Science & Nature


Airplane design, robots, even Velcro are examples of innovations drawn from discoveries in the natural world. Let's explore the field of Biomimetics, which applies underlying principles from the natural world to solve complex human problems. Each week, we'll consider a problem in nature, then discuss the actual applications designed by engineers. See how basic scientific research can ultimately result in new technologies and advances in fields such as engineering, medicine and science
Many biological treasures wash up on Florida's beaches. Learn how to identify and classify common seashells, egg cases and exoskeletons in this hands-on, classroom-based course. Expand your understanding of the diversity of life on and beneath our sands.
Learn about accepted, nonpolitical scientific information regarding the relationship of fossil fuel energy utilization to greenhouse gas formation and, by association, to global warming. We will examine and challenge the facts, the data and the models, enabling you to arrive at your own conclusions about global warming and climate change. You will also be able to engage confidently in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
Discover what scientists are learning about our incredibly beautiful but potentially deadly universe. Visit the strange worlds of relativity and quantum mechanics. Find out what you did not learn at school about dinosaurs. Be astonished with what makes our bodies human. Take a peek at archaeological discoveries on earth under the sea, from outer space and explore weird science to decide if UFOs and Bigfoot are delusions or real.

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Throughout history, female healers have encountered social, political, legal and sometimes violent and deadly opposition. Learn about the struggles of women healers to overcome these obstacles, starting in medieval times all the way to the present. Witches, wise women, midwives, nurses and physicians -- how did their training and roles evolve through the ages?

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