The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the December calendar (PDF).
December's highlights include:
- December 3: A Quarter Century of Hubble: From Almost Failure to Scientific Icon - This presentation will look at why telescopes are needed in space, how the Hubble was almost a colossal failure and how its successor will reach even further to view other worlds and infant galaxies.
- December 6: Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Designs - Explore how nature's time-tested strategies can provide sustainable solutions to human engineering challenges.
- December 12: Bird Walk - Look for birds in Humber Bay Park East.
The Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:
- Science & Technology
- Health & Wellness
- Computer & Library Training
- Our Fragile Planet: Environmental Programs
At the library, December's highlights include:
- December 1: Healthy Holiday Eating, at Woodside Square Branch. In this presentation by Toronto Public Health, you will learn how to maintain healthy eating by using the Canada Food Guide, while still enjoying the holidays!
- December 2: 12,000 Canaries Can't be Wrong, at North York Central Library. Dr. Molot explains how the environment contributes to the development and progression of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other pain disorders, and chemical sensitivity. He also shows how these disorders are just the tip of a giant iceberg, linking environmental conditions to the increasing number of cases of common chronic illnesses in adults and even in children.
- December 7: Savvy Cybersecurity: How to Fight 10 Common Threats, at Yorkville Branch. At this session, you will conduct a self-assessment of your cyber-security knowledge, learn about the top 10 threats and leave with tips to protect yourself. Identity theft, credit card fraud, email scams and more are covered.
- December 8: The Cutting Edge: How We Discovered a Hidden Genetic Code, at North York Central Library. Dr. Brendan Frey tells the story of how he and his Toronto research team, aided by a computer tool that uses machine learning, discovered a hidden genetic code that will revolutionize medicine.
- December 16: Design an LED Bookmark, at Danforth/Coxwell Branch. Learn how to build a small circuit to power one or more LED lights. All necessary resources and supplies including bookmark templates will be provided, but feel free to design your own.
Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these books: