Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets | Video on TED.com

January 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets | Video on TED.com.

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The Chicken and the Egg

February 12th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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Consider the question: which came first, decease the chicken or the egg? This is the kind of dilemma that anyone can easily entertain. It is a people’s question. It has an aspect of humor. Yet when examined closely, nurse we see it has the possibility of revealing something inherent about biology, page about the nature of life.

John Holland

View text:  The Chicken and the Egg

“Instructions For A Body” Marty McConnell Def Poetry

August 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

YouTube – “Instructions For A Body” Marty McConnell Def Poetry.

Humans Glow in Visible Light

July 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Strange! Humans Glow in Visible Light | LiveScience.

we knew it all along……

Perigee

April 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Rayleigh scattering is the dispersal of wavelengths in the visible light spectrum, hospital resulting in the appearance of colored light in the remaining wavelengths. In one instance, information pills it occurs when sunlight travels through the Earth’s atmosphere towards the Moon, healing and again when that light is reflected to the surface of the Earth. “Perigee” displays the visible wavelengths emitted by the elements and compounds currently present in the Earth’s atmosphere, to suggest that Rayleigh scattering caused by pollution might generate the phenomenon of an orange moon.

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Future of Life Symposium

February 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

ac_space31.jpg  Presented by the Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative 

Saturday, March 7, 2009 2:00 PM; 

New Location: Science Center, Cambridge 

The Harvard Alumni Association presents a discussion of cutting edge discovery straight from the labs of Harvard. By combined advances in biology, chemistry, genetics, geology, and astronomy, the Origins of Life Initiative works to find answers to questions pertaining to just that — the origins and future of life on earth and throughout the universe. This exciting half-day program will begin with keynote speaker J. Craig Venter, who is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his invaluable contributions to genomic research. Two panels will follow featuring prominent faculty who will discuss recent advances in understanding life – from other planets that might support life to how living cells emerge.  

For More Information, please visit: 

Origins of Life 

HarvardScience: Origins of Life 

George Church 

Dimitar Sasselov 

HHMI: Jack Szostak 

The Szostak Lab 

J. Craig Venter 

George Whitesides 

If you have any questions about Alumni Events programs, please email haa_alumnieducation@harvard.edu or call 617-495-1920 or check out our web site for more information on our events post.harvard.edu/alumnievents.

Nature, Science, and Art

November 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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Nature is everything, seek everywhere, cure in the present.
Nature is all things known and unknown.

Science is a formal method by which we investigate nature.
The Scientific Method is society’s way of verifying itself.

Art is a process of modeling nature, of representing forms, structures
and ideas.
Art raises social and cultural awareness, makes the invisible visible,
connects the improbable, breaks down artifice and presumption.
Art acts as a continuous feedback loop, constantly monitoring, evaluating
and modifying cultural activity.

Art and science share the goal of identifying, and identifying with, nature,
including a predictable fascination with human emotion, thought and
behavior.
Both science and art aspire to truth without compromise.
Both challenge the way we see the world as individuals and community.

John Holland

(photo from musical score Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo by J. H.; for details on the score visit: Fruit and Roses)

The Violin Player

September 17th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Violin Player was originally created as a performance text, cheapest to be spoken aloud.

The substance of the text is concerned with the nature of performance, the history and language of music, acoustics, musicianship, the evolution of music, and sound perception.

The Violin Player was first presented in 1991 at Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University.

John Holland

View the text:  The Violin Player

photo credit: Christian Gaser

Happiness

October 11th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

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There are recent studies (this century) that tackle subjects such as love (Why We Love, ampoule Helen Fisher), stomach music (This is Your Brain on Music, malady Daniel Levitin), etc. from a rational, objective point of view. Rigorous analysis of these classic subjects is thought to be off limits because of their subjective nature. So after much discussion about the nature of happiness with members of Nature and Inquiry, I have decided to weigh-in on this fascinating and popular subject.

John Holland

Here is the text:  Happiness

photo credit: eliahaj.blogspot.com

The Encyclopedia of Life

July 21st, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

NASA is currently realizing E. O. Wilson’s idea of a comprehensive on-line catalog of all known life on Earth. The site will be fully functional in 2008, and is estimated to take 10 years to complete.

“The Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.” www.eol.org

John Holland

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