This study group provides a forum to discuss science topics that have had recent news-worthy developments. The selection of topics will be wide-ranging; e.g., nanotechnology, genetics, space exploration, species evolution and extinction, animal cognition, quantum particles research, and robotics. Each of us brings personal experience to understanding these topics, and group discussion can enhance this understanding. Recent articles from respected publications such as Scientific American, Science, Nature, The Atlantic, and peer-reviewed scientific publications available in the Northwestern library system will be used as a basis for discussion. Assigned discussion leaders will choose additional readings and videos to supplement the discussion and will prepare questions to guide the discussion. Discussion leaders will also be expected to provide a broad overview of each topic to put it into context. The group is limited in size to provide each participant the opportunity to participate fully during discussions and to lead a discussion on a topic of interest. While participants may prefer to have subscriptions to some of the above magazines, all assigned materials will be available through the Northwestern library portal or by open source on the Internet. Participants should be prepared to use Canvas and to thoroughly prepare for class discussions.