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September 10: Herbal Medicines Decoded: How Plants That Soothe and Cure Do It

From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants.

September 17: Why Is Quantum So Strange?

Quantum mechanics has radically changed the concept of reality. QM is also baffling --even to scientists whose work depends on it. Astronomer George Greenstein, author of **Quantum Strangeness** explains this beautiful mystery.

October 22: The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems

An explanation of how the different components of the forest ecosystem --including soil, microbes, plants and creatures -- must co-adapt and respond to our rapidly changing climate.

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Stars as Independent Worlds

Bruno was burned at the stake for asserting that the Sun was one of countless stars in an infinite universe

Gamma Ray Bursts

An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life. Raul Jimenez

Origami: Art and Science

Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.

Microbe Evolution

How microbes and their communities evolve and what the process means for us. Christopher Marx

Antarctic Fishes: Models for Climate Change and Human Disease

How the unique "antifreeze" blood and skeletal mutations of the Antarctic Icefishes provide insights into both climate change adaptations and human disease. H. William Detrich, III

How Glaciers Affect Earth and Climate

An explanation of the relationship between glacial cycles and climate change. Jack Ridge

Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations. Christopher Golden

How Delayed Release of Industry Data on Chemical Toxicity Impacts Health

Producers of perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) withheld for decades the facts about the health and environmental threats of these ubiquitous toxins. Philippe Grandjean

Psychiatric Drugs: Why They Often Fail Us Over Long Term

More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. Robert Whitaker, author of several books on this subject, discusses the problems of these meds and describes more effective initiatives.

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...Jeff Deyette

Innovations in Clean Water Technology

Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem... John Lienhard V

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Developer of numerous innovations in antibiotics research, and especially noted for a 2014 breakthrough