Pop-up science stations: Lates
Event type: Drop-in, evening event, meet the scientist
Location: Throughout the Museum
Meet our scientists at a range of free pop-up stations as you explore the Museum after dark at Lates.
Cephalopods are widely regarded as the smartest invertebrates on our planet.
Octopuses can mimic an array of ocean-dwelling neighbours to evade predators, have been seen using discarded coconut shells as portable shelters, and in at least two aquariums, have learned to turn off the lights by squirting water at the bulbs, short-circuiting the power.
Colour-changing cuttlefish can alter their appearance so they look male on one side of their bodies and female on the other, equipping them with some sneaky mating strategies.
Meet Museum cephalopod curator Jon Ablett and see some remarkable specimens from our spirit collection, and discover more about what makes these complex creatures so special.
Strength in Numbers
An individual ant is not considered to be very bright. But working together collectively in a colony, ants can achieve remarkable feats.
By effectively sharing information, a colony can harbour a collective memory about good places to find food, and even work together to battle a deadly fungus by diluting the infection across the colony.
Meet Museum insect researcher Paul Eggleton, see ant and termite specimens from our collections (including nests) and find out more about how these eusocial insects have managed to thrive from working together.
Moths are not often considered to be the most impressive insects, particularly in comparison to their beautiful day-flying relatives - butterflies.
But a number of moths show astonishing adaptations and behaviours. Some species of micro moth can detect a potential mate from an incredible distance of 10km, while others emit ultrasonic clicks to blur a bat's sonar system to avoid being eaten.
Meet moth researcher Ian Kitching and discover the surprising world of the humble moth.
Homo sapiens is Latin for 'wise man'. We are the only species on the planet to transport ourselves to the moon and create the internet - does that make us smarter than our predecessors?
Meet human evolution researcher Silvia Bello and find out more about the indicators of creativity and ingenuity we've found in our early human relatives.
Could you have survived in their environment?