The Pattern That Connects
While patterns have a spotty history in architecture, their definitions and uses in other fields offer new possibilities for design. This paper examines those definitions and uses?including theories put forward by architectural theorist, Christopher Alexander; art educator, Gyorgy Kepes; chemist, Ilya Prigogine; and anthropologist, Gregory Bateson. Of particular interest is the shift from eternal, essential, universal, and fundamental patterns to fleeting, superficial, specific, and incidental v
Mongoose Attacking an Asian Cobra
This brief video show a mongoose successfully attacking an Indian cobra. Younger students may find the video disturbing--recommended for middle school students and up. There is no commentary but there is background music.
Baboons of the Serengeti
Baboons of the Serengeti - Learn about the Baboon tribes of the Serengeti and see their ways of life in this short clip. (The clip ends abruptly.) (03:35)
20.462J Molecular Principles of Biomaterials (MIT)
This course covers the analysis and design at a molecular scale of materials used in contact with biological systems, including biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Topics include molecular interactions between bio- and synthetic molecules and surfaces; design, synthesis, and processing approaches for materials that control cell functions; and application of state-of-the-art materials science to problems in tissue engineering, drug delivery, vaccines, and cell-guiding surfaces.
Darwin’s Compass: Why the evolution of humans is inevitable
Orthodox neo-Darwinism very much emphasises the random and contingent. Re-run the tape of life, as Steven Jay Gould famously observed, and the outcomes would be utterly different. Terrestrial life maybe, but certainly no humans. They, like tulips and tape-worms, are just another evolutionary fluke. The basis of this is hardly surprising: think of random mutations, massive shifts in the environment, not to mention the odd giant rock dropping out of the sky. Life is on a roller-coaster and is flun
Assessment in Math and Science-That Would Never Work Here!
Workshop 6. That Would Never Work Here!; Seeing Assessment Reform in Action, Part I (90 min.)
'What does assessment reform actually look like? This workshop follows the stories of Barbara, a math teacher in Whittier, California, and Scott, a science teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, as they share how they are incorporating assessment into their teaching. Emphasis will be placed on the colleague support structure — teachers sharing ideas with and getting help from other teachers. C
Refraction Experiement with Oil and Water
Refraction is the bending of light that occurs when light changes media. This experiment includes a rod, oil, water, and a glass beaker. No narration but clear, visible demonstration. (02:04)
HST.930J Social Studies of Bioscience and Biotech (MIT)
In this course, social, ethical and clinical issues associated with the development of new biotechnologies and their integration into clinical practice is discussed. Basic scientists, clinicians, bioethicists, and social scientists present on the following four general topics: changing political economy of biotech research; problems associated with the adaption of new biotechnologies and findings from molecular biology for clinical settings; the ethical issues that emerge from clinical research
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