NEW SCIENTIST LIVE 2015 - SYDNEY:
New Scientist Live will be running 4 exciting events in Sydney this year, delving into some of the biggest and most exciting scientific ideas of today. Taking place at The University of Sydney and featuring engaging experts in their field, each event will start at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm. Buy tickets now:
October 28 - The origins of modern humans, with:
Alan Cooper, ancient DNA specialist, University of Adelaide
Darren Curnoe, evolutionary biologist, University of New South Wales
The question of what we are and where we came from has suddenly been complicated by the recent, unexpected discovery of new extinct human species. What’s more, there are traces of some of their DNA in all of us, meaning our ancestors had some risqué interspecies liaisons. Hear about the DNA and archaeological evidence that is painting a picture of the origins of modern humans.
May 7 - Resurrecting Australia's extinct animals, with:
Mike Archer, palaeontologist, University of New South Wales
Steve Salisbury, palaeontologist, University of Queensland
Move over Jurassic Park. A world where Australia's extinct animals are brought back to life is closer than you think. Mike Archer has already come close to bringing back an extinct species of frog and is working to resurrect the Tasmanian Tiger. Meanwhile Steve Salisbury is recreating the behaviour of dinosaurs from fossilised footprints. Come and see what the future – and the distant past – really looks like.
July 9 - How evolution shaped sex, with:
John Long, palaeontologist, Flinders University
Rob Brooks, evolutionary biologist, University of New South Wales
Today, most land-living animals reproduce by having sex. But that one simple act creates endless complications. In humans it can create heartache and conflict. More profoundly, it's an inefficient way to reproduce. So why did sex evolve? Over the past decade, biologists have started to find answers to one of life's biggest mysteries. And they are even beginning to shed light on how some of the heartache might be eliminated.
August 20 - Quantum computing and teleportation, with:
Stephanie Simmons, physicist, University of New South Wales
Ping Koy Lam, physicist, Australian National University
Teleportation really is possible thanks to the strange properties of the quantum world – and its powers are already being harnessed to build game-changing technologies. A future with unimaginable computing power and unbreakable security is being created in the labs of these two scientists. And it might be only a decade away.
Quantum computing and teleportation is part of the Sydney Science Festival 2015. Since this event was originally advertised, Stephanie Simmons has replaced Michelle Simmons as a speaker.
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