Indra’s Net Theater — which produces plays specializing in science and philosophy — presents QED, inspired by the life of Nobel Prize-winner Richard Feynman. Feynman had an extraordinary life, starting with the Manhattan Project in his early twenties, to a brilliant career as one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers and most inspiring teachers, to serving on the panel investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster at the end of his life. The production takes place at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley) through Dec. 22. More>
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The UC Botanical Garden, located just down the hill from the Lab’s Strawberry Gate, is hosting a holiday sale on its gift shop merchandise Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes tastings, music, and a 10% discount off of purchases, which benefit the garden.
There are plenty of fun activities on tap at the Lawrence Hall of Science this summer. Kids can participate in the Design Quest exhibit, designing and building prototypes of inventions, check out a 3-D flick on the great white shark, take in a planetarium show, or pick up a kit to make solor-powered robots, cars, water heaters, or fans (sale priced in the gift shop or online). More>
The UC Botanical Garden is once again hosting its Redwood Grove Summer Concert Series, which take place in the Mather Redwood Grove amphitheater during the early evening hours. The series features a diverse line-up of folk, pop, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and hard-to-define artists. Concertgoers are invited to bring a picnic dinner. Ticket include admission to the garden before 4:30 p.m. More>
The Engineering Division’s Tom Lipton knows how to attract a crowd like a magnet — literally. He gave a talk on making superconducting magnets at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2013, which took place last week at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. The “do-it-yourself” festival brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors, who display what they’ve made and to share what they’ve learned. Lipton’s talk described how to make a large superconducting magnet — from wire making to magnet assembly. These magnets are used in high-energy physics to steer beams of particles. Pictured are Lipton and superconducting cable.
[Daily Cal] Even with many UC Berkeley students gone for the summer, city officials say they are hoping to maintain a festive atmosphere on Sundays by closing off city streets to cars and hosting weekly all-day fairs with entertainment, musical performances and outdoor restaurant seating. The city of Berkeley will close the three blocks between Dwight Way and Durant Avenue to cars from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays during the summer, beginning June 9. The program will continue for six weeks and, if successful, will be extended for 10 weeks until Sept. 22. More>
Students in the Oakland Unified School District will display their science projects at the Chabot Space and Science Center tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. The event includes a reception, activities, exhibits, and planetarium shows. The son of Lab employee Rod Clark (Nuclear Science) will be there with his project, called “Flaming Hot Junk Food.” Do you have a child participating in the science fair? If so, let us know what they are exhibiting in the comments section.
Lab employees looking for a fun and educational science day camp for their kids this summer are invited to register for the Botanical Garden’s “Green Stuff” program. The camp is for ages five to 10 and weeklong sessions run from June 17 to August 2. More>
In the play “Copenhagen,” the spirits of Nobel-winning physicists Werner Heisenberg (left) and Niels Bohr meet after their deaths to discuss a controversial real-life encounter the two had in Denmark’s capital city in 1941. During this fictional meeting, the two men draft several versions of their historic exchange, while discussing the idea of nuclear power and debating the rationale behind the atomic bomb. A production of “Copehagen” is being staged at Indra’s Net Theater in Berkeley, with a pre-performance by former Lab scientist Doug Greiner. More>
Lab employees interested in assisting the Lawrence Hall of Science or the Chabot Space and Science Center with their education outreach efforts are invited to attend upcoming volunteer orientation sessions. The Hall of Science will host their meeting on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Go here to register. The Chabot Science Center will host their orientation on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Send e-mail here to register.