Attention all nerds, Poindexters, dweebs and dorks. We know you’re excited for the Philadelphia Science Festival. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. We don’t blame you. There will be some mind-boggling things happening around our fair city, bringing science back to when it was led by eccentric characters making fantastical stuff. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Check out philasciencefestival.org for a complete listing of events.
A mashup of more than 80 events featuring chemistry Twister, science cheerleaders and live animals. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, make gak, extract DNA from a strawberry or test a “crime scene” for forensic evidence. Make sure to check out the Book Festival’s Street Fair also happening on the Parkway. 2pm. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Tap the first batch of Yards specially crafted Science Fest Beer. Ticket holders from the Book Festival’s StorySlam receive beer specials all night. 9pm. Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill St.
Packing for Mars
Mary Roach and Derrick Pitts expose the trials and tribulations of traveling the cosmos. The author and chief astronomer talk about the rigors of space travel prep. Roach has been known to tell funny stories about astronauts. 2pm. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Science on Tap presents: Science Quizzo
Play quizzo with the director of the Mütter. When else will you get the chance to go brain-to-brain with the man who runs Philly’s strangest museum? 6pm. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St.
What Genomics Can Tell Us about Everyday Behaviors and Why These Behaviors Can Change
Don’t let the wordy title fool you; this interesting panel discussion will talk about how genomics affects your sleeping, addictions, eating, stress and depression. You gotta register, but no one’s guaranteeing happy hour. 6pm. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Here on Earth
A conversation with Australian journo-explorer-animal-loving-man Tim Flannery, who talks about how we humans have done very, very naughty things to the planet. 6:30pm. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Modified: A Look at the Future of Food
An interactive discussion with scientists who study world food production and population, and who’ll give you money-saving stockpile tips. 7pm. La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Ave.
Calendar: December 17-24
Calendar: Dec. 10-17
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