Topic: Science and Technology (general)
Deepak Singh is one of a new breed of life scientists who are bringing Web 2.0 methods to the practice of science. He co-founded BioScreencast.com, a site where scientists share screencasts that illustrate how they use bioinformatics software tools.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Scott Sigler, who talks about his bioterror thriller "Infected." While it's based on the premise of a biological weapon on the loose, he's actually a modern day Charles Dickens.
On this edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio: Energy and power. Hear how a Swedish energy company is burning Germany's dirtiest coal with clean emissions and testing a new way to reduce greenhouse gas. Learn how Google is using sunshine to power their search engine. Discover a car in Brazil that can run on almost any fuel, and how to build a super car that can keep up with an Italian dream machine.
Matt Webb is a technology consultant, designer, and principal in the design firm Schulze & Webb. In an engaging and entertaining presentation, he explains how internet concepts can transcend the realm of pixels to inspire new products that will meet the expectations of a creative and networked generation that has grown up with the internet. Blurring the boundaries between hardware, software and the web can lead to astounding creativity.
On this edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio, Suzan Hassler looks at the evolution of the vibrator from its initial use as therapy for hysteria, to today's more infamous role in human sexuality. Also learn about a revolutionary home energy generation solution that offers hope in the battle against climate change, how the advancement of lithium battery technology is impacting the future of electronic automobiles, and finally a review of the Apple iPhone.
No, this is not about Harry Potter, but danah boyd (who spells her name without capital letters) borrows the terms "wizards" and "muggles" to describe the relationship between the tech industry and real world users. This lively presentation discusses how the wizards of technology are changing society and why it is important for wizards to understand the effects of their spells.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Neil Shubin, provost of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He describes our 'inner fish,' a journey into the 3.5 billion year history of the human body.
Adobe's Apollo is a cross-platform runtime that allows a user to run a Web application on his desktop. Isn't that what a Web browser already does? But Apollo can work offline. You disconnect from the Internet and you are still able to use the Web application. It detects the presence of a network and synchronises your data. If you're a Web developer, and you want to develop for Apollo, there's almost nothing new that you need to learn. Ed Rowe of Adobe Systems puts to practice, the wisdom, "Show, don't tell!" in this demo of Apollo.
Bill Buxton, a principal researcher with Microsoft Research, is the author of Sketching User Experience. In this conversation he talks about design thinking -- a way of producing, illustrating, and winnowing ideas about how products could work.
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. It is also one of the hottest websites in today's world, and is having a major impact on career and business. Jesse Stay, co-author of the upcoming book "I'm on Facebook--Now What???" joins Phil and Scott to discuss the book and the current status and future of Facebook, both as a social networking site and a place for business.