The Sciences

November Science Calendar

Celebrate the anniversary of a 3.18 million-year-old human skeleton fossil, or get into the holiday spirit at the California Academy of Sciences.

By Elisa NeckarOct 2, 2014 12:00 AM

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The California Academy of Sciences will celebrate more than a month of "'Tis the Season for Science," which includes a scuba-diving Santa. | Kathryn Whitney/California Academy of Sciences

Nov. 1-2: Charting biodiversity: There’s an app for that! Sign up for an overnight experience in California’s iconic Joshua Tree National Park through The Desert Institute and learn how to use the citizen science app iNaturalist.

Nov. 7: Trace the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde with this rumored Oscar bait biopic based on her memoir, "The Theory of Everything."

Nov. 8:“Cuisine from the Collections” cocktail reception serves up fare inspired by the 18 million specimens in Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences. So, how do you like your snake cooked?

Nov. 13: Discovery Cube opens its second Southern California campus today in Los Angeles. Don’t miss a ride on the Aquavator, a glass elevator that gives visitors a virtual worm’s-eye view of the aquifer hundreds of feet beneath them.

Nov. 17: The Leonid meteor shower streaks across the predawn sky as it peaks early this morning.

Nov. 19: See space artifacts ranging from an original model of Sputnik to a Vostok-6 capsule at the London Science Museum’s Cosmonauts exhibit, opening today with many items never before seen outside Russia.

Nov. 21: In a city where the sun shines for less than six hours on the winter solstice, the Anchorage Museum’s Cabin Fever exhibit of photography, film and interpretive text explores the emotions and behaviors prompted by darkness and isolation.

Nov. 24: The 3.18 million-year-old hominid skeleton fossil, Lucy, celebrates her 40th year above ground.

Nov. 27: Live reindeer prance and paw in the gardens of the California Academy of Sciences during more than a month of “ ’Tis the Season for Science” programming. Also in the lineup: A scuba-diving Santa answers questions about coral reefs.

Science (and Math!) Saves the World

Whether you like your flicks futuristic or historical, November comes to the rescue.

Interstellar:

In a dystopian future, Matthew McConaughey travels through a wormhole to save humanity as Earth edges toward uninhabitability. Opens Nov. 7.

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing, the mathematician who cracked the Nazis’ Enigma Machine codes, fathering computer science along the way. Opens Nov. 21.

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