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Thursday, 02/08/18
  • After Dark: Peanuts, The Humidors, and Labor of Love
    Pairings: PeanutsTo reserve a seat and something to eat, pick up free tickets onsite at the Observatory. Seating is limited to 120.7:00 p.m.  Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 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, 1825Join us for robust presentations and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
  • Nursery Series: Growing for RestorationDid you think that we just go to our local nursery and pick up the over 100,000 plants to use in restoration projects each year? Wrong.To kick-off the nursery series, join Alisa Shor (Director of Park Nurseries) to learn what is involved in producing our native plant crops each year, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • From Hot Neptunes to Temperate Earths: Observing the Atmospheres of Small PlanetsSubstantial resources have been dedicated to characterizing the handful of planets with radii between Earth’s and Neptune’s that are accessible to current telescopes. Observations of their transmission spectra reveal a diversity of worlds, some shrouded in clouds and others with molecular features. I will discuss the types of clouds and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Speaker: Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-Founder, Entefy, Inc.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic IdentitiesIn numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics. We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Organizing Green
    How to catalyze communities to environmental action?Environmental problems have the potential to affect us all. Combating them will require changing individual behavior, from the food we eat to the way we travel. But it also will require community action: protesting to change policy, for example, and working with neighbors to ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Human Drive to Explain
    Stephen J. Gould described humans as “the primates who tell stories.” Psychologist Robyn Dawes took it one step further, arguing that we’re "the primates whose cognitive capacity shuts down in the absence of a story.” Why are we so motivated to find a good story or explanation? Is this tendency beneficial? Cognitive ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • 'Chasing Coral' screening & Lecture"Chasing Coral" - Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching - a sign of mass coral death - has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  $9.00
  • Noise Pop NightLifeNightLife resumes its role as the official pre-party for the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival as the bastion of Bay Area independent music takes over for an evening exploring the science of sound.-----> In the Piazza, catch a DJ set from a local favorite - chillwave originator, vocalist, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds - SOLD OUTThere is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants? This is critical information for the commercialization of cannabis, and there ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Dinner Talk with Jill Tarter (SETI): The 21st Century, The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond Come and hear about how 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. Also: book sale and signing of "Making Contact - Jill Tarter and ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $15 - $35
  • How We Know It Was Climate Change: Connecting Extreme Weather Events with Global WarmingHeat waves, hurricanes, wildfires - extreme climate events are on the rise in the US and worldwide. Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University, examines the connections between global warming and extreme events and asks the question, did global warming contribute to ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10 General, Students Free
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