In this podcast, join astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan as she explains the science behind these dark matter and dark energy, and provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance.
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.
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.
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.