Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated?
Riccardo Sabatini: Can New Technology Decode The Biggest Data Set Of All?
Susan Etlinger: How Do We Approach Big Data With A Critical Eye?
Andrew Connolly: What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?
Posted by William Wilson at 9/15/2016 10:17:00 PM
Monday, September 12, 2016
The writer, transcendentalist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived on the northern shore of the pond for two years starting in the summer of 1845. His account of the experience was recorded in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, and made the pond famous.
Boston's "Ice King," Frederic Tudor, harvested ice yearly on Walden Pond for export to the Caribbean, Europe, and India. In his journal, Thoreau philosophized upon the wintry sight of Tudor's ice harvesters: "The sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well ... The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges."
In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, baptizing, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.
|Henry David Thoreau|
|Thoreau's Walden Pond Cabin|
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Friday, September 09, 2016
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.
Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.
Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons after visiting Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, where he spent a short time in the site's museum and then solemnly placed a wreath at the arched monument.
Posted by William Wilson at 5/28/2016 04:03:00 AM
Friday, April 22, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
American Experience: Spacemen
March 1, 2016
"Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm."
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Sunday, February 28, 2016
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
"About It’s Your Universe
Space is humanity’s great fever dream. It’s a place that’s unfathomably beautiful, yet lethally dangerous, a place that’s been beckoning us to visit for millions of years but that we have only recently begun to touch..."
Posted by William Wilson at 2/22/2016 02:47:00 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place—a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. But how?"
Posted by William Wilson at 1/30/2016 03:44:00 PM
Friday, November 27, 2015
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims
November 24, 2015
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. The challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration.
Posted by William Wilson at 11/27/2015 09:39:00 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The film follows Ali’s rise from the Columbia Gym in Louisville to international fame, as he transcended his great athletic achievements to become one of the most influential Americans of his time: how this once polarizing figure ultimately became a beloved and honored national hero.
Key events include Ali’s stunning Islamic conversion and name change, his dramatic stand against the Vietnam-era draft, his 3-year exile from the ring, his legendary comeback fights, his battle with Parkinson’s disease, and his inspirational reemergence on the world stage at the Atlanta Olympics.
Posted by William Wilson at 10/07/2015 07:10:00 PM
Monday, September 14, 2015
TED Radio Hour
September 11, 2015
It's normal for us to always be glued to our screens. So how are they changing us, and how will they shape our future? This hour, TED speakers explore our ambivalent relationships with our screens.
How Are Our Screens Changing Us Now?
Amber Case: Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human?
Rana El Kaliouby: Will Our Screens Soon Be Able To Read Our Emotions?
Dimitri Christakis: When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?
P.W. Singer: How Are Screens Changing The Face Of War?
Chris Milk: What Happens When We Step Inside The Screen?
September 18, 2015
When we go online, we present a digital version of ourselves. How do we transform when we interact inside our screens? In this episode, TED speakers explore the expanding role of our "second selves."
Jon Ronson: How Can Our Real Lives Be Ruined By Our Digital Ones?
Philip Rosedale: Why Build A Virtual World?
Jennifer Golbeck: What Can Companies Predict From Your Digital Trail?
Adam Ostrow: After You Die, What Happens To The Digital You?
Abha Dawesar: How Do Our Screens Distort Our Sense of Time?
Posted by William Wilson at 9/14/2015 02:05:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open) — a decade before Arthur Ashe.
Posted by William Wilson at 9/13/2015 10:49:00 PM
Friday, September 11, 2015
NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to a unique discovery of ancient remains. Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down a vertical, pitch-dark, seven-inch-wide passage. Most fossil discoveries of human relatives consist of just a handful of bones. But down in this hidden chamber, the team uncovered an unprecedented trove—so far, over 1,500 bones—with the potential to rewrite the story of our origins. They may help fill in a crucial gap in the fossil record and tell us how Homo, the first member of the human family, emerged from ape-like ancestors like the famous Lucy. But how did hundreds of bones end up in the remote chamber? The experts are considering every mind-boggling possibility. Join NOVA on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.
Posted by William Wilson at 9/11/2015 03:47:00 PM
Saturday, September 05, 2015
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Monday, August 31, 2015
The Faith Instinct by Nicolas Wade
NPR book summary: "Draws on a broad range of scientific evidence to theorize an evolutionary basis for religion, considering how religion may have served as an essential component of early society survival and that the brain may be inherently inclined toward religious behavior."
Posted by William Wilson at 8/31/2015 10:31:00 AM