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Science Events in New York City: 28 May — 3 June

This week is the World Science Festival in New York City. If, like me, you took a look at the schedule a few weeks ago and saw that all of your favorite events were sold out, look again. Several new salon-style events were recently added and there are still tickets available for plenty of events and several free events this weekend. Here’s a list of some of the upcoming WSF events around the city as well as other science-y events this week.


On Tuesday evening, come out to the American Museum of Natural History for Astronomy Live: Around the World in 60 Minutes. Joe Rao and astrophysics educator Christina Pease will view the sky as it appears in different parts of the world using the Hayden Planetarium’s Zeiss Mark IX star projector. Travel to polar regions and watch the midnight Sun effect, head south of the equator to see inverted star patterns and an upside-down Moon, and return home to the familiar New York City sky.


On Wednesday, kick off the World Science Festival at the United Palace Theatre with Icarus at the Edge of Time, a multimedia story of a boy who challenges a black hole. Icarus was written by well-known physicist Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang and features a full orchestral score written by Philip Glass. Watch the trailer here.


On Thursday, the World Science Festival continues. Here’s a list of events that, as of today, are not sold out:

Artist as Innovator: Visions of a Floating City

The Moth: Too Close to the Sun: Stories of Flash Points

Afterglow: Dispatches for the Birth of the Universe

The Creator: Alan Turing and the Future of Thinking Machines

Also on Thursday, the Explorer’s Club is hosting Paul Butler from Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism to discuss the search for exoplanets  around nearby stars.


World Science Festival events on Friday that are still available to the public:

Illuminating Resilience

Redefining Cosmology

Alan Alda’s Burning Questions: What is a Flame?

A New Look at Mental Illness

Surface Tension: Opening Reception (free)

Hedy and George: Improbable Collaborators, Unconventional Innovators

Neutrinos: The Next Decade


Spend Saturday in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Science-on-Site, a family-friendly outdoor science fair full of ancient fishing techniques, wildlife tours, geological scavenger hunts, and stargazing. For those more technologically minded, check out Innovation Square at NYU Polytech. MetroTech Plaza will become 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, and play with the world’s lightest material.”

Other World Science Festival events on Saturday include:

Cool Jobs

Meet the Authors: Conversations with Best-Selling Science Writers

Internet Everywhere: The Future of History’s Most Disruptive Technology

Pandemic Fix: Seeking Universal Vaccines

Einstein, Time, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe

Exoplanets: The Search for New Worlds

Spotlight: Innovation from Unexpected Places


On Sunday, the outdoor science fair continues at the Ultimate Science Street Fair at Washington Square Park. Come out for a day of interactive exhibits, games, experiments, and shows. You might run into a juggling act, a nearly life-size T-rex, and several mad scientists.


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    B.T. See said:

    I felt easy after knew about the faulty optical fibre of CERN, however, i still wonder about the finding of ICARUS that neutrinoes were travelled at the same speed of light. I believe a mass should not travel at the same speed with light as it will violate the theory of relativity too. I tried my best to understand it and think about an explaination. I assume neutrinoes are existing and decaying simultaneously and what we detected is actually the sum of neutrinoes’ decaying vectors but not the real particles of tiny mass.

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