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Toast To The Dry Days At Cal Academy's Prohibition NightLife

Toast To The Dry Days At Cal Academy's Prohibition NightLife

Celebrate the prohibition era with a sneak preview of Ken Burns new documentary and wine tasting at Cal Academy's NightLife.

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Producers Notes: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

Producers Notes: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

Collections Manager Norman Penny gives Science on the SPOT a small peek at The Cal Academy’s vast butterfly collection.

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Producer's Notes for Science on the SPOT: Life on the Farallones

Producer's Notes for Science on the SPOT: Life on the Farallones

The Farallon Islands off the coast of California are a vital home to many birds and marine mammals. See what life is like for scientists working in this forbidding and inhospitable world.

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Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

So to celebrate the return of the great white sharks the the Farallon Islands and the opening of the new Farallones exhibit at Cal Academy, QUEST presents “The Great White Shark Song: Live at the Farallones!” by Andy Brandy Casagrande IV.

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My Favorite Beneath-the-Sea Firework

My Favorite Beneath-the-Sea Firework

The giant red octopus residing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a formidable presence.

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Get Your Feet Wet! June 8th is World Ocean Day

Get Your Feet Wet! June 8th is World Ocean Day

Friday may be National Doughnut Day, but the real party this weekend is on June 8th in celebration of World Ocean Day. WOD, the brainchild of our Canadian brethren, is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and promote personal connection with the oceans that sustain life on this planet. Because we are lucky to have the ocean as our neighbor here in the Bay Area, there are a number of incredible events surrounding the celebration

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When Tech Evolves

When Tech Evolves

For the last forty-five minutes, I have been perusing the California Academy of Sciences website, trying to think of a topic for this blog piece. It is 10 PM on the day before my entry is due, and I am doing what I have been doing since college – procrastinating! But now the Internet makes that so much more time consuming. Going through the pages and sifting ideas to see what might work, I am drawn into how technology and the Internet are making so much available to the public, and how information interacts at so many intersections. You just need to look at the Academy's website for examples.

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Producer's Notes: Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin

Producer's Notes: Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin

Today QUEST TV broadcasts its half-hour documentary "Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin," which tells the story of California Academy of Sciences beetle expert David Kavanaugh's unusual prediction that a new species of beetle would be found in Northern California's Trinity Alps.

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A Swingin' History: Cal Academy's Foucault Pendulum

A Swingin' History: Cal Academy's Foucault Pendulum

There are three iconic exhibits of the Academy that have been revived – the Alligator Swamp Tank, African Hall and the Foucault Pendulum. Each exhibit has its own special history and anecdotes but I quite like the science and Academy history of the Foucault Pendulum.

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An Upside Down Tree

An Upside Down Tree

A Baobab TreeIt is not only animals that can be become endangered but plants and trees as well. One of California Academy of Science's research areas has been Madagascar. Coined as an "Island of Evolution," Madagascar hosts a rich biodiversity of plant and animal life that is indigenous to the area and, unfortunately, highly threatened. […]

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Discovery of a New Species: A Giant Elephant-Shrew

Discovery of a New Species: A Giant Elephant-Shrew

newly discovered Rhynchocyon udzungwensis the grey-faced sengiAlthough enigmatic new species of insects are fairly common discoveries, many large animals have already made an appearance on the species list. Charismatic animals such as mammals are one of the most documented on the planet and it is now very rare to find a new species in this […]

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Never Used a Pooter?

Never Used a Pooter?

Cal Academy scientist Kelly Herbinson collects ants with a Bay Area science teacherAs the winter drags on, I often think fondly of a chilly Saturday in December where I found myself in a small alleyway in San Francisco trying to suck elusive ants into a rubber tube called a pooter. What was the point of […]

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Delving into the Depths: Artists in Residence Part 2

Delving into the Depths: Artists in Residence Part 2

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." – Albert Einstein Photo credit: Dr. Richard Mooi It is not often that the public is able to see the components and care that go into creating a museum exhibit. However the California Academy […]

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