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2013 Annual Science Report

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reporting  |  SEP 2012 – AUG 2013

EPO Activity: Cambridge Science Festival

Project Progress

As a part of the Cambridge Science Festival in April 2013, we displayed our popular to-scale Geological Timeline walk signs along the Charles River for 9 days. Each sign provides information on an event in Earth history or evolution; the signs are spaced out to scale to give the public a better sense for the immensity of geologic time and the antiquity of life. The events described by each sign can be explored in more detail by visitors with smartphones by connecting to accompanying material on our website via QR-codes on the signs. Tours were offered twice daily on festival weekends and by arrangement during the week; tours have been held by PI Roger Summons, postdocs and graduate students in the Summons lab, other members of NAI team, and collaborators at Harvard and MIT. Due to the events surrounding the Boston marathon, parts of the Cambridge Science Festival (including tours on Saturday, April 20th) were cancelled.