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Science Under the Stars: Sensory Superheroes
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Cat whiskers are incredibly sensitive. Credit: BBC Earth
Cat whiskers are incredibly sensitive. Credit: BBC Earth
 
Bats use sonar to see. Credit: Uwe Schmidt
Bats use sonar to see. Credit: Uwe Schmidt
 
Bees see more than we can! Credit: iStock
Bees see more than we can! Credit: iStock
 

Caitlin Leslie (Plant Biology Graduate Program)

"Sensory Superheroes: Extreme Animal Sensory Systems"

Like Superman’s X-ray vision or Daredevil’s radar sense, animals often have abilities to perceive the world that humans could only imagine! They see colors that we are blind to, detect heat with their faces, send calls through the ground, and communicate with electricity. Come learn about some of the extreme sensory systems that exist in the animal world that allow them to hunt, navigate, and communicate in superhuman ways!

Science Under the Stars is a free, monthly public outreach lecture series founded and organized by graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. In the case of inclement weather, lectures are held indoors.

Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 7:00 pm: Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available.
  • 7:15 pm-7:45 pm: Guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 8:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 8:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

 

 

 

Location: Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703