We’re exploring the space where science and culture intersect, and we’re doing it over drinks.
Grab a brew and pull up a chair! This evening lecture series features some of the best minds in science in a fun, social environment. From the sensation of being hugged by an octopus to quantum mechanics, Science on Tap looks to answer questions you never knew you had!
Secrets of Spider Webs
by Dr. Cheryl Y. Hayashi -- Curator, Professor, and Leon Hess Director of Comparative Biology Research
October 17, 2019
What is really known about spider silk? In this lecture, Dr. Hayashi shares results from the latest discoveries about the mysteries of silk synthesis, which spiders have held secret for several hundred million years. Spiders are the superstars of the natural world when it comes to spinning silk. Although they never evolved wings, spiders can use silk to go airborne and travel vast distances by ballooning through the atmosphere. Silk allows spiders to trap and subdue creatures that are many times their size. Capable of remarkable feats, spiders and their web-spinning abilities have been the inspiration for ancient legends, beloved children’s books, comics, and movies.
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November 15, 2018 - Dr. Merlin Tuttle - "The Incredible World of Bats — Why We Need Them"
March 29, 2018- Dr. Takeshi Inomata - "Clues to the Origins of Maya Civilization Revealed"
November 2, 2017 - Dr. Justin Vandenbroucke - "Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole"
September 28, 2017 - Mary Roach - "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War"
April 27, 2017 - Jennifer Casey - "The Nature of Slow Food"
March 16, 2017 - Michael E. Mann, PhD - "The Madhouse Effect"
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