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Saturday, September 2 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Fantasic beasts and Exobiology

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Science fiction and fantasy are full of aliens and monsters, but which are allowed by the laws of physics? We'll discuss issues involving scaling laws, metabolic rates, and the fascinating question of whether genetically-engineered hamsters can fly.

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Charles Adler

Professor, St Mary's College of Maryland
I'm a lifelong science fiction reader and fan. I wrote a book about the science in science fiction and fantasy called "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," which was the co-winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics popular science book award. I'm currently working on a book about... Read More →

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Nancy Y. Kiang

Astrobiologist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
I am an astrobiologist looking for photosynthetic life on planets in other solar systems. Ask me about biosphere-atmosphere interactions in computer simulation models of planetary climates, and how to search for alien plants adapted to the light of other stars.

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
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