Students raise funds for local nonprofits

Mckayla Kao, an eighth-grader at Bullis Charter School, and her brother Marcus Kao, a fifth-grader at the school, are raising money for two nonprofit organizations by selling products with their own original designs online.

The siblings are selling water bottles, T-shirts, laptop sleeves and other items that feature their own art, including drawings of a sleepy sloth, an elephant with a basketball and a pig eating ice cream.

Proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and Pets In Need, the contract provider of animal services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

To view the items available for purchase, visit

Lecture covers search for intelligent life

University of Rochester astrophysics professor Adam Frank is scheduled to deliver a free, illustrated, nontechnical lecture on “A Little Talk About Aliens: Techno-Signatures and the New Science of Life in the Universe,” 7 p.m. today.

The virtual presentation is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series through Foothill College.

Thanks to the discovery of thousands of planets orbiting other stars, the introduction of new observing technologies and increased support from the public and private sectors, a new science of looking for “techno-signatures” is emerging in the search for intelligent, civilization-building life in the universe, according to a press release from Foothill College.

Frank’s presentation will unpack the frontier area and discuss what counts as a techno-signature, how to be systematic in thinking about exo-civilizations and their evolution, and what techno-signatures can tell people about the future.

To watch the talk live, or a recording afterward, visit