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The World Science Festival 2011: Encore Presentations and More

Missed the illuminating talk on dark energy? Uncertain about certainty? Catch up on the June 1-5 events with these selected Webcasts and blogs

Thorium, Polonium, Radium, Oh My! Marie Curie and Maggie Gyllenhaal Kick Off the 2011 World Science Festival

Even in the world of science, it is not every day when romance is summed up using words such as diamagnetism and paramagnetism as analogies. Yet Alan Alda manages to intricately tie these concepts into matters of the heart in his new play, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie , which had its debut reading during the World Science Festival Opening Night Gala Celebration last night at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

June 2, 2011 — Neda Afsarmanesh

Not That Secure after All: Cryptography in a Connected World

You're not going to like hearing this: The arsenal of mental and physical resources out there right now could easily bring down our cyber-security system, which protects the trivial, such as e-mails, to the critical, think banking system.

June 6, 2011 — Neda Afsarmanesh

The Digital Cosmos: A Brief Reading List

Do the laws of physics emerge from the laws of information? Perhaps, according to two World Science Festival events I attended this weekend on the connection between computers and the cosmos.

June 7, 2011 — Michael Moyer

So You Want to Live Forever?

Editor's Note: The following blog post first appeared May 19 on the World Science Festival's Web site. Most people look for the key to postponing old age in mega-antioxidant-loaded juices, extreme exercise regimens or expensive skin creams.

May 25, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Information Is Everywhere, How Can Science Protect It?

Editor's Note: The following blog post first appeared May 15 on the World Science Festival's Web site

Underscoring the importance of encryption in our increasingly data-driven digital lives, this year's World Science Festival features its first-ever session on cryptography, entitled "Keeping Secrets: Cryptography in a Connected World." During this discussion expect a well-rounded panel—including mathematician and computer scientist Brian Snow, scientist/journalist Simon Singh, cryptoanalyst Orr Dunkelman and cryptography researcher Tal Rabin—to break down cryptography, addressing its strengths and weaknesses as well as its impact on security and privacy.

May 16, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

Space Is an Elaborate Illusion

Editor's Note: This post was intially published May 12 on the World Science Festival's Web site .My dad took a peculiar pleasure in fitting the maximum amount of stuff into the smallest possible space.

May 17, 2011 — George Musser

Memories Are Made of This: Drugs to Boost Recall—or Destroy It

Editor's Note: The following blog post first appeared May 17 on the World Science Festival's Web site. U.S. Patent 7,928,070 issued in April of this year for what was simply labeled as a “memory-enhancing protein.”

Todd Sacktor, a professor at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, and a panelist at the 2011 World Science Festival’s The Unbearable Lightness of Memory (June 3 at 8 PM ET), received the patent just about a month after he and colleagues published an article in the journal Science that showed that the chemical, shortened to the cryptic PKM zeta, could shore up old memories in rats.

June 3, 2011 — Gary Stix