The Man who Loved Only Numbers on: 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.
Tapio Schneider California Institute of Technology Alumni College Tapio Schneider: Alumni College 2006: The Dynamics of Climate Changes: Facts, Physics, Forecasts on: Caltech Tapio Schneider, assistant professor of environmental science and engineering at Caltech, discussed basic climate physics relevant for understanding past and future climate changes. He attempted to explain how changes in the atmospheric circulation affect the stability of climate and how storm intensities change as the climate changes
David Deutsch Oxford University The Schroedinger Picture on: David Deutsch Video Lectures Introducing the Schroedinger Picture, density matrices, state vectors, pure states and the Schroedinger equation.
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Stephanie DiMarco on: UC Berkeley Webcasts As Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Advent Software, Stephanie DiMarco has engineered the growth of the company from a startup in 1983 to an 800 person company today. Prior to founding Advent Software, Ms. DiMarco worked in the investment industry as a financial analyst and portfolio manager at Bank of America, Summit Investments and Cole Financial Group. Ms. DiMarco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UC Berkeley Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a San Francisco Foundation board member and a member of its Investment and Audit committees.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Leo Esaki is a Japanese physicist who shared half the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 with Ivar Giaever for the discovery of the phenomenon of electron tunneling. The second half of the prize was awarded to Brian David Josephson. He is known for his invention of the Esaki diode, which exploited the electron tunneling phenomenon.
Q-N-A: Family risk in breast cancer on: Yahoonews A new study suggests that thousands of young women with breast cancer aren't offered testing to identify faulty genes because doctors haven't looked at the medical history of their father's side of the family.
Hans Rosling Karolinska Institute Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen on: Ted Talks You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called 'developing world' using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful.
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.
Evolution Hits the Beach -- Science in Motion on: National Science Foundation A lively, informal look at a fossil that may represent the first vertebrate to emerge from the ancient seas, discovered by scientists from the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Dr. Hellerman Stanford Supersymmetric Gauge Theories on: Summer School on Strings, Gravity and Cosmology Dr. Simeon Hellerman presented a series of 4 lectures on Supersymmetric Gauge Theories at the PIMS Summer School on Strings, Gravity & and Cosmology. When you get to the page, click on 'videos'.
Jeff Hawkins Director Redwood Neuroscience Institute Brain science is about to fundamentally change computing on: TedTalks To date, there hasn't been an overarching theory of how the human brain really works, Jeff Hawkins argues in this compelling talk. That's because we still haven't defined intelligence accurately. But one thing's for sure, he says: The brain isn't like a powerful computer processor. It's more like a memory system that records everything we experience and helps us predict, intelligently, what will happen next. Bringing this new brain science to computer devices will enable powerful new applications -- and it will happen sooner than you think.
The story of a 27km-long machine and the fundamental building blocks of the universe on: sciencelive The Large Hadron Collider is the largest scientific machine ever constructed. At 27km in cirumference, it will collide particles together at energies seen in the Universe less than a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. It's aim is to answer the biggest questions in modern particle physics, including the origin of mass in the Universe, the nature of Dark Matter and possibly even the reason for the incredible weakness of gravity.
K.C. Cole L.A. Times Words Matter, A Science Writing Symposium on: Caltech On January 21, a panel of prominent science writers addressed the challenges of communicating technical information to general audiences as part of the Words Matter Science Writing program. Panelists included K.C. Cole, Los Angeles Times science writer ; Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech; and Lord Robert Winston, professor of fertility studies at Imperial College, London.
Dan Meiron California Institute of Technology Dan Meiron: Large Scale Simulation of Physical Systems on: Caltech Dr. Dan Meiron, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Computer Science and Associate Provost for Information and Information Technology at Caltech, presented this lecture as part of the 0.1 Seminar series. He highlights the essential role played by both numerical analysis and computer science in taming the complexity of large-scale simulations of physical systems.
International Polar Year on: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Earth's glaciers, ice sheets and oceans in the Arctic and Antarctica are the subject of the two-year International Polar Year study. NASA also begins work to explore other poles in our solar system.
Kate Rhodes Invitrogen SuperScript Indirect cDNA Labeling Kit on: Biocompare Dr. Kate Rhodes from Invitrogen describes the features and benefits of their new SuperScript Indirect cDNA Labeling Kit, while Dan Krissinger, Core Facility Manager at the Penn State College of Medicine, describes how his lab has benefited from using this kit.
Congjun Wu Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Exploring New States of Matter in the p-Orbital Bands of Optical Lattices on: Kavli Institute In this talk, we will present new features of orbital physics in the p-orbital bands with bosons and fermions, which are not usually realized in solid state systems. These include quantum stripe ordering of orbital angular momentum moments in the triangular lattice, Wigner crystallization of neutral atoms in the flat band of the honeycomb lattice, and frustrated superfluidity with time-reversal symmetry breaking in the double-well lattice. Signatures of these new states in the time of flight experiments will be discussed.
Connections on: National Science Foundation This video illustrates the goals and programs of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Located in Boulder, Colo., NCAR conducts scientific studies of climate, weather and geophysics, Sun-Earth interactions (also known as 'space weather'), global climate modeling, social and environmental effects of climatic phenomena, and more.