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The age of origin of the Homo lineage is thought to have fallen between 2.5 and 3.0 mya. However, William Kimbel (Arizona State Univ) argues in this talk that recent fossil and stone tool discoveries call for a new evaluation of factors involved in the origin and the early evolution of Homo. Recorded on 02/05/2016.

Robotics are increasingly becoming part of our lives, providing diverse benefits. However, that same technology captures information about us. This raises intriguing questions about whether that information should be stored, with whom and when it should be shared, and if it should be shared at all. Albert ("Al") P. Pisano, Professor and Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, explains how engineers are working to not only answers these questions but create solutions that improve our quality of life.

Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment. Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University, looks at what makes our skin unique and, perhaps, more important than we realize. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

With the US's commitment to the Paris Agreement in question and the future of federal climate change policy unclear, what steps should California take to remain at the forefront of climate action policy? UC Berkeley's Meredith Fowlie, Sol Hsiang, and Carol Zabin join in a discussion moderated by Center for Environmental Public Policy Executive Director Ned Helme about California's policy options given potential conflicts with the Trump administration on issues of climate change and the environment. This presentation was part of Cal Day 2017, sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 04/22/2017.

In his role as a Scripps Oceanography shark research biologist, Daniel Cartamil has traveled the Pacific coast of Baja California for over a decade. He discovered a fragile paradise of remote landscapes, wildlife, and cultural treasures, on the verge of being overtaken by modern civilization. Science and art converge as we take a photographic journey through western Baja California illustrated with breathtaking photography from Cartamil's new book, "Baja's Wild Side." Recorded on 07/11/2017.

The human mind is one of the features that makes our species unusual, and any narrative of our origins must include explanations for how our mental facilities were generated by genetic and cultural evolutionary processes. Comparative studies with the minds of other species and direct studies of how the typical human brain creates the mind are valuable approaches. However, many useful clues can also be gleaned from studying extraordinary variations of the human mind. This Symposium brings together experts who have pursued in-depth explorations of some of these variations. Recorded on 05/05/2017.

The documentary In Utero explores how experiences in utero affect our lives. Director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal and Producer Stephen Gyllenhaal are be joined by Professor Brenda Major (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB) and Professor Maya Rossin-Slater (Economics, UCSB) for a discussion moderated by Professor Maryam Kia-Keating (Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, UCSB). Recorded on 04/27/2017.
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