Category Archives: Biology

Chaos helps explain biology

I’ve raved before about Robert Sapolsky’s fantastic Stanford course Human Behavioral Biology (iTunes), but I have to draw your attention to two stand-out lectures near the end of the course. In lectures 21 and 22, Sapolsky talks about how the … Continue reading

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Why are we so fat?

Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco, thinks he knows the culprit. It’s the sugar in all those sugary sodas, sugary sports drinks and fruit juices that we down so casually each day. He lays out … Continue reading

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A great human biology course

If you like your science spiced with drama, Robert Sapolsky is the professor for you. In his Stanford University course Human Behavioral Biology (iTunes), he serves up nature in all its gory glory, and narrates the tale of scientific breakthroughs … Continue reading

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Stanford human biology course with Robert Sapolsky

Now you don’t need to be a Stanford student to view Robert Sapolsky’s famous course in Human Behavioral Biology (iTunes). Sapolsky, renowned for his research fieldwork with wild baboons and his best-selling books, is also popular on the internet, where … Continue reading

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10 new free courses at Yale

Yale’s excellent Open Yale Courses website just got even better. Ten new free courses are now available for your viewing/listening pleasure. The offerings now total 25, with 21 cross-listed on Apple’s iTunes U. Some of the new courses: Introduction to … Continue reading

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Neurobiology of sex: the birds, the bees, baboons and us

Stanford biology professor Robert Sapolsky is a smart funny guy who sprints from one topic to the next, strewing interesting ideas and punchlines in his path. Sapolsky has long been a favorite of mine (see The best health lecture on … Continue reading

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