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In 2030, when you plug in your toaster, car or smart phone, where will the electricity come from? Or, will the electrons be there at all?
On Sunday, June 5, at 1:00pm, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will launch the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Imagine you could travel forward in time 20 years... Did we equip future generations with the knowledge they'll desperately need to prepare for a soaring population, draining fossil fuels and the environmental effects of our current high-carbon energy choices?
Following World War Two, civilization unexpectedly found itself at the dawn of four simultaneous revolutions. All four revolutions burst out within two years and gave us our chance to play small roles in big events. They gave drama and excitement to our lives.
Flash forward 20 years… What if our best efforts to lower carbon emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for a soaring population weren't enough? Would we ask ourselves why we didn't take action sooner, transforming the ideas from our greatest innovators into the technologies needed to prepare for a more secure and sustainable future?
Imagine medicine that is predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory - it could revolutionize healthcare and healthcare costs.
Einstein's theory of relativity combines space and time into a unified notion. Twistor theory goes beyond this and examines paths taken by light and other particles without mass - in an attempt to understand our universe at a deeper level, including the foundations of quantum physics.
Flash forward 20 years... What if our best efforts to lower carbon emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for a soaring population weren't enough? Would we ask ourselves why we didn't take action sooner, transforming the ideas from our greatest innovators into the technologies needed to prepare for a more secure and sustainable future?
Did you know you could fit the entire human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that, if the Sun were made of bananas, it wouldn't make much difference? Or that 98 per cent of the Universe is invisible?
For thousands of years people have wondered, "Are we alone?" Out of the 500 planets so far known to orbit nearby stars, about 100 transit their host stars, that is, the planet goes in front of its star as seen from Earth.
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