Earlier this week, Chinese scientists made a big announcement: they had teleported a photon from Earth to an orbiting satellite called Micius, the first time any object has been teleported into space. But don’t start making plans for that teleportation travel agency just yet. While this is a major scientific and engineering feat, it relies on properties that are relatively easy to manipulate at the quantum scale but, for now, prohibitively complex in our macro world. Specifically, it relies on a phenomenon known as entanglement, in which two seemingly separate entities—say, a pair of photons—can become intimately intertwined. Any action performed on one particle has an instantaneous affect on the other, no matter the distance between them. In quantum teleportation, physicists use an entangled link to map information from one particle onto its entangled partner, which effectively takes on the identity of the first. While this is done frequently on Earth, China’s accomplishment is the first time information has been sent via entanglement from Earth to space, marking a huge step toward the potential for quantum communication satellites and new forms of information security. You can listen to Brian Greene discuss the topic further on NPR’s Morning EditionRead More
Brian Greene joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the double-slit experiment with a lesson on quantum physics (plus some actual levitation!)Read More
The 2017 World Science Festival unleashed mind-blowing moments like we’ve never seen before. More than 628,000 people attended over 70 events that spanned six days and all five boroughs in New York City. Luminaries from the arts and sciences opened the Festival with a star-studded celebration of the cosmos. Over 200 participants tackled some of science’s toughest questions through main stage discussions and intimate salons. Girls had the chance to tour women-run labs across New York City, while pioneering women in science led conversations about the future of space exploration and the preservation of our oceans. Science in the Square advanced the climate change conversation at the crossroads of the world: Times Square. Students and working biologists counted fish throughout the New York waterways. Astronauts joined families in Brooklyn Bridge Park to reach beyond our known universe. And thousands watched live programs online and added to the conversation, thanks in part to more than fifty WSF Live partners.Read More
Join us for an exploration of groundbreaking discoveries, encounters with the trailblazing scientists and thinkers who are changing the world, and youth & family events that will inspire the next generation of leaders.
Perennial favorites return, including our main stage Big Ideas programs, intimate Salons, the Flame Challenge, Cool Jobs, and free outdoor events that transport science from the lab to NYC’s parks and waterways. This year, we’ll also celebrate the achievements of Women in Science, and explore the impact of the award-winning teachers on the future of scientific discovery.Read More