Blog Society 20 September 2017
The Big Anxiety 2017 will be held in Sydney from September 20 - November 11
The Big Anxiety

The Big Anxiety 2017 - the world's mental health and arts festival - is set to take over the streets of Sydney today until the 11th of November. Their jam-packed program will bring together arts, science and people as they attempt to start an open conversation surrounding the effects of mental health on our society. With so many events on offer, we’ve done the hard work for you. Keep reading for our top event picks from The Big Anxiety program.

Awkward Conversations

This fascinating social experiment gives participants a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with no demands and no expectations. From artists and academics, to people who are living with mental illness, there’s a range of people on the program from all walks of life. Check out the program to find out more about each person, and who you might like to chat with. Awkward Conversations is running from September 24 – 27 at Customs House in Sydney.

216 Westbound

216 Westbound is a video from Shona Illingworth that explores the physical and psychological effect of a terrorist attack at several levels. From embodied experience to media reporting and the machinery of State control, the video takes viewers on a journey with John Tulloch, an Australian survivor of the 7/7 London bombings who is living with PTSD. Catch this short film on September 18 at UNSW.

Our Turbulent Minds: Everybody’s crazy, nobody’s ill

Professor Peter Kinderman, the outgoing President of the British Psychological Society, will present this lecture about the social causes of mental health problems. Scheduled to be held on World Mental Health Day, Kinderman will challenge the idea that mental illnesses are biological and should be treated like any other medical disease. The lecture is sure to challenge your views on mental health in society. The event will be held at The Ethics Centre on October 10.

Apocalypse Anonymous

This immersive installation will confront you with the reality of what climate change means for our way of life....

Blog Space 15 September 2017

Saturn backlit by the Sun, as seen by Cassini in 2013. Earth can be seen as a few bright pixels below the right hand side of the rings.
Saturn backlit by the Sun, as seen by Cassini in 2013. Earth can be seen as a few bright pixels below the right hand side of the rings.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

Just before 10:00pm (AEST) this evening, 15 September 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its 20-year mission of discovery as a fireball screaming through the skies of Saturn.

Since leaving Earth in October 1997, Cassini has seen Saturn and its rings up close, landed a probe on the icy crust of Titan, detected water spraying from the cryovolcanoes of Enceladus, and changed our understanding of the Solar System.

You can watch Cassini’s final act along with NASA scientists in the live stream from mission control below. The live broadcast will begin at 9 pm AEST (11am GMT, 7am EDT).

It’s expected that the signal from Cassini will cut out around 55 minutes later as the probe begins to burn up as it descends into the atmosphere. The spectacular flame-out is to ensure that no terrestrial life – in the form of possible stowaway microbes and the like – stands a chance of contaminating Saturn or its moons.

It takes about 80 minutes for signals to reach Earth from Saturn. By the time the broadcast starts, Cassini will already be gone.