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February 2018

SWOOP – Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (Second Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
CuriOdyssey, 1561 Coyote Point Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94401 USA
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$9.50 - $12.50

CuriOdyssey 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 aerial experts, live raptors, up close and soaring overhead. Watch drones dodge and dart as they race at dizzying speeds through a four-level obstacle course in CuriOdyssey enormous Redwood Hall.  Talk with experienced drone pilots…

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Zoo Animal Behavior and Welfare: Observations, Ideas and Experiments

February 20 @ 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm
Sonoma State University – Biology Colloquium, 1801 E Cotati Ave Darwin Hall, Room 103
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States
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Free

Speaker: Dr. Jason Watters, San Francisco ZooRescheduled from April, 2017.

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Sloppy Models, Differential Geometry, and How Science Works

February 20 @ 4:30 pm
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford University Packard Auditorium
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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Free

Applied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker:James Sethna, Cornell Univ.

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Free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our Forests

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave
Albany, CA 94706 USA
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The 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. Dr. Ackerly's work focuses on how climate change is affecting California's biodiversity. Much of his research is carried out at Pepperwood Preserve near Santa Rosa.

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Wonderfest: Mission: Mars

February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Box HQ, 900 Middlefield Road Auditorium
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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Free

The 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 analogs.Dr. Pascal Lee will discuss progress made around the world - from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station - to achieve the first human…

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Flares and Fireworks from Black Holes

February 20 @ 7:45 pm
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, Observation Post/Building 211 211 Lincoln Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94129 United States
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Free

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, because matter falling into black holes releases energy that can power some of the brightest objects we see in the night sky.In this lecture you will find out exactly what…

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CITRIS Research Exchange

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall Banatao Auditorium
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Free

Speaker: Jan Nolta, UC Davis

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Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Information and Pricing on Residential Electricity Consumption

February 21 @ 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Giannini Hall, UC Berkeley Room 248
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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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 is the highest. Using data at the appliance-minute-level, we estimate a price elasticity of electricity demand of -0.17, and find that over 60 percent of this response can be attributed…

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Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight and Salvage, 2050 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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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 and deceptive information. Anyone can publish anything - sometimes influencing elections, entrapping minors, setting off international crises - and often making money on the side (through advertising). Meanwhile our computers…

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Three lectures at the Romberg Tiburon Center

February 21 @ 3:30 pm
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, 3152 Paradise Drive Bay Conference Center, South Bay Room
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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Free

Speaker: Bianca BahmanSpeaker: Salma Abdel-Raheem (Hines lab)Spatial Patterns in the Aragonite Saturation Horizon for the North Central California ShelfSpeaker: Ryan Anderson

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Wonderfest: Mission: Mars

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The 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 analogs.Dr. Pascal Lee will discuss progress made around the world - from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station - to achieve the first human…

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Writing Applications that are Easier to Defend than Attack

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PayPal Town Hall, 2161 North First St.
San Jose, CA 95131 USA
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Conventional 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, we can write code that is easier to defend than attack by taking good software engineering practice to its logical conclusion. I'll illustrate by showing how to write an email…

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An evening with Michael Aw

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Free

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 most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. Michael Aw essays and pictures have been published in BBC Wildlife, GEO, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus, Times and Discovery to name but a few. From 2010 to 2016 Michael was…

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Hard Earth Talk: Thinking Green

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm
Free

Your views on nature depend largely on how you were nurtured.There a common view that, if people knew more about climate science, theyd 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, and community connections. This insight suggests an effective strategy for environmental educators: tie environmental lessons to students identities to change their hearts and minds.Speaker: Indira Pukhan

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The State of Green Business: Aligning Prosperity, Security and Sustainability

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University 494 Lomita Mall
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
Free

Part of the Sustainability Leadership Speaker Series This 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

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The Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
PARC Forum, 3333 Coyote Hill Road Palo Alto Research Center, George E. Pake Auditorium
Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA
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Free

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 checks and balances integrated into the "system" to avoid singularity? Come hear the world's AI experts discuss the latest in human-machine collaboration and new forms of Human Computer Interfaces, how…

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The Science of Cannabis: The Ethnobotany of Cannabis

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$35 - $40

Ethnobotany 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 future research.Speaker: Thomas Carlson, UC Berkeley

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“The Commodore Story “

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043 United States

The Commodore Story is a two-hour documentary film that takes audiences through Commodore's world-changing evolution from the 1970s to the 1990s; from the PET, Vic20, and C64 to the Amiga and beyond. The film includes interviews with legends from the Commodore and Amiga years. You will also see footage of the rare C65 and learn more about the wave of new Commodore-related products that are hitting the market today. Join us for this special screening followed by a Q&A with pioneers…

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Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, 4020 Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Road
Geyserville, CA 95441 United States
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$20

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. Youll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse for deer and other wildlife. Well also talk about ACR Mountain Lion Project and Fire Ecology Program.

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Guided Walk at Ano Nuevo

February 24 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Ano Nuevo State Reserve, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pescadero, CA 94060 United States
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$20

Ano Nuevo State Park rich variety of natural and cultural resources draws visitors from around the world. The park Natural Preserve offers an extraordinary wilderness experience, where every year up to 10,000 elephant seals return to breed, give birth, and molt their skin amongst the scenic dunes and beaches.Groups will leave at 9:15 AM and 9:30 AM. 

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