Podcasts

SciCafe: Secrets of the Crocodile Mummies

SciCafe: Secrets of the Crocodile Mummies

In this podcast, Evon Hekkala, a professor at Fordham University and research associate in the Museum’s Department of Herpetology, discusses how tissue samples from centuries old museum specimens shed light on the mysterious origins of the Nile crocodile—and may even explain the presence of crocodiles in medieval medicine cabinets.

Tags: Podcasts, lizards, art, Lectures, crocodiles

Frontiers Lecture: Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy

Frontiers Lecture: Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy

What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else.

Tags: Podcasts, Astrophysics, Lectures

What Are You Made Of? The Microbiome Study Reveal

What Are You Made Of? The Microbiome Study Reveal

Dr. Paul Planet of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Museum Curator Rob DeSalle discuss what they have learned so far from an active research project where visitors to the Museum donated their microbes to science.

Tags: Podcasts, microbiome, Lectures

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