Watch Virtual Science Speed Dating

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Watch the recording of a special online edition of our most popular event format, Science Speed Dating. Listen to five quick-fire talks by experts whose work spans a range of scientific fields. Hear about research taking place on the cutting edge of science, peer into the possibilities of our technological…

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Watch Alone Together

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Human beings are social creatures by nature. Even the more introverted among us instinctually enjoy the simple pleasure of gathering. Indeed, there is ample research to demonstrate that strong social connections are directly related to good health. Conversely, it is increasingly clear that social isolation and loneliness can lead to…

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Watch Going to Polar Extremes

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Join Kirk Johnson on a dramatic and surprising adventure as he guides us through our distant past, traversing the globe from pole to pole to uncover the extraordinary story of our planet’s changing climate. This geological journey will take us down a trail of strange fossils found in all the…

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Learn about Mapping a Pandemic in The Science of Where

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Many of us have spent the last month regularly hitting refresh on our web browsers to update the map that has now become ubiquitous in (quite literally) bearing witness to the persistent spread of COVID-19. Mapping technologies are used in a variety of situations to track vast amounts of data.…

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Learn About Bioethics in Worst Case Scenarios

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Catastrophic events quickly challenge fundamental assumptions about how we live and what we take for granted. This has been especially evident as we witness health systems around the world pushed to their limits in the wake of unprecedented strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mounting examples of critical shortages in…

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Watch Our Gardening Event

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Our grandparents and great-grandparents grew “Victory Gardens” during World Wars I and II when fresh produce was scarce. All the best trends eventually come back. But these days we have a whole lot of nifty ways to ensure a tasty harvest in as little time as possible. Make something easy…

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Watch Our First Online Event

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Current events have us very focused on the search for a vaccine for COVID-19. But this is not the first time that scientists have sought quick solutions to address an emerging infection that posed a risk to human health. We have a long history in battling back microbial threats wielding…

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Science Speed Dating



Written by: Meeri Kim

Jessie Christiansen On a cool Tuesday evening in Hollywood, I find myself sitting in a circle with fifteen others when astrophysicist Jessie Christiansen walks up to us with a roulette-style carnival wheel in hand. Instead of numbers, each space features the name of a different exoplanet, or planet outside of…

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Watch Science Speed Dating

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Written by: Meeri Kim

Upon walking into the expansive lobby of the California NanoSystems Institute on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, guests were treated to a warm welcome of drinks, appetizers, and mingling. Greeters seated at a nearby table handed each individual a small petri dish with a piece of paper…

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Going Beyond Intelligent Machines



Written by: Meeri Kim

Artificial intelligence (AI) has always fascinated Hollywood, with the technology mostly depicted in a sinister, ominous light. In The Terminator, the U.S. military commissioned the development of Skynet, a defense AI who gains artificial consciousness and ends up attacking the human race. HAL 9000, the spacecraft computer in 2001: A…

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