“The Secret of Life” follows the ill-funded James Watson and Frances Crick in a scientific race of nerves, ingenuity and integrity against the more monied research of Rosalind Franklin at Kings College. The reward is nothing short of a Nobel Prize for defining the basic building blocks of life. See the play at the Berkeley City Club during December. More>
Teachers, students, and parents of Black Pine School set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Albert Einstein. The group of 304 gathered on March 5, but Guinness World Records only recently confirmed the milestone. This information was forwarded by physicist Carl Haber, whose child attends the school.
A recent study found that men, especially faculty in STEM fields, were more reluctant to accept evidence of gender biases in STEM. This finding is problematic because broadening the participation of underrepresented people in STEM requires a widespread willingness to acknowledge that bias exists before transformation is possible.
The festival is the largest science education event in the Bay Area, with activities taking place at a number of locations. Discovery Day will take place at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. JBEI will have a booth there, in the Science@Cal Zone. The event is free. More>
Symmetry Magazine offers instructions to create physics-themed jack-o-laterns (like Albert Frank-Einstein). The Department of Energy offers up templates for energy-themed pumpkins, such as CFL bulbs or wind turbines. And MSRI (located just above the Lab) is hosting a Halloween and science celebration for families on Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Danielle Feinberg will talk about a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how the Pixar animation scientists used math and science to save the day. The free event takes place Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley City College (2050 Center St.). More>
The prize, which celebrate science that “first makes you laugh, and then makes you think,” honored ten groups of scientists, for research that included the biological benefits of intense kissing, the most painful body parts to be stung by a bee, and the universality of the word ‘huh’ across languages. More>
A key feature of science is the ability to reproduce experiments, checking another group’s work by using its materials and following its methods then comparing the results. But worries have grown that many nonreproducible results are working their way into the scientific literature. Berkeley Lab life scientist Mina Bissell is quoted in the article. More>
Which state generate the most utility-scale solar power? Who discovered the photovoltaic effect? How many mirrors are used at the world’s largest solar power facility? Try to answer these and other inquiries to test your solar power knowledge. More>
July 22 features high-flying stunts by the troupe Les Aerielles, who will perform aerial acrobatics, with performances at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The Big Bug Bonanza takes place on July 29. August events include Space: The Final Frontier, Real-Life Robotics, and Fizzy Foamy Science. More>