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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
Wednesday, 01/10/18
  • The secret life of elephant seals: Insights into the at-sea behavior of a mesopelagic predatorElephant seals are one of the few conservation success stories. They were hunted nearly to the point of extinction, such that by 1900 there were less than 20 individuals left on Guadalupe Island. Fortunately, the Mexican government protected them and today there are well over 200,000 individuals and the population ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Dark Energy, Getting to Mars and Protecting Coral ReefsHow to Get (More of Us) To Mars?We are going to Mars - but how? More importantly, who gets to go?We will take a look at the usual suspects (Musk, Bezos, NASA), but will also consider less conventional ways humans can get their Mars on. Above all, we will argue ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $7 advance, $10 at door
  • Pairings: Bivalves at After Dark
    "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, 1825Seafood lovers, take note: bivalves, the organisms including mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops, are at risk. Oyster reefs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.  They've declined an ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free for After Dark members- website for details
Thursday, 01/11/18
  • Today's Largest Galaxies: Examining the growth of local brightest cluster galaxies using IFU kinematics and stellar populationsSpeaker: Louise Edwards, Cal Poly SLO
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Measuring Green
    Before you can trim your carbon footprint, you need to measure it.Every decision you make - what you eat, what you wear, how you travel - has a quantifiable environmental impact. The methodology to measure it is called life-cycle assessment. It’s messy. For example, the environmental impact of burning natural ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Fungus Among Us NightLifeMagic Mycology  (African Hall)7:30pm, Enter the wonderful world of mushroom foraging with Debbie Viess of the Bay Area Mycological Society - and learn how and where to find fungi, why it’s important to study them, and why they’ve kept her fascinated for so long.  8:30pm, Discover the power of psilocybin, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Is Silicon Valley As Green As It Claims?Tech companies are cleaning up their data centers and building shiny new buildings that sip water and energy. But are these companies really as green as they claim to be? How do we know they aren’t just greenwashing? Many tech and industrial companies have issued statements in support of the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members, $7 Students
  • Neuroscience and the Great Questions
    Neuroscience has built a case for addressing many of the Great Questions (You & Me, Animals & People, Free Will & Determinism, Nature & Nurture, Art & Science, Life & Death) as interdependent feedback loops. In this presentation, Dr. Stephens will discard the old left brain as accountant / right ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 01/12/18
  • Fern FridayMeet the ferny sporophytes of nine local fern species on an excursion along Pine Flat Road with ACR Education Specialist Dave Self. We’ll also take a short hike (two miles) to visit the ridgeline serpentine of Red Hill to find our tenth and last species and to see if we ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Conservation Efforts and the Building of the Nature State: A Colombian CaseA swath of tropical forest on Colombia´s Caribbean coast, along with the felines and people who inhabit it, are manifestations of what we can call the nature state. This novel concept refers to the set of institutions, practices, and policies by which the state claims that caring for nature, and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Green Friday - 'Project Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming'In this DVD lecture by preeminent environmentalist and thinker Paul Hawken we learn of the strategies put  forth in his book, Drawdown, a comprehensive list of one hundred ways to approach and solve the crisis of global warming.  Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested
  • Free Public StargazingView Moon, bright planet " Venus, red planet " Mars, Pleiades (Seven sisters or Subaru), Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula , Crab Nebula , Double cluster in Perseus, star cluster Hyades, Pleiades, “Owl” cluster, Beehive cluster, bright stars Rigel, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Aldebaran and many more objects.Facility has an 8 inch refractor ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • The History of the Reflecting TelescopeThe reflecting telescope was invented by Sir Isaac Newton, and proposed by a few others in the late 17th Century in an effort to solve the problem of chromatic aberration that was plaguing refractors of the time. These early reflectors used metal mirrors made from a highly reflective metal alloy ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
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