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Green Chemistry: The Foundation of a Sustainable Future
Green Chemistry: The Foundation of a Sustainable Future Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California There is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants -- among them synthetic chemicals in consumer products -- have a profound effect on human health.
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Toxicology: What Chemists Don't Know Might Hurt You
Toxicology: What Chemists Don't Know Might Hurt You Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California There is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants - among them synthetic chemicals in consumer products -- have a profound effect on human health.
Running time: 90 seconds
Wildlife Photography: To Catch a Predator
Wildlife Photography: To Catch a Predator California Academy of Sciences - California Academy of Sciences A nature photographer and Nebraska native, Michael Forsberg shares his work documenting this vast landscape, its lakes, prairies along with its plants and animals.The Great Plains are a dynamic but often forgotten landscape -- overlooked, undervalued, misunderstood, and in desperate need of conservation. Forsberg's book helps lead the way forward, informing and inspiring readers to recognize
Running time: 172 seconds
Epidemic Disease: The Internet is Our Key to Survival
Epidemic Disease: Is the Internet Our Key to Survival? The Long Now Foundation - Herbst Theatre Neuroscientist and fiction writer David Eagleman presents "Six Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization."Civilizations always think they're immortal, Eagleman says, but they nearly always perish, leaving "nothing but ruins and scattered genetics." It takes luck and new technology to survive.
Running time: 264 seconds
David Eagleman: What Happens When the Net Goes Down?
David Eagleman: What Happens When the Net Goes Down? The Long Now Foundation - Herbst Theatre Neuroscientist and fiction writer David Eagleman presents "Six Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization."Civilizations always think they're immortal, Eagleman says, but they nearly always perish, leaving "nothing but ruins and scattered genetics." It takes luck and new technology to survive. We may be particularly lucky to have Internet technology to help manage the six requirements of a durable civi
Running time: 181 seconds
Animating the Cambrian Explosion
The Shape of Life: Animating the Cambrian Explosion swissnex San Francisco Scientific concepts can be difficult for everyday audiences to understand. And scientists themselves, brilliant as they may be, aren't always the world's best communicators of their own research. That's where art and artists come in.
Running time: 208 seconds
Mutant Insects - Dispelling Radiation Myths With Art
Mutant Insects? Dispelling Radiation Myths With Art swissnex San Francisco - swissnex San Francisco Scientific concepts can be difficult for everyday audiences to understand. And scientists themselves, brilliant as they may be, aren't always the world's best communicators of their own research. That's where art and artists come in.Through engaging exhibits, displays, illustrations, and movies, artists are bringing science to general audiences in elegant, even fun ways that can help the public vi
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Chip Off the Old Block? Charles Darwin's Grandpa, Erasmus
Chip Off the Old Block? Charles Darwin's Grandpa, Erasmus The Graduate Center, CUNY - Prohansky Auditorium Paul Nurse is the President of Rockefeller University, and Head of the Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology. He discovered the molecules at the heart of the "clock" which controls the progression of cells through their cycles of growth and division. He and his colleagues continue to explore the cell cycle, the control of cell growth, and the mechanisms by which cells acquire their
Running time: 193 seconds
Dr. Brizendine on the Daddy Brain
Sympathy Pregnancy? Dr. Brizendine on the 'Daddy Brain' Dominican University of California - Angelico Hall Dr. Brizendine discusses her latest book, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think.
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Dr. Louann Brizendine Explains the 'Gay Brain'
Dr. Louann Brizendine Explains the 'Gay Brain' Dominican University of California - Angelico Hall Dr. Brizendine discusses her latest book, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think. An article about Dr. Louann Brizendine and her research in her first book The Female Brain in a July 2006 issue of Newsweek started a media frenzy that led to appearances on GMA's "20/20" and "Good Morning America," NBC's "The Today Show" and "News with Brian Williams," CNN's "American M
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Dawkins: Did Religion Have an Evolutionary Value?
Dawkins: Did Religion Have an Evolutionary Value? Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Adelaide Writers' Week He's the King of All the Atheists, and now Richard Dawkins is hammering home what he sees as his key argument against the existence of God. In his book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins aims to put the theory of evolution in a factually unassailable position.Here, at Adelaide Writers' Week in 2010, he goes through his book chapter by chapter, and in doing so attempts to convince his
Running time: 254 seconds
Richard Dawkins: Has Technology Hindered Human Evolution?
Richard Dawkins: Has Technology Hindered Human Evolution? Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Adelaide Writers' Week He's the King of All the Atheists, and now Richard Dawkins is hammering home what he sees as his key argument against the existence of God. In his book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins aims to put the theory of evolution in a factually unassailable position.Here, at Adelaide Writers' Week in 2010, he goes through his book chapter by chapter, and in doing so attempts to convi
Running time: 138 seconds
NASA's David Morrison Answers 2012 Conspiracy Theorists
NASA's David Morrison Answers 2012 Conspiracy Theorists SkeptiCal - David Brower Center Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, including advocacy for developing plans to defend the Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids.
Running time: 328 seconds
2012 as the End of Time - Modern-Day Mayans Say No
Is 2012 the End of Time? Modern-Day Mayans Say No SkeptiCal - David Brower Center Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, including advocacy for developing plans to defend the Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids.
Running time: 102 seconds
Neuroscientist Gary Lynch on Creating a Memory Map
Neuroscientist Gary Lynch on Creating a Memory Map Los Angeles Public Library - Los Angeles Public Library Terry McDermott and Dr. Gary Lynch present How Memories Get Made.The world-renowned neuroscientist Gary Lynch, subject of McDermott's new book, discusses his decades-long obsessive pursuit to uncover the mechanism by which the brain makes memories. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Larry Swanson, Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, USC.
Running time: 83 seconds
Gary Lynch Disagrees with Hawking's Remarks About Aliens
Gary Lynch Disagrees with Hawking's Remarks About Aliens Los Angeles Public Library Terry McDermott and Dr. Gary Lynch present How Memories Get Made.The world-renowned neuroscientist Gary Lynch, subject of McDermott's new book, discusses his decades-long obsessive pursuit to uncover the mechanism by which the brain makes memories. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Larry Swanson, Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, USC.
Running time: 120 seconds
Moon Landing Hoax? Distinguishing Reason from Faith
Moon Landing Hoax? Distinguishing Reason from Faith SkeptiCal - David Brower Center How are science and skepticism related? Is skepticism a part of science, or is science a tool of skepticism? Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, discusses these questions, and explores the importance of teaching both science and skepticism.
Running time: 216 seconds
A Sap-Sucking, Solar-Powered Sea Slug
Elysia Chlorotica: A Sap-Sucking, Solar-Powered Sea Slug California Academy of Sciences. Academy invertebrate zoologist Dr. Rebecca Johnson, discusses her research on the astounding biology and diversity of nudibranchs (sea slugs). Learn how these beautiful and colorful mollusks use their food to defend themselves from predators!This talk is part of an intertidal excursion sponsored by the Academy and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Running time: 165 seconds
Military Reciprocal Relationship with Video Games
The Military's 'Reciprocal Relationship' with Video Games Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Gleebooks What forces are driving the rapid technological developments that continue to shape our world? According to author Peter Nowak it is a very un-holy trinity; the war, porn and fast food industries.In this talk at Gleebooks, Nowak brands the internet as "military made, porn perfected" and explains his thesis and looking at how these industries drive technological change.
Running time: 212 seconds
Lord Martin Rees on the Unique Place of Humanity in the Cosmos
Lord Martin Rees on Humanity's Unique Place in the Cosmos Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Melbourne University It's famously called the Final Frontier, and thanks to rapidly developing technology we now know more about the outer reaches of our galaxy than ever. But that leaves unknowns. Does the universe have any limits? Are there any other earth-like planets out there? And the big one, are we alone?
Running time: 236 seconds
As Temperatures Rise, Species Shrink and Genetic Diversity Wanes
As Temps Rise, Species Shrink and Genetic Diversity Wanes California Academy of Sciences - African Hall Stanford biology professor Elizabeth Hadly's research in the far reaches of the globe from India to Patagonia to Southeast Asia addresses the issues of what determines and maintains vertebrate (especially mammal) diversity through space and time and how that diversity is influenced by the environment.
Running time: 233 seconds
Humans Overhunting of the Mammoths
Megafaunal Extinction: Did Humans Overhunt the Mammoths? California Academy of Sciences - African Hall Stanford biology professor Elizabeth Hadly's research in the far reaches of the globe from India to Patagonia to Southeast Asia addresses the issues of what determines and maintains vertebrate (especially mammal) diversity through space and time and how that diversity is influenced by the environment.
Running time: 217 seconds
Steve Case: From Twitter Skeptic to Power User
Steve Case: From Twitter Skeptic to Power User WIRED - The Morgan Library & Museum Innovation vs. Inertia: Lessons Learned in Health Care & Other Industries featuring Steve Case, Chairman & CEO, Revolution, and Cofounder, America Online; with Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, WIRED.Disruption happens. A technology breakthrough. A shift in consumer demand. A rise, or fall, in a critical market. Any of these can rewrite the future of a company -- or a whole industry. If you haven't faced this moment
Running time: 185 seconds
Lolcats a Sign of Human Progress
Clay Shirky: Are Lolcats a Sign of Human Progress? WIRED - The Morgan Library and Museum Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age featuring Clay Shirky, Author; Adjunct Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program - NYU.Disruption happens. A technology breakthrough. A shift in consumer demand. A rise, or fall, in a critical market. Any of these can rewrite the future of a company -- or a whole industry. If you haven't faced this moment, you will soon.
Running time: 237 seconds
Clean Energy from Water
LIFE: Clean Energy from Water The Long Now Foundation - Cowell Theatre Finally achieving fusion energy may be closer than everyone thinks. For decades the dream has been to employ the reaction that powers stars to generate high-volume electricity without the drawbacks of fission reactors -- no high-level waste, no weapons application, no risk of meltdown, no use of uranium, and (as with fission) no greenhouse gases.
Running time: 316 seconds


 

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