting the weather and making the call whether or not to go out or not. Following ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
Monday, 08/31/15
  • Putting autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to work: Enabling close proximity AUV operations
    The ultimate utility of robotic systems is in addressing real-world challenges. This is particularly true for underwater applications, where the use of such technologies is not only desirable, but necessary. However, the underwater environment poses significant and unique challenges, including localization, navigation, communication, and sensing. To date, autonomous underwater vehicle ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay #33: Illusions, Lake Merritt, and CummingsNerd Nite in August! Cool off the dog days of summer with a refreshing beverage and some crisp education. We'll teach you about your cognitive biases through cool optical illusions, all about the controversial beauty of Lake Merritt, and give huge depth around one of the briefest poems by a ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 advance, $10 at door
  • Ruth Reichl in conversation with Michael Krasny
    Ms. Reichl is the author of books including Delicious!, Comfort me with Apples, and Tender at the Bone, as well as numerous other novels and nonfiction works. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009. Prior to working at Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $22
Tuesday, 09/01/15
  • Planet Occurrence Rates with Kepler: Reaching Towards the Habitable ZoneDr. Burke will discuss latest results in measuring terrestrial planet occurrence rates using the planet candidates discovered by the Kepler pipeline.For the first time an accurate model for the Kepler pipeline sensitivity to transiting planets is publicly available. Dr. Burke's new analysis finds higher planet occurrence rates and a steeper ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Human Need not Apply: The Age of Artificial IntelligenceComputers with artificial intelligence, or AI, date back to the 1950s, and since then, the technology has advanced to all sorts of new levels. It seems that the average American now depends on AI several times throughout the day. Computers aren't just computers anymore. They are becoming much more than ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Student
  • Mars the Planet: New Evidence of Life on Mars?Speaker: Craig Kodros, Archaeological Explorer
    Where:  Petaluma Cost:  $5
  • Nerd Nite North Bay #11: Indie Baseball, Free Law and Hamilton Airfield
    FunnyBall Experiments and Business in Independent BaseballHear how the local Sonoma Stompers ended up on NPR, fulfill (and crush) baseball dreams, and learn about the day to day work reality needed to juggle business ops with OPS and squeeze out success in the wildly misnamed "Business of Baseball". While ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  $5
Wednesday, 09/02/15
Thursday, 09/03/15
  • Water and Health in China and BeyondWater quality is a powerful determinant of health, and the prevention of water quality related diseases presents a critical global health challenge. This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from the University of California, Berkeley and the Chinese Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CCDC), to discuss the latest ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Organismal and evolutionary responses of insects to variable and changing climatesInsects and other terrestrial organisms experience variation in temperature, radiation and other environmental factors at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. I will describe two case studies with insects that consider variation across two temporal scales-diurnal fluctuations in temperature, and decadal changes in recent climate-and their consequences for performance, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Trends and Innovations in Electronic Design Automation SoftwareSpeaker: Dr. Steve Chen, R&D Section Manager, EEsof EDA Division, Keysight Technologies
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Frugal InnovationFrugal innovation is the ability to "do more with less" -- that is to create more economic and social value using fewer resources. Long practiced in resource-constrained emerging economies like India, China, Africa, and Brazil, frugal innovation is now being adopted in the West to respond to the needs of ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • After Dark: Figuring
    Math is the language, tool, and way of thinking that we all use-sometimes without even realizing it-to study quantity, structure, relationships between things, pattern, and change. Before Euler came along and invented all the notations we think of as mathematical symbols, math was mostly done with words and, occasionally, pictures. ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $10 Members
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San FranciscoCafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry|San Francisco. We'll meet at Caf Borrone next to Kepler's Books. Look for CFI t-shirts.For more information or if you have questions please email ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Fermented Nightlife
    This week, NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation-from beer to cheese and everything in between! Get schooled by master cicerone Rich Higgins (one of just ten certified beer gurus in the world!) as he delivers a short and sweet talk about sour beer in partnership with Almanac Beer. Discover ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 Member
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