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"The Holy Grail we're searching for is a planet like Earth." Check Speculative Films' gorgeous "Search for 'Earth Proxima,'" as featured in +The Atlantic: theatln.tc/2a36ZC4.
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Until we find it, and have the means and and methods to get everyone there, I humbly request that we focus on preserving the home planet we have.
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What's your favorite Academy Easter egg? We could never pick just one, of course ... oh wait: SECRET MINI ELEPHANT HERD. 🐘🐘🐘
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If the phrase "butt bristles" doesn't alarm you, you haven't heard how this newly discovered species (and genus!) of tarantula handles close-quarters combat: calacade.my/29jdh0t.
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Hello from our busy-being-beautiful, Philippines coral reef fishes. 👋🏼
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Explore the unbelievable beauty of 🌎 's deep reefs—our new #TwilightZone exhibit is NOW OPEN! calacade.my/1th72TH
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What a beautiful exhibit -- we can't wait to check it out!
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You've got scorpion questions? WE"VE GOT SCORPION ANSWERS. Arachnology curator Lauren Esposito takes to +Tumblr tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern for our very first #AnswerTime . (No Tumblr? No problem! Anyone can submit questions.) calacade.my/1NAwhHd
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Is it possible to create something like a friendship with the scorpion not only getting used to you but also expressing somehow that it likes you? 
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Three tiny signs of Eurasian lynx comeback—part of a larger, inspiring "rewilding" effort in the Alps. (Photo by Laurent Geslin.) bit.ly/2ajRlHi
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SPERM-WHALE SUPERPOD! Giant-sized awe you have to see to believe—via photographer Tony Wu & bioGraphic: calacade.my/29ADsU2.
A photographer slips into the ocean to swim among hundreds of sperm whales—witnessing a rarely seen social spectacle.
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A burst of light brighter than the Sun & a shockwave that shattered windows: Our VizStudio team takes on the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor in this immersive, 360° clip from our new planetarium show, “Incoming!”💥 ➡️ 💥 calacademy.org/incoming
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"Let's honor those we lost by creating a better world, starting today." —Academy director Jon Foley. ‪#‎OrlandoUnited‬

(Images by biologists Tim Wong & Rich Ross.)
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Go +Golden State Warriors ! All of us animals—especially our macaws & biologists—are rooting for you. Bring us victory and fruit-snacks, please.
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It's ‪#‎WildWed‬! Hope your day is as happy as our splendid garden eels (Gorgasia preclara) in a cloud of brine shrimp. Video by biologist Tim Wong.
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55 Music Concourse DriveUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94118
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"The best thing about CAS is their thursday Night Life event."
"It has a great rainforest section, and a beautiful aquarium."
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Erin Winick
2 months ago
They pack and amazing amount into a small space! There is a lot to do and see here that is extremely unique. The Amazon exhibit is awesome and well maintained. They have an incredibly modern and up to date planetarium show as well which is included with admission. They have great student discounts and an additional 5 dollars off with a brochure add that can be found at most hotels in the areas. I was able to save $20 off admission for 2 students total. I would highly reccomend checking this out. It was one of my favorite museums I have visited.
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Johnny Bui
2 weeks ago
This was my first time visiting the Academy of Sciences, which I was interested in seeing because it looks great from the outside. However, for numerous reasons I was quite disappointed and did not think it was worth the price of admission. 1. Penguins and alligator should not be there. I felt terrible for the penguins and alligator. Anybody who considers themselves an animal lover should not go here. Is anybody really learning anything about the alligator when you can see them on tv or visit them in their natural habitats? We are teaching kids that it's acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity so people can point and stare at them for 30 seconds. 2. Way too many kids running around. I felt like it was an afternoon day care. 3. Price of admission. 35 bucks for one adult ticket? Seriously? I spent 2 1/2 hours there and saw everything I needed to. I kindly asked the guy at the counter if I could get a AAA discount, but instead was told I had to go in person to a AAA branch office to get a discount. If you're short on time I recommend go see the De Young Museum, or the Botanical Garden.
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Steven Moran
3 weeks ago
Great place to take the family. Plenty of awesome learning opportunities. The planetarium and the rainforest exhibit are pretty amazing. I also enjoy the weekly night life events that they host, although the fire alarm went off during the last night life event I went to causing it to end quite early...
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Oliver Ames
3 months ago
This is, without a doubt, the best natural history museum on the West coast and one of the best in the United States. On a summer trip to San Francisco from the east coast, I took the time to visit the museum and ended up spending the entire day exploring the exhibits. The planetarium shows are fantastic and they work closely with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to put on shows. The tropical bio-dome was amazing and the collection of sea life is astounding. The scientists are there to answer your questions and sometimes let you go hands on with the animals! This museum really gives you an appreciation for the natural world. It's a must visit!
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Marcus Anzelone
a month ago
I finally got to visit about a year ago. This museum always inspired knowledge when I was a child. I remember since the Planetarium for the first time, and was just amazed. I think I studied astrology for a year after that experience. The new museum even goes further. The generation today is in for a real treat. Job well done!
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Katherine Sun
2 weeks ago
Great spot for the family, but also for adults. My first time here was for one of the Academy of Sciences After Dark events, where it's adults-only and they sell alcohol inside. It makes it fun to go after work with coworkers or friends. We went as a group for a team bonding event. There's quite a bit to see and the tickets were only $15.
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Lan Jiang
a week ago
(Review from my 5-year-old daughter) I really love it, especially the earthquake part. When I was about to go to the shake house, I got very scared, but it turned out to be not scary at all afterwards. When I went to the rain forest, I really wanted the butterfly to land on me. At the aquarium, I saw two divers, and I high-fived with them :)
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steve hamada
3 weeks ago
A very cool place to spend half your day in SF. My 9 year old son loves this place. The hlass enclosed ecosystem is very unique and the butterflies, birds, and bugs are really awesome. The aquarium is pretty impressive with some rare species and the planetarium show is cool although it is kind of a lecture on our existence. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and saved $ through our SF City Pass.