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How Binary Star Systems Form

Ben Tofflemire, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explains how single stars form and why planets form around the stars. Tofflemire discusses the formation of pairs of stars, or binary stars, and the role of planets in binary star systems.

Are You Really Sleeping? Sleep and the Brain

Stephanie Jones, Assistant Director at the UW Center for Sleep and Consciousness, explains the benefits associated with getting enough sleep. Jones discusses the impact sleep has on brain health, brain development and disease.

Song Birds in Your Woodlands

Yoyi Steele, Important Bird Areas Coordinator for WI Department of Natural Resources, and Mike Mossman, Forest Community Ecologist, Retired from the WI Department of Natural Resources, explain the connection between bird species and habitat. Steele and Mossman discuss which birds to look for on your property and how to manage your woodlands to create a successful habitat.

Peer Influences on Crime and Deviance

Cesar Rebellon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, discusses juvenile crime in the United States. Rebellon discusses whether the differential association and social learning theories are accurate when determining if peer pressure affects the way people act.

Plant Pigmentation: Where Beauty Meets Science

Amy Freidig, Program Assistant in the Master Gardener Program at UW-Extension, discusses the five most common plant pigments. Freidig explains the science behind the colors and highlights the health benefits that each pigmentation provides to fruits and vegetables.

Alternate Lifestyles: Plants that Eat Animals

Erica Young, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, explains that more than 600 species of plants that grow where there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil are able to supplement their diets by capturing insects and digesting them. Young discusses the types of plants that are carnivorous and what kind of insects they attract.

Origins of Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Anna Williams, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explores the beginnings of magnetic fields in galaxies and galaxy clusters by studying the magnetic fields on Earth.

The Science of Dairy Milk Harvesting

John Penry, PhD Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how milk is processed and ultimately made available for consumers at the supermarket. Penry compares dairy production in the U.S. to production in Australia and shares ongoing research into dairy milk harvesting at UW-Madison.

Sleep and Aging

Steven Barczi, Professor of Geriatrics at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the relationship between sleep and health. Barczi offers strategies for improving the quality of sleep.

Managing Oak Woods for Wildlife

Rick Horton, Regional Biologist at the National Wild Turkey Federation, offers strategies for attracting wildlife to your property. Horton discusses how to manage land to create an optimal habitat for deer and turkey populations.

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