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DAY 2: What’s On Tap on Thursday? (WSF 2016)

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Day 2 of the World Science Festival features a full slate of programs that kicks off with the prestigious Kavli Prizes, which are awarded every other year to the top scientists studying astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Storytelling takes center stage during a sold-out performance of The Moth, featuring personal stories told by esteemed scientists.

The Big Ideas Series series begins on Thursday night with two in-depth conversations featuring some of science’s brightest minds. One dives deep into the nature of dark matter and another explores the big questions surrounding what can science explain about the human experience.

Here are four events you won’t want to miss:

1. Kavli Prize Announcement

The director of the National Science Foundation, France A. Córdova, keynotes the award ceremony, which presents the top honors in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. 

2. Making Waves: The Moth at the World Science Festival

Esteemed scientists, writers, and innovators take the stage to share stories of their personal relationships with science. This event will be hosted by Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. 

3. Shaking Up the Dark Universe: The Dark Horses of Dark Matter

Leading thinkers on dark matter — including Katherine Freese, Justin Khoury, and Stacy McGaugh— gather for a fascinating conversation about one of the least understood aspects of our universe. Come for the dark matter. Leave enlightened. 

4. To Unweave a Rainbow: Science and the Essence of Being Human

Physicist Brian Greene, neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, and author Leon Wieseltier sit down to explore how deep scientific analysis should go when it comes to studying the human experience. 


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