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Wednesday, 02/28/18
  • Micro-plants and mixing: The movements of 3D-printed phytoplankton
    There is estimated to be over 30,000 different species of phytoplankton in our world’s waterways. Too often computers use simple shapes such as spheres to model them where in reality, phytoplankton come in all different shapes and sizes! They also have a number of different mechanisms to help them survive ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Future of the Oil and Gas Industry
    We are pleased to host William "Bill" Maloney. Bill is currently a Director of Trident Energy, an Energy Advisor to Warburg Pincus, a Corporate Advisory Board Member of AAPG, and an Energy Advisory Board Member at the University of Houston. Bill was formerly EVP at Statoil. Bill will be presenting on the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Press Play: The Origins of QuickTimeFrom Hollywood blockbusters to social media cat videos, the ability to record, edit and play video on mobile devices and personal computers has changed the way we consume and produce moving images. 25 years ago, this technology was in its infancy. In 1991, Apple released QuickTime, the first mass-market digital ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: The Future of Tech for Good
    We have a complicated relationship with tech. Throughout history, technological advancements have helped us address some of our most pressing challenges, but its application has also created new ones. “A Tech + Human Love Story” will share examples of how tech - from AI and digital identity systems to social ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Can Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Water Scarcity? Evidence from Karnataka, India
    Much of the literature that examines the impacts of environmental change utilises high frequency (typically annual) shocks. This approach yields cleanly identified effects, but has been criticised for failing to account for adaptations to more gradual long-term changes. We study adaptations by smallholder farmers to growing water scarcity in the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Managing protected species across multiple scales: Blue whale foraging and migration patterns in the California CurrentSpeaker: Dr. Elliot Hazen, Environmental Research Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Results from DarkSide-50 ExperimentLocated at the LNGS, Italy, DarkSide (DS) is a dark matter search project, which features a dual-phase Time Projection Chamber as the WIMP detector, surrounded by an organic liquid-scintillator neutron veto and a water-Cherenkov muon veto. The current DS-50 has been taking data since 2013, initially with atmospheric Ar (AAr) ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Decentralization, Blame and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Environmental Politics
    The obvious paradox within China’s environmental politics is the big gap between the central government’s policy and its implementation outcomes at local levels. While the supporters of decentralized environmental governance theory believe that decentralization can produce better environmental performance mainly because lower-level governments are closer to the people and environmental ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About GriefModern Loss co-founders Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will discuss how the isolation they experienced after losing parents as young adults inspired them to take a no-holds-barred approach to grief. Their efforts have taken the form of a website and community that The New York Times described as a way of "redefining ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • IntarsiaPeninsula Gem & Geology Society Monthly MeetingSpeaker: Sarah Hawklyn
    Where:  Los Altos Cost:  Free
  • Leaded or Unleaded: Monitoring stress levels in the California CondorYou may have heard of the endangered California condor, our state’s namesake vulture species with its impressive nine foot wingspan. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have seen a condor soaring over Pinnacles National Park or the Big Sur coastline. You may even know that frequent lead poisonings from consumption ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • Skeptics in the Pub: Millbrae
    If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. We are a group who informally discuss the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. Sponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • taste of science: DNA packaging and error-free communicationWhat about them Scrambled Genomes?!You know when your room gets messy, and you finally decide to clean it by putting books on the shelf, arranging papers into folders, and clearing out the dead bodies whom your friends promised never to talk about? After that point, doesn't your room seem way ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $5
  • When Mars Was Like Earth: Five Years of Exploration with NASA’s Curiosity Mars RoverMore than five years after its dramatic arrival at Mars, the car-sized Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet. Early in Mars' history, rivers and lakes persisted for millions of years and created the landforms that Curiosity explores today.  The rover is climbing the foothills of a ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • Gnashing, Gnawing, and Grinding: The Science of TeethMarin Science SeminarSpeaker:Tesla Monson of UC Berkeley
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
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