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— As social beings, friendship is necessary for most of us in regard to our mental health. But recently, scientists have discovered the bond of friendship may be more important than other aspects of our life in a variety of ways. In The Science of Friendship: Your Most Essential Relationship? science journalist Lydia Denworth will talk about how new research has clarified friendship in some ways but blurred the lines in others. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at The Pacific Science Center.

— Race science has a murky history. Award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster Angela Saini will talk with Seattle University faculty member and journalist Ruchika Tulshyan about her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Seattle University.

— It’s easy to find hackathons that take place over the course of a day or even multiple days. But a team of MIT students feels like that’s way too long. They’re hosting Hacks in a Hurry a three-hour hackathon from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Seattle Maker Space. Not only will the event be much shorter than normal hackathons, but the topic also won’t be revealed until potential hackers arrive, putting everyone on a level playing field.

Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar:

  • 46th Annual Celebration of the Bellevue Downtown Association: An event celebrating the large amount of business growth in Bellevue at The Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • OnePlus Seattle Meetup: An event about mobile gaming at Block 41 in Seattle; 6 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • Hardware Happy Hour: A meetup of hardware developers and enthusiasts at Optimism Brewery in Seattle; 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • Fundamentals for Startups: Modern Mentorship and the Art of Storytelling: A talk about how to use individual life experiences to become a good mentor at Fluke Hall at The University of Washington in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7.
  • Popsicle Bridge Contest: A contest where kids build popsicle bridges to win prizes at the Museum of Flight in Seattle; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.
  • Puget Sound Engineering Fair: An event to educate and get kids excited about engineering at the Museum of Flight in Seattle; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.
  • LSWI Lunch and Learn: A presentation about the first steps any business needs to take to get started at the Life Science Washington Conference Center in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10.
  • Seattle Angel Pitch Deconstruction: A workshop where startups can practice their investment pitches at WeWork in Seattle; 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11.
  • AI NEXTCon 2020: A four-day technology conference for engineers in multiple fields including AI, machine learning, and analytics at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; Wednesday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 15.
  • Founders Live PDX: An event where five startups pitch their companies in 99 seconds at Graybox in Portland, OR; 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12.
  • Startup Funding in Seattle: A presentation about strategies for fundraising specific to Seattle at Redfin in Seattle; 6. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12.
For more upcoming events, check out the GeekWire Calendar, where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organizing an event? Submit details here.
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