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Solving a 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: How Lucy Died

Solving a 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: How Lucy Died

By Dr. John Kappelman

Lucy, a fossil more than 3.2 million years old, is among the oldest, most complete skeletons of any adult, erect-walking human ancestor. Dr. Kappelman shares the fascinating story of how one of the oldest cold cases in the world was solved.

 
 
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Climate and Faith, Money and Politics: Can We Build a Sustainable Future?

Climate and Faith, Money and Politics: Can We Build a Sustainable Future?

By Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

What risks does climate change pose to Texas? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change? Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and an award-winning communicator.

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Never Wait for a Doctor Again? Revolutionizing Health Care

Never Wait for a Doctor Again? Revolutionizing Health Care

By Dr. Clay Johnston

What does the future of health care look like? Will you screen yourself for disease with your smartphone? Never wait for a doctor? Wear a hospital gown that preserves your modesty? Hear how the new Dell Medical School at UT Austin Is working to make Austin a model healthy city.

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Some Like It Hot, Hot, Hot: When Primates Roamed Texas’ Rainforests

Some Like It Hot, Hot, Hot: When Primates Roamed Texas’ Rainforests

By Dr. Christopher Kirk

Primates and rainforests in West Texas? Dr. Kirk takes us millions of years back and discovers a time when, if you were walking through parts of Texas, you would hack your way through hot, tropical rainforests and encounter curious primates.

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The Amazing Mission to Pluto: Three Billion Miles Away and We Made It!

The Amazing Mission to Pluto: Three Billion Miles Away and We Made It!

By Dr. Alan Stern

Ten years ago, the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto launched from the Florida coastline. Dr. Alan Stern, Lead Scientist for the New Horizons Mission, shares the remarkable journey and latest discoveries from the outskirts of our solar system during ‘Hot Science – Cool Talks’.

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How a Salamander Saved a City: The Science and Politics of Endangered Species

How a Salamander Saved a City: The Science and Politics of Endangered Species

By Dr. David Hillis

How are endangered species discovered? How can they save a city? Dr. David Hillis shares the journey for recognizing the Barton Springs salamander as an endangered species.

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The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs

The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs

By Dr. Julia Clarke

Many people imagine dinosaurs as these giant lizards or even high intelligent creatures, but how are birds and dinosaurs related? Dr. Julia Clarke shares some surprising secrets about dinosaurs.

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Humanoids of Our Future

Humanoids of Our Future

By Dr. Luis Sentis

Robots have become increasingly more human like as technology advances. Why do we build humanoid robots, and what can they do? How “human” can they actually be?

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The Future of 3D Printing: The Democratization of Design

The Future of 3D Printing: The Democratization of Design

By Dr. Carolyn Seepersad

3D printing is capturing the imagination of makers, futurists, and scientists everywhere. How does 3D printing work? What is the future of 3D printing, and how will it impact our lives?

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Two Guys on Your Head on “If It’s Unsustainable, Why Does It Feel So Good?”

Two Guys on Your Head on “If It’s Unsustainable, Why Does It Feel So Good?”

By Dr. Art Markman, Dr. Bob Duke, and Rebecca McInroy

What is it about human behavior that causes us to ignore the realities of our changing environment and other aspects of sustainability that affect our lives? How does the brain work when it comes to understanding what is happening in the world around us?

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