Posts Tagged ‘CAS’

OMG, It’s “Animal Attraction!” Come See the New Exhibit at Our California Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Here it is, it just opened.

I’ll have to check it out soon.

You should too.

All right, see you there!

OMG, It’s Time to Enter the California Academy Sciences’ LoveLife Photo Competition – Deadline is February 1st – Prizes!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

It’s easy to play.

All the deets.

A 2011 submission from Donald Chan:

“The LoveLife photo competition returns for a second year with two new categories and many more prizes! Submit your loveliest photos of Academy life and conservation photography to be judged by top photo editors and experts. Then vote for your favorite photos online to be entered in the People’s Choice Award. All winners will be announced at the March 1st Nightlife. Visit the new Love Life Photo exhibit in the Children’s Gallery to see last year’s winners.

Entry deadline: February 1st, 2012

How to Enter

From January 1st, 2012 through February 1st, 2012 post your high resolution photograph entries on Flickr and tag your photos “lovelife2012″.

Categories

  1. Land life: butterflies, snakes, alligator… all life on land
  2. Aquatic life: fish, sea stars, coral… all life underwater
  3. Family life: people at the Academy
  4. NightLife: the Academy at night
  5. Mobile life: the Academy captured by smart phone
  6. Protect life: photography that encourages awareness or action for the natural world

Categories 1-5 must be photographed in the Academy between February 14, 2011 and February 1, 2012. Category 6 may be taken anywhere.

Judges

  • Michael Carabetta, Chronicle Books Design Director
  • Eric Chang, Lytro Director of Photography
  • Suzi Esterhaus, Wildlife Photographer
  • Greg Farrington, Academy Executive Director
  • Russell Yip, San Francisco Chronicle Photo Editor

Prizes

  • Grand Prize winner: Dinner and hotel getaway in San Francisco, including a room at Hotel Vitale and dinner at 54 Mint, a Lytro 16GB Light Field Camera, Adobe Photoshop, and an Academy Conservation Photography Excursion
  • Six Category winners: a Lytro 8GB Light Field Camera,Chronicle photography books, and an Academy Conservation Photography Workshop.
  • People’s Choice Award: Adobe Photoshop and Chronicle photography books.

Awards presentation will take place at March 1st NightLife. Winning images will be projected onscreen.

Tomorrow’s Mission to Mars Will be a Lot Bigger Than NASA’s Previous Efforts – Meet the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Rover

Friday, November 25th, 2011

When you’re on a mission to M/A/R/R/S, you gots to pump up the volume, like how NASA is doing with tomorrow’s launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL).

Check out this shot showing the size of the new rover’s wheels, via our California Academy of Sciences.

Three rover wheels at #NASAtweetup show the relative sizes for Curiosity, Spirit/Opportunity, and Pathfinder:

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Check it:

Curiosity will be five times as large, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit or Opportunity.”

Here’s a family portrait:

Via NASA/JPL

Bon Courage, NASA

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is preparing to set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.

Curiosity will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.

Plans for the Mars Science Laboratory call for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, between Nov. 25 and Dec.18, 2011, and arrival at Mars in August 2012.

The spacecraft has been designed to steer itself during descent through Mars’ atmosphere with a series of S-curve maneuvers similar to those used by astronauts piloting NASA space shuttles. During the three minutes before touchdown, the spacecraft slows its descent with a parachute, then uses retro rockets mounted around the rim of an upper stage. In the final seconds, the upper stage acts as a sky crane, lowering the upright rover on a tether to the surface.

Curiosity is about twice as long (about 3 meters or 10 feet) and five times as heavy as NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched in 2003. It inherited many design elements from them, including six-wheel drive, a rocker-bogie suspension system and cameras mounted on a mast to help the mission’s team on Earth select exploration targets and driving routes. Unlike earlier rovers, Curiosity carries equipment to gather samples of rocks and soil, process them and distribute them to onboard test chambers inside analytical instruments”

OMG, It’s Local Bites This Sunday at the CalAcademy! Meet Chefs from 25 Lusk, Nopalito, DOSA, Delfina…

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Just hop on over to the Local Bites webpage at our California Academy of Sciences to see what they’ll have in store for you the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2011.

See?

“Get a taste of the Academy! Gather with friends and neighbors in the garden for a Sunday afternoon featuring local chefs, music, and fun for all ages. Sample tasty bites crafted by chefs who employ green practices and learn about local farmers markets, organic gardening, Academy landscaping and more!”

All the deets:

“Sunday, August 21

Celebrate the wonderful fruits of August! You’re sure to see and taste some crafty and delicious bites by our next set of famous local chefs – tomatoes, peaches anyone?

Schedule & Location

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
West Garden, California Academy of Sciences

Pricing

Combo GA Adult $39.95 (includes Event & Academy General Admission)
Combo GA Youth (4-17)* $34.90 (includes Event & Academy General Admission)
Event Only Adult $19.95 (does not include admission to the Academy)
Event Only Youth (4-17)* $9.95 (does not include admission to the Academy)
Member $14.95 (for members and their guests)
Member Youth (4-17)* $9.95
*Children 3 and under are free.

Buy Tickets

Please Note: JFK Drive is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays. If you drive, we recommend you enter the Concourse Garage at 10th and Fulton.”

All right, see you there!

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Chocolate-Themed CalAcademy NightLife! Carolers, Indoor Snow Flurries, Chocolate Martinis, and Reindeer on Dec. 16th

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will go all out with its choco-themed NightLife starting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 16th, 2010.

Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.

Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:

“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting.  Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more.  Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists.  This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble.  Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th

Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th

The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm

WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration.   Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish.  Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.

WHO:

Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting

LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak

TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm

WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010

WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.

At Our CalAcademy:”A Taste of NightLife” a Huge Success Last Night – Science of Surfing and Indie Mart Coming in December

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Here’s your sked for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences:

11/25 – No NightLife due to Thanksgiving

12/2 – “Surf’s Up NightLife” – The Science, Art and Culture of Surfing

12/9 – “Indie-Mart NightLife” – An Indie-mart trunk show, plus live music from A B and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble

And here’s what it was like last night.

It’s like walking into the future, or something:

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And, as always, Scientists on Duty, presented for your inspection:

Now, it was food night last night, so you needed to get there early to get the necessary show pass to see what you want to see. Here’s just a part of it:

Food Demonstrations
NightLife, KQED and a variety of expert organizations have a treat for all of you foodies this week: food demonstrations that with stimulate both your taste buds and your mind.  A select few attendees of each talk will get to sample the outcome.  Topics include:

The Science of Taste – Presented by Bill Briwa, Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America and 18 Reasons, including Flavor Bar and Miracle Fruit demonstrations

The Science of Chocolate – Presented by Tcho andMadecasse

Beer and other Sundry topics – Presented by Roadtrip Nation
Including clips from their popular series.

And there was some big tasting having to do with taste buds and whatnot – we got there a bit late so I don’t know what that was like.

But there’s always something else going on at NightLife.

See you there (after Thanksgiving)!

The Ridiculously-Colored Paradise Tanagers of California Academy of Sciences – Best Photos Yet

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Learn all about colorful Paradise Tanagers of the rainforest exhibit of California Academy of Sciences.

Make a point to check out Rachael Tom’s photos over at their site.

These critters make nests out of whatever they can find. See?

See you there in the dome at the CAS!

“Pierre the Penguin: A True Story” Launches at CalAcademy – The Best Book Reading Ever

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Wetsuits and and live animals – that’s what all book readings should have. And that’s the way it was this morning at our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park when the new book Pierre the Penguin: A True Story made its debut.

And the reviews are in.

The bird himself, back when he needed a jacket:

After a thumbs up from the kids…

..it was time for a penguin feeding:

And there he is, famous Pierre, in the middle. His feathers growed back…

…so he no longer has a need for his wetsuit:

Here are the deets:

“When Pierre – an elderly penguin at the California Academy of Sciences – begins to go bald, the staff is worried. Without his feathers, Pierre is too cold to swim. He also looks different from the rest of the colony, so the other penguins begin to pick on him. Academy biologists try every treatment in the books to prompt new feather growth, but none of the traditional strategies work. Finally, aquatic biologist Pam Schaller has an idea: why not fit the shivering bird with a neoprene wetsuit to keep him warm? She designs a tiny wetsuit especially for Pierre, but will it work? Told in rhyme by noted I SPY author Jean Marzollo, and paired with gorgeous paintings from acclaimed wildlife artist Laura Regan, this inspirational true story comes to life.”

This tome will be on sale at the CalAcademy.

Your next chance to get in on the fun will be at one of the upcoming Penguins and Pajamas.

Penguins and Pajamas – Stay Overnight With Your Kid at the California Academy of Sciences!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Oh it’s on! Grab a slot on one of these upcoming Friday nights, June 18, July 16, or August 13, 2010, and then head over to our fantastic California Academy of Sciences with your kid for an overnighter.

It’s a Night at the Museum, baby! Check it:

“Participants can take in the evening songs of the rainforest birds, sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool, and watch the fish cruise under the moonlight in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Then, guests can catch a special penguin talk, and become stargazing gurus during an after-hours planetarium show.

“Before bedtime, sleepover guests can grab a snack of cookies and milk and settle in for story time, featuring “Pierre the Penguin,” the true story of the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, participants can unroll their sleeping bags in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, it’s time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8:30 am.”

If you’re an Academy Member, then all this is just $99 per kid aged six and up.

Be sure to take along your pigiami del pinguino, you know, something like this:

via amanky

This is going to be mega. All the deets:

“PENGUINS AND PAJAMAS” SLEEPOVER PROGRAM AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES LAUNCHES IN JUNE

Tickets for new summer sleepover events go on sale at www.calacademy.org May 1st

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2010) — Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Starting this summer, kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. The “Penguins and Pajamas” sleepover program, for children ages 6 and over and their adult chaperones, will launch with three summer events on Friday, June 18, July 16, and August 13. Tickets will be available at www.calacademy.org beginning on May 1.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm, when sleepover guests are invited to come in and explore the Academy after it’s closed to the public. Participants can take in the evening songs of the rainforest birds, sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool, and watch the fish cruise under the moonlight in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Then, guests can catch a special penguin talk, and become stargazing gurus during an after-hours planetarium show.

Before bedtime, sleepover guests can grab a snack of cookies and milk and settle in for story time, featuring “Pierre the Penguin,” the true story of the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, participants can unroll their sleeping bags in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, it’s time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8:30 am.

The “Penguins and Pajamas” Academy sleepover package includes overnight parking in the Music Concourse parking garage as well as next-day museum admission, breakfast, snacks, and a special commemorative gift. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café or the Moss Room.

What: “Penguins and Pajamas” sleepover program

Who: Open to children ages 6 and over; an adult chaperone must accompany every group of up to five children.

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 94118

When: 6:30pm – 8:30am on Friday, June 18, July 16, and August 13

Tickets: $119 ($99 for Academy members), tickets available starting May 1, 2010 at www.calacademy.org.

Extreme Mammals, a Major Exhibit, Opens April 3rd at the California Academy of Sciences

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The Cal Academy, our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, has a new exhibit opening Saturday, April 3 - it’s called Extreme Mammals: the Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time and it’ll run all the way through September 12, 2010.

Don Sanchez has all the deets – take the tour. See? There’s lots of stuff to look at.

And here’s a live one on display - this little treeshrew loves to screech and jump around, that’s all it did when I was there. Is it a dead ringer for Scrat from the Ice Age series? Through the glass with the tail on the right side:

A lot of the critters portrayed are no longer with us. Like this Ambulocetus, a sacrilegious, walking half-whale:

And of course, a huge diorama:

That’s the show, but I also got a chance to check out the climate-controlled catacombs of the Cal Academy today - here’s Research Associate Dr. Galen Rathbun showing off his collection of elephant shrews. He’ll soon be trekking to Africa for more research:

Your kids will love Extreme Mammals.

And for you non-kids out there aged 21 and up, I’ll remind you that popular NightLife picks up steam this month. They’re going to get extreme ‘n stuff, starting tonight. And don’t miss out on the real live cheetah they’ll have on Arpil 15. Check it: 

“NightLife gets “Extreme” during April (Ages 21+) Thursdays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
In April, NightLife gets “extreme” in celebration of the opening of Extreme Mammals. Highlights include a Yuri’s Night party with extreme robots (4/8); a celebration of our extreme home, Earth – the only planet known to support life (Earth Day, 4/22); and tales about white sharks, of one of the ocean’s most extreme predators (4/29).  Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors from 6-10 pm for NightLife, a chance for adults ages 21+ to explore the museum in a whole new light, with DJs, bars, and provocative science programming.  A valid ID is required for entry.  Admission is $12 per person ($10 Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.  (415) 379-8000.
www.calacademy.org/nightlife.

4-1 – “Extremely Jurassic” with Paleontologist Scott Sampson and Miles the DJ
4-8 – “Extremely Cosmic” – Yuri’s Night, Extreme Robots, and the SpaceCowboys
4-15 – “Extremely Warm-Blooded” – All about mammals including a big cat show, with music by Aaron Pope
4-22 – “Extremely Green” – An Earth Day celebration with green games, interactive displays and DJ Michael Anthony

All the deets of the new mammals exhibit after the jump.

See you there!

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