2010 World Science Festival Blog

Yesterday, I went on Facebook. Not an unusual activity for someone my age. Or for someone my parents’ age, which I still haven’t gotten used to. But that’s not the point of this. Several of my “friends” had statuses mentioning "Ophiuchus", whatever that is. One girl’s panicked reaction to this unpronounceable phenomenon had received enough…

Death and the Powers is here

The innovative new opera by Tod Machover, Death and the Powers, opens this Friday for its world premiere in Monte Carlo at Opéra Garnier de Monte-Carlo. Machover gave Festival-goers a sneak peak of this hugely ambitious work earlier this summer at the 2010 World Science Festival, which included a thought-provoking conversation with AI legend Marvin…

Broadcast: The Search for Life

Update: The broadcast went really well. Thanks to everyone for participating. You can check out the replay and transcript with Jill Tarter and Seth Shostak here → Stay tuned for more interactive broadcasts to come. We’ve got some dingers lined up… Join us tomorrow for a special interactive broadcast of The Search for Life in…

Greetings from the People of Earth

The above video montage was kindly produced by multimedia artist and musician Claire L. Evans (of Universe) to open the WSF 2010 panel "The Search for Life in the Universe," which featured the likes of Jill Tarter, David Charbonneau, and Steven Squyres. Unfortunately, due to a production clusterWTF, it didn’t end up running. Which is…

85% of Statistics are False or Misleading

Numbers don’t lie, but they tell a lot of half-truths. We have been raised to think that numbers represent absolute fact, that in a math class there is one and only one correct answer. But less emphasis is put on the fact that in the real world numbers don’t convey any information without units, or…

James Webb Telescope Video

Hey gang! Remember when we set up a model of the new James Webb Space Telescope in Battery Park? If you don’t, the people at Behind the James Webb Space Telescope have produced the cool little video above about the telescope’s visit to NYC and the World Science Festival.

I got into this stuff because of science fiction. I was a huge nerd in high school. I remember there was a time that between UPN, TNN, and The SciFi Channel you could watch six straight hours of Star Trek on a Friday night. None of those networks exist anymore. I built a Stargate in…

Why Faith and Science?

In the run-up to this year’s Faith and Science panel at the 2010 World Science Festival, there was some concern expressed (here and here) about our sponsors’ influence on programming. In light of such criticism, we thought it would be a good time to reiterate the Festival’s absolute editorial independence, as addressed last year by…

The full replay of Hidden Dimensions: Exploring Hyperspace, featuring Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss, Shamit Kachru, and Linda Dalrymple Henderson, is now available for streaming for a limited time. If you haven’t had your mind blown yet this morning, I recommend you head over to our livestream replay pages pronto, grab a tall cup of coffee,…

The fine folks at NPR’s RadioLab have produced a new episode based on Strangers in the Mirror, which features Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close (and was moderated by RadioLab’s own Robert Krulwich). Have a listen over at their site. Or add to your cue wherever podcasts are sold for free (ie, iTunes). And check out…