Cannabis, the Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Michael Pollan, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and author, has done a range of work in journalism, environmentalism, and architecture. Pollan, originally from Long Island, earned his college degrees at Bennington College, Oxford University (Mansfield College), and Columbia University, where he received a masters in English in 1981. He served for many years as executive editor for Harper's Magazine and writes a column on architecture for House & Garden.
Cartoon Science on: sciencelive We all know that much of what cartoon characters do can't happen in real life - can you pop up uninjured after being squashed flat by a huge blacksmith's anvil? But why is that? Becky brings along lots of cartoon characters and demonstrations (including a proper ACME plunger) to explore how real science is different from cartoon science.
On the Border with Jorge Ribas: Vlog 3 on: Discovery Channel The saguaro cactus can grow up to 50 feet tall and live for hundreds of years. Jorge Ribas takes a close look at one of these desert giants. Vlog 3 of 4.
Dudley Herschbach Harvard University Science on the Edge: Research Faculty Symposium on: Harvard University Professor Dudley Herschbach moderates a discussion among 5 distinguished Harvard scientists on their research in cancer treatment, artificial intelligence, Genomics, controlling the speed of light and bio-diversity.
Berkeley Writers at Work: Michael Pollan on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Michael Pollan is Knight Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the author of three books: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World; A Place of My Own; and Second Nature. For many years he served as Executive Editor of Harper's Magazine. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States.
David Clark Massachusetts In Why the Internet is the way it is on: Oxford University (and why it will be very different in ten years) The Internet has been wildly successful, however it is pretty clear that we did not get it exactly right on the first try. Dr David Clark lays out the basic design principles of the Internet and uses examples of present and future issues
Ashoke Sen Harish-Chandra Institute Tachyon Dynamics in Open String Theory on: Summer School on Strings, Gravity and Cosmology Dr. Ashoke Sen presented a series of 4 lectures on Tachyon Dynamics in Open String Theory at the PIMS Summer School on Strings, Gravity & and Cosmology. When you get to the page, click on 'videos'.
Michael Feuer NRC The Science of Rationality on: WGBH Forum Michael J. Feuer, PhD of the National Research Council presents the first 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.
Melinda Kellogg California Institute of Technology Stalking the Exciton Condensate on: Caltech Melinda Kellogg, a graduate student in physics at Caltech, discussed the creation of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of stable excitons in neighboring layers of two-dimensional electron gases embedded in highly engineered semiconductor crystals. Observing the superfluid-like flow of these excitons was evidence that the long-sought exciton condensation had finally been achieved.
The Art and Science of Food Decay on: sciencelive Shelley talks to Charlotte about the art and science of food decay exhibition on at the chrome gallery. She discusses the different ways food can be turned into art. She also talks charlotte through the workshop she organises for young people to teach them about waste and recycling.
Clay Shirky New York University Clay Shirky, Making Digital Durable - Seminars About Long Term Thinking on: Google Video "THIS is what the Internet has been straining to become," said Clay Shirky Monday night, both joking and meaning it. He was referring to a category ("tag") which emerged from users on the photo-sharing site Flickr. The category is "cats in sinks."...Shirky pointed out that "cats in sinks" has none of the limitations of former category systems such as the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress scheme or Yahoo's hierarchical category structure. There is no need for a category "cats" with subcategory "in sinks," nor a category "sinks" with subcategory "cats in".
Martin Adelman George Washington University Workshop 4: Compensation and Compulsory Licenses on: World Bank Two panels: in the first, F.M. Scherer from Princeton University addresses the economics of compulsory drug patent licensing, followed by Jerome Reichman from Duke University who provided an overview of his recent research for UNCTAD on US and Canadian experiences with compulsory licensing.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Max Perutz discovered the structure of Haemoglobin (Nobel Prize 1962) and was the founder of the Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the birth place of modern molecular biology.
Ian Swanson California Institute of Technology Ian Swanson: Tangled Physics: Superstring Theory and the AdS/CFT Conjecture on: Caltech Ian Swanson, a graduate student in physics at Caltech, discusses the quantum field theory is known as the Standard Model of particle physics, providing the most accurate physical predictions in the history of science. Physicists must now unite the Standard Model with the tenets of general relativity, and string theory is arguably the most promising candidate of the last 50 years.
Kip Thorne California Institute of Technology Ph237. Gravitational Waves on: Caltech During the winter and spring 2002 terms Dr. Thorne, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, and his guest speakers recorded this course, which discusses the theory of gravitational waves. (If you are a speaker in these lectures and do not wish to have your lecture broadcasted, or wish to send a Notice of Alleged Copyright Infringement, please contact our Designated Agent.
Russ Altman Stanford University Opportunities for Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine on: Google TechTalks Prof. Altman is the director of the Center for Biomedical Computation at Stanford University and is director of the biomedical informatics training program. He is also the principal investigator of a project, PharmGKB, which is an online database of genetic and phenotype information from people who have participated in research studies at various medical centers participating in the PGRN.
Owen Gingerich Smithsonian Chasing the Masterpiece of Copernicus on: WGBH Forum Nicolaus Copernicus published De revolutionibus. A groundbreaking scientific work, it revealed that we live in a sun - rather than earth - centered universe.