• Science & the City Podcasts

    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?

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    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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    In this installment of A Thought for Food’s consideration of the cheeseburger, we analyze the king of side dishes, the French fry.

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    June 28, 2013

    A Thought for Food: Veg Everlasting

    The fourth installment of our systematic breakdown of a cheeseburger deals with ketchup and pickles, two attempts to give vegetables the power to defy time.

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    For the third installment of our dissection of the humble cheeseburger, A Thought for Food considers a Paleolithic super food that’s still popular worldwide—cheese.

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    June 14, 2013

    A Thought for Food: Going to Seed

    The second installment of A Thought for Food’s systematic analysis of America's sandwich, the cheeseburger, looks at bread—one of the strangest and most interesting products humanity has ever invented.

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    June 7, 2013

    A Thought for Food: Meet the Meat

    How did the hamburger become a staple American food? A Thought for Food considers the science and history of the key ingredient, beef.

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    Experts discuss how medical schools can reduce health disparities by promoting more diversity in healthcare professions.

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    Experts discuss the pressures that may lead scientists to misrepresent data and hinder the self-correcting mechanisms of science.

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    April 26, 2013

    Neuroscience, Prediction, and Law

    Experts discuss the developing role of neuroscience in the legal system, the power and limitations of neuroscience as an to aid legal decision-making, and some of the implications.

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    April 10, 2013

    Diagnosing Urban Design

    In follow-up to our “Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?” event, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo discusses the application of statistical analysis to the study of urban design and public health.

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    Part 2 of our podcast series on the emerging roles of digital technology in healthcare practice and education.

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