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Producer's Notes: Skulls at Cal Academy

Producer's Notes: Skulls at Cal Academy

If a dead marine mammal washes up on our beaches, from Bodega Bay to Año Nuevo, the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy gets a call.

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New original science video series from QUEST: Science on the SPOT

New original science video series from QUEST: Science on the SPOT

QUEST is pleased to announce a new original science video series, Science on the SPOT. Science on the SPOT goes behind the scenes at local San Francisco Bay Area labs, follows breaking discoveries, and gets you special access to obscure science locations and collections.

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Science Event Pick: The 11th Hour on Climate Change

Science Event Pick: The 11th Hour on Climate Change

Check out our latest weekly science event pick from Kishore Hari, founder of the Down to a Science science café series in San Francisco.

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Anti-bacterial Soap: is the Medicine Worse Than the Cure?

Anti-bacterial Soap: is the Medicine Worse Than the Cure?

Even if you are not handling reptiles daily like we are, you can take action to reduce exposure to toxic anti-microbials.

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Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Calling all Psocoptera! Science Book Clubs in the Bay Area

Lively discussion and science books, it's a good combination.

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When a Cosmo's More Than a Cocktail: Yuri's Night at Cal Academy

When a Cosmo's More Than a Cocktail: Yuri's Night at Cal Academy

208 parties in 46 countries on eight continents celebrated Yuri Alexyevich Gagarin between April 6 and 12th of this year. Who is Yuri and why does he deserve such accolades?

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Questions from the Naturalist Center

Questions from the Naturalist Center

The exhibits you see on the museum floor of the California Academy of Sciences are just the tip of the iceberg of the Academy's work. In fact, 90% of what we do is the education and research that happens behind-the-scenes. It is this ongoing research that in turn generates the exhibits and programming that guests enjoy.

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The Need for Science in America

The Need for Science in America

This week the Cal Academy of Sciences celebrated the millionth visitor to its new building in Golden Gate Park On March 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., executive director Gregory Farrington greeted the one-millionth visitor to the new California Academy of Sciences. It seems incredible that in just over five months, one million visitors have explored […]

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The World's Largest Seed

The World's Largest Seed

Last Thursday, February 12th, was the inaugural evening of NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, a weekly science evening for adults. It was also Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. To honor the father of evolution, Academy researchers unveiled Darwin's Carnival, a collection of curious specimens brought out from our collections, including Botany, Ornithology & Mammalogy, Entomology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geology, and the Library Archives.

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Top Questions Asked at Cal Academy's Naturalist Center

Top Questions Asked at Cal Academy's Naturalist Center

Academy visitors can walk into the Naturalist Center during open hours, explore the library, conduct research, and connect with staff members as well as other visitors. It is an often overlooked treasure.

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Insider's View: Cal Academy Opening Day

Insider's View: Cal Academy Opening Day

The majority of staff were "all hands on deck" this past Saturday and Sunday at the California Academy of Sciences. Yet, we were vastly outnumbered. Fifteen thousand people perused the new building while thousands more enjoyed the festivities in the park.

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Behind the gat(ors!) at Cal Academy, part I

Behind the gat(ors!) at Cal Academy, part I

The building is a flurry of constant activity and I've decided to dedicate the next few blogs to highlight some of the activity behind the closed glass doors and the spot that has gotten the attention of staff the past few weeks has been the swamp tank.

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Kids Take Aim in Cal Academy Photo Contest

Kids Take Aim in Cal Academy Photo Contest

For the next generation, cell phones, computers, and digital cameras are something they have always known. While I had to get to know how to use the technology as it was developed, they have been introduced to it already molded and they are incredibly comfortable using it. This became readily clear to me coordinating the California in Your Backyard Youth Photo Contest.

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Weather Mystery: Warm Rain and Icy Hail?

Weather Mystery: Warm Rain and Icy Hail?

For this past patriotic weekend, I was on the other side of the coast. Namely, driving from Washington DC into the rural wilderness of Virginia for a get away. It was not the man-made fireworks that grabbed my attention but the activity of thunderclouds. I was reading out loud as we drove down I-64 towards […]

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Progress at the Park

Progress at the Park

Penguin-cams are now at the California Academy of Sciences. Upon writing this blog, the California Academy of Sciences is scheduled to open in 94 days. After years of planning, staff is contemplating two digits – literally three months until opening. It seems surreal. But progress at the park is moving along at a steady clip. […]

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Musings on Communication and Technology

Musings on Communication and Technology

Recently during "girl's day" with my mom – my mom made a comment that made me take a second take about technology. I was texting on my iphone and she tsked under her breath and said; "People don't talk anymore, it's all text this and email that, soon language will be obsolete!" My first instinct […]

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Reporter's Notes: Moving Day

Reporter's Notes: Moving Day

Nobody likes moving. The packing, taping, lifting, shipping… it can be major hassle. But nobody's experience compares to what's going on at the California Academy of Sciences. They're moving to their new 400,000 square-foot building in Golden Gate Park after three years in downtown San Francisco. But they've got a lot more to move than […]

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Designing a Penguin Wetsuit

Designing a Penguin Wetsuit

A "penguin suit" doesn't just refer to a tuxedo anymore. Why does Pierre, the Academy's 25-year-old penguin need a wetsuit?Thanks to an innovative treatment at the California Academy of Sciences. Pierre, the Academy's 25-year-old penguin was recently fitted with a wetsuit! Pierre's feathers were thinning and not growing back. Because penguins rely on their feathers […]

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Through the Lens: California in your backyard

Through the Lens: California in your backyard

The camera has long been an invaluable tool of field researchers. For example, the initial identification of a new mammal species was initiated by a camera trap set up by Francesco Rovero of the Trento Museum of Natural Sciences in the Ndundulu Forest in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains. Both Francesco Rovero and Galen Rathbun of the […]

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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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