#DesignLab is in top gear. In or Sandbox, create structures using dowels and rubber bands. Join the the movement.

#Hyperlapse #nysci #design #nyc #queens (at New York Hall of Science)

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? Find the answer in our interactive exhibition, “The Evolution - Health Connection.” Learn how human evolution has promoted our survival but not always our good health.

#Science #Health #Evolution #Humans #nysci #nyc #queens  (at New York Hall of Science)

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? Find the answer in our interactive exhibition, “The Evolution - Health Connection.” Learn how human evolution has promoted our survival but not always our good health.

#Science #Health #Evolution #Humans #nysci #nyc #queens (at New York Hall of Science)

#Explainers are always here to help. #nyc #queens #make (at New York Hall of Science)

#Explainers are always here to help. #nyc #queens #make (at New York Hall of Science)

The terrain might be bumpy but keep moving forward. #Motivation

Drive the #MarsRover at our #SearchForLife exhibition.
#nyc #queens (at New York Hall of Science)

The terrain might be bumpy but keep moving forward. #Motivation

Drive the #MarsRover at our #SearchForLife exhibition.
#nyc #queens (at New York Hall of Science)

Put your twist on the best time of the year.  ReMake the Holidays starts today.

Put your twist on the best time of the year.  ReMake the Holidays starts today.

The new Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program launched at two NYC hospitals this week. Under this new initiative, overweight or obese patients can be prescribed Health Bucks along with nutritional counseling. These Health Bucks, which accrue at $1 per day per family member over a four month period, are redeemable only at NYC farmers markets.

The use of Health Bucks allows for increased access to locally grown fresh food, leading to improved health outcomes for individuals while bringing lasting changes to the local economy.

Patients from the pilot program have already seen dramatic weight loss and other positive changes for themselves and their children. Could this be the default nutritional therapy of the future?

New Yorkers have been seeing calorie counts on menus since 2009. But has anyone stopped to consider how effective this law has been on influencing consumer choice?
A new study by the American Journal of Public Health shows that providing McDonald’s customers with flyers about how many calories they should eat in a meal or day when calorie counts were available on the menu made no significant difference in what they ordered. Women ordered meals with 27% more calories than recommended, while men ate 11% more - regardless of whether or not they received a flyer.
What does this tell us? Maybe the issue is simply their location - fast food chains have not done much in the last decade to improve their offerings. But perhaps it would be better to look at calories as the problem. Menus offering exercise times instead of calories have been shown to be more effective in reducing calorie intake, although they are far less exact. 
Do you pay attention to calorie counts when you go out to eat? How can this system be improved? Sound off in the comments!

New Yorkers have been seeing calorie counts on menus since 2009. But has anyone stopped to consider how effective this law has been on influencing consumer choice?

A new study by the American Journal of Public Health shows that providing McDonald’s customers with flyers about how many calories they should eat in a meal or day when calorie counts were available on the menu made no significant difference in what they ordered. Women ordered meals with 27% more calories than recommended, while men ate 11% more - regardless of whether or not they received a flyer.

What does this tell us? Maybe the issue is simply their location - fast food chains have not done much in the last decade to improve their offerings. But perhaps it would be better to look at calories as the problem. Menus offering exercise times instead of calories have been shown to be more effective in reducing calorie intake, although they are far less exact. 

Do you pay attention to calorie counts when you go out to eat? How can this system be improved? Sound off in the comments!

Saturday is for Storytelling

This Saturday night at NYSCI, visitors can collaborate on a story with digital artist and performer, Haeyoung Kim. Part performance, part workshop, Kim’s Moori will use audience members to help create a dynamic narrative. Users will download the Moori app, and use the app to pose questions and answers, and to generate algorithmic sounds and visuals. The result will be an interactive performance featuring collaboration among audience members. Part of Harvestworks’ 2013 New York Electronic Arts Festival, the event begins at 4 pm with Night Games, an interactive dance game, followed by cocktails at 6 pm, and EXPOSED – Sound featuring Moori at 6:30 pm.

Haeyoung Kim is based in New York City and explores the texture of sounds in electronic music. Her work has been presented in various museums and galleries including the American Museum of the Moving Image, PS1, Nam June Paik Center in Korea, and Kunsthalle in Austria.

Get Your Dance On

This Saturday, dance the afternoon away on a science-inspired dance floor at Night Games. Using 3D surround sound and Playstation move technology, dancer’s movements are analyzed by software and used to modify the dance experience. The movements and instrument choices of the dancers create the music, and costumed creatures encourage revelry and participation in this collaborative performance. Throughout the dance, Night Games brings a conscious awareness to participants that their individual actions impact the collective ecosystem. So bring your enthusiasm, good vibes and your best moves to NYSCI this Saturday!

It’s a Small World

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Last week, ten thousand miles from New York, students learned about microorganisms from one of our educators. Anthony Negron, manager of our Virtual Visit program, employed videoconferencing technologies to connect with St. Kevin’s Primary School in Sydney, Australia. Using microscopes, NYSCI exhibits, and a live feed of various microorganisms, the students learned where the tiny creatures are found, and how to classify them. The program helped to launch a new technology room at the Australian school and was attended by students, parents and educators.

Brett Salakas of St. Kevin’s Primary School and coordinator of the event called the program a “wonderful experience” that “greatly enhanced our science unit on microorganisms. The well-balanced program gave the students an insight in the topic which we could not provide here in a regular classroom.”