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You could almost say that Shannon Bennett's career as a virologist found her after she became infected with parasites while on a volunteer stint in Liberia during her college years. She was fascinated by the experience to the point that she has been on a quest to understand the secrets, the life cycle and evolutionary history of viruses and bacteria ever since. Hear about her research as she discusses fascinating examples from her work such as how the dengue virus continues to evolve and plague humans since jumping over from non-human primates decades ago. Learn how this virus has adapted …

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All the Single Ladies Sept. 22, 2012
In her November 2011 cover story in The Atlantic “All the Single Ladies,” Kate Bolick asserts that “recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options,” to deadbeats …
National Journal and The Atlantic, along with CBS News, bring together leading pollsters to break down the numbers and talk about the real story of Election 2012. ---- The 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions provide a rare opportunity both to connect with the country's leadership ranks and to participate in …
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, talks with WIRED's Steven Levy about Twitter, politics, and social media at the 2012 WIRED Business Conference. ---- On May 1, 2012, WIRED gathered together thought-leaders for ground-breaking discussions on disruptive business practices, ideas, and innovations.
The incredible feats that athletes accomplish fascinate us, but what are the personal, cultural and athletic impact of doping in sports? After the Olympic Games and just prior to the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, swissnex San Francisco will kick off its series Sports & Tech with the …
MythBusters co-host Adam Savage discusses his childhood experiences as a budding builder, and explores the impetus that lies at the heart of maker culture. ---- Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from …
Most of the time when we order up some beers, we're just happy to put that life-giving elixir into our bellies, especially after a rough work week. But it isn't often that we actually consider how the delicious beer is created. Sure, we know that you need hops, whatever those …
Joe Grand and Zoz Brooks were co-hosts of Prototype This, an engineering show that followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype each episode. This presentation shares stories and technical details of their favorite builds. ---- Dr. Zoz Brooks is a robotics engineer, pyrochemist, and inveterate tinkerer. He delights …
White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett talks with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski about the challenges faced by women in the workplace, and what the Obama administration is doing to address them. ---- Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White …
Sebastian Thrun talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car. Thrun is a Google Fellow and professor of computer science at Stanford University. Thrun is director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and …
Experts in psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience discuss the interrelationship between evolution, humanity, and the brain. ---- As we use the tools of science to explore the nature of humanity, we are learning more and more about how our brains function and what motivates our behavior, built-in biases and blind spots. …
A lively panel discussion comprised of the founder of Raspberry Pi Eben Upton, everyone's favorite modder Ben Heck, Matt Richardson from MAKE magazine and a California education professional who can speak to the Maker movement in the classroom. ---- Ben Heckendorn is a graphic artist turned internet celebrity, famed in …
Please join us in welcoming one of our newest curators as Dr. David Blackburn joins us as an assistant curator on the herpetology team in the Academy’s research division. An explorer of biodiversity, Dr. Blackburn studies the evolution and diversity of amphibians, especially frogs on continental Africa. Nearly 90% of …
The scale of government secrecy and surveillance has surpassed all previous boundaries—especially in the national security arena, where the budgets, size and scope of intelligence agencies have ballooned since 9/11. Unprecedented secrecy is largely evading traditional oversight mechanisms, leaving policy makers, the media, and the public in the dark. What …
James Dyson, Inventor & Chief Engineer of Dyson talks with WIRED's Shoshana Berger about engineering, entrepreneurship, and the economy. Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/01/WIRED_Business_Conference_Inventing_Sucks A graduate of London's Royal College of Art, James Dyson was drawn to engineering principles from an early age. The company he founded in …
As we use the tools of science to explore the nature of humanity, we are learning more and more about how our brains function and what motivates our behavior, built-in biases and blind spots. These fresh insights are interesting scientifically, but they also evoke significant questions about our lived experience. …
What can playing with the past tell us about the future? VINTAGE TOMORROWS, a book/documentary about the steampunk movement, seeks to answer this question. Join the makers as they share excerpts from the film. ---- James Carrott is a cultural historian, design researcher, tech nerd, game geek, pop culture scholar, …
In the wake of the uproar among the technology and entertainment industries over the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the search for common ground and a way forward is more urgent than ever. Join NBCUniversal's Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures' Fred …
With 33% of adults and 17% of children obese, the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year. Should government intervene, or is this a matter of …
Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Bill Keller has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at The Times, winning a …