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Count to 2, then count to 5: How this carnivorous plant knows when to shut its trap —> calacade.my/1PzhgSZ.
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Patience and smarts: How can I use this in the classroom?
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Good news via the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, where green sea turtles nested in record numbers: calacade.my/1VJS2qt. 
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A beautiful, behind-the-scenes look at some upside-down jellyfish (Cassiopea sp.) we've been culturing back of house, via biologist Tim Wong.

These jellies live in shallow, tropical intertidal zones—mudflats, lagoons, and mangroves—where they can make the best use of sunlight for photosynthesis. They come in a variety of colors, adds Tim, "ranging from blue to green to brown to white, to everything in between."
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Healthy nerdism knows no boundaries—and that's just as true for biologists as anyone else. NPR's Skunk Bear with six species named after Star Wars characters.
Science And Things From The NPR Science Desk
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From Dracula ants to African frogs, from electric rays to animal viruses, Academy scientists discovered 102 NEW SPECIES in 2015! 🎉 ➡ calacade.my/NewSpecies2015
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What do baby polar bears dream about? It's a fuzzy mystery best enjoyed with SOUND ON. 😍
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The evolutionary benefits of being able to read another species' emotions—as demonstrated by you-know-who. New research on dog-human relationships: calacade.my/1RC6MZz. 🐶
What are some of the evolutionary benefits to being able to read another species' emotions?
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A Christmas Eve-surprise: Incredible footage of the giant squid spotted in Japan's Toyama Bay.
A Japanese diver spotted the creature, known as an Architeuthis, and swam alongside it in Toyama Bay, according to a CNN report.
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"A miniscule creature that’ll punch you right in the face with cuteness"—WIRED covers Academy biologist Matt Wandell's work with the eetsy, incredible pygmy seahorse: calacade.my/22lh5EF.
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Nature is incredible in details.....
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Cell structures, tree moss, bacteria, coral, diatoms, radiolaria—they all look a little different (and undeniably beautiful) through the eyes of artist Rogan Brown. Via Beautiful/Decay Magazine: calacade.my/1XZSnKo.
Looking into Rogan Brown’s artwork is like diving into a microcosm of ultra-detailed organisms. The artist creates a myriad of tiny sculptures made out of paper, arranged into one piece which he calls a ‘Magic Circle’. The sets of paper sculptures are hand and laser-cut. With a scalp
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Reindeer nibbling our Living Roof while a bearded fellow looks on? Must mean 'Tis the Season for Science is underway! Learn about reindeers' UV vision, see 'snow' fall inside our Piazza, and more: calacade.my/1NxI0Du.
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Our own (entomology curator) Michelle Trautwein & Co. just hit the science-world with big news about the little mites ON YOUR FACE. 😱 Via WIRED: calacade.my/1mkvSir
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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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Jon Zoll
a month ago
Nice museum but not worth it for the cost of an adult admission. Tickets cost 35 each and the museum, while nice, didn't feature much that one could not find at similar museums at a cheaper price. The building is impressive and thought the inclusion of the rain forest and aquarium would make up the cost of admission, but both were rather underwhelming compared to dedicated aquariums. There were not many exhibits beyond the two and the planetarium, which we didn't have time to check out. The earthquake exhibit was a nice touch and was unique to the city. As someone from the east coast I had always been curious about the intensity of an actual earthquake and the exhibit helped make that connection. As with many museums in the area they took pictures in front of a green screen and charged an exorbitant amount to get a copy physically or digitally considering the cost of admission.
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Rey Jaraba
in the last week
This was surprisingly a fun trip. It does take a whole day to explore. There are many so cool things to experience. The parking and food was a fairly expensive but I was prepared for it. Everything looked brand new and well maintained. I took so many great photos. This is a must see for families.
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Suzie Oh
4 months ago
Very cool place to be! I went here for Night Life and really enjoyed it. They have the coolest, most creative exhibits. I especially enjoyed their most recent attraction, the earthquake simulation. Definitely worth the experience! Lots of really cool things to see - aquarium section is especially more interesting at night.
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F Regal
a week ago
So first of all I got lucky, and got in for "free" on one of there free days program... With that said I gotta admit that this is my number one museum In America! This museum is simply world class, it has something for every age and background... The following two exhibits were my favorites: * Animal attraction: this exhibit is so much fun, you explore the outrageous mating strategies in the animal kingdom. * Color of life: how nature uses color, very fascinating stuff. This place needs a day in your life minimum... This is how long it took me to explore everything. Also don't forget to get to the observatory in the de young museum, it's free
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shirni ong
a week ago
NO1 in my list to do in SF! Please visit! Make time for it! Price: $29.95 Wonderful place to visit especially if you have young children. It's super interesting. I'm from a country lucky enough not to have any earthquake, here you get to experience how an earthquake would be like. Very interesting. Love the aquarium the most ♡ Lots of fishes and penguins. Don't miss the penguins feeding time. Check out the white alligator. The day I visited, it attacked the turtle which the academy had since 70's. ;( very scary Tips: remember to go up the tower opposite (de young museum), you can go up for FREE. Lovely view ;)
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Kevin Kwok
in the last week
This is our favorite science museum, lots of great things here for the entire family. See a show as soon as you can then aliens the rest of the time walking around freely. Cafe inside is expensive, there's food trucks outside though. Gets pricey in admission, keep your eyes out for free sf resident days
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a month ago
I really enjoyed seeing their green roof! Everything else in the museum was kind of meh. I appreciated the variety – aquarium, indoor rainforest, and planetarium (extra fare). If you're deciding which science museum to go to, this one or the Exploratorium, I suggest going to the Exploratorium. Topics are very different, but it's slightly cheaper and way more fun and interesting for adults and children!
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Belle Yin
a month ago
I'm standing out of the door to write this review. I came to nightlife all the way from San Jose. I was blocked at the entrance and was told that tonight is a private event so I cannot go in. I called and checked the web, no indication of close. Non!!! I met with 3 other girls blocked at the door with me, and they've bought the tickets for tonight ( so no sign of close again!) Finally the manager came out and basically he's just like: Oops too bad. Nothing we can do about it. He's not sorry for this mistake at all. The other girls asked if they can get a refund of the ticket and the manager says they can call the service center and try. I had high hopes for this place but I don't think I will come again. Too bad. This was supposed to be my first time
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