• Upcoming Science & the City Events at the Academy

  • About the Series

    In this three-part series you'll meet scientists whose research takes them outside the lab and into dangerous, accident-prone territory. Learn what to eat and not to eat in space, how to survive the deep freeze while still conducting research, and what happens when the animals you're studying aren't furry balls of love.

    Come exploring with us!

    Individual Event Tickets: $15 Members; $20 Nonmember Students; $25 Nonmembers

  • Mis/Adventures in Science Series Events

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    When Science Bites Back!

    Speakers: Joshua Ginsberg (Wildlife Conservation Society), Alexandra Horowitz (Barnard College), Oscar Pineda-Catalan (American Museum of Natural History), Diana Reiss (Hunter College)

    From the pets we love to the rats we hate—the human condition is closely intertwined with animals. These animal experts will discuss the real story of animals from your backyard to the most extreme environments in the world, and what happens when they don't necessarily want you around.

  • Podcasts from Past Science & the City Events

    February 13, 2014

    Engineering Sustainable Futures

    Hear how some young and inspiring engineering students in the University of Texas at Austin's Projects for Underserved Communities program are using their science skills in sustainable development projects.

    Download (22 MB, 24:13)

    Climate wizard Radagast the Brown patiently explains the methodologies used to study Middle Earth warming to a denialist orc.

    Download (20 MB, 22:00)
    December 12, 2013

    Hats Off to Bacteria!

    The genome of the bacteria that colonize our bodies vastly dwarfs our human genome! How will this new finding change how we understand our health?

    Download (33 MB, 36:58)
    November 21, 2013

    Your Brain: The Final Frontier

    Blavatnik Award winning scientist Dr. Jonathan Fisher discusses the power of various visualization techniques in researching—and educating about—the brain.

    Download (18 MB, 19:58)
    October 12, 2013

    Can We Feed the Planet?

    Author Alan Weisman considers the meaning and means of achieving a sustainable future in this excerpted coverage of a talk he presented at the Academy.

    Download (50 MB, 44:16)
    September 28, 2013

    Making (and Learning) History!

    Those who don't know history are doomed to reinvent wheels and miss out on great stories! A historian and a young scientist discuss the rewards and importance of learning about the history of science.

    Download (20 MB, 22:30)
    September 14, 2013

    The Science of Moral Decisions

    Can science help us understand ethics?

    Download (9 MB, 22:30)
    August 23, 2013

    Art and Evidence: Scientific Images

    Scientific images are often beautiful, captivating both for their aesthetic value and the concepts they represent.

    Download (25 MB, 27:50)
    July 26, 2013

    Greed: Hormones and Moral Behavior

    As part of our Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series, Dr. Paul Zak discusses his work studying the relation of hormones to human behavior. Specifically, his research focuses on oxytocin's role in regulating generosity and greed.

    Download (20 MB, 22:18)
    July 12, 2013

    A Thought for Food: Eating Animals

    The final installment of our step-by-step analysis of the cheeseburger culminates in a question that’s both very simple and tremendously complex—should we eat meat?

    Download (34 MB, 30:02)