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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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Human Mating Strategies

Human Mating Strategies

By Dr. David Buss

What are the motivations behind mating desires in men and women? To understand many differences and conflicts between the sexes, we must look into our evolutionary past. Dr. David Buss presents a unified theory of human mating strategy using insights from a global study of human mating behavior.

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Diagnosing Ourselves: Take Two Assays and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

Diagnosing Ourselves: Take Two Assays and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

By Dr. Andrew Ellington

Our ability to monitor and maintain our health largely relies on interactions with the medical community.  Dr. Andy Ellington discusses exciting advances in low-cost, personalized diagnostics and the promise of creating virtual clinical trials through social networks to improve healthcare on a global scale.

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Space Telescopes as Time Machines: Hubble’s Legacy and the Future through James Webb Space Telescope

Space Telescopes as Time Machines: Hubble’s Legacy and the Future through James Webb Space Telescope

By Dr. Jason Kalrai

Dr. Jason Kalirai provides an overview of the stunning discoveries that the Hubble telescope yielded, and outline how the James Webb telescope will build on those discoveries by peering deeper than ever into our universe’s past to help us better understand how stars and planets formed.

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Environmental Justice: Progress Towards Sustainability

Environmental Justice: Progress Towards Sustainability

By Dr. Robert Bullard

Hurricane Katrina provided a startling reminder that environmental health threats such as pollution and climate change disproportionately affect historically disadvantaged communities in our society. Dr. Bullard will present an insightful account of events, individuals, and organizations that have shaped the environmental justice movement over the past two decades.

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Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico: The History and Future of the Texas Coast

Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico: The History and Future of the Texas Coast

By Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel

The Gulf of Mexico has seen some of the most destructive hurricanes on record. What can residents in the Gulf region expect future storms to be like? Dr. Emanuel shares his groundbreaking research on how climate change can affect hurricane activity and discuss its implications for the Gulf region.

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The War on Cancer: 41 Years After Nixon’s Declaration

The War on Cancer: 41 Years After Nixon’s Declaration

By Dr. Mark Clanton

In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer by signing the National Cancer Act. How has our understanding, awareness, and treatment of cancer progressed over the years? Dr. Clanton provides perspectives and insights on this war that most people never hear about despite seeing cancer’s causes, effects, and prevalence across all segments of society.

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