Watchful eyes, thoughtful mind

Earth and us ….. past, present and future ….. connected?

TED Tuesday: Eyes DO fool us! December 29, 2009

Filed under: biology,optics,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Beau Lotto‘s color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can’t normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what’s really out there.

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TED Tuesday: Not-so-ordinary photography December 22, 2009

Filed under: photography,TED,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography — to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.

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TED Tuesday: Supercomputer to mimic brain December 15, 2009

Filed under: computer,nature,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

 

TED Tuesday: Wireless electricity December 8, 2009

Filed under: technology,TED,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT’s breakthrough version, WiTricity — a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.

 

TED Tuesday: Visualising data and sound December 1, 2009

Filed under: acoustic,animation,computer,technology,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements … and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.

Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible. Useful for analyzing complex sounds (like dolphin calls), it also makes complex and beautiful designs.

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TED Tuesday: String theory November 24, 2009

Filed under: mathematics,science,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.

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TED Tuesday: Habits of happiness November 17, 2009

Filed under: human interference,spiritual,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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