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A Visitor's Guide to the Milky Way Galaxy - Ep. 635

Robert Benjamin, an associate professor in the Physics Department at UW-Whitewater, together with a team of astronomers around the world, conducted a 400-hour survey of the Galactic Plane of the Milky Way. An analysis of this data indicates a much larger Galactic bar than was previously suspected.

The Open Source Aircraft Project

John Nicol, the founder of MakerPlane, discusses the concept of open source in aviation, using both hardware and software technologies to help people build aircraft faster and safer. This lecture was recorded at the 2012 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Roadable Aircraft Technology

Joe Caravella, Jr., the founder of Caravella Aerospace, facilitates a discussion of how today’s and tomorrow’s technology address the key challenges of roadable aircraft. This lecture was recorded at the 2012 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Imagine: How Creativity Works – Ep. 704

Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired magazine and the author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”, shares a sparkling and revelatory introduction to the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

An Autism Panel Discussion - Ep. 678

David George, the president of the Autism Society of Greater Madison, moderates a panel discussion about being autistic and living with an autism-spectrum family member. The panelists include Brad Wing and Al Kutil who are autistic, Briane Pagel, father of two autistic sons, Jody Glynn Patrick, grandmother to an autistic grandson, and Adam Hunt and Taylor Weber both with autistic siblings.

Sustainable Bioenergy in Wisconsin: How Could It Work?

Gary Radloff, the director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, and Carol Barford, a research scientist in Global Ecosystems, both at SAGE, UW-Madison, discuss the important aspects of sustainable bioenergy production in Wisconsin, and highlight the balance points between environmental quality, farm management, and economic feasibility.

Neuroscience, Education, and the Compassionate Citizen

Richard Davidson, professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, UW-Madison Richard Davidson shares how the development of some positive human qualities may foster not only greater personal happiness but also change the way we relate to one another as a society. He also shares his broad experience in the field and perspectives from both modern neuroscientific research as well as contemplative...

The Metabolism and Function of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Henry Lardy, professor emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the function of dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, the most abundant steroid in the human body. He also touches on the steroid's own chemical make-up and its role in the human body.

Fish Endocrinology and Aquaculture Research at the UW

Terence Barry Senior Scientist, Department of Animal Science, UW-Madison, explains what aquaculture is before discussing the UW Laboratory of Fish Endocrinology and Aquaculture. After speaking about the facilities, he gives a brief overview of the last five years of their research.

When Microbes Attack, Plants Fight Back

Laura Helft, a Ph.D. student studying Cellular and Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, provides a whirlwind tour of plant pathology--how we know plants are sick, what we know about plant diseases, what we know about the plant immune system, and how microbes are able to attack plants.

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