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Science whiz geeks out at the new Frost museum

Santa Maria
Santa Maria

Miami just keeps getting smarter.

On Wednesday night, The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science debuted the first installment of a new lecture series called LIVE@Frost Science. Kicking things off was so-called science communicator Cara Santa Maria of podcasts “Talk Nerdy” and “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.” In the lecture “Hollywood Science & The Wonder Women of Miami,” Santa Maria peeled back the curtain on the filmmaking process, described how science makes its way to the silver screen and revealed what makes Wonder Woman such an icon of feminine strength. We spoke to the native Texan before her visit:

What do you think of the new Frost?

I think that any museum with BOTH a planetarium and aquarium gets my vote! I’m thrilled to visit for the first time, and I can’t wait to tour its stunning exhibitions like “Seeing: What Are You Looking At?” and “Feathers to the Stars.”

What is your biggest science question?

As a scientist, I studied psychology, philosophy and neuroscience. I’m fascinated by the brain-behavior relationship and am always interested in new revelations about our motivations, thoughts, actions and emotions. We still don’t understand how consciousness emerges. The relationship between mind and brain is the most complex, beautiful and significant question I find myself thinking about.

What else would you like to share?

Science news is happening all around us, all the time. Did you know that across America, we’ll be witnessing a total solar eclipse this August, the first since 1979? Or that recent meteorite measurements have dated Jupiter to the first million years of our solar system? How about the fact that babies seem to prefer looking at faces, even before they are born? I share science stories every day on my Twitter @CaraSantaMaria and at Facebook.com/ScienceCara. Check me out!

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