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Bikes, Beer and Movies -Oh My

August 3, 2010
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Date: 
August 4, 2010 – 6:00pm – 9:15pm

Come celebrate the East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s new office and the opening of the Berkeley Bike Station (the second largest in the country!). Bike Station operator Alameda Bicycles and the Bicycle Coalition are teaming up for an open house party and movie night. On Wednesday August 4th, roll down, make use of the free valet bike parking, check out the multitude of bike racks and Alameda Bicycle’s show room, and help the Bicycle Coalition warm up our new digs. We’ll have food, locally brewed beer from Bison Brewing Co., and our new projector will be showing bikey films. Then, at 9:15, we’ll walk to a nearby movie theater to watch Inception together. The first 100 people who RSVP to the party will get a discounted ticket – only $3 – to the movie!

To RSVP, send an email with your name to jim (at)alamedabicycle(dot) com. Location: 2208 Shattuck Ave., Downtown Berkeley


You like science, don’t cha

July 16, 2010
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7/17/10

UC Berkeley Campus
Genetics and Plant Biology Building, Room 100
Berkeley, CA
http://scienceatcal.berkeley.edu/lectures

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free, public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences.

Doors open thirty minutes before the talk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each talk is planned to last an hour, including time for at least a few questions at the end. Admission is free and no science background is required.

This Month’s Topic:
Prof. Bruce Buffett on “Planetary Magnetic Fields”.

“Many of the planets in the solar system have internally generated magnetic fields. All of these fields are produced by the motion of an electrically conducting fluid in the interior, although the details vary from planet to planet. Historical observations of the magnetic field on Earth show that the field is continually changing on time scales as short as a few years. Earth’s magnetic field also exhibits spontaneous polarity reversals, which cause the north and south magnetic poles to flip. The mechanism for reversals is not well understood, but geological records suggest that the onset of reversals is accompanied by a sudden reduction in the field strength. A strong field re-emerges from the interior as the new polarity is established. In this presentation I will discuss the origin of planetary magnetic fields. I will also speculate about the current decline in Earth’s field, which has prompted some researchers to suggest that the field is entering the next reversal.”