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Beyond Energy: Using Fusion to Understand the Universe
Beyond Energy: Using Fusion to Understand the Universe 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.Ed Moses is director of the National Ignition Facility (
Running time: 124 seconds
The Hamburger That Paralyzed Stephanie Smith
The Hamburger That Paralyzed Stephanie Smith Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Michael Moss shares his insights gained while uncovering some of the food industry's best kept secrets.Moss just won the Pulitzer Prize for his investigation of lapses in food safety surrounding contaminated hamburger meat. Moss traced the sordid history of one hamburger that left a 22-year-old woman paralyzed from E. Coli. The day after Moss' articl
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Making People Care about Global Warming
Dan Ariely: Is the Prius Eco-Friendly, or Ego-Friendly? Booksmith. You hear him frequently on public radio -- now meet the incomparable Dan Ariely when he introduces his new book The Upside of Irrationality!The 2008 economic crisis taught us that irrationality is an influential player in financial markets. But it is often the case that irrationality also makes it way into our daily lives and decision-making -- in slightly different and vastly more subtle ways.
Running time: 233 seconds
Learn if Bankers Cheat More than Politicians
Who Cheats More: Bankers or Politicians? Booksmith - Booksmith You hear him frequently on public radio -- now meet the incomparable Dan Ariely when he introduces his new book The Upside of Irrationality!The 2008 economic crisis taught us that irrationality is an influential player in financial markets. But it is often the case that irrationality also makes it way into our daily lives and decision-making -- in slightly different and vastly more subtle ways. In this enthralling follow-up to his Ne
Running time: 136 seconds
Evolution of the Shrug
Evolution of the Shrug: Darwin's Principle of Antithesis The New York Public Library. Adam Gopnik, author of Angels and Ages, A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life and Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and many other works, discuss a fundamental question: How far can Darwin take us as a guide to why we are the way we are?
Running time: 192 seconds
Adam Gopnik: Was Darwin Racist?
Adam Gopnik: Was Darwin Racist? The New York Public Library - New York Public Library Adam Gopnik, author of Angels & Ages, A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life and Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and many other works, discuss a fundamental question: How far can Darwin take us as a guide to why we are the way we are?Both outspoken appreciators of Darwin, Adam Gopnik and Steven Pinker will compare their visions -- perhaps complementary, perhaps contrasting -- of what Darwin
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How Copyright and Patent Laws Stymie Scientific Progress
How Copyright and Patent Laws Stymie Scientific Progress Open Science Summit - International House at UC Berkeley Victoria Stodden, Jason Hoyt, Cameron Neylon and Peter Murray-Rust answer questions from the audience during the opening session of the 2010 Open Science Summit.The objectives of the Open Science Summit are to create an annual flagship event and news hub to build and maintain the identity of the international Open Science Movement and organize the various sub-communities into an effe
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The Ideal Happy to Sad Ratio
The Ideal Happy to Sad Ratio? 3:1, Says Dr. Happy Australian Broadcasting Corporation - UTS Business School Professor Timothy Sharp is founder of The Happiness Institute. Sharp believes the key obstacle to happiness, for most people, is "the tyranny of when..." the addictive but destructive belief that "I'll be happy when...I have more money, a bigger house, or a better job.
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The Art of Peeing in Outer Space
Mary Roach on the Art of Peeing in Outer Space Commonwealth Club - Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall Building She took us into the world of cadavers and examined the anatomy, physiology and psychology behind sex. Now, Mary Roach discovers the surreality and weirdness of space.For example, what happens when you've been in space for a year?
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How Big Is Our Universe? And Other Cosmic Quandaries
How Big Is Our Universe? And Other Cosmic Quandaries The Long Now Foundation - Chabot Space & Science Center President of the Royal Society, England's Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life's success in the universe?He thinks that civilization's chances of getting out of this century intact are about 50-50. He is hopeful that extraterrestrial life already exists, but there's no sign of it
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Martin Rees Predicts Biotech Disaster by 2020
Martin Rees Predicts Biotech Disaster by 2020 The Long Now Foundation - Chabot Space and Science Center President of the Royal Society, England's Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life's success in the universe?He thinks that civilization's chances of getting out of this century intact are about 50-50. He is hopeful that extraterrestrial life already exists, but there's no sign of it yet.
Running time: 231 seconds
Brookhaven Latest Research on Quark-Gluon Plasma
Brookhaven Lab's Latest Research on Quark-Gluon Plasma California Academy of Sciences - California Academy of Sciences Explore the mysteries of quantum mechanics, black holes, strings, branes, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions.In this engaging and concise introduction to the main ideas in string theory, Steven Gubser gives a quick tour of the basic laws of physics as we understand them today. And then, he demonstrates how string theory seeks to go beyond them.
Running time: 267 seconds
Open Sourcing Home Energy Efficiency Tech
People Power: Open Sourcing Home Energy Efficiency Tech swissnex San Francisco. Are you smarter than a refrigerator? Smart grid, smart car, smart home energy management. The energy dialogue revolves around "smart" buzzwords. But can technology really lure us into reducing our energy consumption? And what's the science behind the newer, smarter gadgets and systems leading us toward a greener future?
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How to Talk About End-of-Life Care with a Dying Patient
How to Talk About End-of-Life Care with a Dying Patient The New Yorker - SVA Theatre 1 Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Previously, he served as a senior health-policy adviser in the Clinton Administration. He is the author of "Complications," "Better," and "The Checklist Manifesto."
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James Surowiecki: The Luck of Having 'A Good Face'
James Surowiecki: The Luck of Having 'A Good Face' The New Yorker - SVA Theatre 2 James Surowiecki has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2000 and writes the magazine's Financial Page. His book, "The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations," was published in 2004.
Running time: 195 seconds
Alcohol Fermentation: The Dawn of Biochemistry
Alcohol Fermentation: The Dawn of Biochemistry 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 shape.
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Climate Change at the Northwest Passage in Photographs
Climate Change at the Northwest Passage in Photographs California Academy of Sciences - Education Room This unprecedented expedition began on May 31, 2009, when the ship, Ocean Watch, departed Seattle Washington for a daring voyage through the Northwest Passage, a goal few ships have achieved but which is now possible due to rapid warming of the Arctic.
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Comparing the Gender of Human-Like Fossils
Was Lucy Male? Comparing the Gender of Human-Like Fossils California Academy of Sciences. Human Evolution: Investigating Our Origins Science is always evolving. New discoveries shape our current understanding of human evolutionary milestones such as bipedalism, the use of tools, dietary adaptation, changing body shapes and sizes, and life historys.
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The Effect of 10,000 Hours of Gaming on Kids
Jane McGonigal: Does 10,000 Hours of Gaming Affect Kids? Wonderfest - Hewlett Teach Center This program was recorded at the 12th Annual Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science.Wonderfest's broad goals are best described by its mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning.
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Kevin Kelly Knows What Technology Wants
Futurist Kevin Kelly Knows What Technology Wants Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California Most of us have a love/hate relationship with new inventions, such as the "crackberry," for example. Kevin Kelly declares this conflict as inherent to all technology. But he also argues that technology is not anti-nature, but rather the "seventh kingdom" of life; it now shares with life certain biases, urges, needs and tendencies.
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The Making of Tarzan: Where Science and Art Meet
The Making of Tarzan: Where Science and Art Meet California Academy of Sciences Learn how research on chimpanzee and gorilla anatomy has been applied to understanding differences in females and males, the transformation of infants to adults, and evaluating fossil humans.This research even played a role in the creation of the movie "Tarzan of the Apes."
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Neanderthal Woman Beats a Champion Arm Wrestler
Could a Neanderthal Woman Beat a Champion Arm Wrestler? Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Royal Institution of Australia [RiAUS] Could your husband, brother or father be the worst man in history? University of Queensland-trained anthropologist Peter McAllister claims today's man isn't a patch on what he once was: that despite his huge brain, the modern bloke fails to measure up physically, creatively and emotionally with men of the distant past.
Running time: 311 seconds
Lake Tahoe Revealed as a Bastion of Slavery Among Ants
Lake Tahoe Revealed as a Bastion of Slavery (Among Ants) Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences Can human beings really improve our group decision making by imitating the democracy of honeybees? Are ants truly considered the highest form of insect evolution? Join Litquake and the California Academy of Sciences as they present two leading experts for a fascinating and thrilling discussion of our planet's smallest and most complex social organizations.Moffett
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The Reason Your Existence Is a Miracle
You Shouldn't Be Here: Why Your Existence Is a Miracle Gresham College - Great Hall, Guildhall Celebrated author Bill Bryson will give a lecture in the Great Hall at the Guildhall in honour of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.
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Benjamin Franklin's Kite-Flying Experiment Never Happened
Benjamin Franklin's Kite-Flying Experiment Never Happened Gresham College - Great Hall, Guildhall Celebrated author Bill Bryson will give a lecture in the Great Hall at the Guildhall in honour of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.Bill Bryson is the internationally bestselling author of many books, including Mother Tongue, Notes from a Big Country, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and A Short History of Nearly Everything, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, won t
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