Skin is the body’s largest organ, and one with a complex cultural and evolutionary past. In this SciCafe from the spring, biological anthropologist Nina Jablonski discusses how human skin evolved, particularly as an adaptation to ultraviolet radiation.
The SciCafe took place at the Museum on May 2, 2012.
The celebrated richness of France’s cuisine makes the equally exalted slimness of its population that much more of a mystery. In this podcast from the spring, Mireille Guiliano, author of the bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat, addresses this so-called French paradox.
Guiliano’s talk from the Adventures in the Global Kitchen monthly series took place at the Museum on April 25, 2012.
A growing body of research from the fields of physical anthropology, genetics, and genomics indicates that there’s no scientific justification for the concept of race. In this podcast from last fall, Museum curators Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, who recently co-authored a book on the subject entitled Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth, explain why features that we consider markers of race are actually of recent biological origin or superficial. Their book recently made the longlist for this year’s prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, whose judges called it an “important subject ripe for discussion in a scientifically reputable way.”
This SciCafe took place at the Museum on October 5, 2011.
Fear can take many forms, from minor phobias to life-altering conditions such as PTSD. Now, new research is shedding light on how these so-called fear memories could be changed. In this podcast, neuroscientist Daniela Schiller discusses the neural mechanisms of emotional control and potential ways to modify or “erase” fear memories.
Dr. Schiller’s talk was recorded at the Museum on June 6, 2012.