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February 2018

February LASER Event – Berkeley

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Soda Hall, UC Berkeley Room 380
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
Free

  7:00-7:25: <img src="http://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/siegel.jpg" width="50" height="50" /> Mikey Siegel (Consciousness Technologist) on "The Art and Technology of Human Connection"Towards technology-augmented meditation retreats... Read more 7:25-7:50: David McConville (Buckminster Fuller Institute) on "TBA"Abstract forthcoming... Read more 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out…

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How Technology Helps Save the World’s Most Valuable Resource

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sonoma State Dept. of Engineering Science, 1801 East Cotati Ave Cerent Engineering Science Complex, Salazar Hall Room #2009A
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States
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Free

Speaker: Mr. Peter Carlson, Chief Technical Officer, HydroPoint Data Systems, CA

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Quantum Computing for the Curious

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley, 333 Ravenswood Avenue SRI, International Building
Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA
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Free

A 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, quantum computing can be hard to get to grips with. In this talk I'll explain how quantum computers can be so powerful, what they'll be able to do, what they…

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The Science of Cannabis: The Neuroscience of Cannabis – SOLD OUT

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$35 - $40

How 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 complex botanical chemistry and the impact of this chemistry on body and psyche.Speaker: David Presti, UC Berkeley

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Beer Week NightLife

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118 USA
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$12 - $15

Celebrate 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 Brewing. Triple Voodoo will sling their Imperial Mocha Shake Milk Chocolate Coffee Porter, made with TCHO chocolate and Sightglass coffee and injected with a little more alcohol just for SF Beer Week.-----> Fort Point brings their…

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Conservation of Common Loons in Washington

February 15 @ 6:30 pm
Golden Gate Audobon Society, First Unitarian Universalist Church 1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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$5

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 conservation effort. Cooperation between government agencies, Audubon groups, and individuals has led to successful outcomes there.Speaker: Daniel Poleschook Jr. and Ginger Poleschook

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SFBW 2018: Nerd Nite East Bay BEER Edition

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$35

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 Barrel Aging."This is a private, TICKETED EVENT with limited spaces available. Tickets are $35 and include an educational flight and one full pour of any Almanac beer on draft. $5…

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Sonoma County Mycological Assoc. monthly meeting

February 15 @ 7:00 pm
Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476 United States
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Free

Come identify mushrooms (and bring your mushrooms for identification), and hear a guest speaker. Open to the public.Speaker: Patrick Hamilton

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February LASER Event – Stanford

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, Univ of San Francisco 2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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Free

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 or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so…

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Avoiding California Next Water Crisis

February 15 @ 7:30 pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street
Livermore, CA 94551 United States
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$12 - $40

Are 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 water and climate-related research for 30 years. He understands how to develop and implement measures that adapt water supplies, critical ecosystems, and economy to the impacts of changing water supplies.…

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After Dark: Everything Matters: Cobalt

February 15 @ 8:00 pm
Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94111 USA
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$17.95 - $19.95

From ceramic bowls to cell phones, cobalt plays an important commercial role across the globe. Follow cobalt history with ceramic artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and learn how its uses impact us both individually and as a whole. Hell share his unique making process with cobalt blue, as well as his efforts to address the element with social awareness and responsibility.Part of After Dark, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Field Botany Friday

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, 4020 Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Road
Geyserville, CA 95441 United States
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$20

Join us to explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves each season in search of botanical beauty and interest. Well learn some plant ecology and ethnobotany from ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and others in the group. Depending on the season, well look for late flowers and seeds; nuts and fall colors, winter ferns and trees; or spring wildflowers. Well also seek to add records to our Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas project on iNaturalist, so join iNaturalist and bring your cameras.…

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Botany Series: Basic Botany

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Presidio Native Plant Nursery, 1249A Appleton St
San Francisco, CA 94129 United States
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Donations encouraged

How do plants work? If it 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, and how they use various structures to reproduce. This class will be very hands-on and informative, and you will leave knowing the vocabulary to talk about plants as well as…

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The Fountain of Youth?

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
swissnex San Francisco, The Embarcadero Pier 17, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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$10

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 mice to older mice reversed cognitive deterioration in the older mice, increasing their ability to remember and learn.

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Exploring the Solar System with Gamma Rays

February 16 @ 7:00 pm
Tri-Valley Stargazers, 1893 N. Vasco Rd Unitarian Universalist Church
Livermore, CA 94551 United States
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Free

Lawrence 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 the electromagnetic spectrum. They are scientifically useful because they help reveal the elemental composition of these planetary bodies, which in turn helps us understand their formation and evolution. This talk…

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History and Habitat in Pine Flat

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 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 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, as well as recent protection. Youll also learn a bit about current research and management of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. For a pdf with links to the History of Pine Flat and other resources, click here.

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

February 17 @ 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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Salt Marsh Walk

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, 2 Marshlands Road
Freemont, CA 94555 United States
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Free

Take 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 is important to control the rate of conversion from salt ponds back to the salt marshes. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended. Register at http://marshwalk.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 363.

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Agar Art Contest 2018 – Learn How to Make Bacterial Art

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Counter Culture Labs, Omni Oakland Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609 USA
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$20

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, as well as allowing members several months to develop their bacterial art techniques. Come and impress your friends with your ability to make art that is fully and completely alive.This…

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Family Bird Walk

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, 2 Marshlands Road
Freemont, CA 94555 United States
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Free

Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. Well 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 at  http://donedwardsfamilybird.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 362.

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