Van Jacobson PARC A New Way to look at Networking on: Google Video Today's research community congratulates itself for the success of the internet and passionately argues whether circuits or datagrams are the One True Way. Meanwhile the list of unsolved problems grows. Security, mobility, ubiquitous computing, wireless, autonomous sensors, content distribution, digital divide, third world infrastructure, etc., are all poorly served by what's available from either the research community or the marketplace. I'll use various strained analogies and contrived examples to argue that network research is moribund because the only thing it knows how to do is fill in the details of a conversation between two applications. Today as in the 60s problems go unsolved due to our tunnel vision and not because of their intrinsic difficulty. And now, like then, simply changing our point of view may make many hard things easy.
Matthew Roughan University of Adelaide Privacy Preserving DataMining on: Google TechTalks The rapid growth of the Internet over the last decade has been startling. However, efforts to track its growth have often fallen afoul of bad data --- for instance, how much traffic does the Internet now carry? The problem is not that the data is technically hard to obtain, or that it does not exist, but rather that the data is not shared.
Guido van Rossum Google Python 3000 on: Google Video The next major version of Python, nicknamed Python 3000 (or more prosaically Python 3.0), has been anticipated for a long time. For years I have been collecting and exploring ideas that were too radical for Python 2.x, and it's time to stop dreaming and start coding. In this talk I will present the community process that will be used to complete the specification for Python 3000, as well as some of the major changes to the language and the remaining challenges. Guido van Rossum is a computer programmer who is best known as the author and Benevolent Dictator for Life of the Python programming language.
The Teacher Scientist's Network on: sciencelive Dr Phil Smith chats to Charlotte about the Young Persons Programme here at the festival. The programme was organised by Teacher Scientist network, who aim to promote one on one interaction between teachers and scientist and provide more practical science experiments for children in schools. If you'd like to know more about Teacher Scientist network, look at www.tsn.org.uk.
Paul Davies Imperial College Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Travel on: The Vega Science Trust The idea of time travel makes great science fiction, but can it really be achieved? Paul Davies, visiting Professor in Physics at Imperial College, describes wormholes in space and other ways that might allow travel into the past or future.
Genes, worms and the new genetics on: A Royal Society A surprising finding over the past 20 years is that all animals have many of the same genes and that they use them in similar ways to grow and develop. Now that we know the complete DNA sequences of several animals, we can see for example that 60% of genes in the small worm C elegans have a human counterpart. These similarities mean that much of what is learned about what genes do in simple animals such as worms can help us understand what human genes do. Using a remarkable new technique called RNA interference (RNAi), we can quickly test the function of individual genes. In this lecture Julie discussed how she has applied the RNAi technique to worm genes to ask for the first time what most of the genes in an animal do. Extending these approaches to other animals is speeding up the rate of biological discovery and understanding.
Congjun Wu Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Exploring New States of Matter in the p-Orbital Bands of Optical Lattices on: Kavli Institute In this talk, we will present new features of orbital physics in the p-orbital bands with bosons and fermions, which are not usually realized in solid state systems. These include quantum stripe ordering of orbital angular momentum moments in the triangular lattice, Wigner crystallization of neutral atoms in the flat band of the honeycomb lattice, and frustrated superfluidity with time-reversal symmetry breaking in the double-well lattice. Signatures of these new states in the time of flight experiments will be discussed.
Will Noel Walters Art Museum The Archimedes Palimpsest on: Google Video The Archimedes Palimpsest is a 10th Century medieval manuscript that is the subject of an ongoing technical, scientific and conservation effort at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1999, the multidisciplinary team has been disbinding, conserving, imaging, analyzing, transcribing and studying the 174 parchment folios - yielding approximately 400Gb of data to date.
Barton Zweibach MIT String Theory for Pedestrians Part I on: CERN In this 3-lecture series I will discuss the basics of string theory, some physical applications, and the outlook for the future. I will begin with the main concepts of the classical theory and the application to the study of cosmic superstrings. Then I will turn to the quantum theory and discuss applications to the investigation of hadronic spectra and the recently discovered quark-gluon plasma. I will conclude with a sketch of string models of particle physics and showing some avenues that may lead to a complete formulation of string theory.
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Marc Andreessen on: UC Berkeley Webcasts Marc Andreessen is Chairman and Co-founder of Opsware Inc., the leading provider of data center automation software. Marc is widely recognized for his role in launching the Internet revolution in 1993, with his creation of the Mosaic browser while at the University of Illinois. After graduation, Marc co-founded Netscape Communications, and played a critical role in the company's hypergrowth. Andreessen later became CTO of AOL when the company purchased Netscape in 1999.
Sally Baliunas Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Monsters, Dwarfs, and Everything in Between on: WGBH Forum Inside the nucleus of an atom, the laws of quantum mechanics successfully describe the domain of the incredibly small. Yet the same laws influence the very large, including such objects as stars. Lowell Lecture #3.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Fred Sanger is often considered the father of modern biology, and is one of the few people to have been awarded two Nobel prizes. Working in Cambridge he developed a new chromatographic method fo determining amino-acid end-groups. His new chromatographic results on the free amino groups of insulin were published in 1945 and the complete sequence of insulin in 1955.
E. O. Wilson Harvard University E. O. Wilson - The Coming Synergism Between Science and the Humanities on: Google Video Scientist and author Edward O.Wilson, draws on studies from a broad spectrum of disciplines to show how various fields of inquiry, and especially the humanities and sciences, intersect with each other. According to Wilson, 'the greatest enterprise of the mind has always been and always will be the attempted linkage of the sciences and the humanities.' Series: Frontiers of Knowledge
Larry Witham reporter, writer Measure of God: Can We Reconcile Science and Religion? on: WGBH Forum Journalist and author Larry Witham explores the tension between science and religion that lies at the heart of contemporary debates on stem cell research, cloning, and teaching evolution in the school curriculum.
Daniela Maurer Binder The New CO2 incubators with hot air sterilization on: Biocompare Our CO2 incubators simulate natural conditions, where many perfect details make up the sum total. We also fuse together the details by amalgamating the growth parameters such as CO2, temperature and humidity into a finely tuned interaction that we call natural simulation. This is a process that we have developed and patented, unparalleled in our industry and the closest thing to natural conditions.
Science in a Suitcase on: sciencelive Dr Ken Farquhar and his able assistant Ian Walker take over ScienceLive to demonstrate 'Science in a Suitcase'. After throwing out Matt they demonstrate 'sideways gravity' - how moving objects to the side will cause some objects to fall straight down. They also show us the British Space mission, involving an electric drill, beach balls and a variety of exciting planetary objects!! They then show us to spin water around their head without making a mess on the floor. A must for all of those still young at heart!!
How to Survive a Robot Uprising' - Daniel H. Wilson speaks at Google on: Google Video Daniel H. Wilson discusses his book 'How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips On Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion'. This video is part of the Google Author Series - filmed at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA and is part of the Authors@Google series.