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Point of Discovery

Behind every scientific discovery is a scientist (or 12) and a story. “Point of Discovery” takes you on a journey beyond WHAT we know to HOW we know it. Listeners will meet the sometimes quirky, always passionate people whose curiosity unlocks hidden worlds.

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Heartbeat of the Estuary

Philip Souza’s research is focused on the sounds that fish along the Texas Gulf Coast make to attract mates or defend territory.

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Philip Souza, a graduate student at UT Austin's Marine Science Institute, eavesdrops on fish in the Mission-Aransas Estuary.

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Resetting the Alcoholic Brain

The brains of people experiencing alcohol addiction have different patterns of gene expression than those without addiction. Could this lead to a new kind of therapy?

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The Mighty Copepod

These teeny shrimp-like critters at the bottom of the ocean food web seem totally unimportant.

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Evolution Inspires Anthrax Cure

Scientists borrowed tricks from evolution to develop the world's first treatment for late stage inhalation anthrax.

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The Last First Planetary Mission

University of Texas at Austin alumnus Alan Stern describes the challenges, and the joys, of the last first mission to a planet.

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Some Bacteria Have Lived in the Human Gut Since Before We Were Human

New study suggests that evolution plays a larger role than previously known in people's intestinal-microbe makeup.

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Looking Forward ... and Back: Podcast Updates

In case you missed it, here are some Point of Discovery podcast highlights from the past year, plus a preview of new episodes coming soon

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Why is CGI in the Movies Still So Hard?

A computer scientist talks about the challenges of CGI in the movies.

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Here's What Research Did for Me, Student Stories

Students and scientists discuss the importance of getting involved in research early.

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Jekyll and Hyde Bacteria

What do you do when the bacteria you study that's deadly in the real world acts all mild and gentle in the lab?

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Saving the Bees, Two Perspectives

How do you move 100,000 honeybees—a living laboratory for research on the gut microbiome—half way across the country?

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About the Podcast

Behind every scientific discovery is a scientist (or 12) and a story. “Point of Discovery” takes you on a journey beyond WHAT we know to HOW we know it. Listeners will meet the sometimes quirky, always passionate people whose curiosity unlocks hidden worlds.

Hosted by Marc Airhart

Marc Airhart is the Communications Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences. A long time member of the National Association of Science Writers, he has written for national publications including Scientific American, Mercury, The Earth Scientist, Environmental Engineer & Scientist, and StarDate Magazine.

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Point of Discovery is part of the Texas Podcast Network, brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.