Archive for January, 2013

Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) is a major traditional holiday in China. It is also celebrated in parts of Southeast Asia, like Vietnam, where they call New Year’s Day “Tet”. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date; rather it takes place on the second new moon after the […]

The Chance to Pet a Dinosaur: ‘Priceless’

The Chance to Pet a Dinosaur: ‘Priceless’

Over the past month I’ve had long involved conversations with 4- and 6-year-olds who can accurately and clearly pronounce the polysyllabic names of creatures from millions of years ago.

Tu B’shevat: The Green Movement of the Ancients, For the People of Today and Tomorrow

Tu B’shevat: The Green Movement of the Ancients, For the People of Today and Tomorrow

Tu B’shevat: Is it a tax or a tasting? The birthday of the trees or an administrative revenue assessment? Is its essence monetary or metaphysical?  Tu B’shevat has had many make-overs in its 2000 year history.  In our time it is a time to reflect on nature, to excite our spiritual imagination and to engage […]

Niel Shubin Live From Kanbar Hall

Niel Shubin Live From Kanbar Hall

Neil Shubin intrigued the audience with his elegantly illustrated exploration of how the history of the cosmos is embedded in each one of us.   As with his earlier work, that (“Your Inner Fish”) that examined the awe-inspiring links between human anatomy and fish, Shubin truly understands how to make science accessible.