21H.421 Introduction to Environmental History (MIT)
This seminar provides a historical overview of the interactions between people and their environments. Focusing primarily on the experience of Europeans in the period after Columbus, the subject explores the influence of nature (climate, topography, plants, animals, and microorganisms) on human history and the reciprocal influence of people on nature. Topics include the biological consequences of the European encounter with the Americas, the environmental impact of technology, and the roots of t
Girodet, The Sleep of Endymion, 1791
NOTE: Front Male Nudity. Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, The Sleep of Endymion, 1791, oil on canvas, 1.98 x 2.61m (6 feet 5-¾ inches x 8 feet 6-¾ inches), exhibited in the salons of 1793 and 1814 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) (02:49) Speakers: Drs. Beth Harris and Steven Zucker
Stem cells: the future of medicine?
Dr Adam Giangreco views stem cell research as the best promise for medical breakthroughs over the next few decades. Dr Giangreco, a recent recipient of a major European Research Council grant, explains how he is exploring new treatments for lung damage and why funding stem cell research is so vital. 6 October is International Stem Cell Awareness Day. UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/stemcells/ For UCL lectures on stem cell research (link to iTunesU): http
SEM image of Velcro (TM)
Velcro is a system of hard polymer hooks and soft nylon loops, both woven into backing fabric. Inspired by the natural seed propagation mechanism used by some plants in the form of 'burrs', Velcro was invented in Switzerland in 1948 by George de Mestral. [...]
Wyoming Oil Shale Deposits - Description, Origin, and Exploitation
This video describes the Wyoming oil shales, origins, and methods of exploitation. There is some discussion of coal in western Canada. This is part of a geology course through Laurentian University in Ontario. "Understanding the Earth" originally aired on TVO Ontario in 1975 and rebroadcasted in 1986 Provided by mineguy101. Information is good but production quality of the video is quite dated. Run time 6:12
Chemical and Environmental Behaviour of Materials: Fuel Cells
This set of animations demonstrates the principles of a solid oxide fuel cell and a proton exchange membrane cell. From TLP: Fuel Cells
Patri Friedman on Seasteading
Patri Friedman, Executive Director of the Seasteading Institute, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about seasteading, the creation of autonomous ocean communities as an alternative to existing political and cultural forms. Topics discussed include the political and economic viability of seasteading, risks of piracy, the aesthetics of living on the ocean, and the potential impact of seasteading on conventional governments.