The Science of Sustainability

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Cathleen (Cat) is the former Special Projects Manager at California Academy of Sciences and worked in the public programs division.
Before working at the Academy, Cat got her start as an intern at Lindsay Wildlife Museum for four years and worked with animals ranging from snakes and hawks to foxes and bobcats. She has a deep curiosity about the natural world and native California wildlife.

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Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

I spent a sunny Wednesday cruising through the city alongside a great San Francisco native on a bike tour facilitated by Streets of San Francisco (SoSF) – which is not anywhere near a normal activity for me.

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Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Soaring in Space: Citizen Science at 103,000 Feet

Citizen scientist Marc Labriet and students from Valley Christian High School in Dublin, CA collaborated on a special balloon project to retrieve images from near space as well as test theories on gamma rays and radiation repercussion yields.

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A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

A Ribbon Cutting with a Green Twist

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I hitched a ride with my closest friend from San Francisco out to Palo Alto to attend the ribbon cutting for the first public fast charger in California for electric vehicles in Stanford Mall.

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Yuri’s Night in the Bay Area

Yuri’s Night in the Bay Area

51 years ago on April 12th, 1961, the Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first human to enter outer space. Exactly 20 years later, the United States innovated the space age by launching the Space Shuttle (April 12th, 1981). Yuri’s Night, which commemorates these events, aims to celebrate humanity’s past present and future in space launches Yuri’s Night celebrations this week around the world.

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Smitten Ice Cream: Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Sixty Seconds

Smitten Ice Cream: Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Sixty Seconds

When I have guests visiting, I make sure that one of the local stops is Smitten. The ice cream is made to order only using the freshest local ingredients and it is frozen within 60 seconds using liquid nitrogen.

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'Tis The Season for the Science of Holiday Lights

'Tis The Season for the Science of Holiday Lights

Learn about the science of holiday lights with Discovery Street Tours in December.

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Medical Meditation

Medical Meditation

One book that caught my attention recently is, "Transcendence" by Norman E. Rosenthal. M.D., which highlights Transcendental Meditation from a medical viewpoint.

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Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

In May, I went to a "Down to a Science" Café. The topic was "Attached: The Science of Romantic Relationships." I was greatly intrigued after seeing Heller talk and I set out to buy the book.

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Un-College?

Un-College?

Student loans in the US are out of control. This year, student loan debt eclipsed credit card debt in the United States, which is currently close to one trillion dollars.

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The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

Although not a spider, the camel spiders – also known as the wind scorpion or sun spider – has taken its place amongst many tall tales and urban legends.

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The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

The Cal Academy's 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

On April 26th, Academy researchers and educators started the trek to the Philippines to get the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition underway, the largest expedition in the Academy’s history.

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Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

50 years ago the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961 by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first human to enter outer space. Yuri’s Night was created to connect and inspire the globe about human spaceflight.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Behind-the-Scenes at the Cal Academy Building

Learn about the interesting methods needed to operate a "green" building and it will show you some of what goes on behind the scenes at the Cal Academy.

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The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

On March 12, a one-foot tidal wave was filmed as it slowly surged across the San Francisco Bay. The wave traveling 5000 miles from Japan started out as a 23-foot tsunami off the Japanese coast.

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The Future of the International Science Café Movement

The Future of the International Science Café Movement

In mid February, I attended and presented at the inaugural 2011 International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC) in Washington DC on behalf of the California Academy of Sciences.

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Famous African-American Astronauts

Famous African-American Astronauts

This April is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagiran going into space, the 30th Anniversary of the first US Space Shuttle Columbia launching into space and the 10th Anniversary of Yuri’s Night.

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How it Works at the Crucible

How it Works at the Crucible

I grew up wih the mantra, "If something works, take it apart and find out why”. The Crucible takes that one step further in adding artistic and community-oriented components.

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How Do You Decaffeinate Tea?

How Do You Decaffeinate Tea?

Ever wonder how tea is decaffeinated?

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A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

Four prominent Thanksgiving food items could be considered 'superfoods.' Are these on your table?

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A Food, Forest and Education Center by the Freeway

A Food, Forest and Education Center by the Freeway

I live in Hayes Valley and there has been a transformation a few blocks down from where I live. Hayes Valley Farm blooms in an abandoned concrete space; it is a 2.2 acre non-profit community run farm and urban agriculture education and research project.

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