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Watch over 50 New Scientist Live talks for free on YouTube

Add some science to your lockdown living routine, as we make more than 50 incredible talks from our flagship science festival New Scientist Live available for free on YouTube over the coming weeks.


3 April 2020

Add some science to your lockdown living routine, as we make more than 50 incredible talks from our flagship science festival New Scientist Live available for free on our YouTube channel.

What’s the plan?

For the past two years at New Scientist Live, we have been filming talks on five stages with different themes: cosmos, Earth, humans, engineering and technology stages – as well as keynote speakers on our main stage. If you’re a subscriber you watch them all on our website, but now we’re releasing a selection of them more widely.

What’s available?

Starting Monday 6 April, each week, we’ll be making three talks available for free – one talk aimed at school students, one for families and one by a world-leading scientist or author.

  • On Monday from 8am you can see Sheila Kanani exploring the wonders of the solar system
  • On Wednesday 8 April, check out Giles Yeo on the truth about diets
  • On Friday 10 April, tune in to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli as he tells us about the nature of time.

Why?

With the stay-at-home measures looking set to continue for many weeks, we couldn’t think of a better way to keep our readers’ minds active and entertained.

Who can I watch?

Some of the greatest minds in science, including Lee Berger, the discoverer of our ancient human relatives Homo naledi; leading psychopharmacologist Val Curran on the science of medicinal cannabis; Nobel prizewinning astronomer Didier Quleoz who discovered the first planet orbiting a star outside the solar system; and award-winning campaigner and bestselling author Caroline Criado Perez on the shocking gender data gap. And many, many more.

Will there be anything I can watch with the kids?

New Scientist Live is hugely popular with families. Watch our most popular family-friendly talks together – or, if you’re apart, make a date to view and chat afterwards. Geneticist Giles Yeo will kick off with the truth about diets; discover the secret life of dogs with the RSPCA’s Samantha Gaines; what happened to the dinosaurs with palaeontologist Steve Brusatte; and hear astronaut Tim Peake share fascinating tales from around the world and beyond with Antarctic and jungle adventurers. Pete Etchells talk about whether video games are bad for us is sure to strike a chord among families at the moment.

Anything educational?

Plenty. Our 2019 show had a dedicated schools’ programme for the first time and we’re releasing all of the talks, kicking off with astronomer Sheila Kanani on the wonders of the solar system. Gain a new appreciation of numbers with mathematician and teacher Bobby Seagull; hear how inspirational designer and engineer Sam Rogers built his own Iron Man-style jetsuit; learn about technology from rapper Jon Chase; how AI will change the future of work from computing prodigy Anne Marie Imafidon and discover how gene editing is transforming biology with Helen O’Neill.

How can I view them?

On our YouTube channel, youtube.com/newscientist

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