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ModeratorGeorge Musser

One of the strangest features of quantum mechanics is also potentially its most useful: entanglement. By harnessing the ability for two particles to be intimately intertwined across great distances, researchers are working to create technologies that even Einstein could not imagine, from quantum computers that can run millions of calculations in parallel, to new forms of cryptography that may be impossible to crack. Join us as we explore the coming age of quantum technology, which promises to bring with it a far deeper understanding of fundamental physics.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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ParticipantSylvia Earle

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In this special annual series, we invite our audience to stand on the shoulders of a modern day giant. This year, we are honored to present an address by “Her Deepness,” oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Having logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, Dr. Earle has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades. Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, she is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. Through her leadership of Mission Blue, she has dedicated her life to combating increasing threats to our global ecosystems posed by rising tides and ocean heating. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Hosted by the Simons Foundation.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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Scientific MentorJacqueline Faherty

Is there another Planet Earth? Scratch that. Is there even another planet that has life on it? Science says there’s a good chance. In this program, astronomer Jacqueline Faherty of the American Museum of Natural History reveals the different signals exoplanet hunters are using to better understand worlds beyond our own. Take a look through our astronomical backyard and explore the data to find hints of another Earth-like planet. This is a student-only program for kids currently enrolled in the 4th grade – 8th grade. Parents/Guardians should drop off their children for this event.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Scientific MentorKubi Ackerman

What kind of New York City will we leave for the next generation? A lot of it has to do with the design of our parks: how they protect the city from environmental challenges, provide recreation, and offer health benefits to those in an urban environment. Architect Kubi Ackerman of the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) is imagining endless possibilities for our future parks, and invites you to do the same. After a walk through Central Park to study the natural environment, explore the MCNY’s Future City Lab to create your own sustainable park. This is a student-only program for kids currently enrolled in the 4th grade – 8th grade. Parents/Guardians should drop off their children for this event.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Join top science authors for coffee and conversation, shop our carefully curated selection of science books, and have your books signed by participating authors.

12:30 PM: Mind Matters with Bill Blakemore, Agustín Fuentes, and Kevin Laland

1:30 PM: Practicing Medicine with Budd Mishkin, Susannah Meadows, and Danielle Ofri

2:30 PM: Atomic Genius with Budd Mishkin, Gino Segrè, and Bettina Hoerlin

3:30 PM: Through the Looking Glass with Wendy Zukerman and Dava Sobel

4:00 PM: Starstruck with Budd Mishkin, Mike Massimino, and Leland Melvin

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ModeratorJim Holt

Physicists and cosmologists are closing in on how the universe operates at its very core. But even with powerful telescopes and particle accelerators pushed to their limits, experimenters struggle to keep up as theoreticians march forward, leaving grand theories untested. Is our universe unique or one of many? Was there a before the Big Bang? Why is there something rather than nothing? Some argue that if these deep questions can’t be answered empirically, they’re not relevant to science. Are they right? Join world-leading cosmologists, philosophers and physicists as they tackle the profound questions of existence.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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Self-described “nerd farmer,” Caleb Harper, and his team at MIT have created a greenhouse with a brain: these “Food Computers” are enclosed, managed containers that allow you to create the perfect conditions for healthy crops.  The fish-tank-sized farming computer allows Harper to simulate any environment within its glass walls, from ideal tomato-growing weather to the predicted climate and atmospheric conditions of New York in the year 2117. Want to grow a flawless Mexican strawberry in New Jersey?  No problem. Professor Harper and Joe Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science, demonstrate how this amazing machine came to exist, and how it can be used in our kitchens, schools, and farms going forward.  So grab a seat, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get ready to taste the future.

This program is presented in collaboration with Popular Science and Saveur.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park lights up the night’s sky with high-tech interactive and stargazing activities! Step up to a telescope for an up-close look at the moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Back on Earth, join the one-and-only Bill Nye the Science Guy for a Q&A session and book signing. Then, take part in UP! Umbrella Project, a participatory experience created by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT Distributed Robotics. Armed with an LED-lighted umbrella, create your own exploding stars and a total eclipse, along with physicists and astronomers in a larger-than-life celebration of our universe. Astronauts Yvonne Cagle and Leland Melvin will also be on hand for space exploration and autograph signing.

 

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Scientific MentorDanielle Vellucci

Love isn’t the secret behind grandma’s apple pie; it’s chemistry! Bring your passion for pastries and step into the kitchen at Four & Twenty Blackbirds Bakery in Gowanus, Brooklyn with NYU chemistry professor Danielle Vellucci. Through starch, acid, and heat experiments, discover what causes the ideal flakey crust, creates the most scrumptious filling, and makes the perfect pie. This is a student-only program for kids currently enrolled in the 4th grade – 8th grade. Parents/Guardians should drop off their children for this event.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Science CaptainRoy Arezzo

Raise the sails, trawl for fish, and explore the biodiversity of New York City’s waterways aboard the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th-century coastal cargo schooner. In this family-friendly tour of New York Harbor, biologist Roy Arezzo is on deck to provide an up-close encounter with the oysters that filter our harbors and sustain life in our local waterways. Join him in an exploration of the incredible underwater world in our backyard.

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The biggest challenge of our time, meeting the energy demands of an exploding population on a warming planet, may well be met by manipulating matter on the tiniest of scales — revolutionizing how we power the planet. Join world-class nanoscientists and environmental leaders to explore how the newfound capacity to harness molecules and atoms is accelerating spectacular inventions — including light-weight “wonder materials,” vital energy-storage technologies, and new sources of renewable energy — which promise to redefine the very future of energy.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, “The Big, the Small, and the Complex,” is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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The World Science Festival brings science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square. From May 31 – June 3, the Festival will descend on Times Square with activities, demonstrations, and installations that educate, entertain, and inspire, providing the public a greater appreciation of our ever-changing planet — and our relationship to it. The programming includes a large LED video wall that powerfully illustrates how global warming is fundamentally changing the earth’s topography; climate talks; and the Sustainable Dance Floor, an innovative dance floor that generates power from human activity. The Sustainable Dance Floor will be open to the public from 7am – 11:59pm. Each day, from 10am – 6pm, guests will be invited to join in for a variety of energy generating games, fitness and dance classes and even a chance to charge their phones through their own movement.

The centerpiece of Science in the Square is Holoscenes, an epic performance-installation that viscerally connects everyday actions to climate change. Born of the widely-shared concern that water — from rising seas, intensifying floods, and extended droughts — will be a defining issue of the 21st century, Holoscenes takes place in a twelve ton glass aquarium which, over the course of five hours each day, periodically floods and drains, requiring a rotating cast of performers to creatively respond to changing levels of water. Holoscenes will be performed from 6pm to 11pm, June 1 – 3.

The Sustainable Dance Floor is developed by Energy Floors.

Holoscenes was created by Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera. It is co-presented by World Science Festival and Times Square Arts, and was originally produced by MAPP International Productions. This presentation of Holoscenes is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Climate Talks at Science in the Square featured: Bill Blakemore, Ted Blanco, James Bronzan, Jeremy Deaton, David Doubilet, Sylvia Earle, Eddie Goldstein, Justin Brice Guariglia, Lars Jan, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Brian Kahn, Josh Landis, Cassie Lee, Anders Levermann, Suzanne Miller, Stephanie Pfirman, Andrew Revkin, Dan Rizza, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Gavin Schmidt, Ellen Stofan, and Ben Straus.

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