NEW SCIENTIST LIVE - AUTUMN 2015 LECTURE SERIES:
Join New Scientist Live and a selection of leading scientists for 3 fascinating lectures at Conway Hall in London this Autumn. Each lecture starts at 7pm and is sure to provide plenty to inspire you and make you think. Buy your tickets now:
27 October - Landing on a comet: The inside story, with:
Matt Taylor, project scientist, Rosetta project
Monica Grady, professor of planetary sciences, The Open University
It's been a rollercoaster ride played out in space. After travelling 6.4 billion kilometres, the Rosetta spacecraft caught up with comet 67P. Philae, a tiny probe, then landed on the comet and sent back data before lapsing into sleep. Only months later did it wake up and make contact. Find out about these dramatic events from two key players in the project. They will discuss the highs and lows, the engineering and the science. Crucially, what have Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets and the early solar system?
11 November - Healthy eating: What science has to say, with:
Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health, University of Oxford
Bruce Griffin, professor of nutritional metabolism, University of Surrey
Confusion reigns about what foods we should eat to stay healthy. Meat, fat, sugar and salt have all been the subject of conflicting news stories. Preserved meats and "low fat" foods seem to have been added to the danger list. Two leading researchers will discuss what science has to say about our food and how best to stave off disorders such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
18 November - The LHC: Solving the mysteries of the universe, with:
Ben Allanach, professor of theoretical physics, University of Cambridge
Tara Shears, professor of physics, University of Liverpool
This year, the world's biggest particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider – is focused squarely on solving some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. What happened to the antimatter created in the big bang? What is "dark matter", the invisible stuff that makes up much of our universe? Two researchers at the sharp end discuss what we've learned and where we're heading. Is our best theory of reality's roots about to be replaced by another, called supersymmetry?
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