Richard Dawkins Oxford University On the Darwin awards, Douglas Adams, and more on: VideoSift This is a speech that Richard Dawkins gave at the Amazing Meeting in 2005 sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), covering a range of topics on everything from the perinormal and paranormal through quantum computing.
Dan Frankowski University of Minnesota Privacy Risks of Public Mentions on: Google TechTalks It is common to segregate different aspects in different places: you might write opinionated rants about movies in your blog under a pseudonym while participating in a forum or web site for scholarly discussion of medical ethics under your real name. However, it may be possible to link these separate identities, because the movies, journal articles, or authors you mention are from a sparse relation space whose properties (e.g., many items related to by only a few users) allow re- identification.
Micha Berkooz Weizmann Institute Cosmic Singularities in General Relativity and String Theory on: Summer School on Strings, Gravity and Cosmology Dr. Micha Berkooz presented a series of 4 lectures on Cosmic Singularities in General Relativity and String Theory at the PIMS Summer School on Strings, Gravity & and Cosmology. When you get to the page, click on 'videos'.
Esther Derby author Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! on: Google TechTalks Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, authors of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, will introduce you to a framework for effective retrospectives, provide tips and pointers for sustaining interest in retrospectives throughout the project, and suggest ways to maintain the relevance of improvement to the work of your team.
Andrew Read Duke University Porpoises: The Smallest Whales on: WGBH Forum Dr. Read traces the history of our understanding of these enigmatic animals over the last 25 years, with an emphasis on how technological advances have helped us understand their biology.
S. Carroll University of Chicago Cosmology for particle physicists Part III on: CERN The past few years have seen dramatic breakthroughs and spectacular and puzzling discoveries in astrophysics and cosmology. We know much about the universe, but understand very little. Open questions include the nature of the dark matter and dark energy, the origin of the matter/antimatter asymmetry, the possibility of inflation, and the role of string theory and extra dimensions in the early universe. All of these issues impact strongly on, and will be heavily influenced by, upcoming experiments in particle physics.
John Mather NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Interview on: Nobelprize.org Interview with the 2006 Nobel Laureates in Physics, John C. Mather and George F. Smoot, 6 December 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Team Server - Collaborate with Pleasure! Ajax Development with IntelliJ IDEA on: Google TechTalks The first presentation is completely dedicated to our new product Team Server, which has to bring to the whole team the same level of productivity as IDEA does for the individual developer. We will talk about continuous integration, server-side code analysis, peer-to-peer collaboration, and many other interesting things. The second presentation is dedicated to a lot of new and cool stuff in IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 related to Java.
Larry Witham reporter, writer Measure of God: Can We Reconcile Science and Religion? on: WGBH Forum Journalist and author Larry Witham explores the tension between science and religion that lies at the heart of contemporary debates on stem cell research, cloning, and teaching evolution in the school curriculum.
A Human Story of Computer Animation on: On May 16, four self-described geeks-each with a passion to make animated movies-share how they discovered computer animation, and what obstacles they had to overcome in the process. They will present the entertaining and inspiring tale of how they went from an idea, to a script to the drawing board, to mathematics, to the computer lab...and ultimately to their Oscar acceptance speeches. Come hear their personal experiences with early computers-which had been developed for code breaking and complex computations-and how they were transformed to allow development of some of the most memorable images in pop culture today. This rare union of friends-pioneering artists and scientists-represents a momentous evening in animation history. The movies and innovations of these award-winning pioneers sit at the intersection of technology and art.
Saturday Night Science on: Graeme Jones joins us in the Studio to talk about Saturday Night Science. If you want to know the secret of sexual attracivness or discover the link between throat lozenges and condoms, look no further ... Not for the faint-hearted! Graeme Jones would like to acknowledge kind support from NESTA.
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.
Yolanda Bell Invitrogen Gateway(r) Technology on: Biocompare There are lots of ways to clone a gene. But only Gateway(r) Technology gives you ultimate access to multiple expression options. Rapidly clone your gene and-without traditional subcloning-express it in as many systems as you choose.
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.
Antonio Damasio University of Southern California Advances on the Neurobiology of Emotion: Taking Stock on: Princeton The field that eventually became neuroscience neglected the study of emotion for almost a century, largely after the proposals of William James lost favor. It is worth considering some of the reasons behind that neglect and evaluating the state of our knowledge today, a decade after emotion returned to the neuroscience agenda. Besides elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying several emotions, the new research is having an impact on our understanding of social phenomena ranging from moral behavior to economic decisions.
Leighton Howells GE Healthcare/Amersham Scintillation Proximity Assay on: Biocompare Leighton Howells, Director of Development Support for Amersham Biosciences, explains why the scintillation proximity assay (SPA) is an essential time-saving tool for laboratories interested in high-throughput screening.
The Man who Loved Only Numbers on: The Vega Science Trust An introduction to the life and style of the amazing Paul Erdos, who for more than six decades lived out of two suitcases, criss-crossing the globe chasing mathematical problems.