Magnets are vital for the navigation of birds and other animals.

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Subject: Magnets are vital for the navigation of birds and other animals.
From: "Tony Lawson" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:39:07 +1100
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:27 PM
Subject: 2014 Academy speaker series kicks off next week with
Dear subscriber,
In 2014 the Australian Academy of Science will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with an exciting new speaker series featuring some of the nation’s brightest rising stars of science. The first in the series, Magnets in the sky, will be Chaired by Academy President Professor Suzanne Cory and features one of the Academy's newest Fellows, Professor Bryan Gaensler - an award-winning astronomer and author who is internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work on dying stars, interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions.

Magnets in the sky

Stars, planets and galaxies are all magnetic. This "cosmic magnetism" play a vital role in controlling how stars and galaxies form, age and evolve. Closer to home, these naturally occurring magnetic fields drive the evolution of species, protect the Earth from harmful particles, and are vital for the navigation of birds and other animals.

Professor Bryan Gaensler will open the window for you to the magnetic Universe. He will explain how we detect and study magnets in space, even though magnetic fields are invisible even to the largest telescopes. In the next few years, we will finally be able to start understanding what creates astrophysical magnets, what role they play in the Universe's evolution, and how they have maintained their strength over billions of years of cosmic time.

When: Tuesday 4 February 2014
Refreshments from 5.30 pm
Talk and live streaming from 6 pm - 7 pm (
Where: Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
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Cost: $6 entry fee
Contact: Bookings essential - Purchase tickets here or Purchase a series pass for all talks here for $50.
Further information please contact the Events Team.
Phone: 02 6201 9462
Fax: 02 6201 9494
The Academy is proud to offer a special deal for this stellar series – the Series Pass is available for a limited time, for the special price of $50 inclusive of GST, a saving of 16% on the individual ticket price. Series Passes must be purchased before next Tuesday 4 February 2014 to take advantage of this special offer.
More information about the series and links to purchase individual event tickets are at:
We look forward to seeing you.
Kind Regards,
Academy communications team
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