Ben Liebeskind

Electrical Life

It has been known for centuries that animal tissues can generate electricity.  This fact has fed some of the more outlandish pseudo-scientific theories, such as animal magnetism.  But every organism on the planet, right down to bacteria, uses electricity in one way or another.  Join UT graduate student Ben Liebeskind as he explores some of the lesser known uses of electricity in strange and wonderful organisms, and talks about how evolution has favored the rise of complex electrical signaling in animal brains.

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About h. gillespie

Hayley Gillespie is an artist-scientist with a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior. She studies endangered species, teaches biology at Austin area universities, and is the founder/director of Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, Texas.

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