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  • PsiVid Reflections on My @SciAmBlogs Tenure

    Reflections on My @SciAmBlogs Tenure

    After three and a half years or so as a part of the SciAm blogging network, this my last post as a dedicated blog at Scientific American. There will be an announcement from SciAm about the reorganization of the blogging network, and PsiVid, where I’ve posted about science in TV, video and film along with [...]

    December 15, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | Mind & Brain Glittering Nobel Gown Represents Scientist’s Work

    Glittering Nobel Gown Represents Scientist’s Work

    Women in the public eye are constantly scrutinized for what they wear, whether it be a politician, a Hollywood starlet or even a scientist at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

    December 10, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Nobel Prize Lectures in Physiology or Medicine Today

    Nobel Prize Lectures in Physiology or Medicine Today

    Today, be sure to catch the 2014 Nobel Prize lectures in Physiology or Medicine taking place at Aula Medica at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden at 13:00 Sunday 7 December.

    December 7, 2014 |

  • PsiVid New video series: Deep Look

    New video series: Deep Look

    KQED Science, the science arm of the PBS member television station based in San Francisco has created a new series being aired on PBS Digital called Deep Look, where they allow us to explore the big mysteries of the universe by going very small.

    November 28, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square

    Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square

    If you are in NYC in the month of November and your late night socializing takes you to Times Square, be certain to time it so you can see, from 11:57pm to midnight (EST, of course), a short film by Noah Hutton, a film director who studied both neuroscience and art history, called Brain City, [...]

    November 16, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Winton Science Book Shortlist Authors Read Passages

    Winton Science Book Shortlist Authors Read Passages

    The Royal Society in London has selected its winner of the Winton Prize for Science Books. The purpose of the prize falls right in line with the goals for Read Science!

    November 14, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye Audiobook Sample

    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye Audiobook Sample

    Bill Nye’s new book, available as of November 4th, is written directly to answer the questions posed by creationists, and is a follow-up to the Nye/Ham debate from February 2014.

    November 6, 2014 |

  • PsiVid New Walter Isaacson Book: The Innovators

    New Walter Isaacson Book: The Innovators

    This week, the new Walter Isaacson book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution has been released.

    October 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid NASA’s Orion is Taking a Journey to Mars

    NASA’s Orion is Taking a Journey to Mars

    NASA is making plans to send humans to Mars. To do that, they need a very special spacecraft that can handle the harsh conditions of the trip and protect everything on board.

    October 8, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Practical Blue LED

    The Practical Blue LED

    As you may have heard, the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 is awarded to a trio of Japanese scientists. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for "the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." There are, of course, [...]

    October 7, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | Space Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across North America Wednesday Morning

    Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across North America Wednesday Morning

    Here in North America, we are in the midst of a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second one visible Wednesday morning. A tetrad of lunar eclipses means that there are four total lunar eclipses in a row.

    October 7, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Science Film Festivals Across the Pond Abundant in October

    Science Film Festivals Across the Pond Abundant in October

    If you are in Paris, Bristol or Vienna over the next month, you might consider adding a science film festival to your agenda! First, Pariscience International Film Festival will be held from 2nd  to 7th October at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

    September 28, 2014 |

  • PsiVid MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

    MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

    Last summer, I attended a new media professionals workshop at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Colorado to learn more about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission which launched last November.

    September 21, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!

    Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!

    Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”?

    September 17, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Google Hangout on Air with Sally Ride’s Biographer, Lynn Sherr

    Google Hangout on Air with Sally Ride’s Biographer, Lynn Sherr

    When Sally Ride first took to space on June 18, 1983, I was working in Japan and missed the inevitable media coverage surrounding her historic flight.

    September 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Satirists As a Source of Science News

    Satirists As a Source of Science News

    How many times have you read a science-themed article from The Onion or watched a science-themed segment on The Daily Show (TDS) or The Colbert Report (CR) and remarked at how “spot on” they are?

    August 29, 2014 |

  • PsiVid National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You

    National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You

    In honor of The National Park Service’s 98th Birthday, they are waiving the entrance fees of the parks that charge them. Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for all of the national parks throughout the country.

    August 23, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing

    The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing

    Back in April, I featured the thought provoking film The Perfect 46 here at SciAm. I was impressed with the show and highly recommend it. Fortunately for us, it has gone beyond the film festival circuit and is available at Vimeo on Demand for rent.

    August 20, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking Biopic Trailer Released

    The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking Biopic Trailer Released

    From Variety.com comes this announcement sure to please those happy to see science portrayed in cinema: “Focus Features has released the first trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic, "The Theory of Everything." The romantic drama will hit U.S.

    August 6, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

    Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

    Perhaps you’ve reached that point in the summer where your kids might be sitting around the house saying “I’m bored!” or perhaps you want them to be more engaged with the world around them.

    July 26, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

    Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

    Are you looking for an entertaining program for your kids to get them excited about science and engineering with role models their own age?

    July 25, 2014 |

  • PsiVid #Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

    #Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

    In recognition of the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, everyone is invited to participate in sharing their moon landing stories by uploading them to YouTube and sharing them with the hashtag #Apollo45.

    July 16, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Chat with Particle Fever’s Monica Dunford

    Chat with Particle Fever’s Monica Dunford

    If you’ve seen the movie, Particle Fever (You haven’t? You can get it live streaming on iTunes today, and at other VOD services July 15), then you are acquainted with the ebullient American physicist Monica Dunford, an experimental high-energy particle physicist who helped bring the ATLAS detector at CERN into operation for the first Large Hadron [...]

    July 1, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Particle Fever Movie Streaming to a Device Near You

    Particle Fever Movie Streaming to a Device Near You

    The fantastic movie about the search for the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider, Particle Fever, which packed theaters on its tour across the country (I know, I sat in on one!) will soon be available to everyone on iTunes beginning July 1 and on other VOD services as of July 15.

    June 27, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

    The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

    My colleague at the University of Illinois, chemical engineer Bill Hammack, also known as The Engineer Guy, has been busy creating a new series of videos and was seemingly off the radar on youtube–but never fear, he is back!

    June 17, 2014 |


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