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Welcome aboard, dear reader,
Chewbacca, our 2-year-old rescue cat, died this last month of a coronavirus infection - not COVID-19, but Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP. The feline coronavirus is called - logically enough - FCoV. Roughly half of all house cats have been infected with FCoV, but less than 5% show symptoms. Once a cat shows symptoms, however, the power of the disease almost always kills with pathologies eerily similar to COVID-19. In view of this, it’s not surprising that cats can become infected with the human SARS-CoV-2 virus without getting sick and then shed the virus with the power to infect others. Two experimental drugs - GC376 & GC442534 - have been developed to cure cats of FIP. Results have been very positive: GC376 reduced mortality in sick cats to 25% and GC442534 reduced mortality to zero. Now, a test tube study has shown that these two drugs are also effective against SARS-CoV-2. Clinical trials of these veterinary drugs to cure COVID-19 have started. Summary: the financial power of cat owners willing to shell out big bucks to save little Mittens from FIP, jump-started research years ago into drugs that may also be powerful against COVID-19. Who’d a thunk?
We miss you, Chewbacca.
We all (well, almost all) look forward to a safe, powerful vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. A few nights ago, i heard our President brag that once a vaccine is ready, our military is prepared to vaccinate 200,000 people a day. At that rate, everyone in the U.S. could be vaccinated in 1,665 days. Well, not that long since Anti-Vaxxers, denialists, and other conspiracy addicts will pass.
¿Does it seem odd to you that juries have the power to decide scientific issues? That’s our legal system. The whole kerfuffle around the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, a.k.a. RoundUp, was put to a jury who decided it indeed causes cancer when that is possibly untrue in the amounts that users are exposed to.
Back in the 50’s, many predicted that fusion-power will add electricity to the grid in about 25 years. Today many are predicting that fusion-power will add electricity to the grid in about 35 years. Here are a few ‘irons in the fire:’
  • - International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. It is nearing completion in France at a cost of about $65 billion. It won’t generate electricity; it is intended to solve the engineering challenges to create more energy (in the form of waste heat) than is fed into it - for 30 seconds at a time before it is shut down to prevent serious damage to itself.
  • - DEMOnstration Power Station. Lessons learned from ITER will direct the engineering of DEMO which hopes to feed 2 to 4 gigawatts to some power grid sometime in the 2050’s.
  • - This is a collaboration of MIT with a private startup to design and build a much smaller version of the ITER tokamak (1.85m vs. 6.2m major radius) but instead using high temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets instead of mere superconducting magnets that ITER uses. By the way, “high temperature” here means from 20° to 70° Kelvin. (Liquid nitrogen boils at 77° Kelvin.) HTS magnets can create a far stronger magnetic field, but so far they’ve only managed such a strong field in a volume of one cubic centimeter. SPARC will need magnets that can create a magnetic field that strong throughout 15 cubic meters. Umm, that’s a lot bigger; like 150 million times bigger.
Rather than sit around waiting 35 years, do the right thing to reduce using fossil fuel power: install solar panels on your roof and a storage battery in your garage. Plug-in hybrids are a great choice for your next car. If you are a 2-car family, make one of them all-electric.
Ok, here are my picks for the week (but you should peruse them all - lots of good stuff): Helen Reddy died last week at 78. Successful with her romantic songs and acting career, she is perhaps best known for her powerful song, “I Am Woman.” Reddy’s lyrics and delivery resonated with the feminist movement of the 1970’s. She also upbraided male chauvinism in “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady,” written by Harriet Schock. Later on she bought into “past life regression” nonsense. Regardless, she is missed.
Back to some ‘hard’ science: The accuracy of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in describing the power of gravity has now been validated to a much higher degree. ¿Remember the image of a black hole that was released in April of last year? Physicists realized that if General Relativity incorrectly predicted the power of gravity slightly in error near to that black hole, the image would be very different. It wasn’t. We are indeed embedded in four dimensional space-time as he concluded, and its curvature accurately accounts for the strength of gravity. Not that i can really grok that.
And here is one of my favorite Veritaseum videos. It takes on the topic of the spinning tennis racket theorem, a.k.a. the Dzhanibekov Effect. Warning, this video has the power to start your head spinning.
Please join me in wishing President Trump a full and speedy recovery, but for the sake of science and civility, please help vote him out of office.
Stay strong, empathetic, and healthy.
David Almandsmith
Bay Area Skeptics board member
“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.”
Veronica Anne Roth, Author (1988 - )

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Monday, 10/05/2020
Safe Learning in Robotics - Livestream - 10/05/2020 11:00 AM
UC Berkeley,

A great deal of research in recent years has focused on robot learning. In many applications, guarantees that specifications are satisfied throughout the learning process are paramount. For the safety specification, we present a controller synthesis technique based on the computation of reachable sets, using optimal control and game theory. We present new methods for computing the reachable set, based on a functional approximation which has the potential to broadly alleviate its computational complexity. In the second part of the talk, we will present a toolbox of methods combining reachability with data-driven techniques inspired by machine learning, to enable performance improvement while maintaining safety. We will illustrate these "safe learning" methods on robotic platforms at Berkeley, including demonstrations of motion planning around people, and navigating in a priori unknown environments.

Speaker: Claire Tomlin, UC Berkeley

See weblink for access information

STARtorialist: the Cosmology of Astro-Fashion - Livestream - 10/05/2020 04:00 PM
What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University,

Prof. Emily Rice is co-founder and CEO of STARtorialist, Inc., an astronomy fashion blog turned online shop. She will share the formation and evolution of the astro-fashion Universe from the STARtorialist perspective, as well as the impacts that science-infused style and shopping can have on the culture and community of science and on the public perception of science and scientists.

Speaker: Dr. Emily Rice, City University of New York

See weblink for Zoom information.

Advancing California Towards a 100% Clean Energy Future Through Research - Livestream - 10/05/2020 04:30 PM
Stanford Energy,

While we continue to feel the impacts of climate change in the form of wildfires and extreme weather events, California remains resolute in its commitment to decarbonizing our energy system. Much of our electricity is already carbon-free - and the electric grid becomes cleaner every year. This progress does not simply happen, but rather it is the outcome of effective and thoughtful energy policy, strategic research investment, and steadfast public and private efforts.

The California Energy Commission is the state’s leading energy policy and planning agency. As such, the Energy Commission administers a robust research portfolio, investing over $200 million annually to accelerate new scientific and technology solutions that will result in a cleaner, safer, more affordable, and more resilient energy system for California.

Energy Commission Vice Chair, Janea Scott will discuss how the Energy Commission’s research programs, including the Electric Program Investment Charge or EPIC, are fostering the development of cutting-edge energy solutions that enhance safety, reliability and affordability for the benefit of all Californians.

Register at weblink to obtain Zoom information

Tuesday, 10/06/2020
Election 2020 - Critical Technology Policy Issues - Livestream - 10/06/2020 11:00 AM
Computer History Museum,

The 2020 Presidential election in the US comes at a critical juncture for technology, innovation, politics, and policy. From aeronautics to space exploration, and from semiconductors to the internet, history shows in no uncertain terms the fundamental connect ions between government policy, political priorities, and technological innovation. What are the key technology and innovation policy issues facing the next President and Congress? The future of work? Data privacy? R&D funding? Immigration? The Climate Crisis? Regulating social media and Big Tech? What do we most need to understand as digital citizens to cast our votes for candidates in Election 2020? Join us as experts from Washington, DC to Silicon Valley and beyond help us decode today’s critical technology policy issues that will affect our day to day lives and the future of America.

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SETI Talks: Who is the SETI Institute? - Livestream - 10/06/2020 03:00 PM
SETI Institute,

You’ve heard about us. Maybe you’ve noticed we were mentioned in a blockbuster Hollywood movie or in a sitcom on TV. Perhaps you used to run SETI @ home on your computer back in the day (for the record, we’d love to take credit, but that wasn’t us). If someone asked, what would you say about us?

Did you know for instance, that one of our scientists has discovered more moons than Galileo and that another is studying communication in humpback whales to see what we can learn about communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations? Or that we developed space science badges for Girl Scouts?

The research and exploration we do at the SETI Institute taps into humanity’s curiosity, which leads to discovery, innovation, insight and invention. Our work informs research that impacts us right here on Earth: climate change, planetary defense, cancer research and communications. Our education and outreach programs stimulate the curiosity of young people who will lead us through this millennium and into space.

We invite you to join SETI Institute President and CEO Bill Diamond in a wide-ranging conversation with four leaders here at the SETI Institute about the ways we are exploring the universe, learning about life and intelligence, sharing what we discover and inspiring future generations.

Panel: Nathalie Cabrol, Car Sagan Center for Research; Simon Steel, Education and STEM Programs Director; Pamela Harmon, Director of Education; Andrew Siemion, Astrophysicist

Forged Signatures: Tectonic versus climatic control on Cordilleran mountain heights and Andean topographic asymmetry - Livestream - 10/06/2020 03:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

A long-standing debate in the Earth Sciences bears on the question of whether top-down erosion processes govern mountain building processes, but how do we measure the topographic signature of the climate drivers independent of tectonics? We use two natural experiments to detangle a potential signature of climate and drivers of erosion using the large latitudinal range of Earth’s orogens and their rain shadows in order to vary temperature and precipitation while holding tectonic accretion (relatively) constant. In the past decades, glacial erosion has emerged as a driving surface process controlling the heights of mountains and as the cause of accelerated erosion of mountains in mid-latitudes on Earth. Here, we present topographic and erosion rate data from the Cordilleran-style mountain ranges from South America through Alaska to demonstrate that the distribution of mountain heights and overall mass correlate linearly with the rate of plate convergence. Given the large latitudinal range of our dataset, this should not be expected if climate governed these parameters. Thus, tectonic processes set the limit s on mountain heights. In addition, coupled deformation-surface process models predict that orogenic asymmetries may be modified by dominant wind direction and erosion, i.e. the formation of orographic rainfall gradients across strike. We present data comparing the radius of curvature of the subducting Nazca slab with orogenic wedge widths of the Andes and present correlations between slab-dip and arc position to suggest that as the arc position changes with slab dip, the asymmetry of an orogenic wedge may consequently change. Given that erosion rates do not mirror rain shadows, the slab geometry must be accounted for when assessing the climatic influence on orogenic asymmetry. Possibly, climate signals may be imprinted on hillslope processes, but not erosion rate magnitude.

Speaker: Jane Willenbring, Stanford University

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The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another - Livestream - 10/06/2020 05:00 PM
Long Now Foundation,

In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and author Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions - clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips - and reveals how they shaped the human experience.

Ramirez shows not only how materials were shaped by inventors but also how those materials shaped culture, chronicling each invention and its consequences - intended and unintended. Filling in the gaps left by other books about technology, Ramirez showcases little-known inventors - particularly people of color and women - who had a significant impact but whose accomplishments have been hidden by mythmaking, bias, and convention. Doing so, she shows us the power of telling inclusive stories about technology. She also shows that innovation is universal - whether it's splicing beats with two turntables and a microphone or splicing genes with two test tubes and CRISPR. [bio courtesy of MIT Press ]

Basic Science: Seeing Cells in a New Light - Livestream - 10/06/2020 05:00 PM
UC Berkeley,

Recent breakthroughs in biological imaging using adaptive optics and novel types of ultra-high-resolution microscopes have enabled watching live cells in action in the brain and other tissues. Pioneers of these approaches describe how Berkeley’s new Advanced Bioimaging Center will be a visualization and data-processing powerhouse for the biological sciences.

Please register in advance. To access the presentation, join the Zoom meeting.

Oskar Hallatschek, McAdams Chair of Physics and Integrative Biology, moderator

Na Ji, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Physics

Robert Tjian, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Gokul Upadhyayula, Assistant Professor in Residence of Cell and Developmental Biology

Black Holes through the Kaleidoscope - How we study black holes & the galaxies they live in - Livestream - 10/06/2020 06:00 PM
KIPAC Public Lectures,

Supermassive black holes are the most powerful persistent sources of energy in the Universe. They power the emission of radiation in every waveband that humans have learned to study, from long, low-energy radio waves to blistering gamma rays. Humans have learned to study these immense, mysterious objects using instruments designed to detect light at all of these wavelengths, as well as how that light varies over time as black holes consume matter and expel energy. Find out how worldwide efforts using instruments on Earth and in space, along with the development of the field of time domain astrophysics, have allowed us to build a dynamic, multicolor, multifaceted image of black holes that helps explain their bizarre physics and the powerful effects they have on the galaxies that host them.

Speaker: Krista Lynne Smith, Southern Methodist University

Connection information at weblink

Wednesday, 10/07/2020
Free Wednesday at the UC Botanical Garden - CANCELED - 10/07/2020 09:00 AM
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Live Science - 10/07/2020 10:30 AM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Join Chabot Science Educators for a fun and interactive science experiment! Together, we will investigate and observe a phenomenon of science through a captivating demonstration.

We’ll ask for observations and explanations of what YOU think is happening before revealing the science behind it. Then, we’ll end with a live Q&A for those burning questions.

Live Science will be covering a new theme each month, and we’re kicking October off with LIGHT! Tune in each week as we discover, manipulate, and play with light to understand its importance in our lives.

See weblink for connection links.

The explosion of Digital health - is it sustainable, or hype? - Livestream - 10/07/2020 12:00 PM
Citris Research Exchange,

Speaker: Kamal Jethwani,

Register at weblink for connection information.

The Rise and Fall of Fishes: Macroevolution and Mass Extinction in Early Vertebrates - Livestream - 10/07/2020 01:00 PM
Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute,

Lauren Sallan, University of Pennsylvania, is a ‘next generation’ paleobiologist and ichthyologist applying cutting-edge developments in ‘Big Data’ analytics to reveal how evolution happens at the largest scales (macroevolution). Lauren uses the vast fossil record of fishes as a deep time database to determine why some species persist and diversify while others die off.

Register at weblink for Zoom information

Ask the Scientist - Gabriel Ng - Livestream - 10/07/2020 01:30 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

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

Register to attend here.

Mediation of trophic cascades by anti-predatory responses - Livestream - 10/07/2020 03:30 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center,

Trophic cascades, the positive indirect effect predators have on the basal resource, are a key component of predator-prey interactions. The strength of trophic cascades is determined by both the predators’ consumption of prey and the extent to which predators induce an anti-predatory response in prey - colloquially termed a ‘fear response.’ Here, we examine the role of fear in mediating the strength of trophic cascades using a combination of modeling and experimental approaches. Our experiments explore how perturbations in the sensory environment can alter the strength of predator-prey interactions and how the nature of fear responses can affect these interactions. Additionally, we test the effects of previous predator exposure on prey behavior and the implications for trophic cascades. And in the final study, we measure how predator identify and type of fear response can influence the role of fear in trophic cascades.

Speaker: Gabriel Ng, Smithsonian Institution

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Electrifying Shared Vehicle Services: Reframing the Three Revolutions - Livestream - 10/07/2020 04:00 PM
Energy and Resources Group,

Preventing catastrophic climate change will require a rapid shift to transportation powered by clean electricity, and shared vehicle services (including taxis and ride-sourcing) can serve as a crucial beachhead market for battery electric vehicles. In this talk, Gordon will present his research on how to electrify these services, including infrastructure requirements, operational strategies, and policy implications. Along the way, he will reflect on lessons learned for achieving a just transition in the transportation system. Three technological revolutions - automation, electrification, and digitization - are disrupting the industry, but political and cultural paradigm shifts will be required to drive the disruption towards justice.

Speaker: Gordon Bauer

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Combatting Misinformation by Introducing Peer-Reviewed Journals into the Science Classroom - Livestream - 10/07/2020 04:00 PM
UC Merced,

In an age of misinformation, it is essential that students develop the scientific literacy and critical thinking necessary to discriminate between science and pseudoscience. Peer-reviewed journals are the most reliable source of information but are often full of intimidating jargon and have limited accessibility, while misinformation is generally free and sensationalized. In this webinar, we will explore resources and methodology for incorporating appropriate peer-reviewed journals into your science classroom. Armed with the skills necessary to decipher primary texts, your students will be better equipped to evaluate all sources of information.

Speaker: Melissa Goodlad, UC Merced

Designed for high school teachers + open to all

Register at weblink to obtain connection information

Meta-skills for Data Scientists - Livestream - 10/07/2020 05:00 PM
Magnimind Academy,

The talk will cover meta-skills for data scientists to include methods to identify and mitigate bias, as well as strategies to improve cognitive performance.


4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Arrival and socializing
5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Opening
5:10 pm - 6:50 pm Wes Barlow, "Meta-skills for Data Scientists"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Q&A

Speaker: Wes Barlow,  Senior Data Scientist at USAA

Zoom Link
Webinar ID: 846-3030-1026

Everything Matte rs: Indium - Livestream - 10/07/2020 07:00 PM

Come be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman - follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective human experience.

Not named after the subcontinent of India, but rather for the bright blue-violet (that is, indigo) light emitted by the element when excited, the metal indium is silvery and very soft - so soft that you can easily cut it with a knife! Without this relatively rare element, it would be difficult to make the liquid-crystal displays in our phones, tablets, computer screens, and televisions, and the all-blue light-emitting diode used in white LED bulbs, wouldn't be possible at all. Come hear the full story about these and other surprising uses of indium.

See weblink for Youtube and Facebook live links.

Thursday, 10/08/2020
How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives - Livestream - 10/08/2020 10:00 AM
Commonwealth Club - Online Event,

Over the last several years, and especially since the 2016 election, the extraordinary impact of technology, particularly social media, on our privacy, democracy, economy, kids and families, race and gender roles, climate change and mental health, among other topics, has become an issue of urgent national concern. These are all issues that James P. Steyer, founder & CEO of Common Sense Media, knows well. Since 2003, under Steyer’s leadership, Common Sense Media has helped millions of parents and educators navigate the digital world with their kids and students. And now, in a new book (to be released on October 13, 2020), Which Side of History? How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Steyer and some of the country’s leading writers and thinkers take on these issues from an even broader perspective to help shape conversations on how approaches and policies related to technology can be improved.

In this program, Steyer and Franklin Foer, a writer for The Atlantic, will discuss big issues related to technology’s impact on society, including Foer’s essay in the book, “The Era of Fake Video Begins.” about the use of “deep fake” videos, particularly in political campaigns. With less than a month until the 2020 election, it is a conversation you won’t want to miss.

Panel: James Steyer, Common Sense Media; Franklin Foer, The Atlantic; Danielle Abril, Fortune Magazine, Moderator

Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Livestream - 10/08/2020 12:00 PM
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium,

Speaker: Eric Silverston, Quantum Trace

See weblink and click on the lecture tile for Zoom connection.

“The Forests of California” Artist talk and book release with Obi Kaufmann - Livestream - 10/08/2020 01:00 PM
UC Botanical Garden,

Join us in welcoming author and artist Obi Kaufmann for a special Q & A celebrating his newest book "The Forests of California"

"The Forests of California" features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann's signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of the Field Atlas, Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems.

Register at weblink to get connection information.

Social Justice Series: Addressing Upstream Determinants - What Makes Us Sick? - Livestream - 10/08/2020 04:00 PM
Touro University,

Why do health inequities persistent over time? Dr. Fuller will provide an overview of the upstream determinants of health that are responsible for many of the pervasive health inequities in the United States and will discuss the inequities she is confronted with in her practice as a pediatrician in Solano County.

Viewing the Beginning of Time from the Most Remote Places on Earth - Livestream - 10/08/2020 05:00 PM
SLAC Public Lecture,

Shortly after the birth of the universe, space was filled by a plasma that was literally red-hot. The light radiated by that plasma has traveled the vast emptiness of space for billions of years, with the expansion of the universe slowly stretching its waves until today it appears as microwave radiation. This is the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), a glow still visible in the night sky. This glow is almost uniform, but small variations from point to point hold information about the conditions of the universe 13.8 billion years ago. 

After viewing the previous public lecture by SLAC staff scientist Zeeshan Ahmed on the CMB and its measurement, get an update on our plans for studying it with a new observatory called CMB-S4 from remote outposts near the South Pole and in Chile's Atacama Desert, during the live virtual Q&A.

Link to lecture, which must be viewed prior to this session, is at the weblink.  Zoom link for live Q&A also at weblink.

Lockheed's Spy Satellite Programs - 10/08/2020 06:00 PM
Keypoint Credit Union Conference Center, Santa Clara

CORONA was America's first eye-in-the-sky space mission replacing the U-2 flights ended by the shooting down of a flight in 1960.  Lockheed Missiles and Space Systems (Lockheed) here in Silicon Valley was the system integrator of the Corona payload which included new camera, film and recovery capsule as well as the developer of never flown Agena which served as the upper stage to the Thor booster and spacecraft.  It was breakthrough technology in all aspects.

The CORONA program depended on the development of a new spacecraft, Agena, designed and built by Lockheed.  Agena subsequently went on to support multiple other missions for many other customers, and essentially became America's first space utility vehicle, with 362 launches over three decades.  Lockheed veterans will discuss the original CORONA mission and the key challenges Agena had to meet for long-term success.  They will illustrate how Agena subsystems and technologies coevolved and advanced together with system integration and test techniques, and how the program experiences taught the aerospace industry many fundamental lessons, including how to successfully specify and accommodate products from multiple suppliers.

Facilitated Communication: Holding on to (False) Hope - Livestream - 10/08/2020 06:30 PM
Bay Area Skeptics,

Facilitated Communication (FC) is a technique used on people with severe communication difficulties as an alternative to valid Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods. Proponents claim that simply by providing emotional and physical support, people with disabilities can unlock inner language and literacy skills. However, controlled studies of the technique repeatedly show that facilitators, not people with disabilities, are authoring messages obtained via FC. Most major health and educational organizations have opposition polices for FC and strongly urge its members not to use the technique. Still, the practice persists. Former facilitator, Janyce Boynton, believes FC is not a communication technique, but a belief system within the facilitators themselves. She will discuss the various forms of FC that exist today, as well as social, emotional, and political forces that attract people to FC in the first place and make it particularly difficult to let go once the belief system takes hold.

Speaker: Janyce Boynton

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After Dark Online: OK With Decay - Dust to Dust - 10/08/2020 07:00 PM

Dig into deep time and glimpse geologic processes that form our planet and its habitable conditions. From the Big Bang onward, elements and atoms have been colliding, combining, transforming, and deteriorating, resulting in our current snapshot of the universe. In this program, explore evidence that reveals the story of this formation and clues to its inevitable disintegration.

This month’s After Dark Online is a get-together to fall apart. As autumn sets in, trees become bare, and the northern hemisphere begins to chill, we’re exploring processes of decay, entropy, and how things come apart, making way for revisions and new arrangements.

See weblink for Youtube and Facebook Live links.

NightSchool: Astronomy in Chile - Livestream - 10/08/2020 07:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences,

Chile isn’t called “the astronomy capital of the world” for nothing: During a NightSchool event highlighting the Academy’s newest planetarium show, Big Astronomy, learn about Chile’s long history of astronomical discovery, its epic mountain observatories, and the diverse collaboration of scientists working there to help us understand the true expanse of the cosmos. Go behind-the-scenes with Ryan Wyatt, Molly Michelson, and Matt Blackwell, members of the Morrison Planetarium team who traveled to Chile to bring these stories to life for the dome by capturing spectacular time-lapses, and 3D environments. Hear from Luis Chavarría Garrido, Director of CONICYT’s Astronomy Program, about how Chile earned its stellar reputation for astronomy. Learn about new discoveries and astronomical outreach efforts in Chile with Javiera Rey, astronomer and co-founder of the blog and YouTube channel Star Tres.

See weblink for connection links.

Friday, 10/09/2020
Why Are There Numerous Mascons on the Moon, But Not Elsewhere - Livestream - 10/09/2020 12:00 PM
institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics,

Speaker: Saman Karimi, Johns Hopkins University

Saturday, 10/10/2020
What’s Wrong with the Right Stuff? - Livestream - 10/10/2020 07:00 PM
East Bay Astronomical Society,

George Leopold is a veteran science and technology journalist  writing extensively about human spaceflight. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New Scientist and a variety of other science and technology journals. His biography of astronaut Gus Grissom was published by Purdue University Press in 2016.

The book “The Right Stuff,” and especially the film, maligned astronaut Gus Grissom and his reputation. George will set the record straight. Happily, his talk coincides with a reboot of The Right Stuff premiering on Oct. 9, streaming on Disney+.

Facebook Live link.

Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 10/10/2020 0 9:00 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.

We will go live the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, “like” Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you’re going to this event.

RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday, 10/11/2020
Bat Research and SARS-CoV2 - Livestream - 10/11/2020 06:30 PM
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory,

Dave Johnston will discuss zoonotic diseases and the relationship between bats and coronaviruses, the race to discover the true origin of SARS-CoV2, how viruses quickly evolve while jumping from one animal group to another, why scientists do not believe that SARS-CoV2 came directly from a bat, and why bat researchers around the world are told not to handle bats during the pandemic. Dave will conclude with a summary of how he is moving forward with his bat projects during these challenging times.

Monday, 10/12/2020
Fluctuating superconductivity on a partially flat band - Livestream - 10/12/2020 02:30 PM
UC Berkeley,

CIRTIS People and Robots Seminar - Livestream - 10/12/2020 04:00 PM
UC Berkeley,

Stanford Energy Seminar: Ali Zaidi - Livestream - 10/12/ 2020 04:00 PM
Stanford Energy,

Quantum Dynamical Phases of Matter - Livestream - 10/12/2020 04:00 PM
What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University,

Overcoming Barriers to Engagement of Underrepresented Students in STEM PhD Programs - Livestream - 10/12/2020 04:15 PM
UC Berkeley,

Slugs and Steins: From the Emergence of Planets to the Destiny of Black Holes - Livestream - 10/12/2020 06:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension,

Tuesday, 10/13/ 2020
Introductory Class: Being a Tourist in the Solar System and the Galaxy - Livestream - 10/13/2020 12:30 PM
Osher Life-long Learning Institute, SF State,

Whole Earth Seminars - 10/13/2020 03:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

October LASER Event - Santa Cruz - Livestream - 10/13/2020 05:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz,

An Evening Cruise to the Center of the Milky Way (and back) - Livestream - 10/13/2020 07:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Wednesday, 10/14/2020
Live Science - 10/14/2020 10:30 AM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Medical Management in Epilepsy - A Journey into the Unknown - Livestream - 10/14/2020 12:00 PM
Citris Research Exchange,

Energy and Resources Group Colloquium - Livestream - 10/14/2020 04:00 PM
Energy and Resources Group,

The Hunt for Dark Matter in the Universe: New Experiments - Livestream - 10/14/2020 07:00 PM
Silicon Valley Astronomy Series,

Thursday, 10/15/2020
The COVID Economy: How the Pandemic is Impacting Inequality and Local Economies - Livestream - 10/15/2020 11:00 AM
Post Carbon Institute,

Ocean Buoy Live Exploration: Cleaning and Servicing a CO2 Buoy - 10/15/2020 11:00 AM

Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Livestream - 10/15/2020 12:00 PM
San Jose State University,

Is There a Future for Carpooling? - Livestream - 10/15/2020 12:30 PM
SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR),

Supply Chain - New Product Introduction Process - Livestream - 10/15/2020 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University Engineering Science,

Translating Data into a Shared Language - 10/15/2020 05:00 PM
Magnimind Academy,

The National Laboratory in Space to Benefit Life on Earth - Livestream - 10/15/2020 05:00 PM
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley,

LASER - Life and Society in the Age of the Pandemic - Livestream - 10/15/2020 06:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous,

Hardcore Natural History: The Price of Pesticides - 10/15/2020 06:30 PM
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove

After Dark Online: OK With Decay - All That Remains - 10/15/2020 07:00 PM

NightSchool: WildLife in the City - Livestream - 10/15/2020 07:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences,

Friday, 10/16/2020
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics Seminar - Livestream - 10/16/2020 12:00 PM
institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics,

Complexity Weekend - 10/16/2020 05:00 PM
Complexity Weekend,

Solar System Dynamics and the Triggering of the Martian Planet-Encircling Dust Storm of 2018 - Livestream - 10/16/2020 07:00 PM
Tri-Valley Stargazers,

Saturday, 10/17/2020
IEEE New Frontiers in AI - Livestream - 10/17/2020 09:00 AM
SF Bay Association of Computing Machinery,

History and Mystery of the Refuge and the Bay - Livestream - 10/17/2020 01:00 PM
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge,

Wonderfest: Are We Alone? - Seeking Alien Civilizations - Livestream - 10/17/2020 04:00 PM

Virtual Telescope Viewing - Livestream - 10/17/2020 09:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center,

Complexity Weekend - 10/17/2020 09:00 PM
Complexity Weekend,

Sunday, 10/18/2020
Uncovering the Secret Lives of Antarctic Minke Whales - Livestream - 10/18/2020 01:30 PM
Seymour Science Center,

Complexity Weekend - 10/18/2020 09:00 PM
Complexity Weekend,

Monday, 10/19/2020
10th Annual College Day - 10/19/2020 10:00 AM
Silicon Valley Education Foundation,

Stanford Energy Seminar: Cathy Zoi - Livestream - 10/19/2020 04:00 PM
Stanford Energy,

Bode-Einstein/Ultra-fast Biomechanics - Livestream - 10/19/2020 04:00 PM
What Physicists Do @ Sonoma State University,

CIRTIS People and Robots Seminar - Livestream - 10/19/2020 04:00 PM
UC Berkeley,

Exploring Symmetry Violations with Free Neutrons - Livestream - 10/19/2020 04:15 PM
UC Berkeley,

Health Care, Science Fiction, and Hope: The Ethics and Ramifications of Prenatal Genetic Testing - Livestream - 10/19/2020 05:00 PM

Healthy Workplaces During COVID-19 - Livestream - 10/19/2020 05:00 PM
California Section American Chemical Society,
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