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Barry Barish: On The Shoulders Of Giants

08/25/16See Comments

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the...[Read More]

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Splicing and Dicing DNA: Genome Engineering and the CRISPR Revolution

08/09/16See Comments

CRISPR: It’s the powerful gene editing technology transforming biomedical research. Fast, cheap and easy to use, it allows scientists to rewrite the DNA in just...[Read More]

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Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions Be Coded?

07/26/16See Comments

A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her...[Read More]

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Mind Melds and Brain Beams: The Dawn of Brain-to-Brain Communication

07/08/16See Comments

Music students download the technique of their favorite pianist or singer directly into their brains. Medical students download the skills of a seasoned surgeon or...[Read More]

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Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

06/23/16Comments off

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years...[Read More]

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What will we learn from the detection of gravitational waves?

02/11/16See Comments

Today’s discovery of gravitational waves is a landmark in physics history. It confirms predictions Einstein made over 100 years ago. But what other kinds of...[Read More]

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When Black Holes Collide

02/11/16See Comments

When two black holes spiral towards each other and collide, they produce powerful gravitational waves. Scientists do not know much about these waves right now,...[Read More]

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Robert Woodrow Wilson: Tuning in to the Big Bang

02/11/16See Comments

When astronomer Robert Woodrow Wilson and physicist Arno Allan Penzias were testing a new type of antenna, they hardly expected their work would lead to...[Read More]

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Astronomy’s New Messengers

02/10/16See Comments

Marcia Bartusiak joins Kip Thorne, Laura Danly and Rainer Weiss to demonstrate how two observatories on opposite sides of the country, called LIGO (Laser Interferometer...[Read More]

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To Explain the World: A Conversation With Steven Weinberg

01/19/16See Comments

How did humanity invent science? In this program from the 2015 World Science Festival, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and revered public intellectual Steven Weinberg explores this...[Read More]