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Dear Friends of Science,


[Beginning of rant]

Let’s face it - our education system is to blame for a citizenry where so many believe the election was stolen, vaccinations are harmful, Democrats are pedophiles, Antifa led the Capitol attack, astronauts never went to the moon, mass shootings were staged, homeopathy heals, and astrology reveals. Why? Because the skills to critically assess claims are rarely taught in our schools. Why? Largely because of concerns those skills might produce ‘bad citizens’, i.e. citizens who question parental and institutional authority; question community and national exceptionalism; question norms of privilege; question ethnic and religious stereotypes; might even question religious tenets. Besides, “there’s not enough time.”


Let’s fix this. Call, write, show up in person at your local high school; attend school board meetings. Ask if every student gets a thorough introduction to fallacies and biases and how to critically assess claims made by friends, podcasts, social media, advertisements, politicians, relatives, media outlets, etc.  Click on “Contact” above for more info.

[End of Rant]


The U.S. government’s inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic and its downplaying the seriousness of the disease resulted in deaths that could have been avoided. We are thankfully past the latest peak of daily new COVID-19 cases and deaths, but we could be approaching another rise due to multiple new virus variants. Beware COVID ‘science by press release.’ In Miami last Thursday, COVID testing by man’s best friend was used for basketball fans. Virus pandemics are nothing new. We know of one that infected our ancestors about 18 million years ago.


Truthiness in science suffered under the previous Federal administration but things are certainly changing this year. Here are ten policy issues to watch. Most important for many of us is a return to policies that confront the climate crisis. ¿How about the idea of sucking CO2 straight out the atmosphere and using it to make jet fuel? Sounds silly, but if the process were sufficiently efficient, it could be carbon neutral - no need to take more fossil fuels out of the ground. Over the coming centuries, we will need to become finite material neutral - no need to mine any substance. Everything will need to be recycled. To understand why this will be necessary, consider the possibility that mankind will still be around hundreds of thousands of years from now. Finite resources - such as potassium - will be used up unless recycled.


About 14 million years ago, a meteor hit the earth creating a 24-kilometer wide crater. Great evidence for that is St. George’s Church in Nördlingen, Germany, built in the 15th century.


Benjamin Franklin is known for many accomplishments, but i just learned that he headed a committee to investigate fraud which became the first scientific investigation of the placebo effect.


My livestream picks for the week:

Next Stop: The Future of Freight - 9:00 AM Tuesday

Ask the Scientist - Kaho Tisthammer - 2:00 PM Wednesday

NightSchool: Seabirds - 7:00 PM Thursday

Virtual Telescope Viewing - 9:00 PM Friday


In July, i wrote about the success of an artificial intelligence program in winning a competition to predict the folding of a protein. ¿Did i overstate the success? Sabine Hossenfelder explains this story very clearly.


¿And what are we to do about artificial intelligence weapons


Keep informed. Keep safe.

David Almandsmith

Bay Area Skeptics board member


“Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”

-Steven Pinker, Cognitive Psychologist (1954 - )

Upcoming Events:
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Monday, 02/01/2021
Revealing the Onshore Potential: A Socio-Technical Wind Atlas for the United States - Livestream - 02/01/2021 11:30 AM
Stanford Energy,

As the world transitions toward renewable energy to address the urgent need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, it is crucial to better understand the land requirements of these resources in order to reach targets as sustainably and cost-efficiently as possible. The objective of my research is to expedite the wind farm siting process through the creation of a high resolution, first-of-its-kind, country-wide atlas for the United States. The atlas includes both social and technical considerations for wind energy development and identifies the constraints and opportunities in the United States based on a realistic calculation of onshore wind potential. By creating a highly detailed, publicly available atlas that highlights the best locations for wind project development in each state, policymakers and wind farm developers will be able to make more informed decisions about the feasibility of project development, while making it less expensive, uncertain, and time-consuming, thus accelerating the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

Speaker: Anna-Katharina von Krauland, Stanford

See weblink for contact information to receive Zoom link

Investigating the spatial and temporal dynamics of mitophagy in neurons - Livestream - 02/01/2021 01:00 PM
UC Berkeley,

Damaged mitochondria are removed from the cell via mitophagy. This pathway may be important for neuronal homeostasis, as mutations in pathway components cause PD and ALS. We used live imaging to investigate the spatiotemporal dynamics of mitophagy in primary neurons following mild oxidative stress. Mitophagy-associated proteins rapidly translocate to depolarized mitochondria and mitochondria were sequestered in autophagosomes within an hour of damage. Surprisingly, the downstream degradation of engulfed mitochondria was delayed, primarily due to slow acidification of the resulting mitophagosomes. Expression of an ALS-associated mutation disrupted mitochondrial network function, and stress exacerbated this effect. These results suggest that slow turnover of damaged mitochondria may increase neuronal susceptibility to neurodegeneration.

Speaker: Chantell Evans, Univ. of Pennsylvania

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The National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory R&D for Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Crisis - Livestream - 02/01/2021 03:30 PM
SLAC Colloquium,

While the precise origins and timeline of COVID-19 remain unclear, in December of 2019 doctors realized that they were dealing with a dangerous new virus causing severe acute respiratory syndrome in Wuhan, China. Despite efforts at containment, the SARS-CoV-2 virus rapidly spread around the world. 

As part of the national response to this pandemic, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) established the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL, in March 2020 to address key challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis, support ed by funding from the 2020 CARES Act. The NVBL brought together the broad scientific and technical expertise and resources of DOE’s 17 national laboratories to address medical supply shortages, discover potential drugs to fight the virus, develop and verify COVID-19 testing methods, model disease spread and impact across the nation, and understand virus transport in buildings and the environment. National laboratory resources leveraged for this effort include the DOE Office of Science’s suite of world-leading user facilities, including the light and neutron sources, nanoscale science research centers, sequencing and biocharacterization facilities, and high-performance computing facilities. 

Within just a few months, NVBL teams produced innovations in materials and advanced manufacturing that mitigated shortages in test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE), creating nearly 1,000 new jobs. They used DOE’s high-performance computers and light and neutron sources t o identify promising candidates for antibodies and antivirals that universities and drug companies are now evaluating. NVBL researchers also developed new diagnostic targets and sample collection approaches and supported U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to establish national guidelines used in administering millions of tests. Researchers used artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to produce near-real-time analysis of data to forecast disease transmission, stress on public health infrastructure, and economic impact, supporting decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels. NVBL teams also studied how to control indoor virus movement to minimize uptake and protect human health.

This seminar will discuss examples of NVBL’s COVID-19 accomplishments as well as potential future directions. The NVBL serves as an outstanding model for developing and sustaining DOE’s capabilities to respond to future national needs or emergencies.

Speaker: Stephen Streiffer, Argonne National Laboratory

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Stanford Energy Seminar - Sharon Tomkins - Livestream - 02/01/2021 04:00 PM
Stanford Energy Seminar,

Speaker: Sharon Tomkins, Sempra Energy

Making metal halide perovskite photovoltaics a reality: an update on state-of-the-art - Livestream - 02/01/2021 04:15 PM
UC Berkeley,

Photovoltaic (PV) devices based on metal halide perovskite (MHP) absorbers have reached outstanding performance over the past few years, surpassing power conversion efficiency of over 25% for lab cells and with large area devices in excess of 18%.  For the solar application stability, the most demanding requirement to assess for PV and remains the outstanding issue for MHP based devices.  The problem of stability motivates basic science driven work on MHP based PV at NREL and work by industrial partners.  Material and device insight can enable MHP PV stability along with the associated opportunities to further improve efficiency with multijunction while maintaining scalability and manufacturability is critical.  This talk will highlight the latest work at NREL to develop understanding of critical roadblocks, aspects of solar cell performance, device architectures, stability and operational dynamic to enable the next generation of photovoltaics.

Speaker: Joseph Berry, NREL

See weblink for Zoom link, posted day of lecture.

Tuesday, 02/02/2021
Next Stop: The Future of Freight - Livestream - 02/02/2021 09:00 AM

Hyperloop is currently under development by a number of startups across the world, with many governments and universities commissioning studies and creating preliminary designs for the system. Join the conversation with thought-leaders and experts from Silicon Valley and Europe to learn more about the future of transportation and how these new services will be integrated into the urban mobility landscape.

This panel brings together leading Cargo transport stakeholders to discuss the future opportunities and initiatives of using hyperloop services for the potential high-speed and sustainable transport of goods. Will hyperloop enable ultra-fast, on-demand deliveries of high-priority goods? Can this revolutionize logistics, support economic zones, and create thriving economic megaregions? These and more questions will be tackled during the live panel.

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Hydrologic aspects of rivers Down Under: from the coast to the Red Centre - Livestream - 02/02/2021 03:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

Speaker: Margaret Shanafield, Flinders University, Australia

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Searching for Axion Dark Matter Below 1 micro-eV: the Dark Matter Radio - Livestream - 02/02/2021 04:30 PM
Stanford Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium,

One of the most enduring mysteries in particle physics is the nature of the non-baryonic dark matter that makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. The QCD axion, originally proposed as a solution to the strong CP problem in QCD, is one of the most strongly motivated candidates for dark matter. In this talk, I will describe the search for QCD axion dark matter with mass below ~1 micro-eV. I will discuss fundamental limits on searches for QCD axion dark matter coupled to electromagnetism, subject to the Standard Quantum Limit, and the Dark Matter Radio, an optimized electromagnetic experiment to probe the QCD axion. I will highlight the role of quantum sensors in completing this search.

Speaker: Kent Irwin, Stanford Univ.

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Wednesday, 02/03/2021
Metal-Organic Frameworks: From Energy Storage to Drug Delivery - Livestream - 02/03/2021 12:00 PM
California Section American Chemical Society,

Are you fascinated by crystals and porous materials? If this spark your curiosity, please come and join our lunch presentation by Prof. Adam Matzger from University of Michigan, an expert on porous materials and crystallization. In this presentation, Prof. Matzger will guide you through a journey of synthetic and functionalization strategies of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as exploring the recent advances of MOFs in gas adsorption and their potential in drug encapsulation and delivery. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

RSVP at weblink for Zoom information

Ask the Scientist - Kaho Tisthammer - 02/03/2021 02:00 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center,

How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate.

Surviving in high-stress environments: Physiological and molecular responses of lobe coral - Livestream - 02/03/2021 03:30 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center,

Coral reefs worldwide are under threats from human activities. Reduced water quality is one of the most pressing local threats to corals living in nearshore environments, especially in Hawaii. Some corals, however, thrive in such high-stress conditions, which suggest they may be adapted to the nearshore conditions. Using genetics, physiological assays, and molecular (proteomic) analysis, we investigated if and how corals surviving in the nearshore polluted areas have adapted to withstand sedimentation, pollutants, and other environmental stressors. The experimental results revealed that corals from higher-stress, nearshore habitats possessed greater resilience in the face of reduced water quality. These resilient individuals were also genetically different from coral colonies from nearby lower-stress offshore areas, suggesting that the nearshore corals are locally adapted to their environments. Our results provide insight into coral's adaptive potential and its underlying processes and reveal potential protein biomarkers that could be used to predict resiliency.

Speaker: Kaho Tisthammer, San Francisco State University

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Living With a Star/Viviendo con una estrella en línea : A Bilingual Conversation with NASA - 02/03/2021 04:00 PM

The Sun makes life possible on our planet, but we still have a lot to learn from our nearest star and how it affects us here on Earth. How do we even get close enough to study the Sun? What is space weather, and is it similar to the weather we experience on Earth? Join Exploratorium astronomers and physicists for a conversation in Spanish and English with experts from NASA about what we know about the Sun, what we hope to learn about it through the new Parker Solar Probe mission visiting the Sun’s atmosphere, and what we’re learning about space weather caused by the Sun and how it affects us on Earth.

El Sol hace posible la vida en nuestro planeta, pero todavía tenemos mucho que aprender de nuestra estrella más cercana y cómo nos afecta aquí en la Tierra. ¿Cómo podemos acercarnos cara a cara al Sol para estudiarlo? ¿Qué es el clima espacial y cómo se compara al clima que experimentamos en la Tierra? Únete a los astrónomos y físicos del Exploratorium para una conversación en español e inglés con expertos de la NASA sobre lo que sabemos sobre el Sol y lo que esperamos aprender a través de la nueva misión de la NASA Parker Solar Probe que ha llegado muy cerca de la atmósfera solar. Infórmate sobre el clima espacial causado por el Sol y cómo nos afecta en la Tierra.

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Free online event: Join via YouTube or Facebook
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In pursuit of missing persons to achieve water and sanitation for all - Livestream - 02/03/2021 04:00 PM
Energy and Resources Group,

We live in a world where over 800 million people lack basic drinking water services and more than four billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation. These people somehow go missing during the process of water and sanitation provision. My PhD journey at ERG has been a pursuit to find these missing persons. For years, I have followed practitioners, developed datasets, and dug through archives to shed light on the invisible people of infrastructure. In this talk, I will share highlights of my grad school experience as well as my dissertation research which aimed to make people more visible through new frameworks and pro-poor policy recommendations, while contributing to the scholarship of planning, administration, and development engineering.

Speaker: Christopher Hyun, California State Water Resources Control Board

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Cosmic Instability: How a Smooth Early Universe Grew into Everyone You Know - Livestream - 02/03/2021 07:00 PM
Silicon Valley Astronomy Series,

Gravity made stars, stars made heavy elements, gravity and chemistry made planets, geology and biology made people, and people made telescopes.  What we would like to know is hard it all was, and could it happen elsewhere.  The James Webb Space Telescope, planned for launch in October 2021, will extend the discoveries of the Hubble with a much bigger mirror, cooled to low temperatures so it can observe infrared radiation. It will have detectors capable of observing a bumblebee at the distance of the Moon! Dr. Mather will show the telescope, describe its capabilities, and discuss what it might find.  We expect to see the history of the universe laid out before us, from the first luminous objects to our local neighborhood, and to answer questions like: How did the galaxies and black holes first form and grow?  Are there Earth-like planets out there?  How can we tell if they harbor life?

Speaker: Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist and the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Online at YouTube

Thursday, 02/04/2021
Bird Flight and Co-operative Aerodynamics - Livestream - 02/04/2021 10:30 AM
London Natural History Society,

This talk is about how birds co-operate and the mechanisms they employ to save energy during flight. The distinctive V formation of bird flocks has long intrigued researchers and continues to attract both scientific and popular attention. Through the use of novel biologging technology, and by working with the reintroduction scheme of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis, studies have been performed on the relative positioning of individuals in a V-formation, and the co-operative aerodynamic interactions that take place, at a level and complexity not previously feasible.

Speaker: Steve Portugal

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Astronomy on Tap Santa Cruz: Photographing Far-Away Worlds- Livestream - 02/04/2021 06:30 PM
Astronomy on Tap,

Since the 1990s, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy, but most of these “exoplanets” are known only by their tell-tale effects on their sun’s light. A precious handful of these alien worlds, however, have been photographed using state-of-the-art equipment attached to the world’s largest telescopes, giving astronomers a new window into these planets’ atmospheres and origins. UCSC Professors Rebecca Jensen-Clem and Philip Hinz will discuss the remarkable technologies allowing astronomers to “see” other worlds - and, to study the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s center.

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NightSchool: Seabirds - Livestream - 02/04/2021 07:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Imagine breathing in that salty seaside air and come virtual birdwatching with us to explore the world of pelicans, gulls, waders, and other coastal birds.

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After Dark Online: Shaping Landscapes - 02/04/2021 07:00 PM

How has the Bay Area’s landscape been transformed by Black leaders? Tonight, hear about the ways in which Black Bay Area leaders, both past and present, have impacted and shaped local landscapes through changes to the physical environment and by advocating for equity in Black communities.This program features:

Based in Oakland, the Black Panther Party is well-known for changing the political landscape of the East Bay, but the Party also contributed to changes in the physical landscape that remain to t his day. Join University of Southern California professor Dr. Alaina Morgan in using contemporary and historic photographs of sites used by the Party to consider this important shaping of the East Bay and the risks of collective amnesia that may come with a rapidly changing Oakland.

Hear from Ms. Margaret Gordon, the co-founder and co-director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; Phoenix Armenta, community air liaison at the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; and Dr. Teresa E. Munoz, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Climate Health Now, about how environmental inequities and environmental racism have been embedded in the local landscape, locally and beyond, and their leadership in the fight to support equitable access to healthy environments. 

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Friday, 02/05/2021
Fault roughness and earthquake rupture at plate boundary scales - Livestream - 02/05/2021 12:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

Speaker: Nathaniel Miller, USGS

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Saturday, 02/06/2021
Zoom Opening Reception - Plants Illustrated 2021 - 02/06/2021 05:00 PM
UC Botanical Garden,

Join us via Zoom to celebrate our 2021 virtual Plants Illustrated exhibit.

We'll have members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists speaking as well as UC Botanical Garden staff. Bring along your favorite beverage to toast to this year's artists and their stunning work of extraordinary plants!

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Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 02/06/2021 09:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck!

Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.

Sunday, 02/07/2021
Virtual Butterfly Walk: Color - 02/07/2021 11:00 AM
UC Botanical Garden,

Join our resident caterpillar lady Sal Levinson and butterfly guy Sarab Seth for an illustrated slideshow about various aspects of color in the butterfly world.  We'll learn about structural color, camouflage, warning color, mimicry, and a lot more! Our fun Zoom event is suitable for all ages.

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Monday, 02/08/2021
Please in my backyard: Developing community-owned renewable energy - Livestream - 02/08/2021 11:30 AM
Stanford Energy,

One challenge that renewable energy developers increasingly face  - particularly in land-restricted and urban areas - is community opposition to industrial development in their backyard. And when clean energy is installed, it rarely benefits l ow income communities and communities of color. At Shake Energy Collaborative, we are exploring a new way of developing renewable energy projects in partnership with disinvested communities so that the projects we build are not just tolerated by the neighbors but advocated for and owned by them. In this seminar, Iʻll share some of our successes in developing bi-directional relationships with communities in Fresno, CA and Molokaʻi, HI as well as some of our challenges in working with utilities to develop these communities’ visions. Iʻd love to discuss with all of you what our visions for the future of equitable energy looks like and what our respective roles will be in realizing it.

Speaker: Ali Andrews, Shake Energy Collaborative

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Serving Like an Organization: How Food-Service and Retail Workers Interpret Their Interactions With Customers - Livestream - 02/08/2021 12:00 PM
Berkeley Institute for Data Science,

How do food-service and retail workers interpret interactions with customers? Researchers have identified many novel sociological processes, specific to service work, that seem to pull service workers in opposing directions, leaving them either better or worse off. In this talk, I argue that these opposing processes are not mutually exclusive. Due to the nature of the job, service workers may experience a series of divergent interactions with customers during their job tenure. In order to account for these conflicting experiences, I take an orientations approach - analyzing summative judgments about customers and their associations with job satisfaction. I draw on a novel dataset of over 15,000 job quality evaluations from 10 food-service and retail companies, collected from This website allows workers to post written reviews of the pros and cons of their job, as well as to provide numeric ratings of their job quality. Qualitatively coding a subset of 1,000 reviews, I find that frontline workers express three distinct orientations towards customer interactions: an occupational orientation - where customers are an inescapable occupational hazard or benefit, an organizational orientation - where positive and negative interactions are a result of organizational strategies, or as a source of intrinsic satisfaction. Using computational text analysis, I code the remaining 14,000 reviews to investigate how occupational and organizational orientations towards customers are related to job ratings. I find that an organizational orientation is associated with more extreme ratings of the job.

Speaker: Adam Storer, UC Berkeley

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Stanford Symbolic Systems Forum : Julie Stanford - Livestream - 02/08/2021 02:30 PM
Stanford Symbolic Systems Forum,

Speaker: Julie Stanford

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Biomass Energy and Natural Climate Solutions: A Meaningful Piece of the Solutions Portfolio - Livestream - 02/08/2021 04:00 PM
Stanford Energy Seminar,

Most scenarios for ambitious decarbonization rely on photosynthesis-based technologies for a substantial fraction net GHG emissions reductions.  These technologies potentially contribute emissions reductions through providing low-emissions energy, coupling with CCS to produce energy with negative emissions, increasing the carbon content of the biosphere, or decreasing emissions from land-use change.  While all these options will be attractive at some scale, setting realistic targets is challenging, largely because the constraints and trade-offs for these technologies are so different than for other components of a decarbonization strategy.  In general, limits imposed by land and water requirements, challenges with governance and implementation, and sensitivity to climate change argue for the expectation that these technologies will provide a meaningful, but not dominant, fraction of the decarbonization solutions portfolio throughout the 21st century.

Speaker: Chris Field, Stanford Univ.

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From Particles to Power: How photons, electrons, and ions determine the efficiency of perovskite solar cells - Livestream - 02/08/2021 04:00 PM
What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University,

Speaker: Dr. Becky Belisle, Wellesley College

Moiré Magic - Livestream - 02/08/2021 04:15 PM
UC Berkeley,

Moiré materials are formed when two-dimensional crystals are overlaid with a small difference in lattice constant or orientation.  When the two-dimensional crystals are semimetals or semiconductors, the low energy states of moiré materials are described by periodic continuum models and have the electronic properties of artificial crystals with lattice constants on the tens of nanometer scale, allowing the number of electrons per atom to be varied widely using electrical gates.   My talk will focus on the particular case of graphene bilayer moiré materials, which exhibit a rich set of strongly correlated electron states, including superconductors and insulating orbital magnets, when twisted close to a magic relative orientation angle at which the electron velocity at the Fermi level vanishes.   Electronic correlations in Magic Angle Twisted Bilayer Graphene (MAtBG) are strong because the low-energy moiré superlattice bands are very narrow and because the flat bands form an octet that is the direct product of spin, valley, and sublattice internal degrees of freedom.  I will discuss efforts, still very much in progress, to settle on answers to some of the following questions.  Does the flat-band dispersion that remains at the magic twist angle play a key role in controlling the phase diagram?  How does octet symmetry breaking depend on the moiré band filling factor? Is superconductivity in MAtBG mediated by electron-phonon interactions or by some other mechanism?

Speaker: Allan Macdonald, University of Texas at Austin

See weblink for Zoom link, posted day of lecture.

Tuesday, 02/09/2021
Next Stop: The Future of Boring - Livestream - 02/09/2021 09:00 AM

New constraints on the post-LGM retreat of the Bindschadler Ice Stream from the Ross Sea continental shelf, Antarctica - Livestream - 02/09/2021 03:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

The Transformation: A Future History of the World from 02020 to 02050 - Livestream - 02/09/2021 05:0 0 PM
Long Now Foundation,

Wednesday, 02/10/2021
The Electric Golden State - Livestream - 02/10/2021 12:30 PM
SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR),

Sharing stories: How do we create experiences and pathways to help support a STEM identity? - Livestream - 02/10/2021 03:30 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center,

Wonderest: Neurobiology; Astrobiology - Livestream - 02/10/2021 08:00 PM

Thursday, 02/11/2021
February LASER Event - Livestream - 02/11/2021 12:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous,

you are variations: a preliminary résumé - Livestream - 02/11/2021 12:00 PM

How My Bluebird Study Grew My Love of Birds, Science, and Conservation - Livestream - 02/11/2021 05:00 PM
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory,

Improving Batteries from the Atoms Up - Livestream - 02/11/2021 05:00 PM
SLAC Public Lecture,

'Dammed to Extinction' - Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Livestream - 02/11/2021 06:30 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center,

NightSchool: Ode to the Moon - Livestream - 02/11/2021 07:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

After Dark Online: Representation Through Visualization - Livestream - 02/11/2021 07:00 PM

From Junk to Genes: The birth of new miRNA genes in the human genome - Livestream - 02/11/2021 07:30 PM
Bay Area Skeptics,

Friday, 02/12/2021
Hotspot in a Hotspot: Biodiversity in the Bay Area - Livestream - 02/12/2021 12:00 PM
Peninsula Open Space Trust,

Near-nucleus activities of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observed by Rosetta/OSIRIS - Livestream - 02/12/2021 12:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

Saturday, 02/13/2021
Discovery Chemistry at Merck in the Bay Area - Livestream - 02/13/2021 10:30 AM
California Section American Chemical Society,

A Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin's Descent of Man Got Right and Wrong about Human Evolution - Livestream - 02/13/2021 11:00 AM
The Leaky Foundation,

Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 02/13/2021 09:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Monday, 02/15/2021
Not Necessarily Rocket Science Online - Livestream - 02/15/2021 04:00 PM
On Line,

What Medical Physicists Do - Livestream - 02/15/2021 04:00 PM
What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University,
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