Science at AMNHAuthor: American Museum of Natural History
16 Jan 2019

Science at AMNH

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Current science and the latest research from scientists at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History and guest speakers.

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    SciCafe: End of the Megafauna with Ross MacPhee

    Woolly mammoths and giant ground sloths are just a few of the strange animals that once roamed Earth, living on every habitable continent. But about 50,000 years ago, these “megafauna” began to disappear. What factors contributed to their disappearance? Why did some species survive while others did not? Ross MacPhee, curator in the Museum’s Department of Mammalogy, takes us on a journey back in time to the world of now-extinct megafauna, and explains what scientists think may have happened. A video version of this SciCafe will be available on the Museum’s YouTube channel on Saturday, December 22. This SciCafe took place at the Museum on December 5, 2018. Subscribe to the Science@AMNH Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. For information about upcoming events at the Museum, visit amnh.org/calendar.

  • Posted on 20 Dec 2018

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    SciCafe: Technology Inspired by Nature with Tak-Sing Wong

    What does a carnivorous plant have in common with the design for a water-saving toilet? What about a hungry cell with surgical equipment? It may be surprising to learn that engineers still turn to the natural world for inspiration. For Tak-Sing Wong, a professor of engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, nature is a constant source of inspiration. In our November SciCafe, Wong introduces two cutting-edge technologies that have been directly modeled after natural phenomena. A video version of this SciCafe will be available on the Museum’s YouTube channel on Saturday, November 24. Subscribe to the Science@AMNH Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston. SciCafe: Engineering Technologies Inspired by Nature and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Posted on 21 Nov 2018

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    The Milky Way as You’ve Never Seen It Before with Jackie Faherty – AMNH SciCafe

    In April 2018, the Gaia space telescope released its second catalog of over 1.3 billion stellar distances, helping astronomers map the Milky Way like never before. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty takes us on a tour through her current work using Gaia data to visualize and study the galaxy. This SciCafe included brand new visualizations that let you literally fly through the galaxy. A video version with all of Faherty’s data visualizations will be available on the Museum’s YouTube channel on October 27. This SciCafe took place on October 3, 2018. Subscribe to the Science@AMNH Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

  • Posted on 25 Oct 2018

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    Jaguar: An Indomitable Beast with Alan Rabinowitz

    In celebration of International Cat Day and to honor the legacy of zoologist and conservationist Alan Rabinowitz who died August 5, we’re re-publishing a talk he gave at the Museum in 2014. Rabinowitz shares his journey to conserve the jaguar, a species that despite its past resilience, is now on a slide towards extinction. In a story of tenacity and survival, the big cat expert also reveals better strategies for saving other species, and how to save ourselves from immediate and long-term catastrophic changes to our environment. For a full transcript, visit https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/podcast-jaguar-an-indomitable-beast-with-alan-rabinowitz This lecture originally took place on September 17, 2014. Subscribe to the Science@AMNH Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Posted on 08 Aug 2018

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    Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Land

    The world under the waves or the wilds of the land? Which creatures—marine or terrestrial—are the most compelling, intriguing, and inspiring? Comedian and journalist Faith Salie leads two teams of scientific luminaries in this tongue-in-cheek “debate,” featuring categories like “Next Top Predator” and “Sexy Beast.” Panelists include conservationist Carl Safina and animal behavior expert Lori Marino (Team Sea) facing off against zoologist Jarod Miller and primatologist Mireya Mayor (Team Land). Decide for yourself who reigns supreme and let us know on Twitter using the handle @AMNH Subscribe to the Science@AMNH Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Land is made possible by OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation, as part of its generous support of the special exhibition Unseen Oceans and its related educational activities and public programs.

  • Posted on 02 Aug 2018

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