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SCREENING: I ORIGINS

Scientist Dan Siegal-Gaskins and writer/director Mike CahillOn a cool, mid-summer Los Angeles evening just after sunset, filmmakers and film lovers gathered in an intimate theater on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot for a night of wonder, beauty, and science. Organized by The Science & Entertainment Exchange and the Sundance Institute, the event kicked off with a screening of Mike Cahill’s new science-fiction feature film I Origins. The film was winner of this year’s Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize, an award presented to outstanding films that focus on science or technology as a theme, or depict a scientist as a major character.

SCIENCE SPEED DATING, LOS ANGELES

GroupLast week, The Exchange brought its Science Speed Dating format to Los Angeles. The event kicked off with a YouTube video titled “The Fiction of the Science,” featuring Robert Wong from the Google Creative Lab. In the video, he argues that the collaboration between art and science is crucial to actual scientific development, detailing examples from popular movies and television shows, such as Iron Man and Star Trek, where technologies on the screen have inspired real-life products. Before we build it, we have to imagine it.

To Mars and Beyond

'Twas the evening of Mars, with experts discussing space exploratory clout, as Hollywood and science met, at the SoHo House.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange met at the beautiful SoHo House in West Hollywood, for an affable evening of science and conversation.

Acclaimed scientists and Hollywood’s elite attended the event held above the twinkling City of Stars. Yet, as the night drew on another luminous region was explored - Space.

A visit to Mars may no longer be science-fiction. According to Phil Plait, author and astronomer, as well as Jennifer Trosper, JPL’s Mars Mission Manager, the journey to our neighboring planet is more like science-reality

Event Recap: Science Speed Dating

Just outside of our comfort zone is the space where magical things can happen, whether that be finding love, expanding professional horizons, or learning something new and exciting. 

Science Speed Dating was an event that did just that - stretched our programmatic skills to new places, but with an excellent, and spicy, result! 

The brainchild of none other than our excellent Exchange team, Science Speed Dating sent participants on an intellectual journey to explore the work of seven different scientists in seven, seven-minute sessions. Sound like a lot to take in? Remember that all seven scientists worked in disparate fields!

Event Recap: Science of Psychopaths!

Phrases like “sense of entitlement” and “out of touch with reality” described every prominent person mentioned throughout the night.

Words like “arrogance” and “narcissism” were used repeatedly.

High atop the gorgeous SoHo House last Thursday evening, in a room filled with some of Hollywood’s finest and most scientifically-curious minds, a discussion was had about why some of the most famous names in history act the way they do.

However, those referenced weren’t quite the characters you might expect.

When everyone took their seats and the lights began to dim, Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole, formerly a profiler for the FBI, took her place in front of an audience as engaged to a subject matter as I’d ever seen before. 

Deep Sea, Deeper Secrets with David Gallo

 

Serene, mysterious, always intriguing, with just a touch of danger – on paper, the description of a beautiful woman and the great Pacific Ocean could be easily confused.

Below the surface of some of the world’s most majestic waves, lies a world that few have experienced, and even fewer have explored. David Gallo is able to count himself as one of the lucky few who has come face to face with the near-secret world that lies beneath the surface of the sea.

Body Hacking: Exploring The Quantified Self

"You have walked 3,343 steps today," according to the FitBit Flex around your wrist. But why do you feel so sluggish? A quick peek at your daily data suggests that it could be due to your 10 periods of restlessness the night before. 

The Quantified Self movement elicits a vision of futuristic self improvements that would allow us unprecedented access to our own daily "data" in ways that we have never had before. 

Stories From Google New York

A treasure hidden in plain view, the expansive Google New York building engulfs an entire square block of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. But, while the building is hard to miss, gaining access to what lies within those four concrete walls is a much more difficult feat. 

On the surface, the 2,900,000 square foot building boasts all of the amenities that we have come to expect of a Google campus. Free artisan snacks stand beside your corner store favorites in micro-kitchens, chill pods can be found behind hidden walls, and a healthy dose of whimsy runs throughout it all. 

Event Recap: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Science

Magic flying carpets, how to obliterate your enemy and the ability to see through walls; sound like something from your favorite science fiction movie? What if we told you that all of those things were technically possible? 

According to Neil Gershenfeld, it’s true! All of the aforementioned technologies may be possible in the future, and the future may not be as far off as you may think. 

The Science & Entertainment Exchange hosted an informal evening of science, snacks, and conversation last month, featuring esteemed professor, Neil Gershenfeld. Our gracious hosts, Janet and Jerry Zucker, opened their home to entertainers and science geeks alike, to talk about technology of the future. 

Dive Into the Ocean and Learn the Secrets of the Brain

The Exchange played cruise director for a diverse group of entertainers who gathered together in La Jolla, California, to tour the Salk Institute of Biological Studies and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Among their ranks were producers, writers, directors, and educators who came together to learn about the newest and most exciting scientific innovations that southern California has to offer.

The group was split in two after breakfast. Much like a movie where twins are separated at birth, both groups went on similar tours throughout the day, mirroring the other’s experience. While one group toured the Salk Institute, the other half went to explore what lies deep below the ocean surface.

At the Salk Institute, head scientist, Ricardo Gil da Costa, led the group around the expansive and beautiful campus that is perched right on the shoreline. Established in 1959 by Jonas Salk, the Salk Institute boasts an impressive array of scientific innovations. 

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