Featured This Month
Scientists describe the climate-havoc wrought on our natural world as the end of 'stationarity' a shift of the ecosystem so profound that it is no longer possible to extrapolate into the future from past patterns. Award-winning environmental journalist, Mark Schapiro, takes us on a journey to the tension points where these shifts are vividly underway. Recorded on 11/12/2015.
New fossil evidence of hominin diversity suggests that there was not a single transition to human-like body form in early Homo. In this talk, Carol Ward explains how this may be changing our ideas about the origins of our genus. Recorded on 02/05/2016.
In recent years, we have increasingly heard about the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to find areas of the brain that may be associated with our thoughts and actions, such as when we are being deceptive, if we trust someone or are in love, or our religiosity. While this research has been very exciting, concerns were raised that there may be a fundamental flaw in how at least some of these studies were analyzed. Lisa Eyler, PhD explains the implications and meaning of these new concerns, and addresses some of the ethical implications for scientists and the general public.
Presentations from University of California Faculty Climate Action Champions, who are working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions. Recorded on 05/23/2016.
Despite being diminutive in size, iChips have the potential to make big impacts on drug development and medical treatment testing. Lawrence Livermore National Lab is replicating the human body on a miniature scale, specifically focusing on brain physiology. Capturing human physiology outside the body allows scientists to probe and understand the human body without using human subjects. Staff scientist Elizabeth Wheeler describes how her group is using biology, 3D bioprinting, microchips and other technology to recreate human physiology outside the body. Recorded on 02/13/2016.
David Valentine highlights recent ocean exploration activities undertaken by UCSB faculty, staff and students. Many scientific discoveries are enabled through the combined use of manned submarines, remote controlled, and fully autonomous underwater vehicles. The discoveries themselves range from bizarre viruses to waste dump sites to geologic features and highlight the power of exploration for discovery. Recorded on 07/05/2016.