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Reduced-Risk Pest Management for Urban Landscapes

Paul Koch, Assistant Professor in the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, discusses the types of pesticides currently in use in urban areas and their impact on both the environment and the public. Koch offers options for reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining quality landscapes.

Measuring Gravity Waves with LIGO

Patrick Brady, Professor of Physics at UW-Milwaukee, talks about LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which observed and measured the gravitational waves created by a pair of black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago.

Wisconsin's Geoheritage

Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director at the WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UWEX, provides a geologic history of Wisconsin and highlights some of the outstanding geologic sites in the state. Bradbury discusses the work of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Of Neandertals, Denisovans, and Modern Humans

Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, discusses his work to retrieve DNA from Neandertals. Pääbo explores how closely related present day humans are to prehistoric humans.

Age-Related Changes in Swallowing

Nicole Pulia, Assistant Professor at the UW-School of Medicine and Public Health, explores changes in anatomy and physiology as we age which can contribute to problems swallowing. Pulia offers non-surgical suggestions to help with dysphagia.

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.

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