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This symposium explores evidence bearing on the emergence of our genus, focusing on possible antecedents to Homo, changes in diet and body form as Australopithecus evolved toward Homo, ancient species within the genus, and evolutionary processes likely operating 2.5 - 1.5 million years ago. Recorded on 02/05/2016.

Highlights of the lively and informative symposium on natural climate solutions hosted by the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy at UC Davis. Recorded on 03/10/2016.

With speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and accelerations that are comparable to a .22 caliber bullet, the mantis shrimp strike is considered to be one of the fastest movements ever recorded in the animal kingdom. Join Scripps marine biologist Maya deVries as she describes her research on the biomechanics and ecology of this extremely fast strike and tells us how over 150 million years of evolution has led to the amazing diversity of striking behaviors seen across mantis shrimp.

Michelle Dougherty, co-director of Sonic Sea, discusses this new film that traces the connections between increased man-made ocean noise and fatal stress on ocean life. Michael Hanrahan, an educator and filmmaker who teaches environmental media storytelling at the University of California, Santa Barbara, moderates. Recorded on 07/28/2016.

Cellular modeling may hold the key to unlocking some the most important questions about autism. Alysson R. Muotri, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to explain how his work is shedding light on not only the pathology of autism but potential new drugs.

What is autism and how can we treat it? Karen Piece, PhD, co-director of the UC San Diego Co-Director, Autism Center of Excellence joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to define autism and share current research. Learn about the importance of early detection, creating standardized screenings, the search for diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, and what parents and pediatricians can do to help children with autism.
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