Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Jared Diamond - What can we learn from traditional societies?
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond takes you on an epic journey into our rapidly receding past, revealing how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years — until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms — and how they can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.
This Ri event, titled “The world until yesterday’, took place on 1 October 2013.
Sexual Harassment Law and You
In the past year anti-harassment policies have become more common at conventions as communities have begun to discuss how harassment can deter guests and ruin the convention experience. But how do these privately adopted policies mesh with America’s public anti-harassment laws? Ken White, attorney and legal blogger, will outline how American anti-harassment laws work, how convention policies supplement them, and how best practices can make them more effective.
Some resources Ken has provided:
A really excellent resource on the history of anti-harassment policies in the skeptic, author, sci-fi and fantasy, and open-source communities: http://adainitiative.org/2013/08/conference-anti-harassment-campaigns-do-work-three-existence-proofs-from-sff-atheismskepticism-and-open-source/
Equal Employment Opportunity Harassment Resources:http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/
Ken’s post with resources, and with links to posts in which he’s discussed why talking about harassment causes such disproportionate anger and more harassment. http://www.popehat.com/2014/02/01/todays-talk-on-convention-anti-harassment-policies-at-ftbcon/
via Miri Mogilevsky.
Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 5 - The Padian Paper
Myles discussed the Padian paper and the claims in the movie House of Numbers that no one contracted HIV in the study.
via Myles Power.
Antarctic Sea Ice - Expanding Ice on a Warming Planet
A Week in Science is the science brought to you by RiAus.
Paul looks at Antarctic Sea Ice before his journey south.
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For more information visit http://riaus.org.au/podcast/a-week-in-science-7-march-2014/
Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop
Do you ever wonder why dogs will sometimes walk in circles before sleeping or going to the bathroom? Well, it has to do with some hygiene and territorial instincts that dogs have when they’re in the wild. It also has to do with the Earth’s magnetic field, which is crazy, and Anthony is here to tell you all about it.
via DNews Channel.
Are Artificial Sweeteners Harmful?
Our episode on Organic food was a hit, but lots of you had questions in the comments asking about the safety of artificial sweeteners. We live to serve, so this week’s episode is about the research in that area. These chemicals get a bad rap, but you might be surprised by what you learn by watching. Send your hate tweets to Aaron. He’s used to them.
Planet Earth Is In Our Hands: And We’re Destroying It
Planet Earth. Dominated by over 1 quadrillion litres of water, 8 million species of animals and orbiting one of the 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. We are about twelve seconds into this video and in those last twelve seconds we have killed over 60,000 animals to feed humans, it is now over 100,000 and continues to rise rapidly.
For every ten humans that die, 47,560 animals will be killed at the same time for human consumption. Over 150 billion animals will be slaughtered this year which equates to about 500 million animals a day. For comparison of numbers, about 100 billion humans have lived on Earth at some point.
The cruelty doesn’t end here, if you’re squeamish look away but continue listening. In China and many places around the world, animals are killed, tortured or skinned alive for their fur, with them getting electrocuted to death, having their skin peeled off while still alive and being dumped on piles of skinned bodies, while still alive. This happens millions of times a year and is so cruel that it can take these skinned animals hours to die, leaving them suffering for all that time. This is used to help make those fur coats which people wear and with tens of millions being killed a year, it’s one of the cruellest things which humans do to animals tens of millions of times a year.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: There Is No Center of the Universe
If the universe is expanding, can we use the direction of the expansion to determine the center of the universe, i.e., where the Big Bang happened? In a word, “No.” Find out why when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Eugene Mirman answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this StarTalk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video.
via Star Talk Radio.
What are armpits for? | Greg Foot | Ask Head Squeezev
This week on #AskHeadSqueeze Thursdays, Greg Foot answers a question from Kevin Sheppard on our Head Squeezers Google+ community. What are armpits for, and why are they hairy? Interested in how the smell of your sweat could help you score? Watch away…..
via Head Squeeze.
Top 10 Extreme Animal Locations
Animals have found some incredible ways to live in nature’s extremes. From the highest living creature on the planet to an organism that’s survived 120 years without water, Maddie Moate counts down the toughest ten.
via Earth Unplugged.
Bill Nye: Change The World
Bill Nye uses the unlikely pairing of Steve Martin and Carl Sagan as role models to become “the Science Guy.”
Bill Nye is a Cornell-trained engineer who worked at Boeing before winning a gazillion Emmys and turning millions of kid onto science as “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.” The man also totally knows how to rock a bow tie.
Active Galaxy Hercules A in 3D: Visible & Radio Comparison
This is the stereo 3D version of “Active Galaxy Hercules A: Visible & Radio Comparison.”
The active galaxy Hercules A was given that name because it is the brightest radio source in the constellation of Hercules. Astronomers found that the double-peaked radio emission corresponded to a giant elliptical galaxy cataloged as 3C 348. Unusually, this behemoth galaxy is not found within a large cluster of hundreds of galaxies, but rather within a comparatively small group of dozens of galaxies. The ‘active’ part of the galaxy is the supermassive black hole in its core, which spews out strong jets of energetic particles that produce enormous lobes of radio emission. Some astronomers suspect that Hercules A may be the result of two galaxies merging together.
This video envisions a three-dimensional look at the combined visible light (Hubble Space Telescope) and radio emission (Very Large Array) from Hercules A. The size of these radio lobes dwarfs the large galaxy and extends throughout the volume of the galaxy group. This visualization is intended only to be a scientifically reasonable illustration of the three-dimensional structures. In particular, the galaxy distances within the group are based on a statistical model, and not measured values.
via Hubble Site Channel.
What Your Doctor Will Look Like In The Future
The hospitals of the future might be drastically different than the ones we go to today. It’s likely that we will no longer see things like stethoscopes and white lab coats, and we also might have supercomputers replacing doctors! Join Trace and Anthony and learn about the reasoning behind the drastic possible changes to the doctor’s office that we’re used to.
via DNews Channel.
Don’t Be Dumb- Will Gang Members Kill You If You Flash Your Lights?
There’s this urban legend out there that if you flash your lights at a car with its headlights off, the gang members in the car will chase you and kill you. That’s not true. Listen to Josh as he explains.