The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane kicked off this morning with a special announcement.
A newly discovered Queensland spider will be named after festival co-founder and legendary physicist Dr Brian Greene.
The water spider, named Dolomedes briangreenei, is found around Brisbane and uses vibrations on the water surface to navigate and find prey.
"It's wonderful that this beautiful native spider, which relies on waves for its very survival, has found a namesake in a man who is one of the world's leading experts in exploring and explaining the effects of waves in our universe,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Dr Greene, a physics and mathematics professor at Columbia University, has written a string of bestsellers and clocked up appearances.
Guests at the festival include National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence and pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, legendary actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda and Australian astronaut Andy Thomas.
Find out more about the World Science Festival Brisbane here.
Dr Greene’s series Fabric Of The Cosmos is currently screening on National Geographic Channel.
Thanks to our friends at Thinc Inc, you can meet Dr Greene as he tour Australia wowing audiences with his concept of string theory. Get your tickets here.