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Friday, 02/16/18
  • Botany Series: Basic Botany
    How do plants work? If it’s been way too long since that high school biology class, come take a step back with Annette Russell (Presidio Nursery Manager). We will learn the basic processes that plants go through in life, how they have adapted to the changing earth environment over time, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Field Botany FridayJoin 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
  • CLASSIFYING ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI OF UNCERTAIN TYPE DETECTED BY FERMI GAMMA-RAY SPACE TELESCOPE BY MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUESSpeaker: Graziano Chiaro (Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica INAF - IASF Milano)
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • The Fountain of Youth?
    What if scientific discovery could mimic the fountain of youth? At this event, University of Bern alumni and Stanford Professor of Neurology Tony Wyss-Coray will present his groundbreaking research on neurodegeneration and how scientific innovation could change the way humans age.In his remarkable 2014 study, Wyss-Coray found that transferring blood from young ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 General, Free Swiss Alumni
  • Exploring the Solar System with Gamma RaysLawrence Livermore National Laboratory built the gamma-ray spectrometer that flew on NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft to the planet Mercury. We are presently building two new gamma-ray instruments to visit an exotic metal asteroid called 16-Psyche, and to visit the moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos). Gamma-rays represent the highest-energy region of ...
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
Saturday, 02/17/18
  • History and Habitat in Pine FlatJoin ACR Education Specialist Dave Self to learn about the rich history of Pine Flat and human influences on the landscape. We will discuss Wappo uses and the early Fur Trade, ranching and the Mercury Boom and Bust of the 1870’s, as well as recent protection. You’ll also learn a ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • Salt Marsh WalkTake a walk with docent Gregg Aronson around the wetlands of the wildlife refuge and learn about their history. See examples of salt collection ponds and learn what is being done to convert them back to their original, natural salt marsh state. Hear how wildlife is affected by the two types of habitat, and why it ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Agar Art Contest 2018 - Learn How to Make Bacterial Art
    Counter 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 hosting several workshops, ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $20
  • Family Bird WalkLet family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Register ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Why Can't I Eat Grass?Join us to learn why certain animals like farm animals can subsist entirely on plant matter, while other animals thrive on a diet of meat and plants.  We'll explore how all digestive systems are different and how they help the animal obtain nutrients from different types of food.Speaker: Erin Dekleva, ...
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free with admission
  • Wonderfest: The Secret Life of Viruses
    Viruses are infectious agents that exist in the twilight zone between the living and the non-living. Despite their tiny genomes and diminutive nature, viruses hold the power of life and death. They also contain remarkable molecular tools, some of which researchers have learned to harness to understand and control the ...
    Where:  Alameda Cost:  Free
  • Science Fiction Turned FactScience fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much - or at least, not yet.If you’ve ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don’t yet have a robot servant, find out at the ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
Sunday, 02/18/18
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • Science Sunday: Carbon in California’s Abyss: As told by sea pigs, time lapse, and a record-breaking rover
    Most people will never meet a sea pig despite how common they are. These sea cucumbers inhabit the deep ocean bottom. With translucent bodies, and an appetite for decomposing things, sea pigs are often referred to as living vacuum cleaners. In recent years, the amount of food (carbon) reaching the ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
Monday, 02/19/18
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • THINGS ONE CAN LEARN BY PUTTING A QUADCOPTER IN A VACCUUM CHAMBERQuadcopters (also known as “drones”) do not fly in vacuum. This is obvious enough that experimenting on one in a vacuum chamber would seem rather uninteresting, but there is one question that Eric J Ayars will address by such an experiment: the mechanism for yaw control. Quadcopters control yaw (rotation ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 02/20/18
  • A few topics in gravitational-wave astrophysicsSpeaker: Daniel Holz (KICP)
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Our Plastic Ocean - An Unnatural Journey
    A photography talk with Mandy Barker, an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. The motivation for her science-based photographic works is to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans whilst highlighting the harmful effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. She ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Zoo Animal Behavior and Welfare: Observations, Ideas and ExperimentsSpeaker: Dr. Jason Watters, San Francisco ZooRescheduled from April, 2017.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of Little hFor over four decades, the dimensionless Hubble constant (or little h) has been a constant presence in distances, times, masses, and luminosities for cosmologists and extragalactic astrophysicists, baffling the uninitiated to no end about the interpretation of these values. But one theorist dared to submit a paper to Publications of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Think Like an EngineerIn science, we research, explore and analyze in order to understand our environment.  In design, we create our environment, and then research and analyze to justify our creation.  While the skill sets in science and mathematics are core competencies for engineering, in practice these activities are often derivatives of the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Sloppy Models, Differential Geometry, and How Science WorksApplied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker:James Sethna, Cornell Univ.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our ForestsThe earth is warming -- but what do we know about how that may affect California's varied plants and animals, including humans? Learn about recent findings, including what is known so far of impacts of the recent North Bay fires, from Dr. David Ackerly, UC Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology. ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
  • Flares and Fireworks from Black Holes
    Black holes are some of the most exotic and extreme objects in the universe. Though they sound like the stuff of science fiction, they are real and much more common than you might think. Every galaxy has a black hole lurking at its center! Black holes are not actually black, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Wonderfest: Mission: MarsThe first human mission to Mars will be the greatest adventure of the 21st-century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way: achieving longer spaceflight missions, planning for deep space journeys beyond the Moon, and exploring extreme terrestrial environments as Mars ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 02/21/18
  • Technology Development for the Field of Regenerative Medicine
    The fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare. Immunotherapy is giving terminal cancer patients a second chance at life, gene therapy can cure rare diseases, and living stem cells and other cell and cultured tissue therapies are beginning to ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Information and Pricing on Residential Electricity Consumption
    Residential electricity prices do not generally respond to wholesale prices and thus are disconnected from the marginal cost of generation. This study examines a field experiment in Texas that includes both pricing and informational interventions to encourage energy conservation during summer peak load days when the marginal cost of generation ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?Does the truth matter anymore? For the past several years - but especially since the 2016 US presidential election - Russian hackers, the mainstream media, social media platforms, conspiracy theorists, Twitter bots, U.S. intelligence agencies, and unscrupulous businesses have all been blamed for polluting our information sources with fake news ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Three lectures at the Estuary & Ocean Science CenterDive Patterns Behavior of White Sharks Chacharodon carchariasSpeaker: Bianca BahmanTBASpeaker: Salma Abdel-Raheem (Hines lab)Spatial Patterns in the Aragonite Saturation Horizon for the North Central California ShelfSpeaker: Ryan Anderson
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The How and the Now: Situating Sustainability in a Moment of Danger
    Drawing from her forthcoming edited collection, Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power and her current project Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger, Sze asks how do we “situate sustainability?” How does the ways in which sustainability is conceived and researched matter now, in the most anti-environmental Federal ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Town Hall Meeting Seminar: Measure Z, Monterey County (dramatization)The vast Salinas River Groundwater Basin flows Northwest following the Salinas River where it empties into Monterey Bay. This area was made famous by author John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden. Besides providing drinking water it irrigates the rich agricultural region of the Salinas Valley (“Americas Salad Bowl”). ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Cloudy Days for Solar?When the United States slapped 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels, headlines heralded bad times ahead for clean energy in this country. But the stock prices of solar installers increased, because the hit could have been worse. Solar entrepreneur and advocate Jigar Shah said it was “good news.” But ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • An evening with Michael Aw
    Michael Aw is a wildlife photographer, explorer and conservationist. He has authored 35 books of the ocean. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and he was named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. Michael Aw’s essays and pictures have been ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Big Astronomy Begins: Searching for Exoplanets with AITo uncover the mysteries of the universe, astronomers are becoming greedy, making more observations than they can possibly analyze manually. Large photometric surveys from space telescopes like Kepler and the future TESS are no exception and today modern astronomers use artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to help them reveal the existence of exoplanets hidden ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  
  • Nerd Nite SF #93: Lost Venues, Folkpocalypse, and Hybrid Instruments!“Bring The Noise, Bring Defunct: A Personal History of SF’s Deceased Music Venues” by Dan StrachotaYou’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: The San Francisco music scene is dead! All the cool venues are getting shut down! Everything used to be so much better here! Is it ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $8
  • Wonderfest: Mission: MarsThe first human mission to Mars will be the greatest adventure of the 21st-century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way: achieving longer spaceflight missions, planning for deep space journeys beyond the Moon, and exploring extreme terrestrial environments as Mars ...
    Where:  Castro Valley Cost:  Free
  • Writing Applications that are Easier to Defend than AttackConventional wisdom says that the attacker has an enduring economic advantage over the defender. After all, the good guy needs to fix all the vulnerabilities, while the attacker only needs to exploit one of them. Conventional wisdom is right if we keep developing software the way we always have. Fortunately, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  
Thursday, 02/22/18
  • The Continuing Mystery of the Anomalous Microwave EmissionThe anomalous microwave emission (AME) is emission in the 20-60 GHz range that is correlated with interstellar dust. Discovered in 1996 by the COBE DMR experiment, the AME is a "foreground" that needs to be removed to study the CMB, but it is also an astrophysical puzzle:  the emission process ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Thinking Green
    Your views on nature depend largely on how you were nurtured.There’s a common view that, if people knew more about climate science, they’d accept it. But that view is wrong. What people believe about climate change depends largely on their backgrounds: a complex swirl of emotions, social ties, morals, experiences, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The State of Green Business: Aligning Prosperity, Security and Sustainability
    Part of the Sustainability Leadership Speaker SeriesThis series explores the connections between great leadership and the actual achievement of sustainability and wellbeing for everyone, across generations.Speaker: Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group Inc
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence When we think about the future, we need to think deeply about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Historically, the world has been able to advance new and unknown science and technologies. Is AI in a different category, or can we trust that the experts are making good progress and that there are ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Conversion of Biomass to biobased-para-Xylene (A Formal Synthesis of Biobased-Polyethylene Terephthalate, bio-PET)Speaker: Mako Masuno, Origin Materials
    Where:  Albany Cost:  $10 General, $5 Students
  • The Last Doubling | Drink Lab: Rapid Infusion
    The Last Doubling,   Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman @ 8:00Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.Is growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18/$15/free for AD members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Ethnobotany of CannabisEthnobotany is the study of the relationship of plants and people across cultures and time. Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how we might explore those uses in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Hardcore Natural History: How tagging animals helps us see the ocean through a new lensJoin us as we learn about how technology is changing how we are able to look beneath the ocean’s surface. We will discuss what we have found out, what we are studying and how these amazing new tags will help us learn more about the ocean and the creatures in ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $10 General, $5 Members, $15 at door
  • Living with Mountain LionsWe live in mountain lion territory! No matter where you live in the Bay Area, it was once a home to our native cats. The Mountain Lion Foundation has protected lions for 30 years, and is beginning a new program in the East Bay. Get ready for some amazing rescue ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 - $30
  • 2018 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Energy Summit + ExpoInnovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and ReceptionPart of two day conference, 2/22-23
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $18 - $275
  • The USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory: Research, monitoring, and the science of preparing society for low-probability, high-consequence events
    Volcanoes in the Cascade Range erupt twice per century on average, with eruptions often lasting for years.Although eruptions are generally not as high-consequence as large earthquakes, they are still high-consequence events.When a volcano wakes up there can be intense public interest - which requires crisis management, even if the eruption ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
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