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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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Better Living Through Microbes

Better Living Through Microbes

By Dr. Lydia Contreras

Microbes 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.

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Why Do We Believe in the Unbelievable: The Science of Supernatural Belief

Why Do We Believe in the Unbelievable: The Science of Supernatural Belief

By Dr. Bruce Hood

Why do so many people believe in supernatural phenomena? Is it something we grow up with? 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.

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Power Trip: The Story of Energy

Power Trip: The Story of Energy

By Dr. Michael Webber

How does energy impact the environment and our lives? Dr. Webber provides a sweeping view of energy’s role in society over hundreds of years with fun facts, myth busting, and an optimistic eye towards future technologies and solutions.

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Drones: Myths, Facts, Hacks, and the Future

Drones: Myths, Facts, Hacks, and the Future

By Dr. Todd Humphreys

Drones have been all over the media as well as our imaginations. What’s real and what’s possible for these remarkable flying machines? Todd Humphreys shares the ways drones can be used in the future versus what is portrayed in the movies.

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Extreme Weather and Uncertainty in Forecasting

Extreme Weather and Uncertainty in Forecasting

By Dr. Kevin Kloesel

Every day in the news there are more stories about record-breaking weather. Kevin Kloesel talks about the science behind extreme weather events such as tornadoes and super storms, and how meteorologists deal with uncertainty in their forecasts.

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How I Learned to Love Chemistry (or Watch Dr. Laude Blow Stuff Up)

How I Learned to Love Chemistry (or Watch Dr. Laude Blow Stuff Up)

By Dr. David Laude

Chemistry is easy. Dr. Laude demonstrates how a few simple, recurring ideas in chemistry can help you understand concepts like climate change, how batteries work, and how food is made.

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