About Fact or Fiction


What is the science behind email?

How much can you trust Dr Google?

Are cats taking over the web?

Can you separate fact from fiction on the internet?






Fact or Fiction 2.0


25-26 March, 2018

BOOK HERE (Schools)

BOOK HERE (Public)



Fact or Fiction 3

Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne

14 August, 2018




16 August, 2018




More information will be made available soon.



Find out at Science Fact or Fiction 2.0 - a big screen experience where the World Wide Web collides with cutting edge science. Fact or Fiction 2.0 is a 90 minute show where the audience watch popular internet clips before voting on whether the information featured is actual science fact or pure science fiction.

Once the audience voting has been locked in, a panel of ANSTO scientists will critique the science featured and provide the answer.
Fact or Fiction has been designed to be highly entertaining and educational and attract those that aren’t necessarily interested in science by providing them with a big dose of pop-culture.
As part of the interactive format of our show, we recommend the audience please bring their own devices with WiFi connectivity capability (which we will connect to the venue's WiFi). Devices can include smartphones, tablets and laptops.


What happens online in 60 seconds in 2017? 

In just one minute, there are:
  • 3.8 million Google searches
  • 293,000 Facebook posts
  • 700,000 hours of YouTube watched
  • 156 million emails sent
  • 67k photos uploaded to Instagram
  • 448k tweets posted
  • 1.4 million minutes of Skype calls
  • 2.66 million Google searches 



The latest fact or fiction:

Wikipedia – more fact than you think
In 2010, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that Wikipedia had the same level of accuracy and depth in its articles about 10 types of cancer as the Physician Data Query, a professionally edited database maintained by the National Cancer Institute.
(livescience) Read more
The internet is eating your memory - but something better is taking its place
In the years since the world started going digital, one of the big changes has been that we don’t need to remember very much. Why risk forgetting a partner’s birthday or a dinner date with a close friend when you can commit the details to your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet and get a reminder at the appropriate time? Read more
Can I have the internet in my eye?
Five years ago, we wouldn’t have thought about the Internet as something we’d access regularly on a mobile device. Twenty years ago, most of us didn’t think about the Internet at all. With such a rapidly-evolving technology, what could the future hold? Read more





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