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10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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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Scientific MentorJessica Joyner

The human body, the depths of the ocean, and just about every surface imaginable is home to a hidden world of microscopic organisms. Uncover this invisible universe — and how it affects our everyday life — with professor of microbiology, Jessica Joyner, at Brooklyn College. With a microscope as your exploratory tool, examine cells and discover how researchers find small solutions to some of our planet’s biggest problems. 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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Raise the sails aboard the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th-century coastal cargo schooner for a scientific exploration of turtle conservation. Work side-by-side with conservation scientist Eleanor Sterling and biologist Eugenia Naro-Maciel to experiment with turtle tagging equipment, examine artifacts, and trace the DNA of underwater creatures. In this family-friendly tour of New York Harbor, you’ll learn how warming waters are impacting sea turtles, other ocean animals, and the underwater world around us.

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Scientific MentorYemi Amu

Forget the pitchfork and the fishing rod…we’re farming in NYC! Join Yemi Amu, co-founder of OKO Farms in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to learn how to raise fish and grow plants in the same environment. Plant your own seedlings, feed some fish, and tour a farm like no other. Build your own mini aquaponic system and conduct experiments to convert fish waste into nutrients for plants — just like our oceans do naturally every day. 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 CaptainSean Dixon

Raise the sails (and a glass) as you embark on an excursion aboard the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th-century coastal cargo schooner. Join fisheries scientist Sean Dixon for an exciting exploration of historical overfishing, its impact on our waters, and how sustainable practices can restore local fisheries.

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Humans are living longer than ever before: In just a century, American life expectancy has gone from 47 to 79. Today’s scientists are growing hearts in the lab, creating organs with 3D bio-printers, and eliminating cells that shorten life. Will this new technology yield another dramatic increase in life expectancy? Join us for a unique and vibrant discussion that will reveal exciting work that may give birth to the first true millennial, and to debate the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of an immortal society.

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

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ModeratorLynn Sherr

Hidden Figures revealed hidden heroines in the history of space science. Through their curiosity, tenacity, and courage, these women helped send rockets into space and solve the mysteries of planets, stars, galaxies, and beyond. Join this exciting conversation with scientists, astronauts, and other luminaries who broke down barriers in a male-dominated discipline, as they reflect on the many pivotal but unsung figures of space science, assess the cutting-edge of space exploration initiatives across the globe, and envision the essential role for women in the coming era of discovery.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.

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