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Podcast: SciCafe: Robots Inspired by Nature and Beyond

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In the world of cutting-edge robot design, scientists are looking to biology and nature for inspiration. In this podcast, join Professor Dennis Hong, director of the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech, as he describes some of his more fantastic robots. 

The talk was recorded at the Museum on April 6, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes ( 57 mins, 69 MB)

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Podcast: Under the Sea, Inside the Mind

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Beneath the waves, ocean-dwelling animals such as dolphins, whales and manatees lead purposeful lives. In this podcast from the Milstein Science Series, three scientists discuss the results of recent studies on the intelligence and self-awareness in these animals.

Listen to the discussion led by Dr. Lori Marino, senior lecturer in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University; Roger Reep, neurobiology professor at the University of Florida; and Hal Whitehead, professor of cetacean science at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. The talk was moderated by Melanie Stiassny, Axelrod Research Curator in the Museum’s Department of Ichthyology.

This podcast was recorded at the Museum on March 6th, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes ( 1 hour, 10 mins, 84 MB)

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Podcast: SciCafe: The Cultural Origins of Medicinal Plants

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Humans have always relied on plants for food, clothing and medicine. Today, traditional plant use continues and thrives — even in urban environments, where pharmaceutical medicines are widely available.

In this podcast from a recent SciCafe, Dr. Ina Vandebroek leads an ethnobotanical tour from the Bolivian Amazon to New York City. Join the discussion as Dr. Vandebroek traces the importance of medicinal plants among indigenous peoples and immigrant communities.

The next SciCafe, “Robots Inspired by Nature and Beyond,” takes place on April 6, 2011. Learn more about this popular after-hours series featuring cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics.

The talk was recorded at the Museum on March 2, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (50 mins, 61 MB)

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Podcast: SciCafe: Reality is Broken

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Hundreds of millions of people globally — 174 million in the United States alone — regularly inhabit virtual worlds because they provide the rewards, challenges, and victories that are often lacking in everyday life.

In this podcast from a recent SciCafe, Jane McGonigal, who studies games that require and harness the power of collective intelligence, talked about how games can change and influence life in the real world.

The next SciCafe, “Know Your Roots,” takes place on March 2, 2011. Learn more about this popular after-hours series featuring cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics.

The talk was recorded at the Museum on February 2, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (1 hour, 3 mins, 75 MB)

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