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Lectures on science, sustainability, and conservation from top minds, curated by the California Academy of Sciences. Based in San Francisco, the Academy is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring and explaining the natural world and addressing the challenge of sustainability. Learn more by visiting: http://www.calacademy.org.

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Lectures on science, sustainability, and conservation from top minds, curated by the California Academy of Sciences. Based in San Francisco, the Academy is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring and explaining the natural world and addressing the challenge of sustainability. Learn more by visiting: http://www.calacademy.org.

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    Steven Gubser:The Little Book of String Theory

    Steven Gubser:The Little Book of String Theory

    Explore the mysteries of quantum mechanics, black holes, strings, branes, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions.

    In this engaging and concise introduction to the main ideas in string theory, Steven Gubser gives a quick tour of the basic laws of physics as we understand them today. And then, he demonstrates how string theory seeks to go beyond them.
    Read more at http://library.fora.tv/2010/09/07/Steven_Gubser_The_Little_Book_of_String_Theory#5VvSp3XT506kbFK9.99

    • 57 min
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    Resilient Cities: Creating a Livable World

    Resilient Cities: Creating a Livable World

    This event is the first part of a two-part discussion featuring Timothy Beatley, professor of sustainable communities at the University of Virginia, along with Dean Macris, former director of city planning for San Francisco, and Cathy Simon, design principal at Perkins+Will.

    Presented in partnership with Island Press.

    • 1 hr 23 min
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    Dr. Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?

    Dr. Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?

    Dr. Robert Sapolsky discusses his work as professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and as a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. His enviable gift for storytelling led the New York Times to print, "If you crossed Jane Goodall with a borscht-belt comedian, she might have written a book like A Primate's Memoir." Dr. Sapolsky's account of his early years as a field biologist. He is sure to dazzle and delight with tales of what it means to be human.

    • 1 hr 16 min
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    Dr. Zeray Alemseged: Lucy and Selam Climbed Trees, So What?! The Human Meaning

    Dr. Zeray Alemseged: Lucy and Selam Climbed Trees, So What?! The Human Meaning

    New anthropological research proves that our early ancestors Lucy and Selam climbed trees. So what, and what does that mean for humans?

    Lucy and Selam are famous skeletons that belong to Australopithecus afarensis, a direct ancestor of humans that lived between 4 and 3 million years ago. In this Pritzker lecture, Dr. Zeray Alemseged, Irvine Chair and Curator of Anthropology at the Academy, discusses the evidence for climbing behavior in A. afarensis based on new evidence from his own find "Selam," currently the most complete and earliest skeleton of a juvenile human ancestor.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    Adrienne Zihlman:From Bones to Bodies

    Adrienne Zihlman:From Bones to Bodies

    Learn how research on chimpanzee and gorilla anatomy has been applied to understanding differences in females and males, the transformation of infants to adults, and evaluating fossil humans.

    This research even played a role in the creation of the movie "Tarzan of the Apes."

    • 1 hr 3 min
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    Dr. Terrance Gosliner: Utilizing Historical Biodiversity Data to Infer Climatic Shifts in California Coastal Environments

    Dr. Terrance Gosliner: Utilizing Historical Biodiversity Data to Infer Climatic Shifts in California Coastal Environments

    Terrance Gosliner
    Senior Curator and Dean of Science and Research Collections, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences

    The California coast includes some of the most diverse marine habitats in the world, but the health of our coastal habitats is at risk. Climate change, pollution, and overfishing threaten to diminish the vitality of the marine ecosystems which play an important role in San Francisco Bay Area life.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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