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Eureka! An Interdisciplinary Meeting of the Minds - Ep. 531

John Denu,Epigenetics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery,
Patricia Brennan, Living Environments Lab, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
T. Rock Mackie, Medical Devices, Morgridge Institute for Research,
Susan Miller, Education Research, Morgridge Institute for Research and
Steve Paulson,Wisconsin Public Radio, take part in a panel discussion to discuss research at the Institute for Discovery.

Sugar Shock: How Bacteria Uses RNAs to Deal With Stress -...

Greg Richards, University of Illinois.

Greg Richards explains about organisms and the kind of stresses they encounter in
their environment, how RNA molecules work to help bacteria deal with stress, and how E. coli uses a small RNA to deal with toxicity associated with sugar phosphates.

Host-Microbe Interactions Between Squid and...

Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison

Margaret McFall-Ngai discusses her study of animal bacterial symbiosis and how the effects of certain bacteria may have important and beneficial implications for human health and disease.

The History and Evolution of Chili Peppers - Ep. 484

David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison

David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.

The Reason Dinosaurs Went Extinct - Ep. 477

Jan Smit, professor, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Jan Smit explains why meteorites from Venus may be the reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs, and discusses whether or not similar events could occur again.

Neanderthals Are Us - Ep. 460

John Hawks, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison.

John Hawks explores the existence and disappearance of the Neanderthal during the course of human evolution. He also explains the anatomical difference between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.

How to Increase our Healthy Cognitive Lifespan - Ep. 456

Craig Atwood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine - Geriatrics; UW-Madison.

Craig Atwood discusses age-related dementia, including its stages, symptoms and causes. He also goes on to describe ways researchers are now trying to help halt this and other types of cognitive decline.

A Decade of Lameness Research in Dairy Cows at the UW-SVM...

Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.

Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.

Sustainable Thinking in an Age of Energy Challenges - Ep....

Mike Dalecki, PhD, Dept. of Sociology, UW-Platteville.

Mike Dalecki offers new ways to look at our usage of energy, focusing on the lenses of sociology, economics and history.

Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Controversial...

Dominique Brossard, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison.

Dominique Brossard asserts that the lack of support for science and scientific innovations can be traced to attitudes toward technology, lack of knowledge on the part of the lay person, the institutions and people providing information and media coverage.

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