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Gregory Chudnovsky
Brooklyn Polytechnic University
NOVA ScienceNow: Profile - Brothers Chudnovsky
on: WGBH
The story of two brilliant mathematicians, a unicorn, and a homemade supercomputer

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Richard Dawkins
Oxford University
The universe is queerer than we can suppose
on: TedTalks
Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for 'thinking the improbable' by looking at how our human frame of reference -- the things we can perceive with our five senses, and understand with our eight-pound brain -- limits our understanding of the universe. Think of it: We can't see atoms, we can't see infrared light, we can't hear ultrasonic frequencies, but we know without a doubt that they exist. What else is out there that we can't yet perceive -- what dimensions of space, what aspects of time, what forms of life? Dawkins calls the human-size frame of reference 'Middle World': between the microcosmos of atoms and the macrocosmos of the universe. Middle World thinking limits our ability to see the universe in terms of the improbable, whereas 'in the vastness of astronomical space and geological time, that which seems impossible in Middle World might turn out to be inevitable.'

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Chelsey Juarez
UC Santa Cruz
Forensic Identification
on: KQED-Quest
QUEST visits the lab of Chelsey Juarez, a UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate in forensic anthropology, who has developed a novel technique using chemical isotopes to help identify the remains of migrants who die crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Use this educator guide to incorporate this story into your chemistry class and find resources for additional lessons on forensic science.

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David Kelly
IDEO
David Kelly: The future of design is human-centered
on: TED Talks
Low-key and thoughtful, IDEO founder David Kelley seems the antithesis of the 'design star' -- and indeed, he says that product design, within the past two decades, has become much less about the design and more about the user who'll be experiencing it. In this classic 2002 talk, he shares some video of products coming out of IDEO, including Prada's famous high-tech dressing rooms, 'Dilbert's ultimate cubicle,' and a gotta-have-it gadget called Spyfish. He finishes by discussing a project he's passionate about: ApproTEC -- now called KickStart -- offering designs that give Kenyans the means to end poverty.

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Craig Venter
Geneticist
A voyage of DNA, genes and the sea
on: TedTalks
Genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far, in their quest to map the ocean's hidden biodiversity. (Quite a task, when you consider that there are tens of millions of microbes in a single drop of sea water.) He updates the TED audience on his discoveries, from the 2,000 photoreceptor genes found in the Sargasso Sea to the thrill of being under house arrest in French waters. After touching on the potential of environmental genomics to monitor the safety of air, water and offshore drilling, Venter ends with his vision for engineered species that can replace the petrochemical industry by creating clean energy.

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Cornelia Dean
New York Times
Reconciling Proof and Belief
on: New York Times
In a video interview, Cornelia Dean discusses reader reactions to her July 25 review of books about science and faith.

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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.

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George Bush
President of the United States
Stem-cell veto looming
on: Yahoonews
President Bush plans to veto a bill that aims at easing restraints on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research.

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Ursula B. Marvin
Harvard-Smithsonian Center
Life on Our Home Turf: Scanning the Solar System
on: WBGH
Is Earth the only planet with life in our solar system? Mars once had abundant liquid water.

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Karl Iagnemma
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NOVA ScienceNow: Profile - Karl Iagnemma
on: WGBH
An innovative MIT roboticist is also an acclaimed fiction writer.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Harvard University
NOVA ScienceNow: On Hollywood Aliens
on: WGBH
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a bone to pick with Hollywood aliens.

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Breast Cancer Test Measures Relapse Risk
on: Discovery Channel
The new, FDA-approved MammaPrint test helps predict the likelihood of relapse for women with early-stage breast cancer.

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Emily Hager
New York Times
Tidal Turbines
on: New York Times
Tide-powered underwater turbines are a new kind of renewable energy technology. They look like windmills, but use tidal currents to make electricity.

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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.

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Edmund Phelps
Columbia University
2006 Nobel Prize in Economics
on: New York Times
Edmund S. Phelps won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for explaining the relationship between inflation and unemployment, profoundly impacting macroeconomic policy.

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Emily Hager
New York Times
In the Ruins: Tell Hamoukar
on: New York Times
Archaeologists are discovering that the first cities may have developed in multiple places at the same time.

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NOVA ScienceNow: Stem Cells
on: WGBH
What are they, and how do we find a balance between hope for cures and respect for life?

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Robert Wright
Journalist
Destiny has an arrow
on: TEDtalks
Author Robert Wright argues that history has an arrow: That humans have continued to evolve -- if not biologically, than culturally and technologically -- toward greater complexity and intelligence. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 19:54)

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Donald McNeil
New York Times
The Search for a Cancer Vaccine
on: New York Times
Science Reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. explores the unusual research used to find a blood test for human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.

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Andy Revkin
New York Times
Making a Case for Nuclear Power
on: New York Times
Science reporter Andrew C. Revkin sits down with environmental scientist and author James Lovelock to discuss the benefits of nuclear power.

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NOVA ScienceNow: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
on: WGBH
An enchanting bird believed extinct mysteriously reappears ... maybe.

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E. O. Wilson
Harvard University
Charlie Rose - Lisa Randall / Edward O. Wilson
on: Google Video
Segment 1: A discussion about theoretical physics with Harvard professor Lisa Randall. Her book is called 'Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of The Universe's Hidden Dimensions'. Segment 2: We conclude with Harvard biology professor Edward O. Wilson. His latest book is 'The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth'.

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Jeremy Jackson
Scripps
Overfishing and the Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems
on: WBGH
Looking at ecological data through time helps clarify underlying causes and rates of ecological change

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Cool Jobs: Desert Defender
on: Discovery Channel
Park Superintendent Kathy Billings has a deep affinity for the desert, even though she spends 75 percent of her time dealing with border issues.

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Neuroscience Research at Salk
Institute, San Diego

Speaker: Terrence J. Sejnowski and David Eagleman
Time:6:08

Terrence J. Sejnowski and David Eagleman from the Neurobiology Lab explain their research on the human brain and the perception of vision and sound, the binding problem and the flash-lag effect.

 



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