Blinding You With Science!

We've got STEM problems in this country. Not the argument over stem cells but not enough people choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) as a career path. Maybe this has something to do with the way we view STEM subjects -- boring. The Max Planck Florida Foundation and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre (415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) are teaming up to help change that perception with "Images of Science." Every year, the Max Planck Society in Germany asks for images that will prove the thesis that science is art. From Wednesday through December 30, the Photographic Centre will display more than 40 of the selected images submitted by the foundation's 80 scientific institutes. The photos on display are meant to illustrate the kinds of things scientists study every day, such as a stained brain cell as seen through a light microscope or a computer-animation still illustrating the theory of "loop quantum gravity" and how it might explain the space-time dynamic. While that might sound cryptic and arcane, the images reveal that it is also beautiful, fascinating, and mysterious. The exhibition is available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Visit fotofusion.org, or call 561-253-2600.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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