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., genetics, space exploration evolution and extinction, animal cognition, quantum particles research, robotics, and various other subjects. 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 from the Northwestern library will be used as a basis for discussion. Assigned discussion leaders will choose the readings and videos to provide a broad overview of the topic to put in context. The group is limited in size to allow each participant the opportunity to participate fully during discussions. All publications will be available through the Northwestern library portal or by open source on the Internet. Participants should be prepared to use CANVAS and to prepare thoroughly for class discussions.