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World Science Festival: May 28-June 1 2014 (live streaming events)

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The 2014 World Science Festival runs May 28 to June 1 in New York City.

Take a look at their schedule of free live webcasts (beginning Thursday).

Here are iCouchPotato’s best bets (times are Eastern):

LIVESTREAM: MEASURE FOR MEASURE: QUANTUM PHYSICS AND REALITY

Date: Thursday May 29, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Throw a baseball and you can track its arc across the sky without disturbing it. Scientists don’t have that luxury with quantum particles. When no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential: it can be nearly anywhere. But measure it, and the particle snaps to one position. This transition from the fuzzy quantum world to the sharp reality of common experience is as vital as it is controversial. How do objects shed their quantum weirdness when measured? Join a debate of current theories, including tales of infinite universes where anything and everything happens. This program is part of the Big Ideas series.

LIVESTREAM: RIPPLES FROM THE BIG BANG: LISTENING TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME

Date: Friday May 30, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

In March, a major breakthrough in understanding the origin of universe took the scientific community–and the general public–by storm. A team lead by astronomer John Kovac, using a powerful telescope at the South Pole, reported evidence of ripples in the fabric of space time produced by the big bang, a long-sought prediction of our most refined approach to cosmology, the inflationary theory. Amidst the worldwide celebration, though, some have been quietly suggesting that the champagne has been uncorked prematurely. Join a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in cosmological theory and observation, that will explore the state of the art in the ongoing quest to understand the beginning of the universe. This program is part of the Big Ideas series.

 

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