The DC Science Café, founded by Ivan Amato in 2011, provides an opportunity for the public to become directly engaged in open, facilitated, curiosity-driven discussions about the scientific discoveries and technologies that fascinate, enlighten, amuse, befuddle, terrify and otherwise move us. These discussions will cover everything from the origin of the universe to the ethical dilemmas that accompany new reproductive technologies to the magical materials still latent within the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements.
Our aim is to give the general public an opportunity to participate in lively and important discussions about the consequential scientific discoveries and issues of our times. No science background required!
DC Science Cafés happen roughly every two months at Busboys and Poets’ 5th and K St location near downtown Washington, D.C. For more information or to be notified about future events, contact Ivan Amato, founder and facilitator of DC Science Café, at DCScienceCafe@dcswa.org
Our eyes gift us with access to the colors, shapes, textures, motions, and spatial contexts of our world. Yet the human visual system is just one among many that have evolved under different environmental and ecological pressures. Join sensory physiologist Tom Cronin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County for a discussion about some of biology’s most amazing and capable visual systems. Cronin and his colleagues have studied the visual systems of squids, butterflies, fiddler crabs, cuttlefish, primates, dolphins, orioles, reef fishes, sponges, poison-dart frogs, fireflies, octopus, deep-sea crabs, whooping cranes, and mantis shrimp—wondrous and often comedic crustaceans—that rely on their world-record 16 different light receptors (we have four) to make visual sense of their water world.
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD
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One of our time’s most uplifting and profound adventures of discovery has been the hunt for exoplanets—planets circling other stars. In our most local neighborhood of the Milky Way, scientists have confirmed the presence of 1000s of planets circling our Sun’s closest stellar neighbors. Coming are new observational tools and techniques that many suspect will enable us, in our lifetimes, to enjoy the superlatively profound moment when researchers detect the first signs of life beyond Earth. For a rare insider view on this great adventure, join exoplanetary scientist R. Paul Butler, one of the earliest and now most prolific exoplanet hunters, and Steven J. Dick, an astronomer and historian of science who has devoted his career to chronicling humanity’s profound and complex curiosity about other worlds and the life those other worlds might harbor.