Science at AMNHAuthor: American Museum of Natural History
22 Oct 2018

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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    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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    Planetary Origin Stories with Alycia Weinberger

    Swirling disks of dust and gas surround young stars, and these disks contain the building blocks for new planets. It would take 100 million years to see a planet fully form, but luckily there are plenty of planetary systems in development for us to observe. By studying and compiling “snapshots” from nearby star systems, Alycia Weinberger of the Carnegie Institute of Washington takes us on a journey back in time to the origins of planets. For a full transcript, visit https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/podcast-planetary-origin-stories-with-alycia-weinberger This Frontiers Lecture took place on May 14, 2018. For information on upcoming events at the museum, including future Frontiers Lectures, visit AMNH.org/calendar. Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

  • Posted on 28 Jun 2018

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    SciCafe—Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution with Erin Vogel

    While wild orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo feed on a remarkable variety of plant life, they also endure unpredictable cycles of feast and famine. Erin Vogel of Rutgers University explains how research on these primates’ diet and health may help us to better understand the evolution of early human diets, as well as provide insight into today’s global obesity epidemic. This SciCafe took place on June 6, 2018. To watch a video version of this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tforcdqDWIg For a full transcript of this podcast, visit: https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/podcast-scicafe-orangutans-obesity-and-human-evolution-with-erin-vogel 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. This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration witht The Leakey Foundation. SciCafe: Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution, and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

  • Posted on 21 Jun 2018

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    Visualizing Planets with Radio Telescopes with Meredith Hughes

    Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets in our galaxy, but how much do we understand about how they are formed? Why, for example, are some planets rocky like ours, while others like Jupiter and Saturn are gaseous? Astrophysicist Meredith Hughes of Wesleyan University explains what we know about planet formation in our own solar system, and breaks down how powerful radio telescopes are helping scientists answer questions about distant systems in our galaxy. For a full transcript, visit https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/podcast-visualizing-planets-with-radio-telescopes-with-meredith-hughes This Frontiers Lecture took place on April 9, 2018. Subscribe to the Science@AMNH podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

  • Posted on 31 May 2018

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