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Mini-Science 2015 – “Biomimicry and the synthetic synapse”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Timothy Kennedy’s lecture “Biomimicry and the synthetic synapse” (March 25, 2015).

Q: How can the cell respond to an unnatural enantiomer of an amino acid? Wouldn’t it not be “programmed’ to deal with an non-naturally occurring molecule? PLL (Polylysine ligament cells) vs PDL (Periodontal ligament cells).
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Mini-Science 2015 Q&A – “An Abundance of Other Worlds: The Exoplanet Zoo”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Andrew Cumming’s lecture “An Abundance of Other Worlds: The Exoplanet Zoo” (March 18, 2015).

Q: Please explain what an exoplanet is and why there is a value to looking for/at exoplanets other than searching for life?
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Mini-Science 2015 Q&A: “From telescopes to microscopes: Looking for little green bugs on Mars”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Lyle Whyte’s lecture “From telescopes to microscopes: Looking for little green bugs on Mars” (March 11, 2015).

Q: Would you expect to find any DNA in the soil of Mars?
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Mini-Science 2015 Q&A: “Seeing the big bang”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Matt Dobbs’ lecture “Seeing the big bang” (February 25, 2015).

Q: How will knowing more about the start of the universe help us in practical terms in the present and future?
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Mini-Science 2014 Q&A: “Your Brain on Music”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Prof. Daniel Levitin’s lecture, “Your Brain on Music” (April 2, 2014).

Q: How do you explain people who hear music as “noise” because they think it has no musical characteristics? (more…)

Mini-Science 2014 Q&A: “Why we love music: A neuroscience perspective”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Prof. Robert Zatorre’s lecture, “Why we love music: A neuroscience perspective” (March 19, 2014).

Q: Since motor skills are related to dopamine imbalance and music releases dopamine, has music helped people who have problems with motor skills? (more…)

Mini-Science 2014 Q&A: “Nature’s chorus: Frog calls and bird songs”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Prof. David M. Green’s and Prof. Jon Sakata’s lecture, “Nature’s chorus: Frog calls and bird songs” (March 12, 2014).

Q: Do the physical traits and overall health and robustness of male frogs affect the frog’s call? Can the female differentiate between fit and unfit males by song? (more…)

Mini-Science 2014 Q&A: “What we learn and when we learn it: sensitive periods for musical training”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Virginia Penhune’s lecture, “What we learn and when we learn it: sensitive periods for musical training” (March 5, 2014).

Q: Is there any evidence that gender and/or social class are relevant variables in your research on sensitive periods for musical training?
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Mini-Science 2012 Q&A: “The pain-reward connection”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Here are some of the best questions from Dr. Petra Schweinhardt’s May 9 talk, “The pain-reward connection.”

Q: Why are opioids released higher up in the brain? (more…)

Mini-Science 2012 Q&A: “Just say know: what marijuana has taught us about pain control”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Here are some of the best questions from Dr. Mark Ware’s May 2 talk, “Just say know: what marijuana has taught us about pain control.”

Q: What can you tell us about smoked cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain? (more…)

Mini-Science 2012 Q&A: “Helping people with pain resume occupational involvement”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Some of the best questions are posted here. Here are questions from Dr. Michael Sullivan’s April 25 talk, “Helping people with pain resume occupational involvement.” (more…)

Mini-Science 2012 Q&A: “Pain, friends, sex and your mother” and “Why a broken heart really does hurt”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Some of the best answered or unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from the third and fourth lectures in the series.
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Mini-Science 2012 Q&A: “The chemical conquest of pain” and “How the mind can alter pain”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Some of the best answered or unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from the first two lectures.
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Mini-Science 2011 – Nuclear power: energy for the future?

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Ariel Fenster’s lecture “Nuclear power — energy for the future?” (April 20, 2011).
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Mini-Science 2011 – The dance of the molecules in cells

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Paul Wiseman’s lecture “The dance of the molecules in cells” (April 13, 2011).
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Mini-Science 2011 – Biofuels: sustainable energy as the oil runs out?

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Donald Smith’s lecture “Biofuels — sustainable energy as the oil runs out?” (April 6, 2011).
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Mini-Science 2011 – From Jesuit’s bark to synchrotrons: the rise and fall of an antimalarial

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Scott Bohle’s lecture “From Jesuit’s bark to synchrotrons – the rise and fall of an antimalarial” (March 30, 2011).
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Mini-Science 2011 – From the chemistry of chicken soup to the chemistry of the brain and behaviour

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Amir Raz’s lecture “From the chemistry of chicken soup to the chemistry of the brain and behaviour” (March 23, 2011).
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Mini-Science 2011 – Chemicals for better and for worse

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Joe Schwarcz’s lecture “Chemicals for better and for worse” (March 16, 2011).
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Mini-Science Q & A – Are cell phones and WiFi harmful to your health?

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Lorne Trottier’s lecture “Are cell phones and WiFi harmful to your health? ” (May 19, 2010 ).
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Mini-Science Q & A – Homeopathy: dilution or delusion?

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Ariel Fenster’s lecture “Homeopathy: dilution or delusion?” (May 12, 2010 ).
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Mini-Science Q & A – Creationism, evolution, and God

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Brian Alters’ lecture “Creationism, evolution, and God” (May 5, 2010 ).
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Mini-Science Q & A – Vaccines: panaceas or poisons?

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Brian Ward’s lecture “Vaccines: panaceas or poisons?” (April 28, 2010).
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Mini-Science Q & A – The science and fad of hypnosis and other psychological phenomena

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Amir Raz’s lecture “The science and fad of hypnosis and other psychological phenomena” (April 21, 2010).
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Mini-Science Q & A – What is the role of climate scientists in the climate change debate?

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Bruno Tremblay’s lecture “What is the role of climate scientists in the climate change debate?” (April 14, 2010).
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