Breakthrough Science Prize Ceremony Returns To Television Tonight

Tonight on StarTalk Neil deGrasse Tyson will be joined by co-host Chuck Nice and frequent guest, astrophysicist Charles Liu, in studio.  His guest interview is with Seth MacFarlane, best known for his animated television shows and teddy bear movies.  However, MacFarlane was critical to getting the latest version of COSMOS on network television, and he purchased the Carl Sagan archive for donation to the Library of Congress.  Their interview may address the science of one of MacFarlane’s television programs, Family Guy.

MacFarlane’s episode tonight on the National Geographic Channel will be preceded by MacFarlane hosting the 2016 Breakthrough Prize Awards ceremony.  The ceremony will recognize the recipients of this year’s Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Fundamental Physics.  The ceremony will also acknowledge the first Breakthrough Junior Challenge, which is for young people communicating big ideas in science.  Five New Horizons awards recognizing work in mathematics and physics will also be recognized.  The awards are funded by some of the founders (and spouses) of Alibaba, Google, Facebook and Digital Sky Technologies.

More details on the 2016 prizes are available online.  The ceremony will have its share of celebrity presenters, and a conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly, currently in orbit on the International Space Station, is scheduled.

Worth noting is that the ceremony will be rebroadcast on the FOX network in the U.S. on November 29.  While the Sunday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. is not a prime television day, the presence of a science awards show on network television is pretty rare and should be celebrated.

 

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