Bay Area Skeptics

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Moon days with the SciSchmooze 1.14.19


by Herb Masters

Hello Supporters of Science and Reason,

I have a hot announcement to share with you…  SkeptiCal 2019 is coming.   Mark your calendars for June 9, 2019.  There will be early registration discounts though it will be a great value at full price!  One bit of news…  After 10 years in Berkeley it will be in Burlingame. 

There’s a lot going on in the universe that we can see from our fine little planet.  Consider the next week or so.  The Only Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 starts at 6:36 PM PST on Sunday 1.20 plus a Supermoon is also part of the show.  Happening the very same day… It is another King Tide!  This might not be a coincidence!  Be sure to check out the California King Tides Project, they have things for you to do to get involved including 21 different on site programs!  Consider the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center for this.  They do great work and you just might want to sign on to help!

It is important to remember that the partial US Government shutdown is hurting hundreds of thousands of employees and that is affecting many people and businesses around the country.  Have you thought about the impact it is having on science… Science gets shut down right along with the federal government.  Its effect is probably wider than you might think.

This week as usually is the case, there is something for just about everyone.  Take note of all of the King Tide (5) and Lunar Eclipse (5) events as well.  Here are some other  opportunities…

  1. Antarctica as a Time Machine: Our Portal to Snowball Earth and Faraway Worlds Wed 7:00 Palo Alto
  2. After Dark: Delightful Devices (last chance for Curious Contraptions as well) Thu 6:00 San Francisco
  3. Lectures & Lasers – The Science Behind the Awesome Sights of Rocket Launches Fri 6:30 Oakland

For my bits of rant this week on bad science relating to health here are a couple of items for your consideration.    Office for Science and Society Separating Sense from Nonsense  The Right Chemistry: Can Diet Cure MS?

The folks over at the California Academy of Sciences post a great series that you should check out.  BioGraphic is definitely worth some of your time.  Be sure to check it out. 

It seems I can never get enough of looking back at us.   For what is down below now check here.

Well that is all I have for this week.  Have a great week learning something new and if you want to write your representatives in government to support science based government that would be a great thing to do! 

 
Have a great week learning new stuff.
herb masters

 
“Furious activity is no substitute for analytical thought.”
Sir Alastair Pilkington, British industrialist and inventor

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