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Ask a Scientist is a casual, educational, entertaining lecture series that takes place at cafes and other informal venues around San Francisco. Founded in 2003, Ask a Scientist was a pioneer in the now-familiar world of science night life, and holds the title of the oldest "science cafe" in the western U.S. Our talks feature an expert speaker on a scientific topic, a short presentation, and the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. No tests, grades, or pressure — just food, drinks, socializing, and conversation about the universe’s most fascinating mysteries!


Secrets of the Sleeping Brain
Friday, December 12, 2014 | 7:00 pm

We all know that sleep is essential, but after years of scientific research, we still don’t know exactly why. Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist join us for an eye-opening discussion on sleep. Dr. Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, presents cutting-edge discoveries suggesting that sleep is a highly active process, essential for improving brain functions including learning, memory, creativity, and emotional regulation. This event is presented in partnership with Chabot Space & Science Center and Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science.

7:00 pm: Wine & Light Food Reception
8:00 pm: Presentation

Speaker: Matt Walker, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

Location: Chabot Space & Science Center, Tien Megadome Theater: 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

Cost: $15 for presentation only; $25 for presentation PLUS general musem admission. Buy tickets here.

Eats: Beer and wine will be available for purchase before the presentation, starting at 7pm.









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