Briefing: Documenting Endangered Languages on: National Science Foundation Linguistics experts estimate that almost half of the world's 6,000-7,000 existing languages--and the cultural, linguistic and cognitive information they encapsulate--are headed for oblivion. The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, has launched a multi-year 'rescue mission' to document and preserve key languages before they become extinct. More than 70 at-risk languages will be digitally archived as part of the new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program.
Ari Zilka Terracotta Technologies Terracotta Tech - Cluster Your JVM To Simplify Application Architecture on: Google TechTalks Terracotta DSO acts like network attached memory, sharing critical parts of the JVM heap across servers. This allows multiple servers to act together in a cluster. The presenter, Ari Zilka, is the founder of Terracotta Technologies, http://www.terracottatech.com
Julia A. Kornfield California Institute of Technology Unsolved Problems In Biomedical Materials Engineering on: Caltech Dr. Julia A. Kornfield, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech, and Dr. David A. Tirrell, Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, presented this lecture as part of the 0.1 Seminar series. They discuss some of the complications and challenges that arise in the clinical use of medical devices that are surgically implanted each year, and present some current approaches to the amelioration of the resulting problems.
David Aguilar Harvard University Exploring Saturn and Its Titan Moon on: WGBH Forum Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system, is a gaseous giant encircled by 31 moons and, of course, its brilliant rings.
Science Magic Show Part I on: sciencelive Sue McGrath performs a range of experiments on her 'willing volunteer' Matt Cunningham. Matt gets balloons exploded over his head, and they test gases to see if they are explosive. Sue shows Matt how to make ice cream in sixty seconds, and pour a cup of water over your head without getting wet!
E. O. Wilson Harvard University E. O. Wilson on Charlie Rose: Fundamental Unity between Knowledge Fields on: Google Video In the third segment of this broadcast, a discussion with biologist E.O. Wilson of Harvard about his work in pioneering the fields of sociobiology and biodiversity and his Pulitzer-prize winning science books. He argues that there should be fundamental unity between all fields of human knowledge.
Marc Abrahams Annals of Improbable Research Improbable Research and the IgNobel Prizes on: WGBH Forum The IgNobel Prizes, awarded annually at a ceremony at Harvard University, honor things that first make people laugh, and then make them think.
An Evening with Robert Price: The Control Data Story in Conversation with Mel Stuckey on: Control Data's story is one of innovation harnessing the imagination, ingenuity and energy of its people to meet the technology needs of customers and the urgent needs of society. As chairman of the board and CEO, Robert Price was one of Control Data's veteran leaders who effectively blended business strategies with technological innovation.
Information Security-Before, During, and After Public-Key Cryptography on: In the 1970s, the world of information security was transformed by public-key cryptography, the radical revision of cryptographic thinking that allowed people with no prior contact to communicate securely. Public key solved security problems born of the revolution in information technology that characterized the 20th century and made Internet commerce possible. Security problems rarely stay solved, however. Continuing growth in computing, networking, and wireless--including applications made possible by improvements in security-have given rise to new security problems. Where is this going? Diffie, a key figure in the discovery public-key cryptography, will trace the growth of information security through the 20th Century and into the 21st.
View from the Top: Bruce Chizen, CEO, Adobe Systems Inc. on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chizen's customer-focused vision has transformed Adobe into one of the world's largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. Since his promotion to CEO in 2000, Chizen has more than doubled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry today.
Lessons from Hurricane Katrina: Can We Save California's Delta? on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Professor Ray Seed co-chairs the joint State-Federal Technical Advisory Committee for assessment of levee-related risk for the State of California. Professor Seed also led the post-Katrina investigation, and will present his team's analysis of what went wrong and how we in California can learn from these mistakes.
Chris Mooney Seed Magazine Daily Kos '07 Science Panel: Chris Mooney Part II on: YouTube Yale educated journalist (Washington D.C. correspondent for Seed) Chirs Mooney speaks at the '07 YearlyKos science panel about hurricanes and climate change.
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.
Paul Emma SLAC The Linac Coherent Light Source Project at SLAC on: Fermilab Colloquium Lectures The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) is an x-ray free-electron laser project presently under construction at SLAC. A 14-GeV high-brightness electron beam is produced in the last kilometer of the existing SLAC linear accelerator, generating coherent x-ray radiation in a 130-m long undulator. The peak x-ray brightness is 10 orders of magnitude higher than existing 3rd generation light sources with a wavelength of 1.5 Angstroms and a pulse duration as short as one femtosecond, opening limitless scientific opportunities in the world of the ultra-small and ultra-fast. This presentation will describe the project scope and status, highlighting especially the key accelerator physics challenges.
Near Spacecraft visits asteroid Eros on: SciVee.com NASA's NEAR Spacecraft visits asteroid Eros. We learn why, in trying to deflect an asteroid, setting off a big explosion nearby is the wrong thing to do.
The Rise of Silicon Valley: From Shockley Labs to Fairchild Semiconductor on: On February 13, 1956, co-inventor of the transistor William Shockley formally announced the establishment of Shockley Labs, Silicon Valley's first semiconductor company. In their modest Quonset hut laboratory on San Antonio Avenue in Mountain View, Shockley's hand-picked team of some of the nation's brightest young scientists and engineers developed innovative technologies and ideas that forever changed the way we live, work and play. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal event in the history of our region, join technology historian Michael Riordan in a conversation between early Shockley employees and associates Jim Gibbons, Jay Last, Hans Queisser, and Harry Sello.
William Caton Huntington Hospital Clinical Problems Related to the Spine: New Ideas and Futuristic Concepts of Spinal Instrumentation on: Caltech William L. Caton from the Huntington Hospital presented this lecture as part of the 0.1 Seminar series. He discusses current techniques for solving problems of instability and treatment of pain, as well as applications of computer modeling, miniaturization of equipment, remote sensors, new biological techniques, and other ideas that will allow new and definitive approaches to treatment.
Dianne K. Newman California Institute of Technology Dianne K. Newman: Bacterial Biofilms: Far More than a Collection of Germs on: Caltech In a Watson lecture, Professor of Geobiology Dianne K. Newman gives an overview of basic facts everyone should know about bacteria, with an emphasis on their metabolic diversity. She also discusses the fascinating inner workings of bacterial biofilms--communities of cells attached to surfaces in a wide variety of contexts.
Peter Vanier Brookhaven National Laboratory Advanced Neutron Detection Methods - 412th Brookhaven Lecture by Peter Vanier on: Brookhaven National Laboratory With new radiation detectors, finding smuggled nuclear materials in a huge container among thousands of others in a busy port becomes possible. To learn about these new detectors from a specialist who has spent several years developing these technologies, watch the 412th Brookhaven Lecture, Advanced Neutron Detection Methods: New Tools for Countering Nuclear Terrorism.