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Sunday, 08/06/17
  • Novato Space FestivalMeet Legendary Astronauts & Experience 30 Different Exhibits!VIP Guests:Al Worden - Apollo 15 Moon MissionJerry Ross - Space Shuttle Flights 61, 27, 37, 55, 74, 88, 110Nicole Stott - Space Shuttle Flights - 128, 129, 133Bruce Melnick - Spaces Shuttle Flights 41, 49Dan Bursch - Space Shuttle Flights 51, 68, ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
  • Science Regatta FundayWhat makes a boat float? How can we make a boat move faster?Experiment with different recyclable materials and build your own boat to find out. Design your boat and test it in the Hall’s Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor science park, then redesign your boat as you work towards ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission. Free for Members.
  • The Sky Event of the Decade: August’s Eclipse of the SunSan Francisco Public Library is pleased to bring astronomer Andrew Fraknoi to the Main Library for a talk titled “August’s ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun and How to View it Safely.”On Aug. 21, there will be an eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America.  People in a narrow path ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Monday, 08/07/17
  • Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR
    The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV and genetic diseases, as well as help eradicate some of the world's deadliest pathogens. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences - to say nothing ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Regenerating the Body - Cell by CellWouldn’t it be nice to replace your diseased or aging organs with a brand new one made from your own stem cells? Science fiction has dreamed of this future, but only in the last few years, this is beginning to become a reality. Many promising technologies, like induced pluripotent stem ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond
    This century will permit us the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth; biology as we don’t yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet. The technologies needed for discovering biology beyond Earth are different, depending on whether you are searching for microbes or ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Seeing Whole Systems
    Nicky Case’s presentations are as ingenious, compelling, and graphically rich as the visualizing tools and games he creates for understanding complex dynamic systems.He writes: “We need to see the non-linear feedback loops between culture, economics, and technology. Not only that, but we need to see how collective behavior emerges from ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, Free for members
Tuesday, 08/08/17
  • Impacting the Future of Real Estate Through Open Source, IoT, and Blockchain - TIME CHANGE
    "Using LAToken to Enable Selling Fractions of Assets, such as Real-Estate" mini talk at 6:40.  Speaker: Valentine PreobrazhenskiySee how far Blockchain and IOT has come and get a demonstration of the practical applications being built for real estate. Get access to code that you can take back to the office.The concept ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 08/09/17
  • Can California Reach Its Most Ambitious Climate Goal?
    This summer, the California Air Resources Board is set to finalize the state’s plan to achieve its most ambitious climate targets yet: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. What will this take? Come hear about the biggest components of that plan and how specific ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Ship Chat with Exploration Vessel Nautilus Live from the Ocean Floor
    Join a live chat with scientists and educators on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as they explore just offshore the San Francisco Bay Area in the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The cold California Current that flows through it and the jagged undersea topography on the bottom combine to support a rich ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Included with museum admission.
  • Linking sediment flux to marshes with dynamics in Bay shallows: Observations from China Camp and San Pablo BaySpeaker: Jessie Lacy, Research Oceanographer, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, United States Geological Survey
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • August LASER Event - Berkeley
    7:00-7:25: Andrew Blanton(San Jose State Univ) on "Networks as Art and Extended Interface"A philosophical look at the relationship between alchemy and cyberpunk aesthetics of the 1980's...Read more7:25-7:50: Erling Wold(Composer) on "The Descent of Opera"Trends in modern opera...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul: NEW EVENTIn 1976 Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene caused a seismic shift in our understanding of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution and was called “The best work of popular science ever written” by the New York Review of Books. Then in 2006, Dawkins wrote The God Delusion, transforming ...
    Where:  Corte Madera Cost:  $32, including book
  • Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul: Selected Writings - CANCELEDIn a world grown irrational and hostile to facts, Science in the Soul is an essential collection by an indispensable author.Richard Dawkins' latest book is Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist. In it the legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  See weblink
Thursday, 08/10/17
  • Finding FibonacciFinding Fibonacci is Devlin's compelling quest to tell the story of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, more popularly known as Fibonacci. Although he is most famous for the Fibonacci numbers (which he did not invent), Fibonacci's greatest contribution was as an expositor of mathematical ideas at a level ordinary people ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • Pairings: Super Seeds
    "The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star."Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825Seeds aren't just the crunchiest, tastiest part of your morning granola. They're baby plants equipped with everything they need to survive which is why they're so good for humans and other ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General
  • August LASER EVent - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Neeraj Sonalkar(Stanford/ Design) on "What improvised theater, jazz and design thinking have in common"Design thinking has a lot in common with the improvisational mindset practiced through improvisational theater or jazz...Read more7:25-7:50: BJ Fogg (Stanford/ Persuasive Technology Lab) on "Persuasive Technologies"7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul - SOLD OUTAt a time when science faces increasing criticism, Dawkins issues a passionate defense, insisting that reason and empirical evidence take center stage. With growing threats of irrationality and hostility, his plea for a return to reason couldn’t be more timely. Come hear more from the legendary biologist and provocateur as he challenges faulty logic, ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $30 General, $20 Member, other options on website
  • SCIENCE Fiction + SCIENCE ComedyJoin Comedian & cartoonist, Mike Capozzola and Earth’s premiere Science Comedian, Brian Malow for a funny and possibly educational look at imagination and exploration.See weblink for additional information
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  $17 - $27
Friday, 08/11/17
  • Freshwater Aquatic Plant Ecology
    Join Annette Russell (Presidio Native Plant Nursery Manager) and Fue Her (Aquatic Ecology Intern) to learn about the mysterious and diverse world of plants that live submerged in freshwater lakes and ponds! We’ll cover their general life history and biology, spend some time studying real samples of aquatic plants, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Paper Engineering
    Paper is flat. As a paper engineer, your job is to make it not flat anymore! Come learn about pop-ups, pull tabs, and possibly the coolest paper craft around while creating your own pop-up card.Part poet, part storyteller, part philosopher, Rives is the co-host of TEDActive as well as a frequent TED ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Included with museum admission.
  • Twilight HikeTake advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie ...
    Where:  Glen Ellen Cost:  $15 - $25 Donation suggested
  • Evenings with the Stars: Andreas Burkert - SOLD OUTOur 'Evenings with the Stars' programs are held annually as part of our Summer Series. Each year we bring world-renowned astronomers to the summit of Mount Hamilton for a night with the "stars" you won't forget!Activities include:Astronomy talk by "star" scientistsViewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescopeViewing through ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $20
Saturday, 08/12/17
  • Perseids Meteor ShowerHang out on the hill and watch one of the best annual astronomical events unfold before your very eyes. The Perseid Meteor Shower will make its annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomy experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Community Science: Bee Pinning Party
    MMWD and San Francisco State University have begun inventorying pollinators, primarily bees, on the mountain this spring. This will be the first time this part of Marin has ever been surveyed for pollinators. Researchers will also generate a historical species list and review plant species currently known to be extirpated ...
    Where:  Corte Madera Cost:  Free
  • Fish DaysLearn about fresh water fish that are found in  local ponds and rivers.  Games show native and non native fish and how they arrived at Tule Ponds.  Compare fishing ponds for people versus fishing ponds for wildlife.   Explore how the early peoples of area went fishing as well as the ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • CuriOdyssey Bugs DayVisit CuriOdyssey to see, touch and learn about captivating bugs from Beetlelady. Play with serious science exhibits in new The Nature of Patterns exhibition. See and learn about native wildlife.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free with admission
  • Marshlands of DreamsJoin Paul Mueller on a 1-mile walk of the LaRiviere Marsh Trail to find traces of the past. Prior to marsh restoration, learn how Californians utilized the area for farming, quarrying, salt production, and transportation.  There will opportunities for bird watching as well.
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Intro to Geo PDF Maps
    What’s a Geo PDF map? How do you use it? A Geo PDF map is a map you download and store on your smart phone. Use the free app called PDFMaps to view and navigate from the stored map in your phone. Use it on hikes or bike rides to log your distance, start time, ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Why Tides MatterDocent Laurel Stell will talk and walk you through all things tides. What are they? How do they affect wildlife? How have humans reshaped the Bay’s tidal lands? Program starts indoors but will move outside for an easy 0.5-mile walk. All are welcome. Register at https://tidesmatter.eventbrite.com.
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Saturday Cinema: Collage Animation with Kathleen Quillian
    In this hands-on workshop, learn how to create your own stop-motion collage animation using a range of found images and materials that are assembled in creative ways to become entirely new and often unexpected moving compositions. Media artist Kathleen Quillian will share examples of collage animations and discuss the different ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 ticketed program, w/o museum admission
  • Explorables: Handmade Science
    Play around with paper in three activities inspired by our new Wildcard exhibition.Paper CircuitsUsing copper tape and surface-mount LEDs allows you to make fully functional simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat surface, such as a piece of paper. You can make light-up greeting cards, origami animals come to life, or ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Included with museum admission.
  • The Sky Event of the Decade: August’s Eclipse of the SunOn Aug. 21, there will be an eclipse of the Sun visible throughout North America.  People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun, and day turning into night.  Everyone else, including those in the Bay ...
    Where:  Milpitas Cost:  Free
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta.  Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy: Are red dwarf planets habitable?Professor Gibor Basri will talk about the "habitable zone" of "red dwarf" stars, and concentrate on the current thinking about whether a planet around a red dwarf could, in fact, actually harbor life. 
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • City Star Party @ Point LobosCome 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
  • PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWERThe program starts at 7:30 (enter the park at least 45 minutes earlier) at the lower summit parking lot. Although there is no fee for this program there is a $10 park entrance fee. Meteor showers, comets and asteroids: how are they different, how are they related? Count meteors until the ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  Free
  • Music of the Spheres: Katherine deKleer - SOLD OUTKatherine de Kleer's research focuses on dynamic processes in the planets and moons of the outer Solar System, which she studies using world-class telescopes at optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths. Her work covers topics including the atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune, and Jupiter, and the surfaces of Jupiter's four Galilean satellites, ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $45-$210
  • Owl on the Prowl: Critters at Night (6 - Adult)California Nursery Historical Park has many old trees that are ideal for Owls and other Raptors to roost, nest and hunt in search of food. Bring your flashlight and  walk through the grounds at dusk,  this is a good time to spot an owl in the trees or hunting for ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15
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