Topic: Science and Technology (general)
Dr. Carlos Melo, the Manager of Special Projects for the Argentinian firm BioSidus joins host Dr. Moira Gunn to talk about Transgenic Animals -- in this case, cows which produce milk containing juvenile growth hormone. Also, David Ewing Duncan joins us once again for the Bio-Issue of the Week.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with William Vollmann the winner of the National Book Award and the author of "Uncentering the Earth -- Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres." They discuss how much technology Copernicus had at his disposal in 16th century Italy and how much science he actually got right.
Opening the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Rael Dornfest presents a brief history of the evolution of the ETech and discusses the theme for this year's conference, the Attention Economy.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Shyam Venkatesh, the Director of Technology Partnering at NASA Ames Research Center. He tells us all the things you might do with a nano-tube.
Answers about the origin of living organisms, planets, entire galaxies, all from one robotic space expedition? Perhaps. Carolyn Porco, the Cassini Imaging Team Leader, presents imagery and insight from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. In her talk, she takes the audience on a rapid fire, guided tour of Saturn's rings and moons including the exciting discoveries of active geology, organic compounds, and surfaces that are "strangely Earth-like."
Ocean exploration often takes a back seat to space exploration in the minds of the public, but strange and wonderful discoveries are being made in the deep water. In this talk from Pop!Tech 2005, Marcia McNutt describes the current state of deep ocean exploration. She explains how we can travel to the ocean floor to learn about new species and how climate change is affecting the oceans.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Christopher Thomas Scott, the Director of the Stanford Program in Stem Cell Research, who tells us how the major organized religions of the world each view embryonic stem cell research.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with David Magnus, the Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, who discusses the ethical concerns surrounding women who donate eggs for stem cell research, the challenges of scientific research for children, organ transplants in the age of the Internet and the technical issues driving end-of-life decisions.
For the last 18 years, NAVTEQ's employees have driven the national road system to capture real-world information about its layout. In the last year alone they drove about 10,000 miles every day - for a total of over 3 million miles - to capture the existence of 120,000 dividers and 50,000 gates that couldn't be seen in satellite images. In this presentation from O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference, NAVTEQ Vice President Bob Denaro discusses his company's tools, practices and business model. [O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0 Conference audio from IT Conversations]
Dr. Moira Gunn interviews John Barrow, a cosmologist and mathematician at Cambridge University. He's followed up his "Book of Nothing" and "Theories of Everything," with a new entry: "The Infinite Book...A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless." [Tech Nation audio from IT Conversatinos]