Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

The Higgs Field, explained by Don Lincoln

One of the most significant scientific discoveries of the early 21st century is surely the Higgs boson, but the boson and the Higgs Field that allows for that magic particle are extremely difficult to grasp. Don Lincoln outlines an analogy (originally conceived by David Miller) that all of us can appreciate, starring a large dinner party, a raucous group of physicists, and Peter Higgs himself.

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Four Real Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

Where science fiction becomes science fact - that is the place Hank is exploring in today’s episode of SciShow. Many inventions we use today were first imagined in stories that described fantastical futures. Hank talks about the origins of four of these: the cell phone, the submarine, the telemanipulator (or robot arm), and the taser. Blast off for knowledge!

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Tiny lab under the skin could stop drug cheats

Amid yet more claims of illegal drug-taking by high-profile athletes, scientists in Switzerland say they may have found a foolproof way to prevent the use of banned substances in sports. They say their chip implant, designed to monitor naturally-occurring substances in the blood, could also be used as a weapon against drug cheats.

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Idea Sex and the Evolutionary Logic of Knowledge Transfer

Why do certain ideas succeed? Ideas have to pass a kind of Darwinian fitness test, argues the computer scientist Ramez Naam, who is the author of “More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.” It turns out the most useful ideas are the ones that spread, like the wheel that was invented in Egypt and was improved upon in Sumaria by going from a solid disk to spokes. 

Passing the usefulness test crucially involves the ability of ideas to propagate themselves, just as biologically successful humans are able to pass on their genes. In the case of the wheel, two ideas met, and reproduced. In other words, the wheel was carried by humans to another place where it was then improved upon by other people. 

#video #science #cognitive computing

Scientists are trying to build a human heart

Scientists have already had success growing tracheas, bladders, and body parts like noses on scaffolds using stem cells. Why not try to develop something more complex, like a heart or lungs? Dr. Harald Ott is a surgeon and researcher at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital who has been working on this very question.

He has championed a technique called whole organ decellularization, which involves removing the cells from a healthy donor organ and then adding stem cells from the patient needing the transplant back onto the “natural scaffold.” Doctors wouldn’t have to be concerned about the patient’s body rejecting this tissue-engineered organ — you’re starting with a guaranteed immunological match.

#video #Health Care #science #innovation

We Are Living In The Imagination Era

Rita King, a futurist at Science House, says we’re living in a perfect age for people to use their imaginations to form what our future will look like. King, who has written for Co.Exist about how Twitter is changing the future of storytelling, the future of surveillance, and the future of memory in a technological age, spoke at a panel of futurists at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference, as part of our Futurist Forum.

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If superpowers were real

What if human flight wasn’t just the stuff of epic comic book stories? Is it scientifically possible to fly? In this series, Joy Lin tackles six superpowers and reveals just how scientifically realistic they can be to us mere mortals. 

#video #cartoon #science #physics

Project Loon: New Zealand Pilot Test

The Project Loon pilot test began June 2013. Thirty balloons, launched from New Zealand’s South Island, beamed Internet to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of Project Loon. Watch the first pilot tester connect to to balloon-powered Internet for the first time. 

#video #internet #technology #science

Is space trying to kill us?

How likely is it that a massive asteroid will do major damage to Earth and its inhabitants? What about the sun — is it dying out anytime soon? And the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way — should we be worried about that? Ron Shaneyfelt assesses the dangers of space.

#video #space #science

"A Boy and his Atom", the world’s "smallest" movie

A movie with atoms as actors has been named by the Guinness World Records organization, as the “world’s smallest movie.” Called “A Boy and his Atom”, the stop-action film was produced by IBM to introduce students to the world of mathematics and science, while highlighting IBM’s own history of research. 

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