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Brain Week Starts

Brain Week Rhode Island starts Saturday, March 11, with the Providence Brain Art Fair at City Arts for Youth on Broad Street. On Sunday, March 12, the opening public lecture will feature law professor, author, TED talker, and MacArthur Genius, Elyn Saks. The event, which

Brown Prof On BrainGate Team — Advances In Mind-Typing

This is nuts! BrainGate, a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers, including a neuroscientist in the Brown School of Engineering, has developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows people with paralysis to type using only brain control. No more blinking. According to the ProJo (2.22.17)

‘Science Denial’ Lecture At Brown

(2.16) Biology professor Kenneth R. Miller will deliver a lecture titled “Science Denial: from Anti-Vaxers and Climate ‘Skeptics’ to the Ark Park — Why it Continues and Why it Matters,” as part of the Reaffirming University Values series. Miller’s research work on cell membrane structure

Nobel Prize Goes To Brown Scientist

Congratulations to Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Colleagues and well-wishers at Brown University spoke with the modest professor today; he is currently on sabbatical in Finland. He

Athenaeum Salon — Kramer!

(9.30) Dr. Peter Kramer — author of “Listening to Prozac” and a member of the Brown Medical School faculty — will discuss his new book “Ordinarily Well” this Friday as part of the Providence Athenaeum Salon Series. Book sale and signing will follow. A practicing

Humboldt Salon At Brown

(5.9) The influence of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in his day is comparable to that of our 20th century science heroes, Jacques Cousteau and Carl Sagan; brilliant observers, who brought the natural world and the universe to the masses. Fans of science and natural history

Brain Fair At Sayles Hall

(3.19) As part of Brain Awareness Week — a global initiative aimed at elevating awareness of the scientific breakthroughs in the field of brain and nervous system research — the Brown Brain Bee and the Cure Alliance for Mental Illness will be hosting the first

Lunar Eclipse

(9.27) Head down to CCRI in Warwick to view tonight’s lunar eclipse with Associate Professor — and Triangle Forest nu-waver* — Brendan Britton. From EarthSky.org comes this explanation of moons — bloody, super, and harvest — and eclipses and such. There is a total eclipse

Pluto By Moonlight

It’s been nine years but the New Horizons unmanned spacecraft — NASA’s first mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper belt — makes its final approach today. Here’s the deal. It’s Antarctic winter on Pluto. The sun has not been visible for twenty years

‘My Sky’ At the Children’s Museum

Head over to the Providence Children’s Museum for the opening reception of ‘My Sky’ a traveling exhibit produced by the Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA. Gaze through a telescope to see stars and planets in their real-time positions

We Endorse The Candy

But this whole religion thing is no longer serving humanity very well. Time for the Second Enlightenment! We know what causes thunder now. Science is so much more interesting than religion. Who would you rather sit next to at dinner — Neil DeGrasse Tyson or

Make Up Your Mind

(2.11) And use your brain. Princeton and Brown University professors will take part in a Veritas Forum titled “Does Science Point to Atheism?” With science offering facts on almost every aspect of life, it leads some to wonder if there is any room for religion.

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‘Particle Fever’ At Cable Car — Q&A

(5.17) Are we living in a supersymmetrical universe or a chaotic multiverse? Head over to the Cable Car Cinema Saturday when science documentary Particle Fever will be followed by a Q&A with Brown University Professor Greg Landsberg, CMS Experiment Physics Coordinator at the time of

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‘Dark Matter’ Multimedia Performance And Lecture

Crank up the Zeiss! The Meridian Project is pleased to announce the premiere of “Dark Matter” a multimedia performance exploring cutting edge research in dark matter detection. Dr. Jeremy Chapman, a recent graduate of Brown University’s Particle Astrophysics Group, will discuss the latest developments in

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Total Lunar Eclipse

(4.15) . . .  early Tuesday morning, April 15th. The Brown University Ladd Observatory has been testing its camera in anticipation of the event resulting in this impressive image. They will not be open to the public during the early morning event, but will be

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What’s The Frequency Carolyn

[Steve Ahlquist has an excellent piece over at RI Future — “The monstrous philosophy at the core of Alex & Ani.” BC] The inane supernatural claims being made by bangle fabricators Alex & Ani in their promotional material have somehow come to the attention of