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Astounding photos of a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who hunts with a golden eagle.
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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS. Just over one week left 'til one of the most extraordinary nights you'll ever experience. 

Support scientific research, the Academy, and magical evenings—grab your Big Bang Party After Dark tickets here: 
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HYDROMASH IS MADE OF JELLIES! And soon, your diapers, TP, & tampons may be too.  

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The New York Times Lens blog recently featured the work of Tim Flach, whose beautiful (often jarringly beautiful) portraits of animals don't let you look away. 

Flach "wants you to look at animals the way you look at people"; see the slideshow here:
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Cute, putty tat. Ohhhh!!
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Let's Lamprima (aurata). Golden stag beetle, as scanned by the CAS Project Lab. 
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Awesome.  I love to catch Rose Shaffer's flying around they look this, except their heads are different.
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We're gearing up for Earth Day on April 22! Get celebratory with these breathtaking images of our home ... taken from very, very faraway:
NASA's fleet of satellites took a slew of beautiful images of Earth this year. From erupting volcanoes and wildfire scars to idyllic islands and surreal cloud formations, here are our favorites.
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Skywatch alert: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE tomorrow night! (Totality = 12:06 am PDT. ) Details:
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More than 100 of the pieces featured in this +San Francisco International Airport exhibit are from our very own Anthropology Collections. See them through mid-May! 

CNN coverage:
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Heard the news? There's new (strong) evidence that Saturn's Enceladus hosts a large, subsurface ocean—making it "potentially a very attractive place to look for life." 

Scientific American coverage:
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Very interesting...are we not alone in the Universe?

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Fireplace gazing not really your style? We suggest 2 minutes of macro man o' war tentacles. 

Coral Morphologic teams up with Geologist (of Animal Collective) for this video:
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Almost hypnotizing!
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$$$Science MuseumToday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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People talk about rainforest, living roof, albino alligator, steinhart aquarium and morrison planetarium
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Adrian Sanchez
reviewed a month ago
Since its opening a few years back it never stops to amaze me. This is the best and coolest building in the city. Inside is super cool, great exhibits, the Philippines' coral reef is spectacular, so many fish and species to admire! Very cool store and things to learn. Even the cafeteria has a great menu. Staff is fantastic. I wish I could go there every day!
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Lawrence Hood
reviewed a month ago
The Academy of Sciences is a wonderful museum with plenty of diverse and exciting exhibits to visit. I love touching starfish and abalone with my bare hands! Also, they host events during the week like nightlife on Thursdays, where they turn the museum into a dance party. I haven't gone yet but it sounds like fun!
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Tina C
reviewed a month ago
They newly renovated California Academy of Sciences location is pretty impressive. It's an excellent place to bring your kids - they def. do a great job in making everything fun and educational for both children and adults of all ages. I love all their exhibits, rain forest (butterflies flying around freely), aquarium with tons of fish and other species. They also have an albino alligator -- pretty neat! One of the main attractions is their sustainable Living Roof. There are so many interactive exhibits and things to see here that you can easily spend a few hours up to a whole day here. There's also a cafe with tons seating for your mid-day break and plenty of adult and children friendly eats! big kudos and a huge +1 for being educational and environmental friendly.
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Laura Tang
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Been here on quite a few occasions: - Thursday's Nightlife - SF Beer Week - Google Experts event The museum is fun and informative in itself and also serves as a great background for a multitude of events. The staff is always friendly and I believe the catering for Nightlife and the Google events were done in-house. The catered food is consistent although I have never eaten in the museum cafe. It's great that the museum can have events for adults specifically but it's also a great venue to take children to explore.
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Alyx Barranger
reviewed a week ago
Such an awesome place to visit - they literally have everything here. It's like a science palace for adults. Came here for a private event at the aquarium and it was so much fun. It's a great place to host events! Highly recommend coming here if you like science-y things.
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Joe Sterne
reviewed 3 weeks ago
One of the coolest places in SF proper...if not the Bay Area. Make sure to check out the biodome and head down stairs to check out the fishes & such. AMAZING floor to ceiling windows will make you feel like you can reach out and hug a shark (I wouldn't recommend doing that). Lovely staff and clean bathrooms. A peaceful tea garden is right outside the front door as well.