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Koshland Science Museum explores emerging technology in fall programs
Date:9/8/2009

WASHINGTON Beginning in September, the Marian Koshland Science Museum is offering a slate of public programs that explores how the next generation of technologies will shape the study of climate change, exploration of the universe, surveillance of infectious diseases, and the creation of art through science. The schedule of events follows:

Emerging Science of Climate Change

Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Admission: $7; $5 for students

Over the last few decades, scientists have been amassing data demonstrating that the Earth's surface temperature is rising at an alarming rate. As the science of climate change advances, researchers are developing increasingly sophisticated technologies to predict how the Earth's climate might evolve in the future. Join Jay Gulledge, senior scientist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and nonresident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security; and Michael Winton, oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, as they discuss today's powerful new climate modeling technologies and predictions of climate change over the next two centuries.

From the Big Bang to the James Webb Telescope

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Admission: $7; $5 for students

The origin of the universe has been a source of fascination for centuries. In recent years, advanced technologies such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite have done much to illuminate how the universe began -- providing proof of the big-bang theory in the process. The planned launch in 2014 of the James Webb Space Telescope, an orbiting infrared observatory, is expected to extend the discoveries and capabilities of the Hubble telescope and provide closer examination of the beginning of time. Join John C. Mather, senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmolog
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