Chris Anderson Editor of WIRED Technology's Long Tail on: TedTalks Chris Anderson, the editor of WIRED (not to be confused with the curator of TED, who has the same name), explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous. To demonstrate this trajectory, Anderson explores the evolution of the DVD player as it passes through each of these four tipping points, then offers specific examples of current trends in technology -- ranging from DNA sequencing to the hybrid -- to illustrate each stage of the game.
Harry Kroto Florida State University Astrophysics Lecture 8: Radio Astronomy - Resolution Issues on: Vega Science Trust Radio astronomy - resolution issues. The detection of long carbon chain molecules by radio astronomy. The conjectures on the origin of the chains in space and their possible relationship with the Diffuse Interstellar Bands that initiated the experiments that uncovered the existence of the C60 molecule. C60 extraction and interstellar dust.
Claudia Dreifus New York Times Helping Young Women in Science on: New York Times In the final part of her interview with Claudia Dreifus, Nobel Laureate Christiane Nčsslein-Volhard describes how her foundation helps young women scientists.
Clive Bell Heildberg University Long Run Economic Costs of AIDS on: World Bank Most existing estimates of the macroeconomic costs of AIDS, as measured by the reduction in the growth rate of GDP, are modest. For Africa - the continent where the epidemic has hit the hardest - they range between 0.3 and 1.5 percent annually.
Paul Matsudaira MIT Paul Matsudaira: Molecular Springs, Powerful Engines That Drive Cellular Movements on: Caltech Dr. Paul Matsudaira, of the Whitehead Institute and Dept. of Biology, Division of Bioengineering, MIT, presented this lecture as part of the 0.1 seminar series. He discusses how power sources for biological motion differ. Muscle contraction and flagellar beating convert energy from ATP into movement, while cellular engines derive their energy from entropy and are independent of ATP hydrolysis.
The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Dimitri Zenghelis, UK government economic adviser who spent the last year working with Sir Nicholas Stern on the Stern Review on Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by Chancellor Gordon Brown
Richard A. Muller Berkeley Physics 10-Lecture 3 : Gravity and Satellites on: Physics 10: Physics for Future Presidents Spring 2006. Professor Richard A. Muller. The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with application to current events.
John Mather NASA Goddard Space Flight Center From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize: the story of COBE on: Nobelprize.org John C. Mather delivered his Nobel Lecture 8 December 2006, at Aula Magna, Stockholm University, where he was introduced by Professor Per Carlson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics.
Judah Folkman Harvard University Living Healthier, Living Longer: Part 2 on: Harvard University The Harvard Alumni Association in partnership with the Harvard Medical School presents this two-day Alumni College seminar highlighting the latest research on cancer, nutrition, exercise, and stress management.
Matthew Roughan University of Adelaide Privacy Preserving DataMining on: Google TechTalks The rapid growth of the Internet over the last decade has been startling. However, efforts to track its growth have often fallen afoul of bad data --- for instance, how much traffic does the Internet now carry? The problem is not that the data is technically hard to obtain, or that it does not exist, but rather that the data is not shared.
Then and Now: Computer Graphics in Games on: Besides being a lot of fun to play, video games are also a major driver of innovation in computer graphics. Join us for a fascinating evening with three famous game designers -- Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia), Rand Miller (Myst), and Will Wright (SimCity) . who will discuss how their games have pushed the boundaries of graphics development over the years. Moderated by Vince Broady of CNET GameSpot, the panelists will show and tell how their games have helped move us from simple pixel painting to lavish 3-D simulation.
J. Robin Warren Australia Helicobacter - The Ease and Difficulty of a New Discovery on: Nobelprize.org J. Robin Warren held his Nobel Lecture December 8, 2005, at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. He was presented by Professor Bo Angelin, Member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.
Steven Low California Institute of Technology Steven Low: Network Control: Local Algorithms for Global Optimality on: Caltech Dr. Steven Low, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Caltech, presented this lecture as part of the 0.1 Seminar series. He presents examples from potential and current distributions in electrical networks, routing in transportation networks and in telephone networks, and congestion control of the Internet to illustrate the intricacy and fascination of network control.
Border Wall Could Block Wildlife on: Discovery Channel The presence of Jaguars along the U.S.- Mexico border means that a new wall may also create an impasse for them and other wildlife. Jorge Ribas investigates.
Ben Saunders Adventurer Solo journey to the North Pole on: TEDtalks Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo journey to the North Pole, complete with gorgeous images, amusing anecdotes and previously unseen video footage from the Pole. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 18:48)
Nature or Nurture: My Life in Technology, So Far on: Rare in such a young industry, Judy Estrin is a second-generation computer scientist who has been around computing all of her life. Her parents, Thelma and Gerald Estrin, both PhD's in electrical engineering and IEEE Fellows, worked together when Judy was an infant to build Israel's first mainframe computer, the Weizac, based on the principles developed by John von Neumann.
An Evening with Steve Wozniak on: Join Woz as he serves up Apple Computer history in his own unique way. Steve will describe a sequence for providing a rational understanding of many of the innovations leading to early Apple designs. He'll look at early company structure, the personalities that influenced him, and personalities within the company. In addition, he'll discuss the reasons he wants to be an engineer for life but not a CEO. Don't miss this sure to be entertaining, informative, and very personal view.
Janet Hering California Institute of Technology Clean Water: The Oil of the 21st Century on: Caltech Dr. Janet Hering, professor of environmental science and engineering and executive officer for Keck Laboratories at Caltech, discussed how both the quantity and quality of available water are critical concerns in managing water resources. She examined the factors affecting water q