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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    September 14, 2013

    The Science of Moral Decisions

    Can science help us understand ethics?

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    August 23, 2013

    Art and Evidence: Scientific Images

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

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    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.

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    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?

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