NEW SCIENTIST LIVE IN 2014:
New Scientist Live will be running 5 events in 2014 exploring a range of compelling subjects, held at Conway Hall in London. Each event will start at 6:30pm, ending at 8:30pm. Buy tickets now for all events:
28 May - The origin of modern humans, with:
Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum
Bruce Bradley, Professor of Experimental Archaeology, University of Exeter
Understanding the evolution of modern humans is one of science's most intriguing projects. And recently, the picture it gives has changed dramatically. The unexpected discovery of a new species of early human plus genetic tests on our other ancient ancestors has dramatically changed the way we view the ascent of humans. Moreover, we are gaining better understanding of their brains and mental abilities from a surprising source - the tools they made.
24 June - How life on Earth began, with:
Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry, UCL
Matthew Powner, Lecturer in Chemistry, UCL
Perhaps the biggest question in biology is "how did life get started?" To answer it needs immense creativity and painstaking research. Candidate ideas for how chemsitry became biology take us from dark, rocky outcrops on the sea floor to Darwin's "warm little pond" in the full glare of sunlight.
1 October - Wild weather: Is climate change already taking its toll?, with:
Friederike Otto, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Dr Peter Stott, Head of Climate Monitoring and Attribution, Met Office
Alice Bows-Larkin, Reader, University of Manchester
One of the irritating things about climate change is that its effects are often unpredictable and invisible. These factors only increase controversy. But scientists are working to expose its impacts: to understand whether the extreme weather events we're seeing are linked to increased carbon in the atmosphere and to identify what we need to do to starve off the dangerous consequences of climate change.
22 October - Closing in on consciousness, with:
Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex
Manos Tsakiris, Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway, London University
Every day you sense the world around you and react to it. You think about it, plan ahead and have no doubt where "you" end and everything else begins. Your consciousness is so familiar you take it for granted, yet it is deeply mysterious and has intrigued philosophers and scientists for centuries. Recent research has revealed much about the subtleties of this state and what we still need to uncover.
19 November - How the universe began, with:
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge
Joanna Dunkley, Professor of Astrophysics, Oxford University
Fifty years ago, two scientists in the US discovered a microwave signal that seemed to emanate from everywhere in the universe. Today it's better known as the cosmic microwave background - the afterglow of the big bang. Earlier this year we found that this signal also bears the scars of gravitational waves, the squeezing and stretching of space time itself. All this has enabled us to build an increasingly detailed picture of the birth of the universe.
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