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Think Science

Think Science is a live event held quarterly. These panel discussions and mini-lectures on a variety of topics in the fiend of science feature researchers, innovators, and practitioners from South Texas discussing their field of work, often sharing the latest developments.

Cyle Perez / TPR

Ah-choo! If there’s one thing we can all get behind in South Texas, it’s our hatred of allergies. For many, the sneezing and wheezing that comes with “cedar fever” is an annoyance, but for some people, allergies are a serious health issue. Allergies can be triggered by food, pollen, dander… all manner of substance that come into contact with our bodies.

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For a quarter of a century, humans have been interacting online through the World Wide Web, and along with the easy access to information have been sea changes in the way we do business, converse, and even fall in love. What influence has the Internet had on the way our minds work? Have we become a nation of “skimmers” that can no longer find time to read a novel? What about the addictive nature of social media, gaming, gambling or even online pornography? How has the Internet changed us?

Cyle Perez / TPR

Those nacho-flavored chips you're eating? They probably taste that way because of micro-flavor particles covering the surface. Engines that burn cleaner fuel? Thank nanotechnology. Sports equipment that lasts longer, flies faster... lighter weight material for aerospace and engineering, even biological machines within the human body... Even a decade ago there were over 800 publicly available products that could be classified as using nanotechnology, which is defined as science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

 

Think Science: Bees

Aug 20, 2018
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Many people have some understanding of why bees (and other pollinators) are important. So at our last Think Science event on August 17, we opened by asking, “Do you like to eat?” This leds to a discussion of the importance of bees in pollination and our food supply, why bees are in trouble, and what we as consumers can do to ensure the health of both the insect population, as well as humans.

Think Science: Medical Marijuana

May 18, 2018

As the opioid crisis worsens, more Americans are looking toward alternative sources of pain relief, one of which is marijuana. Cannabis has been reported to alleviate pain and anxiety, and may benefit glaucoma and epilepsy patients.

At this Think Science event, TPR reporter Ryan Poppe moderates a discussion on medical marijuana, with special emphasis on CBD oil and other non-psychoactive properties of cannabis that may benefit patients. 

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Think Science: Weather

Feb 17, 2018
Edward Aspera Jr. / U.S. Air Force

There’s a saying in Texas that goes, “if you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes.” Despite San Antonio’s reputation for long hot summers, there is an abundance of interesting weather in the Lone Star State, everything from ice storms to hurricanes and even the occasional snowfall. At this Think Science event, recorded February 16, 2018, you’ll hear from two experts in the field about our unique weather patterns, how predictions are made, and what climate change will mean for South Texas over the next 20 years.

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Think Science: Sleep

Nov 17, 2017

If you don’t get enough of it, you’ll develop health problems. If you do it too much, people think there’s something wrong with you.

Sleep is something our body needs just the right amount of. But why? And to what purpose?

Think Science: Humor

Aug 18, 2017

What makes you laugh? And why is it funny? Do you guffaw when Moe hits Curly over the head with a wrench, or is the witty, urbane comedy of Woody Allen or Whit Stillman more your style? And is there anything universally funny?

Perhaps you’ve heard about the human genome, the base structure of our DNA. And DNA is complicated, for sure. But did you know that the genes on our microbiome outnumber those in our genome by 100 to 1? Our microbiome is made up of the many microorganisms (bacteria, fungi) that reside on and within our body. And where the human genome is permanent, our microbiome is acquired at birth and changes along with our body throughout life.

Think Science: Memory

Feb 17, 2017
Disney/Pixar

What happens to us when something… happens? How do humans make memories, and where do they go in our brains? Does the mind work like a filing cabinet, or is it more like your computer’s hard drive? And what happens to the brain when memory starts to fail? These are some of the questions we asked of two panelists at our lunchtime discussion, Think Science: Memory.

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