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Edward O. Wilson Science Rock Star - Part 1

Dr. Biology meets up with one of the rock stars of science - Ed Wilson. While one has a his own comic book character the other is larger than life in the world of science. Listen in as these two sit down for a fun conversation about science and art.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
What is biodiversity? 02:11
Why is biodiversity important? 03:07
What is a bioblitz? 04:35
- Finding rare and new species. 05:58
- Discovering new species and IISE species.asu.edu. 06:30
- Naming new species 06:56
Can you do a bioblitz in your backyard? 07:21
Do you need special equipment for a bioblitz? 08:02
When did you start doing bioblitzes? 08:46
What is the Encyclopedia of Life web project? [eol.org] 09:22
How are we going to get people involved in EOL and can anyone participate? 10:51
Writing and the importance of writing. 12:56
What's your favorite part of writing? New novel - fiction and non-fiction. 13:40
- Fun creating your own world, but also hard work. 15:00
Is there a part of writing you don't enjoy? 15:36
The importance of writing what you know. 16:10
Writing dialogue. 17:22
New book Superorganism. What is a superorganism? 17.55
Pheidole in the New World. Illustrated by E. O. Wilson - 5000 drawings. 20:40
What was your process for drawing all these ants? 22:07
Why are the ants drawn in the way you have drawn them? 22:36
How are these drawings a form of art? 24:14
Why draw the ants instead of taking a photograph? 24:31
Is there one ant you liked drawing more than others? 25:56
Sign-off 28:33

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Edward O. Wilson Science Rock Star - Part 1

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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