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Who needs drums-and-bass when you've got Java sparrows? A new paper looks at beak-clicking "in specific rhythmic patterns relating to their song": calacade.my/1JRgUse.
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Beauty, and then some. Terry Gosliner's "P. acanthorhinum"—the missing link between hydroid- and coral-munching nudibranchs—hits SUNY-ESF's Top-10 New Species list! calacade.my/1c9Yp4n
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Breaking: Giant pandas are terrible at eating bamboo.

Fascinating new study finds pandas' digestive systems reflect their carnivorous past, not their plant-eating present. calacade.my/1FoBbC9
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Undecided about that next trip to Mars? SpaceX's just-released vintage travel posters may help. calacade.my/1e7WUFq
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For the first time, we can "see" thunder—raise your hand if you're surprised it's beautiful.

Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute have mapped thunder's acoustic signature; see the fascinating energetics here: calacade.my/1F7TkqR.
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+Hunter Handley there's hundreds of gods that people claim created everything, that's why I ask - which one? 
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Another #ColorOfLife sneak-peek, in advance of June 12 opening:

Most moths have muted colors and are active at night, but the day-flying sunset moth has vivid, iridescent, "structural" colors—specially shaped wing-scales that interfere with visible light. Behold!
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After this sea turtle was found with a broken mandible, Turkish scientists 3D-printed him a new one—made out of titanium. calacade.my/1AnOC6J
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Curiosity sequenced the cat: A team of geneticists are diving into Lil Bub's genome calacade.my/1SoskHs 
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Nat Geo's beautiful look at how photographer Anand Varma got to know his subjects. Watch the incredible results here: calacade.my/1bXr1xP.
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Opah! The deepwater, fully warm-blooded fish that just thumbed its extra-special blood vessels at some of biology's most basic facts. calacade.my/1PN7vkS
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That's the size of a shark 7ft. So would we become food to this fish if in the same environment at the same time and he's hungry? 
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Happy #MothersDay, humans—and well done, Academy moms! Just a smattering of the latest babies to join our trees, pools, and tanks. 
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"The students of biodiversity, the ones we most need in science today, have an enormous task ahead of them."

Why mapping Earth's biodiversity is so critical—eloquently explained in this fascinating talk between "father of biodiversity" Edward O. Wilson and evo-devo superstar Sean B. Carroll: calacade.my/1I81uQx.
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An aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life.
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"The aquarium and amazon rain forest dome is awesome."
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"Definitely checkout the nightlife events!"
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STEVEN VONG
a month ago
Nightlife is a really fun time to mingle with friends and enjoy the museum! The museum is generally less crowded because the event is only for 21+ and some people are wandering around buzzed/drunk and not really checking out the exhibits. Anyways it's cool because you can purchase food and alcohol, so you can create a unique museum experience for yourself I guess. First thing we did was grab tickets to planetarium show because they run out quickly. We went to the first one and it was epic. Unfortunately, we missed the forest because they close at 8 PM - so make sure to go inside the greenhouse early! We then explored other exhibits and the aquarium as well. I recommend going on the living roof even if its cold- I wish I went up at night to see the lights through the skylights. I came on a night featuring the theme of "sustainable seafood." I thought there was going to be a sushi demonstration but instead a chef came and prepared oysters and caviar! So fancy and unexpected! The oysters were fresh and delicious. All in all, the experience is what you make of it and NightLife has a lot to offer!
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Caleb in the City
a month ago
As a San Francisco mom, this is one of the best places to have a membership. I'm there at LEAST once a week. My kid loves the aquarium, rainforest, and toddler room. He runs around this joint like its his backyard. The museum also treats members well with a lot of perks like early entry on Tues mornings, free behind-the-scenes tour, and discounts at the restaurant. Swing by if you're ever in the area!
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Jeff Chu
3 weeks ago
This place rocks. A great place to spend an afternoon, for locals and tourists alike. The Thursday nights events are great as well, though you won't be able to enjoy the rooftop vegetation. Go get tickets for the planetarium right on entry and come back for the showtime after browsing some of the exhibits. The rain forest area was my favorite part.
Rebecca Bahr
a month ago
Loved this museum, really fun for all ages. Check with museum is you are going for a specific thing (ie. we went to see the penguins and they were "on vacation :)" but otherwise plenty to do and EXCELLENT eating options.
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Marina Sabado
2 months ago
Admittance is about $30 per person. Kind of shocking. I've been here on field trips growing up and a couple of times now as an adult. For kids: This place is great. They can interact with some of the exhibits and there are lots of cool fish and creatures. As an adult, each time I went with a different person or persons they always ask "Where's the rest?". There is a lot to do but, the place is small. Kind of giving an incomplete feeling. Maybe it's the shape and design. The highlights are: -The albino alligator -The Earthquake Simulator -The Butterfly house
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Craig Foster
2 weeks ago
We came to several Nightlife events and they were always a lot of fun. The museum is full of "Green Propaganda" for lack of a better term. It makes sense given the political climate of The Bay area, but i was still slightly surprised. I felt like I was walking through a Michael Moore movie. But the exhibits are still really cool. They have a beautiful rooftop garden with solar panels which provides a great view of the park and city.
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Michael Giskin
5 months ago
This museum is what I would consider to be modern, clean, and a good example of the kind of science museums we'll be seeing in the future. Why? Well first of all, this museum has a mix of live animals and taxidermy animals, as well as interactive science exhibits. So this place is kind of like a science museum/natural history museum/zoo/aquarium hybrid. Also, the museum is pretty open with high ceilings and a lot of natural lighting. The museum is primarily two floors, the main floor having views of the underground aquarium from above, and the African animals exhibit, which is mostly taxidermy with some live animal exhibits such as the penguins. The aquarium part, which is probably around half of the museum, was great, but not incredible like the Monetary Bay Aquarium, for instance. The museum part, which is mostly like natural history-type stuff is also great, but not as good compared to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The rain forest exhibit was good and unique. It features all live animals native to fain forests and as you walk through the fain forest exhibit you go from the rain forest floor to the canopy. The special exhibit they had at the time of my visit (July 2014), Skulls, was done very well and featured skulls from a HUGE variety of animals. As a quick recommendation, I suggest purchasing tickets in advance online just you can walk right in and avoid the line, even though when we went there was no line... Overall, I was glad that I chose to go this museum rather than the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 or the San Francisco Zoo because like I said, this is kind of a mix of both.
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robert leung
6 months ago
This is one of the best experiences and values in the city. This has great night time programs for young adults with music and drinks. During the daytime this museum showcases the diversity of the whole Bay Area. You get to explore ecology through the wonderful ECO-dome (biosphere). The planetarium is fabulous and you get to see the pendulum. Overall great experience and wonderful for both kids and adults. Buy the year long membership for your best value.