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Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

July 11, 2012

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There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.

Carl Schoonover is a neuroscientist and one of the founders of NeuWrite, a collaboration between writers and neuroscientist.

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CBC The National | Lego man sent to ‘space’

January 26, 2012

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CBC The National | These two Canadian teens — Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad — sent a patriotic Lego man on a space mission. They designed a capsule that carried four cameras and the Lego man high above the clouds.

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CBS 60 Minutes | SpaceX: Entrepreneur’s race to space

March 19, 2012

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From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America’s next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.

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CBS The Big Bang Theory | Technological singularity is primetime hit on award-winning sitcom

June 11, 2014

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Episode “The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification” of CBS hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory brings the concept of technological Singularity to one of its widest audiences.

In the opening teaser, ubergeek Sheldon (Jim Parsons) explains to his roommate and best friend Leonard (Johnny Galecki) that he is trying to determine how much longer he has to live.

Referring to his timeline, he laments that he… read more

CBS News | Ancient skull reveals new clues in human evolution

December 9, 2013

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CBS News | A 1.8-million-year-old skull discovered by scientists in the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia reveals new evidence that may reshape what is known about human evolution.

The discovery of an ancient skull has revealed clues that could shake up the accepted theories of human evolution, it could rewrite the history of humanity.

Instead of many branches in our evolutionary family tree thought to lead to us, like… read more

Cedars Sinai Heart Institute pioneers heart stem cell procedure

May 25, 2010

CBS News | Cedars Sinai Heart Institute physicians have completed the world’s first procedure in which a patient’s own heart tissue was used to grow specialized heart stem cells that were then injected back into the patient’s heart in an effort to repair and re-grow healthy muscle in a heart that had been injured by a heart attack. Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, Director of the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, who… read more

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Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012

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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

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CERN: Are we there yet on the search for the Higgs boson?

July 4, 2012

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CES 2013: flying a helicopter with brain waves

January 10, 2013

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The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it from damaging itself when it inevitably crashes). It comes with a transmitter that hooks up to a mobile device, software, and a Neurosky headset; the package costs $189.… read more

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Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity’s seven minutes of terror

July 12, 2012

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Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

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Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012

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With the advent of affordable, advanced desktop 3-D printers like the Makerbot Replicator and Cubify’s Cube, we’re standing at the starting line of a manufacturing revolution, says Wired. These tools, once reserved for top-level firms, give curious minds everywhere rapid prototyping capabilities for almost any type of project.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, DIY robotics enthusiast, and author of recently released Makers: The New Industrialread more

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CNET | Fraunhofer’s portrait robot at CeBIT

March 25, 2012

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CNET | Robots are widely used now, and they’re only spread even farther into daily life. The sci-fi future may be closer than you think. The Fraunhofer Institute usually uses this robot for gauging the quality of new reflective materials, but at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, it used it to draw portraits. The robot took a digital photo of a person, processed it digitally, drew a line-art portrait,… read more

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CNET | Parrot Bebop Drone + Oculus Rift

May 12, 2014

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CNET’s Donald Bell shows off Parrot’s compact, tablet-controlled Bebop Drone and uses a pair of virtual reality goggles to see from a drone’s point-of-view.

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CNN | Unprecendented Ebola virus outbreak

July 15, 2014

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CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD about an out of control Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Cole Gerst | Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry the book

March 18, 2014

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Cole Gerst | A video about the book Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry by author and illustrator Cole Gerst. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895.

Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.”

Fuller did not limit… read more

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