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.
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The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
David Nutt: John Maddox Prize winner 2013
The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, whilst facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
This year’s winner is David Nutt of Imperial College London. David works tirelessly to promote the science of drugs to the public and policy makers. In this Nature video, we hear why the former UK government drugs advisor deserves the award.
The John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the journal Nature, the charity Sense About Science and the Kohn Foundation.
via Nature Video Channel.
It’s Okay to be Smart - Remembering Carl Sagan
We don’t need another Carl Sagan. Because he lives on.
Last week, I was lucky to attend the dedication of the Carl Sagan Collection at the Library of Congress, donated by Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan. It got me thinking …
Filipino Freethinkers Podcast Ep 16: Ethics of Spoilers and Comment Trolls
This week, we talk about spoilers and whether it’s appropriate to spoil stories and then we talk about trolls and PopularScience.com’s decision to close their comments section.
How art can help you analyze
Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte’s Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-art-can-help-you-analyze-amy-e-herman
Lesson by Amy E. Herman, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.
via TED Education.
Adam Savage, Phil Plait, and Veronica Belmont Talk Science
Adam joins Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy blog) and Veronica Belmont on stage at Dragon*Con 2013 to talk about the challenges and responsibilities of communicating science to the public in popular media. Just how much science are viewers supposed to take away from an hour-long television show?
(Apologies for the audio quality, as the convention could not provide a direct audio feed for this panel.)
Trapped in a Meeting: Proxemics
Feeling a little claustrophobic? Take a breather and learn about proxemics in this week’s Trapped in a Meeting.
How to talk to your Republican Father about Climate Change
Huffington Post reporter Kate Sheppard explains how she found common ground with her dad on the issue of global warming. This talk is from an August 15 event held by Climate Desk—in collaboration with thirstDC and the Science Online Climate conference—to showcase new and innovative communication about climate change.
via Climate Desk.
How is technology transforming the way we connect? Google Hangout with Professor Gerard Goggin
How will technology change the way we connect? Watch expert panellist Gerard Goggin, a professor on the social aspects of mobile phones from the University of Sydney, discuss how we’ll interact in the future with ScienceAlert host Dr Carin Bondar. Thank you all who took part in the discussion and asked such intelligent questions! We’ll be hosting more hangouts soon.
CORRECTION: Carin said Gerard was from the University of New South Wales, when he’s actually from the University of Sydney. Apologies for the mix up!
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Boston Skeptics in the Pub - Julia Wilson - February 16th, 2013
A special Skeptics in the Pub with Julia Wilson of the UK science education organization Sense About Science. She is here in Cambridge to help organize a new campaign, Ask For Evidence USA. The goals of the campaign, along the lines of a similar campaign in the UK, are to encourage people to ask for the evidence behind scientific claims made by scientists, politicians, public officials, the press and random people on the Internet, to teach the basics, such as critical thinking and how the peer review process works, so that they (i.e. we) can ask intelligent questions, and to teach scientists how to communicate with non-specialists and the general public. One of her first events is a Boot Camp for PhD students, post-docs, and other young scientists, to be held this week at MIT, to teach communications skills. She may well inspire the next Carl Sagan or Eugenie Scott.
Play time: 41:55
The Secret Language of Bacteria - An ASM “Microbes After Hours” Event
No bacterium lives alone — it is constantly encountering members of its own species as well as other kinds of bacteria and diverse organisms like viruses, fungi, plants and animals. To navigate a complex world, microbes use chemical signals to sense and communicate with one another.
Live streamed on Monday, January 28th, 2013, from 6-7:30 p.m. at ASM’s headquarters, 1752 N St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University
Bonnie Bassler Ph.D. is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The research in her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication. This process is called quorum sensing. Bassler’s research is paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication. Dr. Bassler was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2002. She was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2002 and made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. Dr. Bassler was the President of the American Society for Microbiology in 2010-2011; she is currently the Chair of the American Academy of Microbiology Board of Governors. She is also a member of the National Science Board and was nominated to that position by President Barak Obama. The Board oversees the NSF and prioritizes the nation’s research and educational priorities in science, math and engineering.
Dr. Steven Lindow, University of California, Berkeley
Steven Lindow Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of California, Berkley where his research focuses on various aspects of the interaction of bacteria with the surface and interior of plants. Dr. Lindow’ s lab uses a variety of molecular and microscopy-based methods to study the ecology of bacterial epiphytes that live on the surface of plants as well as certain bacteria that are vascular pathogens of plants. They also study bacteria that live in and on plants that are fostered by consumption of the alkaloids produced by endophytic fungi. The longer-term goal of their research is to improve plants’ productivity by achieving control of plant diseases through altering the microbial communities in and on plants. Dr. Lindow is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and was elected to fellowship in both the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1999.
by Microbe World.
Science Cheerleader interviewed at Pop Warner’s National Championship
Darlene Cavalier, the Science Cheerleader, explains who the Science Cheerleaders are, what they do, and why youth cheerleaders may hold the key to advancing scientific research in America!
Science Cheerleader, Darlene Cavalier, interviewed at Pop Warner Super Bowl!
Current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science, technology, engineering and math careers. Playfully challenges stereotypes, inspiring young women towards science careers, engaging people from all walks of life in citizen science projects via http://www.scistarter.com . Learn more about the Science Cheerleaders here: http://www.sciencecheerleader.com