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Science Video Brainstorming, and Some YouTube Science

Looks like I’m in for a great summer full of science video goodness! At the end of June, both Carin and I will be heading to an unconference (taking a clue from Bora from Science Online) called BrainSTEM at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada (maybe I’ll get to wave at Stephen Hawking!) We will be discussing many issues related to creating new media with science themes, both as education and entertainment. The wonderfully enthusiastic and positive Angela Maiers , education maven, will be the Keynote speaker.

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Medical Innovation Needs Silicon Valley Speed, Stat

I’ve been directing or advising innovation and commercialization efforts in Silicon Valley for most of my career. While the popular stories we tell about innovation usually focus on eureka moments and brilliant individuals, anyone involved in successful innovation knows that getting a new product to market is often more about convincing smart people to back your idea, corralling lots of different agendas, aligning incentives, and navigating bureaucracies.

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This Week In Bots: Robo-Crime And Robo-Punishment

Bot Vid: Transformers, For Real Transformers may be robots in disguise, but the kids' toys that drive the franchise have never been really robotic. There's always been a lot of "pull that, twist this, flip the other" dextrous fingerwork required to get the plastic parts to actually transform. With that in mind (yes, stop being nostalgic about your childhood!) watch this , courtesy of Plastic Pals

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Who matters (or should) when scientists engage in ethical decision-making?

One of the courses I teach regularly at my university is “Ethics in Science,” a course that explores (among other things) what’s involved in being a good scientist in one’s interactions with the phenomena about which one is building knowledge, in one’s interactions with other scientists, and in one’s interactions with the rest of the world.

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Light pulses take a quantum walk

Tourists who drift aimlessly during a sightseeing tour are moving randomly - just like electrons that move from one atom to the next. To obtain a better understanding of these random motions it is often useful to reduce their complexity. Physicists do this by simulating random walks

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Laser-Engraved Graphene Could Power New Kinds of Electronics

Advances in delivering and storing electricity are crucial to the future of electric cars and otherwise reducing reliance on energy produced from burning fossil fuels. Yet a powerful means of running electronics that can charge and discharge quickly while also storing large amounts of energy has long eluded scientists

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Produce Consumption Ups Eater’s Looks

Fruit and veggies don’t just improve your diet--they could enhance your looks. A new study, done with primarily Caucasian subjects, finds that eating produce heightens red and yellow skin tones, which increases attractiveness.

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LSD Helps to Treat Alcoholism

By Arran Frood of Nature magazine The powerful hallucinogen LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The study, by neuroscientist Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist P

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Chimp Cops Arbitrate Disputes

It sounds like the premise for a bad police drama, maybe NYPD Chimp. But scientists have found that high-ranking chimpanzees can act like cops: intervening to settle public disputes. The study appears in the journal Public Library of Science ONE

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