Science on Tap: 2014
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Scott Paulson explored the science behind the seemingly simple act of deep-frying a potato.
Omar Harb provided an overview of an organism called Toxoplasma gondii, a feline parasite that can infect almost any warm-blooded animal, hiding in the brain as a cyst.
Seth Kane’s talk focused on how joy, imagination, and diligent mental exercise contribute to physiological changes in the brain, optimizing it for creativity.
In his talk Phil Forsyth discussed permaculture, a design science aimed at creating sustainable regenerative landscapes and communities, and food forests, a permaculture strategy for developing diverse, multilayered food-producing ecosystems.
Eight Philadelphia museums brought a piece of their story to National Mechanics and demonstrated how their work relates to science.
John Lundberg talked about Kryptoglanis shajii, a subterranean catfish.
Ben Gross provided a “behind the screens” tour of the science and history of the LCD.
Keith Thomson discussed Benjamin Franklin’s most famous experiment, which supposedly involved a kite and a key.
Adam D. Zolkover explored the intermingling of science and history in the kitchen—and some of the practical aspects of fermentation for home cooks today.
March 10, 2014
Eric Schelter discussed the intersection of rare-earth metals with clean energy and the dark side of their exploitative mining and processing.
Ken Lacovara, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University, discussed technology in paleontology.
Dave Goldberg gave a half-hour primer on the Higgs boson.