March 2009

[ April 3, 2009 to April 5, 2009. ] Join scientists, artists, and writers for the 25th CONTACT Conference April 3-5 at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. The interdisciplinary conference, featuring a number of speakers discussing the future of humanity through the lens of art and science, includes an art exhibition, receptions, and a film festival.

CONTACT is a unique interdisciplinary conference that […]

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As part of a year-long program to make astronomy accessible to everyone, teams from the International Astronomical Union and the American Astronomical Society have developed a $15 telescope dubbed the “Galileoscope.”

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If you’re looking to help with astronomical research, but don’t have the money for expensive telescopes or particularly relish the idea of chilling in an observatory at 14,000 ft., you’ll definitely want to have a look at Galaxy Zoo.

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Readers of the San Francisco Chronicle were treated to an front page story about the discovery of rare asteroid fragments in the Nubian Desert. But readers of an article in Nature found out how scientists around the world collaborated to track the asteroid in space to reentry, making it possible for a team of astronomers and students to locate the meteorite fragements.

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Mt. Redoubt Erupting Again

by Eric on March 26, 2009

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is reporting “a major explosive event” beginning at 9:24 AKDT is in progress on Mt. Redoubt volcano. The National Weather Service is reporting the ash cloud to be at least 65 Kft in height.

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East Bay Science Cafe 04.01.09

by Eric on March 25, 2009

[ April 1, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Jeffery F. Latkowski, Chief Engineer for the Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy (LIFE) program, will be speaking on “A Pathway to Sustainable LIFE on Planet Earth”
It is now common knowledge that energy sources with a low carbon footprint are needed as soon as possible to limit the most catastrophic effects of global climate change. Currently, there […]

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5 Eruptions Rock Redoubt Volcano

by Eric on March 24, 2009

After roughly a week of significant activity, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano erupted early Monday morning sending ash up to 60k ft, and melting portions of an adjacent glacier.

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Sex and War at Ask A Scientist 03.24.09

by Eric on March 19, 2009

[ March 24, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Continuing with next week’s Cafe Scientifiques, Thomas Hayden and Malcolm Potts will discussing their new book Sex and War at the Atlas Cafe:

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Canadians keep finding the tiny dinosaurs

by Eric on March 17, 2009

In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Canadian paleontologist have once again identified the fossil remains of what is believed to be the smallest nonavian dinosaur ever discovered in North America.

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[ March 23, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Down To A Science Cafe for 3/23/09 is Jeff Grossman, Executive Director, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, UC Berkeley speaking on “Nanotechnology – Applications to Energy and the Environment”

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