People & Society

Out of fascination and need, people have always studied other people. When scientific methods are applied to those observations, the studies help characterize and analyze our behavior, social and political institutions, family and community structures and our economies. Scientific studies of people and society help answer age-old human contemplations.

Computers that see, hear and think like humans

A multidisciplinary research and education center at the University of Maryland is developing computer systems that can replicate human sensory skills like eyesight, hearing and perception.

2015 editor's pick: enormous underwater fossil graveyard found

In January 2015, anthropologists and paleontologists uncovered what could be the largest single collection of lemur remains ever found. The remains were hidden in a series of underwater caves in a remote desert region of Madagascar. Described as a "lemur graveyard," the discovery of hundreds of potentially 1,000-year-old skeletons make it one of the most unique animal gravesites in the world. This discovery could be important for understanding animal and human ancestry, and result in a new era for underwater paleontology.

Automony in robots

Researchers are investigating autonomy in robotics that includes action recognition. At the heart of this technique lies a novel active tracking and segmentation method that monitors the changes in appearance and topological structure of manipulated objects.

Beyond the classroom and into the future

This video visually explains the Stark State College project's approach to broadening science, technology, engineering and math participation. Through addressing the root causes of the problem, a perpetual solution has been created that will impact the entire community.


In (Thanksgiving-inspired) episode 34, Charlie and Jordan explore how your ability to exercise self-control may depend on how quickly your brain factors healthfullness into food choices.

The complexities of social behavior

What goes into fruit fly courtship? It might seem like an odd question, but understanding its neural underpinnings--and studying the male-female interactions at the milliscale level--could help us better understand the complexities of social behavior.

Science360 Rewind: Home grown

Did you know that the dust in your house could predict your geographic region and the gender of its occupants? In this Super Science Rewind, Charlie and Jordan talk about life at home...microscopic life, that is.

College highschool aquaponic mentoring partnership

In this video, Tulsa Community College students discuss researching, designing, building and maintaining aquaponic systems where fish and plants are grown symbiotically, and then establishing mentoring partnerships at the high school and junior high level.

Lessons from Teotihuacan: Clues from compound 18

At his lab in Teotihuacan, Boston University assistant professor of archaeology David Carballo shows us bones and artifacts that he and his research assistants analyze to see what life was like for those living in Teotihuacan's outlying neighborhoods.

Lessons from Teotihuacan: Apartment life in Teo

Boston University assistant professor of archaeology David Carballo takes us on a tour of a recreated apartment complex in Tetitla, and shows us how residents there may have organized their living units.

STEM-demic outbreak

Stark State College Chemistry Club students mentor Hoover High School Chemistry Club Students during Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach events at Canton City after-school care program for kids in K-5.

Lessons from Teotihuacan: Beyond the pyramids

Boston University assistant professor of archaeology David Carballo introduces us to his work at Teotihuacan, and talks about the differences between the archaeology of households and monuments.

Kiss of death

In episode 26, Charlie and Jordan delve into the discovery of water on Mars, chat about a new Ebola field test and explore the immune system's "kiss of death."