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Earth 2.0: Habitable Exoplanets?

April 21, doors 6 pm, program at 7 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

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Dr. Chick Woodward of the U's Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics prefers to think of the title for this upcoming Café as Earth 2.0+. Why? According to Dr. Woodward, that will be the start of his narrative arc:

"There are lots of 'mirror Earths,' but like the midway at the State Fair, the view depends on the mirror you are using…"

Intrigued? So are we! Join us at the Bryant-Lake Bowl on April 21 to discover the meaning behind Dr. Woodward's cipher, and the significance it holds for the future of life in the Universe.

Photo courtesy of NASA  
 


 

Feathered Ghosts: The Fish-Eating Owls of Northeast Asia

May 19, doors 6 pm, program at 7 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

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Dr. Jonathan Slaght, a conservation biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program, is a leading expert on one of the rarest raptors, the Blakiston’s fish owl (above, with Slaght.) Join us as he describes his research into the secret lives of the fish owl—massive, shy creatures that prey mostly on salmon. Slaght will also discuss how the divergent economies of Russia and Japan (where these birds are found) have influenced conservation efforts.

Slaght received a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota, and is also considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Blakiston’s fish owl and likely knows more about this endangered species than anyone else in North America.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Slaght



A Happy Hour Forum for Science and Culture


Cafe Scientifique

The Bell Museum provides this happy hour program for adults that pairs research from the University of Minnesota and beyond with unique and atmospheric venues in the Twin Cities.

Each monthly gathering (September – May) explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.


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Café Scientifique Around The World
Across the country and around the globe, adults who share an interest in scientific research are gathering in pubs and coffee houses for informal discussions on relevant and often provocative scientific topics. Science Cafés and Café Scientifique events are a chance for adults to exchange opinions and ideas about science and related issues. International Café Scientifique Website

 

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