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Thursday, 12/14/17
  • After Dark: Vanilla and Black Field
    Experience the complexity of vanilla: both its deep, warm flavor and the effects of its cultivation. One of the world's most popular flavors, and also one of its most expensive, vanilla was originally cultivated in Mexico and is now produced around the world, including the island of Madagascar. However, high ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20, $18, or Free with After Dark Admission
  • December LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Melissa Merencillo (Virtual Reality Evangelist) on "Where We Are in XR (X Reality: Augmented, Virtual, Mixed and Cinematic Realities)"Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality of the last 12 months...Read more7:25-7:50: Steve Omohundro(A.I. and Blockchain researcher) on " AI, Deception, and Blockchains"Can A.I. help with detecting fakes, whether "fake ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Friday, 12/15/17
  • Field Botany FriedayJoin us to explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves each season in search of botanical beauty and interest. We’ll learn some plant ecology and ethnobotany from ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and others in the group. Depending on the season, we’ll look for late flowers and seeds; nuts and fall colors, ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Testing the cold dark matter paradigm with the cosmic microwave backgroundDark Matter (DM) is a crucial component of the universe and, for calculations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), DM is successfully modelled as a pressureless perfect fluid within General Relativity (GR). With data from Planck it becomes possible to test generalisations of this model, searching for DM properties beyond ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Restoring Habitat for San Francisco's Rare Endemic ManzanitasSan Francisco hosts two of the rarest manzanitas in the world: Raven's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos montana subsp. ravenii) and Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana). These endangered species grew together in a distinct maritime chaparral habitat that once covered the serpentine hilltops of San Francisco. Their story is one of loss, salvage, rediscovery, and serendipity. Michael ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Grounds for Science: Microfluidics and the Study of Single CellsOur bodies are composed of tens of trillions of cells. Amazingly, recent advances in single cell studies show that no two of them are completely alike. Come learn about the field of microfluidics and how it is leading to new ways of studying single cells. Speakers: Jesse Zhang and Justin Ondry, ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  Free
Saturday, 12/16/17
  • Tracking with Meghan Walla Murphy Join us to spend a few hours learning to read tracks, trails and other wildlife signs on a 2-4 mile walk with Meghan Walla Murphy, one of the best trackers in the region. Meghan is also a very popular field instructor with Santa Rosa Junior College. To learn more about ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Quicksliver History HikeExplore what remains of the once-bustling mining operations in the hills above New Almaden on this 4-mile hike. Meet at the Wood Road entrance off Hicks Road. Bring water and a snack. Questions?  (408) 918-7770    ​​
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Marshlands of Dreams
    Join 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
  • 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
  • Making the Largest 3D Maps of our Universe
    Dr. Josh Dillion will talk about a new technique being developed here at Berkeley with collaborators around the world to use radio telescopes to make huge 3D maps of hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, to test our cosmological theories. He will explain the observational challenges we’re facing ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Trekking the Bay 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 to 2000.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
Sunday, 12/17/17
  • Lake Anza (Tilden Regional Park) FieldtripJoin us for a day of nature sketching and exploration in Tilden Regional Park.Lake Anza is a recreational swimming reservoir in Tilden Regional Park, which is located in the Berkeley Hills above Berkeley, California. The lake was created by the construction of the C L Tilden Park Dam in 1938. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Fungal pals at Lake Merritt
    Wintertime brings the fungus out! There's always some sort of mushroom action happening at Lake Merritt, so come out with Constance Taylor explore and find out who's fruiting. This walk is great for beginning mushroomers!
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • Made for Movies: Star Wars IV, V, and VIThe original Star Wars films brought audiences to never-before-seen worlds teaming with spacecraft, cities, and creatures made almost entirely by hand in George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic model shop. Discover the artistry, ingenious fixes, and unexpected materials behind some of the most iconic scenes in cinema.Come in costume as ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Tuesday, 12/19/17
  • ExoComets: Now You See Them, Now You Don'tMinor bodies such as Kuiper Belt Objects, comets and asteroids constitute the rocky, icy debris left over from the planet building phase of our solar system. The existence of reservoirs of small rocky bodies (i.e. asteroids/planetesimals) in orbit around young stellar systems is now well established. The initial proto- planetary ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 12/20/17
  • Plant Breathing and Human MemoryUnderstand learning & memory by "SUSHI MODEL"In this talk, i would be covering questions like Is our brain "plastic"? IF it is, then how does it work? How do we learn & forget stuff ? How are bags of information carried long distance in brain?How and when do these bags ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $5
  • Wonderfest: Ask a Science Envoy x 4Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these four Envoys will answer your questions with insight and enthusiasm:UC Berkeley's Carina Cheng on "Observing the Night Sky" - What kinds of astronomical objects and phenomena can you observe in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite SF #91: Brainhacking, Holiday Comics, and WWII Botany!“Cyborg Your Mind”Explore electronics projects that you can build to manipulate your brain in strange, new, debatably useful ways!Speaker: Alex Glow------------------“O Holy Night, Batman! The Cartoon Art Museum’s Best and Worst Holiday Comics”Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at…Iron Man? Join San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum for ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $8
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