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A Celebration of Science With a Popular Touch

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…more than 20 science festivals were held across the United States last year, in science hubs like the Bay Area and in communities not known for their science, like Dayton, Ohio, and Colorado Springs.

A science festival has more in common with a film, art or food festival. Festivals aim to bring in tourism dollars, introduce people to scientists and demystify science in an era when researchers and large sectors of the public diverge on major policy issues like climate change, vaccines and embryonic stem cell research.

Each science festival capitalizes on regional strengths, expertise and creativity. But their underlying idea is the same: Bring as many people as possible into contact with science.

Click here to read more from this February 9, 2012 New York Times article by Karen Weintraub.

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