Paul Davies Imperial College Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Travel on: The Vega Science Trust The idea of time travel makes great science fiction, but can it really be achieved? Paul Davies, visiting Professor in Physics at Imperial College, describes wormholes in space and other ways that might allow travel into the past or future.
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.
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!
Michael Feuer NRC The Future of Education Research and Policy on: WGBH Forum Michael J. Feuer, PhD of the National Research Council presents the second in a series of three lectures that examine the links between cognitive science and the science of education policy as a means of developing more rational programs of educational improvement and more reasonable expectations for reform and research.
Guido van Rossum Google Python 3000 on: Google Video The next major version of Python, nicknamed Python 3000 (or more prosaically Python 3.0), has been anticipated for a long time. For years I have been collecting and exploring ideas that were too radical for Python 2.x, and it's time to stop dreaming and start coding. In this talk I will present the community process that will be used to complete the specification for Python 3000, as well as some of the major changes to the language and the remaining challenges. Guido van Rossum is a computer programmer who is best known as the author and Benevolent Dictator for Life of the Python programming language.
The Story of a....- Behind the scenes on: sciencelive Matt Cunningham interviews Dr Brian Cox, of the University of Manchester, about his BA Kelvin Award Winning Lecture entitled 'The Story of a 27km Long Machine and the Fundamental Building Blocks of Life'. Matt asks Dr Brian Cox about how it felt to win the award and what it was like to present a lecture to a non-specialist audience. They will then move on to talk about the construction of the new Large Hadron Collider in Europe. They discuss how the Higgs Boson gives objects mass and how the Large Hadron Collider will prove or dismiss the existence of the Higgs Boson once and for all.
Owen Gingerich Harvard University Interview on: Slate Owen Gingerich is a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Research Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University.
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.
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.
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.
Steven Squyres: The Mars Exploration Rover Mission on: UC Berkeley Webcasts The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have both found evidence for water-related processes at their landing sites. Environmental conditions on Mars may have been suitable for supporting life at some point in the planet's history.
Greg Lucier Invitrogen Gateway(r) Technology Open Architecture on: Biocompare Gateway(r) Open Architecture accelerates research by eliminating many time-consuming cloning and subcloning steps, and allowing you to create and freely share entry clones and expression clones with your colleagues. Once you clone a gene or DNA fragment into a Gateway(r) vector, you can shuttle it to as many expression and functional analysis systems as you need.
Mike Davis: Planet of Slums (interview) 2of3 on: Davis provides the first global overview of the diverse religious, ethnic, and political movements competing for the souls of the new urban poor. He surveys Hindu fundamentalism in Bombay, the Islamist resistance in Casablanca and Cairo, street gangs in Cape Town and San Salvador, Pentecostalism in Kinshasa and Rio de Janeiro, and revolutionary populism in Caracas and La Paz. Planet of Slums ends with a provocative meditation on the 'war on terrorism' as an incipient world war between the American empire and the slum poor. 'In this trenchantly argued book, Mike Davis quantifies the nightmarish mass production of slums that marks the contemporary city. With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership, institutional failure, and IMF-imposed Structural Adjustment Programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich.
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.