David Deutsch Oxford University David Deutsch: What is our Place in the Cosmos? on: TED Talks Legendary physicist David Deutsch back-burners the work for which he's best known -- quantum physics, quantum computing, the many-worlds theory -- to discuss a more basic topic: how to think about our species' significance in the universe. Far from being simply "chemical scum," we have the ability to gain knowledge, the importance of which he illustrates in spectacular manner. As a result, he says, we are always equipped to solve problems (including global warming). The brain contains the tools we need: knowledge, reason and creativity. It's a thrilling, and profoundly optimistic argument.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
James Reilly astronaut First spacewalk of Atlantis' mission on: Yahoonews After a brief delay, astronauts James Reilly and Danny Olivas got started on connecting a new, 35,000 pound segment to the space station and remove bolts and restraints holding a solar array in place on the segment.
Was the Universe Made for Us? on: sciencelive Matt Cunningham chats to Dr Carolin Crawford and Prof Bernard Carr on whether the Universe was made for us? The characteristics of the Universe are just right to allow human life to have evolved, what does this imply and what can it tell us about the Universe around us.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Richard Ernst is the scientist who, more than anyone else, has shown how this weakness can be overcome, and in so doing has transformed the technique into arguably the most powerful tool that chemists now have at their disposal for structural analysis. The key breakthroughs were achieved by successfully developing a whole range of ingenious approaches- including powerful so-called '2-dimensional nmr' strategies.
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'.
Emily Hager New York Times See How They Run on: New York Times Trials for the 2008 Olympic marathon are more than a year away, but already runners are preparing for the extreme conditions they expect in Beijing.
S. Carroll University of Chicago Cosmology for particle physicists Part IV 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.
Crucial Crossroads: Technology X Retailing on: The Computer History Museum cordially invites you to a lively panel discussion titled, Crucial Crossroads: Technology X Retailing, featuring computer industry retail veterans Kathy Kolder, co-founder and executive vice president, Fry's Electronics; Seymour Merrin, founder of ComputerWorks (1978); Ellen Miller, acting executive vice president and chief marketing officer, CompUSA; and Steve Schiro, Microsoft corporate vice president, Home & Retail Division and vice president retail, Americas, Worldwide Retail Services & GTM's along with moderator Keith Newman.
Beer Today, Champagne Tomorrow? on: sciencelive Charlotte interviews three of the actors from 'beer today, champagne tomorrow', a play about climate change in east anglia through looking at the beer and wine industry. The scientists turned thespians decided to explore climate change through a play to find new ways to communicate science. They also wanted to show that what scientists do in their labs has have a real effects in the world.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1995 together with Edward B. Lewis and Eric F. Wieschaus 'for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development'
Saskia DeVries Harvard University Genetically Modified Foods on: Harvard University Harvard Medical School graduate students discuss the history, future, ethical issues, and health concerns surrounding the controversial, multi-billion-dollar science of genetically modifying food.