In a public lecture tonight at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, James Weatherall will tell the story of quants, or quantitative analysts, who brought math and physics to the financial market. Even today, advances in math and physics are helping Wall Street to make better predictions about the stock market and possible crashes.
It's sure to be one of the zaniest nights in science! The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony is tonight, and you can catch all the action this evening, beginning at 5:40 p.m. ET. The ceremony, held at Harvard University in Boston, will honor scientists for their more unusual research topics. The night will also feature lighthearted performances, a miniopera and Nobel Prize-winning presenters.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) staff go to great heights to clean the massive blue whale model that hangs in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. This is the largest existing model of a blue whale, the biggest animal that ever lived on Earth. Every year, Exhibition department preparators brush and vacuum accumulated dust and dirt from the model, restoring the "floating" whale to pristine condition.
Marine scientists aboard the research vessel Okeanos Explorer will investigate a World War II-era Japanese warship today (Aug. 10), and you can watch it live online beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. The reserachers will use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to visit the wreckage site, located near the Wake Atoll in the western Pacific Ocean.
Get ready to geek out. Tonight (Sept. 17) at 6 p.m. ET is the 25th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, held at Sanders Theater on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's a night of laughter and wacky antics hosted by science fans and attended by some of the most prominent scientists around. This year's ceremony will feature appearances from several Nobel laureates, as well as researchers who study some really weird stuff (like firefly sex and Internet cat videos). There will also be music, chemistry experiments, paper airplane throwing and a riveting contest in which audience members will have a chance to win a date with one of the Nobel laureates. You won't want to miss this. [Read full story about this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony]
A giant "corpse flower" is blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens, in Colorado, and KUSA is livestreaming the exciting event. The corpse flower, or Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), gets its name from the putrid scent it gives off. The blooming purple-and-yellow flower's smell is said to be reminscent of rotting flesh. [Read full story about the blooming corpse flower]
Dr. Vilhelm Bohr, grandson of pioneering physicist Niels Bohr, will speak tonight (June 3) at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, about his grandfather's groundbreaking work on atomic structure, and his enduring contributions to the field of physics. The event, which will offer a unique perspective on the life of Niels Bohr, begins at 7 p.m. EDT. [Read full story about the event]
Katie, a pregnant giraffe at the Dallas Zoo, is expected to give birth any day now. Animal Planet will broadcast the event live online, giving viewers a chance to witness the exciting delivery and learn more about these remarkable animals. [Read full story about the live giraffe birth]
The world's largest atom smasher is slated to restart this year, but what are scientists hoping to find?
Tonight (April 1), physicist Jon Butterworth will discuss the Large Hadron Collider's famous discovery of the Higgs boson particle in 2012, and what breakthroughs could be on the horizon for the upgraded particle accelerator.
After an eight-year search, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his research team located the wreck of the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi.
The team will broadcast a live tour of the newly discovered sunken ship at 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 12 (0100 GMT Friday, March 13). Weather permitting, the tour through the eyes of an underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, should last for about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Nima Arkani-Hamed, one of the physicists who starred in the Higgs boson documentary "Particle Fever," is giving a lecture today about how tiny particles are changing our understanding of the fundamentals of space and time, and you can watch the eye-opening lecture live at 7 p.m. EST. Arkani-Hamed will give a rundown of recent particle research and explain how these tiny chunks of matter influence the entire cosmos.
"I haven't been this excited about physics in a very long time," Arkani-Hamed said, and tonight he's going to tell you why.
The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm will announce the 2014 Nobel Prizes beginning Monday (Oct. 6) to the best and brightest minds in their fields. You can watch the live webcasts this week here at Live Science, with the first prize, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, being announced around 5:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 a.m. local time in Sweden).
Then, on Tuesday (Oct. 7), Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, will announce the Nobel Prize in physics at 5:45 a.m. EDT at the earliest (11:45 a.m. Swedish time). The others will be announced as follows: Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 5:45 a.m. EDT at the earliest; Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 10, at 5:00 a.m. EDT at the earliest; and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 a.m. EDT (1 p.m. local time in Sweden) at the earliest.
Harvard University physicist Subir Sachdev will demonstrate the wonderful world of quantum mechanics tonight at 7 p.m. EDT. He plans to dazzle you with a demonstration of superconductor levitation and a discussion on the strange phenomenon of spooky entanglement that allows two particles to be connected no matter their distance from each other.
"What I hope people will take away is some understanding of what quantum mechanics is really about and why it's so important," Sachdev said in a video trailer for the presentation.
Sit back and enjoy!
Watch experts on futuristic medicines and food development talk live at TEDxCERN, a one-day conference happening today (Sept. 24) in Switzerland.
CERN — the Geneva-based lab that runs the world's biggest atom smasher — began broadcasting TEDx talks in 2013, and brings in scientists from around the world to talk about pressing scientific issues. This year's theme, "Forward: Charting the Future with Science," has brought 15 experts together for the big event, including specialists on wireless technologies and math education.
Speakers include Nitin Sawhney, a composer, musician and producer, and Sonia Trigueros, who designs nanostructures to solve medical problems. Today's program, hosted by particle physicist and BBC presenter Brian Cox, lasts until 1:30 p.m. EDT (19:30 local time in Switzerland). All videos will be posted on the TEDxCERN website after the event.
The 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be broadcast live starting at 6 p.m. ET tonight (Sept. 18). If this year's ceremony is anything like past Ig Nobel events, it's sure to be a must-see spectacle. Every year, ten Ig Nobel prizes are awarded to scientists and scholars in a variety of fields, from physics and chemistry to economics and literature. The lucky winners all share one thing in common: their research first makes people laugh, then think, then laugh some more.
Last year, one of the prestigious prizes was awarded to researchers who studied the effects of opera music on mice that had recently undergone heart transplants. Another Ig Nobel went to a group of psychologists whose research found that people who think they are drunk also tend to think they are attractive.
Tonight's prize recipients will likely be just as noteworthy. Between acceptance speeches, viewers can expect plenty of scientifically spiced humor and other shenanigans.
A second webcast from tonight's Ig Nobel Prize ceremony takes viewers behind the scenes. Tune in for footage from the lead-up to the event, as well as a view from the stage during the show.
A team of four "aquanauts" will answer questions live today (July 23) from an underwater laboratory located off the coast of the Florida Keys, 62 feet (19 meters) below the water's surface. Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Jeanette Epps and Mark Vande Hei, and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, from the European Space Agency, are part of NASA's nine-day underwater NEEMO 18 mission.
The expedition is designed to study aspects of physical and behavioral health, and will also include several simulated "spacewalks" outside the seafloor habitat, to test procedures and technologies for future space missions. The live event will begin at 8 a.m EDT (1200 GMT), and will last for approximately 45 minutes.
Today (July 10) marks the 158th birthday of Nikola Tesla, the eccentric inventor-engineer whose pioneering work gave rise to modern-day electrical power and mass communication systems. The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, located on the site of the inventor's last laboratory on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, is throwing Tesla a party today. The birthday bash, which will include flag raisings and a cake, will be webcast live from 10 a.m. to noon EDT. Event organizers say a special announcement will also be made during the ceremony.