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The 2010 World Science Festival took place on June 2-June 6 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates.

2010 World Science Festival Programs

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Date: Wednesday June 2, 2010
Time: 08:00 AM-10:00 AM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion
Moderator: Elizabeth Vargas
Participants: Antonio Damasio, Harold Varmus, Kip S. Thorne, Mostafa A. El-Sayed

Winners of the prestigious 2010 Kavli Prizes—biennial international awards that recognize seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash prize of $1 million in each field— were announced via live satellite from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, in Oslo. Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, Co-Chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, delivered the keynote address to open the event. Following the announcement of the winners, a panel of internationally renowned scientists, including Antonio Damasio and Mostafa A. El-Sayed, discussed the scientific achievements of the 2010 Kavli laureates and provided insightful commentary on the next wave of research and opportunities being pursued in these dynamic fields.

A rebroadcast of the webcast is available at: The World Science Festival website, The Kavli Prize and The Kavli Foundation.

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Date: Sunday June 6, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM-08:00 PM
Venue: Washington Square Park

The New York University/Washington Square Park area was a science wonderland when the World Science Festival Youth and Family Street Fair returned to New York City on Sunday, June 6. This free, day-long extravaganza showcased the intrigue and pure fun of science with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. Click here for a detailed map and schedule.

all_creatures_great_and_smart

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 03:00 PM-04:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Jad Abumrad
Participants: Brian Hare, Jeremy Niven, Klaus Zuberbühler, Vanessa Woods, Patrick R. Hof

Join leading scientists—Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods, Jeremy Niven, Patrick Hof and Klaus Zuberbühler—whose research is challenging long-held assumptions about the differences between “animal” and “human”—and learn about pin-sized brains that can count, categorize, and hold a grudge against those who’ve tried to swat them. Does your dog really think and feel like a human? Do our closest primate relatives have brains and emotions similar to ours? What about the storied intelligence of dolphins and singing humpback whales? And do other species hold surprises for us if we’re willing to look closely?

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Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Cedar Lake Theater
Moderator: Faith Salie
Participants: Karole Armitage, Janna Levin, Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku

Internationally renowned choreographer Karole Armitage has created a stunning dance of high-speed duets, sensual undulating moves and shape-shifting formations. Inspired by Brian Greene’s book, The Elegant Universe, Armitage translates key concepts in contemporary physics into a thrilling kinetic ride. Following performances on Friday and Saturday, the choreographer and noted physicists Michio Kaku (Friday), Lawrence Krauss (Saturday afternoon) and Janna Levin (Saturday evening) will discuss the science behind the work and explore how these concepts informed the dance’s development.

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Date: Sunday June 6, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM-01:00 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion
Moderator: Miles O’Brien
Participants: Dava Newman, Leland Melvin, Sandra Magnus, Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Astronauts who've lived on the International Space Station and “walked” in space tell all: what it's like to ride on a space ship, and to eat, sleep, exercise, and even do science—in space. Come hear firsthand from the world’s most intrepid explorers—including astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Leland Melvin and Sandra Magnus—and Dava Newman, designer of an innovative spacewalking suit, about what it’s like to soar upward and leave our home, planet Earth, behind. Journalist Miles O'Brien moderates.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Moderator: Marcia Bartusiak
Participants: Andrea Lommen, Kip S. Thorne, Laura Danly, Rai Weiss

Marcia Bartusiak joins Kip Thorne, Laura Danly and Rainer Weiss to demonstrate how two observatories on opposite sides of the country, called LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory), may open a new window on observing the cosmos—one based not in light but in gravity. Scientists have embarked on this joint experiment, seeking whispers of far-away violence—like the collision between distant black holes—rippling through the cosmos. It’s taken nearly a century, but technology has finally caught up to Einstein’s brilliance. His 1916 General Theory of Relativity predicted the existence of gravitational waves—undulations in the very fabric of space and time—and LIGO researchers are now poised to detect them.

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Date: Wednesday June 2, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM-08:00 PM

Experience the power and beauty of LIGO, a new kind of telescope—one that observes not light but gravitational waves from millions of light years away. LIGO, which stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is made up of two installations in Louisiana and Washington. Operated as a single powerful observatory, LIGO is at the cutting edge of our exploration of the cosmos. By delving into the fundamental nature of gravity, the massive physics experiment is hoping to open an entirely new window onto the universe. This jam-packed interactive exhibit, courtesy of the National Science Foundation, featured a model interferometer with laser, a space-time curvature simulation, games to find the hidden gravitational wave in the static of the universe, even a mirror from the real LIGO. Overhead, an artist’s dazzling light sculpture depicted the universe LIGO is trying to observe. For more information visit http://ligo.phy.olemiss.edu/LIGOexhibit/. Free for all ages. On Thursday June 3, a free panel on the design process of the exhibit and light sculpture was presented by CUNY’s Science & the Arts Series. For more details go to http://web.gc.cuny.edu/sciart/.

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Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 03:00 PM-04:30 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: John Hockenberry
Participants: Frank Wilczek, Jennifer Klay, Marcela Carena, Monica Dunford

Come venture deep inside the world’s biggest physics machine, the Large Hadron Collider. This extraordinary feat of human engineering took 16 years and $10 billion to build, and just weeks ago began colliding particles at energies unseen since a fraction of a second after the big bang. We'll explore this amazing apparatus that could soon reveal clues about nature’s fundamental laws and even the origin of the universe itself. John Hockenberry moderates a discussion among physicists including Marcela Carena, Monica Dunford, Jennifer Klay and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

bioart

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 02:59 PM-06:59 PM
Participants: Amy Chase Gulden, Kristin Baldwin

Science is transformed into art in this program that uses pigmented E. coli as a “living paint,” to create printed designs on paper. Under the guidance of Growing Impressions team Amy Chase Gulden and Kristin Baldwin, select New York City students were able to learn about microbiology as they spent the afternoon cultivating living designs of their own imagination. Throughout the program, the public is invited to visit the Museum's Open Studio (sixth floor), to watch the designs, quite literally, emerge.
Participation by invitation only; public welcome to observe.

black_holes_and_holographic_worlds

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Alan Alda
Participants: Andrew Hamilton, Kip S. Thorne, Raphael Bousso, Robbert Dijkgraaf

Black holes are gravitational behemoths that dramatically twist space and time. Recently, they’ve also pointed researchers to a remarkable proposal—that everything we see may be akin to a hologram. Alan Alda joins Kip Thorne, Robbert Dijkgraaf and other renowned researchers on an odyssey through one of nature’s most spectacular creations, and learn how they are leading scientists to rewrite the rules of reality.

brutality_and_the_brain

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Baruch Performing Arts Center
Moderator: Walter Isaacson
Participants: Marc Hauser, Oliver Goodenough, David Morse

Why do humans commit violent crimes and go to war? How to explain Abu Ghraib? Is human violence wired into our brains and genes? What role does it play in human evolution? Walter Isaacson joins Oliver Goodenough, Marc Hauser and scientists who are using brain imaging and the study of psychopaths to explore the science of moral judgment and behavior, shedding fresh light on the dark side of human nature.

consciousness_explored_and_explained

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: Alan Alda
Participants: Charlie Kaufman, Giulio Tononi

Consciousness is a terrible curse. Or so says a character in screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich. Part theater of the absurd and part neuroscience fiction, the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s work captures the splintering between what we perceive and what we feel as our brains grapple with multiple layers of reality. Neuroscientist Giulio Tononi, one of the world’s leading sleep researchers, casts new light on the science of the mind, probing where and how consciousness is generated in the brain.

cool_jobs_2010

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 05:00 PM-06:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Moderator: Josh Zepps
Participants: André Fenton, Dennis Hong, Jill Tarter, Pamela Schaller

Imagine hunting extraterrestrial life for a living. Or getting paid to study South African penguins. Meet scientists with some of the coolest jobs in the world; watch as a neuroscientist scans a brain and a robot inventor brings his complex and novel creations to life. Get inspired by the possibilities. Participants include roboticist Dennis Hong, neuroscientist André Fenton, extraterrestrial life hunter Jill Tarter and aquatic biologist Pamela Schaller; Josh Zepps moderates.

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Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM-02:00 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Participants: William Phillips

Back by popular demand, Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips takes us on a voyage to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. What is an atomic clock and why do they keep better time when they’re cold? And just what is the relationship between speed, temperature and relativity? Phillips shows us with jaw-dropping experiments what happens when ordinary objects are taken to the edge of absolute zero.

eye_candy_science_sight_art

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion
Moderator: Lawrence Weschler
Participants: Buzz Hays, Christopher W. Tyler, Jules Feiffer, Patrick Cavanagh

Are you drawn to Impressionism? Or more toward 3D computer art? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it? Contrary to the old adage, there may be universal biological principles that drive art’s appeal, and its capacity to engage our brains and our interest. Through artworks ranging from post-modernism to political caricature to 3D film, Margaret S. Livingstone and Patrick Cavanagh join cartoonist Jules Feiffer and others in an examination of newly understood principles of visual perception.

faith_and_science

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 04:00 PM-05:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Moderator: Bill Blakemore
Participants: Francisco Ayala, Elaine Pagels, Paul Davies, Thupten Jinpa

For all their historical tensions, scientists and religious scholars from a wide variety of faiths ponder many similar questions—how did the universe begin? How might it end? What is the origin of matter, energy, and life? The modes of inquiry and standards for judging progress are, to be sure, very different. But is there a common ground to be found? ABC News’ Bill Blakemore moderates a panel that includes evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala, astrobiologist Paul Davies, Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels and Buddhist scholar Thupten Jinpa. These leading thinkers who come at these issues from a range of perspectives address the evolving relationship between science and faith.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

food_20_feeding_a_hungry_world

Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
Venue: Baruch Performing Arts Center
Moderator: Bill Blakemore
Participants: Louise O. Fresco, Monty P. Jones, Pamela Ronald

Pamela Ronald, Louise Fresco and Monty Jones—influential voices from a wide variety of perspectives—engage in a spirited discussion and debate on issues vital to our future. By 2050, one of every four people on Earth will go hungry unless food production more than doubles. Science-based agriculture has proposed unconventional new tools -- earthworms, bacteria, and even genes from sunny daffodils -- to meet this towering challenge. But will such innovative ideas be enough? And can we bridge the ideological divide over genetically modified foods that separates scientists and environmentalists? What role does eating and farming locally play in the next green revolution?

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-11:00 PM
Venue: Battery Park
Moderator: Miles O’Brien
Participants: Heidi Hammel, John C. Mather, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Join professional and amateur astronomers at the base of the full-scale, tennis court-sized James Webb Space Telescope model for a free evening of star-gazing in Battery Park. John Mather, Nobel laureate and the Webb telescope’s senior project scientist; John Grunsfeld, astronaut, physicist and “chief repairman” of the Hubble Telescope and planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel, with journalist Miles O’Brien moderating, will be with us to talk about the discoveries anticipated when the world’s most powerful space telescope, the successor to the Hubble, launches in 2014. Hayden Planetarium Director, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, will host the stargazing party to follow. It will be a festive evening of appreciating the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one or plan to use one of the dozens we’ll have set up.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: John Schaefer
Participants: Christopher Shera, Jacob Kirkegaard, Mark Whittle, Polygraph Lounge

We look around us—constantly. But how often do we listen around us? Sound is critically important to our bodies and brains, and to the wider natural world. In the womb, we hear before we see. Join John Schaefer, Jamshed Bharucha, Christopher Shera, the Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard and multi-instrumentalists Polygraph Lounge for a fascinating journey through the nature of sound. How we perceive it, how it acts upon us and how it profoundly affects our well-being—including a demonstration of sounds produced by sources as varied as the human inner ear and the creation of the universe itself.

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Extra dimensions of space–the idea that we are immersed in hyperspace -- may be key to explaining the fundamental nature of the universe. Relativity introduced time as the fourth dimension, and Einstein’s subsequent work envisioned more dimensions still--but ultimately hit a dead end. Modern research has advanced the subject in ways he couldn’t have imagined. John Hockenberry joins Brian Greene, Lawrence Krauss and other leading thinkers on a visual tour through wondrous spatial realms that may lie beyond the ones we experience.

icarus_at_the_edge_of_time

Date: Sunday June 6, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM-07:00 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Participants: Al + Al, Brian Greene, Philip Glass, David Henry Hwang, Liev Schreiber

What if Icarus traveled not to the sun but to a black hole? This 40-minute 62-piece orchestral work is a mesmerizing adaptation of Icarus at the Edge of Time, Brian Greene’s book for children. A re-imagining of the Greek myth, which brings Einstein’s concepts of relativity to visceral, emotional life, it features an original score by Philip Glass, script adapted by Greene and David Henry Hwang and film created and directed by Al + Al. Performed live with narrator Liev Schreiber and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Brad Lubman.

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Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Venue: Paley Center for Media
Moderator: Bill Weir
Participants: David G. Gallo, Fabien Cousteau, David E. Guggenheim, Sylvia Earle

The oceans remain a realm of mystery, with an astonishing 95% still unmapped, but their secrets are starting to be revealed. Journey into the deep to explore exciting discoveries like sea sponges with cancer-fighting potential and underwater mountain ranges that may hold the clue to life’s origin. ABC News’ Bill Weir moderates a discussion with marine biologist Sylvia Earle, oceanographer David Gallo and Fabien Cousteau. Rare footage of pioneer Jacques Cousteau will take us back to the early days of passionate ocean exploration; the premiere of "behind-the-scenes” footage from Jacques Perrin's new film Oceans will inspire with a vision of what lies ahead.

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Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
Venue: Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History
Moderator: Tom Ashbrook
Participants: Joélle Harvey, Marvin Minsky, Tod Machover

How does music help order emerge from the mind's chaos? How does it create and conjure thoughts, emotions and memories? Legendary composer and inventor Tod Machover explores these mysteries with Artificial Intelligence visionary Marvin Minsky. The two iconoclasts revisit their landmark musical experiment, the Brain Opera, and offer an exclusive sneak peak at Machover's upcoming opera, Death and the Powers, a groundbreaking MIT Media Lab production that explores what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones, using specially designed technology, including a chorus of robots. Featuring a performance by Soprano Joélle Harvey.

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Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Participants: Arthur Benjamin

Mix math with magic and the result is thrilling. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin returns in an encore presentation, with mesmerizing feats of mental mathematical gymnastics. Followed by Mathemagician's Apprentice, at Wollman Hall, where Benjamin will divulge his secrets of doing lightning-fast mental math.

mind_and_machine_the_future_of_thinking

Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: John Hockenberry
Participants: Luciano Floridi, Gary Small, Rosalind Picard

Creative thought is surely among our most precious and mysterious capabilities. But can powerful computers rival the human brain? As thinking, remembering and innovating become increasingly interwoven with technological advances, what are we capable of? What do we lose? Join Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard for a thought-provoking program about thinking.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Venue: Museum of Arts and Design
Moderator: Carl Zimmer
Participants: Bevil Conway, Hugo Van Vuuren, Benjamin West, Winston Soboyejo

Extraordinary visionaries are changing lives around the globe--with ideas ranging from microbe-powered dirt batteries to solar-powered camel-transported refrigerators. Carl Zimmer engages with Pamela Ronald and Bevil Conway, as well as biologists, inventors and engineers whose scientific innovations are addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Museum of Arts & Design.

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About the Honoree
Stephen W. Hawking is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists. His dramatic breakthroughs into the origin of the universe and the properties of black holes are among the most revolutionary insights into the nature of the cosmos since the work of Albert Einstein. Until stepping down last October, Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post once held by Isaac Newton. In presenting Professor Hawking the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 12, 2009, President Barack Obama stated that “he’s led us on a journey to the farthest and strangest reaches of the cosmos. In so doing, he has stirred our imagination and shown us the power of the human spirit here on Earth.”

our_genome_ourselves

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Moderator: Richard Besser
Participants: Adam Cole, George Church, Francis Collins, Robert C. Green

There is a revolution underway in the world of medicine. As researchers identify the genetic variants responsible for cancer, schizophrenia and diabetes, and doctors tailor medications and diagnostic tests specifically for your genomic makeup, we inch closer to personalized medicine. But what does this mean for you today? And how will it impact your health care 10, 20 or 30 years in the future? ABC's Richard Besser joins Francis Collins, George Church and Robert C. Green. They look over the leading edge of genomics research to learn the promise, pitfalls, and realities barreling toward us.

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Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 09:00 AM-10:00 AM
Moderator: Carl Zimmer
Participants: John C. Mather

Pioneers in Science gives middle and high school students the rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists. In this installment, Nobel laureate and NASA astrophysicist John Mather—whose groundbreaking research has greatly advanced our understanding of the origin of the universe—met live and online with local-area New York City students and others, including schools in Africa and Kansas, in a discussion hosted by Carl Zimmer.

strangers_in_the_mirror

Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: Robert Krulwich
Participants: Chuck Close, Alexandra Lynch, Oliver Sacks

What’s it like to face a faceless world? Acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks once apologized for almost bumping into a large bearded man, only to realize he was speaking to a mirror. Sacks and photorealist painter Chuck Close—geniuses from opposite ends of the creative spectrum—share their experiences of living with a curious condition known as “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia.

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Date: Tuesday June 1, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM-06:00 PM

The world’s most powerful future space telescope arrived in New York City as part of the World Science Festival. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will allow us to unveil the very first galaxies formed in the Universe and discover hidden worlds around distant stars when the mission launches in 2014. For six days in June, a full-scale model of this successor to the famed Hubble Space Telescope was on public view in Battery Park. The model, at 80 feet long, 37 feet wide and nearly 40 feet high, is as big as a tennis court. It’s as close to a first-hand look at the telescope as most people will ever get. There was more to do than just marvel. Once visitors took in the awe-inspiring sight, they could play with interactive exhibits, watch videos showing what we will learn from the Webb, and ask scientists on-hand about how the telescope works. The Webb Telescope was also the site of our Friday June 4th party, “From the City to the Stars,” where leading scientists joined us to talk about the anticipated discoveries. Visitors were encouraged to bring their telescopes if they had one, or could to use one of the dozens we had on hand. Amateur astronomers and novices alike congregated for a festive evening of marveling at the wonders of the cosmos. This program was made possible with the support of Northrop Grumman, and presented in collaboration with The Battery Conservancy.

the_moth_grey_matter

Date: Thursday June 3, 2010
Time: 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Webster Hall
Participants: Alec Baldwin, Richard Garriott, Leonard Mlodinow, Frank Wilczek

Presented with New York's innovative storytelling organization, The Moth, scientists, writers and esteemed artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true, and told without notes in ten minutes. The result is a poignant, hilarious and always unpredictable evening of storytelling and science. Participants include Leonard Mlodinow (The Drunkard’s Walk) and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek.

More from The Moth series

the_science_of_star_trek

Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Moderator: Faith Salie
Participants: Eric Horvitz, Lawrence Krauss, Seth Shostak

The original Star Trek and its numerous successors were far ahead of their time, but just how far? Will science eventually catch up to this series’ nearly five-decade-old creations? With Lawrence Krauss, Eric Horvitz, Seth Shostak and moderator Faith Salie, explore the plausibility of scientific phenomena from the Star Trek universe, including warp speed, time travel, humanoid aliens and whether anyone in our universe will be "beamed up" by transporter anytime soon.

the_search_for_life_in_the_universe

Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Venue: Galapagos Art Space
Moderator: Paul Nurse
Participants: David Charbonneau, Jill Tarter, Michael Russell, Steven Squyres

Are we alone? It’s a question that has obsessed us for centuries, and now we have the technology to do more than wonder. Scientists on the hunt for distant planets and extraterrestrial intelligence will take us on their expeditions into faraway galaxies and barely visible realms. Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse journeys to the brink of discovery with Jill Tarter, David Charbonneau, and Steven Squyres to contemplate what it would mean to have company in the cosmos.

wst_spotlight_2010

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 05:00 PM-06:30 PM
Venue: Rubin Museum of Art
Moderator: Faith Salie
Participants: Debra Fischer, Mark Moffett, Mario Livio, Jamshed Bharucha

Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails, and you have the WSF Spotlight. An intimate, cabaret-style setting provides an unobstructed glimpse into the minds of some of the world's most inspired thinkers. It's a science happy hour featuring cutting edge science and one-of-a-kind talks that promise to entertain, engage and enlighten. Participants include astrophysicist Mario Livio and cognitive neuroscientist Jamshed Bharucha, with Faith Salie moderating.