Archive for the 'Science' Category

Are we in control of our own decisions?

• January, 2013

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

The Venus Project

• January, 2013

Wikipedia excerpt: The Venus Project is an organization started by self-educated structural engineer, industrial designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Fresco’s project aims to restructure society through worldwide utilization of a theoretical design that he calls a resource-based economy. Those ideas use a version of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation with a global socio-economic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology. You can find out more here: http://www.thevenusproject.com/

Vijay Kumar – Robots that fly

• December, 2012

At the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania, flying quadrotor robots move together in eerie formation, tightening themselves into perfect battalions, even filling in the gap when one of their own drops out. You might have seen viral videos of the quads zipping around the netting-draped GRASP Lab (they juggle! they fly through a hula hoop!). Vijay Kumar headed this lab from 1998-2004; he’s now the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science

ALONE: The Brain, Sensory Deprivation and Isolation

• December, 2012

You are about to witness a controversial experiment, One that delves deep into the human brain. Six ordinary people will face total sensory deprivation, all in the name of science. We live in a dangerous era were solitary confinement and sensory deprivation are sometimes used as punishment even as political tools. Yet scientists just beginning to investigate the impact of total isolation on the mind. Using the latest technology and a all to real simulation, scientists hope to answer a question as old as imprisonment

Culture in Decline – All Episodes

• December, 2012

Episode #1 “What Democracy?” Episode #2 “Economics 101” Episode #3 “C.V.D.” Episode #4 “War On Nature” Episode #5 “Baby Go Boom!” Episode #6 – “Tale of Two Worlds” FROM THE CREATOR OF THE ZEITGEIST FILM SERIES COMES THE WORST REALITY SHOW OF ALL TIME: THE REAL ONE

Radiant City

• November, 2012

Radiant City by Jim Brown & by Gary Burns, National Film Board of Canada