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Former Boston Globe reporter David Arnold spent the summer of 2005 retracing the footsteps and photographs of Bradford Washburn, an explorer and founder of the Boston Museum of Science. Forty years earlier, Washburn had photographed some of the worlds most famous glaciers, including the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Arnold's images, such as the one above (right), illustrate how global warming has shrunk the glaciers in the intervening decades. The pictures go on exhibit this week at the Museum of Science. Former Boston Globe reporter David Arnold spent the summer of 2005 retracing the footsteps and photographs of Bradford Washburn, an explorer and founder of the Boston Museum of Science. Forty years earlier, Washburn had photographed some of the worlds most famous glaciers, including the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Arnold's images, such as the one above (right), illustrate how global warming has shrunk the glaciers in the intervening decades. The pictures go on exhibit this week at the Museum of Science. (Photos by Bradford Washburn, courtesy of Panopitcon Gallery left, and David Arnold, right)
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WEDS., APRIL 2

Intelligent drug consumption Harvard Medical School will hold a Longwood Seminar to address what questions patients should ask their doctors about the drugs they consume. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur. Register at hms.harvard.edu/longwood_seminars or call 617-432-3038.

Creativity and innovation The MIT Museum hosts patent Wunderkind Dr. David Berry, to discuss his efforts to develop an inexpensive way to harness hydrogen from bacteria. 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Go to web.mit.edu/museum.

Caring for aging parents A WGBH program "Caring for Your Parents," will explore the emotional challenges of caring for elderly parents, including home care, financial needs, and nursing options. Followed by companion program, A Conversation About Caring. From 9 to 11 p.m., WGBH 2. Go to wgbh.org.

THURS., APRIL 3

Getting to know the moon The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will hold an interactive Kids Academy program about the moon. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., program at 8 p.m., Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St., Cambridge. Go to cfa-www.harvard.edu.

Social imbalance "Unnatural Causes" on PBS will explore the idea that health is affected as much by socioeconomic status as it is by genetics. At 10 p.m., WGBH Channel 2. Go to wgbh.org..

FRI., APRIL 4

Glacier melt The Museum of Science will open a temporary photography exhibit that captures the effects of global climate change by pairing panoramic landscape shots from the 1930s by the late Bradford Washburn with the same shots taken over the last few years by journalist David Arnold. Go to mos.org. Innovative primary care Doctors and policymakers, including Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine and Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, will talk about innovative approaches to primary care for the baby boomer generation. From 8 a.m. to noon, in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Register at urbanmedical.org.

SAT., APRIL 5

Crab conference A free conference hosted by Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a panel discussion and presentations about the role of horseshoe crabs in the environment. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, Wellfleet. Go to massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay. Up in smoke Neurobiologist Marina Picciotto will discuss the ways nicotine affects the brain, and the research underway to help people quit smoking in an installment of Yale's Science Saturdays, a kid-friendly lecture series. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Becton Center, 15 Prospect St., New Haven. Botfun UMass Lowell will host Botfest, a student robotics tournament and exhibition where student groups will compete and show off their hands-on engineering creations. Botball 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Botfest 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Costello Gym, UMass Lowell, Riverside Street, Lowell. Go to botfest.org..

SUN., APRIL 6

The oceans' future Jeremy Jackson, an internationally renowned marine ecologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will deliver the Harvard Museum of Natural History's 2008 Roger Tory Peterson memorial lecture. General admission $5. At 3 p.m., at the Harvard Science Center, Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. Go to hmnh.harvard.edu. .

ALL WEEK

Nanoscience festival The Museum of Science will continue its week of educational programs about nanoscale science, including a forum Thursday at 7 p.m. on nanotech and alternative energy at Dodge Hall, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave. Go to mos.org/nanodays for details.

Events may be sent to healthscience@globe.com.

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