08 Mar 2011

TEDxSMU Tuesday 3.1.2011

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Disgraced Korean Cloning Scientist Indicted, The New York Times, May 12, 2006

“…Dr. Hwang was hailed as a global stem cell pioneer and treated as a national hero until investigations late last year showed that he had fabricated key data in two papers published in the journal Science. He was later fired from his post as a professor at Seoul National University, where he did his research.”

New Stem Cell Breakthroughs: Dr. Jon LaPook Looks At Advances In Stem Cell Research, CBSNews.com, March 18, 2010

Camouflaged in the politics, controversy, and hype surrounding stem cells have been two stunning and unexpected dividends: the ability to study diseases in a petrie dish and a new way to think about cancer. This is separate from the most well-publicized stem cell story: the potential of embryonic stem cells to morph into any cell in the body and replace injured or defective cells – for example in diabetes, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injury.

South Korea’s Pet Clone Wars, Time, February 10, 2009

“…Since Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996 by Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, scientists around the world have cloned everything from cats, monkeys and fruit flies to horses, rabbits, cows and wolves — mostly for non-commercial uses. Dogs are notoriously complex to clone, and Korea is the only country where researchers have successfully done the deed.”

Prosthetics use in Olympics should be forbidden, says sports engineer, The Times, June 10, 2010

Elite Paralympic athletes should be barred from Olympic track events because advances in prosthetic technology will soon enable sprinters with artificial legs to run the 100 metres in eight seconds, an expert says.

Bulletproof Feathers : How Science Uses Nature’s Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology, by Robert Allen

With Bulletproof Feathers, Robert Allen brings together some of the greatest minds in the field of biomimetics to provide a fascinating—at times even jaw-dropping—overview of cutting-edge research in the field.

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson

Beginning with Charles Darwin’s first encounter with the teeming ecosystem of the coral reef and drawing connections to the intellectual hyperproductivity of modern megacities and to the instant success of YouTube, Johnson shows us that the question we need to ask is, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing, and inspiring as Johnson identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines.

Related TED Talks

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney, TED 2011

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from, TEDGlobal 2010

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web

Juan Enriquez wants to grow energy, TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter — and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

Juan Enriquez on genomics and our future, TED 2003

Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.

Alan Russell on regenerating our bodies, TED 2006

Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine — a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself.

Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us, TED 2005

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

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