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Science talks for young and old
December 1, 2013
Mars rover Curosity

An upcoming Café Scientifique session focuses on the Laboratory's high-tech search for signs of life on Mars.


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Ancient Stone Calendars of the Southwest talk on January 22

Located all around the southwest, near sites inhabited in ancient times, are hundreds of stone calendar sites once used to mark the seasons and other important dates. They were made using special glyphs that align with unique shadows to signal different times of the year including the winter and summer solstice, equinoxes and other special occasions. The talk on “Ancient Stone Calendars of the Southwest” will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from noon–1 p.m., at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Ron Barber, with the Lab’s Mechanical Design Engineering Group, has been leading an independent project for the last seven years using his surveying techniques to identify the glyphs to help better understand their variations and the relationships to the cultures from which they developed.

Café Scientifique sessions for teens coming in January

Designed especially to engage teens on innovative science topics, Café Scientifique provides an informal and relaxed setting for youth to relate to scientists and each other. All of the sessions start at 8:30 p.m.

How Does the Human Brain Produce 'Creativity'?
January 7: Taos (First Presbyterian Church, 215 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte)
January 15: Espanola (Northern New Mexico College, 921 North Paseo de Onate, GE Bldg, Rm 207/208)
February 19: Albuquerque (New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW)

Are We Alone? The High-Tech Search for Signs of Life on Mars
January 9: Santa Fe (Santa Fe Community Foundation HUB, 501 Halona St)
January 16: Los Alamos (Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 W Jemez Rd)
January 22: Albuquerque (New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW)

For location maps and more info about Café Scientifique, go to the Café Scientifique website. The Laboratory is a supporter of this activity.