Caves with their luminous rock formations fascinate both explorers and scientists. But trapped in these glittering crystals are tiny droplets of water that have preserved what rain and snow were like thousands of years ago. Dr. Isabel Montañez shares her fascinating research in creating a timeline for Northern California’s climate history going back nearly 20,000 years.
With more than 500,000 objects floating in space and only about 2,000 functioning, space junk is growing exponentially. When these objects stop working, they drift aimlessly into the cosmos. These rogue bits of metal and space debris pose a danger to the technologies we rely on and to the future of space exploration. Dr. Moriba Jah examines what we can do to make space safe, secure, and sustainable in the long term.
There is a water crisis in the U.S. During the past decade, 63 million Americans were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once. Dr. Kimberly Jones will discuss the disproportionate access to safe and reliable water in American communities and how researchers, lawmakers and communities can work together to solve this crisis.
Much of what we experience in our lives each day is entirely forgotten. So what leads our brains to store experiences in memory that help us navigate the world? Perhaps the most important signal is mistake-making. Formal schooling unfortunately conveys the message that becoming more skillful means making fewer mistakes, which is demonstrably untrue. Come and learn how mistakes lead to advantageous changes to our memories and are the key to learning.
Los humanos hemos estado fascinados con los monos debido a nuestra cercanía evolutiva con ellos. Laura Abondano es una investigadora que utiliza métodos de observación en conjunto con técnicas de laboratorio y tecnología moderna para estudiar el comportamiento y la ecología de los monos lanudos en las selvas amazónicas ecuatorianas. Participe en nuestro evento y aprenda sobre el fascinante comportamiento social de estas criaturas y sus similitudes y diferencias con los humanos. This Hot Science At Home event will be completely in Spanish and features Dr. Laura Abondano and her research on woolly monkeys.
Humans have long been fascinated with their evolutionary cousins in the primate world, monkeys. Anthony Di Fiore combines observational methods and modern technology to study the behavior and ecology of spider monkeys and woolly monkeys in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. Join us as he talks about the fascinating social behavior of these creatures and how they may be both strikingly similar to, and vastly different from, humans.
What will we eat in a bigger, hotter and smarter world? Climate models show that global crop production will continue to decline due to drought, heat, and flooding. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow another 30 percent by midcentury. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades? Hear how Amanda Little spent three years traveling through a dozen countries and as many U.S. states in search of answers to that question.
With more than 355,000 hazardous waste sites and 550,000 abandoned mines in the U.S., it is not uncommon to find residential areas located next to them. Discover how Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta engaged affected communities using gardens and citizen science. Community members investigated and evaluated the contaminants in their areas while cultivating gardens to improve the environmental health of their neighborhoods.
Is Mars the next step in human exploration of the solar system? What would it take to live and work on the red planet, and what will future explorers need to know in order to survive Martian extremes? Join Joe Levy as he talks about the unique aspects of living on Mars.