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2011 World Science Festival Begins In NYC

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the get-your-science-on dept.

Science 19

Velcroman1 writes "For the next five days, New Yorkers will be learning about science not from a PowerPoint presentation but by watching it firsthand. The World Science Festival is taking over New York City from June 1 to 5, bringing together scientists, celebrities, researchers and more to discuss the fascinating world of science. Celebrating its fourth year, the fledgling festival has turned into a seasoned veteran, attracting over 185,000 attendants last year, and the festival creators expect the numbers to be even more impressive this year."

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This science thing will never catch on. (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 3 years ago | (#36311944)

Just a fad really.

Naw, its actually quite refreshing to see such events. I can only barely remember school science fairs that had any meaning, much less something on a state wide level. A nation wide science exposition sounds kick ass. Hope it inspires kids to learn something and grow up to be science nerds.

Re:This science thing will never catch on. (4, Informative)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36313382)

Just a fad really.

To put the things in perspective:
- Science Festival - New York - population: 19 mils+; easy access - attendance in 2010 <200.000
- Woodstock Festival [] - Bethel, NY - population < 5000; on a dairy farm - attendance in 1969 approx 500.000

Celebrities... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36311946)

In other words, this is nothing more than a "YAY! Science!" in the Teen Girl Squad voice.

Re:Celebrities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36312010)

Mod parent up.

the fledgling festival has turned into a seasoned veteran

Wow, just wow. A festival turning into a person who has years of experience. Thanks, Slashdot. I needed that.
Maybe we should all go back to the seventh grade and take junior high English again?

Re:Celebrities... (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312198)

I was wondering why that word had to be there as well (Lindsay Lohan? Will Smith maybe?).

Then again, Neil de Grasse-Tyson (sp?), Steven Hawking, the Bad Science guy, and Carolyn Porco (et al) are all "celebrities" in their own right.

Re:Celebrities... (1)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312590)

But, if having a chance, however small, of meeting a celebrity (whoever that may be) will encourage one schmuck of a parent to bring their kids out and if even one of those kids learns something then it'll all be worth it. No matter how silly or hyped up this might seem to you, this event can only be a Good Thing (tm) in my opinion.

Re:Celebrities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36318662)

Ooh, you put a trademark symbol next to Good Thing. That makes you hip.

Weather (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36311970)

If you're going tonight you might want to check the weather. Tornado and severe weather warning for the city tonight.

Re:Weather (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36312330)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Not warning. More info from the Storm Prediction Center [] .

Current NYC Weather Info: []

Re:Weather (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36313232)

Why not just combat it with science? Stopping a storm or a tornado is simple, you just assume it's frame of reference.

Re:Weather (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36314118)

While at first glance that seems like a perfectly acceptable solution, you have to always be on the watch for unintended consequences. In this case, I think you would find that you'd only end up creating a much larger and more devastating (to you) storm.

How many protesters... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312074)

...will be gathered outside?

Re:How many protesters... (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312182)

The religious right doesn't have much of a grasp on NYC. I wouldn't expect too many protesters.

Re:How many protesters... (4, Funny)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 3 years ago | (#36315394)

Anti-science protesters come just as much from the left as the right. The only difference is the flavor of anti-science. The right protests evolutionary and climate science, and the left protests medical and agricultural science. Lest we forget, it is typically the hippie dippy moonbats who are protesting, say, vaccines.

Re:How many protesters... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36318202)

Actually most of the protest from the right has been saying the theories substantiated by the scientific method can't be true, based mostly on preconceived notions and because people's whose salaries depend on them not being true come up with a lot of fluff that sounds convincing until you dig into it. The protest on the left is mostly of the form that using what we've learned from science is dangerous. For example, a lot of folks on the left have been against deploying nuclear power, even though it's historically been the safest least poluting form of electric power generation (before wind and solar became popular) and will probably need to be in some future mix. That's because they don't trust industry and regulators to do the right thing, and we can see why in Fukishima.

I'm not sure why there is such a difference. Some of it is perhaps based on an association that's been made with some of the religeous right?

New Science (-1, Offtopic)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312580)

Maybe someone could explain how two airplanes knocked down three buildings, since no realistically plausible theory has ever been put forth.

PowerPoint? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36312666)

PowerPoint sucks, the output looks like something that was made in the 1990s.

Was I the only one... (0)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36312782)

who read that and thought "Isn't that Stark Expo?"

As long as there isn't a presenter named Justin Hammer, we're OK.

OMG Julie Taymor (1)

dcollins (135727) | more than 3 years ago | (#36313052)

One of the featured guests is Julie Taymor, participating in "Beautiful Minds", on the exploration of "What exactly is genius?"


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