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On Thursday, March 30, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting its fourth Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children.

Displays and hands-on activities will be supplied by organizations including the National Weather Service, Marine Mammal Center, USGS Library, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Marine Science Institute, Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County, Recology, Learningtech, Camp Edmo, Cheeky Monkey Toys, and Kepler’s Books.

Attendees will be able to visit the various demonstration and exhibit stations at their own pace during this free event, which will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The Menlo Park main library is located at 800 Alma Street. The Science Night event is funded in part by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

Photo courtesy of Menlo Park Library

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“Geology Up-Close” is USGS public lecture on Feb. 23

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USGS Geologists Leslie Hayden and Diane Moore, USGS Research Geologist Kathryn Watt, USGS Research Hydrologist Marjorie Schulz, and USGS Research Geophysicist Lara Stern will present this free public lecture on February 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm. The location is Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Taking down a giant: 699 tons of SLAC’s Accelerator removed for upgrade

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For the first time in more than 50 years, a door that is opened at the western end of the historic linear accelerator at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory casts light on four empty walls stretching as far as the eye can see. This end of the linac – a full kilometer […]

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Spotted: Science in action at Hillview Middle School

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Hillview Middle School held its annual science fair this past week. Over 100 students worked on about 70 projects, some as two-person teams. Eighth grader Maya presented Silence in Space. Photo by Gina Hart (c) 2017

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Galaxy Clusters is topic of public lecture at SLAC on Jan. 31

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SLAC Research Scientist Eli Rykoff will give a talk titled Galaxy Clusters and the Life and Death of the Universe at the Kavli Auditorium (Building 51) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Seated is limited to 150; overflow will be directed to other rooms to watch the live steam. The […]

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Encinal School students get involved with engineering at a Build It Festival

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Students in grades second through fifth  at Encinal School in Atherton had an engineering event on Monday, with a Build It Festival from the Lawrence Hall of Sciences and an animation studio. Students constructed towers, bridges, and support structures, using their creativity, design skills, and spacial reasoning to build in both two and three dimensions. Students worked in […]

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Free USGS public lecture examines tsunamis on January 26

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Menlo Park’s “Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate” set to reveal everything about America’s favorite sweet

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Menlo Park residents Sally and Howard Peters were trained and worked as chemists, but now it’s as “Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate” that they’re best known. The reason: Since 2004, they’ve  toured the United States sharing their presentation, “Chocolate — Food of the Gods,” which explores the history and chemistry of one of America’s favorite treats. Their […]

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SLAC research shows how tiny device can disinfect water in minutes, not hours

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In many parts of the world, the only way to make germy water safe is by boiling, which consumes precious fuel, or by putting it out in the sun in a plastic bottle so ultraviolet rays will kill the microbes. But because UV rays carry only 4 percent of the sun’s total energy, the UV […]

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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori talks about the intersection of science and faith

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Katharine Jefferts Schori has worn two very different hats in her professional life, one as oceanographer and the other as cleric. She brought those experiences to the fore at Trinity Church in Menlo Park last Sunday, first giving an Advent reflection, and then discussing science and faith at a community forum after the service. Her curiosity about the […]

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“Ecological stressors” is topic of next USGS lecture on Nov. 17

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A. Keith Miles, Director of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, will address “Ecological Stressors: It’s a Lot of ‘WERC’” on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 pm. The free public lecture will take place at USGS’ Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

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