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Downeast Humanists and Freethinkers Message Board › MDI Science Cafe

MDI Science Cafe

Doug B.
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Franklin, ME
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What the latest molecular techniques tell us about events 530 million years ago...or earlier.

Sign up now for
Finding Common Ground,
the Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit
on Friday, August 9.

Nationally known authors, teachers, scientists, and activists will come together at MDIBL to discuss how to achieve the kind of consensus that will promote solutions to our complex problems.

In the evening, Sylvia Earle, aquanaut and Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet," will speak on "Sustainable Seas: the Vision, the Reality" at a reception and dinner featuring delicious locally grown food.

To find out more, register, or purchase tickets for dinner, click here.


There's still time to become a citizen scientist as part of the BioTrails project in Acadia National Park!

Each session includes two weekends. Find more information and a sign-up form here.

August 16-18 and 24-25
at Schoodic Education and Research Center in
Winter Harbor, Maine
Research focus: terrestrial invertebrates and climate change

September 6-8 and 14-15
Research focus: marine invertebrates and habitat restoration

Kevin PetersonThe Cambrian Explosion:
Animals or Fossils?
at the MDI Science Café
Monday, July 29 at 5 p.m.
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

The fossil record shows animals suddenly exploding upon the geologic scene around 530 million years ago, changing Earth forever. New research, however, suggests that the origin of animals pre-dates the "Cambrian explosion" by almost 200 million years.

Kevin Peterson, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth College, uses molecular tools to understand the origin and early evolution of animals. By looking at microRNAs and other small molecules, he has overturned conventional ideas about when different species evolved and how they are related.

At the Science Café, Peterson will discuss the issues surrounding the origin and rise of animals and address the "missing" pre-Cambrian fossil record by considering the molecular record of animal life.

MDI Science Cafes offer a fun way for the public to meet with scientists and explore the science that affects everyone's lives in a lively, relaxed forum. At each café, a scientist presents her or his ideas briefly in everyday language and then the floor is opened for questions, discussion, and debate. Each Café lasts about an hour, and refreshments are available.

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