Science after the Festival with the SciSchmooze 11.13.17

Greetings Science Fans,

Our first listing using the current calendar and format was  The Allen Telescope Array: A Radio Survey Telescope for the 21st Century happening on Nov 5, 2008. That was less than  10 years ago. Jill Tarter was one of the presenters at SETI. She and many other scientists, have been actively coming out of the labs (or observatories) to share with us what they are discovering. The  7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park yesterday was the 21,276th listing! The key point I’d like you to take away from this and every edition of the SciSchmooze is that there are amazing opportunities throughout the year to learn new things about how our universe works, affects us, and we affect it. I know I can speak for the whole SciSchmooze team when I say how proud we are to have shared that many opportunities with you. So don’t stop looking for new opportunities, they happen almost every day of the year. I hope to see you at some of them.

I think most of us can agree that  science is under attack these days.  Science Is Not Political. It is imperative that not only do we continue to learn and understand science as much as possible to survive the challenges to our home planet, but we need to...

raise science education to the level and quality that it was when many of us were growing up half a century ago. Here in the SF Bay Area the  National Center for Science Education is a great resource to find out what it is like teaching science across the country.

Here are a few presentations coming this week that I think are worth note. (People seem to be taking Thanksgiving seriously. The next two weeks don’t have as many as usual!)

  1. November LASER Event Tue 7PM San Francisco
  2. After Dark: Cooking Contraptions Thu 6PM San Francisco
  3. Grounds for Science: Impossible experiments for extreme scales Fri 6:30PM Emeryville

Sometimes it is really fun to suspend belief and let the movies trick you. It looks so real but you know it isn’t. If you are a fan of SciFi movies you really need to catch  Made for Movies: Star Wars I, II, and III at the explOratorium Sun 11.19. It is a really personal inside look at how they make the magic happen on the screen.

Many remember Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We all learned that  42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. It now appears that we have another possible answer to the question. It’s  63. I suspect that we will always be learning new answers to the question. Here are a few that you might enjoy:  dances with the geometry,  Causation! | Statistics and  Misconceptions Footnote,  MIRROR,  Slow Life (amazing!) and a  65,000,000 year old fish!

We Are Dead Stars and so lucky to be able to understand and learn.
 

Have a great week learning something new and celebrating science.

herbert a. masters III
ScienceSchmoozer and a shameless promoter of:
the SciSchmooze @  www.BayAreaScience.org
 

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery has its own beauty.“
Marie Curie
 

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