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Protecting sharks from population decline has never been more important. Join us for a discussion about shark conservation with shark researcher Andy Nosal, recent Scripps Oceanography graduate and Birch Aquarium's new DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow for Ecology and Conservation. Learn about threats facing these essential marine predators, such as overfishing, finning, and negative public perception.

Photonics has transformed our work and, indeed, our lives, by enabling the Internet through low-cost, high-capacity fiber optic transmission. In data centers, photonics is replacing electrical cables, thereby allowing for higher and more economical performance. In his talk, John Bowers, professor of electrical and computer engineering and materials, discusses the evolution of photonics and what the future holds for this technology. Recorded on 10/3/2013.

From the moment of birth, human infants require an inordinate amount of care and, unlike our nearest living relatives, remain dependent on a variety of caretakers during an unusually long maturation period followed by extraordinary adult longevity. How did such a distinctive pattern of development evolve and what other human features are linked to it? Katie Hinde (Harvard Univ) begins with a discussion about Breast Milk and Breastfeeding, followed by Sue Carter (Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) on Oxytocin Pathways and Human Evolution, and Melvin Konner (Emory Univ) on Hunter-Gatherer Childhood and Human Evolution.
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