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Saturday Morning Science is a series of one-hour long talks aimed at anyone who has some interest in science. However, no science background is required. Come share our enthusiasm and learn what some scientists are up to.

Saturday Morning Science is held on the Columbia campus at the University of Missouri most Saturdays, September through May. The talks are free and open to the public. If you want to know a bit more about science, or if you are simply curious, come and give us a try. The Saturday Morning Science audience currently averages about 150 each week and the program has become a fixture in the community. Most attendees are adults, but K-12 and undergraduate students together account for about 40 percent of the audience.

Established in 2003, the vision of Saturday Morning Science is to create a culture in which engagement between scientists and the public is the norm.

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Saturday Morning Science is a series of one-hour long talks aimed at anyone who has some interest in science. However, no science background is required. Come share our enthusiasm and learn what some scientists are up to.

Saturday Morning Science is held on the Columbia campus at the University of Missouri most Saturdays, September through May. The talks are free and open to the public. If you want to know a bit more about science, or if you are simply curious, come and give us a try. The Saturday Morning Science audience currently averages about 150 each week and the program has become a fixture in the community. Most attendees are adults, but K-12 and undergraduate students together account for about 40 percent of the audience.

Established in 2003, the vision of Saturday Morning Science is to create a culture in which engagement between scientists and the public is the norm.

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    Plants "Hear" the Darndest Things

    Plants "Hear" the Darndest Things

    Even without ears, plants experience an incredible world of vibrations. We will explore the strange universe of plant-borne vibrations, and talk about new research showing that plants pay attention to the crunching of hungry caterpillars.

    • 57 min
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    The Trouble with Color

    The Trouble with Color

    Color is everywhere in our world, informs our sense of everything. Yet it is at the same time something elusive, mysterious and even sometimes maligned. This lecture will explore why this has been so, and discuss how color has been understood by artists since Isaac Newton.

    • 1 hr 26 min
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    At the Dawn of Animal Life: Exceptional Views of an Exceptional Evolutionary Story

    At the Dawn of Animal Life: Exceptional Views of an Exceptional Evolutionary Story

    Our earliest animal ancestors lived nearly 600 million years ago; in the geological blink of an eye, they evolved to representatives of nearly every major animal group known today. We'll talk about how and why this incredible event occurred and more.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    Early Agriculture in the Americas

    Early Agriculture in the Americas

    Plant domestication began nearly 10,000 years ago, in the tropical lowlands of Central and South America. Come hear what archaeology and paleoethnobotany - the study of ancient plant remains-can tell us about the crops and agricultural practices of Native peoples in the Americas.

    • 1 hr 9 min
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    The Evolution of Cooperation: Why We are (sometimes) Nice to each other

    The Evolution of Cooperation: Why We are (sometimes) Nice to each other

    This talk will introduce some of the basic concepts and models of sociobiology, a field that studies the evolution of social behavior, including altruism and spite. Hear about how cooperation and punishment varies across societies.

    • 54 sec
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    Living and Working with Rare Diseases

    Living and Working with Rare Diseases

    The end of February marks Rare Disease Day and this year's focus is on "Living with a Rare Disease". Linh Ngo will describe her experiences with Marfan's Syndrome and Madeline Miller will discuss advances in research for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.



    • 57 min

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