January/February Calendar

The days may be short in January and February, but there's no shortage of science events on offer.

Friday, June 13, 2014
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January 1 In The Tinkerers, journalist Alec Foege explores how amateur inventions, like Steve Jobs’s “blue box” phone, can jump-start technological growth.

January 3 Tonight is the peak of the prolific Quadrantids meteor shower, visible in the northern sky.

January 8 Biologist Neil Shubin tracks the universe’s 14-billion-year history through the molecular structures of our own bodies in his new book The Universe Within.

January 10 On this day in 1863, London opened the first underground passenger railway system. Just 4 miles long, it carried 9.5 million people within a year.

January 19 Great Balls of Fire! An exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego considers the odds of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet.

January 19 Seattle’s EMP Museum screens over a dozen sci-fi flicks at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, including one that chronicles a feline space mission.

January 26 The Florida Museum of Natural History displays a reconstruction of the world’s largest prehistoric snake, Titanoboa, which was 48 feet long and weighed more than a ton.

January 29 PBS's "Henry Ford" documentary takes a look at the storied life of the man who invented the assembly line and brought mass production to the world.

January 29 Biophysicist Werner R. Loewenstein’s book Physics in Mind makes the case that quantum mechanics gives our brains the power to process information.

January 31 Today is the last day for students to submit projects to ExploraVision, NSTA's innovation competition. Past entries include radium filters, a pancreatic cancer therapy, and a touch-screen desk.


February 9 In "Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation," the Anchorage Museum celebrates the history of powered flight in a state that depends on aviation like no other.

February 9 The Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of science, offers hundreds of events for science enthusiasts of all ages. Events include a Geeks’ Night Out street fair and a reenactment of Galileo’s discoveries.

February 14 Delve into the science of romance, courtesy of the American Chemical Society. On their Chemistry of Valentine’s Day site you can read hidden messages in valentine cards, for instance, and learn how the rose gets its fragrance.

February 14 Animated sci-fi movie Escape From Planet Earth opens. The story follows the adventures of the heroic blue alien Scorch Supernova and his geeky brother Gary, who find themselves imprisoned with other extraterrestrials in Area 51.

February 15 Head over to the University of Central Florida for a special viewing party of 2012 DA14, an asteroid that will pass within 17,000 miles of Earth—closer than some TV satellites—on this date.

February 16 At Family Science Days in Boston, paint with bacteria or get to know the nanoparticles in sunscreen. The free two-day event is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 19 "Silicon Valley," on PBS, tells the improbable tale of the team of maverick scientists who invented the microchip.

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