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Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers
7/14/14, 11:32 am

Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks and penguins? Camp out at the Academy for a night and you'll see the museum in a whole new light. 

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Frog Tongues
7/7/14, 12:34 pm

Frog tongues are amazingly fast and super sticky. 

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Serpentine Soil
6/30/14, 12:31 pm

Academy botanist Dylan Burge studies the sturdy plants that thrive in serpentine soil.

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Trucking Salmon
6/16/14, 2:58 pm

With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

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Saving Whales
6/9/14, 3:11 pm

A team of dedicated volunteers work to free an entangled whale off the coast of California.

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Citizen Science and iNaturalist
6/9/14, 10:54 am
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Skulls TV Spot
6/5/14, 9:52 am

Everybody loves skulls. Discover the clues skulls hold about how animals eat, hunt, and evolve in this revealing new exhibit. Now open through November 2, 2014. Learn more about the exhibit here.

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Skulls: Scaffolding Under the Skin
5/14/14, 1:02 pm

A peek behind-the-scenes at the Academy's new Skulls exhibit.

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Gary Williams - Science Hero #3
5/12/14, 12:09 pm

Gary Williams, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, talks about finding a new genus of sea fan. 

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Gary Williams - Science Hero #2
5/12/14, 12:01 pm

Gary Williams, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, talks about his research. 

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Gary Williams - Science Hero #1
5/12/14, 11:56 am

Gary Williams, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, discusses his early interest in science.

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Journey through your DNA
5/5/14, 11:38 am

Featuring Anne Wojcicki in conversation with Dr. Moira Gunn of NPR's Tech Nation.

What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all six billion chemical letters of it—read, stored and available for analysis? Hear from 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcicki as she forges the path into a new era of personalized, gene-based data.

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A Renewable Horizon
5/5/14, 11:36 am

Featuring Daniel Nocera and Tom Steyer in conversation with Greg Dalton of The Commonwealth Club's Climate One.

As the Earth heats up at a dangerous rate and fossil fuels diminish, forward thinking citizens and businesses are leading the way in exploring clean, renewable sources of power. Hear professor-inventor Daniel Nocera and investor-environmentalist Tom Steyer share their perspectives on the latest innovations in renewable energy.

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How Geology Affects Biology
4/24/14, 12:05 pm

Ever wonder how Earth materials and processes directly impact the distribution and health of living organisms? Academy geologist Jean DeMouthe presents a richly illustrated lecture on the nature of geologic materials and how they affect living things. She provides examples of how geologic processes affect ecosystems, from a tiny spring on a hillside to a big explosive volcanic eruption. Hear about the minerals, rocks, and soil that provide nutrients as well as substrate on and in which plants and animals live. Learn about how geological factors can produce chemical or physical barriers that affect what can and cannot live in a particular area. The talk wraps up with a discussion of how the Academy's geologic collections provide insight into and history of biodiversity and evolution.

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What Does the Mantis Shrimp See?
4/21/14, 2:32 pm

Mantis shrimp eyes have 12 photo receptors, human eyes only have three. Can they see a whole world of color we cannot?

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Secrets of flight
4/14/14, 2:11 pm

Scientists are studying animals and insects to learn their secrets of flight. 

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