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Our Future with Bees, Apr 6

Mar 3, 2015   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Future with BeesThe world’s bees can improve economic and ecological sustainability, if only we let them. We know the vital importance of bees, yet we also know that they are dying off. What does the future human condition look like in a world that incorporates bees into our architecture, healthcare, and everyday lives? Join Noah Wilson-Rich for a dynamic discussion about bees and how they fit into our future.

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Noah Wilson-Rich, PhD, is a behavioral ecologist and beekeeper. He is the author of The Bee: A Natural History (Princeton University Press, 2014) and founder of The Best Bees Company.

  • WHAT:  Our Future with Bees
  • WHO: Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich, behavioral ecologist, The Best Bees Company
  • WHEN:7pm, Monday, April 6, 2015
  • WHERE:  PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco (close to BART Civic Center)<http://tinyurl.com/ol8qntj>
  • ADMISSION:   FREE admission.  Please register, below.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

Image Credit: inhibitat.com Snohetta Vulkan Beehive

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Love in the Time of Facebook, Mar 18

Mar 3, 2015   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Love in the Time of FacebookFacebook is a great way to share news, keep in touch with friends, and make fun of old photos. It’s also a gold mine of information about human relationships. Data scientists have studied the communications of people who change their Facebook relationship status from “Single” to “In a relationship.” We now know how their timeline posts change, and how their use of positive wording (“love,” “nice,” “happy,” etc.) evolve. Aggregate, anonymized Facebook data tells us a lot about the formation of love, its duration, its stages, and the role of other factors like religion and age. Join Facebook scientist Dr. Carlos Diuk as he mines the data to explore love and relationships in the modern era.

 

  • WHAT:  Love in the Time of Facebook
  • WHO: Dr. Carlos Diuk, Facebook Data Scientist
  • WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • WHERE:  Patreon HQ, 230 – 9th Street, San Francisco (close to BART Civic Center) <http://tinyurl.com/lljx2da>
  • HOW:  Purchase $5 tickets via Eventbrite, below. Complimentary snacks & drinks provided by Patreon. Co-produced with Ask a Scientist.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

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WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Nov 2, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Festival  //  Comments Off

The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer.  Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky.  Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.

If cloudy, lecture still happens.  If raining, full event is cancelled.  For weather info, call 949-391-3604.

 

Dan WerthimerDan Werthhimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley.  Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Werthimer was associate professor in the engineering and physics departments of San Francisco State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana,  Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.  Werthimer is co-author of “SETI 2020″, editor of “BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life” and “Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe”.

 
  • TITLE: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers
  • SPEAKER: Dan Werthimer, principal investigator, SETI@home, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • WHERE: Cushing Amphitheater, Ridgecrest Blvd., Mount Tamalpais State Park, CA 94941
  • HOW: Presented in cooperation with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mount Tam, Mount Tam Astronomy Program, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, The Urban Astronomer
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Envoy, Festival  //  Comments Off
 Laughing Chimp

Actors meet scientists!  See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)…  Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.

 

 

  • TITLE: Science Improv Blitz
  • SPEAKER: Wonderfest Science Envoys and Improv Comedians
  • WHEN:  7:00 PM, Friday, November 1, 2013
  • WHERE: StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street,  San Francisco, CA 94103
  • HOW: Presented as a public service by Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science, and the Bay Area Science Festival
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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2013 Bay Area Science Festival

Oct 12, 2013   //   by Eric   //   Events  //  Comments Off

Bay Area Science Festival 2013Wonderfest-hosted Bay Area Science Festival events.  However, there are many more events going on between Oct 24 and Nov 2.  Find out more at BayAreaScience.org.

 
  • WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? Is Anybody Out ThereThe evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer. Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky. Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.
  • Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz Science Comedy ImprovActors meet scientists! See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)… Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.