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Konstantin Batygin - Planet Nine From Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 16th, 2019 7 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 10 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  

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  

From Molecules to Migration: How Quantum Physics Can Explain the Compass of Birds - Thorsten Ritz

The world of quantum physics appears mysterious, even spooky, and far removed from everyday phenomena we can observe in the world around us. Especially the realm of living organisms was thought to be…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 20th, 2018 59 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  

The Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research - Marc Abrahams

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. Ten new prizes have been awarded every year since 1991, in gala ceremonies at Harvard and MIT, with winners traveling from…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 13th, 2017 12 plays 0  

The Physics and Materials Science of Superheroes - James Kakalios

In 2001 James Kakalios created a Freshman Seminar class at the University of Minnesota entitled: "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books." This is a real physics…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 10th, 2017 45 plays 0  

10 Years of Southern Stargazing: How Star Trek Changed Everything - Glenn Burns

A public lecture by Glenn Burns Chief meteorologist, WSB-TVThe destination for the 1960s Apollo missions was the Moon, but the premiere of Star Trek in 1966 got the nation thinking about…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 14th, 2017 45 plays 0  

The Square Kilometre Array: Big Telescope, Big Science, Big Data - Russ Taylor

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a next-generation global radio telescope undergoing final design by a collaboration of institutions in 11 countries. One of the largest scientific projects ever…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on January 26th, 2017 20 plays 0  

The Physics of Genes and the Promise of Personalized Medicine - Alek Aksimentiev

The twenty-first century is poised to see dramatic advances in medicine. The rapid after water and oxygen, is the most famous molecule of life known. This is not surprising, as the eye-catching…

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From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 6th, 2016 28 plays 0  

Strange and subtle states of matter – the topological ideas behind the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics - Paul M. Goldbart

The gases, liquids, and solids that humans have known and harnessed since prehistory are human-scale reflections of how atoms and molecules are organized at the atomic scale. This organization is…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 1st, 2016 17 plays 0  

Bradley M. Peterson - Exploring the Inner Structure of Active Galactic Nuclei by Reverberation

The innermost structure of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) consists of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole and, on somewhat larger scales, rapidly moving diffuse gas. The…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 10th, 2016 9 plays 0