Tagged: TED lecture

The origin of the scientist - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 01, 2013

In this TED lecture Laura Snyder introduces the origins of the term ‘scientist’ (hint: for that don’t know, it’s surprising modern), the Philosophical Breakfast Cub and ‘modern’ science, closing with an appeal to science communication. Among other things, it’s interesting to learn that the Royal Association dropped questions after presentations as being ungentlemanly! This will be … Read More

Help TED.com editor tackle TEDx pseudoscience - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 04, 2012

Earlier today I received this comment from TED.com editor Emily McMagnus: Just dropping a note here, because this has been such a wonderful thread and community, to say: SIGH! Have you seen the latest outcropping of woo on TEDx? http://daurmith.tumblr.com/post/37026658753/an-angry-letter-after-tedxvalenciawomen It’s not possible for anyone to be more upset about this … Read More

On vetting TED(x) events – a suggestion - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 20, 2012

In an earlier article, Do TED lectures need better vetting?, I pointed to recurring ‘slips’ in TED(x) events where unsound material were being presented and asked if better vetting of speakers and their material might be needed, especially for the independent local/regional TEDx events. TED editor Emily McMagnus joined the discussion and invited suggestions. I’ve … Read More

George Church on genomics and personalised medicine - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 06, 2012

Weekend video - for general readers. This TEDxCambridge lecture by Professor George Church* offers an informal look at progress in genomics and personalised medicine. While very informal compared to some TED lectures, but it does give glimpses of where genomics and personalised medicine might be headed in a series of quick snapshots.** … Read More

Do TED lectures need better vetting? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 02, 2012

OPINION: TED lectures are advertised as being for ‘ideas worth spreading’. A few of the local/regional TEDx offer what I would describe as at best questionable topics or speakers. Here I point at a few examples and offer some thoughts. TED lectures are rightfully famous for presenting engaging talks by people from many … Read More

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 01, 2011

Having seen a run of posts on various ’bad science’ on sciblogs.co.nz–that’s us!–and being wildly short on free time –free time-what is that??–let me offer readers Britain’s Ben Goldacre giving a TED lecture, Battling Bad Science. Ben is the author of the well-known Bad Science blog, and writes the Bad Science column at The Guardian. Read More

"One of my dreams is to drive a virus-powered car" - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 30, 2011

Batteries. They power countless portable devices, start cars and drive electric vehicles. Yet they’re not particularly efficient. In research labs more efficient batteries are being developed. Viruses. They infect cells to cause disease. We’re forever battling them, trying to find better ways to rid ourselves of them. Yet in research labs around the world … Read More

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