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This night's event will cover the creation of the universe and life itself. In the first talk, you will get to know how to find dark matter on Earth, a mysterious substance responsible for the structure of the universe. In the second talk, you will learn more about the first steps towards the creation of modern life and how scientists are trying to reproduce this in the lab. Already curious? Below you can find a more detailed description of each talk, as well as the names of the scientists. Also there will be a change to win some Pint of Science goodies. See you there!
Dark Matter - why we think it's there and how to find it
Johannes Rothe (PhD student)
The universe seems to be permeated with an unknown form of matter, a particle that rarely interacts with our everyday atoms, but is responsible for the structure of the universe as we know it. Hear about the astronomical evidence for "dark matter" and the attempts of physicists to find it here on Earth. Learn about the physics and the life of a physicist deep within central Italy's highest mountain, where the CRESST experiment uses ultra-cold light-emitting crystals to try and catch these elusive hypothetical particles.
The Starter Package of Life: The First Molecules
Sophia Schwarz (PhD student - Emergence of life)
From bacteria to humans, all life on Earth is made of the same building blocks: sugars, amino acids, and DNA. With their appearance, chemical and biological evolution started. But how did they form from the simple molecules of the solar nebula? And did they form on Earth or in space? Scientists try to understand how this first step towards life could have happened, and recreate it in the lab.