My picks, 2015-28

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. How Did We Get Here?
  2. What it means to lead
  3. How Do Catfish See The World?
  4. Stanford engineers build a water-droplet based computer that runs like clockwork
  5. Bell’s Metal Detector
  6. Mysteries of the Brain: Thinking Brain
  7. How Bee Orchids Drive Male Bees Crazy
  8. Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants
  9. Run, Octopus, Run!

How Did We Get Here?

Evolutionary MasterChefs

Why are we the only species to grow and cook our own food? And why do we make such a meal of it? Answer to this and more in our latest episode of this fun and fact-filled series with UNSW’s evolutionary biologist Darren Curnoe.


What it means to lead

Simon Sinek
Start with Why

Simon Sinek shares five points of advice for those who want to lead: 1) How and when to seize an opportunity; 2) Tell the truth; 3) Ask for and accept help; 4) Take the risk to trust people; 5) Remember who you are.

The audience was scholarship award recipients at the ArkLaTex chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) at their Annual Spring Scholarship Awards Banquet and Ceremony. Bossier City, Louisiana, on April 25, 2014.


How Do Catfish See The World?

Wonders of Life w/ Prof Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox finds a catfish and explores it’s fascinating perspective of the world. Whilst we see perceive the world through light and sound, the catfish has a perspective of taste…


Stanford engineers build a water-droplet based computer that runs like clockwork

Stanford

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, and his students have developed a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. Their goal is to design a new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter.


Bell’s Metal Detector

Science Online

Working with 19th century technology, Alexander Graham Bell, designed and constructed a working metal detector. This video tells that story.


Mysteries of the Brain: Thinking Brain

National Science Foundation

Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information. Neuroscientist Gary Lynch at the University of California, Irvine, explains how this incredibly complex communication process allows animals to learn and remember. “Mysteries of the Brain” is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.


How Bee Orchids Drive Male Bees Crazy

Smithsonian Channel

Bee orchids don’t only look the part; they produce a perfume identical to the pheromones of female wasps. The scents drives males so crazy, they often prefer the plant over the real thing.


Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants

Smithsonian Channel

Violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here’s some incredible footage of each one in action.


Run, Octopus, Run!

SciFri

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