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Karl Gerth: From an environmental perspective | Do We Want China To Be More Like Us?

Is China’s rush to adopt American lifestyles good for the global economy? Can its embrace of consumerism possibly be sustained? At what cost? UC San Diego Professor of History Karl Gerth explores these questions, drawing on his book, “As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything.” Gerth is presented by …

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Saul Perlmutter: Data Computation and the Fate of the Universe

Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, describes the research that led to his 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Series: “Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory”.  

Svante Pääbo: A Neanderthal Perspective on Human Origins

The Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of all present-day human and the Neanderthal genome sequence provides unique insights into modern humans origins. Svante Pääbo, a biologist and evolutionary anthropologist, describe the current understanding of the genetic contributions of Neanderthals to present-day humans and to extinct human groups. He also describes preliminary analyses of genomic …

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University of California: Science at the Theater | Eight Big Ideas

Presenters include: Rebecca Abergel: A pill to treat people exposed to radioactive materials Sylvain Costes: Tracking and hacking personal DNA damage Andrew Westphal: Comet and interplanetary space dust Ronnen Levinson: Cool roofs through time and space Shashi Buluswar: Portable solar vaccine refrigerator Musahid Ahmed: Combustion science for cleaner fuels Katie Antypas: Energy-efficient supercomputing Ben Brown: …

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Vic Castillo: Computer Simulation: Exploring Nature with a Computer

Computers are becoming an increasingly cheaper, more powerful tool that cannot be ignored by professionals. Computer simulation reproduces the behavior of natural and man-made systems to help us understand, predict, and communicate. Vic Castillo, a research engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, shows how computer simulation is used by LLNL scientists on the world’s …

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Lawrence Fong: Harnessing the Immune System for Cancer Treatment

Dr. Lawrence Fong studies the interaction between the immune system and cancer which contributes to development of potential vaccine and immunotherapeutic strategies to treat cancer.  

CARTA: Violence in Human Evolution | Resources and War | Hunter-Gatherers and Human Nature

In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a …

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Robert Baron: How Do We Know What to Eat Drink (and Take)?

One third of premature deaths in the U.S. are attributable to poor nutrition and physical inactivity. Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, explains the costs of poor nutrition and what you can do to improve your diet. The healthiest diet limit sugars, refined grains, and large amounts of saturated and trans fat. He advises …

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Katie Ferraro: Dietary Fats | The Good the Bad the Ugly

UCSF nutritionist Katie Ferraro explains a healthy person on 2,000 calorie diet per day should strive for 65 grams total fat, less than 20 grams saturated fat, zero grams trans fat and under 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.  

University of California: Violence in Human Evolution | Neuroendocrineology; Intergroup Violence; Humanity and Savagery

In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a …

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David Victor: Getting Serious About Climate Change

This year, the Keeling Lecture features UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies Professor David Victor, an internationally recognized leader in research on energy and climate change policy He is the Director of the school’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, and author of numerous books including his most recent, “Global Warming Gridlock: …

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Shuvo Roy: The Artificial Kidney – Status and Next Steps

Shuvo Roy talks about recent progress in the creation of the artificial kidney at the University of California.  

Carol Greider: The Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery: Telomeres and Telomerase – Past Present and Future

Telomeres were first recognized in the late 1930s as important structures on chromosome ends. In the 1970s the sequence of these structures was identified in the ciliated protozoa Tetrahymena by Elizabeth Blackburn. In the 1980s telomerase was discovered as an enzyme that elongates telomeres and compensates for natural telomere shortening. Carol Greider, Director of Molecular …

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Steven Pinker in a Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Believe it or not, violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species existence. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker presents the data supporting this surprising conclusion, and explains the trends by showing how changing historical circumstances have engaged different components of …

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Al Pisano: Engineering as a Force for the Public Good

Al Pisano, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, presents a host of projects demonstrating the role of engineering in medical advances, transportation safety, sustainable energy and other solutions for the developing world. Pisano’s talk concludes a seven-part series on The Good Life, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San …

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Panel Discussion: Food Exchange – Beyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides: Can We Shift to a Pesticide-Free Agriculture? Examining the evidence, from impacts on wildlife to farm-worker children, a panel of leading experts in public health, social science, and policy will ask whether the latest research on endocrine disruption effects on wildlife and humans, the environmental justice issues associated with pesticide drift from farms, …

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Conversations with History: Noam Chomsky

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler is joined by linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky to discuss activism, anarchism and the role the United States plays in the world today. Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. Sometimes described as the “father of modern …

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Conversations with History: Daniel Kahneman

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton Psychology Professor Daniel Kahneman for a discussion of his Nobel prize winning research on intuition and decision making (prospect theory) People behave as if they would compute a value (utility), based on the potential outcomes and their respective probabilities, and then choose the alternative having a higher utility. A …

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University of California: Climate Change Politics and the Economy – Rhetoric v. Reality

Melting arctic ice, catastrophic hurricanes, devastating wildfires, and record-breaking drought—scientists agree that the climate is changing, that it’s human caused, and that it will undeniably be one of the most serious problems facing the world’s citizens for generations to come. They acknowledge that technologies to combat climate change do exist. How can we come together …

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Conversations with History: Asia the West and the Logic of One World with Kishore Mahbubani

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcome Professor Kishore Mahbubani for a discussion of his new book, The Great Convergence. Professor Mahbubani analyzes the global forces propelling global society and economy toward one world. He also discusses the failure to develop a structure for global governance. In dissecting this contradiction he explains how existing global …

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