2010 World Science Festival Blog

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Tell Us a Story

Have a story to tell from the 2010 World Science Festival? Maybe it was something you learned? (Like, for instance, if the Earth were to be a black hole it would have to collapse to the size of a grain of sand.) Perhaps it was a serendipitous chat you had when bumping into your favorite…

Well, another World Science Festival is in the books. And what a trip it’s been. One attendee at this year’s festival suggested that, as if conjuring the gravity of a supermassive black hole, we must have slowed down the passing of time in order “to do so much in 5 days.” Accusations of timespace manipulation…

We’ll be streaming the animal cognition program live from the Skirball Center in NYC, featuring Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods, Jeremy Niven, Patrick Hof, and Klaus Zuberb├╝hler. And moderated by RadioLab’s Jad Abumrad. Kick-off is at 3pm today. ScienceBlogs Editor Evan Lerner will be calling the game with me in the L’Blog booth, playing Jerry the…

If you can’t make it to the Tishman Auditorium in New York tonight to catch the highly anticipated program The Limits of Understanding, we’ve got you covered. The event will be streaming live, but we’ll also be there to cover it, so follow along with the commentary alongside the video stream, and feel free to…

Your Inner Bonobo

Vanessa Woods joins us from Your Inner Bonobo at Psychology Today. Vanessa is an award-winning journalist and author who studies the cognitive development of chimpanzees and bonobos at sanctuaries in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Join Vanessa and other leading scientists in All Creatures Great and Smart, a World Science…

At 8:00 pm EST tonight, tune in to the live stream of Black Holes and Holographic Worlds, which Greg Boustead and myself will also be covering live from NYU’s Skirball Center. Moderator Alan Alda and physicists Raphael Bousso, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Andrew Hamilton and Kip Thorne will explore recent discoveries about what are perhaps the most…

2010 Kavli Prize Announcement Liveblog…

…is over here, where you can also see a live stream and comment thread. I’m in there via the Kimmel Center’s liveblogging booth, but you can also follow me (or the #WSF10 tag) on Twitter. We’re going live to Norway as we speak, so tune in!

Kind of a Big Deal: We’ll be streaming the Kavli Prize announcements live from Oslo tomorrow morning as part of a high-end webcast, complete with stateside commentary, featuring Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, Co-Chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Antonio Damasio, Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Kip Thorne, Elizabeth Vargas. Watch Live, starting…

What if science were like sports?

Christina Agapakis joins us from the ever-inspired Oscillator, her synthetic biology blog at ScienceBlogs. When she’s not reshuffling DNA sequences in her lab at Harvard, she’s usually there making Lady Gaga video spoofs, or something obvious like that. I’m almost embarrassed for eleven year old me, in my pink leggings, so enthusiastically raising my hand…

Authors Anonymous

Shhhh…I have a secret. When we send out information about the World Science Festival, the producers commonly use the phrase, "a Festival meant to engage and inspire the public about science." For me, there’s no better way to inspire than to offer the public a  chance to meet one-on-one with scientists. And I’m not talking…