Join Nerd Nite North Bay for our March 1st show on Bay Area Mysteries, How Science Makes Magic Work and The Novato Space Station Museum!
Mysteries of the Bay Area
Shipwrecks, Strange Stones and Secret Graves
From sunken treasure and spaceships to mass graves and massive walls, Nerd Nite brings you more Bay Area unsolved mysteries than Unsolved Mysteries. Get a history of UFO sightings in the Bay Area, hear the grisly details of Evergreen Cemetery’s mass burial, learn about the Drake’s Bay disaster that sunk a huge (and still undiscovered) trove of gold just off the Golden State, and follow the baffling Tomales Bay stone walls that lead into the Great Unknown.
Robin Marks runs Discovery Street Tours, a local business offering science-themed walking tours of the city. She is also a science writer and tutor, curriculum developer, and enthusiastic urban explorer. She previously reported for various NPR stations and did development for the Exploratorium. Her favorite element is sodium, because it’s tasty and explodes in water.
Got Your Knows
How Neuroscience Makes Magic Work
Real magic fools the brain and the mind, with science exploiting the gap between what we know about the world and how we feel it works. The subjective experience of perception and attention is an illusion, with our brains filling in the gaps. For magic to work, the hand doesn’t need to be quicker than the eye, just quicker than our ability to interpret what we’re perceiving. Learn how neuroscience and magic intersect to blur the boundaries between the probable and the impossible.
Luigi Anzivino is the Scientific Content Developer for the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium. He earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA with his studies on how the brain is able to to pay attention to its surroundings, an excellent background for performing sleight of hand magic. Luigi enjoys designing experiences that create uncertainty, the urge to explore, and suggest that the world is not always as it seems.
Marin’s Space Station Museum
To Infinity and Be-… back in time for dinner! Discover one of the world’s largest private collections of space exploration artifacts at Novato’s Space Station Museum. From a full size Gemini boiler to items from the moon and Apollo missions, see how a local “moon room” of U.S., Russian and Soviet space memorabilia became a fully operational space museum and supplied many of the permanent displays at The Chabot Space & Science Center.
Ken and Debbie Winans founded and curate The Space Station Museum in Novato. They also founded The W Foundation, an award winning non-profit organization dedicated to the public education of the history and future benefits of space exploration.
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