World Science Festival

World Science Festival Bringing together great minds in science and the arts. Awaken Your Inner Genius at World Science Festival 2019, May 22–June 2, 2019 in New York City.
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The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows people to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.

Mission: Our mission is to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

Happy birthday to Sir Tim Berners-Lee! Berners-Lee created the web as a way for physicists to send data to each other, a...
06/08/2019

Happy birthday to Sir Tim Berners-Lee! Berners-Lee created the web as a way for physicists to send data to each other, and is now at the forefront of a movement to decentralize it.

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06/04/2019

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Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestiva...
06/02/2019

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestival.com. Photos by Greg Kessler.

Don't forget to join us tonight for a simply stellar evening under the constellations! Admission for this starry event i...
06/01/2019
Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park | World Science Festival

Don't forget to join us tonight for a simply stellar evening under the constellations! Admission for this starry event is FREE.

Immerse yourself in stargazing and storytelling. First, step up to a professional telescope for an intimate look at the Moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Then, sit on the grass for “Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe,” created by Grammy® award-winning composer Eric Whitacre. This sho...

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestiva...
06/01/2019

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestival.com. Photos by Greg Kessler.

Looking for some awe-inspiring, hands-on, and completely free science events this weekend for your little ones? Look no ...
05/31/2019
9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Looking for some awe-inspiring, hands-on, and completely free science events this weekend for your little ones? Look no further! The New York Times has featured us as a kid-friendly attraction in their weekend round-up.

Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestiva...
05/31/2019

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestival.com. Photos by Greg Kessler.

You probably remember Petri dishes from biology class, but have you thought about their inventor?Julius Richard Petri, b...
05/31/2019

You probably remember Petri dishes from biology class, but have you thought about their inventor?

Julius Richard Petri, born #OTD in 1852, worked in a lab that grew bacteria in a dish under a jar. Petri had the idea to cover the dish in a clear lid—and the Petri dish was born.

Space can be vast and lonely, yet some choose to dedicate their lives to journeying there. It's not too late to grab you...
05/31/2019

Space can be vast and lonely, yet some choose to dedicate their lives to journeying there. It's not too late to grab your tickets for tonight's discussion featuring real-life astronauts (including Apollo 11 vet Michael Collins!) who've made this voyage. #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2LPP2OC

Could there be an alternate you walking around an alternate dimension somewhere in the cosmos? It's not too late to expl...
05/30/2019

Could there be an alternate you walking around an alternate dimension somewhere in the cosmos? It's not too late to explore these impossible possibilities with us tonight at Loose Ends, a program on string theory's strange potential hosted by Brian Greene. Tickets linked here! https://bit.ly/2LPP2OC

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestiva...
05/30/2019

Check out all the mind-blowing moments from the 2019 World Science Festival in NYC! Find out more at worldsciencefestival.com. Photos by Greg Kessler.

05/30/2019
Pioneers in Science 2019

The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to renowned scientists in a town hall-style discussion. Meet Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Her pioneering technique made it possible to accurately count the number of neurons in brains of all sizes. After studying over 80 species, she discovered that humans have far more neurons than other animals relative to brain size. Hear about how this breakthrough discovery fundamentally altered our understanding of interspecies neurology.

05/29/2019
Final LF Promo

100 years ago today, a bending ray of light confirmed Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity. At 10pm tonight, join us in celebrating this milestone of human knowledge by tuning into PBS, and catch a critically-acclaimed performance of Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. #WSF19

Light Falls: Tonight. 10pm. PBS. Will you be watching? #WSF19
05/29/2019

Light Falls: Tonight. 10pm. PBS. Will you be watching? #WSF19

The solar eclipse blocked out the sun's light, allowing Eddington to observe the path of light from a distant star. He s...
05/29/2019

The solar eclipse blocked out the sun's light, allowing Eddington to observe the path of light from a distant star. He saw the light bend due to the sun's gravity, confirming Einstein's theory.

What's it like being crammed into a Saturn V rocket? A space shuttle? The International Space Station? This Friday, find...
05/28/2019

What's it like being crammed into a Saturn V rocket? A space shuttle? The International Space Station? This Friday, find out from astronauts who've lived it. #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2Vd9gkQ

#WSF19 continues today and throughout the week with over 60 mind-expanding science events on subjects ranging from anima...
05/28/2019

#WSF19 continues today and throughout the week with over 60 mind-expanding science events on subjects ranging from animal intelligence to psychedelics. Buy tickets and check out everything we have going on this week at bit.ly/worldscifest2019. #AwakenYourInnerGenius

The World Science Festival's own Brian Greene​ stars in Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. Tomorr...
05/28/2019

The World Science Festival's own Brian Greene​ stars in Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. Tomorrow, you too can watch him tell the story of one of humanity's greatest discoveries, all from the comfort of your own home. Just tune into PBS​ at 10pm, sit back, and enjoy the magic. #WSF19

The atmosphere on #Mars is 100 times thinner than the Earth’s. It would boil all the blood in your body in seconds. Re...
05/28/2019

The atmosphere on #Mars is 100 times thinner than the Earth’s. It would boil all the blood in your body in seconds. Ready to go? #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2VuEusP

Critics are raving about Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. See why for yourself by tuning into the...
05/27/2019

Critics are raving about Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. See why for yourself by tuning into the national broadcast premiere this Wednesday at 10pm, only on PBS . #WSF19

Last month, both the scientific community and the Internet went bananas over the first-ever image of a black hole. Could...
05/27/2019

Last month, both the scientific community and the Internet went bananas over the first-ever image of a black hole. Could that image help physicists find a profound, unifying theory of our universe? Join the discussion this Thursday. #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2LPP2OC

Being a physicist is not unlike being a detective, except instead of solving cold cases, physicists search for gravitons...
05/26/2019

Being a physicist is not unlike being a detective, except instead of solving cold cases, physicists search for gravitons, dark matter, mini black holes, and more. After their momentous discovery of the Higgs Boson, how will our space detectives unlock the next keys to scientific progress? #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2Vh9Qy5

"I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks ...
05/26/2019

"I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals." —Sally Ride, born #OTD in 1951.

We certainly remember you that way, Sally, today and every day.

Kennedy announced his goal a month after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, heating up the space ra...
05/26/2019

Kennedy announced his goal a month after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, heating up the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Could there exist just one theory that explains everything we know -- the planets, the stars, humanity? Join cutting-edg...
05/25/2019

Could there exist just one theory that explains everything we know -- the planets, the stars, humanity? Join cutting-edge thinkers to discuss string theory, which some believe can unlock our universe's most enigmatic secrets. #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2LPP2OC

Only 12 people have set foot on the Moon, 0 on #Mars. By 2030, these numbers could change. Join us as we cover the extra...
05/25/2019

Only 12 people have set foot on the Moon, 0 on #Mars. By 2030, these numbers could change. Join us as we cover the extraordinary trajectory of #spaceexploration with those who have lived it. #WSF19 https://bit.ly/2Vd9gkQ

Our excitement level for meeting Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins? Over the moon. #WSF19
05/24/2019
The Right Stuff: What it Takes to Boldly Go | World Science Festival

Our excitement level for meeting Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins? Over the moon. #WSF19

Fifty years ago, as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounced on the moon’s surface below, Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins briefly disappeared behind the lunar disk, becoming the first person to experience space entirely alone. As we set our sights on the stars, space travelers will ne...

All the matter around you -- planets, stars, and all the people you've ever known -- makes up just 4 percent of the univ...
05/24/2019

All the matter around you -- planets, stars, and all the people you've ever known -- makes up just 4 percent of the universe. So what's the rest? https://bit.ly/2Q99lp2

The air on #Mars is 95% carbon dioxide, able to kill you in minutes. Ready to go?
05/23/2019
We Will Be Martians | World Science Festival

The air on #Mars is 95% carbon dioxide, able to kill you in minutes. Ready to go?

There is little doubt that Mars will be the next step in our continuing march to the skies, with some predicting we will take that giant leap within the next decade. Who among us will be the intrepid explorers to settle Mars? How will they survive on that barren world? What will life be like for the...

#WSF19 opened last night with a bang at LIGHT FALLS: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, followed by a science in...
05/23/2019

#WSF19 opened last night with a bang at LIGHT FALLS: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, followed by a science inspired dinner at our annual Gala. 🔥
Featuring Brian Greene, Francesca Faridany, Michael Winther, Joanna Kaczorowska, Brian Avers, and Drew Dollaz. Photos by Greg Kessler.

It's time.
05/23/2019
The Richness of Time | World Science Festival

It's time.

Join a physicist, a neuroscientist, and a linguist as they explore the deep enigmas of time. Time feels like it flows, but does it? Time seems to have a built-in direction, from past to future, but is that real or merely a quality imposed by the human brain? Time on earth elapses at a uniform rate,....

Could there exist just one theory that explains everything we know: the planets, the stars, even humanity? Join cutting-...
05/22/2019

Could there exist just one theory that explains everything we know: the planets, the stars, even humanity? Join cutting-edge thinkers as they discuss string theory, which some believe can unlock our universe's most enigmatic secrets. https://bit.ly/2LPP2OC

Many bat species live in densely packed colonies of thousands or even millions of individuals; such close quarters are t...
05/22/2019

Many bat species live in densely packed colonies of thousands or even millions of individuals; such close quarters are thought to exacerbate the spread of the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome. Do you find bats cool or creepy?



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05/22/2019
WATCH: One Week Until Light Falls on PBS

Tonight, we officially kick off #WorldScienceFest2019 with a special performance of Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity. In just one week, you too can experience Light Falls (from the comfort of your own living room) by tuning into your local PBS station at 10pm!

Find Your Science at the 2019 World Science Festival—starting tomorrow! Buy tickets now and check out our free program...
05/21/2019

Find Your Science at the 2019 World Science Festival—starting tomorrow! Buy tickets now and check out our free programs at bit.ly/worldscifest2019.

#science #STEM #NYC

Scientists created the biggest machine ever built in the #LargeHadronCollider. So what comes next? Join trailblazing phy...
05/21/2019
The Higgs Hangover: A Sober Look at the Wild Frontier of Particle Physics | World Science Festival

Scientists created the biggest machine ever built in the #LargeHadronCollider. So what comes next? Join trailblazing physicists to they discuss the exciting next frontier of physics at #WSF2019.

On July 4, 2012 the champagne flowed. The elusive Higgs boson—the fundamental particle that gives mass to all other particles—had been found. After generations of work, the last puzzle piece was in place and the Standard Model of particle physics was complete. But then… the morning hangover. P...

Elon Musk plans to send a crew of 12 to #Mars by 2024, at an estimated ticket price of over $10 billion (!) per person. ...
05/21/2019

Elon Musk plans to send a crew of 12 to #Mars by 2024, at an estimated ticket price of over $10 billion (!) per person. Is this sort of Mars tourism a step forward, or a non-starter? Join the debate on May 29. https://bit.ly/2VuEusP

Yanny or Laurel? Blue or gold? Duck or rabbit? On the Internet, we're surrounded by infuriating tricks of the eye and mi...
05/21/2019

Yanny or Laurel? Blue or gold? Duck or rabbit? On the Internet, we're surrounded by infuriating tricks of the eye and misleading illusions of the ear. Dive into the science behind misperception at #WSF2019. https://bit.ly/2JFpjpK

A balmy summer night on #Mars could be as cold as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Did you pack your layers? #WSF2019
05/20/2019
We Will Be Martians | World Science Festival

A balmy summer night on #Mars could be as cold as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Did you pack your layers? #WSF2019

There is little doubt that Mars will be the next step in our continuing march to the skies, with some predicting we will take that giant leap within the next decade. Who among us will be the intrepid explorers to settle Mars? How will they survive on that barren world? What will life be like for the...

On May 22, Brian Greene and five exceptional performers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's astounding th...
05/20/2019

On May 22, Brian Greene and five exceptional performers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's astounding theory of relativity at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a very special performance of "Light Falls." Join us there for a night of storytelling and discovery. https://bit.ly/2ElMmST

It's nothing like the beautiful photos Hubble takes today, but this first image of a star about 1,300 light-years away w...
05/20/2019

It's nothing like the beautiful photos Hubble takes today, but this first image of a star about 1,300 light-years away was still 50 percent sharper than the photo on the left, taken from the ground.

Virgin Galactic's aerospace engineer (and world’s first female commercial astronaut!) Beth Moses joins Apollo 11 astro...
05/19/2019
The Right Stuff: What it Takes to Boldly Go | World Science Festival

Virgin Galactic's aerospace engineer (and world’s first female commercial astronaut!) Beth Moses joins Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins and astronauts NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Leland Melvin to discuss the thrills of life in space at #WorldSciFest2019. Get your tickets for this out-of-this-world experience at the link below!

Fifty years ago, as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounced on the moon’s surface below, Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins briefly disappeared behind the lunar disk, becoming the first person to experience space entirely alone. As we set our sights on the stars, space travelers will ne...

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Every year, the World Science Festival returns to New York City with events featuring leading scientists from around the globe. Thousands of curious festival attendees explore groundbreaking discoveries, get to know incredible scientists whose impact will be felt for decades to come, and participate in a long list of exciting outdoor events for families. 2017 will feature main stage programs, intimate salons, and powerful performances that will illuminate scientific understanding. Perennial favorites return to spread science through New York City’s parks and to the banks of its waterways, plus the Flame Challenge, Cool Jobs, and many more.

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