The Urban Scientist

New York City Science Events for the Week of October 24th

Go chuck a pumpkin this week at the New York Hall of Science

October 25, 2010
Pumpkin courtesy of Fredde 99/Wikimedia

Could there be any better way to celebrate Halloween than to project a pumpkin hundreds of feet into the air with a catapult?

I don’t think so.

October is catapult month at the New York Hall of Science. In honor of Halloween they invite anyone so inclined to bring their pumpkins so they can chuck them high in to the air to watch what happens when gravity does its thing. Pumpkin chucking will occur Saturday, October 30th, and Sunday, October 31st, from noon to 4 p.m.


The Amateur Astronomer’s Association hosts star gazing at Highline Park. The event begins at dusk.


Oliver Sacks will speak at the Union Square Barnes and Noble to promote his new book exploring sight called The Mind’s Eye. 7:00 p.m.

The New York Academy of Sciences will host a discussion of genetic screening of people on the Island of Cyprus from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a career panel for scientists in biotech and pharma.

Learn about space cuisine at the American Museum of Natural History with authors of The Astronaut’s Cookbook, Charles T. Bourland and Gregory L. Vogt. The evening’s menu includes Sweet & Sour Chicken, Mango Peach Smoothies, Garbanzo Bean Burgers and Lemon Bars. The cost is $25.00 and it starts at 6:30 p.m.


Alpha One Labs is throwing a Halloween party fundraiser.

Happy Halloween!

About the Author

Olivia Koski

Olivia Koski was born in the desert and raised in the mountains. After studying physics in college, she earned a living manipulating light for an aerospace company. She abandoned saguaros, pine trees and lasers for the skyscrapers of New York City, where she is studying the fine art of manipulating words, sound and images as a journalist. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at


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