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The National The Year in Science

The National's science correspondent Bob McDonald talks about the scientific highlights of 2016. Stories include Donald Trump's controversial statements about climate change, Elon Musk's vision for life on Mars, efforts to cover Chernobyl 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, the discovery of a new planet in our solar system, using Star Trek-style technology for data encryption, nano machines ...
  • 2016
  • 00:13:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/06/2017

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 5: The Opportunity of all Time

Thanks to the incredible pace of technology and the Internet, things are moving faster than ever before. There are advantages to this, but also disadvantages. Instant access to information is transforming the way we work and learn, but the speed of our lives leads to short-term thinking and isolation. Neil Turok says that "we are analog beings living in a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 3: What Banged?

How did Earth and all the planets and stars and galaxies form? How old is our universe? What "banged" at the moment of the big bang? We have a remarkably successful model of cosmology, but theorists are still asking these questions. We just don't know how the universe emerged from a cosmic singularity – the assumed starting point of the ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 4: The World In An Equation

Over the past century, physicists have compiled a neat, one-line equation that describes how the world works according to all known physics. By combining the contributions of scientists from all different backgrounds and cultures, this ambitious formula seeks to describe the universe's machinations on every scale, from the subatomic to the largest bodies at the edges of space. It's a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 2: Our Imaginary Reality

Over the course of the 20th century, physicists discovered that the quantum world is qualitatively different than any classical world: nature's basic constituents just don't behave like anything anyone has ever seen in our everyday experience. In this lecture, Neil Turok takes us on a journey through the abstract, mathematical reasoning, built on experimental results, that allowed us to extend ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 1: Magic That Works

Everything we know depends on the knowledge of people who came before us.  In this lecture, Neil Turok explores our understanding of the universal laws of nature, from Pythagoras and the Greek mathematicians to the present day. Many of the fundamental things we once believed to be true – how electricity and magnetism behave, for example – have been turned ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

The Nature of Things Gone Sideways: Serendipity in Science

When most of us hear “scientific research,” it conjures the image of serious men and women in meticulous labs using carefully prescribed methods to achieve rather predictable outcomes. We have an expectation that science is calculated and controlled. Yet some of the most influential scientific discoveries have been made entirely by accident. Combining dramatic re-creation with cheeky animation and cleverly ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013