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Wednesday, 01/03/18
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  Group visits of 10 or more people are not available on Free Wednesdays.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Free First Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Newt Discovery StationNewts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. The Garden is home to two newt species, Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt). Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
Thursday, 01/04/18
  • After Dark: Bright and Shiny
    Get your razzle-dazzle on and explore nature’s brilliance from the gleam of an insect’s wing to the brightest stars in the sky. Listen to steelpan music, play with prisms and lasers, and reflect on illuminating artworks.A Light History of the Universe with Linda Shore7:00 p.m. | Kanbar ForumJoin Dr. Linda Shore to explore ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry|San Francisco.For more information or if you have questions please email
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Agar Art Contest 2018 - Learn How to Make Bacterial Art
    • What we'll doCounter Culture Labs is proud to be hosting the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art Contest.Come and learn how to make colorful and unique living art. Design your own art piece using our colorful bacteria and then submit your piece for a chance to win.We will be ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15
Friday, 01/05/18
  • Biodiversity Bioblitz Come explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves with other serious “nature nerds” and experts. Our goal is to add species records each season to the Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas on iNaturalist. Each of us tends to spot, and share enthusiasm and knowledge about, species that others rarely notice. Mark your ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • First Friday Family Night at CuriOdysseyFamilies with small children can swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to live music including soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s.  Purchase ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $12.50-9.50 / Free with Admission / Members Free
Saturday, 01/06/18
  • Nature Walk by the BayTake a gentle walk around the Marina's flat dirt trails and enjoy the local weather and bayside wildlife. We'll keep the pace slow for all ages and abilities. Meet in the parking lot near the restroom. Questions? (408) 355-2240​​​. Editor's note: There appear to be two walks scheduled at Alviso Slough ...
    Where:  Alviso 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
  • Science on the Screen: 'Ponyo'Science lovers unite! Science on the Screen creatively pairs cutting-edge science presented by leading science and technology experts with classic science fiction films. The series reveals the science of everyday living, explores where science and art connect, and inspires students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18 General, $10 Students & Teachers
  • Watching Our Universe Grow Up: Radio Snapshots Through Cosmic TimeHow did the first generation of stars and galaxies form in our Universe? Astronomers don’t know. We have ideas, to be sure, but they’re hard to confirm with observations because prior to the formation of the first stars and galaxies, it’s not clear what we can look at! In the ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
Sunday, 01/07/18
  • COSMIC GOLD: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, & the Origin of the Heavy Elements
    Scientists have recently developed an entirely new way to “see” the universe: using gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including black holes and neutron stars. Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
Monday, 01/08/18
  • Building a better battery with machine learning
    Discovering promising new materials is central to our ability to design better batteries, but research progress over the last several decades has been limited by an incomplete understanding of the materials physics and inefficient guess-and-check searches. Our research seeks to overcome these limitations by leveraging new approaches inspired by machine ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 01/09/18
  • Renewable Energy Can Be BeautifulThe great energy transition of the 21st century will have an impact on our built environment, culture and landscape like no other technical shift since the automobile. Can utility-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects be reimagined as public art to inspire the public while convincing planners and policymakers of their use ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Quantum vs. Classical Optimization: A Status Update on the Arms RaceApplied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker: Helmut Katzgraber, Texas A&M
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Bay Currents: The Bay Area through TimeOur area has been home to marine reptiles as well as camels and mastodons. The Bay itself is a newcomer that comes and goes. Laura Cunningham, artist, paleontologist, biologist, naturalist, and author of State of Change (winner of the 2011 California Book Award) and The Bay Area through Time, brings a ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
  • January LASER event - San Francisco
    7:00-7:25: Piero Scaruffi(Author and LASER founder) on "Science, Tech and Art in Modern China"In a few years China is likely to be the largest economy in the world, but it is not clear what impact this will have on science, tech and art ...Read more7:25-7:50: Jennifer Berry(Beekeeper and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
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