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Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Awesome Universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Awesome Universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives an entertaining lecture about the awesomeness of the universe. Neil is a great science communicator and in this talk he certainly proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Topics range from space exploration, science frontiers (especially in astrophysics like dark matter and dark energy), the search for alien life etc.

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Date/Place: 2011/University of Washington

Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.
Born and raised in New York City, Tyson became interested in astronomy at the age of nine after a visit to the Hayden Planetarium. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, where he was editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal, he completed a bachelor's degree in physics at Harvard University in 1980. After receiving a master's degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, he earned his master's (1989) and doctorate (1991) in astrophysics at Columbia University. For the next three years, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 1994, he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. In 1996, he became director of the planetarium and oversaw its $210-million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000.
From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the Universe column for Natural History magazine, some of which were published in his book Death by Black Hole (2007). During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in Star Date magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name Merlin. Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin's Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998). Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. Since 2009, Tyson hosted the weekly podcast StarTalk. A spin-off, also called StarTalk, began airing on National Geographic in 2015. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan's 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science.

Exploring Space Lecture: Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

Neil Gehrels, chief, Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, is principal investigator for the SWIFT gamma-ray burst MIDEX mission. The SWIFT Explorer is an astronomical satellite that is observing gamma-ray bursts, the birth cries of black holes. Come hear about new results and about the amazing properties of black holes.

Cameron Smith Public Lecture: Interstellar Voyaging -- An Evolutionary Transition

Dr. Cameron Smith (Portland State University) delivers the third lecture of the 2014/15 Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Held at Perimeter Institute and webcast live worldwide on Dec 3., 2014, Smith's lecture explores the biological and cultural challenges associated with multigenerational interstellar space travel.

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The Next Big Questions in Astronomy - Professor Carolin Crawford

In her final Gresham Lecture, Professor Crawford talks about where the next big breakthrough will come from:

For each exciting advance or discovery that takes place in Astronomy, other just as important questions either arise or remain unanswered. In my last Gresham lecture I shall review what the near future might bring – the exciting space missions, satellites and telescopes – and the fundamental scientific challenges they are designed to tackle.

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Professor Brian Cox Lecture on the universe

A lecture by Brian Cox on how the universe was created.
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The End of Space and Time? - Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf's focus is on string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics, bringing them together in an accessible way, looking at sciences, the arts and other matters.

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Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website.

The Mystery of Empty Space

Get ready to re-think your ideas of reality. Join UCSD physicist Kim Griest as he takes you on a fascinating excursion, addressing some of the massive efforts and tantalizing bits of evidence which suggest that what goes on in empty space determines the properties of the three-dimensional existence we know and love, and discusses how that reality may be but the wiggling of strings from other dimensions.
Series: Atoms to X-Rays [5/2001] [Science] [Show ID: 5551]

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity | Lecture 1

Lecture 1 of Leonard Susskind's Modern Physics concentrating on General Relativity. Recorded September 22, 2008 at Stanford University.

This Stanford Continuing Studies course is the fourth of a six-quarter sequence of classes exploring the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course focus on classical mechanics. Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

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A New View on Gravity and the Dark Side of the Cosmos

In his public lecture at Perimeter on October 4, 2017, Dr. Erik Verlinde explored the core ideas behind this research into emergent gravity, and examine the implications of this potential revolution in our understanding of the universe. Watch more Perimeter public lectures:

The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

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Lectures | Stephen Hawking - Future for Humans in Space

Lectures | Stephen Hawking - Future for Humans in Space
Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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Advanced Algorithms (COMPSCI 224), Lecture 1

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Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope - Exploring Space Lectures

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 and was designed to be serviced by the Space Shuttle. Michael J. Massimino, former NASA astronaut and professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, discusses the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, which took place in May, 2009 from Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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Gravity Visualized

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Dan Burns explains his space-time warping demo at a PTSOS workshop at Los Gatos High School, on March 10, 2012. Thanks to Shannon Range from the Gravity Probe B program for creating the original demonstration which he shared with Dan in 2004.
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Bruce McCandless at Space Lectures. November, 2017.

Short, low res clip of Bruce McCandless at Space Lectures in Pontefract, November 2017. Discussing his part in the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Next in Science | Astronomy and Astrophysics | Part 1 || Radcliffe Institute

In 2015–2016, the Next in Science series focused on frontiers in astronomy and astrophysics. Scholars discussed new interdisciplinary research on what the structure of the universe tells us about particle interactions, gravitational waves from circling black holes, magnetic fields in intergalactic space, and the possibility of life on exoplanets.

“Deciphering the Early Universe: Connecting Theory with Observations” (6:15)
Cora Dvorkin, Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute, and assistant professor of physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Gravitational Waves*
*But Were Afraid to Ask” (39:52)
Salvatore Vitale, research scientist, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Introductions by John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute, and Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

The Next in Science series provides an opportunity for early-career scientists whose innovative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the greater Boston area.

Public Lecture | Gravitational Waves

On September 14, 2015, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) made the first direct measurement of a gravitational wave coming from deep space. That wave was generated by the collision of two black holes about 1.3 billion light-years from Earth. As the black holes violently merged, they released as much energy in a fraction of a second as our entire galaxy emits in 4,000 years. But by the time the resulting gravitational wave reached Earth it was tiny, stretching the 4-kilometer-long LIGO detectors by just a tiny fraction of the diameter of a proton. How can scientists be sure they have seen such a tiny effect? What can it tell us about one of the most violent events in the universe? Can we expect to see more gravitational waves, opening up a new type of astronomy? Brian Lantz discusses the implications of the gravity wave observation and the remarkable instruments that made it possible.

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Brian Lantz began working on LIGO in 1990 as an undergraduate student in Rai Weiss’s lab at MIT, where he received his PhD for LIGO-related research. Lantz then moved to Stanford to join the group of Robert Byer and Martin Fejer. There he ran the Engineering Test Facility to develop advanced concepts for LIGO and, with Dan DeBra, led research for the Advanced LIGO seismic isolation system.

Today, he is a senior research scientist at Stanford and lead scientist for the seismic isolation systems that support the optics of Advanced LIGO. He also chairs the LIGO Scientific Collaboration’s working group on seismic isolation systems for the next generation of gravitational wave detectors – a role that involves precision engineering, servo control, precision measurements, interferometer operation and making big physics experiments work.

Rotation in Space - Professor Carolin Crawford

Rotation is a fundamental physical process throughout the Universe. So much is spinning, from planets and stars revolving on their axes, to whole spiral galaxies rotating around their centre. We shall start by looking at the fundamentals of rotational motion, including the concept of angular momentum. This then will be extended to show what observations of rotation can tell us about how planetary systems form and develop, how neutron stars evolve with time, and how rotational motion provides crucial evidence for the presence and distribution of the elusive dark matter.

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Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website.

IMA Public Lectures : From flapping birds to space telescopes: the math of origami; Robert J. Lang

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From flapping birds to space telescopes: the math of origami
7:00pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Willey Hall 175
Robert J. Lang (artist and consultant)

The principles of origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding, can be used to solve a wide range of folding problems, from how to compress an airbag into a steering wheel to how to design complex folding telescopes. These math-based origami concepts are used in product development, architecture, and designs seen all around us. For example, the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum is an origami-inspired structure. The speaker is an artist and a consultant who applies origami principles to engineering problems.

Introduction to Mark Thompson's Space Lectures for Marie Curie

Introductory video to Mark Thompson's charity lecture marathon at the Royal Institution on 22/23 Oct 2015.

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