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From WSF: The intriguing study of nothing — vacuums, voids and the time before time

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Photo: Robert Leslie. Courtesy WSF Last night, the TEDBlog attended the World Science Festival‘s second night of proceedings, specifically the session titled “Nothing: The Subtle Science of Emptiness.” The evening began with a warm welcome for the illustrious journalist John Hockenberry, who described himself as our “launch vehicle into an area of sophisticated science.” He []

WSF report: 90 Is the New 50

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TED’s Matthew Trost reports from the World Science Festival‘s Sunday-evening session “90 Is the New 50: The Science of Longevity“: Faith Salie moderated this panel of four scientists (and one singer) on the science of longevity and the nature of aging. Gerontology pioneer Robert Butler, embryologist Renee Reijo Pera, Harvard associate professor of biology David []

WSF report: Looking for the Laws of Life

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TED’s Matthew Trost reports from the World Science Festival‘s Sunday-afternoon session “Looking for the Laws of Life“: John Hockenberry moderated this discussion on how life works, what its prerequisites are and where else we might find it in the universe. Featuring synthetic biology expert Steven Benner, researcher and astrobiologist Maggie Turnbull and cosmologist-astrobiologist-physicist-author Paul Davies. []

WSF report: Oliver Sacks, Abyssinian choir on music

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Photo of Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, acknowledging Jim Gates and Stephon Alexander at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, as part of the World Science Festival, NYC. From entropybound‘s flickr set (and check out his blog). TED’s Marla Mitchnick reports from the Saturday night blockbuster “Music and the Brain,” held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church and []

WSF report: Greengenuity

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TED’s June Cohen reports via Twitter on the World Science Festival session “Greengenuity“, where she’s hearing from the screen designer for One Laptop per Child (the “$100 laptop”): The OLPC gal is asked about the new … … touchscreen-driven design (from the wonderful Yves Behar) An “oohhh” goes thru the crowd when she explains how []

WSF report: Your Biological Biography

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TED’s Matthew Trost reports from this Saturday session of the World Science Festival: Nobel Prize winner and cell biologist Paul Nurse moderates a discussion between the leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, physician and geneticist James Evans, and sociologist Nikolas Rose after an introductory piece of context by Misha Angrist, who recently had []

Twittering from the World Science Festival

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TED’s own June Cohen is Twittering from the World Science Festival‘s session “Illuminating Genius: Unlocking Creativity.” From her feed: Bill Jones makes this lovely statement that he believed creative breakthroughs happen between people, when people work collaboratively … There’s something invisible that happens between people, he says. Side note: I believe, but cannot prove, that []

The World Science Festival starts tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 29, 2008, begins the World Science Festival: a four-day celebration of scientific exploration and discovery in New York City created by TEDster Brian Greene. Members of the TED team will be liveblogging the event right here on the TED Blog, keeping you updated on the latest from many TEDTalks favorites who will []

World Science Festival May 28-June 1, 2008, in New York City

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The inaugural World Science Festival, a celebration of science and discovery, will take place May 28-June 1, 2008, in New York City. Organized by physicist Brian Greene, who explained string theory at TED2005, the event will bring together a range of speakers — including many TEDTalks favorites such as philosopher Dan Dennett, inventor and futurist []