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October 2019

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

October 29,6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MRIGlobal Arthur Mag Center, 4920 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Feature-length documentary on the life of space artist Chesley Bonestell. Co-sponsored and hosted by MRIGlobal. A 30-minute Q&A with Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., the film’s writer, producer, and director, will follow the screening. MRIGlobal’s collection of eight original Bonestell paintings will also be on display during the event.

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November 2019

A Deeper Dive: The Scientific Study of the Plate Tectonics History of the World

November 5,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Regnier Center, JCCC Room RC 101D, 12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210 United States
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The class will meet November 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Community College Regnier Center, Room 101D. Registration is for all three classes.

In this three-part Deeper Dive course, geologist Bill Shefchik will explore at a rather intense level some of the brilliant scientific tools used by geologists to understand the formation of the crust, the motions of plates, and the consequences of plate collisions. The foundation of the three classes will be the three-billion-year-old rocks of northern Scotland, which preserve vivid, visible evidence of more collisions than almost anywhere else in the world.

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A Nightwatchman’s Journey: The Road Not Taken

November 7,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994.

At this event, David Levy will discuss his new autobiography, which details his lifelong passion for the night sky.

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Second Saturday Conversation: “Is Your Idea a Sellable Product?”

November 9,11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States

An idea is just that if it isn’t sellable. Learn steps you can take to better assure your money doesn’t go down the drain with high costs before you actually know if your product will sell. Learning the basics that smart inventors use during the exploratory stages of taking an idea to a product can save you time and money while assuring your product has a better chance to succeed once it is launched.
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Michael Crichton Film Series – Runaway

November 11,6:30 am - 9:00 pm
UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series of Michael Crichton movies. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control.

The third film in the series is Runaway from 1984, written and directed by Crichton.

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