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Science & the City: Episodes

The director of NYU's Institute for Ice Age Studies tells what we can learn about a culture from the personal ornamentation it used.
A biological anthropologist, who stars in an IMAX documentary currently showing at the Liberty Science Center, speaks about her work using genetic data to study the genealogy of ancient mummies and the ecology of parasitic infectious diseases.
Conservation biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the AMNH Center for Conservation Genetics discuss the behavior of wild cats and how new techniques in molecular genetics are helping conserve endangered cats across the globe.
Physician, neurologist, and author Oliver Sacks speaks about his new book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Mind.

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A discussion drawing on the perspectives of neuroscience, drama therapy, kinesiology, and acting technique to address the mechanisms that allow an actor to emotionally move an audience.
A science journalist and a professor of communications show scientists how they can help reeducate the public about science policy.
The Evan Pugh Professor of Biological Anthropology and Biology at Penn State discusses the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestor.
Astrophysicists and a philosopher discuss recent, data-driven, explanations for the appearance and evolution of our universe and how our new views on the universe have informed our every-day lives and beliefs.
Without getting bogged down in the math, the John S. Toll Professor in Physics at the University of Maryland explains the beautiful set of equations which may or may not describe our universe.
The popular Spanish science journalist and television host offers insights and a formula from his book, "The Happiness Trip: A Scientific Journey," a bestseller in Spain and newly released in the U.S.
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, three scientists present current research on the presence of DDT in nature and its consequences for birds, breast cancer rates and malaria.
The scientist who discovered mirror neurons engages in a roundtable discussion with artists and art historians about how neuroscientific discoveries can influence our understanding of how we perceive art.
An ecologist and soil physics expert who has consulted globally to the U.N. and the World Bank describes how the natural environment in the Middle East has changed since biblical times.
The Columbia University psychiatrist, ethicist, and legal scholar explores behavioral genetics and the causes of crime.
Philosopher and codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, Dennett describes the evolution of human culture, which he says is a "second information highway," swifter and more reliable than genetic transmission.
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May
2007
23:10 mins
The author of American Farmstead Cheese: The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheese talks about the history of cheese making in America and the art and science of making cheese.
The author of the new biography of history's most famous genius discusses his work in advance of his June 12th appearance at the Academy.
Chemist Carl Djerassi, the "father" of the birth control pill, discusses art, science, and his new play, Phallacy, which is about to have its New York premiere.
An exhibit opening May 25 in NYC, Gods, Myths, and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece, showcases a new reconstruction model of the world's first computer, a 2,000+ year-old geared navigation instrument.
Physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, who will speak at the Academy on May 9, 2007, discusses the big questions of existence and his new book, Cosmic Jackpot, Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life.
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