Science Café

Science Cafés bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in the comfortable, lively atmosphere of a neighborhood café or pub. The evening begins with a brief presentation by a scientist, which kicks off an extended discussion session between the scientist and audience. Previous cafés have covered climate science, evolution and religion, robotics, and health care, just to name a few. All Science Cafés are free to the public, open to all ages and no science background is required. Learn More And be sure to check out our Teen Science Cafés.

December Queen Anne Science Café

"Third-Party Trackers On The Web"
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - T.S. McHugh's

Privacy on the Web is an important issue these days. When you visit a Web site, your browser doesn't just load content from that Web site. Mostly invisible to you, your browser also loads "third-party" content from other sources, including advertisements and social media widgets like the Facebook "Like" button. These third parties are able to "track" your visits to those sites and learn about your browsing behaviors. Join UW's Franzi Roesner, Ph.D. for an overview of current research on Web tracking.

T.S. McHugh's is located at 21 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

December Eastside Science Café

"Circadian Rhythms: Sleep And The Internal Clock In Children And Adolescents"
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 7 p.m. - Wilde Rover

We notice our internal clocks a lot more when something throws them off track, whether that's jet lag, a late night, or bright Seattle summer evenings. But how does it all really work, and how is it different in children and adolescents than in adults? Come to the December Eastside Science Café to discover more about circadian rhythms, what throws them off — and more importantly, what we can do to help keep kids and their internal clocks on a good track. With UW's Michelle M. Garrison, Ph.D.

Wilde Rover is located in downtown Kirkland at 111 Central Way.

December Tacoma Science Café

"The Gold Rush In Space: How Asteroids Will Create The Biggest Economic Expansion The World Has Ever Seen"
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - Swiss Restaurant & Pub

In the future, history books will talk about this time as the moment when humans expanded economy and habitation into space and created the greatest economic expansion in human history…and asteroids were the catalyst that made it happen. This is why local asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources, is hard at work developing robotic spacecraft that will venture into the Solar System to find neighborhood asteroids in order to utilize them to help humans expand their economic sphere of influence into the Solar System. With Caitlin O'Keefe from Planetary Resources.

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub is located at 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.

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This program is currently made possible by support from Intellectual Ventures and Seattle Children's Hospital. This program is also made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health.

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