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FAQs about the Call for Entries

In this tumultuous time of finals, crazed shoppers, end-of-the-year frenzy, schizophrenic weather, and, of course, the Call for Entries for Cambridge Science Festival 2012, we at the Festival office get a lot of questions, some of which I will answer en masse here today. Q: I am John Doe and have a great idea for a CSF event, but am not affiliated with a University, company, etc.  Can I still put in an event entry?A: Absolutely! We love to see all the different ideas out there for the Festival.  Keep in mind – whether or not your entry will be chosen depends on where your event lands on the awesomeometer. Q: It is after December 6th, are you still taking Entries for CSF?A: Yes!  But pretty please, get them in as soon as possible!  (For the sake of our sanity, we’ll put our foot down for a hard stop in… Read More

Link Salad, bon appetit

Tips to hack together a 3-course meal with a coffeemaker and much more… particularly enjoying the how to brew beer with a coffeemaker! http://www.neatorama.com/2011/12/07/10-awesome-geeky-cooking-hacks/   Everyone is wrong about how people die when they fall into lava http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-die-when-you-fall-into-lava/ Mother and child’s hearts beat together… http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/12/scienceshot-human-hearts-beat-to.html?rss=1 Teeth are evolved fish scales? http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/teeth-from-the-outside-in/ This Whale Song project invites citizen scientists to help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. http://whale.fm/  An interesting exercise: How to picture the size of the universe http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/universe-size/?pid=2574&viewall=true

Links of the Week

Miscellanea of cool science linkage: The uncertainty of memory, Courts are catching on… http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/health/the-certainty-of-memory-has-its-day-in-court.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all Gender-typed science learning kits and why they won’t help further Science http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/11/29/how-not-to-market-science-to-girls/ …and the speedy response to the blog http://blog.scientificsonline.com/2011/11/girlsboys-novelty-kits/ Explore interesting science in some of this year’s best science books! http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2011/11/best_science_books_2011_boing.php Gene identified for needing less sleep. Now when will we get to modify that gene? http://www.hindustantimes.com/Lifestyle/Wellness/Why-even-4-hours-of-sleep-is-enough/Article1-774229.aspx#.TtU6VhUTu0o.facebook Flexible robots! http://bostinno.com/2011/11/29/funded-by-the-pentagon-researchers-from-harvard-build-a-robot-with-the-flexibility-of-gumby-video/   Ravens point using beak and wings! http://www.livescience.com/17213-ravens-gestures-animal-communication.html edit:Not a recent blog post, but the first time I’ve run across it – some interesting claims!“Botox may diminish the experience of emotions” http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2010/04/botox_may_diminish_the_experience_of_emotions.php 

Call For Entries Deadline

Hey folks! Do you have your event or Carnival booth entry into the us on our online form?  Our deadline is nearly on top of us: Tuesday, December 6th! Now’s your chance! Submit a proposal to run a program or host an event to be included in the Cambridge Science Festival — which will run April 20 through April 29, 2012. Programs may include lectures, performances, activities, exhibits, tours, debates, workshops, or creative new ideas we’ve never imagined. We’re looking for ideas that celebrate science, technology, engineering and math in ways that combine spirit, interactivity and audience appeal. Don’t worry!  If you still want to participate, let us know ASAP! Contact us, and we can help you work through details. Other ways to get involved: Sponsor Help support the Festival!  Adult Volunteer with us before, during or after the Festival! Donate now! Contact sungmi@mit.edu to: – Blog for the Festival! –… Read More

CSF Teen Interns!

Come one, come all!  The Cambridge Science Festival needs your help and we have 10 teen intern positions open for 2011-2012! Check out descriptions and applications here!

Link salad

Hi everyone, Here are just some links we found interesting over the week. Enjoy!   Cool News   Interested in Brains and dreams http://gizmodo.com/5843117/scientists-reconstruct-video-clips-from-brain-activity   Dead Sea Scrolls http://www.pcworld.com/article/240590/dead_sea_scrolls_post_in_time_for_rosh_hashanah.html [the scrolls] http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/   Journey to Exoplanets App http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R76NGRkDUQ   Heart monitoring to itunes credit http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4u6PCe/www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/38673/       Interesting links   “Bear with us, while we think.” http://www.slow-science.org/   Very cool timelapse video of the night skies http://josefrancisco.org/

Preparing Cambridge Science Festival 2012

It’s finally summertime and we at the Cambridge Science Festival are busy brainstorming for next year’s festival. We don’t want to do it alone though, so please leave suggestions or questions in the comments. We’d love to hear what events you would like to see happen, new organizations to work us, and so much more that only you can think of! Thank you! [edit: Check out our pictures from the festival this year! More will be going up soon!]

CSF Op-Ed: Media I Am

How blogs, tweets, and social media are changing science writing. Back in the dark ages, books were a luxury for the ultra-rich. When everything had to be copied by hand, written documents were rare, and therefore expensive. Then the printing press came along. Later, the paperback. Books became cheaper, easier to produce. Once, writing in a public forum was a privilege. You needed permission, an editor’s stamp of approval, to publish anything from a news story to an op-ed piece. Today, anyone can have a platform. Putting your thoughts out into the public realm is becoming a basic right. Now, if only ideas could become cheaper, or easier to produce. Everything’s changed, and yet nothing has changed. At the 3rd annual Science Writing Symposium on Tuesday, three great science writers discussed the changes that the Internet, blogs, and social media have brought to their field. Carl Zimmer has been blogging… Read More

Cambridge Carnival Day

Even in the midst of a thunderstorm, Saturday’s Science Carnival was spectacular. With rows of booths and activities as far as the eye could see, the space surrounding the Cambridge Public Library was busy with experiments and energy. There was music, swing dancing, balloons and several tiny children wandering around fully clad in the Pfizer booth’s lab coats, goggles and plastic gloves. The range of activity options included deconstructing cell phones to check out the metals inside, playing with water hydraulics, witnessing robotic engineering at work and requesting a song from the live “Science Juke Box” chorus. This is only a small sample of the awesome spread of booths lined up by members of the MIT and Harvard communities and Cambridge-area science organizations and businesses. The event was targeted toward young children, and they were out in droves. But even for those of us beyond elementary school age, the carnival… Read More

A Night of Nerdery

Cambridge got a little nerdier on Friday night.  At “Nerdnite Presents Nerdtacular!” a group of self-identified geeks gathered at the MIT Museum for some socializing and a trio of interesting lectures. Over cheap beer and cheese puffs, we alternately chatted and paid attention to the three guest speakers whose topics were perfectly suited to their largely awkward-intellectual grad student audience. “It’s not true that all nerds like origami, but if you like origami, you’re a nerd. There’s just no way of getting around it.” This is how architecture enthusiast Joel Lamere, who teaches architectural geometry and design courses at MIT, began the first talk of the evening. He admitted a “fetish for folding” and gave a lively presentation about folding paper in curves, like origami with a twist. Author Louis Hyman took the floor next. He recently wrote a book called “Debtor Nation” and gave his talk on economic history… Read More