Roy Gould Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Who Needs Physics? on: WGBH Forum Physics - the field that underlies every other field of science, from archaeology (think carbon dating) to virology (think electron microscopes). How will physics help reveal the true nature of the cosmos?
Barry Schwartz Swarthmore College The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less on: Google Video Barry Schwartz is a sociology professor at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice. In this talk, he persuasively explains how and why the abundance of choice in modern society is actually making us miserable.
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.
Matthew Strassler University of Washington Confinement and String Theory: The Duality Cascade and its Applications on: Summer School on Strings, Gravity and Cosmology Dr. Matthew Strassler presented a series of 4 lectures on Confinement and String Theory: The Duality Cascade and its Applications at the PIMS Summer School on Strings, Gravity & and Cosmology. When you get to the page, click on 'videos'.
Judah Folkman Harvard Medical School The discovery of angiogenesis inhibitors: A new class of drugs on: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The process of angiogenesis--the growth of new capillary blood vessels--is now recognized as a powerful control point in cancer. The hypothesis that tumors are angiogenesis-dependent has been confirmed by genetic methods and has stimulated angiogenesis research in many laboratories. As a result, angiogenesis inhibitors have emerged as a new class of drugs.
Barry Marshall NHMRC Laboratory, University of Western Australia Helicobacter Connections on: Nobelprize.org Barry J. Marshall held his Nobel Lecture December 8, 2005, at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. He was presented by Professor Bo Angelin, Member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.
Richard Axel Columbia University Interview on: Nobelprize.org Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck, December 11, 2004. Interviewer is Peter Sylwan, science writer. The Laureates talk about the big event of the Prize Award Ceremony, the genomes of the nose (1:40), the importance of the sensor organ (3:25), the smell of emotions (10:23), the mapping out of the molecules of sense inside the brain (14:36) and challenges for neuroscience in the future (18:22)
Gaurav Oberoi Groom BillMonk.com on: Google TechTalks The web 2.0 bubble inflates as geeks pump out an astonishing number of web-based solutions to daily problems. But a lot of these solutions only appeal to a small niche. What goes into a service that appeals to a broad range of people? How can it start and grow without a generous helping of capital? The two guys behind BillMonk.com will share their views from the trenches.
Henry Avila enXco wind company Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines on: KQED-Quest California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms.
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.
Thomas Sterling Louisiana State University Thomas Sterling: From PCs to Petaflops-The Future of Really Big Computers on: Caltech Thomas Sterling, a visiting associate in the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech, gave this talk as part of the Watson Lecture Series. Semiconductor technology has had an unprecedented increase in computational power in the last decade. Sterling discussed the range of alternative supercomputer architectures that hold the promise of future breakthroughs in computational science and supercomputing.
Charles Mayo Center for Coastal Studies The Whales of Stellwagen Through Compound Eyes on: WBGH Dr. Mayo describes the interrelationship of human endeavors and the life patterns of whales within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
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'.