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Monday, 04/09/18
  • Primordial Non-Gaussianities (PNG) and zero bias tracers of the Large Scale StructureThe statistical properties of the primordial curvature perturbations are a key ingredient of the success of the LCDM model in explaining the Universe as we observe it today.In simplest model of inflation initial fluctuations are Gaussian for all practical purposes, and measurements of the CMB bispectrum by the Planck satellite ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  
  • MOSFiT: Working Together to Understand Energetic TransientsSpeaker: James Guillochon, Harvard
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Water blocking in tight formations: How the basic physics controls production
    In this talk, I will explore the physics of water blocking in unconventional tight formations. Fracturing is necessary to achieve economical production rates in these formations, but a sizable amount of fracturing fluid is left behind in the formation, potentially inhibiting production. Through experimental results, I will show how this ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Charge order fluctuations in the cuprate superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4 measured by ultra-high-resolution RIXSCharge order has now been ubiquitously observed in cuprate high-temperature superconductors. However, it remains unclear if the charge order is purely static or whether it also features dynamic correlations. In this talk I will describe a resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) experiment on the electron-doped cuprate Nd2-xCexCuO4 that demonstrates the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • THE MYSTERIOUS MASS OF THE HIGGS BOSONThe discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 triumphantly completed the Standard Model of particle physics and opened the experimental program studying this new particle. At the same time, particle experiments are searching for physics beyond the Standard Model, including an those that explain ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • A Neutron Star Merger Seen In Both Gravitational Waves and Light Last August, the discovery of the merger of two neutron stars heralded the first time we have detected both gravitational waves (GW) and light from the same event. Gamma-rays measured only seconds after the GW signal put strong constraints on the speed of gravity. Optical and infrared observations over the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Environmental Geochemistry Perspectives on Subsurface Energy Technologies
    In the 21st century, the subsurface environment will be a valuable resource for disposal of greenhouse gases and storage of energy via compressed fluids. Reliable development of these technologies will rely on our ability to predictably describe fluid flow in porous and fractured media, and its evolution in response to ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Why Algorithmic Systems Possess No UnderstandingMany examples of highly effective algorithmic systems, such as AI devices, have been constructed in recent years. We have computer-controlled machines like self-driving cars and algorithmic systems that play chess and GO at levels that can out-perform even the best of human players. But do such devices actually “understand” what ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Meet the Neighbors: Searching for Nearby Planets with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey SatelliteThe NASA Kepler mission revealed that our Galaxy is teeming with planetary systems and that Earth-sized planets are common, but most of the planets detected by Kepler orbit stars that are too faint to permit detailed study. Excitingly, the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch this ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • taste of science: Machining our GenesBenificial Uses for VirusesViruses are nature's way of doing more with less. They're crafty, highly engineerable, infectious parasites with properties that make them ideal drug delivery tools for the clinic. Come hear about different ways viruses can be used to deliver genetic medicines that not only treat, but have begun ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5
Tuesday, 04/10/18
  • Recent results from SUE: Phase I of the LZ System Test platform at SLACSpeaker: Kelly Stifter
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Therapeutic and Protective Potential of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in Deep Diving Mammals and High-Altitude HumansSpeaker: Dr. Michael Tift, UC San Diego
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Soil Health Series: Drought, Climate Change, & SoilsCalifornia's drought discussions have been dominated by media attention and public discourse about the supply of water while the impact on soil resources has been largely ignored. Hear Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor specializing in soils) discuss climate change and drought through a soils lens, and learn how soil depletion ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • UC Berkeley Cosmology TalkSpeaker: Camille Avestruz, Chicago Univ.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Top Quarks: The New FlavorSpeaker: Peter Onyisi, Univ. of Texas
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • taste of science: The Science of MagicWith a deft sleight of hand or a mind-boggling trick, magicians have enthralled and captivated audiences over the centuries. What is really going on that tricks your mind into seeing something appear out of nothing or vanish into thin air? Are there limitations of our brain that magicians are using ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $8 Advance, $15 at door
  • Diabetic Eye DiseaseDiabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions that can affect people with diabetes. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss. This lecture will include discussion about the risks of these conditions, prevention and treatment.Speaker: Diana Do, MD, Stanford
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • April LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Carrie Hott(Media Artist) on "Nets for the Unweighable: a Brief History of Nets"From the earliest known nets to the development of the electric grid...Read more7:25-7:50: Blair Kaneshiro(Stanford CCRMA) on "Musical Engagement through Discovery"Salient musical events drive an increase in queries during a song...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Crafting a New Natural History for the PresidioOur final spring Bay Currents talk brings the fascinating story of bringing back nature while honoring history in San Francisco's Presidio -- a fort since 1776. Michael Boland,  Chief of Park Development and Operations, regates us with tales of "reconciliation biology" -- re-creating dunes and marshes, freeing a creek buried ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 04/11/18
Thursday, 04/12/18
  • Uncovering Massive Galaxy Protoclusters in the Early Universe with the South Pole TelescopeThe sub-millimeter galaxy (SMG) population represent the most intense stellar nurseries in the Universe. Their high star formation rates of 200-2000 Msun/yr (compared to the Milky Way’s 1 Msun/yr) pose a unique challenge for cosmological simulations of how galaxies form and evolve, particularly in the first few billion years after ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • From Sustainability to ProfitabilityIs the path to sustainability in the open market?  Our panelists will speak to how mission-driven companies can make an impact but also be incredibly profitable. Hear from a panel of innovators on starting, funding and scaling businesses in the sustainability space.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Speaker: Jay Fulcher, Chairman & CEO of Zenefits
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • The Magic Scale of Galaxy FormationThis talk will address the preferred mass and time for galaxy formation, in dark-matter haloes similar to that of the Milky Way but when the Universe was a few Gigayears old.  It is proposed that this is due to the interplay between two mechanisms, first supernova feedback that removes gas ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • When Science was a HabitToday, science means many things - methods and institutions, publications and practitioners. In the nineteenth century, it was also something else: a habit. This talk asks how science came to seem habitual and how that status affected its authority. New human sciences like psychology and anthropology helped turn the scientific ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hello, World: The Rise of Tech DiplomacyDiplomacy is no longer limited to states. Today, tech companies engage more people than any given nation, and some are responsible for decisions and impacts once limited to governments. In turn, governments are taking on new forms of diplomacy to stay at the forefront of innovation, to secure the rights of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 online, $15 at door
  • Pairings: Fish Sauce | 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, 1825  Made from salted, pressed, and fermented anchovies, fish sauce is a classic condiment, found in American cookbooks for centuries though you may know it better by its original name, ketchup. Follow ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free
  • SpaceToday NightLifeThe future is now: Space Month continues with a night dedicated to the ideas of today that are propelling space exploration into tomorrow’s frontiers. Lectures presented by Computer History Museum -----> Elizabeth Lopatto, Science Editor at The Verge, moderates two talks presented by Computer History Museum about private companies in the space ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • SKEPARDY! :a Berkeley SkepTalk
    All Bay Area Skeptics love Jeopardy! C’mon, yes you do! This admitted, you’ll really love “Skepardy!” Come one, come all to the next SkepTalk and test your skeptical mettle as Alex Skeptek, aka Bill Patterson, channels (yes, literally) the real Jeopardy! interlocutor for some fast-paced fun. Bill has been quizzing ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 04/13/18
  • Nursery Series: Growing Plants from CuttingsCome learn the secrets of cloning plants by cutting off branches and encouraging them to root! Meghan Steinharter (Fort Funston and Oceana Nurseries Manager) and Robin Binaoro (Marin Headlands Nursery Assistant) will discuss the science behind clonal propagation: what's going on inside the plant and how rooting hormones work. There ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Can Canada claim climate leadership? Can the Paris Accord succeed in avoiding the worst of the climate crisis?What role can Canada play to advance global climate goals, especially in 2018 as chair of the G7? As politics and governments change, Canada and the US have changed places, relatively speaking, on climate change. In Canada, global climate saboteur, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been replaced by self-avowed ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Understanding, Utilizing, and Predicting Human Mobility Data
Large scale human mobility data can be collected from mobile phones, car navigation systems, location-based applications, social media, Wi-Fi, and traffic cameras. Turning such raw data into knowledge can provide insights in social science, urban problems, and prevention health, and can also benefit applications in transportation, advertisement targeting, and urban ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • 'A Plastic Ocean'There will be a free screening at ARC of the critically acclaimed documentary, A Plastic Ocean. Along with being endorsed by the United Nations, this film showcases the true strain that we put on our planet’s oceans and native sea life through our production and use of plastic. We will ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • From Mars to the MultiversePowerful instruments had led to astonishing progress in tracing the emergence of atoms, galaxies, stars and planets from a mysterious 'beginning' 13.8 billion years ago. An exciting development  has been the realisation that many other stars are orbited by retinues of planets -- some resembling our Earth (and capable of harboring life). Looking further afield, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Green Friday:Life and Legacy of John MuirThis month's Green Friday presentation will be a treasured walk through the life and legacy of John Muir led by Devin Jackson MA.Ed, a 6th Grade Middle School Science/Engineering Teacher, currently in his 6th year at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, CA in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested.
Saturday, 04/14/18
  • Learn about Solar & Opportunity for Volunteering to Install Rooftop PV with a NonprofitInterested in helping with rooftop installations as a volunteer?  Thinking of putting solar on your home?  In either case, consider attending either or both of two free workshops being offered on at the San Mateo Library by SunWork Renewable Energy Projects (sunwork.org).                   * Apr 14 (Sat), 9am - noon, VOLUNTEER SOLAR INSTALLATION ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  
  • Earth Day on the BaySee webpage for activities and schedule.
    Where:  Redwood City 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 existence. ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • TinkerfestTinkerfest is a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us. Tinkerfest brings together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in DIY fun. During the daylong event, the entire Center will be activated, both ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free with admission
  • Chemistry at Tule PondsJoin us for this once a year Open House at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon and learn about water as one of the most important compounds known to humans.  Different experiments will be provided in the classroom so families can experiment with water.  Outside we will have bubble stations and ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • March for Science
    March for Science San Francisco joins with March for Science Silicon Valley and Oakland Coalition for Science to organize a single event:THIS IS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT WITH RALLY, SPEAKERS, MUSIC, PARTNER BOOTHS, INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS, FOOD TRUCKS, AND CHILDRENS' ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES.THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS ROBUSTLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a Ranger or docent on a 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
Sunday, 04/15/18
  • Aero Workshop: Distance GlidersPut your engineering skills to the test in the Aero Workshop!  Each session is a special 2-hour mini design challenge designed for children ages 8-12.  Each workshop centers on a particular problem in aerospace illustrated by a pair of hands-on experiences.  Participants then work in small teams of 3-5 to ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Science Sunday: Masters of Concealment: Cougar Ecology in America’s First National Park
    In honor of Earth Day, we take a special look at our country’s first national park. How do you study an animal that is rarely heard or seen? What does it take to track down one of the most elusive species in some of America’s harshest winter environments? For many ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
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