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Isolation is the dream-killer, not your attitude

According to Barbara Sher we have to change our common understanding of why we so often fail to bring our dreams into reality – blaming bad attitude, negative thinking or lack of effort. Heartfelt, funny and surprising stories told by a lady who’s been helping other people’s dreams for many decades.

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Why Sitting Down Destroys You

Fitness expert and male model, Roger Frampton, discusses how chairs are your enemy, how attitudes towards exercise are flawed and suggests an alternative way to look at how our bodies can become strong and agile.

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Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.

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You Are A Simulation and Physics Can Prove It

Astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot studies the cosmic microwave background radiation — the afterglow of the Big Bang. His pioneering research into deep space and time is uncovering the structure of the universe itself. He has also made a cameo appearance (as himself) in an episode of the ‘Big Bang Theory.’ George Smoot looks into the farthest …

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Psychology of Galactic Empires

We now know that the Galaxy is full of potentially habitable planets. So why do we see no signs that any civilizations have come before us? Matt O’Dowd, astrophysicist and host of PBS Space Time, explains why Fermi’s paradox really is so surprising, and he offers a new piece of evidence that may point towards the solution. Astrophysicist Matthew O’Dowd …

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8 Ways the World Could Suddenly End

Unintentional “Dark Futurist”, Stephen Petranek, re-visits the subject matter of his original eleven year old TED Talk and offers the audience an extraordinarily sobering look at the eight critical issues that threaten human life on Earth.

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“Spooky” Physics

What Einstein called “spooky,” Physicist Leo Kouwenhoven calls the future. In this illuminating talk, he explains quantum entanglement — the property that shows how particles can affect each other, even if they’re on opposite ends of the universe — and demonstrates how we will manipulate it to revolutionize the way our computers work. Leo Kouwenhoven is professor Quantum Transport. Quantum …

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Can We Make Quantum Technology Work?

Leo Kouwenhoven is a professor of physics at TU Delft. His team at the QU Tech Lab designs experiments to place electrons in superpositions. Why? Because we need computers that can process information as quickly and efficiently as nature does, using quantum mechanics. So, what is a superposition? Quantum theory says that electrons can circle different atoms at the same …

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Protein Molecule Structures

For 50 years, the “protein folding problem” has been a major mystery. How does a miniature string-like chemical — the protein molecule – encode the functions of living organisms: how our muscles exert force, how our immune systems reject pathogens, how our eyes see our surroundings, how plants convert solar energy, and all the rest. Huge progress is being made. …

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The Ancient Animals Before Man

John van Wyhe is a historian of science at the National University of Singapore. He is the Director of Darwin Online and Wallace Online, the author of eight books and lectures and broadcasts around the world.

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