Marching with the Schmooze 4.17.17

Hello again, Fans of Science!

I believe this week's newsletter sets a record for the most events listed, with a whopping 144 events currently on the schedule over the next two weeks. Let's take a look at some of the things on the horizon.

  • Next Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, and there are many clean-up events as well as fairs and festivals.
  • Next Saturday is also March for Science day. We've listed Bay Area events on our calender. What started out as a protest by scientists against budget cuts, censorship, and dismantling of safeguards has expanded into a world-wide show of support for evidence-based reasoning and research.
  • Comic Con Silicon Valley is being held next weekend. While there are many science fiction presentations and the usual costumery, there are also many real science talks worth seeing, as well as free events outside the convention center, and a tie in to the San Jose March for Science.
  • The Taste of Science festival, a series of Science Cafe events, will run from April 23 through 29 at various venues around the Bay. We have individual listings in the calendar.
  • The Green Film Festival runs April 20 - 26 at several locations in San Francisco. Again, we have listed some of the events on our calendar.
  • CalDay, also next Saturday, features over 400 events including concerts, demonstrations, and lectures.It is an annual open house at UC Berkeley, and everything is free.
  • National Parks Week celebrates our National Parks and admission to all parks nationwide is free next weekend, 4/22-23.

In addition to all this, we have our usual picks for the week:

  1. Sea Otters: How Lawsuits and Oil Spills Have Replaced Spears and Guns - Wednesday 6:30 PM in San Francisco
  2. Nerd Nite SF #83: Scientist Senators, Forensics, and the Interwebs! - Wednesday 7 PM also in San Francisco
  3. Kitaro Live in Concert: Kojiki and The Universe - Thursday 8 PM in San Rafael

The Lick Observatory Summer Series tickets went on sale last Wednesday. All of the Friday evening lectures are already sold out, and most of the Saturday concerts and lectures are also sold out. Viewings through both the 36" Great Refractor and the 40" Reflector telescopes is included.

Astronomy Nights on Mt. Tamalpais, another long running series, kicks off their 29th year on April 29th at 8:30 with one of our favorite astronomers, Dr. Alex Filippenko from UC Berkeley. Alex is a big fan of solar eclipses and he will be speaking about the August 21st, 2017 North American eclipse.

The recent discoveries of some of life's building blocks on Enceladus and Europe are really exciting. Leroy Chiao, a former NASA astronaut who flew into space four times, wrote an article putting these announcements into perspective that is worth a read.

What is one thing that 2014, 2015 and 2016 all had in common? They were each the warmest years on record. 2017 is shaping up to continue this dubious streak, according to this article.

Good luck picking out something to do this week. One thing's for sure...you can't say you didn't have any choices!
 

Have a great week in Science!

Bob Siederer
 

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