Larry Brilliant Google.org One wish to change the world on: TEDtalks TEDPrize winner Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist who led the successful WHO campaign to eradicate Smallpox. He was recently named Executive Director of the Google Foundation. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)
Sean Carroll California Institute of Technology Cosmology at YearlyKos Science Panel, Part 1 on: YouTube The first half of Sean Carroll's talk on Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the meaning of science at the YearlyKos Science Panel, August 2007.
Mike Davis: Planet of Slums (interview) 3of3 on: YouTube Davis provides the first global overview of the diverse religious, ethnic, and political movements competing for the souls of the new urban poor. He surveys Hindu fundamentalism in Bombay, the Islamist resistance in Casablanca and Cairo, street gangs in Cape Town and San Salvador, Pentecostalism in Kinshasa and Rio de Janeiro, and revolutionary populism in Caracas and La Paz. Planet of Slums ends with a provocative meditation on the 'war on terrorism' as an incipient world war between the American empire and the slum poor. 'In this trenchantly argued book, Mike Davis quantifies the nightmarish mass production of slums that marks the contemporary city. With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership, institutional failure, and IMF-imposed Structural Adjustment Programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich.
Asa Abeliovich Columbia University Stem cell research, politics heat up on: Yahoonews As Congress votes on legislation to ease limits on stem cell research, scientists report a breakthrough in using adult skin cells in mice to mimic embryonic stem cells.
Brian Greene Columbia University Charlie Rose - A Discussion About Science on: Google Video Segment 1: A conversation about the public understanding of science with: Guest Host Sir Paul Nurse, President, The Rockefeller University, physicist Brian Greene, and actor Alan Alda.
David Deutsch Oxford University The Fabric of Reality and parallel worlds on: TEDtalks Legendary physicist David Deutsch is author of The Fabric of Reality, and the leading proponent of multiverse theory, the astounding idea that our universe is constantly spawning parallel worlds. (Recorded July 2005 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 19:45)
E. O. Wilson Harvard University TED Prize Wish: Help Build the Encyclopedia of Life on: TED As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. We know so little about nature, he says, that we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life; yet we're still steadily destroying nature. Wilson identifies five grave threats to biodiversity (a term he coined), using the acronym HIPPO, and makes his TED wish: that we will work together on the Encyclopedia of Life, a web-based compendium of data from scientists and amateurs on every aspect of the biosphere.
Steve Jobs Apple CEO Apple CEO Shows Off Safari for PC on: Yahoonews Apple CEO Steve Jobs previewed a new version of Safari web browser for PC's, the upcoming release of Leopard operating system and the much-anticipated iPhone during his keynote speech at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Henry Avila enXco wind company Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines on: KQED-Quest California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms.
William Nuckols Federal Coordinator Tire reef idea goes flat in Florida on: Yahoonews It took only a few days to create what was touted as the world's largest artificial reef in 1972 with hundreds of thousands of old tires. But now military crews are removing them; as the tires turned out to be a reef killer.
Catherine Cservenka Sea Life Park Keeper Giant octopus plays with Lego on: Yahoonews Marine animal experts have come up with a novel way of entertaining a giant octopus named Ollie at a sea park in England. They let him play with blocks of Lego.
Micheal Griffin NASA Administrator NASA head apologizes for global warming comment on: Yahoonews The head of NASA told scientists and engineers that he regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview.