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The American Museum of Natural History presents over 200 public events each year, including lectures and presentations by scientists, authors, and researchers at the forefront of their fields. These podcasts showcase event highlights, and often reveal the findings of the Museum's own cutting-edge research in genomics, paleontology, astrophysics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology.

The American Museum of Natural History presents over 200 public events each year, including lectures and presentations by scientists, authors, and researchers at the forefront of their fields. These podcasts showcase event highlights, and often reveal the findings of the Museum's own cutting-edge research in genomics, paleontology, astrophysics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology.
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The American Museum of Natural History presents over 200 public events each year, including lectures and presentations by scientists, authors, and researchers at the forefront of their fields. These podcasts showcase event highlights, and often reveal the findings of the Museum's own cutting-edge research in genomics, paleontology, astrophysics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology.

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English


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Frontiers Lecture: The Zoomable Universe with Caleb Scharf

12/7/2017
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From the farthest edge of the observable universe to the tiniest measurement of the subatomic realm, reality as we experience it is defined by scale. Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf leads a tour through the scale of the universe, and explains how scientists use what we know about scale as an entry point to asking what we don’t know about the nature of reality both here on our earth and out in the cosmos. For a full transcript of this podcast visit:...

Duration: 01:10:55


SciCafe: Are We Alone in the Universe?

11/29/2017
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Who can look out into space and not ask the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Astronomers have already identified dozens of planets beyond the edges of our solar system which could be like our own Earth. Join astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger as she explains the different methods astronomers use to detect exoplanets orbiting distant stars, what these planets would need to support life, and how Earth and its range of species might serve as a Rosetta Stone—a key to detecting the...

Duration: 00:37:32


Frontiers Lecture: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Astronaut Scott Kelly on Life in Space

11/8/2017
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Scott Kelly is a former Navy fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut who over four space flights accumulated 520 days living in space, a record at the time in 2015. Talking with Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson, Captain Kelly shares a glimpse of life in the uniquely unwelcoming environment of space—and the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight. Part of the monthly Frontiers Lecture series, this conversation took place at the Hayden...

Duration: 01:08:28


Joining Forces To Address Wildlife Trafficking

11/2/2017
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Some animals may be too popular for their own good—whether it’s doe-eyed slow lorises, nocturnal primates often sold as pets, or pangolins prized for meat or medicine. Despite increased enforcement, a profitable market continues to threaten these and other endangered species. Museum conservation biologist Mary Blair, who is working with colleagues to understand the dynamics of illegal wildlife trade, suggests that biologists need to team up with economists and anthropologists to better...

Duration: 00:28:51


SciCafe: Humans And Conflicts With Bears, Oh My!

10/26/2017
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Anyone who has ever surprised a black bear in their own backyard is already keenly aware of the overlap between human communities and bear habitats. Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation biologist at the Museum, offered insights into black bear behavior and what humans can do to improve relations with this wide-ranging and adaptable species at a recent SciCafe program, which took place at the Museum on October 4, 2017. For a full transcript of this podcast, please visit Watch a video version of...

Duration: 00:48:56


A Smashup of Neutron Stars & Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with Astrophysics Curator Michael Shara

10/16/2017
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Today, scientists announced that they have detected a spectacular collision of two neutron stars some 130 million light years away. The method of discovery is also making news: this was the first time ever that a cosmic event was perceived through both gravitational waves — ripples in space and time — and light—confirming Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which predicted that gravitational waves should travel at the speed of light. More than 1,500 scientists around the world...

Duration: 00:21:32


Frontiers Lecture: Why? What Makes Us Curious with Mario Livio

10/12/2017
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Just listen to little kids pester their parents, “But why?” and you know how ingrained human curiosity is. And a good thing too—it drives scientific research, inspires creativity in art and technology, and is a necessary ingredient in every form of storytelling. But have you ever been curious—about curiosity? How did we humans get to be so inquisitive and why? In this podcast, astrophysicist and best-selling author Mario Livio explores the origins and mechanisms of human curiosity. Part of...

Duration: 00:50:48


Sputnik: Sixty Years Later with Astrophysicist Michael Shara

10/5/2017
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On October 4, 1957, radio operators picked up beeping sounds from the first man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth—Sputnik, launched by the Soviet Union. The never-before heard signals ushered in the space age and changed life in space—and on Earth—forever. In this podcast marking the sixtieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, Museum Astrophysicist Michael Shara discusses the outsized impact of that beach-ball-sized satellite and those beeps heard ’round world.

Duration: 00:14:21


Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carolyn Porco on Voyager and Space Exploration

8/24/2017
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Have you ever pondered that picture of earth as a pale blue dot seen from space? Then you already know something of the work of the space craft Voyager I. In 2012, that same space craft became the first man-made object to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Voyager I and its twin Voyager II have continued to gather data from deep space forty years after their launch in 1977. On August 23rd, 2017, PBS aired a documentary–The Farthest–Voyager in Space–that tells the story of...

Duration: 00:58:00


2017 Solar Eclipse Facts and Tips

8/15/2017
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On August 21st, 2017, most of North America will experience a solar eclipse, with a select area experiencing a total solar eclipse. To learn more about what an eclipse is, and how to safely view this event, we spoke with museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty. A full transcript of this podcast will be available at a later date here: To see the path of totality, and more information on the eclipse, visit eclipse2017.NASA.gov. If you liked this episode, subscribe to Science at AMNH and rate us...

Duration: 00:16:07


SciCafe: Exercise Your Brain

6/27/2017
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Need some extra motivation to get to the gym? Neuroscientist and exercise enthusiast Wendy A. Suzuki explains how physical aerobic activity can change your brain. Dr. Suzuki gives an overview of her research into how exercise can improve cognitive function and even demonstrates a routine you can follow along at home. This SciCafe lecture took place at the Museum on June 7, 2017. To learn about upcoming SciCafe events, visit amnh.org/scicafe. For a full transcript of this podcast, visit:...

Duration: 00:43:48


Scicafe: Snakes of Madagascar

5/31/2017
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In this podcast, join herpetologist Frank Burbrink on a journey to the remote forests of Madagascar, where his team recently discovered several new species of reptiles. Hear tales of life in the field and discover how DNA analysis helps identify new species in the lab. This SciCafe lecture took place at the Museum on May 3rd, 2017. This lecture included many original photographs, which can be seen in the video version by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyfFSpEZ-vE To learn about...

Duration: 00:19:13


Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Space

5/25/2017
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Into the deep or over the Moon—which is more important, intriguing, and inspiring? Explore the merits of sea vs. space across a range of judging categories with aquanauts Fabien Cousteau and Liz Bentley Magee, and astronauts Mike Massimino and Don Pettit. Hosted by comedian and journalist Faith Salie. This event took place at the Museum on April 13, 2017. For a full transcript of this podcast, visit: http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/science-throwdown-sea-vs.-space

Duration: 01:39:14


Frontiers Lecture: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets

5/10/2017
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While the public is fascinated by the idea of Earth-like planets outside of our solar system, there may be some opportunities even closer to home. In this podcast, planetary scientist Amanda Hendrix and science writer Charles Wohlforth highlight the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that could become reality. The duo discuss groundbreaking research and make the case that Saturn’s moon Titan offers the most realistic prospect...

Duration: 01:06:56


SciCafe: Stress and Human Evolution

4/23/2017
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How do trauma, poverty, and racial discrimination influence our health? What about our evolutionary history causes our bodies to respond in this way? Biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer explores the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences biology and health later on. This lecture took place at the Museum on April 5, 2017. To learn about upcoming SciCafe events, visit amnh.org/scicafe. For a full transcript of this podcast, visit:...

Duration: 00:42:22


Cuba: Threads of Change

4/20/2017
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Cuba’s political relationship with the United States is changing, and with it, potentially it’s biodiversity. In this podcast, conservation biologist and co-curator of the exhibition ¡Cuba! , Ana Luz Porzecanski, moderates a panel on contemporary Cuba, its people, identity, and biodiversity. You will hear from historian and policy expert Julia Sweig, anthropologist Ruth Behar, environmental lawyer Dan Whittle, and Museum herpetologist and co-curator of ¡Cuba! Chris Raxworthy. This event...

Duration: 01:19:59


Frontiers Lecture: The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far with Lawrence Krauss

4/12/2017
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The fundamental laws of the universe are not what we think or perceive—they are weird, wild, and counterintuitive. We all experience the world in a way that is shielded from the deeper realities underlying everyday phenomena. The story of scientist’s efforts to uncover these hidden realities involves the greatest intellectual journey ever taken by humans. A tale ripe with drama and surprise, it has implications for our understanding of space and time, our origins, and our future,...

Duration: 01:20:52


Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

4/6/2017
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Eating one’s own kind is a natural behavior found in thousands of species, including humans. In this podcast, Museum Research Associate Bill Schutt explains new research about this widespread behavior, such as why so many fish eat their young, and when sexual cannibalism can be an evolutionary advantage. This lecture took place at the Museum on February 17, 2017.

Duration: 01:13:40


2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: De-extinction with Neil deGrasse Tyson

3/30/2017
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Biologists today have the knowledge, the tools, and the ability to influence the evolution of life on Earth. Do we have an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? In this podcast, host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson leads a panel of experts in a discussion about this possibility - and the technology needed to get there. You will hear from George Church of Harvard University and MIT, Hank Greely of Stanford University, Gregory Kaebnick of the...

Duration: 01:51:41


SciCafe: The Search for Slow Lorises

3/23/2017
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Slow lorises may look like big-eyed Ewoks, but their cute countenance has made these primates a target of the illegal wildlife trade. In this podcast, Mary Blair, primatologist and Director of Biodiversity Informatics Research at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, discusses how research on these endangered animals can contribute to a better understanding of wildlife trafficking and the risk of zoonotic disease spread. This lecture took place at the Museum on March 1, 2017. To...

Duration: 00:41:02

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