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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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Primate Social Behavior

Primate Social Behavior

By Dr. Anthony Di Fiore

Humans have long been fascinated with their evolutionary cousins in the primate world, monkeys. Dr. Anthony Di Fiore shares the social behavior of our primate cousins, and how they may be both strikingly similar to, and vastly different from, humans.

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Space Exploration: From Science Fiction to the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory

Space Exploration: From Science Fiction to the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory

By Dr. Glenn Lightsey

Space travel and exploration are popular settings for works of science fiction and can be a source of inspiration for space technology. What scientists and engineers can actually do with space technology is different from what is presented in fiction, though the discoveries are no less fascinating.

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Colorful Strategies for Surviving in Nature

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Colorful Strategies for Surviving in Nature

By Dr. Molly Cummings

Animals often display fascinating colors to help show or hide themselves. Dr. Molly Cummings examines the visual mechanisms animals use to avoid being eaten or to advertise for mates. Dr. Cummings provides vivid examples from creatures in the ocean and the jungle.

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Curiosity’s First Year of Exploration on Mars

Curiosity’s First Year of Exploration on Mars

By Dr. John Grotzinger

NASA’s third Mars rover “Curiosity” is an extraordinary machine that carries the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the Martian surface. Dr. John Grotzinger, lead scientist for Curiosity’s mission, shares discoveries about Mars’ past climate and geology.

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