In this 2007 photo provided by the BBC, Neurologist Oliver Sacks poses at a piano while holding a model of a brain at the Chemistry Auditorium, University College London in London.  Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Sacks, the best-selling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," was to share the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York this week. (AP Photo/BBC, Adam Scourfield) ** NO SALES **

Remembering Acclaimed Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks

08/31/15See Comments

The neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks was a great friend of the World Science Festival, joining our Board of Advisors when the Festival was just...[Read More]


How Humans Cheat at the Evolutionary Arms Race

08/27/15See Comments

When it comes to human uniqueness, some argue that one adaptation that sets us apart from other species is our particular brand of intelligence, which allows us...[Read More]


The Unique Form of Human Violence

08/27/15See Comments

Some scientists argue that human uniqueness results from our power as a species and the rapid attainment of that power. In this clip from the 2015...[Read More]


Humans Are Weird—Here’s How

08/20/15See Comments

Humans have a number of unusual traits that set us apart from other animals as psycholinguist Steven Pinker explains in this clip from the 2015...[Read More]


Where Are They Now? Keeping Tabs on Our Missions in Space

08/14/15See Comments

This week, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, currently circling the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, celebrated a special celestial milestone: perihelion, the closest point to the sun...[Read More]


This Week in Science: Bartending Robots, an Octopus’s Garden of DNA, and Salad in Space­­

08/13/15See Comments

Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of some of the week’s most notable and quotable items. International Space Station astronauts...[Read More]


How Erwin Schrödinger Made Waves in Physics

08/12/15See Comments

Chances are, you remember Erwin Schrödinger (who was born on this day 128 years ago) for his famous cat, but the high point of the celebrated...[Read More]

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Interview With Ecologist and Author Carl Safina

08/11/15See Comments

Author Carl Safina’s new book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel explores what animals are thinking and feeling as they go about their lives. Advances in...[Read More]


How Can Math Describe Everyday Objects?

08/07/15See Comments

How can the abstract language of mathematics describe everyday objects? In this video, World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene discusses how...[Read More]


Exploring Notions of Time at the 2015 World Science Festival

08/07/15See Comments

What is time? Isaac Newton described it as absolute, but Einstein proved that time is relative, and, shockingly, that time and space are intricately interwoven....[Read More]