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Renee James (Sam Houston State University)

Renee James Colloquium: Science Unshackled

The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium
15:00-16:00 Wed 22 Jun 2016



Why in the world are we paying for all this basic research?
The answer to this question becomes clear in this romp through the seemingly useless world of pure science, where one thing leads to another in ways that result in major scientific advancements. With a humorous style, Dr. James reveals how obscure studies of natural phenomena, including curved space-time, poisonous cone snails, exploding black holes, and the precise chemical makeup of the Sun led unexpectedly to WiFi, GPS, genetic sequencing, pain medications, and cancer treatments. Science Unshackled brings both science and scientists to life and shows how simple curiosity can result in life-changing breakthroughs.


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