Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA

Studying the DNA of the ancient Amborella flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals.

The University at Buffalo's Dr. Victor Albert is looking deeply into the ancient origins of this Amborella and working to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Dr. Hans Meltofte, Aarhus University - Arctic Biodiversity Threatened By Climate Change

Rising temperatures are threatening the biodiversity of the Arctic.

Dr. Hans Meltofte, senior scientist at Denmark's Aarhus University, describes the negative impact of climate change in this area as "already visible" and details the serious ecological consequences that are resulting.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto - The Science of Self-Control

Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses?

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, studies self-control and is helping to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Dr. Frederic Bouchard, Université Laval – Canada's Lakes Move Toward Widespread Dessication

A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results.

Dr. Frederic Bouchard, post-doctoratal research fellow at Université Laval, is studying the climate models of many areas across Canada and making predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.

Frederic Bouchard PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Laval's Center for Northern Studies. He's published many papers focusing on the ecology of the Arctic, his main research focus.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Dr. Steve Ross, University of North Carolina Wilmington - Methane Cold Seep Discovery

The undersea discovery of a large seep of methane in the North Atlantic may hold the key to learning a great deal about the underwater ecosystem.

Dr. Steve Ross, research professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Marine Science, calls the ocean floor the last great frontier on Earth. His work into the depths of the Atlantic will help scientists better understand a wide variety of things about oceanic life and beyond.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Dr. Thalia Wheatley, Dartmouth College - Thinking in Distance

Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day.

Dr. Thalia Wheatley, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, scientifically deconstructs the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Dr. Craig Vierra, University of the Pacific - The Race to Replicate Spider Silk

Despite all the advances in technology, Mother Nature remains our most skilled engineer.

Dr. Craig Vierra, professor and assistant chair of the University of the Pacific's College of Biological Sciences, is working on a way to replicate spider silk. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Dr. Neil Johnson, University of Miami – A Formula for Threats

What can we extrapolate from the cries of a baby?

Dr. Neil Johnson, professor of physics at the University of Miami, studied the patterns of children's cries and used that information to make some interesting conclusions.

Dr. Neil Johnson is a professor of physics at the University of Miami. He has published over 200 articles in a wide range of international publications and currently is the associate editor for the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination. As a Kennedy scholar, he earned his PhD from Harvard University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Dr. Piers Howe, University of Melbourne – Debunking the Sixth Sense

Everyone is fascinated by the possibility of supernatural phenomena.

Dr. Piers Howe, professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne, investigates the legitimacy of those who claim to have a sixth sense.

Dr. Piers Howe is a professor of psychology and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses mainly on the areas of cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Dr. Peter Wilf, Penn State University -- Tracing the Path of Conifer Fossils

Studying the fossilized remains of animals and plants can teach us a great deal about the natural world.

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences at Penn State University, traces the path of conifer fossils from New Zealand to Argentina.

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