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Thursday, 02/15/18
  • Black holes, neutron stars and the birth of gravitational wave astronomy - CANCELEDGravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by catastrophic astrophysical events, are arguably the most elusive prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, so feeble that Einstein himself thought their detection would be impossible. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its sister project ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Extreme Weather Events and Global Warming: The New Normal? Join us for a talk with Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Preventing Wildfire in the Oakland HillsThe Bay Area recently experienced a rash of devastating fires. For many, these were a reminder of the deadly 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that destroyed thousands of homes. What did Oakland learn from that event, and what are East Bay cities doing now to prevent and prepare for wildfire? This ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Optical Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy of SolidsSpeaker: Christopher Smallwood, Univ. of Michigan
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • National Engineers Week: AviationLaunch a journey in innovation and prepare for National Engineers Week!This year’s exploration into the Engineering Design Process will explore the challenge of spaceflight as participants learn the science of rocketry and built a water-powered rocket able to meet a challenging altitude goal!Programs are designed for Grades 4-8 and participants will ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free
  • How Technology Helps Save the World's Most Valuable ResourceSpeaker: Mr. Peter Carlson, Chief Technical Officer, HydroPoint Data Systems, CA
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Future of Food Systems: Scenarios and Solutions
    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: Lisa Dreier, World
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Quantum Computing for the CuriousA modern-day 'space-race' is unfolding to build the world's first quantum computer - a device that leverages delicate quantum phenomena to offer computing power far beyond what could ever be achieved with a conventional computer. As exciting as it is to be in the midst of a second computing revolution, ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Why Need to Protect Half the Planet and Where to Start?New research indicates current global conservation targets, which call for preserving 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans, are far too low. Instead, targets should be closer to 50 percent for land and 30 percent for oceans. This will protect the diversity of life on Earth and ensure human ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for students
  • Beer Week NightLifeCelebrate SF Beer Week with a froth-filled evening of brews. Sip your way through a pop-up beer hall with dozens of local breweries slinging crowd favorites and limited releases.-----> Black Sands Brewery makes their NightLife debut alongside NightLife vets Anchor Brewing, Pacific Brewing Lab, Calicraft, and Drake’s Brewing. Triple Voodoo will sling ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Neuroscience of Cannabis - SOLD OUTHow does Cannabis affect our brain, mind, and behavior? The subjective experiences, therapeutic uses, and potential for abuse associated with Cannabis are related to the plant’s complex botanical chemistry and the impact of this chemistry on body and psyche.Speaker: David Presti, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Conservation of Common Loons in Washington
    Common Loons are a charismatic species that faces many reproductive challenges. While 50 years ago they bred in northern California, today northern Washington is the southwestern edge of their North American breeding range. The Poleschooks started out photographing Washington state loons in 1996, and their work turned into a large-scale ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • SFBW 2018: Nerd Nite East Bay BEER Edition
    Nerd Nite East Bay is hosting a special Beer Edition at The Good Hop for SF Beer Week 2018! There will be two speakers: Liam O'Donoghue of East Bay Yesterday Podcast presenting "History of East Bay Beer," and Phillip Emerson, head brewer of Almanac Beer Company presenting "The Chemistry of ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $35
  • February LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Audrey Shafer(Stanford Univ/ Medicine) on "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The First 200 Years "Why is this novel, known as the first science fiction text, so generative...Read more7:25-7:50: Qifeng Chen(Intel Labs) on "Photographic Image Synthesis with Cascaded Refinement Networks".An A.I. approach to synthesizing photographic images...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Our Brain’s Development in a Technological World The brain is composed of about 100 billion unconnected neurons when we are born. As we grow, our early experiences - hearing caregivers’ voices during infancy, solving simple puzzles, reading books before bedtime- determine the neurological connections and pathways that are formed. Neuroscientists believe the majority of essential brain development ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • Sonoma County Mycological Assoc. monthly meetingCome identify mushrooms (and bring your mushrooms for identification), and hear a guest speaker. Open to the public.Speaker: Patrick Hamilton
    Where:  Sonoma Cost:  Free
  • Avoiding California’s Next Water CrisisAre the Sierra Nevada headwaters drought resilient and what have we learned from the 2011-15 drought? Learn about sustainable water supply and actions that the state can take to adapt and provide a secure water future. Roger Bales, UC Merced and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley has been active in ...
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  $32 - $40 Adults, $12 Students
  • After Dark: Everything Matters: CobaltFrom ceramic bowls to cell phones, cobalt plays an important commercial role across the globe. Follow cobalt’s history with ceramic artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and learn how its uses impact us both individually and as a whole. He’ll share his unique making process with cobalt blue, as well as his efforts ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door
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