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Live Webcast Schedule

We were excited to provide free, high-quality streams of select events, with live on-site commentary from the editors of Scientific American and other award-winning journalists. You can watch replays of some the events that were streamed below. Stay tuned for much more 2011 Festival footage, including scheduled rebroadcasts with live commentary and Q&A, coming to WSFtv very soon

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Cool Jobs
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Imagine hanging out with some of the world’s kookiest critters in the jungle’s tallest trees, building a robot that does stand-up comedy, inventing a device that propels you into the air like Batman, or traveling back in a DNA time machine to study ancient animals! Meet the scientists who make it possible.
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Live webcast commentary: Scientific American’s Anna Kuchment, accompanied by WSF’s Maki Naro

Rebooting the Cosmos: Is the Universe the Ultimate Computer?
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As computers become progressively faster and more powerful, they’ve gained the impressive capacity to simulate increasingly realistic environments. Which raises a question familiar to aficionados of The Matrix—might life and the world as we know it be a simulation on a super advanced computer?
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Live webcast commentary: WSF’s Maki Naro

The Mind after Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep?
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We spend a third of our lives asleep. Every organism on Earth—from rats to dolphins to fruit flies to microorganisms—relies on sleep for its survival, yet science is still wrestling with a fundamental question: Why does sleep exist?
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Live webcast commentary: Scientific American’s Robin Lloyd, accompanied by WSF’s Greg Boustead and Maki Naro

2011 WSF Street Fair
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Select scenes from the Street Fair at Washington Square Park in New York City on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
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