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event 33rd Annual Bloomsday on Broadway: Joyce's Dubliners at 33rd Annual Bloomsday on Broadway: Joyce's Dubliners at 100
Symphony Space's 33rd annual ode to the language, life, and love in James Joyce's work centers on his short story collection Dubliners to celebrate the book's 100th anniversary.
The event will feature readings by Cynthia Nixon, Malachy McCourt National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann, and others of several of the book's stellar stories, including the beloved final story "The Dead." Between readings, songs from the stories will be performed by soprano Lisa Flanagan. Introductions by Irish writer Belinda McKeon.
"The stories contain some of the most beautiful sentences ever written in English." -Colum McCann, from the Foreword to the anniversary edition of Dubliners
Bloomsday on Broadway is held in partnership with Irish Arts Center.
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"Water: The Epic Struggle For Wealth, Power, and Civilization" explains that "Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe."
"As modern society runs short of its most indispensable resource and the planet's renewable water ecosystems grow depleted, an explosive new fault line is dividing humanity into water Haves and Have-nots."
"For Western democracies, water represents no less than the new oil---demanding a major rethink of basic domestic and foreign policies..."
June 1, 2014 · 10:00 AM Washington Square Park
World Science Festival's free outdoor events to receive early notification of special events, learn where you can have your photo taken with astronauts, and be the first to see the schedule of stage performances. And...each week, the World Science Festival will randomly select one registrant to receive a science gift packet.
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Orion Spacecraft’s Maiden Flight, Barbara Zelon, NASA
John Davitt, NY 1 Chief Meteorologist talks New York Weather:
Astronaut Mike Hopkins & the ISS Team:
Train Like An Astronaut with an astronaut and learn about Mike Hopkins’ 6 months in space.
Space Cooking. Join White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and NASA Scientists Steve Howell to find out to cook in space and test out a few recipes.
Mars “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi talks about landing rovers on Mars and why he loves science.
Space the Final Frontier with Mad Science
Microgravity & Your Body with NASA Scientist Andrea Hanson
Meet the new space exercise shoe and the scientist who engineered it.
The Extreme Weather Show with The Franklin Institute.
Life in Space with Astronaut Mike Hopkins:
Meet Astronaut Mike Hopkins and learn what it’s like to live and work in space. And ask your own questions.
Ask NASA Anything: Astronauts Mike Massimino, Mike Hopkins and Mars Curiosity Flight Director Bobak Ferdowsi
Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza at the seventh annual World Science Festival Street Fair. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots.
There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few! We’ll also have science celebrities on hand, so you can learn from the pros – and snag a photo.
Aspiring scientists of all ages can find entertainment both inside the buildings and outside at performances and demonstrations. Start planning your day by looking through our list of activities – and check back often to see what we’ve added!
Register for the World Science Festival's free outdoor events to receive early notification of special events, learn where you can have your photo taken with astronauts, and be the first to see the schedule of stage performances. Each week, the World Science Festival will randomly select one registrant to receive a science gift packet.
Visit the International Space Station: Experience the next best thing to being on the ISS with the help of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Step into the newly renovated NASA Mobile Exhibit for liftoff to the orbiting home and learn about research in microgravity from a team of NASA scientists.
Create Microgravity on Earth with the NASA Glenn Research Center: Step up to the miniature drop tower and test the effects of reduced gravity on physical and chemical phenomena. You’ll be amazed by things that are normally hidden by Earth’s gravity—from plants and water to cells and fire.
Search for Exoplanets: Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are looking for planets that are often hidden by the bright lights of the stars they orbit. Hundreds of planets have already been found. Visit The Hidden Light, an installation that helps you see what is invisible to the naked eye. Then head to the StarShade Petal, a real technology being designed to block interfering light and help photograph other planets.
Study Humans In Space: Meet the NASA Johnson Space Center team that studies humans in space. How does microgravity affect everything from bones and blood to muscle and memory? Let the team tell you how they figure it all out.
Control Next-Generation Satellites: Take command of SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) just like those currently aboard the International Space Station. MIT’s Alvar Saenz-Otero, of Zero Robotics, will teach you about this next generation of autonomous, interactive robot satellites.
Command the Rovers: Robots take over Washington Square Park at your control. Meet the New York Hall of Science’s Mars-style rover robot, created by Robert Beatty and his daughters. Check out the suspension system, solar panels, infrared camera, thermal array sensor, and eight sonar sensors. Interact with a scale version of the real Curiosity rover currently on Mars,and meet Jupiter Joe’s Rovers.
Blast Off with Aerospace Simulators: Ride in one of the many full-scale and fully functional space simulators, including the Orion CRV Flight Simulator, BD-5J Micro Jet, and a hovercraft. See what a space toilet looks like, inspect the Pluto Probe, and try on a pair of anti-gravity boots. Brought to you by the Traveling Space Museum.
Work in a Space Laboratory: Step into the Odyssey IV Mobile SpaceLab Module, a mock-up of the International Space Station. You’ll learn to live and work in space in this simulation with interactive workstations.
Build Air Cannons: Make an air cannon with Carmelo the Science Fellow to learn more about wind and gravity.
Launch Your Own Balloon Rocket Racer: Transform recycled materials into a rocket ship and use air propulsion power to race down a fishing line. Then try your hand at building and launching space gliders with Scrapkins.
3D Space Printer: Astronauts run out of tools on the International Space Station and must wait until the next resupply mission to restock. With the aid of 3D printing technology, immediate re-stock is just around the corner. Come see the first 3D printer that will head to space.
Science on a Sphere®: See our home planet as you’ve never seen it before: projected and animated on a giant suspended globe from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Gather around massive sphere to watch historic storms unfold as dramatic weather unleashes its fury, and see special spherical movies about tsunamis and waterfalls (without getting all wet). When you’re done exploring Earth, travel to other planets in our solar system and beyond and get a glimpse of conditions far from home. Finally, meet the scientists and journalists who study space, climate, and the often only marginally predictable atmosphere. 10:00 AM-06:00 PM, at Gould Plaza, NYU
Get Caught in a Hurricane: Step into the hurricane simulator and experience winds up to 78 mph. Suitable for storm chasers of all ages.
Control Your Own Tornado: Prepare to be blown away by a vortex of swirling vapor as you control the speed of four-foot tall tornadoes.
Explore the Arctic of the Future with the PoLAR Climate Project: Play games to learn how animals (from plankton all the way to polar bears) are impacted by humans. Then go through interactive displays with Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory to learn how climate and weather impact sea ice loss and change the sea level. Don’t miss the Polar Explorer app!
Investigate the New York Hall of Science: Watch dueling pressure systems create spinning clouds of air when we fire our Air Cannon. Use your cell phone to make small images appear large using forced perspective photography at Stick Pics. You can make images with your favorite astronomers, astrophysicists, astronauts, and spaceships. Finally, make your hair stand on end as lighting forms before your very eyes at the Van de Graaf Generator.
Battle Earthquakes with Engineering: Join Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers to make your own earthquake-proof structures. How will your building stand up to the seismic waves?
Ride the Coriolis and Forecast Weather: Join CUNY’s NOAA-CRESTto take a spin aboard the Coriolis ride, showing how hurricanes form and gain massive amounts of power. Then use real mathematical equations to predict tomorrow’s weather.
Discover Fossils and Facts at the Liberty Science Center: Excavate for fossils (including shark teeth and small bones) that you can take home with you, and learn how weather affects fossil formation. Compare natural disasters and weather conditions on home at Earth to those on other planets.
Monkey Around at the Central Park Zoo: Discover how weather affects the animal kingdom, wildlife conservation and our own lives. Join the Central Park Zoo for performances and activities that help explain how we can make our world more livable for ourselves and other unique creatures.
Crustacean Exploration: Hop onto a solar-powered, state-of-the-art mobile microscope lab that was once a 1974 transit bus. There, use high-powered microscopes to examine the cells and organs of tiny transparent crustaceans called daphnia. These strange creatures have reproductive systems that change with the weather.
Laboratory: Pop Bottle Science: Join author Lynn Brunelle to create different kinds of weather and tracking equipment, from barometers and thermometers to rain and tornadoes. You’ll build up the atmospheric pressure of a storm in a crushable bottle.
ROBOT SENSE CENTRAL: How Do Robots Sense?
Vision: The first step to understanding how robots sense the world is by learning how they see. Unlike humans, they don’t have peripheral vision – meaning they see only what is directly in front of them. Move an object in front of a digital camera and watch how objects are tracked on a screen. Try sharing a toy with iCub, a robot that mimics a human two-year-old, and see how iCub sees.
Hearing: Robot ears take in sounds and turn them into a language that robots can understand. Speak into a microphone and watch a computer translate your voice into waveforms. It will try to repeat what you said back to you.
Depth Perception: Our eyes and brain quickly calculate depth perception for us. Learn how robots tackle this crucial task by stepping up to a Microsoft Kinect and getting a strange 3D view of the world and yourself. Then have your photo taken and emailed to you.
Touch: Close your eyes and put your hand in a box – then try to decipher what you’re grabbing. Or see if you can find the object you are searching for without using your eyes. Robots have it tough! Get another sense of how a child robot would interact with the world by tickling iCub, the robot who mimics a human two-year-old. He’s covered in touch sensors and gets ticklish when you poke him. Eventually, he’ll even learn to dodge your fingers!
INSIDE THE ROBOT BRAIN: How do robots Sense, Decide, and Act?
Tame the Robot: Teach a robot how to behave by playing Tetris on a computer. In this game of robot Tetris, you decide if a robot’s action should be rewarded or not, and it learns to behave according to your rules.
Train the Robot: Use DragonBot and a programming tool kit to train a robot to respond to your signal, just like a pet dog. You’ll teach your robot to smile whenever you clap – get ready to give yourself a round of applause.
Shepherd the Robots: Robots sometimes behave based on what other nearby robots are doing. Walk in front of a projection screen and watch as simulated robots follow you around like a flock of sheep.
Robot Swarm: How does a swarm of 10 robots work? How about 10,000 birds? Or 10,000,000 ants? Join MoMath for hands-on Swarm Math activities where the audience members get to be part of a collective.
Control Robots with Your Mind: Use electricity from your brain to control robots and find out whether your brain is anything like a computer.
Play Soccer Like a Robot: Learn what it’s like for a robot to play soccer. Hint: it’s not so easy. Build robot goggles out of paper tubes, then cover one eye and try to follow instructions to play (and win) the game.
Robots at the Liberty Science Center: At Complete a Circuit, you’ll poke around the inner workings of a robot and learn how electrical circuits and systems work together. Connect different parts of circuits and use different energy sources – then apply the same principles to a programmable Arduino board. Then figure out the difference between conductors and insulators at Pocket Science: Energy Stick, where you’ll light up an energy stick by forming a human chain
ROBOTS IN MOTION: How do robots move?
Bend It Like a Robot: Teach a small humanoid NAO robot how to kick a ball by moving its legs and registering the movement on a computer – just like in stop-motion animation!
Robot Obstacle Course: Drive a KUKA youBot, a robot arm on wheels, through an obstacle course. Then try it again using only robot vision, and see how different your times are.
Drive a Planetary Rover: Drive Oryx, the planetary rover, and help it collect rock specimens on an otherworldly surface.
Drive the Turtlebots: Pick up the controls and, without ever leaving the World Science Festival, drive a telepresence robot at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Your task? To figure out Worcester Polytechnic’s motto.
Robot Fish Race: Build the fins of a robotic fish and race them against other robo-swimmers. Winner gets a prize!
Robot Control: Feel like Dr. Doolittle as you use a touchscreen device to control a robotic fish. Or relax and watch it swim on its own while you enjoy a birds-eye view of the tank provided on the display.
Fly a Drone, Drive a BEAM: Test fly a drone and operate the Beam telepresence robot, which lets you be in two places at once.
Robot Free Throw: Make your robot the star of the team as you toss beach balls into a goal to earn points.
Junior FIRST’s Lego League Challenge: Operate the winning Lego creation made by children ages 6 to 9 and meet these young inventors.
ROBOT PARTY: How do robots socialize and interact with humans?
Museum of Keepons: As you approach a row of small, yellow, snowman-like Keepon robots, try to capture their gaze. Then watch as Keepon follows you.
Bully Stoppers: Keepon will tell you a story about a bully and let you decide how to handle the situation. Then he’ll give you feedback on your choice.
Language Game: Meet a Spanish-speaking Keepon robot who can help you learn more about language.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Play this classic game against an NAO humanoid robot, but watch carefully. He may try to trick you!
Nutrition Game: DragonBot is preparing for a long journey, and he needs your help to pick out snacks to fuel his trip. Help DragonBot choose the healthiest meal and see what happens if you try to sneak a donut in.
One-on-One with Bandit: Bandit the robot wants to play a game with you. Choose between three options using a Wiimote: an exercise game, memory game, or a cognitive game.
Befriend a Robot: DragonBot wants to be popular, and you can help it by stopping in for a chat. The more attention it receives, the more it is rewarded.
past events at Simons Foundation:
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In this talk, David Blei will review the basics of topic modeling and describe his recent research on collaborative topic models—models that simultaneously analyze documents and the corresponding reader behavior. Blei will explain how using collaborative topic models to discover patterns in how people read can help point readers to relevant new documents. Finally, he will discuss the broader field of probabilistic modeling, which gives data scientists both a rich language for expressing statistical assumptions and scalable algorithms for using those assumptions to uncover hidden patterns in massive data.
David Blei is associate professor of computer science at Princeton University. Blei’s research focuses on developing methods for finding patterns in large datasets. He has received awards including a Sloan Fellowship (2010), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2011), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2011), the Blavatnik Faculty Award (2013) and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award (2013). Blei earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
past events at Simons Foundation:
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Where is Fundamental Physics Heading? — A lecture by Dr. Nathan Seiberg, a free event for the scientific community, at the Simons Foundation.
In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered two beautiful standard models, one for the quantum world of extremely short distances and one for the universe as a whole. Both models have had spectacular success, but there are also strong arguments for new physics beyond these models.
In this lecture, Seiberg will review these models, their successes and their shortfalls. He will describe how experiments in the near future could point to new physics to suggest a profound conceptual revolution in our understanding of the world.
Nathan Seiberg received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where he worked from 1985 to 1991 as senior scientist, associate professor and professor. From 1989 to 1997, he was a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He joined the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey in 1997.
Seiberg has received many awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Oskar Klein Medal, the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics, and the Fundamental Physics Prize. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Seiberg is a mathematical physicist, whose research has made major contributions to understanding string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. His exact solutions of theories have uncovered unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in quantum field theories, and they have led to many applications in physics and mathematics. He has also clarified how supersymmetry can be dynamically broken and tested, an effort now underway at the Large Hadron Collider.
Auditorium offers accessible seating to patrons with special access needs. Please fill out the special accommodations request when ordering your ticket online.
gross fun stuff:
list of dates related to astronomy:
interesting discovery titled, "Brain Changes, suggest autism starts in the womb":
interesting discovery regarding moments after the big bang:
articles regarding TB today:
The NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup
The Discovery of the Higgs Boson and our Evolving Picture of the Universe
Friday, April 4, 2014
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
American Museum of Natural History, Kaufmann Theater
Central Park West, 77th St entrance, New York, NY
We'll be in the 5th and 6th rows of the lecture hall on house right.
AAA Lecture Series: "SETI, Evolution and Human History"
The NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup
Friday, May 2, 2014
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
American Museum of Natural History
The New York City Brights Meetup Group Monthly Meetup, Charles Zorn
Sunday, April 6, 2014
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The American Museum of Natural History
Corner of Central Park West & W 81st, New York, NY
Meet under the lobby dinos 1-1:30 then we will move to the lower cafe for an hour before exploring.
Secret Science Club
Tuesday, May 20, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! presenting “It’s a Jungle in There” with Microbiologist & Author Martin Blaser
Say hello to your little friends—all 100 trillion of them. Microbiologist Martin Blaser returns to the Secret Science Club to explore the human microbiome (the 1,000 or so microbial species that inhabit our noses, mouths, guts, and skin); the health benefits conferred by our inner ecosystem; the dangers of overusing antibiotics; how obesity, asthma, diabetes, and even mood swings may be linked to changes in our microbiota; and—yes!—fecal transplants. A world-renowned researcher in infectious disease and director of NYU’s Human Microbiome Program, Dr. Blaser is the author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. Before & After --Try our bugged-out cocktail of the night, the Super Organism --Wiggle to grooves that wriggle --Stick around for the scintillating Q&A --Snag a signed copy of Dr. Blaser’s spanking-new book, Missing Microbes This multicellular edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, May 20, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+ No cover. orig post secretscienceclub.blogspot.com
visit this gallery in Bushwick.
Opening for Angelina Dreem
May 16th, 6 – 8 pm
603 Bushwick Ave.
BK NY 11206