Grab your towel and hitchhike across the galaxy with Australia's most popular scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Learn about Dr Karl, the universe and everything, and discover how air-conditioning is sexist, how you can kill a spinning hard drive by shouting at it and how space junk is threatening our future capabilities for space travel.
Could there be life on one of Saturn's moons? How much power could you collect from all the lightning on Earth? Why do books have book-smell? Why is 10 per cent of the Earth's land area prone to sinkholes?
Why are some people chronically late? What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning? Why do most people hardly remember anything from the first half-a-dozen years of their life?
How close are we to the Artificial Uterus? Why do some songs turn into "earworms" and stick inside your brain? Why does your hotel room access card get wiped so easily?
And is your home WiFi really spying on you?
Dr Karl is Australia's most beloved scientist. As a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician with 43 books under his belt, he has a lot of knowledge to share. How do we and every other species continue to survive on this planet? What can we learn from other organisms about tenacity? And what is really out there in space anyway? Dr Karl explores the mysteries of life and survival in the first ever Melbourne Writers Festival Schools' Program keynote. With Amie Kaufman. Year level: Grades 3-6.10:00 AM