Science Week at Public Works!

It’s Science Week at Public Works! We’ve got two fun & fantastic events this week that will have you meeting new folks, enjoying a tasty cocktail (or two), and tickling your brain — and learning a thing or two in the process.

First, start your week in reverse Monday evening (Oct. 30) as Science Friday partners with the Bay Area Science Festival to host Science Friday Trivia at Public Works. Radio host Ira Flatow will be dishing up team trivia (singles welcome: you’ll be paired into teams with like-minded folks) that delves deep into all things science… for instance:

Q: Are the creatures we call daddy-long-legs or harvestmen actually spiders?

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Q: Why are the blue-footed booby’s feet … well, blue?

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Q: The Kelvin scale measures what exactly?

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OK, these aren’t actual SciFri (see what we did there?) trivia questions … but they could be. If you know the answers to any of these questions — or you just wish you did — join us this Monday evening and strut your stuff!

Then this Wednesday, Nov. 2, it’s Science Speakeasy time at Public Works. Presented by the Bay Area Science Festival and the Leakey Foundation, Science Speakeasy is an easygoing event that blends science with storytelling, teaching you new things through good conversations, exciting stories, hands-on experiments, and the delightful one-two punch of food and drink.

This time around the theme is “Fake or Fact,” a very timely topic. Hosts Dr. Todd Disotell (a biological anthropologist at New York University) and Elah Feder (co-host and producer for Science Friday podcast Undiscovered) will explore the differences between fact and fiction, and the ways that the limits of human understanding often result in one bleeding into the other, and vice versa.

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So join us at either (or better yet, both) of these two events. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll walk away a little bit smarter than before you came in. Not bad for a weeknight, huh?