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Hot Science - Cool Talks

The Hot Science - Cool Talks Outreach Series brings leading scientists and their research to you! 

They are much more than just lectures, featuring engaging activities for multiple age groups and professional development opportunities for teachers.  Learn more...

February 20, 2015    

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Power Trip: The Story of Energy, with Dr. Michael Webber

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This Hot Science - Cool Talks event is a part of UT Energy Week.

How does energy impact the environment and our lives? Did you know that we use more water through our light switches and outlets than our faucets? Would it surprise you that there is more energy embedded in the food we Americans throw away than Switzerland uses in an entire year? 

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April 10, 2015   

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Why Do We Belive in the Unbelievable?: The Science of Supernatural Belief, with Dr. Bruce Hood

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Why do so many people believe in supernatural phenomenon? Is it something we grow up with? Do TV shows and movies about paranormal activity feed our desire to believe? Culture plays an important role in transmitting beliefs, but new research says that we are predisposed to form beliefs when we are young, and that this forms the basis for supernatural thinking when we are adults. Dr. Hood will examine the evidence for this idea, and demonstrate that even rational adults can hold supernatural beliefs that they themselves may not recognize.  

 


May 1, 2015    

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Better Living Through Microbes, with Dr. Lydia Contreras

contreas_thumbMicrobes are all around us and inside of us, but how can they help improve our lives? By studying how microbes live and adapt to their environments, we can gain insight into how to benefit human health, develop new and cheaper products, and other advancements. One example from Dr. Contreras' research group is their studies of microbes that live in and naturally handle the stress of toxic environments. This information is then applied to the deisgn and building of new molecules that can provide early warning systems of disease prevention.

 




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