World Science Festival

Some interesting stuff in the well financed World Science Festival this week.

One question: Is it possible to attend the Universal Vaccine discussion at the New York Historical Society involving the usual suspects ie Harold Varmus and Laurie Garrett without being a trifle nauseated at their mental myopia, if not wilful ignorance? This would certainly spoil what would otherwise be a treat for cynics who appreciate the comedy of human vanity.

2012 Festival Events

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5th Anniversary Gala Celebration: A Performing Arts Salute to Science
Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, Todd Ellison, Paige Faure, Drew Gehling, Brian Greene, Rose Hemingway, David Hibbard, MOMIX, Debra Monk, Eryn Murman, James Naughton, Abbey O’Brien, T. Oliver Reid, Teal Wicks

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
The Allen Room and Atrium, Frederick P. Rose Hall
The World Science Festival’s Fifth Anniversary Gala Celebration brings together leaders in science, theatre, music, art, education and business for an evening that celebrates both the content and the culture of science, while raising essential support for the Festival’s mission and programs.

A “Performing Arts Salute to Science,” the program will be hosted by Alan Alda and feature violinist Joshua Bell, physicist Brian Greene, TONY award-winning performer James Naughton, Emmy award-winning actress Debra Monk and other Broadway luminaries – Todd Ellison, Rose Hemmingway, Paige Faure, Eryn Murman, Abbey O’Brien, David Hibbard, Drew Gehling – as well as the mesmerizing dancer-illusionists of MOMIX.

Wednesday
KIDS & FAMILIES
Icarus at the Edge of Time
LeVar Burton, Al + Al, Philip Glass, Brian Greene, David Henry Hwang, Brad Lubman, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
United Palace Theatre
Icarus at the Edge of Time is the story of a courageous boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole. This stunning, full-orchestral work with animated film and live narrator brings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding. Featuring an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Brad Lubman, film by Al + Al and narration written by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang.
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Thursday

The 2012 Kavli Prizes
Richard Besser, John Holdren, Angela Belcher, Thomas Jessell, Claire Max
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
Winners of the 2012 prestigious $1 million Kavli Prizes will be announced live via satellite from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. On-site opening remarks will be given by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, followed by ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Richard Besser and leading researchers exploring the next wave of opportunities in the Kavli prize areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Surface Tension: The Future of Water
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
Rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, design and science at the U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water. This striking interactive exhibit, created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, explores water through the exceptional and unexpected. Showcasing more than 40 different artworks, Surface Tension underscores the urgency of the looming water crisis: 1.2 billion people lack access to clean water, and increasing shortages threaten food production, public health and political stability.
SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.
Surface Tension runs from Wednesday, May 30 through August 11th at Eyebeam in NYC; the exhibit is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology and Archaeology
Sam Calagione, Patrick E. McGovern
Thursday, May 31, 2012 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
La Scuola Grande & La Birreria at Eataly
Brewing beer may be humankind’s first biotechnology, representing our earliest attempt to harness the power of living organisms. What did those ancient brews taste like? How were they created? Join biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione as they explore ancient ales from around the world and retrace their journey to Italy to reconstruct an Etruscan fermented beverage circa 800 to 700 BC. Then head up to La Birreria, Eataly’s rooftop brewery, to sample a first-run batch of this prehistoric ale before fermentation. Bottoms up!

This is a special happy hour event from the World Science Festival.

Artist as Innovator: Visions of a Floating City
Julie Burstein, Tomás Saraceno, Peter Jäger, Mario Livio, Christopher McKay, Mark Wigley
Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center
Great artists shape new realities by challenging conventional world views and pushing society to see possibility in unlikely places. That paradigm springs to life on top of the Metropolitan Art Museum, where Argentinian-born artist Tomás Saraceno debuts his new utopian installation, Cloud Cities, a towering constellation of interconnected pods that draws its inspiration from the geometry of bubbles, the flight of balloons, the patterns of the cosmos and the intricacies of spider webs. Navigate your way through the structure’s maze of mirrors and webs before joining the artist and renowned scientists and architects for a conversation that brings the intersection of science and art to the foreground, and explores radical new habitats for 21st-century living.

Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reefs As Never Before Seen: A World Premiere
Bill Ritter, Lynette Wallworth, Anya Salih, Nancy Knowlton
Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
American Museum of Natural History
The stunning underwater realm of fluorescent coral reefs and exotic sea creatures will overwhelm your senses, as the Hayden Planetarium’s dome is transformed by the renowned video installation artist Lynette Wallworth into an immersive view of ocean life few have ever witnessed. Join us for the premiere of Wallworth’s remarkable film, Coral: ReKindling Venus. Leading researchers set the stage by sharing insights on the vital science of coral reefs, in a phenomenal evening of art and science—and cocktails.

Presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.

Too Close To The Sun: Stories of Flash Points
Andy Borowitz, Tricia Rose Burt, Moran Cerf, Lisa P. Jackson, George Lombardi, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The Great Hall, Cooper Union
Presented with New York’s innovative storytelling collective, The Moth, esteemed scientists, writers and artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told within ten minutes, without notes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and enjoyably unpredictable evening that’s sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget.

Madness Redefined: Creativity, Intelligence and the Dark Side of the Mind
Cynthia McFadden, James Fallon, Kay Redfield Jamison, Susan McKeown, Elyn Saks
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
The notion of a “tortured genius” or “mad scientist” may be more than a romantic aberration. Mounting studies have established that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia correlate with high creativity and intelligence. Join leading researchers as they examine the shifting spectrum between brilliance and madness.

How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience
Bill Blakemore, George Bonanno, Dennis Charney, Fran Norris, Matthieu Ricard
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Car accidents. Suicide bombers. Earthquakes. Death of a spouse. Why do some people bounce back from traumatic events while others do not? Is there a biological profile of resiliency? Can science, with the jab of a needle or huff of an aerosol, help reduce post-stress trauma? Can, and should, we train people to be more resilient? Leading thinkers from around the world explore these and other questions about the science of human resiliency.

Afterglow: Dispatches from the Birth of the Universe
Lawrence M. Krauss, John C. Mather, Amber Miller, Lyman Page, David Spergel
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Cosmology is the one field in which researchers can—literally—witness the past. The cosmic background radiation, ancient light streaming toward us since the Big Bang, provides a pristine window onto the birth and evolution of the universe. Join Nobel Laureate John Mather and other leading scientists as they take us ever closer to answering one of the deepest questions: how did the universe begin?

Use hashtags #WSF12 and #cmbr to join the conversation via Twitter and Facebook, ask questions and share ideas.

The Creator: Alan Turing and the Future of Thinking Machines
Tim McHenry, Al + Al, Yann LeCun, Janna Levin, Josh Tenenbaum
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Museum of the Moving Image
Join us for the world premiere of The Creator, a beautiful and surreal short-form film by award-winning British filmmakers Al+Al, which follows sentient computers from the future on a mystical odyssey to discover their creator: legendary computer scientist Alan Turing. Marking the centenary of Turing’s birth, The Creator will launch a wide-ranging conversation among leading computer scientists and physicists about the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, as we take a personal look at the remarkable and tragic life of this computer visionary.

Friday
KIDS & FAMILIES
Pioneers in Science: Featuring Elaine Fuchs
Juju Chang, Elaine Fuchs
Friday, June 1, 2012 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room
Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. This event features visionary geneticist Elaine Fuchs, whose work has pioneered entirely new ways of understanding human disease.

SALON
Illuminating Resilience
Carl Zimmer, George Bonanno, Sandro Galea, Glenn Saxe, Rachel Yehuda
Friday, June 1, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon looks at new and controversial ways to understand the human capacity to cope with stress and rebound from traumatic events. Is resilience a combination of innate traits born of thousands of years of evolution? Is it a complex psychological process that varies across cultures and environments? Can resilience be reliably defined and objectively measured? Can it then be taught and reproduced?

KIDS & FAMILIES
Pioneers in Science: Featuring Lisa P. Jackson
Juju Chang, Lisa P. Jackson
Friday, June 1, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room
Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. This event features renowned chemical engineer Lisa P. Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

SALON
Refining Cosmology
Lawrence M. Krauss, John E. Carlstrom, Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, John Kovac, Suzanne Staggs
Friday, June 1, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon will look at how a sophisticated network of telescopes deployed in some of the most remote locations on Earth, from the South Pole to the Atacama desert, are providing ever more refined data to understand how the universe was created and how it will eventually evolve.

SALON
A New Look at Mental Illness
Mariette DiChristina, Bruce Cuthbert, Michael B. First, Donald Goff, Helen Blair Simpson
Friday, June 1, 2012 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon explores the revolution in genetics, neuroscience and other means of understanding the biological basis of mental illness that promises a paradigm shift in psychiatry—one that would marry symptoms to their biological roots, refine the classification of mental disorders, and open up the door to personalized psychiatric treatments.

SALON
Alan Alda’s Burning Question: What is a Flame?
Alan Alda
Friday, June 1, 2012 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Paley Center for Media
Actor and science advocate Alan Alda invites scientists, teachers, and others who care about science communication to join in the discussion of one of the vital questions of our time: how to help society understand science better. Alan will report on intriguing—and sometimes surprising—results from the Flame Challenge, a worldwide contest that asked scientists to explain a flame in terms that would engage an 11-year-old. More than 6,000 11-year-olds judged the entries, but their responses provide lessons for scientists communicating with audiences of any age. We will discuss innovative techniques pioneered by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where scientists are learning communication skills as a fundamental part of their science education.

Surface Tension: Opening Reception
Friday, June 1, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
Rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, science and design at the Opening Reception of the U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water. With more than 40 provocative exhibits, viewers are challenged to immerse themselves in the subject of water, exploring the exceptional and unexpected from art and culture to science and technology. Join artists, collaborators, and VIPs for the debut of these thought-provoking installations.

SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions
David Brancaccio, Maja Matarić, Dennis Hong, and others
Friday, June 1, 2012 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image
Join us for a screening of Robot and Frank, winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation feature film prize at Sundance. This dramatic comedy, about a curmudgeonly old jewel thief whose robot caretaker becomes an unlikely partner-in-crime and soulmate, will inspire a follow-up discussion among pioneering roboticists, exploring the future of computerized companions and caretakers as technology profoundly alters the landscape—and very definition—of human interaction.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology initiatives.
Presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image.

The Elusive Neutrino and the Nature of the Cosmos
Bill Weir, Janet Conrad, Francis Halzen, Lawrence M. Krauss, John Robinson
Friday, June 1, 2012 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tishman Auditorium at The New School
The neutrino is among the cagiest of particles, a subatomic wisp so ephemeral it could pass through light years of lead with more ease than a hot knife through butter. This ghostly particle holds clues to some of the most profound questions in physics: What happened in the briefest moments after the Big Bang? Why does the universe contain more matter than antimatter? What happens in the fiery core of exploding stars and in the tumultuous center of active galaxies? Join leading researchers as they chase neutrinos and other elusive particles in search of nature’s fundamental order.

Quantum Biology and the Hidden Nature of Nature
John Hockenberry, Paul Davies, Seth Lloyd, Thorsten Ritz
Friday, June 1, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Can the spooky world of quantum physics explain bird navigation, photosynthesis and even our delicate sense of smell? Clues are mounting that the rules governing the subatomic realm may play an unexpectedly pivotal role in the visible world. Join leading thinkers in the emerging field of quantum biology as they explore the hidden hand of quantum physics on the scales of everyday life.

Reawakening the Brain through Music
Lesley Stahl, Oliver Sacks, Petr Janata, Stanley Jordan, Concetta Tomaino
Friday, June 1, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
A composer finds freedom from Tourette’s through music; an amnesiac remembers distant memories when he hears the Grateful Dead; a patient with Parkinson’s listens to her favorite tunes and regains the ability to walk without tremors. What is it about music that can transport us to the past, reawaken distant emotions, and even heal some neurological disorders? Join renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and pioneering music therapists as they use intimate portraits of patients profoundly transformed by music to explore the neural mechanisms behind music’s healing powers, and discuss possible implications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, aphasia and other neurological impairments.

Hedy and George: Improbable Collaborators, Unconventional Innovators
John Schaefer, Carmelo Amarena, Tyondai Braxton, Jennifer Choi, Philip Glass, Tristan Perich, Richard Rhodes, Kathleen Supové
Friday, June 1, 2012 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Le Poisson Rouge
Join us for an evening of intimate conversation and musical performance as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes and some of the most forward-thinking composers of our age explore the extraordinary lives and legacies of two unconventional innovators: the legendary screen siren Hedy Lamarr and renowned avant-garde composer George Antheil. In a remarkable and unlikely union, Lamarr, known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world,’ and Antheil, the self-described ‘bad boy of music,’ joined forces during World War II to invent a secret communication system that presaged today’s GPS and cell phone technologies. The conversation on innovation, science and music will be amplified by a series of performances of Antheil’s seminal scores and explorations of today’s most avant-garde electronica.

SALON
Neutrinos: The Next Decade
John Rennie, Janet Conrad, Francis Halzen, Joseph Formaggio, Lawrence M. Krauss
Friday, June 1, 2012 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. In this salon, drill deeper into the insights neutrino research offers for the next phase of particle physics and the ongoing quest to determine the origins of the universe. What are the emerging techniques for hunting the elusive neutrino and how will these experiments lead to neutrino physics breakthroughs in the decade ahead?
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Saturday
KIDS & FAMILIES
Science-on-Site
Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Science comes to life in Brooklyn Bridge Park! Join adventurous researchers for a day of family-friendly exploration in one of the city’s most dynamic parks. Discover incredible marine life through an ancient fishing technique, join a leading botanist for a park-wide botanical safari, learn the science secrets of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and more. Capping it all off is an unforgettable evening of stargazing. Adventure awaits!

KIDS & FAMILIES
Science Sets Sail Aboard the Tall Ship Clearwater
Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join the World Science Festival and Clearwater educators in raising the sails on the sloop Clearwater, a replica of the 18th-century Dutch tall ships that once traveled the region delivering mail and supplies. Set your course using charts and compasses, and explore the waters of New York City as a citizen scientist. Identify an amazing variety of fish and invertebrates; test for pollution levels; and learn about the pressing environmental issues impacting these historic waterways. All aboard!

Innovation Square
Alex Pasternack, Jason Silva, Apoorv Agarwal, Babycastles, Boaz Almog, Andrew Blum, Howie Choset, Dickson Despommier, Peter Edwards, Heinrich Frontzek, Robert J. Full, Eitan Grinspun, Dennis Hong, Don Ingber, Katherine Isbister, Alan Jacobsen, Ellen Jorgensen, Oliver Medvedik, Vinod Menon, Jin Montclare, David Ng, Tristan Perich, Syed Salahuddin, Caitlin Trainor, Philip White, and others
Saturday, June 2, 2012 11:59 AM – 6:59 PM
Polytechnic Institute of NYU, MetroTech Plaza
The World Science Festival’s Innovation Square transforms a picturesque quad in downtown Brooklyn into a staging ground for future-shaping innovations springing to life in the labs, workshops, basements and backyards of inventors and researchers worldwide. Watch the first public demonstration of quantum levitation; get lost in the robot petting zoo; play with the world’s lightest material. It’s an unforgettable afternoon of amazing demos, challenges, and interactive fun, suitable for tech enthusiasts of all ages.

Meet the Authors: Conversations with Best-Selling Science Writers
Carl Zimmer, Peter Pringle, Lawrence M. Krauss, Edward O. Wilson
Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge
Spend a thought-provoking afternoon with four leading science authors as they share insights from their latest books. The conversations will move from the mind-bending physics of nothing to the surprising trend of science-themed tattoos, from the dark secrets of scientific research to the evolutionary mystery of the human condition. Bring your questions, your books, and your tattoos!

Internet Everywhere: The Future of History’s Most Disruptive Technology
John Donvan, Vinton Cerf, Neil Gershenfeld, Elizabeth Stark, Alex Wright

Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Disruptive technologies uproot culture, can precipitate wars and even topple empires. By this measure, human history has seen nothing like the Internet. Pioneers of the digital revolution examine the Internet’s brief but explosive history and reveal nascent projects that will shortly reinvent how we interact with technology—and each other. From social upheaval and ever-shifting privacy standards to self-driving cars and networked groceries, this eye-opening program provides a stunning glimpse of what’s around the corner.

Live webcast begins at 1 PM on our website.
Join the conversation via Twitter and Facebook. Use hashtags #WSF12 and #webplosion to ask questions and share ideas.

On the Shoulders of Giants: A special address by Edward O. Wilson
Edward O. Wilson
Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” wrote Isaac Newton. In a special series, the World Science Festival invites audiences to stand on the shoulders of modern-day giants. The second annual address in this series will be given by esteemed evolutionary biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, who will speak about radical advances in the study of human social behavior and evolutionary biology.

KIDS & FAMILIES
Cool Jobs
Alan Alda, Baba Brinkman, Cynthia Bir, Jarod Miller, Wendy Suzuki, Adam Wilson
Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
The Festival’s ever-popular Cool Jobs is back with a jaw-dropping show that brings you face-to-face with amazing scientists with amazing jobs. Imagine having an office that’s a zoo and co-workers that are lemurs and porcupines. How about getting paid to build machines that can read people’s thoughts. Or imagine your desk was a basketball court and your clients were superstars trying to improve their game through biomechanics? Well, you don’t have to just imagine. Hear from scientists who have these jobs—find out what they do, how they do it, and how they got the coolest and weirdest gigs on the planet. The program begins as Alan Alda hosts The Flame Challenge Prize Announcement. The contest, conceived by Alda and Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science, called on scientists worldwide to give their best explanation of how a flame works—but in a way that makes sense to a kid. Cheer for your own favorite as Alda announces the winner chosen by hundreds of 11-year olds around the country.

Live webcast begins at 1 PM on our website.
Use hashtags #WSF12 and #coolgig to ask questions, share ideas, and join the conversation.

Pandemic Fix: Seeking Universal Vaccines
Richard Besser, Jean Ashton, Laurie Garrett, Gary Nabel, Michael Osterholm, Harold Varmus
Saturday, June 2, 2012 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
New-York Historical Society, Smith Auditorium

Imagine beating every strain of flu with a single jab. Wiping out your risk of some lethal cancers, HIV, and malaria during a routine doctor’s visit. That’s the promise of next-generation vaccines, and researchers are closing in on the basic science needed to bring them to reality. Join epidemiologists, virologists, and public-health experts as they share insights on the new wave of vaccine research, and the race to eliminate pandemic threats. Setting the stage for the discussion is a screening of Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s chilling thriller about a deadly flu outbreak and the global race to contain it.

Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, where “Get Vaccinated” is on display May 15 through September 2.

Surface Tension: Solving Our Water Woes
Femi Oke, Ralph Borland, Carey E. Hidaka, Sebastien Gouin, Stephanie Butler Velegol
Saturday, June 2, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
The U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water challenges viewers to rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, science and design. Join leading scientists as they build upon the provocative ideas of this striking interactive exhibit and share insights on solving the urgent issue of water scarcity. How do we provide clean water to the 780 million people worldwide living without it? How do we stretch our limited water resources? What are the innovative technologies poised to change the landscape of water?
SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

Exoplanets: The Search for New Worlds
Dan Harris, Natalie Batalha, Matt Mountain, Sara Seager
Saturday, June 2, 2012 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Tishman Auditorium at The New School
A few decades ago, we knew of no other planets beyond those in our solar system. Today, astronomers have confirmed over 700 planets circling other suns and believe billions more lay undiscovered. Join researchers leading the charge as they discuss the tantalizing prospects for an Earth analog that could harbor life—as we know it, and as we never imagined it.

KIDS & FAMILIES
Einstein, Time, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe
William Phillips
Saturday, June 2, 2012 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips returns to the World Science Festival for another spellbinding journey to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. What’s an atomic clock and why does it keep better time when cold? What’s the relationship between speed, temperature and relativity? Through crackling, fizzing, popping experimentation, see what happens when ordinary objects plunge to the edge of absolute zero.

Why We Prevailed: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance
John Hockenberry, Alison Brooks, Ed Green, Chris Stringer, Edward O. Wilson
Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Tishman Auditorium at The New School
We once shared the planet with Neanderthals and other human species. Some of our relatives may have had tools, language and culture. Why did we thrive while they perished? Join evolutionary biologists, geneticists and anthropologists as they share profound insights about the origin of man and retrace our singular journey from fledging prototype to the most dominant species on Earth.

Webcast begins Sunday, June 3 at 12:00 PM on our website.
Join the conversation via Twitter and Facebook. Use hashtags #WSF12 and #prevail to ask questions and share ideas.

Science Sets Sail Aboard the Tall Ship Clearwater
Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join the World Science Festival and Clearwater educators in raising the sails on the sloop Clearwater, a replica of the 18th-century Dutch tall ships that once traveled the region delivering mail and supplies. Set your course using charts and compasses, and explore the waters of New York City as a citizen scientist. Identify an amazing variety of fish and invertebrates; test for pollution levels; and learn about the pressing environmental issues impacting this historic waterway. All aboard!

Spotlight: Innovation from Unexpected Places
Jason Silva, Cynthia Bir, Don Ingber, Alan Jacobsen, Peter Jäger, Maja Matarić
Saturday, June 2, 2012 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Galapagos Art Space
Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails and an intimate lounge setting, and you have WSF Spotlight. This year’s series provides an unobstructed glimpse into the minds of some of the most inventive thinkers. Experiments gone wrong. Happy accidents. Ah-ha moments. Every innovation or scientific breakthrough has a story. Join us as we trace some of the unlikely, entertaining and enlightening paths to discovery.
Must be Age 21 and over to attend.
This program is an extension of Innovation Square, a free outdoor tech fest featuring amazing demos, performances and interactive fun at NYU Polytechnic Institute, MetroTech Plaza, on Saturday, June 2, from 12 PM-7PM.

Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics
Brian Greene
Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Art
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In 1935, Albert Einstein published a landmark paper revealing that quantum mechanics allows widely separated objects to influence one another, even though nothing travels between them. Einstein called it spooky and rejected the idea, arguing that it exposed a major deficiency in the quantum theory. But, decades later, experiments proved the unsettling concept correct. Join Brian Greene on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

KIDS & FAMILIES
From the City to the Stars
Mario Livio, Lawrence M. Krauss, Kelle Cruz
Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. An outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, it will be a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.
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Why We Tell Stories: The Science of Narrative
Jay Allison, Paul Bloom, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Gottschall, Joyce Carol Oates, Keith Oatley, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Stories have existed in many forms—cave paintings, parables, poems, tall tales, myths—throughout history and across almost all human cultures. But is storytelling essential to survival? Join a spirited discussion seeking to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative—from how neurons alight when we hear a tale, to the role of storytelling in cognitive development, to the art of storytelling itself, which informs a greater understanding of who we are as a species.
Live webcast begins at 8 PM on our website.
Join the conversation via Twitter and Facebook. Use hashtags #WSF12 and #whystories to ask questions and share ideas.
Venues and participants subject to change.
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Sunday
KIDS & FAMILIES
The Ultimate Science Street Fair
Sunday, June 3, 2012 9:59 AM – 5:59 PM
The Ultimate Science Street Fair returns to Washington Square Park with another action-packed day of interactive exhibits, experiments, games and shows, all designed to entertain and inspire. Visit a telepathy lab and control a computer just by thinking about it, learn the science tricks to shooting perfect free-throws with NBA stars, create your own fragrance at the Smell Lab, ride a square-wheeled tricycle, and much more!

Sunday at the Met: The World Science Festival Presents The New Science of Art Attribution
Garrick Utley, Francesca Casadio, Joris Dik, Walter Liedtke
Sunday, June 3, 2012 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center
Art historians are increasingly turning to particle physics to authenticate masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, as well as to explore mysterious artworks lying beneath surface paintings. Join a provocative discussion about the powerful new collaboration between scientists, curators and conservators that is bringing to light hidden works and revealing important clues about iconic art.

Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Note: Free with Metropolitan Museum admission.

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