The Urban Scientist

New York Science Events This Week | November 15th – 21st, 2010

The holiday season officially starts on Saturday when the New York Botanical Garden kicks-off its annual Holiday Train Show.

November 16, 2010

This week New York is full of magic, neuroscience, solar science, thirst, guilt, trains, architecture, and plants. But not necessarily in that order. All aboard!

Find out why you crave liquid all of the time on Thursday at Thirst: Physiology of Water Balance in the Body at the New York Academy of Sciences from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Or take in some entertainment and neuroscience at Mind Over Magic at the New York Academy of Science on Thursday. The evening of “brain science and wizardry” lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Observe the sun safely in Central Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York at the Conservatory Water.

Take in a show called The Science of Guilt at DR2 Theater near Gramercy Park starting on Friday. Most shows start at 8:00 p.m., cost is $18.50.

“Francesco Campari directs a new dramedy by Jason Odell Williams in which a man lures his brother into a pharmaceutical venture while keeping a keen eye on the woman they both love.”

Saturday the annual Holiday Train Show starts at the New York Botanical Gardens. It’s $20 for non-member adults, $10 for children, and $18 for students and seniors. Go now, because starting December 21st the prices go up $5. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Experience the magic of New York City dressed to the nines for the holidays. Marvel as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural matierals: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves.”

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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