The science of politics, pond slime, superbugs, and more

· Are we alone in the Universe? Are there habitable planets outside our solar system? Ask the NASA scientists and planet hunters

· What turns a normal bug into a ‘superbug’? Ask an antibiotic resistance fighter

· What makes cancer cells immortal and how will genetics and big data change cancer treatment in the future? Ask Prof Roger Reddel

· How virtual reality helps biomedical researchers ‘walk’ through the human body

· A planetarium, a solar telescope, and a bunch of astronomers hit the road

· Coding and robotics, VR reefs, and science careers from dinosaurs to drones

· Hobart: talk about your health for the Health Box Stories podcast

National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw 1.2 million people participate in more than 2,100 events and activities.

In 2018, National Science Week celebrates its 21st birthday, with events held throughout Australia—from Corals in the Outback in Queensland to astronomy in the Apple Isle, and from STEM meets dance in Perth to The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park—with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

National Science Week 2018 will run from 11 to 19 August. Media kit at Or visit the National Science Week website for the details of events in your area:

Tanya Ha: or 0404 083 863
Niall Byrne: or 0417 131 977

More about the event highlights

Meet the NASA scientists and planet hunters—Hindmarsh, SA, Darwin, NT & Melbourne, VIC

NASA scientists are headed to Australia, bringing Saturn to Sydney, new planets to Perth, and more.

What have we learnt from the hundreds of planets discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope? How will the information beamed back to Earth continue to advance science once Kepler runs out of fuel this year? Will we find more worlds outside our solar system? Are we alone in the Universe?

The planets found by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, around stars other than our sun, are not like the planets in our solar system. With a closer look at the planets from the Kepler mission, we are beginning to put the solar system into context and plan the best opportunities for the future exploration of life in the Universe. NASA’s recently launched Terrestrial Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover planets around the nearest and brightest stars, providing new opportunities for discovery.

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