Frank Wilczek Massachusetts Institute of Technology Interview on: Nobelprize.org Interview with two of the 2004 Nobel Laureates in Physics, David J. Gross and Frank Wilczek, 9 December 2004. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer. The Laureates talk about their discovery and the experiments behind it, the importance of formulating the right questions (9.40), problems still to be solved (11:19), their thoughts about string theory (13:41), and about being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (22:45).
Marta Maczaj State University of New York, Stony Brook The Essentials of Sleep: Everything You Need to Know About Sleep on: Brookhaven National Laboratory part of the Occupational Medicine Clinic and Employee Assistance Program Healthfest program. Covered topics include sleep architecture and the causes of fragmented sleep and when to get help for a sleep problem.
Richard Friend University of Cambridge Interview on: The Vega Science Trust In this interview Richard discusses in section one his research work and in section two: his childhood, education, the importance of fixing things, views on science and what science is, sustainability and resulting scientific challenges, religion and science, the research environment, the empowerment of having a scientific education, what makes him angry and whether or not science should be useful!
Moshe Vardi Rice University Logic in Computer Science on: U. of Washington TV During the past thirty years there has been extensive interaction between logic and computer science. The argument is that logic plays a fundamental role in computer science, similar to that played by calculus in the physical sciences and traditional engineering disciplines.
Timur Shaftan Brookhaven National Laboratory The NLS-II Project; 418th Brookhaven Lecture on: Brookhaven National Laboratory The NSLS-II project will establish a third-generation light source at Brookhaven Lab, increasing beam-line brightness by 10,000. Achieving and maintaining this will involve tightly focusing the electron beam, providing the most efficient insertion devices, and achieving and maintaining a high electron current. In this talk, the various sub-systems of NSLS-II will be reviewed, and the requirements and key elements of their design will be discussed. In addition, the a small prototype of a light source of a different kind that was developed by the NSLS will also be discussed.
Jack Cunniff Thermo Electron Corporation Finnigan TSQ on: Biocompare The Finnigan(tm) TSQ(tm) Quantum Series of mass spectrometers from Thermo Electron Corporation are the most advanced and powerful triple quadrupole mass spectrometers available.
Brian Trench Dublin City University Communicating Science on: Science journalist David Dickson, founder of SciDev.Net, and Brian Trench, senior lecturer and head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University, battle it out over the present and future of science communication. An interesting debate, and a topical one...
A Dozen Precursors of Fortran on: The history of a subject helps us not only to understand how the important ideas were born but also to appreciate the amount of progress that has been made. The history of programming languages is a striking example, because basic concepts that we now regard as self-evident were by no means obvious a priori; many years of hard work by brilliant and dedicated people were necessary before these basic principles were learned.
David Goldstein California Institute of Technology Caltech: The Mechanical Universe: 03- Derivatives on: Newton and Leibniz's Differential and Integral Calculus: The function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool.
Lisa Randall Harvard University Boston IDEAS 2005: Lisa Randall on: WGBH Forum Professor of physics at Harvard University, Randall discusses her research which focuses on string theory and the idea that there are multiple dimensions in space.
Invitrogen ZOOM IEF Fractionator System on: Biocompare Enhance your protein profile. The ZOOM(r) IEF Fractionator provides a simple, convenient, and reliable means to reduce sample complexity and enrich low abundance proteins.
The Origins of Zelenograd: The Amazing Story Of Two U.S. Engineers In Cold War Russia on: Author and BioCentury Publications Senior Editor Steve Usdin tells the fascinating story of two American engineers, Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, who were recruited into espionage by Julius Rosenberg, and, driven by ideology, evaded the FBI and escaped to carry on their work on behalf of the Soviet state. Barr and Sarant rose to the pinnacle of power in the Soviet establishment and managed the building of the postwar modern Soviet military machine and microelectronics industry. Based on new files and a personal friendship with the late Barr, who gave Usdin interviews and letters revealing his entire life story, Usdin shares new stories on computing during the Cold War and how Zelenograd, the Soviet Silicon Valley came to be.
Jared Diamond Author How Societies Fail - And Sometimes Succeed on: Long Now Foundation Jared Diamond articulately spells out how his best-selling book, COLLAPSE, took shape. At first it was going to be a book of 18 ... all È chapters chronicling 18 collapses of once-powerful societies; but he also wanted to profile cultures like Tokugawa-era Japan, which wholly reversed lethal deforestation, and Iceland, which succeeded in a fragile environment.
Nobel Prize in Physics: George F. Smoot on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Cosmologist George F. Smoot, who led a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe, confirming the predictions of the Big Bang theory of its origins, has been awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology Tissue Engineering: The Challenges of Imitating Nature on: WGBH Forum Tissue engineering combines the principles of biology, engineering and medicine to create biological substitutes of native tissues.
Juiie Burling Harvard University Living Healthier, Living Longer: Part 3 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 memory, sleep, and alternative medicine.
John Doerr Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers John Doerr: Seeking salvation and profit in greentech on: TED Talks 'I don't think we're going to make it,' John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. Spurred on by his daughter, who demanded he fix the mess the world is heading for, he and his partners at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers embarked on a greentech world tour -- surveying the state of the art, from the ethanol revolution in Brazil to Wal-mart's (!) eco-concept store in Bentonville, Arkansas. KPCB is investing $200 million in green technologies to save the planet and make a profit to boot. But, Doerr fears, it may not be enough.
Robert Weinberg Whitehead Institute - MIT The Origins of Cancer Stem Cells on: WGBH Forum Why is cancer so difficult to treat? The answer may be found in the cancer stem cell, a concept that scientists have only recently begun to explore.