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Science Festivals- part 14 Fame Lab

Science Festivals- part 14 Fame Lab

Throughout our latest blogging extravaganza, science festivals have been in the limelight. We have looked at the brief history of a science festival, how they are organised and have been summarising some of the best events from the World Science festival held in NYC at the beginning of June.  Read more

Science festivals – part 13: Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius #wsf11

Science festivals - part 13: Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius #wsf11

Humans seem to be drawn towards extremes of accomplishment – whether it’s daring to explore new geographical locations no matter what practical challenges that presents or pushing our bodies to their limits in attempts to break sporting world records. The enigma of genius panel at the World Science Festival explored one end of the mental spectrum of humans; what makes some of us outstandingly intelligent or creative? And how do you spot a genius anyway?  Read more

Science festivals – part 12: The Moth – Dark Night: Stories of Stars Aligned

Science festivals - part 12: The Moth - Dark Night: Stories of Stars Aligned

The recipe for a perfect Saturday night-out may include laughter, meeting interesting people, and, for some, a few alcoholic beverages. Add to this mix some of the world’s esteemed scientists, writers and artists and you certainly have a formula for success. Last Saturday night, these ingredients were all on offer at the Dark Night: Stories of Stars Aligned, another of the unique World Science Festival’s events on the menu.  Read more

Science festivals – part 11: World Science Festival Salon: Manipulating Memory #wsf11

Science festivals - part 11: World Science Festival Salon: Manipulating Memory #wsf11

One of the unique aspects about the World Science Festival is the willingness of the organisers to experiment with different formats; from theatrical interpretations of key “scientific events “:http://blogs.nature.com/u6e5b2ce1/2011/06/07/photograph-51 to the all-day family street fair on the final day. Another type of event at this year’s festival is the “science salon”; a panel discussion pitched at a slightly more scientific audience with an emphasis on more direct conversation between the panel and the attendees.  Read more

Science festivals – part 10: The Secret Behind the Secret of Life: Facts and Fictions

Science festivals - part 10: The Secret Behind the Secret of Life: Facts and Fictions

At this year’s World Science Festival, science has been liberated from the laboratory and allowed to spread its wings through the imaginative medium of theatre. What better example of this new freedom, where art and science can complement each other like the threads of an intricately woven tapestry, than the powerful presentation of Photograph 51, performed at The 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Centre in New York.  Read more

Science festivals – part 9: Biorhythm: Music and the Body #wsf11

Science festivals - part 9: Biorhythm: Music and the Body #wsf11

Who wouldn’t want to turn their body and skin into a musical instrument, or to generate a personal dance tune? How about sitting in an oscillating chair which allows you to experience physically the power of sound or to create your very own personal surround synthetic cinema?  Read more

Science festivals – part 8: The Dark Side of the Universe #wsf11

Science festivals - part 8: The Dark Side of the Universe #wsf11

Those hungry for answers to the mysteries of the cosmos gathered at the Skirball Centre in New York on Thursday night to learn about the dark side of the universe. The aim of this spectacularly engaging production was to discover more about the unknowns of the universe, with a panel consisting of some of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of physics and cosmology. The focus of this sold-out event was a topic which proves most mysterious to physicists: dark matter and dark energy….  Read more

Science festivals – part 7: Spotlight: Women in Science #wsf11

The beautiful Galapagos Art Space was the venue for a satisfying cabaret-style evening focusing on, and led by, female scientists. The intimate, candlelit setting allowed the audience to sit in cosy groups around small bar tables on “islands” separated by small ponds of water. Each pond reflected the more mechanical structures of the building, creating a slightly surprising contrast of both a natural and urban environment indoors.  Read more