Festo's Flying bird
Markus Fisher and his team at Festo demonstrate their flying bird
on Ted Talks:
A Robot that flies like a bird.
Drew Berry's talk on Biomedical Animation in Sydney 2011. Features
Main page or
download the 54 MB video.
If you're a piano player and you like The Funk, there's no better site than Jonathon Wilson's
website GrooveWindow. Start with
How to play a funk groove to get a glimpse of this great music. I'm using a lot of Jonathon's
stuff in my Piano Groove Tutor.
Jonathon also has a facebook site with lots of
video clips of some of the best Funk and Jazz performances.
Free web application giving you the capability to explore the world's public dataset
using animated statistics: gapminder online.
You can also install a desktop version:
gapminder standalone version.
An hour long documentary featuring Hans Rosling, the inventor of gapminder:
The joy of stats. This is
also a good introduction to Statistics, covering distributions and correlations.
Ted Talk on gapminder:
Hans Rosling on TedTalk.
Stroke of Insight
Dr Jill Bolte Taylor talking about her experience suffering a stroke in her left hemisphere:
Dr Jill Bolte Taylor on Ted Talk
Origin of Language
Great podcast on the origing and impact of Language from the American radio science show 'Radiolab':
Merchants of Doubt
The Australian ABC radio's Science Show recently featured a talk given by Naomi Oreskes at the University
of New South Wales about her book Merchants of Doubt. It gives a fascinating insight into the
history of Climate Change Science and Climate Change Scepticism:
Naomi Oreskes talk
The Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is a great site for self-education.
Sal Khan, the guy who does these video presentations is widely
recognised by the likes of Bill Gates and Google - who just donated 2 million dollars to the good
cause. I use it a lot to read up on scientific topics. There's also lots on finances, calculus,
history, etc. The presentations are very well done and somehow rememberable and they tend to follow
the established education curriculum. Try the biology lecture on viruses for example.
Famous website that features ... riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world
(as its website proclaims): Ted Talks.
The Berkeley University makes a lot of its units available as webcasts (either video or audio only):
Berkeley University Webcasts. The unit
Letters and Science: Social Psychology: Self and Society was of particular interest to me.
Another interesting unit is
Letters and Science: Descriptive introduction to Physics from the Spring 2010 semester. It features lectures by prof. Richard A. Muller who wrote
the book Physics
for future presidents. Lectures 19 and 20 in this course are on Global Warming and give a very
unbiased view on the subject.
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