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Margaret Kosal - The Geopolitics of the Rare and Not-So-Rare Elements

Chemical elements have played important roles in the geopolitics of modern times and will continue to do so.From Einstein’s 1939 letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt highlighting the need…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 20th, 2019 6 plays 0  

Takamitsu “Taka” Ito - Turning Sour, Bloated, and Out of Breath: Ocean Chemistry under Global Warming

In 1997, the Japanese oceanographer Yoshiyuki Nozaki compiled a periodic table of ocean chemistry, encapsulating the distribution of elements as a function of depth. In this periodic table, many…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 13th, 2019 3 plays 0  

Monica Halka - The Elusive End of the Periodic Table: Why Chase It?

For more than half a century, dedicated and eager groups of scientists have contrived ways to introduce heavier and heavier elements into the universe. Their efforts finally completed the seventh row…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 19th, 2019 5 plays 0  

Sam Kean - The Periodic Table: A Treasure Trove of Passion, Adventure, Betrayal, and Obsession

Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on May 8th, 2019 9 plays 0  

John Baez - Mathematical Mysteries of the Periodic Table

Why do atoms behave the way they do? Why do electrons form “shells,” as seen in the periodic table? Why does the first shell hold 2 electrons, the second 8, and the third 18: twice the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 15th, 2019 11 plays 0  

Michael A. Filler - Celebrating Silicon: Its Success, Hidden History, and Next Act

The history of silicon is usually told as a history of electronic materials and devices. However, it is better told as a history of manufacturing innovation. This talk will take a journey through the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 11th, 2019 16 plays 0  

How the Universe Made the Elements in the Periodic Table - James Sowell

The creation of the elements in the universe took billions of years and required various processes.The first few minutes of the big bang produced only hydrogen (H) and helium (He). No new elements…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 13th, 2019 39 plays 0  

Jennifer Curtis, Chandra Raman, Rick Trebino - Celebration of 2018 Physics Nobel Prize: Lighting the way with microscopic tractor beams and sculpted laser pulse

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes two breakthrough inventions in laser physics. The first, optical tweezers, allows scientist and engineers to use lasers like the tractor beams of Star Trek…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 7th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Elisabetta Matsumoto - Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality

The 2016 confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves has put the spotlight back on the importance of curvature for the physics of the universe. While the ability of mass to…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 25th, 2018 11 plays 0  

Seth Shostak - When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 1st, 2018 18 plays 0  

Computer Science in Six-Tenths of a Second: What Happens After Hitting ENTER in a Google Search - Lance Fortnow

What is computer science? Ask Google or Alexa, and you'll get an answer like "the study of the principles and use of computers." That doesn't really capture the breadth of the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on May 16th, 2018 15 plays 0  

In Conversation with Ernő Rubik - Ernő Rubik

In a rare public appearance, Ernő Rubik will give a public lecture, discussing a wide range of topics including design and architecture, the role of curiosity in the human condition, and his…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 16th, 2018 32 plays 0  

Sex, Flies and Video: Communicating Science to the Public in Words and Images - James Gorman

Scientists and journalists have similar, but not identical interests in getting information about their work to the public in an appealing, but accurate way. James Gorman will draw on his experience…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 2nd, 2018 60 plays 0  

Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817: A Multi-sensory Experience of the Universe - Laura Cadonati, Nepomuk Otte, Ignacio Taboada

August 17, 2017, is a milestone date for astrophysics. For the first time, the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave observatories detected signals from the collision of two neutron stars. The powerful…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 5th, 2018 14 plays 0  

Will Evolution and Information Theory Provide The Fundamentals Of Physics? - S. James Gates, Jr.

This presentation will describe an arc in the mathematical/theoretical physics research of the presenter that has traversed concept spaces from equations, to graphical imagery, to coding theory…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 2nd, 2018 73 plays 0  

Einstein's Cosmos and the Quantum: Origin of Space, Time, and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe - Abhay Ashtekar

For over two millennia, civilizations have pondered over the questions of cosmogenesis. But serious attempts to address them began only with Einstein's discovery of general relativity a century…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 21st, 2017 32 plays 0