Monday, November 25, 2013 - Director of the Texas Memorial Museum, Dr. Ed Theriot

25Nov

Director of the Texas Memorial Museum, Ed Theriot describes some of the treasures of the Texas Memorial Museum on the University of Texas at Austin Campus.  The museum has lost 90% of its funding, which will cut virtually all museum activities.  Though the Italian marble walls of the building will stay open for museum guests, it will no longer update exhibits or host special events.  Ed Theriot describes the giant Texas Pterosaur, the largest flying animal ever found- one of Time Life's top 100 scientific discoveries in the 20th century.  We learn about diatoms, which are tiny 20-50 micrometer sized living creatures, helpful for studying water quality and other changes in environmental phenomena like oil exploration.  Diatoms make about half the oxygen we breathe!

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Monday, November 18, 2013 - Life is short but snakes are long

18Nov

Andrew Durso has an amazing blog on snakes-- snakesarelong.blogspot.com/
Andrew helps illuminate the role that snakes play, and how to share our ecosystem with snakes.  Snakes are solitary creatures, and are probably more numerous than you might think.  Andrew explains the difference between poisonous and venomous, and why we shouldn't be so afraid of snakes.

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Monday, November 11, 2013 - DJ Jumping Spider

11Nov

The joys of spiders.  How to identify spider bites.  Jumping spiders.  Spider webs.  The diversity of spider species.  Spiders using webbing to catch moths.  Ogre-face spiders weave a fishing net web.  Natural historian Ian Wright tells us all things spider-y!  Spiders play a big role in ecosystems.

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Monday, November 4, 2013 - DJ ArtSci fuses art and science in “Eclosion”

4Nov

Regular contributor DJ ArtSci describes the upcoming show "ECLOSION" a juried show of insect inspired art, which coincided with the Entymological Association of America meeting in Austin.  17 different states and 6 different countries are represented in the show.  Our guest Hayley Gillespie is the founder in 2012 of the Art.Science.Gallery, Austin's premier gallery for science inspired art.  Hayley highlights some of the amazing works featured at "ECLOSION".  Cicada art got a lot of attention.  

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